|My old church in Pilger, NE after June 16th tornado--all that's left|
It was one of my home towns. I grew up on a farm equal distance (about 7 miles each) from both Pilger & Wisner. I have stronger ties to Pilger because it was where I went to church. The church (St. John's Lutheran Church) that was completely destroyed by the tornado was my church--where I was baptized, confirmed & married, family funerals. All my family now lives in Norfolk, NE--20 miles away. Many of my old farm area neighbors however did suffer damage. One our family friends lost all their farm buildings but the house was still standing. However the damage to the house was so extensive that it was considered a total loss and the family is moving out. I really don't have any news to add to what you can read on the internet, papers, of on TV. The damage is bad!
Two years ago Pilger celebrated its 125th Anniversary as a village. It motto was: "The little town too tought to die". There really wasn't much commerce in Pilger--a convenience/gas store, post office, bank, senior center, bar/cafe, library, and volunteer fire department and farmer's cooperative. We'll have to see how many businesses rebuild. I heard on the TV news that the farmer's coop vowed to rebuild.
Businesses that did survive: the library, water tower, city park and swimming pool.