NEBRASKAland December 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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58 NEBRASKAland • DECEMBER 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. I am an 85-year-old resident of Johnson, Nebraska, sending you this 1940 picture of my classmate Jack Lintz (our graduation 1950) for your request of Portraits from the Past. Many years ago, our small rural town had a lake, called Johnson Lake, located just south of the railroad tracks on the west side of Highway 105. Each summer, local kids and other kids from miles away enjoyed a fishing contest. Winners of the biggest fish in their age bracket received a prize from the Johnson Sportsmen Club. Jack Lintz is pictured with his fish and his grandfather, Don Parker. Some years later nature took its course and with the help of a dredge, the lake turned into farm ground. I enjoy NEBRASKAland Magazine. – Inez Gebers, Johnson, Nebraska. ▲ The two men in the photographs are Daryl Calkins (Chadron) and Dan Kelly (Alliance). They have been best friends since childhood. Their time together has revolved around hunting and walleye fishing. Dan died of cancer last April. A lot of great stories have been told the last few months of all the hunting and fishing adventures they have been through together. The picture to the right was taken on their last hunt before both were deployed to Vietnam in November 1966. The picture above was taken after they were out of the service, graduated from CSC, and were married and busy raising families in Chadron and Alliance. Both have fished, hunted and trapped in western Nebraska since the 1960s. It was the hunting and fishing opportunities that brought them both to Chadron to attend college. Their love of the outdoors has been passed to their children and grandchildren. – Eric Calkins, Chadron, Nebraska ▲

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