This Week In Nebraska History, 01/27/19

January 28, 2019

1869: The proposed University of Nebraska was still a major issue in the Legislature.

1879: John B. Finch, who had been giving temperance lectures in various parts of the state, announced Lincoln would become his permanent home.

Wheat sold for 60 cents a bushel in Lincoln; corn was 16 cents.

1889: Gov. William A. Poynter, a member of the Fusionist Party, asked the U.S. secretary of war to remove Col. John M. Stotsenburg from command of the 1st Nebraska Volunteers in Manila.

1909: The Lincoln Board of Education was considering a special election on a bond issue to finance construction of a high school to replace three old buildings on the block bounded by M, N, 15th and 16th streets. The board’s discussion led to construction of the first and main unit of Lincoln High School at 22nd and J streets in 1913-15.

Pierce and Knox counties felt violent earthquake shocks.

1919: County superintendents viewed a movie illustrating the career of Columbus from 1485 to 1492 in a meeting at the Capitol. This was an early use of the motion picture as an instructional tool.

1929: The newly formed Lincoln Aircraft Co. said it would build airplanes in a Capital City factory.

1939: Solomon S. Warren, one of Lancaster County’s few remaining Civil War veterans, died in Lincoln.

1949: Blizzard-bound Nebraska was declared in a state of emergency and $500,000 was appropriated for relief work as federal, state and local agencies moved to relieve beleaguered areas.

1959: Lincoln Mayor Bennett Martin announced the City Council had approved his recommendation to establish an airport authority to consider a site and financing for a new municipal airport. The authority maintained municipal operations at the Lincoln Air Force Base, then took over the base when the Air Force closed it down.

1969: Two prominent Nebraskans died. One was Stanley A. Matzke Sr., 70, of Milford, former state legislator, attorney, conservationist and writer. The other was Byron Dunn, 80, former state banking director and board chairman of Lincoln’s National Bank of Commerce, who also had been an active conservationist.

1979: Gov. Charles Thone declared 11 counties in northwest and north central Nebraska state disaster areas. Livestock in the area was starving and freezing, and ranchers were stranded. About 25 inches of snow fell in late November, and occasional storms since then had buried winter grazing land.

1989: U.S. Ecology narrowed the location of a nuclear waste facility to three possible sites: near the town of Nelson in Nuckolls County, near Auburn in Nemaha County and near Butte in Boyd County.

1999: Plans for a south Lincoln YMCA got a green light from city planners, but a move by the city’s oldest car dealership, DuTeau Chevrolet, remained stuck in neutral after Porter Ridge neighborhood residents mounted an aggressive campaign against the proposal.

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