This past Sunday, I made another trip back up to Hamburg to see if the Historical Society was open this time. Before I had stopped by and it was closed, but it stated that it was open every Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Why no one was there, I didn’t know at the time.
So, this time it was open, which made me happy. Didn’t want to go there again and find it closed. Grabbing my camera I went inside and was very cheerfully greeted by 2 people. Found out they were the owners of the Society. Very nice people to talk with. I had told them about my younger day’s growing up in Hamburg and what I had remembered from long ago. I also mentioned to them that most of my Family was from Hamburg and they all served in the Armed Forces during WWII. The conversation then went on to all the places I knew but were not there anymore. The old Union Canal, Berkey Underwear, Haun Motors, etc. They stated to me that they had a old original “Husker Wagon” that was housed in a separate building. Humm . . . that’s interesting. I asked if I could see it. My wish was granted.
With my camera in tow, I was led into a very small building. There in front of me was what I saw with the camera. This old “Huskster Wagon” dates back to around 1903, when it was pulled along in the streets of Hamburg selling produce of all kinds. This was long before refrigeration and ways of keeping food cold. Pulled along by 2 Horses, the Huskster would travel the streets all day long until most of his merchandise was sold.
The paint has faded over time and the wooden wheels are in need of repair. Notice the long handle brake to keep the wagon from drifting. The Historical Society would like to restore this Historic piece of History, but money is hard to come by since most of it comes from donations.
It would be nice to once again see History in the streets again from long ago.