How a 101-year-old linked to Willa Cather helped alter a small town's future
November 18, 2021
RED CLOUD - It's not unusual to catch sight of a celebrity in Red Cloud, population 962, especially during the annual Willa Cather conference.
First Lady Laura Bush has appeared here. So has writer Maya Angelou, Golden Globe-winning actor Paul Giamatti and a drumbeat of talk show hosts, TV stars, novelists and artists.
And yet a tiny, energetic, elderly woman often stole the celebrity spotlight, holding court about the life and times of Nebraska's famed novelist.
Antonette Willa Skupa Turner - Toni, to her friends - lived most of her long life in Bladen, an even smaller...