Neihardt’s daughter, Hilda Neihardt Petri, writes in The Broidered Garment: The Love Story of Mona Martinsen and John G. Neihardt, that the poem was created while he was hoeing a potato field, and it was written on the back of a hoe. He received $14.00 in payment from the magazine.
Neihardt became Nebraska’s poet laureate in 1921, a position he held until his death in 1973. His most popular works include Black Elk Speaks (1932) and A Cycle of the West (1949).
Laura Mooney, Museum Registrar