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What We Found

Mail for the Little Blue

Mail service was a matter of vital importance to frontier Nebraskans, especially to those who depended on the mails for their livelihood. Mark J. Kelley, editor of ...

Major North’s Blizzard

  Minnie Freeman Penney was a young schoolteacher who during the blizzard of 1888 led her pupils from their Valley County school to the shelter of a neighboring ...

Thomas J. Majors

Thomas J. Majors (1841-1932) of Nemaha County was a pioneer soldier and farmer who served in the Nebraska territorial and state legislatures; in Congress; and as ...

Marriage in Hard Times

"The year 1932, now fast drawing to its close, may have seen a lot of big events go down in the history of the world," said the Kearney Daily Hub on December 31, 1932. ...

Married in a Cemetery

During a month noted for weddings, it may be of interest to recall a romantic story circulated more than 120 years ago about the unusual wedding of a Nebraskan and a New ...

Matrimonial Event

"One of the most remarkable and sensational matrimonial events in the history of Omaha occurred about five o'clock yesterday afternoon at the office of Justice Hart," ...

Will M. Maupin’s Nebraska Tall Tale

This "Exaggeration" postcard boasted of Nebraska cabbages The career of Nebraska newspaperman Will M. Maupin (1863-1948) lasted for more than sixty years and included ...

May, Foster

Foster May (1905-52) was an aggressive, controversial, and colorful figure in Nebraska radio and politics during the 1930s and early 1940s. An informal summary of his ...

McBride at Fort Kearny

Fort Kearny, established in 1848, served as a way station, sentinel post, supply depot, and message center for forty-niners bound for California and homeseekers ...

McIntyre, Lydia

When Lydia McIntyre died in Omaha, on January 2, 1937, at the age of sixty-three, she was well known to many of the city's residents. Although not prominent in any field ...

Meat Inspection

The recent emergence of mad cow disease in the United States has focused public attention on the country's meat inspection laws. Omaha's meat inspection ordinance in ...

Melbourne, the Rainmaker

Frank Melbourne was one of the best known of a small group of rainmakers active in the Great Plains during the early 1890s. A native of Australia, he came west from Ohio ...

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