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“Seems my family has had a farm in Cozad for as long as anyone can remember. I guess my father’s family came from folks who were homesteaders. They came from back east seeking that free land. Now we mainly grow corn and alfalfa. Up the highway they have a processing plant which produces alfalfa pellets. The make good feed for the livestock”, Marylyn Bean informed me.
“Right next door is the Henri Museum. He was quite a famous artist. Actually his real name was Cozad, same as this town. Now Henri’s father founded this town. The ranchers in these parts didn’t think much of settlers so inevitably there was a lot of trouble. One night Mr. Cozad was attacked in his home as he fought for his life he killed the fell that started the fight. But old Cozad had to flee town anyway or the ranchers would have had him hanged. That was the last anyone ever heard of Cozad. His son changed his name, moved to New York and well now he’s famous”
This had been one of the most interesting lunch breaks during my three weeks on the road. I bid Mrs. Marylyn Bean farewell but she surely will not be forgotten.