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June 14, 2014  
Palisade hosts the annual celebration, Pioneer Days which began nearly 25 years ago. It is held on the second weekend in June. They have many events over a three day weekend including a dance, parade, BBQ, volley ball games, kid’s games, and alumni dinner and more.
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 The Palisade Veterans Memorial is designed to show our thanks to those who have valiantly served their country. It is one of the finest veterans’ monuments in the state. The stones erected bear the names of all Palisade area veterans, including those from the Civil War, World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, as well as our peacetime veterans. It includes all deceased, living and active duty veterans. To date over 700 names are engraved on the five large, granite stones.

The monument is located in a prime spot on Main Street Palisade, which is also Nebraska Highway 25A. The land where the monument is located was donated by local veteran Dennis Ferguson and his wife, Shirley. The park-like setting includes new sidewalk and curbs with decorative brickwork and landscaping. Benches are in place for contemplation and ease of use.

The groundbreaking was held April 21, 2001 and on June 10, 2006, a dedication for the memorial took place. The dedication included a quartet singing patriotic songs, firing squad and color guard, with approximately ten Veterans organizations in attendance, state commanders for American Legion, AmVets, VFW. and Auxiliaries. The director of the Department of Veteran Affairs was the keynote speaker following with the taps and the raising of the flag.

The ongoing maintenance of the property has been assumed by members of the Palisade American Legion, Palisade Sons of the Legion, Palisade VFW and SW AmVets.

For more information, contact:
Billy C. Smith, Project Chairman, P.O. Box 28, Palisade, NE 69040 - 308-285-3568


In the early 40’s, a POW camp for German prisoners was headquartered in Palisade. It was here about one-and-a-half years. Little was kept in the way of records apparently, and memories have not dredged up much other than one picture of snow sculptures of a man and woman that the prisoners had made in the winter. At that time, “snowmen” were one thing, snow sculpturing another, and some of the ladies were concerned that the snow people were obscene as they displayed the lady complete with bosoms.

My own memories of the men were workers for my father during corn-picking season (by hand) and their ability to sing while they worked. My father had a matched pair of black horses for his wagon team and one of the Germans wanted to make a hairbrush out of the tail hairs of one of the horses. Since the man could not speak English and my father no German, it took considerable sign language and some help from one of the guards to get the hairs for the brush.

Two prisoners attempted to escape during the winter, and did in fact get about five or six miles away, but they apparently were glad to be captured again, as they had no real idea of the vastness of the United States. It seemed as though they thought that the ocean was just a short distance away, and also had no idea of the direction to take, because they went north instead of west.

Reprinted from the “Palisade Centennial Book, 1887-1987”
Editorial Staff: Jo Ann Ward, chairman; Wanda Cooper: Pat Hackert; and Mary Jo Wolf.

The branch camp for German prisoners of war established at Palisade is a branch of the main camp at Indianola under command of Major Vern A Coverdell. The camp here is commanded by 1st Lt. Julian J. Crean and approximately 131 prisoners are housed here along with a detachment of 19 American soldiers as guards.

The prisoners of war will be employed on farms for the purpose of husking corn.

Their labor will be paid for at the prevailing rate for similar work in this vicinity, but of this the prisoners themselves will receive only 80 cents per day, the remainder going into the United States Treasury to help pay for the general cost of their maintenance in this country. But even the 80 cents is not in cash. It is in the form of canteen coupons with which the prisoners can purchase “extras” at a branch canteen at their local camp. These “extras” largely consist of tobacco, soap, writing paper, beer and soft drinks. However, the amount of beer each prisoner is allowed is strictly limited.

Arrangements for establishment of the branch camp at Palisade were approved by Major General C.H. Danielson commanding the Seventh Service Command of the Army with headquarters in Omaha. The project was first organized through L.H. Lanphers, county extension agent of Hayes County.

In announcing his approval of the project at Palisade, General Danielson called attention to the danger of fraternizing with the prisoners of war. The American military personnel are forbidden to fraternize in any manner, and civilians, including employers and their families are cautioned to follow the same policy. Firm but fair treatment is the watchword. The prisoners are well disciplined and they respect discipline.

“On the whole, the use of prisoners on various work projects has been satisfactory. The Army itself has been using prisoners for maintenance work, in laundries and in shops at nearly every post, camp and station.

To give you some idea of the scope and value of prisoner of war labor I am taking one camp as a typical example. Last year the prisoners there harvested 3,685 acres of beets, enough to supply sugar to a city of one million population for one year. In addition they harvested141,000 bushels of potatoes, 14,000 bushels of small grains and other crops, for a total market value of $1,092,945. For this labor, the employers paid the United States more than $50,000.

As a matter of fact, I can safely say that, from an overall viewpoint, our prisoner troubles have been infinitesimal in comparison to the amount of useful work obtained,” said General Danielson.

By “Palisade Times”, Fri. 10 Nov 1944

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