The Nebraska Scrap Plan

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently acquired a set of Omaha World-Herald reprints containing photos and stories about the 1942 scrap drive sponsored by the newspaper.  Publisher of the World-Herald, Henry Doorly, came up with the idea of promoting a three-week scrap drive in Nebraska to help the war effort. It was devised as a competition between counties, with the winning county receiving $2,000 put up by Doorly.

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It’s fascinating to see the kinds of things scrapped for the war effort: farm machinery, autos, old canons, guns, part of the old Elk City bridge, and even a jail cell from Stanton were scrapped.

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There are several articles calling for a statue of a baseball player in Omaha’s Elmwood Park to be scrapped.

 

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The statue, dubbed Bosco, ended up in the scrap pile.

 

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Children, including scouting and 4-H groups, also contributed a lot to the cause. In Grant County, free circus tickets were given away to children who contributed at least 25 pounds of scrap.

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Grant County won the contest, and Nebraskans contributed 67,000 tons of scrap.

The Nebraska Scrap Plan received national attention, and due to its success, the War Production Board devised a scrap competition between the states.  The World-Herald also won the Pulitzer Prize for community service.

-Laura Mooney, Museum Registrar

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One Response to The Nebraska Scrap Plan

  1. Melissa Amateis Marsh says:

    I love all these WW2-related posts! Keep ‘em coming. :-)

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