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Elvira Merrick: Honoring Merrick County’s Namesake
November 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merrick County, Nebraska is the only one of Nebraska’s 93 counties named for a woman, Elvira Merrick (DePuy). Her husband served in the Nebraska Territorial Legislature in 1858 was Merrick County was formed. For decades, very little was known about this woman. Before the Internet was available, Nancy Johnson, a Hunanities Nebraska Speaker, spent years searching for information. Making a trip to Detroit, she discovered several years ago that Elvira was buried in an unmarked grave. Her goal was to see that a historical marker was placed on Elvira’s grave. Aided by other members of the Merrick County Historical Museum and the Merrick Foundation, this summer of 2017, in time for Nebraska’s 150th Birthday, the dream of marking Elvira’s grave became a reality. The end of September 2017, Nancy will travel to Detroit to again visit Elvira’s grave. Nancy Johnson’s presentation will tell of Elvira Merrick, the search for this somewhat forgotten woman, and her interesting lifetime (1828 -1912).