New Community Event Sign in Oakland


Have you noticed this new sign? It is located on the north end of Oakland’s Main Street, on the corner by the Fire Hall? A Friends of Oakland Foundation Grant assisted in purchasing this new sign that not only says welcome to Oakland, but informs citizens of upcoming events. “Only community events may be added to the sign. It is not for advertising,” stated Sue Beckner of the Friends of Oakland Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. Examples of such events are Party in the Park, Swedish Festival, Fire Department Events, Church events, etc. “The sign is not for advertising, such as sales at businesses, it is only for community events” Beckner said. To add an event to the sign, or for further information, contact the Oakland City Office. Photo Credit, Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub. 

Millicent J. Troupe, 93, of Oakland NE


Millicent J. Troupe, 93 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Oakland Heights in Oakland.

Millicent Joan Troupe was born April 3, 1923 in Oakland, Nebraska to Clyde C. and Edna (Neff) Neumann. Millicent passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 13 days.

Millicent’s roots in Oakland were deep, as her grandfather’s family (her father was 6 months old) came to Oakland from Illinois in 1881 – thus her love of Oakland history. Millicent had finished her goal in life by completing her 200 page book of “Oakland History Revisited”. Even with her failing eyesight, she was pleased to finish this gift to Oakland, and donate the proceeds to the Sesquicentennial in 2018.

Millicent attended Oakland Public Schools and graduated from Oakland High School, Class of 1940. Although Millicent wanted to go to business school in Omaha, her father wanted her to stay home. She worked at the Oakland Public Library and typed War Bonds at the Farmers & Merchants Bank. In 1941 Millicent enrolled at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honorary society recognizing academic excellence for freshmen.

In January 1943, Millicent met Charles W. “Windy” Troupe, who was training to become a fighter pilot in the Navy Air Corp V-5 program at Doane College in Crete. Windy said he had found a girl “who would wait for him”. Windy changed to the Army Air Corp and he was shipped out for training in Pasco, Washington. On September 6, 1943, Windy passed through Oakland to meet Millicent’s parents and ask Millicent to marry him. Millicent said “yes”. Corresponding only by letter, they did not see each other until December 1944. Windy had received his wings. Millicent and Windy were married December 28, 1944 at Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Windy and Millicent were married for 60 years, until Windy’s death in 2005. The Troupes have three sons; Jeff, Phil and Roger.

After WWII, Millicent and Windy returned to Oakland. Millicent was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Millicent served on the Oakland School Board from 1954 to 1960. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Millicent was a longtime member of Chapter EL, P.E.O., serving many offices. Millicent was given the AK-SAR-BEN Good Neighbor Award in 1986 for her decades of reading her weekly story hour to the residents of Oakland Heights Nursing Home and taking them on trips, reading a story hour to children at the library, and for her thousands of hours researching, compiling and saving the history of Oakland. Millicent instilled in her children the importance of correct writing and spelling, knowledge in travel, the love of all humanities, letters and current events (which she cut out of newspapers, underlined and sent to her children and grandchildren often).

Millicent was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Windy; brother, Chase Neumann and wife Jean; brothers-in-law, Earl Holle, Ralph Troupe and wife Peggy.

Millicent is survived by her three sons, Jeff (Judy) Troupe of Oakland, Phil (Pam) Troupe of Adams, NE, Roger (Betty) Troupe of Fremont, NE; eight grandchildren, Jill (Ryan) Flessing of Lawrence, KS, JoAnna (Aaron) Going of Oakland, Melissa Zahourek of Lincoln, NE, Meagan (Greg) Gates of Lincoln, Mark (Katie) Troupe of Lincoln, Matthew (Grace) Troupe of Lincoln, Ana (Josh) Harms of Blair, NE, Sara Troupe of Fremont; 11 great grandchildren.

Memorial Service:
Fri., May 27th at 11:00 AM
First United Metodist Church, Oakland
113 N. Oakland Avenue, Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Private Family Burial at the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial Contribution:
Friends of Oakland Foundation to be used for Education and the Oakland Public Library.
Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Millicent Troupe

Millicent Troupe

 

Preparing for New Bathroom Building in Oakland Park


Oakland's city crew has been busy moving dirt in the park in preparation for the new bathroom building that will be built in the near future. The Friends of Oakland Foundation contributed $20,000 to the construction of the building and there is also $30,000 in the city's budget going towards the building. This will be a great addition to the park, providing a large bathroom/shower facility for the public, and especially for those camping in the park. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland’s city crew has been busy moving dirt in the park in preparation for the new bathroom building that will be built in the near future. The Friends of Oakland Foundation contributed $20,000 to the construction of the building and there is also $30,000 in the city’s budget going towards the building. This will be a great addition to the park, providing a large bathroom/shower facility for the public, and especially for those camping in the park. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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