As might be expected of any proud new father, many of the photos Wallace took were of Phyllis.However, Wallace also took many interesting photos in and around Stuart, Nebraska. He captured the town’s water tower under construction. A daring construction worker can be seen climbing on a thin support with neither net nor scaffolding to help him. Wallace also took a series of photos of a Fourth of July parade. People using umbrellas stand along the roadside as a marching band performs, proving that even if Mother Nature rained on their parade, they could not be deterred from enjoying the festivities. Another image in the collection shows a group of men standing amid snow-covered debris, possibly the aftermath of a fire. Alas, the specific details who, when, and precisely where were lost. However, this collection of photographs provides an interesting glimpse of life in Stuart, Nebraska, a century ago. Visit our online Photograph and Artifact database to view other images in the Phyllis Rhodes Collection (RG1900).
– Angela Kroeger
NSHS Practicum Student