Derby community celebrates 150 years of history

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Dozens of people gathered at Madison Avenue Central Park Thursday night to celebrate as the city turned 150 years old. 

“I’ve seen this town grow, I worked for the police department here, and now I run the chamber, so I’ve seen a lot of growth in our community," said Chamber of Commerce President Mark Staats. 

The celebration featured food from local restaurants, silent and live auctions, and birthday themed performances throughout the night. 

Families reminisced on the years they've spent in the city. 

“We have a lot of families that have been here for generations.” People they might leave to go to college, start a job somewhere, but a lot of them land right back here once they start having families, and you meet people that are three, four generations here in Derby.”

In 1869, a family stopped their covered wagon on a bank in the area that eventually became known as Derby. The city was officially founded by Hart Minnich and John Hufbauer in July of 1871.  Hufbauer was from an area near El Paso, Illinois and named the new city El Paso. In 1956, the city underwent a name change to be officially known as Derby. 

"The postman’s name was Derby, and when the train would come through so that the mail wouldn’t get mixed up with El Paso Texas, they would say "just drop it off with Derby," said Derby resident Lisa Woolsey. 

The night was a celebration of past generations' accomplishments and a time for the community to look forward to the future. 

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