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Sarpy County, Nebraska, 1982. Copyright © State Aerial. Share

Ed and Cheryl Smith now own the 20 acres the original house in the photo was located. Cheryl’s parents [Orval and Lois (Gottsch) Keyes] rented these 160 acres from Orval’s mom (Mary Keyes), which later became his when Mary passed away. There were nine kids in my family - 7 girls, 2 boys. My brother Dennis was killed in a tractor accident in June 1958 on this farm. My parents bought 80 acres in the 1960's a few miles north of this house and we moved there, but this was the house I always called home. I have heard this farm referred to as the "old Deercup farm". Not sure of that spelling though. They owned it before my Grandma Keyes did. My dad (Orval Keyes) was a farmer and worked as a Licensed Engineer at Allied Chemical by LaPlatte, Nebraska among other places. He then went on to be State Senator for 12 years. My parents left each of us kids 20 acres and six of my siblings, including my husband and I, have built a new house on their 20 acres. My husband and I (Ed Smith) "drew" the 20 acres where the original home was. My three kids (one son, 2 daughters) were born while we lived here. They all have married locally and continue to live in the Springfield area. Ed and I bought a home in Springfield and moved in 1976. This picture was taken in 1982, but I am always looking for a picture dated in the 1960's or 1970's that would show the old barn. It was torn down prior to this picture along with more grain bins.

—Cheryl (Keyes) Smith

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