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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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...

Campaigning in 1897

Nebraska's statewide political conventions in 1897 were complex and colorful. The traditional Republican and Democratic parties were each divided into gold and silver ...

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. ...

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, ...

Election for Nebraska Supreme Court Judge, 1891

The 1891 election for Nebraska Supreme Court judge was an unusual contest. The People's Independent convention was held August 18, 1891, at Hastings. The nominees ...

Election Excitement in 1884

In November of 1884, Grover Cleveland narrowly defeated Republican James G. Blaine to become the first Democrat to be elected President since 1856. The tumultuous ...

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