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Morton’s Praise of Corn

While serving as U.S. secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland, a position to which he had been appointed in early 1893, J. Sterling Morton never forgot ...

Morton’s The Conservative

The first issue of The Conservative, "A Weekly Journal Devoted to the Discussion of Political, Economic and Sociological Questions," was issued from the new office of ...

Mosby in Nebraska: “These Fences Must Come Down!”

John S. Mosby (1833-1916), the "Gray Ghost," commanded a Confederate cavalry unit during the Civil War. After the war he served as U.S. consul to Hong Kong (1878-1885) ...

Mosher, C. W., and the Capital National Bank

The failure of the Capital National Bank of Lincoln in January of 1893 occurred during a low point in Nebraska's business and political life. Legislative investigating ...

Mothers Day in 1909

In the United States the celebration of the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day dates to efforts by Anna Jarvis to establish such a day honoring her own and other ...

Motion Pictures

In the spring of 1916 the Omaha World-Herald commemorated its move from 1412 Farnam Street to 216 South Fifteenth Street with a number of special events, including a ...

Moving the Courthouse

Virtually every county in Nebraska has had a county seat fight. In Box Butte County Nonpareil was designated the first county seat after the county was formed in 1886, ...

Mrs. Stanton Speaks

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an ardent and articulate supporter of rights for women, campaigned tirelessly for women's suffrage. In June of 1871 she addressed "an ...

My Dear Cousin Hans

Before the telephone made it easy for Nebraskans to reach out and touch someone, letterwriting provided a vital link between family members and friends. Good news and ...

Mysterious Man in Red

Today's tabloids are no more flamboyant and sensational in tone than much of the nineteenth century press. For example, the Omaha Daily Bee, edited by Edward Rosewater, ...

Mystery Grave in Boyd County

Like something out of detective fiction, a crew digging a trench found an unmarked grave in a rural field where no graves were known to exist. This 2000 discovery near ...

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