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   from the issue of December 9, 2004

'Huskerville' a world in itself

Today's image from history focuses on Huskerville, a small village within the university world in the 1940s that provided housing for World War II veterans and their families as they attended the University of Nebraska.


Pictured at right is Robert Trenchard, originally of Cambridge. The 22-year-old was a senior in business administration when this picture was taken. He first attended NU in 1942, entered the Navy in 1943 and served on a destroyer in the Pacific. The photo's caption reads: "The Veteran of WWII has become a dominant figure on the nation's college and university campuses. At Nebraska, over 6,500 ex-GIs are enrolled, at least on third of them are married. ... (Trenchard's) professors say he is a serious-minded, capable student. The youngster is his 1-year old son, Bobby."

Huskerville was eight miles northwest of Lincoln and covered four square city blocks. It contained 65 barracks-style buildings with three to six housing units in each building. The buildings were connected by courts that became play areas for the "baby boomer" children of the era. Huskerville also had a nursery, church, grocery store, theater and drug stores.

In this weekly feature, the Scarlet takes a look back at a moment of UNL's past through a historical photo, story or short trivia item.

Information for "A Piece of University History" is provided by the University Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries. For more information or to suggest a topic for this feature, call 472-8515.



'Huskerville' a world in itself