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Barbara (VanBuskirk) Paull lives in San Diego, Calif. Barbara is a retired business owner and bookkeeper. She celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2014 with nieces and nephews from Nebraska attending her birthday celebration. She has two sons, Ben and Tom, and one grandchild, Sydney (12). (Submitted 1/9/15)
Ila Rae (Johnson) Bedenkop lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ila Rae is a retired teacher from the Sycamore School District in Sycamore, Ohio, and is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren. (Submitted 5/28/15)
Delmar (Del) and Sandra Hood live in El Cajon, Calif. Del and Sandra are the parents of two daughters and the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Del is retired following a career which spanned 40 years as a reporter and editor for three newspapers in Oregon and California. Del, also a graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Journalism, has published a memoir of his early life in Nebraska, focusing on his and his sister's experience growing up in a household ruled by an abusive housekeeper who became their stepmother. The book is titled, "The Triumph of Belva Jane." His sister, Belva Jane in the book, had what he believes would be diagnosed today as attention deficit disorder, a condition that provoked the housekeeper-stepmother to violent rage, eventually leading to Belva Jane's commitment to the Girls' Training School in Geneva and later, her transfer to the Beatrice State Home on the false claim that she was feeble-minded. Belva Jane's father won a parole for her from the Beatrice institution, but it was granted only if she were sterilized. Belva Jane reclaimed her life after her release by marrying and caring for a half-dozen children and visiting lonely and ailing friends and relatives in her part of Nebraska. "The Triumph of Belva Jane" is available through the order desk at your local bookstore or at these online bookstores: Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Exlibris.com. For an autographed copy, e-mail DelHoodAuthor@aol.com. Autographed copies are $14 for softcover, $22 for hardcover, which includes shipping. His next book, recording the most notable events during a 50-year swath of history of communities served by the newspaper for which he worked, is to be published in Fall 2015. (Submitted 7/15/15)