Monsignor Nicholas H. Wegner (1898-1976) was an outstanding baseball player in his youth and received several offers from Major League baseball teams. He turned down the offers to pursue his calling to become a priest, pitching for small farm teams to earn his way through seminary. After studying in Rome, he was ordained on March 7, 1925. Returning to Omaha, he would become the Chancellor to the Omaha Diocese.
Monsignor Wegner was appointed the Executive Director of Boys Town on September 15, 1948. He retired on September 15, 1973.
Started by Father Edward J. Flanagan 1917, Boys Town began in a boarding house that welcomed all boys regardless of their race or religion. By the spring of 1917, 100 boys were living in the home. In 1921, Father Flanagan purchased Overlook Farm on the outskirts of Omaha and move the home there. Eventually becoming known as the Village of Boys Town, the community became an official village in the state of Nebraska. The boys that lived there elected their own government which included a mayor, council and commissioners.
This typewritten, signed document is dated February 4, 1958 and is on the official stationary of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home. Addressed to Miss Elaine Kwiat of New Castle, Pennsylvania, the letter thanks Miss Kwiat for her "generous contribution of $1.00" as well as her thoughts on Msgr. Wegner's recent appearance on television's game show, "To Tell The Truth." Msgr. Wegner remarks that at 14 years of age, Kwiat appears to be "quite a little young lady" and tells her that "God will reward you very generously for your willingness to share some of your blessings with these homeless children." He mentions the young girl's church as well as her school, Ben Franklin Junior High School. The letterhead is in full color and includes a vivid illustration of Boys' Town and it's inhabitants walking towards its buildings. The letter is signed "Nicholas H. Wegner." $175.00*