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The Dangerous 4th

In some ways, the Fourth of July is the perfect kid's holiday. Noise is central to the celebration, and so is danger in the form of fireworks. Each year's Independence ...

The Dandelion Rake

"Kearney has it and has it bad," said the Kearney Daily Hub on May 14, 1902. "The dandelion is taking the town, literally overrunning it from end to end, covering lawns ...

Dance Crazes

The spreading popularity of ragtime music during the early 1900s led to a series of so-called animal dance fads, including the fox trot, horse trot, turkey trot, crab ...

Dake, Orsamus C.

Orsamus C. Dake (1832-75) was perhaps the first Nebraska writer to base his work on Nebraska's history, landscape, and people. Born in Portage, New York, in 1832, he was ...

Dairy Sires Special

After the depression of 1920-21 the Burlington Railroad sought to revive freight traffic in its western territory. John B. Lamson, head of the Burlington's Agricultural ...

Cuming City

Cuming City was an early Washington County town named for Thomas B. Cuming, acting governor of Nebraska Territory from 1854 to 1855 and from 1857 to 1858. The site was ...

Cudahy Kidnapping

The kidnapping of sixteen-year-old Edward Cudahy Jr., son of the prominent Omaha meatpacker, one hundred years ago was one of the most sensational crimes in Nebraska ...

Cruelty to Men

W. S. Shoemaker, a correspondent to the Public Pulse column of the Omaha World-Herald in July 1897, asked why the patrolmen of the city were compelled to wear heavy ...

Crop Failure: The Ice Harvest in 1882

"There is a panic among the ice dealers, brewers, butchers and packers just now," said the Omaha Daily Bee on January 9, 1882, "and every sort of scheme is being devised ...

Crime on Streetcars

The nineteenth century is sometimes remembered as an uncomplicated era which generally lacked the social problems and juvenile crime more characteristic of the twentieth ...

Crime Along the Overland Trail

Lawlessness along the Overland Trail to Oregon and California, according to Merrill Mattes, author of The Great Platte River Road, was relatively low. There were no ...


The Mid-West Hotel Reporter of Omaha on February 11, 1921, included an interview with W. C. Brown. "Brown has lived most of the time for the past forty years in ...

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