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This Week In Nebraska History

This Week In Nebraska History

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1871 — A church directory showed there were nine places of worship in Lincoln.

1881 — The Legislature appropriated $1,000 to buy a Nebraska stone to be placed in the national monument to George Washington in Washington, D.C.

1891 — The Beatrice Real Estate Exchange decided to proceed with arrangements for construction of a six-story, $50,000 building to be known as the Real Estate Exchange Block.

1901 — It was unusual enough to qualify as newsworthy that several Lincoln women had been seen not only wearing lipstick but smoking in public.

1911 — The Nebraska Senate voted in favor of moving the University of Nebraska from its downtown site to the State Farm (which later was called East Campus).

1921 — Movie censorship as proposed by the Child Welfare Commission and modified by the House in the Legislature was moved to third reading.

1931 — For most of the week, state senators discussed a proposal to prohibit smoking on property of the University of Nebraska.

1941 — Gov. Dwight Griswold was in Washington, D.C., endeavoring to obtain information on what Nebraska would be expected to do as its part in the national defense program.

1951 — Nebraska Attorney General C.S. Beck said pinball machines that paid off in free games were a type of gambling and, therefore, illegal. Gov. Val Peterson pledged his support to the machine cleanup.

1961 — Lincoln industry got a healthy shot in the arm as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced a $2 million expansion and improvement program at its Lincoln plant. The expansion also would mean an additional 200 jobs by 1996, Goodyear said.

1971 — Winners of Nebraska high school (boys) basketball championships were Class A, Lincoln East; B, Fairbury; C, Pawnee City; D, Benedict. There was no girls tournament at the time. University of Nebraska-Lincoln President Joseph Soshnik announced he was leaving that post to join an Omaha investment banking firm. Soshnik said an ongoing budget dispute and student-administration debates following protests against the Vietnam War were “not determents” in his decision.

1981 — Under an ordinance approved by the Lincoln City Council, dealers in secondhand jewelry were required to keep tabs on their purchases for at least 72 hours. Dealers could resell the jewelry right away, but they must be able to “initiate its recovery” for police within 72 hours.

Grass fires southwest and northwest of Lincoln burned about 200 acres, including 15 acres at Bluestem Recreation Area and 25 to 30 acres near Branched Oak Lake. The state fire marshal banned open burning be-cause of the dry conditions.

1991 — Havelock Avenue welcomed people for its 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day party. About 1,500 people bundled up in chilly weather for the all-day festival.

2001 — A survey revealed a 1.6% increase in farm real estate values statewide and a 4.3% increase in the Sandhills. It was cause for celebration because land prices had dipped an average of $20 an acre, from $710 in 1998 to $690 in 1999.

Hulda Roper, Lincoln’s first female police officer, passed away at age 93. Roper was the lone “Santa Cop” long before the concept was developed. She also received awards for her care of the abused, the homeless and the neglected and was the guest of honor when Roper School opened in 1995.



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