A look at Ashton Today
Home of the Polish Heritage Center Inc.
The village of Ashton is located 45 miles northwest of Grand
Island, NE or 10 miles east of Loup City, NE, the County seat of
Sherman County. J. P. Taylor named it in honor of his home in
Ashton, Illinois. The Ashton settlement of fine farmland along the Oak
Creek began in 1871. The village was incorporated on March 30,1889.
Ashton's population has fluctuated throughout the years from a high of
450 to its present population of 225.
Visitors are welcomed by the friendly downtown merchants. Businesses
operating today include:
Ashton State Bank, Pat's Bar and Grill, White Way Garage, White Way
Service, Thriftway Lumber, Golden Touch Beauty Salon, Ashton Feed &
Grain, OK Sanitation, Kuszak's Photography, United States Post Office,
Maschka's Sausage Shop, "A Deal for You" Consignment & Craft Shop,
Ashton Village Hall, Dee's Cakes, Ashton Welding, Ashton Community/
Legion Club and the Polish Heritage Center Inc.
The Ashton Legion Park located on Center Avenue, offers a relaxing place
to have a picnic lunch or family reunion with playground facilities for the
Roosevelt Park northeast of Ashton is a place to enjoy a summer softball or
baseball game. There is also a tractor pull every summer. (this year July 4th).
Ashton has seen its wave of immigrants first Germans, and later Poles.
Located at 226 West Carleton is the newly organized Polish Heritage
Center. It was organized in 1997 in an effort to preserve the ancestral
language, culture, and traditions of the Polish people. We invite you to
visit the center's museum, which offers unique displays and relics from
the past. The lower level of the center houses the Ashton High School
memorabilia and also a room with articles from the Paplin parish which is
located northeast of the town of Ashton.
St. Francis Church has Mass each weekend and at 8:00AM most Wednesday
mornings. Weekend Mass scheduling is done on alternating times 5:30 PM
Saturday evenings or 8:30 AM Sunday.
Community activities throughout the year include: New Year's Eve dinner
at the St. Francis Hall, Memorial Day dinner following Mass at the St.
Francis Hall, Polish Festival held each year the first Sunday after Labor
Day with the exception of 2005. Due to a scheduling conflict it will be held
this year on August 28th. There is ann annual tractor pull in at Roosevelt
Park and the annual Ashton alumni banquet is held the same month.
During the PHC "Polishfest" we celebrate a Memorial Mass for the
deceased loved ones who have memorials at the Polish Center. Every
other year is the annual Wigilia (A traditional Polish Christmas eve
Ashton Days in July are filled with activities for young and old alike. Some of
the many activities include a parade on "Main Street" followed by the
crowning of Miss Ashton, skeet shoot at Roosevelt Park, Red Hat Luncheon,
Yard of the Week contest, costume horse races, mini tractor pull, Polish
Heritage Center open from 2-4 PM, and a duck race. Along with the alumni
banquet there is also a appreciation BBQ ,cake auction, and to complete the
evening a street dance.
Each year Ashton participates in the River City Roundup on the 3rd
Tuesday in September. Ashton also participates in the September "Junk
Throughout the year, additional community events can be found
displayed on the electronic Ashton event sign. The sign was purchased
by the Community Club and erected on the Community Club / Legion Hall.
We hope you will make the village of Ashton one of your
destinations throughout the year. For more information Visit: