What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Feb. 20, 1962: The site of old Fort Atkinson was well situated to become a valuable tourist attraction, according to the president of the Washington County Historical Society. “It’s almost ideal,” said Dr. E.T. Jipp, a Blair dentist. The remnants of the fort in Washington County near Fort Calhoun are about 15 miles north of downtown Omaha. “It’s halfway between Highway 30 and the east-west highways through Omaha,” Jipp said. “Together, these highways carry most of the tourist traffic across Nebraska.”
1948: In a move that surprised some observers, the State rested its case in the District Court manslaughter trial of Harold R. Schluster. County Attorney James Fitzgerald used 16 witnesses. He did not call any of the University of Omaha students who were injured when their hayrack was struck by Schluster’s car on the River Road north of Florence last Oct. 11. He called other members of the party, however, who were not injured.
1988: A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Omaha woman who alleged her son was injured on the playground of St. Agnes Elementary School. Douglas County District Court Judge Jerry Gitnick dismissed the lawsuit, midway through a jury trial that started earlier in the week. Carol L. Tanko filed the lawsuit last March, alleging that the school’s negligence had caused her son, Daron, to suffer head injuries in 1983 during a physical education class at the school at 2211 Q St.
2007: Making county attorneys responsible for all legal issues involving schools and other local government subdivisions would be unworkable, the chairman of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee said. State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha said he did not expect Legislative Bill 639 to emerge from committee as it was introduced by Sen. Ron Raikes of Lincoln. LB 639 would give county attorneys control over all legal matters of political subdivisions based in their counties. The attorneys could either handle the matters themselves or hire outside help.