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Cigars once big business in Nebraska

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Cigars once big business in Nebraska

 

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The Pepperberg Cigar factory on O Street is shown here from the Harris Overpass so only the upper two floors are obvious. Next door to the right or west is the old wholesale grocery building currently under restoration as condominiums.

 

 
 

The phrase “A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar’s a smoke” has been attributed to both Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling, but as early as 1862 Methodists in Nebraska condemned tobacco as “filthy, expensive and debilitating,” requiring prospective ministers in the state to denounce it.

Still, after the opening of the 20th century, Nebraska had well over 100 cigar manufacturers, many with only one or two employees, far from the source of tobacco farming with the closest being in Missouri. Even Lincoln, sometimes called a “Methodist Mecca,” was the site of a major cigar producer.

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Lincoln isn’t a bad town for the middle of nowhere.

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