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Roller Skating Once a Popular Adult Pastime

A wave of popular enthusiasm followed the invention of the modern roller skate in 1863 by James L. Plimpton of Massachusetts. Within twenty years roller skating had ...

Roosevelt, Theodore, Visits Nebraska, 1900

The Republican Party announced in July 1900 that Theodore Roosevelt, its vice-presidential nominee, would visit Nebraska that fall. Local Republicans were convinced that ...

Roping Elk

Cowboys occasionally roped more than cattle or horses, as James E. Farley recalled in Solomon D. Butcher's Pioneer History of Custer County, Nebraska (1901). "Towards ...

Rosewater, Edward

Edward Rosewater (1841-1906) is best remembered in Nebraska as the editor and publisher of the Omaha Bee. Always aggressive and controversial, he was also influential in ...

Victor Rosewater

Victor Rosewater (1871-1940), son of the founder of the Omaha Bee, followed his well-known father, Edward Rosewater, into journalism. Victor's reminiscences of his life ...

Rosewater’s Christmas

Edward Rosewater, longtime editor and publisher of the Omaha Bee, and a force to be reckoned with in Nebraska politics from the Bee's founding in 1871 until his death in ...

James M. Ross Letter

James M. Ross, a Johnson County settler in the 1860s, wrote several letters to his father in Illinois describing the geography and the agricultural prospects of his new ...

Rothacker, O. H.

Ottomar H. Rothacker's short but spectacular career as a newspaperman in Denver and Omaha attracted a good deal of attention. The subject of Lewis O. Saum's "The Good ...

Rubel, Maud

The 1894 murder in South Omaha of a young white woman named Maud Rubel resulted in a lengthy pursuit of suspects. Although Rubel's "doctor" without a medical degree was ...

Baseball, Ruth vs Gehrig

Considered by many to have been the best baseball team ever fielded, the 1927 New York Yankees featured a "Murderer's Row" of batters including Babe Ruth (this was his ...

SAC Memorial Chapel

The Strategic Air Command Memorial Chapel at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, was built in 1956. The Omaha architect was Leo A. Daly. The chapel is distinguished by its ...

Saloons, Billiard Halls

Although saloons and billiard halls were not considered respectable businesses by some in frontier society, town boosters often supported their contributions to the ...

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