Thomas J. Morrow’s great-grandparents homesteaded on a sand hills farm around the turn-of the 20th century, living in a “soddie” in Box Butte County north of Scottsbluff.
His mother graduated from Hemingford High School in the small farming community where his grandparents operated a bakery during the early ‘30s.
His father’s family was merchants in Seymour, Iowa some 7 miles north of the Missouri border, 180 miles east of the Missouri River and Nebraska.
During World War II, the Morrow family lived in Lincoln where his father worked as a foreman at the Goodyear Rubber Company’s Havelock plant where rubber gas tanks for B-29 super fortress bombers were built.
Traveling between Lincoln and Seymour along state Highway No. 2, the Morrow family would pass the huge Prisoner of War Camp Clarinda near the southwestern Iowa community of Clarinda.
Although just a small child at the time, the author well remembers his mother pointing out the German POWs working in the fields near the highway, saying, “Look, Tommy, see the Nazis over there!”
Tom graduated from high school in Seymour, Iowa, and through the years earned three college degrees.