This Week In Nebraska History, 07/15/18

July 15, 2018

1878: It was reported that the Burlington Railroad planned to build a line from Hastings to Sidney and on to the Black Hills.

1888: The main building of Nebraska Wesleyan University was completed to the top of its third story.

1898: One of the largest rainstorms in Lincoln’s history flooded streets, prevented streetcars from running and damaged foundations of houses. One man was killed by lightning.

1908: Salt Creek overflowed its banks and Lincoln was flooded again. Nine people drowned; hundreds were left homeless. The gas works was out of commission and every railroad in the city was stopped.

William Jennings Bryan was named presidential candidate on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

1918: The nation’s five leading meatpackers defended themselves in ads in Nebraska newspapers against Federal Trade Commission charges of profiteering and monopoly. According to the Armour, Cudahy, Morris, Swift and Wilson companies, the FTC had said that four large packers made profits of $140 million during three war years, compared with an average annual profit of $19 million in the three years before the war.

1928: Dr. Harry Everett announced the closing of the Lincoln Sanitarium, one of the city’s oldest infirmaries, at 14th and M streets.

Lincoln was considering nine possible airport sites.

1938: Representatives from more than 20 communities bordering Nebraska 16 between Omaha and Clarks unanimously adopted a resolution urging Gov. Robert L. Cochran to approve a recommendation of the National Association of State Highway Officials that alternate U.S. 30 be routed over Nebraska 16 between Omaha and Clarks.

1948: It was reported that the state had 2,835 grade schools with 10 or fewer students.

Dora Moore, 90, of Halsey died of starvation in a Broken Bow hospital. Investigators found $2,400 in currency and silver hidden in a cupboard in an old tobacco can at her home.

1958: Heavy rains and floodwaters during the week did an estimated $200,000 damage to Lancaster County bridges and roads.

1968: Federal funds to build the new Lincoln post office were made available by the General Services Administration; the $3.1 million bid went to Kingery Construction Co.

1978: Leshara was to get its first paved road under the 1978-79 state Roads Department $119.6 million budget for work on 422 miles of road.

Hail was believed to have caused more than $1 million in crop damage as storms cut a swath across Saunders, Butler and Lancaster counties.

1988: Wheat farmers in the Panhandle faced the effects of drought and wheat streak mosaic. The mosaic infestation caused green wheat to turn yellow and stripes to appear on the leaves, resulting in minimal to total damage.

1998: The Zoo Bar’s 25th anniversary celebration drew a crowd of about 16,000 people over the course of the two-day event, filling the streets at 14th and P with fans and music.

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