Monthly Archives: June 2010

Frontier Soldiers and Their Tiniest Enemy

In “The Plains Forts: A Harsh Environment,” John McDermott describes the physical hardships of a frontier soldier’s life. The article appears in the Spring 2010 issue of Nebraska History. McDermott describes the western plains as “an environment that could be … Continue reading

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Fun Photo from the Collection

What a great photo! These daring men were part of a telephone line crew near Elwood, Nebraska in about 1905. On several of the men, linemen spikes are clearly visible. What are linemen spikes, you ask?  They are leather straps that attached … Continue reading

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Roping Elk

Cowboys occasionally roped more than cattle or horses, as James E. Farley recalled in Solomon D. Butcher’s Pioneer History of Custer County, Nebraska (1901). “Towards the end of my cowboy career,” Farley said, “I worked for the Bar-T ranch, of … Continue reading

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Regional Center burial records index

The staff of the Library/Archives (assisted by the Norfolk Regional Center) has compiled an index to the burials at the Norfolk Regional Center Cemetery.  This joins a listing that we have also placed on our website for the Hastings Regional … Continue reading

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