Nebraska Authors

Idael Makeever

Born 1867-12-07 Porter County, IN (USA)

Died 1954-08-23
Loveland, CO (USA)

Idael Makeever moved to Stromsberg, NE after her marriage in 1889. While living in Stromsberg, she published her poetry widely in newspapers and magazines. She was invited to read her poem “Nebraska” at the Omaha Trans-Mississippi Exposition on June 14, 1898, and many newspapers reprinted the poem. She moved to Colorado in 1902 following her husband's business interests. She considered herself a Nebraska writer and remained loyal to her experience on the endless prairie.

Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN has the Idael Makeever papers.

Places Lived

Stromsberg, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Prairie Poetry; Sheet Music


Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. She attended the University briefly leaving her husband and children back in Nebraska.


Prairie Flowers and Meadow Grasses. 1889. (Poems)
Golden Rod and Dialect Poems. 1898. (Poems)

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