Nebraska Authors

Charles Laurel Haymart

AKA: "Chief"

Born 1899-06-24 Phillips, NE (USA)

Died 1985-01-25
Hastings, NE (USA)

Phillips Cemetery, Phillips, NE (USA)

Chief and his twin sister Lily were born in a sod cabin north of Phillips NE near the Platte River. Chief attended school through the eighth grade. He was a jack of all trades. Early in life he was a gandy dancer working on the railroad. In the late 50's and early 60's, he worked cattle at the Hastings Army Ammunition depot. Many barns and homes in Hamilton County were painted by Chief, and he always used his artistic talent to present the people who had hired him with a landscape.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Local History; Giltner (Nebraska)--History; Nebraska--History


Gandy dancer
Cow Hand
Painter (of houses and landscapes)


Chief: A Collection of Early Giltner Stories. 1984.

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