Avery Batson, Beatrice Daily Sun, 8/11/1948
Medicine Creek Dam Becomes A Reality CAMBRIDGE, Neb., Aug. 11 LV\ —The big Medicine Creek dam though only about 13 percent complete—was strictly official today. A day long dedicatory program and celebration here, and at the dam site seven miles northwest of here, wound up last night with fireworks and dancing in the street. All day long the, thousands attending the celebration heard speeches, the last of them at a basket picnic dinner last night. Most of the dignitaries, including Senators Butler and Wherry and Congressman Curtis of Nebraska, had been heard at the afternoon ceremony. The pattern they set—recounting the history and significance of tho Republican river valley development project—was followed in the early evening address at the picnic tonight by Avery A. Batson, director of region seven of the Bureau of Reclamation.