Earl May celebrates a century of serving the Midwest

Published: Apr. 19, 2019 at 6:02 PM CDT
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Earl May was born on a farm near Hayes Center, Nebraska in 1890 and it was there that Earl developed his strong work ethic.

Earl went on to attend the University of Nebraska and it was here in Lincoln where Earl met the love of his life, Gertrude Welch of Shenandoah, Iowa.

Jessica Jasnoch is the manager of the Earl May store at 48th and Highway 2 in Lincoln and she has a great appreciation for the man who founded this seed and nursery business way back in 1919 in Shenandoah, "Earl was a very fascinating man. He had ambition and he wanted to do something and he made it happen."

Earl used his dynamic personality to attract a wide audience of gardeners on an Omaha radio station and later he started KMA Radio in Shenandoah. Jessica says, "It was an AM radio station and he talked to people across the country. People would call in and ask questions."

Earl passed away in 1946, but the business has staying in the family for four generations.

Today there are 29 stores all of which are celebrating 100 years of serving the Midwest.

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