Dr. Lisa Knopp
Narrative Nonfiction 8966
16 Sep 2007
Resident of Loup County, Taylor, Nebraska, along junction of State Highway 91
Larry's home, conspicuously located on the outskirts of Taylor, NE, appears as
than a junkyard, cars and other various items strewn about the yard. He tells me that the State
has been to his home several times to take photos, condemning his property as
Placed in plain view for all travelers along highways 91 and 183 to see is a tall
the national flags of China, Mexico, and India.
Both his wife, an instructor and PhD
candidate at the University of North Dakota, and his daughter were murdered in
their apartment more than 20 years ago, the crime still unsolved. Larry has
a fascinating take on what it is to be American.
since childhood, he has had a malignant tumor on his spine and has been
operated on several times.
Resident of Platte County, Creston, Nebraska, along State Highway 91.
Rose wrote the book Creston Centennial History: 1890-1990 although she
from elementary school. It is an
impressive tome! She helped lead the failed effort to get
the Creston Swimming Pool, constructed in 1917 by Dr. Harry G. Morris, into the
State Historical Society. It is
an impressive site for a town of 214 residents.
Rose has spent
30 years growing prize winning irises, several varieties that are unique among
She is in charge of organizing a massive community-wide breakfast effort held
on the first
Sunday of the hunting season, and from this one day event – which happens
to draw visitors
from many states – she helps raise enough money to pay for the pool's annual
Resident of Colfax County, Howells, Nebraska along State Highway 91.
Grace is the town's assistant librarian at a spry 88 years old. She is considered
by the Howells
Historical Museum's president, Marian Wiemann, to be the foremost authority on
of the community. Grace told the
story of the flood of June 4th 1991 that nearly destroyed much
of the town and of the efforts of
members of the community to salvage items from the
museum. She had a very acute perspective on the role of culture and heritage, lamenting the
loss of our history with each passing generation she has witnessed.