Monthly Archives: June 2011

Roller Skating Once a Popular Adult Pastime

From Bicycle Journal (September 1968). NSHS 9778-5 (at right). A wave of popular enthusiasm followed the invention of the modern roller skate in 1863 by James L. Plimpton of Massachusetts. Lincoln had a roller skating rink by 1877, and the … Continue reading

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The Fairmont Creamery Company

A 1921 exhibit for Better Butter, made by the Fairmont Creamery Company. NSHS RG4218.PH:1-10 (at left). The Fairmont Creamery Company was incorporated March 29, 1884, in Fairmont, Fillmore County, Nebraska. Wallace Wheeler, an implement dealer, and Joseph H. Rushton, an  … Continue reading

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A Picnic Mishap

Solomon D. Butcher depicted an 1892 picnic in the cottonwood groves at the former site of Fort Kearny in Buffalo County. NSHS RG2608-2908 (photograph at left). Picnicking is one of the most enjoyable summer pastimes, and Nebraskans more than one … Continue reading

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Steamboatin’ on the Missouri

Steamboats on the Missouri River were once an extremely important means of transportation for both people and products coming to Nebraska. The Nebraska State Historical Society holds a number of great resources of information about steamboat travel and navigation. Here … Continue reading

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Pershing for President in 1920

A World War I poster featuring Gen. John J. Pershing. NSHS 13000-3565 (at left). World War I did not produce a military hero who became President, but it did launch at least one aspirant, Gen. John J. Pershing, who was … Continue reading

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J. C. Penney’s Middle Name Really Was “Cash”

James Cash Penney wasn’t a Nebraskan, and he started his famous retail franchise in Wyoming, but he opened stores in more than fifty Nebraska towns. No merchant before or since has come close to that mark. David Delbert Kruger tells … Continue reading

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