John Simon Kroh [RG3812.AM]


RG3812.AM: John Simon Kroh, 1874-1952

Papers: 1923-1950
Ogallala, Keith County Nebraska: Newspaper editor; state senator
Size: 0.75 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


John Simon Kroh, son of Courtney and Emma (Schnebly) Kroh, was born in Maryland on January 25, 1874. According to census records, Kroh was living in Iowa in 1895 and by 1910 was working in Chicago, Illinois, as a salesman. By 1920 he had married Nellie Snyder. From 1918 to 1944 Kroh served as the publisher of the Keith County News in Ogallala, Nebraska. He served in the Nebraska State Senate from 1923-1925 and was the past president of the Nebraska Press Association. John Simon Kroh died in 1952 and is buried in the Ogallala Cemetery at Ogallala, Nebraska.


This collection consists of two boxes of papers relating to John Simon Kroh’s political and newspaper career. The bulk of the collection consists of speeches and addresses delivered by John S. Kroh to Rotary Clubs, Elks groups, high school commencement exercise, and other civic and social gatherings. Subject matter is of a political, social, and moral nature. Also included are various quotes and anecdotes used as source materials for his speeches, as well as correspondence, clippings about Kroh’s political career and clippings about the transfer of Arbor Lodge to the state of Nebraska. Materials in the collection date from 1923 to 1952.


Box 1

  1. Correspondence, 1923-1951
  2. Speeches and addresses, 1923-1924
  3. Speeches and addresses, 1925-1928
  4. Speeches and addresses, 1929-1932
  5. Speeches and addresses, 1934-1940
  6. Speeches and addresses, 1942-1944
  7. Speeches and addresses, 1945-1948
  8. Speeches and addresses, 1950-1952
  9. Speeches and addresses, undated

Box 2

  1. Stories, anecdotes, quotes and source materials
  2. Clippings about John S. Kroh
  3. Clippings about the transfer of Arbor Lodge
  4. Miscellaneous

Subject headings:

Arbor Lodge (Nebraska City, Nebraska)
Kroh, John Simon, 1874-1952
Politicians — Nebraska
Publishers and publishing — Nebraska — Keith County

HK/cs 05-14-1965
Revised TMM 01-14-2019

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

State Song Sing-Along

State Song Sing-Along

Robert Ball Anderson’s journey “from slavery to affluence”

Robert Ball Anderson’s journey “from slavery to affluence”

Marker Monday: The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers

Marker Monday: The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.