Jerrald K. Pfabe's study of two twentieth-century time periods explores Seward County's most common forms of crime and examples of each. 


Portrait of C. P. Miller with headline: "THE FIRST MARTYR. Whom the American Protective Association is Called Upon to Mourn, Is Buried in Lural Hill Cemetery, and Is Escorted by One Thousand Members. The Community Believes Mayor Miller, of South Omaha, Was Murdered, and the Verdict of the Coroner's Jury Will Not Alter the Case in the Least. ROMANISTS PARTIALLY SATISFIED."

Though it looked like a suicide, an organization called the American Protective Association was convinced that the death of South Omaha’s mayor was a Catholic plot. The APA’s weekly Omaha newspaper, The American, spread unfounded rumors and tried to discredit local “Romanist” officials.

A bit of post-election humor has a dark backstory unrelated to politics. How did this piece of paper become part of History Nebraska's collections?

History Nebraska RG207, Series 7, Subseries 9, Box 2.


Three men restrain a fourth man. Caption scratched onto photo reads: "A new fad of the Kearney sheriff and chief of police Trindle when a bad man strikes the city."

Thousands of dollars are missing in Kearney, but who is the thief? Is it the trusted postal clerk, or his good friend the former sheriff? This story of betrayal includes a Christmas burglary, a sensational trial, and a Thanksgiving verdict. Happy holidays!

Newspaper portraits of a man and woman, Claude and Nellie Nethaway

Omaha was shocked when the wife of a Florence real estate man was brutally murdered in 1917. A suspect was soon in custody, but was he the right man?

Gravestone reading: "J. R. MacDonald / Leg 1922"

Omaha police officer James MacDonald spent a decade with one leg literally in the grave.

Workers at Honey Creek Coal Mine, Peru, Nebr

Workers at Honey Creek Coal Mine, Peru, Nebr

Workers at Honey Creek Coal Mine, Peru, Nebr. RG2304-8-58


Sidney, Nebraska, circa late 1870s. NSHS RG3315-40


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