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What We Found

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 ...

Husbands Wanted

"The fame of the bachelor citizens of Scotts Bluff County has spread abroad to such an extent," said the Gering Courier of December 18, 1908, "that we have received this ...

I-80 150 Years Old

It may sound ludicrous to say that Interstate 80 is 150 years old in 1996, but its antecedent highway, the Mormon Trail, was established in 1846. It essentially followed ...

“I Want to be a Submarine”

New-fangled military technology abounded at the turn of this century. Airplanes, dirigibles, armored motorized vehicles, and submarines were just a few of the advances ...

I Want Your Money

Advertising trends, like most everything else, change with the times. The 1990s may be known for subtle ads based on "the soft sell." (There's already an advertising ...

Ice Cream Cones Seized, 1910

Ice cream cones, one of the few joys of summer available before air conditioning, became popular during the first decade of the twentieth century. Although the origin is ...

Ice Industry

For many years the cutting of ice from rivers and lakes was an important winter industry, especially in eastern Nebraska. Just when the natural ice industry began in ...

Ice Industry

The gradual introduction of home refrigerators powered by electricity eliminated the need for ice delivery to most Nebraska homes. The Nebraska State Journal of April ...

Indian Fighters and Pensions

Governmental bureaucracy is nothing new. Almost a hundred years ago, Nebraska veterans discovered missing records and "red tape" when they applied for military pensions. ...

The Instant Town

Adjusting to rapid change is a trial we associate with "modern" life. But a hundred years ago Nebraskans witnessed change almost overnight as new portions of the state ...

Ionia Volcano

Unique sights between Omaha and Sioux City were described in the morning edition of the Omaha Daily Bee, on July 7, 1874. A letter writer, identified only as "RANGER," ...

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