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Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame

Inducted 2011

 
 
Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame 2011 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
1. Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame 2011 Marker
Inscription.

Lyman & Robert Mead
Lyman Mead assumed the role of President of Mead Lumber Company in 1927 upon the death of his father, when Mead Lumber was a single yard in Ashland, Nebraska. In 1934, Lyman moved to Columbus and bought the Kaufmann Lumber Company. Lyman served as president of Mead Lumber Company for 60 years, until his death in 1987, growing the company into 16 locations across four states.

Bob Mead joined the family business in 1964, starting the company's first pre-hung door shop and roof truss shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Two years later, Bob returned to Columbus to work with his father in running the Columbus yard. He was president of the company from 1987 to 2006, during which Mead Lumber added 11 new locations and the company increased sales 600%.

Ray Schacht
Ray Schacht was General Manager of Consumers Public Power District from 1949 to 1964. Consumers was the fore-runner to Nebraska Public Power District. Ray brought to reality the world's first full-scale sodium graphite nuclear reactor used to produce electricity at the Hallam Nuclear Power Facility. He served as president of the American Public Power Association and became the first Nebraskan to win their highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, in 1964.

Durwood "Woody" Hill
Durwood "Woody" Hill
Lyman & Robert Mead on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
2. Lyman & Robert Mead on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
was named head of Consumers Public Power District in 1964. He led Consumers through a merger with other entities in 1970 to form Nebraska Public Power District. This merger kept the general administrative office for NPPD in Columbus. Woody led NPPD until 1982, during which time he was instrumental in the construction of Cooper Nuclear Station, Nebraska's largest coal-fired plant at Gerald Gentleman Station, and much of the state's generation system. He was president of the American Public Power Association.

Don Schaufelberger
Don Schaufelberger came to Columbus in 1964 as Operations Director of Consumers Public Power. He became general manager in 1983. During his tenure, NPPD added the two-story north wing to the Columbus offices. Schaufelberger was a leader in the formation of the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool in 1972, was a part of the formation of the Electirc Information Council, and served on the board of directors of the American Public Power Association.
 
Erected 2011 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 (U.S. 30) near 27th Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
Ray Schacht on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
3. Ray Schacht on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
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 ( 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. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nebraska Public Power District Timeline. (Submitted on August 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. About American Public Power Asosciation. (Submitted on August 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Columbus, Nebraska, Area Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on August 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Woody Hill on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
4. Woody Hill on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker

 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Don Schaufelberger on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
5. Don Schaufelberger on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. 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 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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