This Week In Nebraska History, 01/06/19

January 7, 2019

1879: The County Agricultural Society again was faced with whether to put up $3,500 to buy the State Fairgrounds. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents had sold the land to the Exposition Co. on the condition that it be transferred to the society when it raised the $3,500. The society had the money, but some people felt that a horse breeder who was a major stockholder in the Exposition Co. could develop the land more quickly.

1889: The Nebraska House of Representatives got off to a fast start, passing 24 bills.

1999: The foundation of A.N. Wycoff’s store at 27th and O streets was completed, and work on the building was progressing rapidly.

1909: C.W. Pool of Tecumseh was selected by the Democratic caucus to be the speaker of the Nebraska House. W.H. Smith of Seward was chosen secretary of the Senate.

1919: British author and playwright George Bernard Shaw said in Lincoln that a new world war eventually would break out in the absence of the League of Nations.

1929: Bern R. Coulter of Bridgeport was elected speaker of the Nebraska House. As usual, the Republicans controlled the Legislature.

1939: While the Nebraska Supreme Court argued a case involving the constitutionality of an antipicketing law, about 50 striking truck drivers from Lincoln and Omaha marched to the Statehouse with flags and signs protesting the law.

1949: Lincoln building construction dropped to $5.5 million in 1948 from an all-time high of $9.3 million the previous year. Still, the total was enough to rank 1948 the fifthbest building year in Lincoln to that time.

1959: Ballot boxes in which termites had feasted on ballots were displayed at recount hearings in which Republicans were trying to deny Ralph Brooks his apparent victory over Gov. Victor Anderson in the previous November’s election.

1969: The year-end blizzard toll rose to six Nebraskans dead with the discovery of three teenagers’ bodies in a car almost buried in a drift near Ponca. Record low temperatures for late December were recorded, including 17 degrees below zero in Lincoln and 24 below in Crawford. Some areas of the state had 3 feet of snow on the ground.

1979: Misuse of expense accounts by administrators and employees and “academic-type matters” at the University of Nebraska Eppley Cancer Institute in Omaha were being investigated by the university.

1989: The remains of an elderly woman who had been buried in the late 1800s were uncovered by a frontend loader on a Wheeler County ranch. The Nebraska State Historical Society planned to attempt to identify the woman and acquire the remains.

1999: Ben Nelson spent his last full day in office as governor of Nebraska. He left office with a job approval rating of 80 percent.

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