Nebraska Authors

Samuel R. McKelvie

Born 1881-04-15 Fairfield, NE (USA)

Nebraska Governor, 1919-1923. Founder and publisher of the Nebraska Farmer. Owner of the "By the Way" Ranch near Valentine (brand VIA), a storied Sandhills ranch visited by celebrities like Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. McKelvie and his wife donated furniture bought from the estate of Neville Chamberlain to the Nebraska Collection in the Heritage Room. Sam McKelvie's cowboy boots, with the VIA brand, are in the base of one of the cupboards donated. McKelvie's wife was writer Martha McKelvie.

The Heritage Room has a complete run of the McKelvie's "By the Way" ranch newsletter.

Places Lived

Fairfield, NE
Valentine, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Other


Editorial; Agriculture; Politics; Ranching; Farming


Rancher, Editor, Governor of Nebraska


Nebraska Farmer. (magazine, founder, editor and publisher)
By the Way. (ranch newsletter)

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Samuel R. McKelvie

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