AND RECORD OF PIONEER DAYS
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Editor, ADDISON E. SHELDON
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MARRIED SIXTY-EIGHT YEARS
A letter from W. H. Woods, guardian of Fort Atkinson, announces the arrival there of a seven inch cannon weighing 3,500 pounds, from the war department as a part of the permanent historical equipment of the Fort Calhoun park. A handsome picture of General Atkinson, founder of old Fort Atkinson, has been presented to the public schools by Colonel B. W. Atkinson, of New York City.
FLEHARTY FAMILY IN IRELAND AND NEBRASKA
George Fleherty, of Pleasanton, has printed a little volume upon the Fleharty family in Ireland and America. It is a narrative of fascinating interest. The Fleharty family in Ireland fought with kings and died with dukes. In America they braved wild Indians, grasshoppers and blizzards. The engravings in the book are by Mr. Fleharty and prove his title as a pioneer artist. The Historical Society welcomes the Fleharty family to a place on its shelves.
FIRST NEWSPAPER WEST OF THE MISSOURI
An invitation from Hawaii asks this Society to send a representative of the centennial celebration of the big event in modern history for those islands - the landing of the first Christian missionaries, April 11, 1820. The message from Hawaii says:
From the crude printing press introduced in Honolulu nearly a century ago came the printed pages of a newspaper - civilization's greatest ally - the first newspaper which had thus far appeared in the western world beyond the banks of the Missouri river.
HISTORY OF THE SIXTH INFANTRY REGIMENT
A new regimental history of the Sixth Infantry Regiment, U. S. A. is now being prepared by Lieutenant Robert M. Burrowes, regimental historian. Lieutenant Burrowes has written to this office asking for material which he will use in the history. The Sixth Infantry Regiment has an intimate relation with Nebraska history. It was not only the first regiment at the establishment of the first military post in the Trans-Missouri region at Fort Atkinson in 1819, but it also furnishes the second United States military garrison for Fort Laramie in 1850. The Sixth Regiment was part
of the fifth division in the World War and participated
fit some of the hardest fighting overseas.
RECORD OF BASE HOSPITAL 49
A fine historical World War memorial has been made by Miss Martha M. Turner, in charge of the newspaper department of the Historical Society. It is the record of Base Hospital 49. Into it are gathered some hundreds of clippings, pictures, cablegrams, letters relating to this Nebraska University hospital from the time of its conception until its muster out and welcome at home. All this material has been carefully mounted on heavy sheets of paper and bound into a volume of three hundred pages. The work was done for Captain George H. Walker, brother-in-law of Miss Turner, a member of Base Hospital 49. It is the only thing of the kind in the world and will be a historical document of the first rank as long as Nebraska remembers the deeds of her children in the World War.
DEATH OF EZRA P. SAVAGE
A picturesque and plaintive figure in Nebraska politics passed in the death of Ezra P. Savage, at Tacoma January 8, 1920 aged seventy-seven years. The story of his life prior to its political period, is associated with Custer county and South Omaha he was perhaps the last noticeable figure in Nebraska politics to wear a cowboy hat and carry the cowboy atmosphere into the statehouse.
When Governor Dietrich resigned on May 1, 1901, to assume the office of United States Senator, Lieutenant Governor Savage succeeded him as governor. His parole and pardon of Joseph Bartley, who had be sentenced to a term of twenty years in the penitentiary for embezzling, as state treasurer, a vast amount of the state's funds, created a tempest of public excitement and anger, and it put the republican party in jeopardy.
Edwin A. Fry is a familiar name to all old time Nebraska editors. Mr. Fry was editor of the Niobrara Pioneer long before the wilds of the Niobrara wilderness were explored by civilized man. Niobrara was the focus for more exciting early Nebraska history than any other town in that region. It was an early steamboat landing. It was the meeting point of the Ponca and later of the Santee Sioux tribe with Indian traders, agents and missionaries. It was possessed of the most pugnacious parcel of plotting politicians known to our early annals. It was scourged with fire and drowned in the big Missouri flood. Through all these vicissitudes and many others Ed Fry survived. He is now living at Yankton, South Dakota and writes us the following interesting promise:
I thank you for the invitation to contribute a series of Niobrara historical sketches. If the spring fever and an invalid wife do not interfere, I shall be pleased to do so and will reflect a bit over how best to present them and not the whole game.
Total Nebraska Casualties in the War Fixed at 3,031.
Nebraska's part in the battles across
the water is shown in a statement issued by the war
department, detailing by states the number of killed and
(Handwritten below picture: "See D 366")
Genesis of the Great Seal of Nebraska
Section 13, Article III of the first
constitution of Nebraska, commonly called the constitution
of 1866, follows:
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of
by authorized and required to procure, at the cost and
expense of the state, and as soon after the passage of this
act as practicable, a seal for the state, to be designated
and known as the great seal of the state of Nebraska, and of
the design and device following, that is to say: The eastern
part of the circle to be represented by a steamboat
ascending the Missouri river; the mechanic arts to be
represented by a smith with hammer and anvil; in the
foreground, agriculture to be represented by a settler's
cabin, sheaves of wheat, and stalks of growing corn; fix the
back ground a train of cars heading towards the Rocky
Mountains, and on the extreme west, the Rocky Mountains to
be plainly in view; around the top of this circle, to be in
capital letters, the motto "Equality Before the Law" and the
circle to be surrounded with the words, "Great Seal of the
State of Nebraska, March 1, 1867."
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
seem - prophetically in view of present procedure - to be welding together Labor and Agriculture, already pushed into the background,
(handwritten: "See D 322")
for a common political purpose. The solitary shock of
wheat standing in the near background may now be regarded as
a symbolic hostage held, by imperious Labor.
House roll No. 571, introduced by
Representative George A. Williams, of Fillmore county, at
the request of the Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, is now upon the general file of the
House of Representatives. it provides that the governor
shall appoint an unpaid commission for the purpose of
procuring designs for a new state seal and for a state flag.
The commission shall first pass upon a design for the state
seal. When that is approved the bill provides that "the
state flag shall consist of a reproduction of the emblem and
motto approved for the great seal of the state, in gold and
silver on a field of national blue, with a representation of
the state flower, the golden rod, upon the upper margin of
such field." An appropriation of $100 for the use of the
committee in obtaining designs for the state seal and state
flag is provided.
ADDISON E. SHELDON.
SUPERINTENDENTS OF THE NEBRASKA SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
The forty-fifth anniversary of the
founding of the Nebraska School for the Blind was celebrated
at Nebraska City March 5. Supt. Ned C. Abbott solids the
Historical Society a program which carries the following
interesting historical data relating to. the school:
PASSING OF THE NEBRASKA PIONEER
(These obituaries are compiled largely
from death notices printed in newspapers which are received
and kept on file by the Historical Society. While the
sketches have been carefully edited, it has been impossible
to avoid and correct all inaccuracies The lives of some
subjects of the obituaries were of unusual public interest,
and in such cases the sketches have been duly amplified.
Statements of fact, particularly those which are of record,
have been verified as far as practicable. Obviously, it is,
very desirable that these records which will always be used.
for reference, should be correct, and surviving relatives
and editors of local newspapers should carefully cooperate
in preventing errors.)
Mr. Iler was a very influential citizen of Omaha for
about forty years.
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