This Week In Nebraska History, 12/30/18

December 30, 2018

1878: A Lincoln packing plant employing 15 men was butchering 75 hogs daily.

1888: The Capitol was declared completed for less than $750,000. It took nearly 10 years to build.

1898: Paul Clark of Lancaster County was elected speaker of the state House of Representatives, and A.R. Talbot was made president pro tem of the state Senate.

1908: Suggestions for Christmas shoppers at Lincoln stores included chairs, $32-$50; coats, $5-$10; desks and cabinets, $6-$40; and Oriental rugs, $80-$2,000.

1918: Home-delivered prices of newspapers were raised to 20 cents a week for a morning, evening and Sunday combination in Lincoln. Publishers said costs of newsprint rose 200 percent during the just-concluded World War I. This pattern was to be repeated numerous times, with the cost of paper passing that of steel on a tonnage basis.

1928: Gov.-elect A.J. Weaver passed out plums on Christmas Day when he announced appointments for state department heads.

1938: Charles Schimmel, 66, head of the family that owned the Schimmel Hotels (including The Cornhusker in Lincoln and the Blackstone in Omaha) died in Omaha. The Omaha and Lincoln hotels remained in his family another 30 years before being sold to Radisson Management Corp.

1948: A holiday blizzard isolated 46 towns from McCook to O’Neill, with snow driven by 40-50 mph winds. No deaths were reported. While the situation was to ease for a few days, this storm proved to be only the forerunner of the great blizzard of 1949, the most severe storm on record in Nebraska.

1958: Ballots continued to arrive at the Statehouse in preparation for a recount of votes in the election of Democrat Ralph Brooks of McCook over incumbent Republican Gov. Victor Anderson. Brooks had been declared winner by the counting board with a margin of slightly more than 1,000 votes, 0.33 percent of the total vote.

1968: Several people missing in a blizzard were rescued, but the collapse of a snow-laden marquee at Central City fatally injured one man. A farmer near Wisner and another near Howells were found dead. A third was missing near Oakdale.

1978: Sen.-elect J.J. Exon, D-Neb., confirmed that he was selling the Lincoln office equipment company that he had founded 25 years earlier.

1988: Sarpy County farmland tax valuations were to be doubled in 1989, officials said.

1998: A new law required teen drivers to pass a written test and complete an approved driver safety course or log 50 hours of drive time with a licensed driver in order to obtain a Provisional Operator’s Permit.

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