Andrew Jackson Higgins
(1886 - 1952)
- Born in Columbus, Nebraska
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- Trip to New Orleans
National D-Day Museum -
- March 21 - 25, 2001
- Several veterans from the
Columbus, NE area, students from Columbus High School, teachers
and others made the trip to New Orleans to see the National
D-Day Museum, the Higgins family and to tour the area.
The trip was exciting and enjoyed by all that made the trip.
- Photo 1: Jackson Barracks
is where the group stayed on the Military base in New Orleans.
- Photo 2: Reception at
the Jackson Barracks. Front Left around the table. Betty Davidson,
Ron Davidson, Edward Neesen (son), Schuyler, Dick Breuer, and
father Veteran Edward Neesen also from Schuyler looking at the
many gifts donated by businesses in Columbus, Governor Johanns,
and the military.
- Photo 3: This was taken
at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. Gayle Higgins Jones,
granddaughter of Andrew Jackson Higgins, Dawn Higgins Murphy,
daughter of A.J.H., and Jerry Strahan, author of Andrew Jackson
Higgins and the Boats that Won World War II. The Admiral of
the Navy certificates were a gift from Governor Johanns and
framed by Senator Jenny Robak.
- Photo 4: Andrew Jackson
Higgin's daughter, Dawn Higgins Murphy, in the center in blue
meeting guest at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. Behind Dawn,
in front of Jerry, is her husband Bob. The person across from
Jerry, in the back, is Ron Davidson, Veteran from Columbus.
Talking to Dawn is Herman Schmitz, veteran from Petersburg.
Front right is Rex Gfeller, veteran from Lincoln, left front
is Betty Davidson. Between her and Dawn is Mickey Behlen.
- Photo 5: KLIR News Director
Jim Herink doing one of a dozen live interviews during the bus
trip. Here Jim is interviewing veteran Frank Micek while at
- Photo 6: Brad Zywiec,
CHS sophomore and artist for the Higgins Project, doing a caricature
sketch of Burdette Priefert. Burdette (Stub is his nickname)
and wife sitting, live in Hebron. The other couple in the picture
are Glen and Eunah Goering, a veteran and his wife from Columbus.
This picture was taken in New Orleans (NO), Jackson Barracks
(JB) in LA. After the reception we went to dinner. Returning
late many were not ready for bed so Brad did some char. drawings.
- Photo 7: National D-Day
Museum Luncheon hosted by Andrew Jackson Higgin's Granddaughter
Gayle Higgins Jones. This is a presentation of D-Day ties given
to SFC John Valasek and Major Jerry Meyer our travel coordinators.
The ties were a gift from everyone on the bus tour.
- Photo 8: Jerry Meyer and
daughters of Andrew Jackson Higgins - Andre'e Higgins Stefferud
and Dawn Higgins Murphy.
- Photo 9 - 10 - 11 - 12
-13: Everyone enjoyed the luncheon at the D-Day Museum.
Luncheon hosted by Gayle Higgins Murphy.
- Photo 14: The daughters
of Andrew Jackson Higgins standing by his gravesite. Left
- Andre'e Higgins Stefferud and Right - Dawn Higgins Murphy.
- Photo 15: Jerry E. Strahan:
Author of the Andrew Jackson Higgins biography - "Andrew Jackson
Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II."
- Photo 16: This is a picture
with all the veterans that were on the bus trip in front of
Andrew Jackson Higgins grave. Our bus driver was also a veteran.
We decorated the grave on March 23rd following the reception
luncheon at the museum, hosted by Gayle Higgins Jones who is
the granddaughter of Andrew Jackson Higgins. We, also, had a
tour of the city that afternoon showing us where Higgins Industries
buildings were located. Author Jerry Strahan was the tour guide.
- Photo 17: Gathering at
the National D-Day museum. Left to right - Backs - Dick Breuer,
Virginia Priefert, Hebron, Lauretta Dixon talking to Virginia.
Black Sweater is Maureen Carrigg, Wayne State College (helping
students with the documentary) talking to Jerry Strahan. Left
to right in background. Herman Schmitz, Dawn Higgins Murphy,
Brian Kucera, Robin Tipton. To the left is the Higgins boat.
- Photo 18: Saturday was
our last day in New Orleans. After breakfast at Shoney's we
went to the River Walk and took a luncheon cruise on the Creole
Queen. The cruise took us down the Mississippi past plantations
and large ships docked along the way. We were given the opportunity
to get off the boat at the historical site of the battle of
New Orleans. While the ranger was educating us on this significant
battle other were busy looking through the gift shop. After
the rangers speech we got back on the boat and enjoyed a Creole
luncheon including red beans and rice, along with Jambalaya,
a BBQ beef sandwich, green salad, gumbo soup and bread pudding
- Photo 19: Maureen Carrigg
professor at Wayne State College accompanied the Higgins group
to New Orleans. Maureen is working with the students preparing
for the taping of the Nebraska Noah. Brandon Rosno is holding
the campera with Tiffany White and Lindsay Warnick looking on.
- Photo 20: The group before
leaving for home
- Photo 21: Arriving home.