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What We Found

Election in Rock Bluff, 1866

Rock Bluff, Cass County, during territorial days was one of Nebraska's thriving river towns although almost nothing of it remains today. The town was founded January 6, ...

Nebraska Election Trivia

Four years after the 19th Amendment granted women the vote, Nebraskans elected three women to the State House of Representatives: Clara A. Humphrey of Mullen, Sara T. ...

Elections in Nebraska, 1886

Prohibition was a major issue for Nebraska voters in 1886. While railroads, currency, and tariff reform were debated, the real political interest on the state level was ...

Elopers Flee Lincoln, 1877

Young love, traditionally celebrated on Valentine's Day, springs up throughout the year--and through the years. From Lincoln's Daily State Journal, November 14, 1877: ...

Emancipation Day

Family & friends of Robert H. Hannah on his homestead. "Picture taken by William H. Meehan at annual Emancipation picnic - 1st Sunday in August at Daddy Hannah's ...

Emory Wyman and Compulsory Voting

Emory Wyman (1834-1929), a resident of Shelton in Buffalo County, was elected to the Nebraska House of Representatives as a Fusion candidate in 1898. Once seated, he ...

English Sparrows in Nebraska

The English sparrow is one of the commonest birds in Nebraska and in the United States. It was brought to the U.S. in 1851, and to Nebraska in the 1870s. Several letters ...

Entertainment

Although Nebraska's first permanent theater, the Omaha Academy of Music, was not opened until 1867, there had been for a decade prior to this time sporadic theatrical ...

E. R. Purcell Remembers Newspaper Career in Custer County

"I have recently rounded out fifty years of newspaper work in Custer County," wrote Emerson R. Purcell in late 1942, shortly after the publication of the golden ...

Excursion to Lincoln, 1868

In the spring of 1868 a small group of Kansans traveled north to the new city of Lincoln, designated the Nebraska state capital only the year before. The Enterprise of ...

The Fading Horse

The rise of the automobile and the corresponding decline of the horse was well underway by 1909, especially in urban areas. The Omaha Daily News of August 22, 1909, ...

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