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Lyra and Silas Garber

Lyra and Silas Garber


by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier

Illustrator: Louise Bereuter

Lyra and Silas Garber
A First Couple in Frontier History and in Willa Cather's A Lost Lady

In the late 19th century America, Lyra and Silas Garber were well-known persons in their part of the Midwest, which was Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska, where he served as governor, and their hometown of Red Cloud, along the Republican River in Webster County.

But not only have the Garbers remained in the collective memory of their region.  They have had their names catapulted far beyond Red Cloud, Nebraska.  This ongoing posthumous fame is a result of their association with American writer Willa Cather, whose novel, A Lost Lady, was about the Garbers.