What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
‘O.U. needs park space’
October 14, 1967: Elmwood Park should be used to help create a major university in Omaha, former Gov. Frank Morrison said. “I believe we can and must use whatever part of Elmwood is necessary to create a major university,” Morrison said. His comment came in answer to a question during a talk at a Downtown Sertoma Club luncheon about the proposed Universities of Omaha-Nebraska merger. Unless the merger was approved in the Dec. 12 election, O.U. would have to raise tuition to a point where it would price itself out of the market for students, he said.
1937: The Douglas County Employees’ Association, representing more than 95 percent of the county’s employees, filed its long-awaited suit against the county board for $21,572.55 in unpaid back salaries. The suit is the first step in a plan whereby scrip would be issued by the Omaha National bank to provide employees with money for living expenses between now and the first of the year. If there was no hitch in the proceedings, the judgment would be granted by a district court judge and scrip would be available for use.
1992: The Omaha Public Power District would ask owners and renters of 26 houses near 45th and Jones Streets to pull up stakes in the next two years to make way for expansion of the utility’s facilities. OPPD President Fred Petersen said that the lots along both sides of Jones Street from 45th to 46th Street were needed to make room for equipment storage and a maintenance garage at the utility’s Electric Operations Center at 43rd and Leavenworth Streets. Buying or condemning the houses under eminent domain would cost an estimated $2 million, Petersen said during the board’s monthly committee meetings.
2003: The Nebraska State Patrol unveiled its new Mobile Command Post vehicle — 40 feet and a half-million dollars worth of the latest electronics and gadgetry. Gov. Mike Johanns said the black-and-white vehicle reflected the patrol’s increased responsibilities for homeland security since 9/11. “This unit will be a valuable tool, not only in the event of a terrorism-related emergency, but for any emergency in our state that warrants on-site coordination and communication,” he said. The $500,000 rig was purchased with Nebraska’s share of federal homeland security funds.