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1869: Conflicts were arising in western Nebraska between cattlemen, whose herds fed on free pastures, and the Grangers, who were settling and fencing small farms.

1879: Seven railroad coaches full of landseekers arrived in Lincoln. One-third of the group remained there while the rest went on west.

1889: All previous real estate records were broken by Harris and Harris, which in a month's time sold 462 lots in Abbott's and Irvine's additions northwest of 33rd Street and Leighton Avenue.

1899: The Burlington Railroad said it planned to spend a large amount of money on shop and equipment maintenance projects, chiefly at Havelock and Oxford.

1909: Lincoln dedicated a detention home at 746 Rose St., the result of a visit four years before by Denver's authority on juvenile care, Judge Ben Lindsey.

1919: A census showed 822 male teachers and 12,733 female teachers in Nebraska. Male teachers received a monthly wage averaging $107.37 while females received $66.87.

1929: The board of judges of Pioneers Park accepted sketches submitted for park landscaping. Work began immediately.

1939: A legislative committee failed to take any action on a bill eliminating fireworks on July Fourth except under official supervision.

1949: The Legislature's Education Committee killed two bills dealing with the kind of degrees four state teachers colleges could confer.

1959: A sneak blizzard pounced on eastern Nebraska, leaving one person dead, another seriously injured and virtually halting all traffic.

An implied-consent bill - providing that a driver arrested and suspected of drunken driving has given his implied consent to tests for alcohol when he signs his license - was introduced in the Legislature.

1969: City offices formerly housed in Old City Hall between Ninth and 10th streets on the north side of O Street were moved into the new County-City Building at 10th and J streets.

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The City Council decided to put a $2.35 million bond issue proposal on the May ballot to finance two new fire stations, two branch libraries and a new asphalt plant and paving repair facilities.

1979: The Lancaster County assessor's office was busy as workers stuffed envelopes with the on-again, off-again property re-evaluation notices.

1989: Stories circulated regarding the former north Omaha Franklin Community Federal Credit Union. Within a week after the credit union was closed in November, federal regulators discovered more than $30 million was missing. Investigators implicated Lawrence E. King Jr., Franklin's manager and treasurer, alleging that he spent more than $34 million from the union on himself and his business.

1999: The average value of Nebraska farmland fell for the first time in 12 years, from $710 per acre to $693. Lower grain prices were cited as the main cause.

Pushed by stiff winds, the second largest fire in Nebraska history raged for almost 30 hours and nearly destroyed the town of Thedford. One firefighter died. The fire apparently started at an abandoned Sandhills farmstead and scorched up to 60,000 acres of prairie destroying at least one house and killing hundreds of cattle.



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