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What We Found

Horses Yield to Tractors

The gradual transition from horse to tractor power on Nebraska farms was well underway by 1916 for many reasons. Horses were expensive to buy, feed, and maintain. ...

The Hot Lunch Plan

Serving Lunch at Lincoln High in 1906 As many Nebraska students head off for school, they'll check to see "what's for lunch." The hot lunch program has become a ...

Housing Problems

Do you have a housing problem? If you do-and who hasn't?-chances are it's still not as bad as that faced by Nebraska's territorial pioneers. People were pouring into ...

How Hot It Was!

"Heavens, How Hot It Was!" exclaimed the Omaha World-Herald on July 27, 1894, describing summer life before air conditioning. Temperatures had reached 108 degrees in ...

How They Hitch

"It was a dull day," the Omaha Daily Bee reporter explained to his readers on November 29, 1881. "The trains were all on time and carried only the usual quota of ...

How Times Change, Thoughts on Christmas in 1925

  The 1920s ushered in significant changes in American life. They were years when most Americans acquired their first radios and automobiles, and achieved the ...

Howard, Edgar

The varied career of Edgar Howard (1858-1951), one of Nebraska's most colorful public figures, spanned more than forty years and won him wide state and national ...

Howard K. Clover’s Picturesque Career

When Howard K. Clover disappeared from Omaha in late May of 1900, the departure of a man called a "Mechanical Don Quixote" by the Omaha Daily Bee, was doubtless a relief ...

H. P. Bennet and Nebraska’s First Territorial Legislature

Nebraska's first territorial legislature, convened in 1855 in Omaha, reflected the impermanent population that then inhabited the territory. Some of those elected had ...

Frontier Hunting Accidents

Dad is ready to hunt during a family outing near Broken Bow in 1889. History Nebraska RG2608-764 Hunting on the frontier had many drawbacks besides firearms accidents. ...

Hunting for Food and Recreation

Hunting was an economic necessity as well as a recreational activity for pioneer Nebraskans. W. A. Anderson, who settled near Ord in Valley County, on February 1, 1879, ...

Hunting Wild Game

Many European and American settlers noted the abundance of game as they moved out onto the prairies. "Prairie-chickens and quails, when I first went on the overland ...

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