Feb 10, 2020 8:19 PM

Novelist Willa Cather statue to replace Morton statue at US Capitol

Posted Feb 10, 2020 8:19 PM
Photo courtesy: Caleb Perez
Photo courtesy: Caleb Perez

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A statue of renowned Nebraska novelist Willa Cather is slated to replace a statue of the politician and Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton at the U.S. Capitol.

The 9-foot, 5,500-pound Morton statue will get a new home in Nebraska City as early as this fall after sitting on display in the nation’s capital for more than 80 years, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Two years ago, state senators voted to replace Morton and William Jennings Bryan as Nebraska’s longtime representatives at the Capitol’s National Statutory Hall. Cather and Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear were selected to fill those spots.

Morton, an Illinois native, moved to Nebraska City in 1854 and became a farmer, editor and member of the territorial legislature. He served as territorial secretary and, later, secretary of agriculture for President Grover Cleveland.

He became a household name in Nebraska for launching Arbor Day in 1872. Nebraskans planted an estimated 1 million trees that first year.

The Cather statue should be done this summer. It could be next year before her statue replaces Morton’s.

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Man accused of fatally beating man who'd dated same woman

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A 49-year-old man is suspected of beating to death Lincoln man who'd been dating the same woman.

Lincoln police arrested the man Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter. Court records don't yet show that he's been formally charged.

He's suspected of killing Jonathan Olson, 44, last fall. Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Olson and the man had been in relationships with the same woman and that Olson had gone to the man's home Oct. 11 to retrieve personal property. The man assaulted Olson that day, witnesses said.

Olson died at a Lincoln hospital six days later.