NL Hometown Stories - Harry Strunk
Harry Strunk started the McCook Gazette newspaper in 1911 when he was just 19 years old. He worked for several newspapers before moving to McCook. The nickname “The Boy Editor” followed him to southwest Nebraska. A rival newspaper used it as a negative, but Harry Strunk would persevere. He always did.
In this Nebraska Life Hometown Video, McCook historians Gene O. Morris and Chuck Peek reflect on the influences of the man on their community, region and state. The words inscribed in the building Strunk had built in 1924 embody his motivation for public involvement: “Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy in this world.” After a devastating 1935 flood that followed a prolonged drought, Strunk helped influence flood policy. Harry Strunk Reservoir is named for him. Strunk, a man of many firsts, was the first to pioneer regular delivery of newspaper by airplane. The newspaper and his legacy are still influencing the lives of Nebraskans today.