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Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame

Inducted 2008

 
 
Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame 2008 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
1. Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame 2008 Marker
Inscription.

Edward Martin Nielsen
Edward Nielsen bought the Columbus Chevrolet franchise in 1926. Soon after, the dealership moved to the 13th Street site where it remained for the next 70 years. Nielsen Chevrolet-Buick was in business one day short of 74 years. Ed expanded his car business by opening dealerships in Osceola, York, and Humphrey. Dealerships in North Platte, Scottsbluff, Cheyenne, Wyoming and Kearney were also purchased during the 1930s.

Locally, Ed was the Finance Drive Chairman to raise the initial funds for the Platte County Agricultural Society and then served as President of the Society in 1944.

Fairleigh Dickinson, Jr. and Henry P. Becton, Sr.
Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. and Henry P. Becton, Sr., sons of the founders of BD, assumed management of the Company in 1948. During their 24-year tenure, BD expanded worldwide, made the successful transition to sterile disposable products and became a public company.

The first BD facility outside New Jersey was opened in Columbus, Nebraska in 1949 with 15 associates manufacturing thermometers in a 25,000 square-foot plant. In 2010, BD in Columbus employed 1,700 associates in two facilities totaled almost 750,000 square feet.

Marion Van Berg
In 1933, Marion Van Berg sold his farm near Aurora and moved his family
Edward Nielsen on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
2. Edward Nielsen on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
to Columbus to start his first livestock sales in an old warehouse on 26th Avenue. In 1936 he built the sale barn on the property the Columbus Sales Pavilion still occupies in 2008.

He operated one of the nationís most successful thoroughbred horse racing stables from 1937 to 1970. In the early 50ís, his youngest son Jack joined him at the nationís racetracks and between them they broke more national racing records.
 
Erected 2010 by Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and Concerned Organizations.
 
Location. 41° 25.768′ N, 97° 21.604′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Nebraska, in Platte County. Marker is on 13th Street (Business U.S. 30) near 27th Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is along the southern edge of Frankfort Square. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus NE 68601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame
Dickinson and Becton on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
3. Dickinson and Becton on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); Glur's Tavern (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Columbus, Nebraska, Area Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. About Becton Dickinson Medical Supplies. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Columbus (Nebraska) Sales Pavilion. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Marion Van Berg Bio at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Hall of Fame Article from Columbus Telegram. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Marion Van Berg on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
4. Marion Van Berg on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Markers
Columbus Jaycees Sundial at left of photo. Looking NW across Frankfort Square
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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