December 2017

Football is a Crime

The Anti-Football Bill:

In the Legislature of 1897, J. N. Gaffin, a farmer from Saunders County, introduced a bill to make football illegal. A violation would bring a fine of $20 to $100 and imprisonment in the county jail. The death of a Doane College player at Hastings inspired the measure. Several amendments were offered, extending the ban to baseball, skating, and swimming. Nothing, however, came of the measure.

Postmaster Pulls Letter Out of His Hat

Post Office in a Hat:

"The first postmaster of Omaha was Alfred D. Jones, who, since there was no post office building, carried the letters in his hat as he went about his work. When people asked him for mail, he removed his hat, sorted through the letters, and returned the others to his hat-post office. He was appointed postmaster in 1854. He was also a bricklayer, surveyor, and member of the bar and city council. He died in 1902 at the age of 88."

Pan of Fudge

Pan of fudge (RG2266.PH0-000004)

Six girls and their bemused-looking chaperone pose in a pennant-bedecked room, possibly at York College (York, Nebraska) in about 1910.

Many food historians trace the origins of fudge to the dormitories of Ivy League colleges in the mid-1880s. The earliest written account of the treat appears in a letter written in 1886 by a young woman from Vassar.

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