People from North Omaha

This is a timeline of people from the history of North Omaha. They include people from political, legal, religious, medical, and other professions who transformed the community in countless ways. There are also creative leaders, sports figures, and others, too.

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North Omaha has been home to many important figures throughout its history. These are some of them, including people from political, legal, religious, medical, creative leaders, sports figures, and others, too.

This is a timeline of people from the history of North Omaha. Since the city was founded in 1854, a variety of important figures have moved through the community. They include people from political, legal, religious, medical, and other professions who transformed the community in countless ways. There are also creative leaders, sports figures, and others, too. Many of the leaders included here were firsts or only people in their fields; however, that’s not what distinguishes them. Instead, its their authenticity, commitment and perseverance that let them stand in front of their contemporaries and all of history.

 

  • July 12, 1817 – This was the day Alvin Saunders was born. Appointed by President Lincoln as last governor of the Nebraska Territory, he lived in North Omaha from the 1870s until his death on November 1, 1899.
  • 1827 – This is the year George B. Lake was born. An early resident of North Omaha, he owned land and was a judge also. He died in 1910.
  • July 29, 1828 – Born on this day, John I. Redick was businessman, politician and landowner who lived in present-day North Omaha. He died April 2, 1906.
  • July 24, 1830 – A. J. Poppleton was a lawyer and politician who lived in North Omaha. He died September 9, 1896.
  • September 8, 1830 – On this day, George Crook was born. He lived as the leader of Fort Omaha in North Omaha twice for almost a decade. He died on March 21, 1890.
  • June 13, 1842 – Born on this day, Samuel Mercer was a doctor who started the first hospital in Omaha, as well as a North Omaha landowner and real estate magnate. He died on October 7, 1907.
  • March 6, 1852 – This is the birthdate of Dan Kingman, who lived at Fort Omaha in North Omaha as a high-ranking officer in the United States Army. He died on November 14, 1916.
  • February 14, 1857 – The is the birthdate of Silas Robbins, who was the first African American admitted to practice law in Nebraska in 1889, and the first black person in Omaha to be admitted to the Nebraska State Bar Association. He died September 11, 1916.
  • April 3, 1858 On this day, Dr. Matthew Ricketts of North Omaha was born. He was a doctor who became the first African American member of the Nebraska Legislature, where he served two terms. He was also the first African American to graduate from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. He died in 1917.
  • 1867John E. Reagan was born during this year. He was a Nebraska State Legislator who lived in North Omaha.
  • 1870 – During this year, Dan Desdunes was born. He became a famous North Omaha orchestra and band leader, and led the Boys Town Band for years. He died on April 24, 1929.
  • November 19, 1876 – This is the birthdate of Stuart Heintzelman, a high-ranking officer who lived at Fort Omaha in North Omaha for almost a decade. He died on July 6, 1935.
  • November 17, 1877 – One this day, Frank Lahm was born. The “nation’s first military aviator” and a high-ranking officer, he was stationed for a time at Fort Omaha in North Omaha. he died July 7, 1963.
  • February 8, 1882 – This is the birthdate of Thomas Selfridge, an officer at Fort Omaha. He became the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane when a passenger on a demonstration flight piloted by Orville Wright on September 17, 1908.
  • September 18, 1882 – This is the birthdate of George Wells Parker, who was an African-American political activist who went to Creighton and a writer who co-founded the Hamitic League of the World in North Omaha. He died on July 28, 1931.
  • April 21, 1888 – One this day, “Cap” Clarence Wesley, who was raised in North Omaha, was born. He was an important African-American architect who died July 7, 1967.
  • November 3, 1895 – This is the birthdate of Dr. Aaron McMillan, who served one term representing North Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature. He then served as a missionary in West Africa from 1931 to 1948. After returning, he was involved in Omaha’s NAACP, served on the board of the Omaha Housing Authority, and continued to work as a medical doctor. He died on June 1, 1980.
  • August 16, 1902 – This is the birthday of Wallace Henry Thurman, who raised for a short time in North Omaha, was a Harlem Renaissance writer whose novel The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life (1929), is an important book. He died December 26, 1934.
  • 1905 – This is the birth year of Mildred Brown, who moved to Omaha in the early 1930s. Along with her husband, she founded the Omaha Star in 1935. After 1945, Brown was running the only African-American newspaper in Nebraska. In the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson appointed her as a goodwill ambassador to East Germany. She died on November 2, 1989.
  • August 14, 1906 – On this date, John Adams, Jr. was born and afterwards moved to North Omaha around 1923. A lawyer, he became the only Black member of the Nebraska Legislature while serving from 1935 to 1941. As a legislator, he introduced what became the states first public housing law and supported other welfare legislation. He died on April 19, 1999.
  • May 4, 1910 – On this date, Lloyd Hunter was born and afterwards raised in North Omaha. He was an African-American trumpeter and big band leader whose band travelled throughout the Midwest. He died in 1961.
  • September 10, 1910 – This is the birthday of Rowena Moore, who lived in North Omaha. She was an African-American union and civic activist, and founder of the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. She died on December 15, 1998.
  • January 14, 1912 – This is the birthdate of Tillie Olsen, raised in North Omaha, who was a Jewish feminist political writer whose novel, Yonnondio: From the Thirties (1974), is an important book. She died on January 1, 2007.
  • August 13, 1913 – This is the birthdate of Anna Mae Winburn, who lived in North Omaha. She was an African-American vocalist and jazz bandleader. She died on September 30, 1999.
  • August 24, 1915 – Born on this date, Wynonie Harris was born and raised in North Omaha, and became an important blues shouter and rhythm-and-blues singer. He died on June 14, 1969.
  • November 23, 1919 – This is the birthdate of Alfonza Davis, who was born and raised in North Omaha. A Tuskegee Airman, he became the first African-American aviator from Omaha to be awarded his flying wings. He also received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and a Distinguished Unit Citation. He died on or about July 30, 1945.
  • April 26, 1921 – On this day Preston Love was born and afterwards, raised in North Omaha, was a renowned alto saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter. He died on February 12, 2004.
  • 1923 – This is the birth year of Helen Jones Woods, born and raised in North Omaha. She is a jazz and swing trombone player.
  • 1925 – This is the estimated birth year of Bertha Calloway of North Omaha. An African-American community activist and historian, she was founder of the Negro History Society and the Great Plains Black History Museum.
  • May 19, 1925 – This is the birthdate of Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in North Omaha and later also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965.
  • 1929 – This is the birth year of Lowen Kruse, a United Methodist minister who represented North Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature from 2001 to 2009.
  • November 9, 1935 – Born on this day in North Omaha and raised there afterwards, Bob Gibson is a retired professional baseball pitcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball.
  • 1936 – This is the birth year of Father Ken Vavrina, a Roman Catholic priest and activist in North Omaha.
  • April 26, 1937 – This is the birthdate of Bob Boozer, born and raised in North Omaha, who was a player in the National Basketball Association and an Olympian. He died on May 19, 2012.
  • July 10, 1937 – Born on this day, Ernie Chambers was born and raised in North Omaha, and became North Omaha’s member in the Nebraska Legislature in 1970. He graduated from Creighton. Since then, Chambers has become the longest-serving state senator in the history of Nebraska. He is also the only African-American to have run for governor and the US Senate in Nebraska’s history.
  • May 30, 1943 – This is the birthdate of Gale Sayers, who was raised in North Omaha. He was a standout college football player and a former National Football League player for seven seasons.
  • June 26, 1943 – This is the birthdate of John Beasley, born and raised in North Omaha, who is an actor on stage and television.
  • November 1, 1944 – This is the birthdate of Ed Poindexter, born and raised in North OMaha. He is a civil rights activist born who was incarcerated for life as retribution.
  • 1945 – Born this year, Lester Abrams, born and raised in North Omaha, is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer who has played with several major artists.
  • 1947 – This is the birth year of Mondo we Langa, born David Rice. Born and raised in North Omaha, he was civil rights activist incarcerated as retribution. He died on March 11, 2016.
  • September 5, 1947 – Born on this day, Buddy Miles, born and raised in North Omaha, was a rock drummer, vocalist, composer, and producer. He died on February 26, 2008.
  • August 16, 1948Marguerita Washington was born on this day. The niece of Mildred Brown, she was a lifelong educator in the Omaha Public Schools. She became publisher of the Omaha Star when Brown passed away in 1989. Dr. Washington died on February 13, 2016.
  • July 5, 1951 – The birthdate of Johnny Rodgers, a standout college football player, as well as a player in the Canadian Football League and National Football League.
  • 1955 – This is the year that Vivian Strong was born. Her murder by an Omaha policeman led to riots in North Omaha when she was killed on June 26, 1969.
  • 1955 – This is the birth year of Brenda Council, born and raised in North Omaha, who was a labor lawyer who became a member of the Nebraska Legislature from 2009 to 2013. Before that, she was a member of the Omaha City Council and a member of the Omaha School Board.
  • July 8, 1964 – Born on this day, Joe Rogers, born and raised in North Omaha, was a politician who was the youngest Lieutenant Governor in Colorado history. He died on October 7, 2013.
  • September 18, 1969 – Born on this day, Ron Prince is an American football coach who was born and raised in North Omaha. He is currently an assistant head coach and offensive line coach in the National Football League.
  • March 22, 1972 – This is the birthdate of Houston Alexander, born and raised in North Omaha, who is a professional mixed martial artist.
  • October 29, 1972 – This is the birthdate of Gabrielle Union, born and raised in North Omaha, who is an actor on stage, television and movies.
  • February 16, 1977 – Born on this day, Ahman Green is a former football running back who played twelve seasons in the National Football League.
  • July 14, 1980 – This is the birthdate of Kenton Keith, born and raised in North Omaha, who is former professional football running back.

 

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