MRA Our Hometown series – Beatrice NE
June 4, 2019
This week for our MRA Our Hometown series we feature Beatrice Nebraska! Our cover photo is the Visitor center at the Homestead National Monument just outside of Beatrice. Along with being the County seat of Gage County NE Beatrice is also home to the Homestead National Monument.
In 1862, the U.S. Congress passed the Homestead Act, which allowed settlers to claim 160 acres of government land for a nominal fee. The law went into effect on January 1, 1863. Just after midnight on that day, Daniel Freeman persuaded a clerk to open the local Land Office so that he could file a claim for a homestead located 4 miles west of Beatrice. His is regarded as the first of the 417 applications filed that day.
In 1936, Congress created Homestead National Monument of America on the site of Freeman’s claim.
Beatrice is also home to 3 of our MRA office locations. Lil Fritch and Amanda Fritch are located at 104 N. 24th Street, and Renee Bartlett is located at 301 S. 6th. Lil has been serving the community with Farmers Union & MRA for over 25 years now and along with daughter-in-law Amanda Fritch, they offer Crop Insurance, Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, and Financial Services. Renee Bartlett has been a part of the MRA team for 5 years now and offers all lines of insurance thru MRA as well.
This summer take some time to stop at the Homestead National Monument, and while you are in Beatrice stop by and enjoy the Chautauqua Park and the Cage County Historical Society Museum. And do not forget to stop by to say Hi to Lil, and Renee at their respective office locations!