Olga Strimple: UNO Student 1915-1919; UNO Alumni Association, 1922-1944
2017 - Present

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Part Five Our Changing Future

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 wait not; time’s swift song

Sings through the ages

And the pages

Of histories written by the sages.

 

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Part Six What Follows Tragedy?

Thor’s brother, Henry Strimple, was the oldest son of Olga and Cecil; Olga doted on him. In 1935, when Henry was eight, Olga presented him with a brand new globe. The boy exclaimed: “You bought the world for me!” and a new poem was born.  Olga’s dedication to Henry was published in the Omaha World Herald and recognized by a globe company who asked to use the verses in future advertising.  The company presented Henry and Olga with an additional brand new, larger globe.

Sadly, in 1949, Henry Strimple took his own life at the age of 22. It is difficult to know how Olga went on after such a tragedy. Her poems, paintings, and continued love for her family are evidence that she did in fact move forward. Like Snow Storm, Olga, the chief of her own tribe, persevered:

When I