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Gonne, Maud, in Omaha, 1900

When Maud Gonne (1865-1953), a well-known Irish nationalist, arrived in Omaha in early 1900 for a speaking engagement, the Nebraska Irish were clearly delighted to have ...

Good Old Clerking Days

Merchandising has come a long way from the days of the general store, as recalled here in the 1930s files of the Works Progress Administration from the Nebraska State ...

Good Roads

The coming of the automobile necessitated construction of a network of roads across the state to accommodate motorists. Rural areas, especially in western Nebraska, ...

First Governor’s Mansion

Nebraska has had two official gubernatorial mansions, the first purchased in 1899, the second built in 1956. The first building was a two-and-one-half story, ...

Grasshoppers, Letter from Carleton, NE

During the grasshopper infestations of the mid-1870s, Nebraska boosters were hesitant to advertise the state's distress, fearing that immigration and investment would be ...

Grasshoppers, Othman A. Abbott’s Description

Pioneer lawyer Othman A. Abbott of Hall County was Nebraska's first lieutenant governor and a member of the constitutional conventions of 1871 and 1875. In 1928 Abbott ...

Grasshoppers, Lawrence Bruner’s Campaign

"Among the insects which do great damage are grasshoppers, and these are especially numerous this season," said The Western Stockman and Cultivator (Omaha), July 15, ...

Grasshoppers, 1876

The 1870s are remembered as grasshopper years in Nebraska, although the insects visited the state on a number of occasions over the years since 1857, doing more or less ...

Grasshoppers and Concussion

The columns of The Nebraska Farmer in 1877 were filled with conflicting advice on fighting grasshoppers. The May 1877 issue included a letter from Nebraskan George ...

Grave Matters

Funeral customs have changed through the years in Nebraska, but advertising of products and services has long been customary by those responsible for burial of the dead. ...

Great Race of 1908

On March 5, 1908, a Thomas automobile, the American entry in a celebrated around-the-world auto race, reached Omaha. Other entries-French teams in De Dion and Motobloc ...

Green, Guy W.

The founder of the barnstorming Nebraska Indians baseball team in 1897, Guy W. Green, was an energetic baseball promoter through the 1910s. Green said, "I cannot ...

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