Olga’s unpublished book of poetry begins with a sworn affidavit stating that she, the author, attended an archeological dig in approximately 1906, which resulted in the discovery of the remains of an Indian Chief named Snow Storm and his young son. Olga would have been ten years old, and this event would be known in the scientific community through a paper titled “Evidence of Man in the Loess Hills,” published in 1907. The paper describes the location of the burial mound as well as the size, shape, and location of various bones. Olga tells a much deeper story, of a man who lost a son too soon–A mighty warrior, a chief, dreamily imagining the past, and reflecting on how quickly things change.
This theme is one that would follow Olga throughout her life. She witnessed the world change through war, technology, fashion and ideals; Olga also witnessed her own life change though both wonderful and tragic events. Still, Olga proved that through love, family and dedication, one could always find joy.
But who can say
What the coming day
Will leave when it has gone away;
And who can know
If joy or woe
Will linger past its sunset glow.
Olga demonstrated her strength, kindness and poetic nature in an article for the Gateway entitled “Our Changing Future,” which was published on October 2, 1942. This article reads more like a letter to the students and staff of UNO, urging them to meet the tough times brought on by World War II with “fortitude” (Strimple, Gateway archives). Olga writes, “Our world is changing faster than it ever has….Often we are resentful of changes and cling to the old familiar ways,” yet explains that Americans must learn to adapt to the changing world around them: “We must have faith—faith that beyond this war lies peace” (Strimple, Gateway archives). The spirit of perseverance is one that seems to follow Olga throughout her poems and throughout the both rewarding and devastating moments of her life.
But time goes on,
It is not long
For those who