Friday, November 27, 2015

The Omaha Sunday Bee

The house I bought was built in 1905. When I recently had some insulation installed, the crew found a newspaper in my attic from 1906. We were all really impressed with the condition of the paper considering it had just been hanging out in my attic, you know, for over 100 years. 

Carefully flipping through the issue, it's really something to read what life was like then. Worker conditions, the travels of William Jennings Bryan, children's Victorian dresses on sale for $.25, a celebration at Krug Park, all of it points to Omaha's rich history. 

In reading about The Omaha Bee founder Edward Rosewater, he certainly had a lot of ideas about how life in Omaha should be. Even the title of the publication was a joke - the Bee would provide honey, but with a sting.  Rosewater's influence in Omaha can still be seen through the beautiful school (that has been closed since the 80's and converted into apartments) which bears his name. Rosewater was elected a legislator in Omaha and sponsored the bill to form our Omaha School Board. 

If you're interested in reading more about the Omaha Bee, you can actually browse the issues here!

Also, if you're interested in the odd past that is Mother's Friend - look no further. 

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