April 9, 1954: Looking for Lloyd Gransinger
(Found poetry adapted from The Great Plains Diaries of Harriet E. Whitcher. See the original diary entry after the poem.)
Planes scouting low today
looking for Lloyd Gransinger
and brother Leon, stole two cars
Nebraska Patrolman Marvin Hansen
found them. Hansen shouted several times
for him to halt but no do.
Lloyd jumped from car, ran for brush
twenty-five minutes later Hansen
died on way to town, shot in stomach.
Help was right from everywhere.
Leon cuffed but Lloyd got away.
Search was on all night, no find.
At daylight several hundred men
on foot, horseback, cars
that was the planes passing over today.
Lloyd found in brush and trees
along Niobrara River, no gun, no resistance.
It seems Welela Post Office
robbed last night, they had cash box
no doubt was them.
I was worried but news said
all was fixed and men in jail.
~ Lisa Rivero