From the Archives: The Oracle & Omaha

Steve Jordon, longtime World-Herald reporter on “everything Buffett” has written a fascinating book about Warren Buffett and Omaha. I thought it would be fun to check out some of the early photos in the book and get a glimpse into some of the great stories!

“The Oracle & Omaha” by Steve Jordon

 The book covers up to the present and beyond and is filled with wonderful photos along the way. Click here to order your copy.

From the chapter “Ties That Would Bind ● 1930:”

Warren Buffett when he was about 3 or 4. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

Christmas 1937: The Buffett siblings show off their presents outside their home in Omaha’s Country Club neighborhood. Warren has a new nickel-plated coin changer, which he used for his Coca-Cola and chewing gum sales. Older sister Doris holds a new Shirley Temple doll, which replaced the one held by younger sister Bertie, who had “trimmed” its hair. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

Undated class photo from Rosehill School. Warren is in the back row, fourth from right. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

September 29, 1939 Omaha World-Herald ad for Warren Buffett’s grandfather’s grocery store. Warren worked there as a youngster.

Buffett’s Grocery Store in Dundee. Undated. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

Howard Buffett, left, and Victor Spittler on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

“Warren loved Rosehill and the Country Club neighborhood, but the campaigns were a signal that his Omaha time was about to be disrupted — and elevated to an idyllic memory. He was 12 when his father, an anti-Roosevelt, anti-New Deal, isolationist Republican, was elected to Congress, followed by re-elections in 1944 and 1946, a loss in 1948 and another victory in 1950. Campaigning was fun, but Warren was not eager to head east after his father won. ‘It was compulsory to go to Washington. I went fighting and kicking.’”

Warren was miserable when his family first moved to the Washington area, and his report card reflected it. At left, Bertie, Doris and Warren in Washington. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

 

Great newspaper story that ran on April 20, 1952, Warren & Susan’s wedding day. BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

 

From the chapter “This is the Place ● 1956:”

Warren and Susan Buffett with children Howard, 17 months, and Susie, 2 1/2 years. June 1956. THE WORLD-HERALD

From the chapter “Class is in Session ● 1961:”

Buffett drives home a point at the blackboard. 1961 BUFFETT FAMILY PHOTO

From the chapter “Cultivating a Conscience ● 1963:”

Peony Park was integrated in July 1963. In the front, from left, are F.J. Pepper of the Urban League, Herb Rhodes, Betty Jo Moreland and Dale Anders. “I feel Omaha is my city, and I have faith in it,” said Rhodes, an Omaha University student. To show their support, Susie Buffett and Charline Gibson took their kids to the pool on the day Peony Park was integrated. THE WORLD-HERALD

March 30, 1962 World-Herald story.

 

From the chapter “A Financial Star is Born ● 1966″

1966 THE WORLD-HERALD

The book covers up to the present and beyond. Click here to order your copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.
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