The population of Purdum is less than 10, but the art of being a good neighbor is still practiced in this Sandhills community.
Other than pre-packaged sandwiches or snacks at the local Harsh Mercantile, there really is no place to eat in town. A few years back, the Purdum Women's Fellowship at the local United Church of Christ church started serving lunch at the fellowship hall twice a month. We caught up with Sherry Mulligan, and she says the lunch is held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from October through April. It's an opportunity for the church ladies to make little money for community activities, and for the entire community to have some social time. "It's a good time for people to get together, enjoy a nice meal, and have a good visit," Mulligan said. Many of the surrounding ranchers look forward to bringing their families and employees into town for the lunches.
What's on the menu? Homemade runzas, soups and sandwiches, tacos, and the always popular pot luck are a few examples. There is always a wide variety of homemade desserts. We understand that everything is donated by the church ladies themselves or a volunteer from the community. You could say the town of Purdum is small but mighty. The town has a post office, a bank, the mercantile, a well business and a church. Mulligan says she enjoys living in the Purdum and Hasley areas. "I don't think there's a prettier place in Nebraska than the Sandhills," she said.
If you are looking to experience a little Sandhills hospitality, and the art of neighboring, then you'll no doubt find it at these special lunches at the UCC church in Purdum.