Nebraska Authors

Harry Dale Ostergard

AKA: "Jack"

Born 1929 Gothenburg, NE (USA)

A famed cowboy poet and humorist who has been profiled in Nebraska Life, Nebraska Farmer and in the North Platte, Lincoln, and Omaha newspapers. Ostergard has had many appearances on radio and television and has been a featured performer at numerous events.

Ostergard has served on numerous civic and public boards, Nebraska Stock Growers and Cattlemen's Board, 16 years. Two terms on the Nebraska State Agricultural Land Arbitration Advisory Board.

Places Lived

Custer County, NE
Gothenburg, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry


Cowboy Poetry; Humor; Historical; Sandhills Region


High School Diploma


4th Generation Rancher

Places Worked

U.S. Navy, Korean War


Second place, Nebraska Outstanding Young Farmer-Rancher


School Board Member
Custer County Extension Board (6 years Board, 1 year VP, 4 years as President)
Hospital Foundation Board
Chair, Wayne Township Democratic Party


Loose Stock. 1999.
Open Range. 1999.
Etna. 2003.
Ruminations: Ruminate; to Chew Again. 2006.

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