My late father, Ivan Smith, was born and raised on a farm near Laurel, Nebraska. I was born in Laurel and moved to Illinois when I was three. Many of my childhood memories were of visiting family there.
This year the Smith Farm was recognized by the Nebraska Farm Bureau as a Pioneer Farm. To receive this, the farm must be in the same family for 100 years. It is currently owned and farmed by my cousin Marta and her husband.