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Lease, Mary Elizabeth, in Nebraska

The work of Mary Elizabeth Lease (1850-1933) for the Populist cause in the 1890s brought her national attention. A gifted orator, she worked in 1891 and 1892 with the ...

Lechery and Lead

Frontier justice was often swift, if not just. Here's an example from the spring of 1887, which appeared underneath the headline "Lechery and Lead/A Bullet for a ...

J. H. Lemmon

J. H. Lemmon, one of Thayer County's earliest settlers, recorded his memories of the enormous numbers of buffalo in southeast Nebraska about 1860. In a reminiscence ...

Santee Sioux Musical Band

Noted musician and bandmaster John F. Lenger was born in 1849 in Bohemia. He attended a government school and music conservatory in Prague until he was fourteen, when he ...

Let the Trader Beware

Trading horses, like trading used cars, is an activity that has always been best entered into with caution. Traders' tricks are legendary. Many's the dupe who thought ...

Lewis and Clark Expedition, Centennial Observances of

Centennial observances by Fort Calhoun residents of the Lewis and Clark expedition's visit to their locality took place during the summer of 1904. The Blair Pilot of ...

Lewis and Clark Expedition, Medicine for

In 1802 President Thomas Jefferson wrote to Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia physician, asking him to prepare some questions to serve as guidelines for an exploration ...

Liberty Bell

Besides serving as a local attraction and patriotic symbol at the two world's fairs held in Philadelphia (to celebrate the United States centennial in 1876 and ...

Libraries

The first library in Nebraska Territory was established during the winter of 1856-57 in Omaha, then still an unincorporated village less than three years old. A young ...

Life Blood of the Nation

The public schools have lately been the focus of much attention--and much criticism. "The schools aren't doing an adequate job," the pundits say, "and America is falling ...

Lightning Rod Salesmen

In the 1880s when Nebraska farmers were moving from sod to frame houses, many bought lighting rods for their new dwellings. The settler might live from twenty to forty ...

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