1869: Company A, recently recruited, was placed under the command of Capt. Luther North, with Fred Matthews as lieutenant.

1879: Lancaster County's population was claimed to be 18,875.

The gas company put a main across Salt Creek to connect with the State Hospital.

1889: A.D. Kitchen was preparing his third block of buildings on O Street.

The Nebraska Planing Mill was preparing to occupy new quarters at 21st and X streets.

1899: Notwithstanding the edict of the excise board and the vigilance of the police, the dry law was frequently broken.

1909: The city government decided all businesses should be removed from the sidewalk in harmony with a Nebraska Supreme Court decision. This meant canceling licenses for all people with popcorn vending machines working on the streets.

1919: The U.S. Supreme Court declared the dollar gas ordinance of Lincoln was legal and nonconfiscatory.

U.S. Sen. George W. Norris of Nebraska exposed what he charged was a deal by Democrats and standpat Republicans to control Senate committees.

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1929: Many points in Southeastern Nebraska were cut off from the outside world by floods caused by heavy rains. Falls City was isolated and a 16-year-old boy drowned.

1939: The State Board of Control let three contracts for a ward building at the Lincoln State Hospital at a cost of $303,000.

1949: A federal court report showed that $8,105,689 was spent in Nebraska on Operation Snowbound as a result of the great blizzard early in the year. The total was a combination of amounts spent by the Agriculture, Army and Interior departments.

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1959: Abnormal rainfall throughout the state played havoc with corn and other grain-planting schedules. Several tornadoes were reported.

1969: Gary, Gregory and Kelly Sage, 22-, 21- and 19-year-old brothers from Niobrara, respectively, were among the 74 sailors whose lives were lost when their U.S. destroyer was cut in two in a collision with an Australian aircraft carrier in South China Sea maneuvers. The brothers had asked to serve on the same ship.

1979: Liquor licensing laws continued to pain the Lincoln City Council. Mayor Helen Boosalis and the council were nearly unanimous in their opinion that liquor sales should be controlled at the local level, and not by the Nebraska Liquor Commission as mandated by state law. Council actions often were overturned by the commission.

1989: A mall with a VF Factory Outlet store as its anchor was to be built in Nebraska City. A trolley system was planned to transport customers to stores and historic sites in the area, including Arbor Lodge.

1999: The Sage Brothers Memorial was dedicated along Nebraska 12 in the center of Niobrara in honor of three brothers who died in an accidental sinking of the USS Evans in 1969. Guests of honor were Eunice Sage, mother of Gary, Gregory and Kelly Sage; Linda Vaa, widow of Gregory; and 18 of the 199 Evans survivors.

Valuations were going up for thousands of farmers and acreage owners in Lancaster County and neighboring counties. An assessor stated, "The market place has been going nuts the last three or four years ... people just want to live in the country" and were willing to pay higher prices for acreages and ag land.



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