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Golden Rod, Proposed State Flower

The golden rod has been adopted as the national flower by the farmers' national congress and has been generally excepted by the people of the country, but if the charges now made against it are sustained there will surely be a change to some other flower. The gold rod is said to be one of the most poisonous flowers known to botanists. While decaying it throws off a powder that is entirely invisible and cannot be detected in the atmosphere, but which nevertheless plays havoc with the human system. A case is reported from New York in which all the members of a family were afflicted with distemper resembling la grippe, and it was traced to a bunch of golden rod that had been placed in the house less than a week before the trouble appeared. The golden rod is beautiful and has the decided advantage of keeping its bloom for a long time, but if it is as poisonous as it is represented it will never do for the national flower of our people. The scientists ought to make a report on the subject, and then the people can decide intelligently.

Source: The McCook tribune, (McCook, Neb.) Sep 19, 1890
Transcribed and contributed by:  Julie Schadek

The World Herald Spelling Bee - Sixth Grader Is Champion   

Richard McGuire, 11, Wisner, Is Victor in Cuming County Spelling Bee

The following spellers have won the right to represent their counties in the World Herald spelling Been finals to be held in Omaha on Saturday, April 25:

Holt – Francis Soukup, 12, a pupil of St. Mary’s Academy of O’Neill

Nance – Evelyn Divis of District No. 49 rural school, Genoa

Cuming – Richard McGuire, 11, sixth grade, Wisner Public School.

Jefferson – Stanley Kasparek of the Endicott School.

Boone – Louise Braun, seventh grader of St. Anthony’s School, Cedar Rapids.

Thomas – Patricia Steen

Harlan – Ruth Weinand of District School No. 6, Alma.

Richard McGuire, the sixth grader of Wisner Public School who won the Cuming County Spelling Bee captured it from a field of 62. He became victor of Estelle Helman, 13, an eight grade pupil of the St. Boniface School at Monterey, spelled “peaceable” incorrectly. Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George McGuire of Wisner, his teacher is Miss Mary Kennedy. Estelle, after losing second place in the oral contest, won first place in the written, in which Gwendolyn Barton of District School No. 2 was second. The bee was held at West Point.

Wins Gold Medal

The Nance County champion, Evelyn Divis, won first in both oral and written spelling, and was awarded a gold medal. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Divis. She was runner up in 1930. Adele Luschel, Fullerton grade School pupil, was second to Evelyn. The bee was conducted at Fullerton by Jessie G. Kreidler, County Superintendent.

The runner up to Champion Ruth Weinand of Harlan County was Opal Bryant of District No. 2 of Alma. In the written contest Lucille Feese, also of District No. 2, Alma, was first and Velva Gustafson, District No. e of Huntley, was second. Ruth Weinand will represent the county both in the World Herald Spelling Bee Finals and in the Interstate Contest. Lucille Feese will be the second Harlan County contestant in the interstate bee. The county match was held at Alma under the direction of Elva Jackson, County Superintendent.

State Winner to Washington

County Champion Francis Soukup of Holt County is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Soukup of O’Neill.

The World Herald Spelling Bee Finals in which the county champions named above will engage, will take place in Omaha on Saturday, April 25. The winner, as well as his or her teacher, will be sent by the World Herald to the national Spelling Bee in Washington. The pair will stay in the capital city of five days and enjoy a program of sightseeing and entertainment.

The runner up in the finals will get a prize of $25. A third prize of $15, a fourth prize of $10 and 10 prizes of $5 each also will be awarded by the World Herald.

The World Herald Spelling Bee has been open to the children of all Nebraska grade schools.

The World Herald Omaha, Nebraska
Saturday, April 18, 1931

All Have Picked Deputies   

Men Elected to State Offices Prepare to Invade the State House

J. F. Cornell Visits Auditor Moore and Sizes Up the Shoes of Those In His Quarters

Applicants for Plums Within the Gift of the Incoming Administration Grows amore Numerous Each Day

Special Dispatch to the World Herald

Lincoln, Nebraska, December 2 – State Auditor Elect John F. Cornell of Verdon called at the state house today and introduced himself and C. W. Pool of Verdon, who has been selected as his deputy.

Mr. Simpson, also of Richardson County, accompanied the auditor elect, and was introduced to the bond clerk in Auditor Moore’s office as the man who has been selected to wear the latter’s shoes and draw the salary pertaining to the office.

The other state deputies, but no formal announcement has been made of all the names of the lucky prize winners.

There has not, so far as the public is informed, been any decision arrived at by the new officers concerning the clerks in the several offices, aside from the deputies, except in the case of the auditor, and one, the stenographer, in the treasurer’s office.

There are a lot of appointments which will have to be made by the several boards, and none of these have been settled yet. There are a number of applicants for these places, especially on the board of transportation, the banking board and the state board of irrigation.

For secretary engineer of the latter board, James O’Shee of Lincoln, treasurer of the democratic state central committee, and Harry Boydston of Nebraska City are among the most prominent, and it is considered by the politicians that one of these will succeed W. B. Akers, the present incumbent.

There are a number of applicants for appointment as superintendents of the several state institutions, over which the board of public lands and buildings has control of all these, the reform school for boys at Kearney seems to have the greatest attraction. The list of those who have indicated a willingness to relieve John T. Mallalieu of the duties of his office has been lately increased by some of the most prominent names in the politics of the state.

Among these applicants are Juan Boyle Of Kearney, George W. Blake of Lincoln, C. W. Hoxie of Lincoln, ex State Senator Dale of Harlan County, D. Clem Denver of Omaha, and there are several others whose names have been heretofore published. It was expected that some of these questions of fitting the man to the place would have been settled last night had State Auditor Elect Cornell and Secretary of State elect Porter been able to attend a meeting for that purpose. The applicants expect that there will be a settlement of their claims before many days.

Thursday, December 3, 1896
Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska)  Page: 1

New Trial for Argabright   

Special Dispatch to the World Herald

Lincoln, Nebraska, December 2 – The Supreme Court today handed down an opinion in the case of John W. Argabright against the state, in which the judgment of the court below was reversed and the case remanded.

The effect of this will be to give Argabright a new trial, which was denied by the District Court. Argabright is now in the State Penitentiary under going a sentence of ten years of conviction in Nemaha County of manslaughter.

The Supreme Court adjourned this afternoon until December 15.

Thursday, December 3, 1896
Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska)  Page: 1

District Winners in Declamatory Contest     

Bridgeport, Nebraska, April 3 -- The following in their order, were first and second winners of the North Platte Valley declamatory contest among the high schools of Bayard, Bridgeport, Kimball, Alliance, Oshkosh, Sidney, McRae, Minatare, Scottsbluff and Morrill:

Miss Frances Herbert, Sidney
Clarence Cushman, Kimball, oratorical class
Murine Jacoby, Kinball
Marion Mote, Alliance, dramatic class
Ruth Hadley, Scottsbluff
Corine Mollring, Alliance, Humorous class

The winners will represent the district in the state contest.

The Lincoln Daily Star
Monday, April 3, 1916

Criminal Docket   

State VS Alfred Harris – Action dismissed to motion of the prosecution

State VS Wm. O’Conner – Information for grand larceny. Prisoner brought into court and by consent of the prosecution is allowed to withdraw his plea of not guilty and enter a plea of guilty to petit larceny. The sentence of the court is thirty days in the county jail and that the prisoner pay the costs of the prosecution.

State VS John Cox – Information for receiving stolen property. Prisoner withdraws plea of not guilty and enters plea of guilty. The sentence of the court is that the prisoner be confined in the county jail for thirty days and pay the cost of prosecution.

State VS Wm. Schoenmann – Information for getting goods by false pretenses. Prisoner arraigned and enters plea of not guilty.

State VS Harry Smith – Information for embezzlement. Prisoner arraigned and enters pleas of not guilty.

The Criminal Call

The call of the criminal docket for today is as follows:

State VS John Van Ormer
State VS A. P. Baum
State VS Albert Chall
State VS A. P. Loring
State VS John Creedan
State VS C. F. Hammond
State VS James Ward et all
State VS W. H. Rickard

Tuesday, September 23, 1890
Daily Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) Page: 7

Doings Of Nebraska At State Capital   

Great Quantity of Briefs Moved From Basement of Capitol – New Incorporations

Glanders Suspected In Holt County – Horticultural Society’s Report Out

Special Dispatch to the World Herald

Lincoln, Nebraska – July 24 – More than 20,000 briefs wee removed today to storage in the basement of the capitol building by F. W. Colman, Clerk in the office of H. C. Lindsay, Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court. The occasion is the annual house cleaning, the briefs having been presented on the 1,000 cases filed before the Supreme Court during the last year. Briefs of more than 3,000 cases were stored away by Mr. Colman last year.

The O. L. Gregory Vinegar Company has filed articles of incorporation with Secretary of State Galusha. The incorporations are O. L. Gregory, W. S. Cornett and W. H. Pitser. The firm has a capital stock of $30,000 and plans to manufacture, rectify and reduce vinegar and cider.

On July 26, the captaincy of Captain Allan D. Falconer of Omaha will be vacant because of expiration of his term of office, according to an order just issued by Adjutant General Culver. Captain Falconer’s company is one of the best in the National Guard and it is thought that he will be re-elected at the new election ordered. Promotion to the post of corporal has been granted to John N. Daum, Lloyd G. Mofut, Arthur J. Crulkahank and Chase A. Reynolds, all of the Fremont Signal Corps.

Articles of incorporation have been filed with the secretary of stare by the Farmers’ Gain and Stock Company of Uehling. The capital stock of the new firm amounts to $10,000 and the incorporators are Herman Meyer, Andrew Linn, M. Stenvers, Gus J. Bergquist and Henry Brusselman.

Sheriff C. E. Hall of Holt County has written and urgent letter to Dr. C. A. McKim, State Veterinarian, asking him to come at once to O’Neill that he may determine whether it is really glanders that afflicts some horses which are under quarantine. Explanation is made in the letter that the farmer owner of the horses is losing his grain because he cannot pass along the public road to a portion of his farm two miles away. He is unwilling to bring new horses on the place if the others are in truth suffering from glanders, and he does not want to kill the sick horses if they are not so afflicted. Dr. McKim left today for O’Neill and will also stop at Ainsworth and Pilger to examine some cattle said to be afflicted with tuberculosis.

The thirty seventh annual report of the State Horticultural Society has just been completed by Secretary L. M. Russell. A Part of it is now in the hands of the printers and it is hoped that the report will be ready for distribution by state fair time.

The schedule of Assessor Reed of Douglas County will be passed upon tomorrow by the State Board of Equalization, according to notification sent him today by Secretary George Bennett. He must appear if he wishes to be heard before final action is taken.

The retailers and jobbers of Lincoln will go in a body to Beatrice tomorrow to attend the races. Tomorrow is Lincoln Day at Beatrice. A special rate of $1.20 for the round trip has been made. The train will leave the Burlington station at 10:45 a. M. and a special trail will leave Beatrice at 6 p. m. for the return. Emma, the guideless wonder, that can pace mile without a driver, is one of the attractions tomorrow.

Granville Ensign, who had been dangerously ill for several months, died this afternoon at 2:45. He leaves one son, H. A. Ensign. Granville Ensign was 76 years old and was one of the pioneer residents of Lincoln. He was principal owner of the Ensign Omnibus and Transfer company. He resided at 1109 F Street. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Senator Burkett has appointed Thomas D. McGuire of Wymore to take the naval academy examination at Annapolis. Phillip R. Baker of Lincoln is the first alternate. If either fails to pass the examinations required two more alternates will be named.

Wednesday, July 25, 1906
Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska)     Page: 6

State Needs Electric Chair   

No Means Yet Provided for Execution of Roy Roberts for Murder of Vernon Connett

(From a Staff Correspondent)

Lincoln, May 24. (Special) The State Board of Control is facing the necessity of constructing an electric chair at the state penitentiary.

Unless an appeal is taken to the Supreme Court, Roy Roberts is to be electrocuted on Friday, June 4. An appeal would act as an automatic stay. So far as is know no more has been made to carry the case up.

At the time of the conviction Roberts’ attorney said he would have nothing to do with an appeal. He was out on parole from the state prison at the time of the crime.

The Bee: Omaha
May 25, 1915

Nebraska Enters Furniture Line   

(From a Staff Correspondent)

Lincoln, Nebraska, May 24 – (Special) The State Board of Control formally took over the furniture plant at the state prison today, the Handcraft Company giving a bill of sale. The price was $31,043.75. The original price asked by the company was $37,000. The lower price was arrived at after an inventory had been taken.

The price finally paid is within a few dollars of an average of separate estimates made before the inventory was taken by the three embers of the board, Holcomb, Gerdes and Kennedy.

While invoicing of the stock and the plant was going on work was stopped. It will be resumed at once. The sale includes the “wire stake: idea, for which there is a patent pending. The idea calls for spinning the fiber around a wire core, greatly strengthening the furniture.

The Bee: Omaha
May 25, 1915

Still To Early to Send For New Year’s Plates    

(From a Staff Correspondent)

Lincoln, November 6. – (Special.) – Applications for automobile numbers will not be received by the secretary of state for 1917 until he has set some day in the future, when it will be in order to make application.

Work of sending out the 1916 licenses and plates is still occupying the time of the office force.

The mail this morning contained requests for about 150 more. Until the demand for this year’s plates has subsided the secretary of state will have no time to attend to the next year’s orders.

Omaha Daily Bee
November 7, 1916

“Fainting Bertha” Violent    

Employs He Time Breaking Windows and Assaulting Fellow Convicts

Lincoln, June 26. – “Fainting Bertha” Liebbke is stirring up things at the State Penitentiary in a reckless manner, her latest actions, having been the breaking out of all the window lights in the room where she is confined.

Her arms are severely cut and bruised and she is in a bad physical condition. Running and jumping at the doors and furniture in the room hall of the woman’s ward and chasing the other women inmates here and there has been daily exercise for the swooning one for the last three days.

So hard has she been to get along with, and so much of a disturbance she has crated since her imprisonment that Warden Delahunty has complained to Dr. Spradling of the state insanity board and says he wants the woman tried as to her mental condition.

Heads of the various insane asylums are inclined to fight shy of the woman.

The Alliance Herald
June 29, 1911

Nebraska’s Going Dry

Kennedy, in Pulpit At Lincoln, Speaks

Lincoln, Nebraska, November 5. – (Special Telegram) – At the St. Paul’s Methodist church tonight the theme was “Nebraska’s Going Dry,” John I. Kennedy of Omaha, Re[publican Candidate for United States Senator, occupied the pulpit at the invitation of Reverend T. W. Jeffrey, the local pastor , and spoke at considerable length on the change of conditions accompanying the advance of the world enlightment and the reaction which this change bears to the present great moral question of whether the state shall favor the dry amendment to the constitution at the polls next Tuesday.

Omaha Daily Bee
November 7, 1916

Guards For The Greater America Exposition  

A long petition signed by several hundred members of the Second and Third Nebraska regiments has been placed in the hands of President Miller of the Greater America Exposition, asking that members of the three Nebraska Regiments be given preference in the matter of guards for the exposition.

The list had many signers, from every town almost in the state, and almost every company in those two regiments was represented in the petition.

Custer County Republican
June 15, 1899

Big Orchard   

Nebraska has 2,633,816 apple trees, according to tabulations made by the state board of agriculture. Planted forty feet apart this means 41,454 acres plated to apples or an orchard a mile wide and sixty five miles long.

The grape industry is making remarkable stride in the state and growing grape vines number 952,167.

The Red Cloud Chief
November 20, 1913

Attempted Escape From the Pen   

An escape was attempted at the penitentiary yesterday morning, says the Lincoln Journal, which was discovered just in time to be frustrated.

When the men were being marched to chapel at 10 o’clock, two of the most desperate characters, Neisuire and Sullivan dropped out of the line and returned to their cells without their absence being noticed. There each downed a pair of trousers which he had made out of the grey blankets used in the cells and ascended to the top of the cage were on the extreme west end they commenced to saw their way through the roof. A convict saw them and they were soon locked in their cells.

The Columbus Journal
May 2, 1894

Country Butter  

County butter is almost impossible to obtain even in many of the rural towns of Nebraska.

Such a large number of farmers’ wives prefer emancipation from the cares and burdens of butter making by selling cream to the creamery companies that the supply from those who still make butter at home is not enough for the demands of the small towns.

Good old fashioned country butter promises to become as obsolete in the market as home made sausage. – State Journal.

The Nebraska Advertiser
August 14, 1908

Greater America Exposition  

A long petition signed by several hundred members of the Second and Third Nebraska regiments has been placed in the hands of President Miller of the Grater America Exposition, asking that members of the three Nebraska Regiments be given preference in the matter of guards for the exposition.

The list had many signers, from every town almost in the state, and almost every company in those two regiments was represented in the petition.

Custer County Republican
June 15, 1899

Postal Matters  

Rural carriers appointed: Nebraska

Cozad, route 3, David N. Atkins Carrier, May Nellie Atkins substitute.

Hoskins route 2, George O. Golt Carrier, William F. Golt substitute

Milford, route 3, Edward S. Klein Carrier, Roscoe R. Carr substitute

McCook Weekly Tribune
July 3, 1884

Four Thousand Men in State For Draft in July    

(From a Staff Correspondent)<

Lincoln, Nebraska, June 22. – (Special) – Nebraska will be called upon to furnish 4,000 men in the July draft call according to unofficial reports reaching here Saturday from Washington.

At the governor’s office it was stated no instructions had been received and hence the report could not be confirmed. No information could be obtained as to the dates for the movement of the troops.

In June 4,000 selects from this state were inducted into military service.

The Red Cloud Chief
April 20, 1906

Land Dispute - Nebraska and South Dakota   

The joint commission appointed in behalf of Nebraska and South Dakota to fix the title to some land in dispute between the states has made its report locating the boundary as follows;

Center of the main channel of the Missouri River between a point in the center of main channel of the river directly point of the west line of Dixon County, Nebraska, and a point in the center of the channel directly south of the east line of Clay County, South Dakota.

The effect of this location is to give the island in the Missouri River, which has been in dispute , to South Dakota.

The report includes a recommendation giving to Nebraska Bon Homme Island, containing 2,500 acres, and giving to South Dakota at the mouth of Sioux River the small strip of land that has been previously considered a part of Dakota County.

The Nebraska Advertiser
October 25, 1895

Interchurch County Conferences   

The Burt County conference was held at Tekamah, the speakers being the Reverend R. J. Rutt and F. A. Ellis of Omaha and J. G. Albey and O. O. Smith, Fremont, and Mrs. R. L. Moore of Tekamah. Mrs. Moore’s address was to the women and was delivered in the evening. The Reverend Mr. Rutt gave some results of the home survey, which the interchurch is conducting throughout the United States.

At Hebron the Thayer County conference was held with a visiting team headed by Reverend J. H. Shellenberger of Bethany and consisting of Reverend G. S. Stevens and A. D. Harmon of Bethany and W. A. Tyler of Crete, with the addition of Mrs. J. E. Shearer of Hebron, who spoke to women. Reverend Shellenberger gave a statement of the Interchurch World Movement and a general comprehensive statement of world conditions.

Other County Meets

Other Interchurch county conferences held yesterday were Thurston County at Pender; Pierce County at Laurel, Polk County at Stromsburg, Boone County at Albion, Clay County at Sutton, Webster County at Red Cloud, Buffalo Count at Kearney, Sherman County at Loup City, Sioux County at Harrison, Garden County at Oshkosh, Red Willow and Furnas Counties combined at McCook, Deuel County at Chappell, Antelope County at Neligh, Keya Paha County at Springview, Butler Count at David City, and Custer and Logan Counties combined at Broken Bow.

The Douglas County conference will be held Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Omaha.

Omaha Daily Bee
April 07, 1920