Nebraska Authors

Martha Groves DeArnold McKelvie

AKA: Mrs. Samuel Roy

Born 1886-12-28 Clay County, MO (USA)

Died 1976-01-07
Scottsdale, AZ (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)

Wife of Samuel McKelvie, Governor of Nebraska 1919-1923. Among a number of books about Nebraska, the Sandhills and western settlers and legends, she is most famous for Sandhills Essie, a biography of Nebraska rancher Essie Davis. She and her husband donated furniture bought from the estate of the late British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to the Heritage Room (then the McKelvie Room) at Lincoln City Libraries.

The Heritage Room has a complete run of the McKelvie's ranch newsletter "By the Way." The Nebraska State Historical Society has a collection of Martha McKelvie papers.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Sandhills region, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Biography


Western fiction and history; Nebraska; Ranching History;


The Hills of Yesterday. 1960.
The Fenceless Range. 1960.
The Empty Sleeve. 1961.
Fear and Mrs. Crusoe. 1962.
The Journey. 1962.
Belonging: A Nostalgic Look at Appalachia. 1964.
Sandhills Essie. 1964.
Quien Sabe? (Who Knows?). 1965.
The Quest. 1967.
The Restless Soul Finds Mr. Crusoe. 1967.
Destiny: The Love Story of Wilhelm II and Hermine. 1970.
Presidents, Politicians and People I Have Known. 1970.
Si! Si! Mr. Cruso. 1970.
Gold and Dross. 1970.
Lawman of the West. 1971.
Seeds of Discontent. 1972.
Gems of the Good Earth. 1973.
Rivers of the Good Earth. 1974.

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