NEBRASKAland July 2017

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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66 NEBRASKAland • JULY 2017 Send contributions to: Portraits from the Past, NEBRASKAland Magazine, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370. Or e-mail to Photos should show people enjoying Nebraska outdoor activities, such as camping, boating, hunting or fishing, and must have been taken before 1980. We will give priority to unusual photos or activities. When possible, please include a story about the photograph and identify the people, places and approximate date it was taken. Text may be edited and photos adjusted for reproduction. All photos will be returned. This is a photo of me with a northern pike I caught in February 1967 at Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area. I was fishing with Floyd Nicholson for trout at the time when a northern took the bait. A long battle ensued, and when the victory was won, I was eligible for Master Fisherman honors with this 14-pound, one-half-ounce, 37-inch-long northern. It was caught on an eight- pound line. At that time, I lived and taught school in Imperial. – Dwight Hatch, Ogallala ▲ Attached are three photos taken during what had become an annual trip to a ranch north of Johnstown to get our Christmas trees. The trip started during my last year as a science teacher at Ainsworth High School. We went to a ranch on Plum Creek where two of my students had lived and were allowed to get a couple pine trees. We moved to Grand Island in 1962 and in 1963 decided to make a daylong trip to the Plum Creek ranch the Friday after Thanksgiving. On our last trip in 1965, my wife, Ann, fixed lunch, a thermos of milk and coffee, and water jugs, and we drove north to Plum Creek. After talking to the rancher, we went Christmas tree hunting and found our trees on the ridge above the creek. After cutting our trees, we did some exploring and found several fossils. This started a fossil hunt which resulted in our collecting eight or 10. On our way home via some back roads, we got an up-close view of a private small herd of bison. The tree picture included Sue, Jean, Mariann, Ann and Judi. Another shows mom and the girls looking. The third photo shows Mariann and Sue with a couple of the fossils collected. This trip was one of many around Nebraska while we lived there. – Al Pogge, Quincy, Illinois ▲

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