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1869: Kearney City, 2 miles west of the fort at the edge of the military reservation, was known as Doby Town. Its residents sold supplies, liquor and entertainment for immigrants and soldiers.

1879: The Lancaster County Jail was relatively new, but prisoners already were experienced at escaping.

1889: The Eden Musee in the Bohanan Block of Lincoln was the city's best known place of amusement. For a long time, it had a brass band that played daily on O Street.

Union College was born at the Seventh-day Adventist Camp Meeting in Kansas, where Elder W.W. Prescott, secretary for education, put forward a proposal to build one strong Adventist college west of the Mississippi and east of the Rockies. Union College opened its doors two years later.

1899: The state occupation tax socked the railroads very little. They were called on for only $1,400.

Col. Victor Vifquain of the 3rd Nebraska Regiment returned home from Cuba to a reception by the people of Lincoln.

1909: Heavy rain southeast of Lincoln caused a flood in the Antelope Valley. A woman who lived on outlying 33rd Street drowned.

Every time a heavy rain occurred, the Antelope Valley site designated for the proposed new Lincoln High School on J Street had to be checked to see if it flooded.

1919: Maj. Gen. William L. Sibert gave the dedicatory address at the formal opening of the University of Nebraska's Chemistry Hall (named Avery Laboratory).

1929: Dobson and Robinson Co. of Lincoln was awarded the contract for an eight-mile extension of concrete surface on U.S. 6 northeast of Havelock.

1939: The entire state was in immediate need of a substantial rain to check damage to small grain crops.

1949: President Harry S. Truman nominated Francis P. Matthews of Omaha to be secretary of the Navy.

The remnants of a prehistoric mastadon or mammoth were found along Indian Creek near Pickrell. The fossils appeared to be a giant tusk, part of a hip bone and pieces of teeth.

1959: The U.S. Weather Bureau reported 1.31 inches of rain in Lincoln in an hour. Havelock Avenue and underpasses at North 48th and North 56th streets flooded.

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1969: The Legislature passed a bill authorizing issuance of $30 million worth of highway revenue bonds. The constitutional prohibition on such action had been removed by popular vote in the fall of 1968.

Weather - rainy, windy and cold - delayed or interrupted farm work and the state track meet.

1979: An association of county judges endorsed only $10 fines for most violators of the 55 mph speed limit on the interstate. The action was promptly rebuked by a State Highway Commission resolution.

1989: Gov. Kay Orr signed a bill to include Kearney State College in the University of Nebraska system by July 1, 1991. After that date, the school was officially called the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The governor signed a measure allowing Native tribes to reclaim the skeletal remains and burial goods of some of their ancestors.

1999: Gov. Mike Johanns praised lawmakers for passing the leanest budget in a decade. He vetoed $16.3 million out of the two-year, $4.7 billion state budget package. The Appropriations Committee voted unanimously not to override the vetoes.

Nebraskans, like consumers nationwide, were going bankrupt in record numbers. Filings for Chapter 7 - which allows most debts to be discharged - reached 5,168 in Nebraska in 1998, a 115 percent increase from 1988. The bankruptcies were blamed on easy availability of credit, business downsizing and divorce.

 

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