This Week In Nebraska History, 03/11/18

March 11, 2018 GMT

1878: At least 50 people a day visited the salt water fountain in the center of the Lincoln Post Office square. The water was reputed to possess curative qualities. Many visitors carried bottles or jugs of it away.

1888: The Lincoln Hotel Co. filed articles of incorporation. It was hoped a hotel would be erected on the southwest corner of the 12th and M streets intersection, but capital could not be secured and another site was chosen after the construction was delayed.

1898: Sen. Thomas S. Allen of Nebraska asked what the Naval Committee had done regarding the investigation of the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana harbor and learned that no action had been taken, but committee members were waiting for the opinion of the Naval Board of Inquiry.

1908: Lincoln saloonkeepers protested the decision by the Excise Board to close their establishments at 7 p.m.

William Howard Taft, probable GOP candidate for president, was not allowed membership in the YMCA because he was a Unitarian. It was reported to be a coincidence that William Jennings Bryan, Democratic candidate for president and member of the YMCA, helped to defeat a motion making it possible for Unitarians to join.

1918: It was announced that a Grand Island packing plant would use horse meat in sausage. Many a nay was heard in response to the decision.

Conscription of the second draft army of 800,000 men was to begin March 29. Of 95,000 men in the first five-day draft, 456 were to be Nebraskans.

1928: First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln announced that a new half-million-dollar building would be built at 20th and D streets.

A Greater Lincoln Exposition was being held at the University of Nebraska Coliseum.

1938: Lincoln High School won its ninth state basketball championship since 1914. The Links cracked Ainsworth’s 26-game winning streak in the finals.

1948: Negotiations were completed for the city of Holdrege to acquire the electrical distribution system of the Consumers Public Power District lying within the city limits.

Grand Island beat Lincoln Northeast 50-24 in the state high school basketball title game.

1958: The new Governor’s Mansion at 14th and H streets held an open house. Besides being home for the governor and family, the $208,000 mansion was to be a place for official state functions.

Lincoln High won its 13th state basketball crown.

1968: Parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma got 12 to 20 inches of wet snow, but the storm bypassed Nebraska. Developing drought conditions left Nebraska pastures tinder-dry, and grass fires were numerous.

Republicans outnumbered Democrats by more than 37,500 in a record total of 573,581 registered voters in Nebraska.

1978: Nebraska’s two U.S. senators presented a united front by voting against the first of two treaties to turn control of the Panama Canal over to that isthmus nation.

Spring rains and runoff flooded rivers and streams across the state, causing lowland flooding in many areas. Ashland had the most extensive lowland flooding since the early 1940s.

1988: A fire that began in a life-support machine in the intensive and coronary care unit of St. Elizabeth Community Health Center forced the evacuation of 20 patients and caused $45,000 in damage. None of the patients suffered injuries as result of the fire.

1998: Leslie Hewes, known as “Mr. Great Plains” to many in American geography, died Sunday at his Lincoln home. He was 93. Hewes retired from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln geography faculty in 1974.