Village of Talmage

IMG 2752507 5th Street
Talmage, NE 68448
Phone: (402) 264-3715
Carol Bruggeman - Clerk
Office Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays

8:00AM to 12:00PM



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"Talmage is near the southern border of Otoe County, just off of Nebraska Highway 67 and about twenty miles from Nebraska City, Syracuse, Tecumseh and Auburn.  An agricultural area, it lies within the Nemaha  River valley near Spring Creek, Wilson Creek and the south Branch of the Little Nemaha.  This area was selected by early pioneer settlers for its  fertility and resources.
The early farmers in our community were nearly all Germans who immigrated from their native land or moved here from settlements in nearby states.  Following the Civil War, discharged soldiers came west looking for homesteads.  By 1880 many people had made their home in the area.  Getting their crops to market became a problem.  The Missouri-Pacific Railroad started to build a line from Kansas City to Omaha.  Land was donated by Clark Puffer so a town  could be built near the planned railroad depot.  The first train arrived in March 1882 with a load of lumber and a caboose for passengers.
The town was founded (platted) on March 2, 1882 with many lots sold.  The population by 1895 reached between 800 and 900 and was described as ‘upright, industrious, reliable and public spirited’ by the editor of The Talmage Tribune (Vol 14 No.43)." (1)
Biggs Cemetery
Fairview Cemetery
St. John's UCC (McWilliams) Cemetery
St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
St. Paul's UCC (Osage) Cemetery
Schacht Cemetery
Charter Oak Christian Church
Talmage, NE 68448
Talmage-Townshipelement332Faith Lutheran Church
108 Carol St.
Talmage, NE 68448
(402) 264-2425
Talmage-Townshipelement333St. John's United Church of Christ
4403 'O' Rd.
Talmage, NE 68448
(402) 259-4215
Talmage-Townshipelement330Zion United Church of Christ
302 Carol St.
Talmage, NE 68448
(402) 264-2965
American Legion Post #246
Talmage, NE 68448
Talmage-Townshipelement340405 Main St.
Talmage, NE, 68448
(402) 264-3875
Talmage History (1882 - 2007)
The Talmage History book was compiled by members of the Talmage community and is currently being offered to the public by the Talmage Area Action Group (TAAG).  This book covers Talmage's 125 year-old history from its very beginning in 1882, when Talmage became a major stopping point for the Missouri-Pacific rail line, and concludes in 2007. The book hosts 128 pages dedicated to the history of this prosperous Otoe County community, 172 pages of family biographies, and 154 pages worth of photographs of Talmage's citizens and facilities throughout its history.
This book is available for $42.00 ($30.00 for the book itself, and $12.00 for shipping and handling).  If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Elaine Hauberg with the Talmage Area Action Group at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Works Cited:

(1) Rohlfing, Alma. "Talmage Biography." (2009). Print.


Genealogy Events


 Program Ideas - Come & share with us!!!  We want to make the Society interesting to all Otoe County area residents or descendants of Otoe County Pioneers!!

Thursday, August 10th - 6:00PM - Brown Bag Lunch -  Brief Meeting - selecting Nomination Committee and Finance Meeting - Unadilla Resource Room.  Please come and give OCGS your input and interest for future activities/programs!

Saturday, August 19th - 9AM Lewis & Clark Center - Nebraska City - Group will meet east of the Syracuse Public Library and car pool from there.  Lunch Downtown Nebraska City.

Saturday, September 23rd 10AM - Osage Cemetery tour & Brown Bag Lunch

Saturday, October 21st, 9AM - Meeting.  10AM - Program - preserving Old Photographs, Unadilla Resource Room

Saturday, November 18th, 9:30AM Election of Officers, 2018-2020, Potluck Lunch.  Unadilla Resource Room.


Syracuse Museum of Memories - Looking for Volunteers.  They meet every Wednesday, 9AM.  Open every Sunday afternoon - May-October, else by Appointment.  See their page on our site for further details. 


Meeting Minutes

May 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

April 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

February 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

November 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

June 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes

May 21, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the Minutes.

April 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the Minutes

March 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the Minutes.

February 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes - click here for the minutes.

January  9, 2016 Meeting Minutes - click here for the minutes.