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Peak population was 100, in 1910. Post office established August 22, 1891 and discontinued October 15, 1920. The town declined with the discontinuance of the railroad.

Tate was located in Turkey Creek precinct, sections 29 and 32. The town began to take shape in 1890 when the Kansas City Northwestern railroad went through. In 1907, the Nebraska State Gazette listed the population as 100. The town was initially named Gage. The name of Tate was probably for a railroad official named Sam Tate.

As the town was established, businesses sprang up. Burnett and Tegtmeier sold groceries. Mr. Wright was postmaster. Bill Homes sold farm implements, and his wife kept a hotel. Lumberyards were owned by Vancura and Pockards, and blacksmith shops were run by Ed Crane, Frank Schrepel, and Blechas. There were also a pool hall, a harness shop, and a drug store.

The Baptists built a church, but the Methodists held their meetings in the schoolhouse. The railroad had understood that they could use the Rock Island rails between Virginia and Beatrice. A disagreement developed, so it was necessary to build a roundhouse and a large earth storage dam. Lack of connections west caused a decrease in business and, eventually, the death of both the railroad and the town.

Some of the early settlers in the Tate area were Jonathan Mort, Captain Chester Nye, Joe Blecha, James Gyhra, Willard Smith, Ed Duey, Mr. Shuey, and George Wiers.

From an article by Albert Panee in 1966 for the Pawnee County Historical Society using material from the State Historical Society. Ernest Mort, Floyd Mort, nd Frank Schrepel. Information collected by Mrs. Jeanette Miller Ulmer. Location 29-32-3-9.


Pawnee County Communities in Existence after 1854:


Pleasant Valley


Scott's Valley

Bookwalter Shafferville
Cincinnati Tate

Tipp's Branch

Mayberry Violet
North Summerfield  

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