Omaha

Cass School students in Omaha plant trees as part of an Arbor Day program in 1901. NSHS RG2991-11-2

More than a month before the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1909, the Omaha Daily News on October 24 published the plea of mayor James C. Dahlman for what he called a "sane Thanksgiving." Dahlman, the colorful “perpetual mayor of Omaha,” said: "Unquestionably, men, women and children go to extremes in an observance of Thanksgiving day in some instances and it is about time their attention should be called to it.”

Omaha in 1886 boasted about 150 saloons manned by a host of bartenders who ministered to the city’s thirst for beer and hard liquor. The Omaha Bee on September 26, 1886, noted the “many things, interesting and curious, that might be written about the Omaha bartenders.”

Having $100,000 in 1874 was the same as being a multimillionaire today. Few people ever amassed so much money, and fewer still were rich enough to make a loan of that size. In the Fall 2013 issue of Nebraska History, author Dennis Mihelich explores the rumor that Edward Creighton of Omaha once loaned this huge amount to the Mormon leader Brigham Young.

Missouri River flooding at Omaha in 1881, NSHS RG2341-898 (right).

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