Dear Hull Community and Friends,

Hull Cemetery Memorial Day Program & Community Gathering

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery (also known as the Hull Cemetery 14 miles south of Stegall) will have a program at 11:00 am on May 29, 2023 Memorial Day.  Children will decorate veterans’ graves with flowers.  The speaker will be Commander Reginald Preston of the United States Navy followed by a flag folding ceremony and a laying a wreath on the Unknown Soldiers Memorial.  The playing of Taps will conclude the ceremony.

Following the program, we will adjourn to the Dean Lerwick Farm 4 miles north of the cemetery (190852 Stegall Road) for a carry-in-dinner with attendees bringing a main dish, table service and chairs.  Drink will be furnished.

Please bring your community and family stories and photos to share.  For more information please call (308-641-1398) or email (jpreston@prestonpast.com) Jack Preston.

There has been a Memorial Day Observance every year since the late 1800’s and we surely don’t want to break the tradition.


The web page has had quite a lot of work done on it in the news clipping section.  At the bottom of each page is a search bar.  Just type in the name you are looking for and it will search the whole website for the name.  Names will be displayed and click on one and the example will show up.  It should find all names that we have typed into the pages.  However, it will not find names in the in the photocopies of the newspaper clippings or obituaries.  It will pick up the captions of photos and clippings, homesteads, homestead maps, cemetery lots and burial information.  Newspaper clippings are  completely done through 1920 & 1929, 1935 & 1940  years on the site of all the names in the Hull News, Hull People and Hull Schools.

Ron Stoddard has been working on photos this spring.  There are many things that volunteers could help with.  We have been trying to make the google map easier to use.  If you know anyone with WordPress website or Facebook experience, please let me know.  Any ideas about improvements in the website would be appreciated.  Any pictures, stories or other history of Hull and the area would be appreciated.

Stay Safe

Jack R. Preston, 192726 Preston Road, Lyman, NE 69352, H  308-247-2888, C 308-641-1398





Content is being added daily and many many things need to be expanded or corrected. Help is needed with both the web site and the Facebook page. If you have photos, stories or other materiel that you would like added, please email hull@hullcommunity.org. The Homesteads, General Land Office records will be on the web today listing all of the homesteaders in the 9 township region of Hull. This includes some homesteads outside of what some would call Hull, however including full townships made it much easier. Check out the Google Map under maps which is also under construction.


Many thanks to the following people and organizations.

This website is possible only because of the hard work and advice of Floyd Smith III.  He guided Jack Preston through the maze of website development and did most of the cemetery section himself.  He is the founder and director of the West Nebraska Family History & Research Center at 1602 Avenue A, Scottsbluff, NE.  Visit the facility and learn more about family history.  Most of the obituaries came from the files at the Center.

David Ewing provided most of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery photos.  Nancy Haney spent many hours working on content for the site.  Sherry Preston worked on Facebook.  Don Preston worked with the photos, video and sound. Many people provided content and thanks to all of them.

The lists of homesteaders came from the General Land Office records in the Bureau of Land Management files.  Fold3, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, digitized the homestead records of Nebraska at the National Archives and provided the pdf files that you access. The other copies of homestead records from the National Archives were provided by Jack Preston.  The Gering Public Library provided access to microfilm of the Gering Courier.  The release of copyright was provided by the Omaha World-Herald.