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Dick Cabela changed the business world and the panhandle


The Sidney Sun-Telegraph

Mary and Dick Cabela were at the stockholders meeting in Sidney last June greeting employees and investors for Dick Cabela's final meeting as Chairman of the Board of the international chain of outdoor gear stores.

The city of Sidney would not be what it is today without the contributions of Dick Cabela, co-founder of Cabela's, who died at his home on Monday morning. The company has undoubtedly been a major contributor to Sidney's continued success.

Cabela's was founded in 1961 when Cabela bought $45 worth of fishing flies to sell in his father's furniture store in Chappell. Customers at the store had little interest in the flies, so Cabela decided to sell them by mail order. Cabela's wife, Mary Cabela helped with book keeping by typing customer names and addresses on recipe cards.

Once the Cabelas...

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