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New Garbage Toters
Bud’s Sanitary service will begin providing one 96-gallon garbage can (toter) beginning in November. The toters are provided and owned by Bud’s Sanitation and must stay with the property at all times. You will be responsible for the cost of any lost or damaged toters that need to be replaced. If you move, leave the toter at your current residence and a toter will be provided to you at your new residence if there is not already one there. Any trash not placed in the toter WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. If you find that you need an extra toter, you can contact the city office and an extra one will be provided to you. The cost per toter pickup will be $18.00 per month and $5.00 for each additional toter. They will be delivered to you when they come in.
City Council Meetings are held on the third Monday of the Month at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.
Proposed agendas are posted at the Post Office, City Office and the Library.
Humphrey is located in northern Platte County, Nebraska. The community is located along US Highway 81, and Nebraska Highway 91. Humphrey is approximately the midpoint between Columbus, in Platte County and Norfolk, in Madison County. Humphrey was platted in 1880 when the Omaha, Niobrara and Black Hills Railroad was extended to that point. It was named after Humphrey, New York, the former hometown of the first postmaster.
Although Humphrey was not incorporated until 1883, the area where Humphrey is now located was always very popular with settlers. As early as 1868, settlers - most of whom were Catholic immigrants from Germany, Austria, Holland, Poland, Ireland, and Switzerland - located in the north-central part of Platte County they called "Tracy Humphrey."
Tracy Humphrey was also known as "railroad land." This meant land was priced low by the railroad companies to encourage rapid settlement which in turn benefited the railroad companies. In 1879 the Omaha, Niobrara, and Black Hills Railroad company began construction on a line that ran from the Union Pacific main line at Duncan to Norfolk. On November 25, 1880, James E. North, county surveyor for the railroad company platted lots and drew up a town plan for the new community of Humphrey.
William Elmers owned the first store in town selling lumber and grain. Soon other businesses followed his lead. In 1881, Dan Drebert and Ira Briggs started the first bank. Duesman Furniture and Funeral Home was built in 1882.
Four churches were established - Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Lutheran. The St. Francis Catholic school and the public school system, established in 1884 and 1889 respectively, still educate the children of the Humphrey area. The Humphrey Democrat began publishing in 1886 and the newspaper remains in circulation. Humphrey is governed by a Mayor and four city council members.