Straw stuffed goose decoy made sometime between 1941 and 1958 by John Albert Lundgren, one of Nebraska’s few nationally marketed decoy manufacturers.
Valentine’s Day cards can be sweet, sentimental, funny, and sometimes just plain bizarre. Here are a few of the strangest valentines I have found in the Nebraska History Museum’s collections.
The Library/Archives Division holds a small collection of papers relating to Bayard H. Paine. Paine was a judge for many years and served on the Nebraska State Supreme Court from 1931 to 1949. Born in Ohio in 1872, Paine graduated from Grand Island High School in 1889. He attended Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. Paine passed the Nebraska bar in 1904 and started practicing law.
The NSHS Archives holds a small collection relating to the Beatrice Starch Manufacturing Company of Beatrice, Nebraska. The collection consists of a minute book which records minutes of meetings, by-laws, stockholder information, etc. Also included are photocopies of a corn starch box label.
The Library/Archives Division holds a small collection of papers and photos relating to “Chief,” the last U.S. Cavalry horse. Foaled in 1932, the U.S. Army purchased Chief in 1940 at Fort Robinson from L.A. Parker of Scottsbluff, Nebraska for the sum of $163. Chief arrived at Ft. Riley, Kansas on April 3, 1941, where he was assigned to the 10th Cavalry and later the 9th Cavalry. Chief was then transferred to the Cavalry School in June of 1942 where he would eventually attain the rank of Advanced Cavalry Charger.
The Royal Highlanders was a “benevolent and fraternal corporation” originally established in Aurora, Nebraska in 1895. The goal of The Royal Highlanders was “to unite for mutual benefit and fraternal protection all white persons who are in good health, of exemplary character, and between the ages of 16 and 65.” The Royal Highlanders headquarters building in Aurora was supposedly modeled after Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Source: Mrs. Ethel Carleton
If you had to guess the history of this object, what would you think? Perhaps an old, well-used picture frame? Actually it’s original purpose was a window frame, and it’s part of a much bigger story.