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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 31, 1916)
THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 1916,
Lincoln's Financial Strenght is Well Established
CITY HALL, GOVERNMENT SQUARE
The past year showed a marked ad'
vancement along busmen lines ir
Nebraska, but this was particularly
marked in the city ot Lincoln where
deposits in the banks of the city
showed an increase of near $1,500,000.
The nine banks of Lincoln have all
done a good business and this has
continued so far in the present year.
Just to give some indication of the
business done by these banks the sur
plus and profits of each is given:
Cltr National.., 160,900
Nat Bank of Commeroe too.oov
Central National 160.009
Nebraaka Btata bank.... 100.000
Ftrat sarlnrs 100.000
Lincoln Stat bank 100,000
Oermen-Anier. 8 Lata bank 10.000
American Savings bank. 10,000
v Bank clearings for 1915 over the
previous year increased over $8,000,
000, the total being $118,406,431.
Lincoln is the home of some of the
most solid insurance companies in the
country and has one of the largest
me insurance companies in the west,
the Old Line Bankers Life. . This
company has been making a steady
increase for the last twenty years and
now owns its own building with . a
suit of palatial offices in which are
employed over 100 people.
nis company nas assets amount
ing to $9,800,006, which has increased
in the last iifteen years from $408.fi40.
This is itself is an indication of the
growth of the company and speaks
well for its stability.
The Security Mutual Life is a com
pany which also has a part in the up
building of Lincoln. A few years ago
it purchased the Burr block, a stone
corner of Twelfth and O streets. It
is now remodeling the same com
pletely inside and out and making a
twelve-story aitair out of it with
Another insurance company which
has made a phenominal increase in its
building eight stories Jiigh at the
business during the last two years is
the Old Line Insurance company.
This company's premium receipts for
1913 amounted to $14,129. In 1914 it
increased to $125,946, but in 1915 it
lumoed to the verv nice sum of $250.-
000. Probably this is a better show
ing in increased business than that
of any company in the state.
Ihe Woodman Accident Insurance
company is another company doing a
good business. It is one of the old
est companies in the city, being or
ganized in 1890, i '
1 he Pioneer Insurance comoanV is
another company with its main office
in Lincoln, inn company is one ot
the best in the state and occupies the
full second floor of the Nebraska
Central Building and Loan associ
And so on down through the line
oi insurance companies which are
adding a great deal to the business
interests and prosperity of the capital
Building and Loan association have
a part in the business activities of the
city. Among the most prominent
which are adding to its upbuilding are
the Occidental Building and Loan,
the Nebraska Central Building inH
Loan, American Savings and Loan,
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FEDERAL BUILDING, GOVERNMENT SQUARE
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The Lincfln Commercial Hub Own HmzU-id PSft.)
German Building and Loan, Lincoln
Savings and Loan, Union Loan and
Savings, Fidelity Savines and Loan
and half a dozen others. These have
added much to the upbuilding of the
city and many a man who could not
otherwise have afforded a home of
his own owe to these associations the
pleasure of being able to live in his
City Park' Attractions
"Old Doc" Condra, Mixer
.; How would you like to have the
title of "high priest of state boost
ing?" Looks alluring, doesn't it? Sounds
But if you see how it's earned you
mar icei iikc Darning at becoming a
candidate for the honor.
The only chap in the state upon
whom the title fits easily, and who
by common consent of a myriad of
other mighty disciples of Nebraska
boosting, deserves it is Dr. G. E.
Condra of Lincoln.
Now Dr. Condra is a member of
the state university faculty and those
- who do not know him may think of
him as secluded from the rest of the
world and utterly incapacitated as far
as mixing with the world at large is
Not a bit of it. -
"Doc" Condra is very much of a
mixer. He rises early every day and
retires late. He is on the move con
stantly and accomplishes things on
the basis of efficiency to the "nth"
He is here, there and everywhere.
He has covered practically every foot
of ground in the state, knows more
stuff about the state, first hand, than
any other individual and can speak
more impressively and appeahngly
about the joy and financial advantage
of living in Nebraska than any other
He is the Schap who took some
176,000 feet of film on various indus
tries of the state. It was he who ob
tained movies of a dozen men whose
names are famous in the various
walks of life in the world Dr. Bes
sey, the botanist; Charley Mann of
Chadron, among others before they
passed on and it was Doc D. Con
dra who led to the discovery of the
potash fields near Alliance; it was he
who suggested ways and means for
making the sand hill region- a Gar
den of Eden and who is working upon
that problem yet; it was he who
shared with Frank Odell the boost
ing of the big red apple of Nebraska,
and it was he who spent days and
nights and rights and days going over
, the state jathenng information on
the geological formations to be found
in the various counties.
The doctor is too modest in telling
about himself. One cannot get an
interview from him on things Tie has
done. The only thing he will talk
about is the state. For instance, if
you can sidetrack him for a few mo
ments some day you can have him
fire this, at you and then deny it if
you dare :
U&lJitet4li k ll II II 1
GEORGE E. CONDRA.
"Nebraska is the greatest state in
the union," said he. "I mead that
from every standpoint. It is better
situated for the development of more
kinds of activities than any state I
care not what one you name. -
"Some day there will be Nebraskans
boasting about the versatility of in
dustry here and they will point for
proof to a multitude of industries'
which we now think impossible.
"The southeast counties of the state
have the best soil in the word for
apple and fruit growing. It is du
plicated only in two other portions
of the world and then only in small
ways. Nebraska's loess soil is sev
eral hundred feet deep and will run
"No better agricultural section ex
ists than in northeast Nebraska and
the south Platte country from Lin
coln west to Hastings and along the
Platte river throughout its course in
this state. We will get dollars out
of the soil in years to come where
we get only a dollar now.
"The irrigated section is just open
ing its eves. From now on it will
awaken to the tune of several mill
ions per year, in a steady growth.
"The sand hill regions will be worth
infinitely more some day than they
are now. Gigantic industries will
thrive there. Trees will cover the
town plats and the country will be
green from its abundance of water."
In connection withtheamusements
at the fair, perhaps it would not be
out of place to refer at a little greater
length than mentioned elsewhere
about the two big, attractive amuse
ment parks, only ten minutes' ride
from the city.
Many people from out in the state
have little chance to enjoy the real
attractions of a-good park unless they
visit Omaha, Lincoln or some other
city of considerable size. It is con
siderable of a treat after the stren
uous work of the day incident to state
fair sightseeing, to be able to go
somewhere and rest out in the cool
air or perhaps take a boat ride on the
The opportunity will come to the
state fair visitor when he comes to
Lincoln and. he can visit either or
both of the parks before he leaves.
Capital beach is a beautiful place,
with its fine shade and its large body
of water a mile long and half a mile
or more wide, giving the best of op
portunities for boating. And then,
too, is the salt water bathing pool.
Few people have had the pleasure of
bathing in natural salt water. At
Capital beach is a large pool of water
big enough for several hundred to
bathe in at the same time and in
places deep enough to drown if you
want to. This lake is kept full from
an artesian well which taps the salt
beds which underlie the beach. It
is a treat to ' take a bath and you
should try it
Then there is Electric park with
it bright lights. This is a fine nat
ural grove fitted up with modern con
veniences for dancing and one can
also boat ride in the river which runs
through it. A fine program of at
tractions is put on free there as well
as at the other park and one cannot
fail to have a fine evening by attend
ing either of these parks.
WATCHING A VIPER GET BAD
Grapevine Twists and Puffed Up
n . . n
o turns renormea Dy im
Keeper Charley Snyder of the
snake house up at the Bronx park
zoo, got a new hunch yesterday for
his old scheme of crossing the hoop
snake with the puff adder, and there
by turning out a constant supply of
living tires for automobiles.
For the first time in the exnerienre
of even the noted snake expert of
tne Bronx park, reptile house, Dr.
Raymond Ditmars. a snake came to
the park yesterday which can blow
itself up like a Wall street bull
The snake was sent to the zoo bv
a party of naturalists now in South
America looking up specimens for the
zoological society. It is about four
feet long and normally not fatter than
a broom handle.
The minute that sightseers stop in
front of its glass house it first seems
to become obsessed with the notion
it is another Charlotte of the Hip
podrome ice ballet and begins to
throw itself into grapevine twists,
figure eights and capital S's. There
were hopes yesterday that it could
also write its name with itself, but
this feat seemed beyondt.
When it takes a deep breath or
something, however, is the time that
its great mental and physical gifts
are displayed at their best. One mo
ment the crowd yesterday saw a
snake an inch or less in diameter and
the next moment it was a Zeppelin.
All four feet of snake begin to
swell until the body measures from
three to four inches in diameter from
head to steering gear. The snake
will remain inflated for some time
then, or until it reaches -a decision)
that enough is enough. Thereup
it co aDses witn tne suaaennesa s
general hullabaloo of an automc--
tire. New York sun. 1
Why 8ba Waa Leading. I
"Whr ar you leaving ua, MarrT Ha
an't I treated you rlsht7"
Oh, yea, maara. I hava ban treatte
beautifully. But you only keep two aer t
on, no, ma am. uut, you mvm, a
... t i ... vIum ftiara wnra four aervanla'
And that aulta me betar, on account ot my' .v
(ondneia for bridge, ma'am." Beaton '1
Botwlxt and Between. j
"Madam," Bald the doctoj to the nwthenjj
"you ehould aend thla child to the country
for several weeks each summer."
"I am sorry to say, doctor,' aha returned,
"that we are not rich enough for that.
"Then," auggeated the physician, "br
her sent by the freah-alr fund." I
"Oh. doctor" exclaimed tha woman. 1
are not poor enough." Boston TranscrlB
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