Robert S. Griswold Seed & Floral Company
On March 5, 1860, a majority of voters in Nebraska territory cast their ballots against statehood. Many Nebraskans felt it was time for the territory to become a state, but even more feared statehood would result in higher taxes.
"Omaha Charley" Bristol wrote that Standing Bear presented him with this scalp shirt in 1876. It is a fine example of work that appears to predate the Reservation era.
These hard times aren’t the first hard times Nebraskans have faced. And it’s not the first time community gardens have helped people put food on the table. On March 4, 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, the City of Lincoln recreation director announced that 30 acres of city land would be available for gardens for the unemployed.
March 3: On this date in Nebraska (and U.S.) history the Timber Culture Act became federal law. The 1873 provision allowed homesteaders to acquire 160 acres of land by planting 40 acres of trees and tending them for 10 years. Nebraska Senator Phineas W. Hitchcock introduced the bill. "The Tree Planters’ State” became Nebraska’s official state name some twenty-two years later.
On this day in Nebraska history, (March 2, 1867, to be exact), Turner M. Marquett took the oath of office to become the brand new state of Nebraska’s brand new (and first) U. S. Representative. The congressional session ended the next day, March 3, leaving the new representative with the distinction of having the shortest term of any Nebraska congressman.
How bad does it have to be before a locomotive snowplow gets stuck? A crew near Chadron on the Chicago and North Western line resorted to hand shovels to dig out a snowplow during the winter of 1948-49. NSHS RG3139-27 (left).