April 20, 2017 | Vol. 133 No. 1

Arlene E. (Bogle) Blair

Arlene Edith (Bogle) Blair was born during a blizzard on March 14, 1923, in a farmhouse on the land her father had homesteaded in western Nebraska near Bushnell. She was two months premature and was expected to perish as had three of her mother's previous babies. But survive she did and last month celebrated her 94th birthday surrounded by her family.

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Life was tough on the farm with work filling the day from dawn to dusk. After dark, it was time to study and practice the piano which she had started playing at 5 years old. And study she did with writing being her favorite subject. Although...

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