Emil F. Roeser, 1887-1982 [RG0950.AM]


RG0950.AM:  Emil F. Roeser, 1887-1982

Reminiscences:  1967, undated
Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska:  Businessman and historian
Size:  Five items


Known as the unofficial historian of Hall County, Emil Roeser, son of Oscar and Minna (Stolley) Roeser was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on June 30, 1887. He attended Grand Island public schools and also studied at the Grand Island Baptist College.

Emil Roeser was married to Frieda Detlefsen in 1911. He became manager of his father’s grocery business and also joined his father in an accounting business. Emil began his own accounting firm in 1939, from which he retired in 1963.

Long interested in local history, Roeser was instrumental in the founding of the Hall County Historical Society. He served as the organization’s president for several years. He died in Grand Island on July 14, 1982.


This collection consists of five manuscript items. These reminiscences, written by Emil Roeser, describe a few incidents in Grand Island and Hall County, including the murders of two local men and a story about Thomas Goodchild, African American barber of Grand Island.



  1. Murders of Christian Tramm and Christian Goetsche, 1967
  2. Nebraska Maple Syrup
  3. Electric Power
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Thomas Goodchild, Negro barber

Subject headings:

African Americans — Nebraska
Crime — Nebraska — Hall County
Electric power — Nebraska — Grand Island
Goetsche, Christian, 1853-1868
Goodchild Family
Goodchild, Thomas
Grand Island (Nebraska) — History
Hall County (Nebraska) — History
Roeser, Emil F., 1887-1982
Tramm, Christian, 1852-1868

Revised TMM       12-26-2006

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