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O’Neill, Gen. John

Gen. John O'Neill, a native of Ireland and veteran of the American Civil War, beginning in 1874 encouraged Irish immigration to Nebraska. The "general," a rank bestowed ...

O’Neill on Northern Nebraska

In December 1874 the Central Union Agriculturist and Missouri Valley Farmer of Omaha invited "the attention of our readers to the following circular issued by Gen. John ...

Why Opera Houses Were More Popular than Opera

Opera houses provided entertainment and culture in small towns throughout Nebraska between 1880 and 1920. Was opera really that popular? It’s true that opera and ...

Oscar Wilde in Omaha

In the spring of 1882, Oscar Wilde, English poet and self-styled aesthetic, visited the unpolished state of Nebraska during a lecture tour. Wilde, his business manager, ...

Overland Freighting by George Marvin

The Old Freighters Meeting of the Nebraska State Historical Society, held January 10, 1900, included the reminiscences of George P. Marvin. Marvin, then editor of ...

Overland Freighting by Herman Lyon

By 1900 the days of the overland freighter across the Nebraska plains were long gone. But in January of that year Herman Robert Lyon of Glenwood, Iowa, who had formerly ...

Overland Trail

The overloading of wagons and pack animals prior to Overland Trail journeys resulted in the abandonment of worldly possessions along the trail. An overload of supplies, ...

Paddock, Algernon S.

Algernon S. Paddock, who served two terms as United States senator from Nebraska (1875-81 and 1887-93), came to Nebraska as a young man and occupied positions of ...

Paderewski in Lincoln, 1900

In March of 1900 the first issue of a small literary publication, The Pebble, appeared in Omaha. Edited and published by Mary D. Learned and Louise McPherson, it ...


In 1860 Henry E. Palmer traveled from Omaha to Pike's Peak with James A. Maxwell's party. He was a careful observer of the people the group encountered and the sites ...

Parachuting Accident

Aerial stunts and parachute jumps, which predated the invention of the airplane by a number of years, were attended by frequent mishaps. An Omaha-area balloon ascension ...

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