Architectural drawing for the Lincoln Public School, Norfolk, Nebraska, by James C. Stitt. [NSHS RG6034.AM]


Treasures from Nebraska MuseumsFrom October through December, the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln is featuring items from the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center in Norfolk.

Nan Aspinwall was famous as an expert roper. NSHS RG3513.PH6-54 (left).

In the early 1900s, this bell was used on a homestead in Otoe County to call farmhands to meals. In the 1920s, it was used by WJAG radio announcer, and future Nebraska Senator, Karl Stefan to add sound effects to his noon report. WJAG radio of Norfolk was started in 1922 by the Huse family, and is one of the nation’s oldest radio stations.

From Bicycle Journal (September 1968). NSHS 9778-5From Bicycle Journal (September 1968). NSHS 9778-5 (at right).

Spittoons are visible on the floor in this circa-1910 photo by John Nelson of Ericson. RG3542-95-20


By Patricia C. Gaster

This article was first published as a newspaper column in March 2011.


During the late nineteenth century spittoons became a common feature of saloons, hotels, stores, banks, railway carriages, and other places where adult men gathered.

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