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Mrs. Alice Station, library specialist in history with Willie Thompson's scalp at the Omaha Public Library. PHIL JOHNSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Mrs. Alice Station, library specialist in history with Willie Thompson’s scalp at the Omaha Public Library. PHIL JOHNSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

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Mrs. Alice Station, library specialist in history with Willie Thompson’s scalp at the Omaha Public Library.
“Thompson lost his hair August 16, 1867. He was a gandy dancer for the Union Pacific when Indians derailed the hancar he was riding near what is now Lexington, Nebr.
All the railroad men but Thompson were killed.
There are varying accounts of how Thompson got his hair back…
Thompson, so it is said tried to grow the hair back. He had a physician sew it on. But the scalp didn’t take, and Willie mailed it back to the physician, who gave it to the library.”
PHIL JOHNSION/THE WORLD-HERALD
March 23, 1977

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