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Pound, Roscoe

Roscoe Pound, legendary legal scholar and longtime dean of the Harvard Law School, contributed significantly to the education of many of America's leading members of the ...

Powell, Doane

Doane Powell, an Omaha-born cartoonist, illustrator, and artist, was graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in art in 1904. He later studied in Paris ...

John H. Powers

John H. Powers (1831-1918) of Trenton is best remembered in Nebraska history for his work with the Farmers Alliance and for his unsuccessful gubernatorial race on the ...

Prairie Fire, 1864

When John S. Collins set out across the Plains in 1864, he never expected a narrow escape from a Nebraska prairie fire along the way. Collins, who traveled with an ...

Prairie Fires

The first settlers of Nebraska found a vast expanse of bluestem, which could be highly flammable. The danger was greatest during the late autumn of a dry season before ...

In the Middle of a Prairie Fire, 1876

Prairie fires were an ever-present danger in frontier Nebraska. Rolf Johnson of Phelps County knew this from experience. The Swedish immigrant provides a vivid ...

Prairie Stoves

The world is full of great ideas, but sometimes the best are ignored. One example involves the case of an extraordinarily efficient stove that was widely introduced by ...

James H. Pratt

James Hervey Pratt, rancher, farmer, land speculator, and freighter, was a frontier entrepreneur of the post-Civil War era. Born in Plainfield, Massachusetts, in 1825, ...

The Preacher Took a Drink

Preachers didn't have an easy lot in Nebraska's early days. A goodly portion of our citizens were what we now call "the unchurched"--at best they were apathetic to the ...

A Premature Fireworks Display

Independence Day celebrations began a day early in Omaha in 1901 when on July 3, a carelessly dropped match at H. Hardy's Ninety-nine Cent Store ignited a large stock of ...

Presley in Nebraska

The twentieth anniversary of Elvis Presley's August 1977 death revealed that the King of Rock and Roll's popularity remains high. Nebraskans may recall that Elvis ...

Prizefighting — Not in Omaha!

In its heyday, spanning the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, bare-knuckle prizefighting was a popular sport, much as gloved boxing is today. The ...

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