This Week In Nebraska History, 11/25/18

November 26, 2018

1878: It was reported that a coal seam 7 feet thick was discovered in Otoe County. The rumor proved false.

1888: Signs indicating the streets traveled were placed on Lincoln streetcars. The companies had attempted to keep cars of distinct colors on different lines, but this prevented transfer of cars from line to line.

1898: Adjutant General Berry wanted $104,000 to start the Nebraska National Guard anew.

1908: The City Council rid itself of sidewalk trouble by declaring that when A Street was graded, it should be cut down to the lot line.

1918: The end of the potash business near Alliance was in sight with signing of the World War I armistice. Nebraska had produced 60 percent of the American output during the war.

1928: Coach Biff Jones’ Army Cadets beat Nebraska’s football team 13-3 at West Point. It was the first Nebraska loss of the year.

1938: Loup River Public Power District directors planned to open bids for construction of 115,000-volt transmission lines from Valley to Omaha. Bids were to be received for erection of Omaha lines at Lincoln’s substation.

1948: The state was one polio case short of equaling the 1946 record of 645 cases.

1958: Fifteen-year-old Caril Fugate, female accomplice of convicted murderer Charles Starkweather, was found guilty of first-degree murder by a district court jury and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1968: Lincoln High School, with eight victories and a tie, was declared Nebraska high school football champion for the first time in 11 years. Other titlists: Class B, Aurora; Class C, Platteview (near Springfield); Class D, Wolbach; eight-man, Sterling.

1978: The University of Nebraska opened its 1978-79 basketball season and the first ever for the University of Alabama-Birmingham by defeating UAB 64-55 at Birmingham. There were 14,800 fans present to launch UAB’s initial basketball campaign, including Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

1988: A fire that destroyed Biehl Cattle Co., a feed mill complex east of Lexington, caused an estimated $1 million damage to the mill, transportation equipment and more than 10,000 bushels of corn.

1998: 34 vehicles - including a camper - were set on fire in a 12-square-block area of northeast Beatrice.

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