Kenneth Allen McCormick was born December 30, 1929, at Clark, South Dakota, the son of Louisa Jane (Guy) and Harry Anthony McCormick. He was the last of three children. Marcheta Jean (Graciano) was born in 1925 and Rose Marie (Marino) was born in 1927. Because of the stock market crash and the start of the Great Depression, his father’s job as a printer was eliminated and the family was forced to return to the home newspaper in Wynot, Neb. (where Harry’s family still worked) some 13 days after he was born. In 1935 the family moved to Murray, Iowa, where they published a weekly newspaper. In 1942, following the outbreak of World War II, his father began a series of moves working as a printer at various newspapers in the Midwest, including Rushville, Ill., Avoca, Iowa, and Ida Grove, Iowa. It was at Ida Grove that Kenneth graduated from high school and then went on to Simpson College at Indianola, Iowa for one year before transferring to the University of Nebraska. He graduated in January of 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a certification in journalism. Following a temporary job at the Custer County Chief in Broken Bow, Neb. as a news editor, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in October of 1951. He was sent to Scofield Barracks near Honolulu, Hawaii, for basic training and then accepted into Officer Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Okla., where he graduated as an artillery second lieutenant. His first duty station as an officer was at Camp Atterbury, Ind. before being sent to Korea, arriving in May of 1953. The need for artillery officers had diminished considerably since the peace talks were underway so he was assigned to Eighth Army headquarters in Seoul as chief of the news division of the public information office. Because of the cessation of hostilities, the government decided to allow early discharges. This resulted in a year less time than he had signed up for and he left the army in October of 1953. After discharge, Kenneth went to work as news editor of the Wahoo Newspaper in Wahoo, Neb. After about a year there, he decided to take advantage of the G.I. Bill of Rights and enrolled in law school at the University of Nebraska. Near the end of the school year, however, he had an opportunity to take over a newspaper at Stanton, Neb., and did so in 1955. After moving to Stanton, he married Janice Lee Owens, whom he had met

Nemaha County Herald

PO Box 250
Auburn, NE 68305
PH: (402) 274-3185
FAX: (402) 274-3273