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RG3109.AM:  Walter R. Raecke, 1895-1960



Papers:  1941-1952

Central City, Merrick County, Neb.:  Lawyer; State Legislator

Size:  5.5 cu.ft.; 11 boxes



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Born at Grand Island, Nebraska in 1895, Walter R. Raecke grew up in the Central City, Nebraska area. In 1917 he received his law degree from the University of Nebraska, after which he was an infantry officer during World War I. From 1919 to 1933 he served as city attorney of Central City, Nebraska. From 1919 to 1935 Raecke also served as Merrill County Attorney. Raecke served on the Central City board of education for 12 years and was president of the board for 11 years. Raecke served four consecutive terms in the Nebraska Legislature, from 1941-1949, during which time he was the speaker (1947), twice chairman for the revenue and tax committee, chairman of the special committee on public power, and chairman of the Legislative Council. He was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1950 and 1952. Mr. Raecke was a member of the Nebraska and American Bar Associations.



Walter Raecke, a 33rd Degree Mason, was very active in the Masonic orders. He served as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska in 1938-1939 and of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Nebraska in 1945-1946. Raecke was a grand patron of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1952 and held the Red Cross of Constantine. He also belonged to the Shrine and the Knights of Pythias. Raecke was a church elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Central City. He served as vice moderator of the Synod of Nebraska and as trustee of the synod and of the Platte Presbytery.



Raecke was a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, a member of Phi Delta Phi and Phi Alpha Tau fraternities, and a recipient of the Order of the Coif. He was a member of the American Legion and served as 6th District commander and state judge advocate of the Legion. He also served as the board chairman of the district Federal Home Loan Bank.



Walter R. Raecke died of a heart problem on April 9, 1960. He was buried at the Central City cemetery. Survivors included his wife, Orral; sons, Richard and William; and daughter, Mrs. Donald Prince.



Note: Biographical information is from Raecke’s obituary which appeared in the Lincoln Evening Journal and Nebraska State Journal, April 11, 1960, p. 2.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of eleven boxes of material arranged in six series: 1) Correspondence, 1941; 2) Correspondence, 1943; 3) Correspondence, 1945; 4) Correspondence, 1946-1947; 5) Correspondence (alphabetical), 1946-1949; and 6) Miscellany. The bulk of this material consists of letters from colleagues and constituents urging Senator Raecke’s support or opposition to particular legislation and his replies to these letters. The correspondence in Series 1-4 is arranged by Legislative Bill number. Series 5 is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. The miscellany of Series 6 consists of television and radio addresses as well as biographical information and Raecke’s personal record of bills introduced, readings, votes, etc.



Correspondents represented in the collection include: James S. Allen, 1941; C.S. Boucher, 1943; Dwight Burney, 1948; Robert B. Crosby, 1948; R.O. Canaday, 1943, 1945; Rt. Rev. Msgr. E.J. Flanagan, 1945; Virgil Falloon, 1945; Dwight P. Griswold, 1945; Guy N. Heninger, 1948; Ray C. Johnson, 1941, 1943, 1944 and 1948; Earl J. Lee, 1948; Wade R. Martin, 1941; Clifford N. Ogden, 1949; C. Petrus Peterson, 1948; James S. Pittenger, 1948; Hugo F. Srb, 1941, 1947-1949; Karl Stefan, 1941 and 1949; Fred Seaton, 1946 and 1948.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1941



Box 1

Folder




  1. LB 1-20

  2. LB 21-40 except 37

  3. LB 37: County Library Amendment

  4. LB 41-60

  5. LB 61-70

  6. LB 71-80

  7. LB 81-100

  8. LB 101-110

  9. LB 121-130

  10. LB 131-140

  11. LB 141-160

  12. LB 161-180

  13. LB 181-200

  14. LB 201-220

  15. LB 221-240

  16. LB 241-253

  17. LB 254: City of Grand Island Claim

  18. LB 255-270



Box 2

Folder




  1. LB 271-300

  2. LB 308: Residence of Indigent Person

  3. LB 309-320

  4. LB 321-350

  5. LB 351-370

  6. LB 371-390

  7. LB 379: Teachers’ Retirement

  8. LB 391: Cosmetology

  9. LB 396: Motor Vehicles-Penalty

  10. LB 381-400

  11. LB 402: Oil Severance Tax

  12. LB 403-420

  13. LB 421-450

  14. LB 451-469 Except 460

  15. LB 460: Pump Irrigation



Box 3

Folder




  1. LB 470-497

  2. LB 498

  3. LB 507: Congressional Redistricting

  4. LB 513: Osteopath Bill

  5. Appropriations Committee



Series 2 – Correspondence, 1943



Box 4

Folder




  1. LB 1-13

  2. LB 14-20

  3. LB 21-37

  4. LB 38

  5. LB 39-50

  6. LB 51-60

  7. LB 61-80

  8. LB 81-100

  9. LB 101-109

  10. LB 110 and 111

  11. LB 124: Osteopathy

  12. LB 125-129

  13. LB 130-135

  14. LB 137: Aviation Gas Tax

  15. LB 138-142

  16. LB 143-152



Box 5

Folder




  1. LB 153: City Budget Law

  2. LB 154-199

  3. LB 200-205

  4. LB 206: Hall County Tax Foreclosure

  5. LB 207-220

  6. LB 221-229

  7. LB 230-245

  8. LB 246-252

  9. LB 254-273

  10. LB 274-280

  11. LB 281-300



Box 6

Folder




  1. LB 301-320

  2. LB 321-334

  3. LB 335

  4. LB 336-365

  5. LB 366

  6. LB 367-380

  7. LB 381-403

  8. LB 404

  9. LB 405-419

  10. LB 420

  11. LB 421-437

  12. LB 440: Claims Bill

  13. Resolutions



Series 3 – Correspondence, 1945



Box 7

Folder




  1. LB 1-13

  2. LB 20-28

  3. LB 29

  4. LB 30-32

  5. LB 33

  6. LB 34-42

  7. LB 43-45

  8. LB 46-60

  9. LB 61-70

  10. LB 71-89

  11. LB 90-96

  12. LB 98-100

  13. LB 101-119

  14. LB 97 and 102

  15. State Fund Relief: 9 & 115

  16. LB 120

  17. LB 121-130

  18. LB 131-140

  19. LB 141-160

  20. LB 161-180

  21. LB 181-200

  22. LB 201-210

  23. LB 211-220

  24. LB 221-240

  25. LB 241-250



Box 8

Folder




  1. LB 251-260

  2. LB 261-270

  3. LB 271-280

  4. LB 281-290

  5. LB 291-292

  6. LB 293-310

  7. LB 311-330

  8. LB 331-340

  9. LB 341-350

  10. LB 351-369

  11. LB 370-?

  12. Legislature 1945 – Proposed Legislation

  13. LB Special Session 1944

  14. Raecke 336-



Series 4 – Correspondence, 1946-1947



Box 9

Folder




  1. LB 1-10

  2. LB 11-50: Fuel

  3. LB 51-60: Inclusive

  4. LB 61-86

  5. LB 87-90

  6. LB 91-100

  7. LB 101-120

  8. LB 121-150

  9. LB 151-190

  10. LB 191-236

  11. LB 237

  12. LB 238-256

  13. LB 257

  14. LB 258-288



Box 10

Folder




  1. LB 289-292

  2. LB 293-322

  3. LB 323

  4. LB 324-330

  5. LB 331-350

  6. LB 351-399

  7. LB 400-430

  8. LB 431-450

  9. LB 451-490

  10. LB 491-510

  11. LB 511-550

  12. LB 551-568



Series 5 – Correspondence, 1946-1949



Box 11

Folder




  1. A-B

  2. C-D

  3. E-J

  4. K-M

  5. N-S

  6. T-Z



Series 6 – Miscellany




  1. Radio and TV, Addresses, 1952

  2. Biographical information

  3. Notebook, 1943: Raecke’s personal record of bills introduced, readings, votes, etc.



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Boucher, Chauncey Samuel, 1886-1955

Burney, Dwight Willard, 1892-1987

Crosby, Robert Berkey, 1911-2000

Canaday, Ralph O., 1891-1970

Falloon, Virgil

Flanagan, Edward Joseph, 1886-1948

Griswold, Dwight Palmer, 1893-1954

Johnson, Ray Carl, 1893-

Lee, Earl Jackson, 1888-

Legislation — Nebraska

Legislature — Nebraska

Martin, Wade R., 1891-1972

Nebraska — Politics and government

Nebraska. Legislature, 1941-1949

Ogden, Clifford N., 1901-1967

Peterson, Carl Petrus, 1880-1965

Pittenger, James S.

Raecke, Walter R., 1895-1960

Seaton, Frederick Andrew, 1909-1974

Srb, Hugo Frank, 1900-1975

Stefan, Karl, 1884-1951



 



Revised 11-07-2007   TMM