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This Week In Nebraska History, 08/26/18

August 26, 2018

1878: The first steam thresher to reach Lancaster County was made ready for harvest operations.

1888: The foundation of the Lancaster County Courthouse -- in the block bounded by Ninth, 10th, J and K streets -- was being laid. The building was used in its original function until 1968-69, when the new County-City Building immediately to the south was occupied.

1898: Lt. John J. Pershing was promoted to the rank of major of volunteers for gallantry in action when his command came to the rescue of the Rough Riders in front of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War.

1908: William Jennings Bryan, Democratic presidential nominee, declared himself fit for a campaign. He planned to engage in a 30-day speaking tour.

1918: Die Welt-Post, a paper published in part in German by a corporation of men interested in Americanizing the German-Russians of Lincoln, was given unqualified endorsement by the Americanization committee of the Lincoln Commercial Club. The group failed to agree to a proposal to help the paper in its task, although it was reported to be combating “Hun propaganda.”

1928: Hale Holden, president of the Burlington Railroad, was appointed to an executive position on the Southern Pacific.

1938: State irrigation chief R.H. Willis reopened western Platte River canals to take care of surplus water from heavy rains.

The York County Farm Bureau imported 720 yearling Western ewes in an effort to rehabilitate the area’s livestock population.

1948: A resolution supporting construction of a $10,000 Lutheran Student Center at the University of Nebraska was approved at the annual convention of the Northern Nebraska District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

1958: The Nebraska Council of Churches was mobilizing to combat legalization of bingo. Church leaders planned to attack a proposed amendment to the state constitution legalizing the game from the pulpit, with literature and through committees. The November election was to result in a popular vote approving the game.

1968: Many Nebraskans of Czech and Slovak descent expressed sympathy for their homeland when it was invaded by Soviet and Communist allies.

1978: Secretary of State Allen Beermann announced that Nebraskans would vote in November on a 5 percent spending lid on local governments and mandatory deposits on beer and soft-drink containers. Beermann said the lid petition had gathered 69,573 valid signatures -- nearly 25,000 more than the 45,130 needed. The bottle petition drive was much narrower. Supporters collected 33,376 valid signatures, 1,785 more than required.

1988: According to information from the Cancer Control Project funded by the National Cancer Institute, Nebraska women were more aware of mammograms than women nationally yet were less likely to have a mammogram. This problem was greatest among older women, in whom the risk of breast cancer is also the greatest.

1998: The Huskers overcame Louisiana Tech’s outrageous offense to give new Coach Frank Solich his first victory with a 56-27 win at the Eddie Robinson Classic football game at Memorial Stadium.

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