What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
fire trucks to be studied
November 5, 1940: Four city commissioners and Fire Chief Arthur Olsen left in a police sedan for a six-day tour of 11 Midwest cities to inspect aerial fire apparatus of three companies bidding on the Omaha proposal to purchase a new 100-foot aerial truck. Included in the party were Fire Commissioner Walter Korisko, Police Commissioner Richard Jepsen; Street Commissioner John Kresl and Improvements Commissioner Harry Trustin. Trip expenses, except travel, were being paid by the individuals.
1968: Mayor A.V. Sorensen said he “sees no reason to be totally discouraged” about retention of Swift & Company’s beef kill operations is Omaha. He returned to his office after meeting in Chicago with R.W. Reneker, Swift president, and N.L. Dike, president of the company’s fresh-meat subsidiary. The mayor said he discussed “at considerable length the possibility of Swift establishing a new beef processing facility in Omaha on industrial type land which is available.”
1992: A University of Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural climatologist received a national award as author of a paper related to drought and state government. Donald Wilhite received the 1992 American Water Resources Association Boggess Award at the organization’s 28th annual conference in Reno, Nev. The award is given to the author of the best paper to appear in the association’s publication the previous year.
2006: The families who moved into Omaha’s latest homes for low-income working people had a chance to save on energy bills. The Omaha Housing Authority and Housing in Omaha Inc. held a ceremony to dedicate 24 new homes that are energy efficient. Brad Ashford, executive director of OHA, said the efficiency certification is significant because it would help low-income families save an average of $125 per month.