Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Roy M. Robbins


Much of the history of Nebraska, and especially the history of western Nebraska, is a story of the search for water. The settler in western Nebraska did not find farming an easy or pleasant task and seldom did he find adequate moisture. The early settler found nature a firm and unrelenting force. The winds blew constantly and when the rains came they usually came in the form of a deluge washing the land barren and leaving it "gullied" with canyons. Frequently the rains were accompanied by severe hail storms - storms which pounded the crops into the earth as though a maddened giant had trampled them.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1959, Thurlan W. Wendell

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