Nellie Irene Snyder Yost (June 20, 1905 – January 16, 1992) was a historian and writer. She was an active member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, serving for many years as its president, and wrote 13 books (primarily biographies) and many articles on Nebraska history, including biographies of her father, her mother, and Buffalo Bill Cody.
|Nellie Snyder Yost photo from the Western Fictioneers blog.|
After moving back to Nebraska, she married David Harrison "Harry" Yost on July 6, 1929 and the couple lived on a ranch in the Box Elder Canyon, south of North Platte, Nebraska, for 30 years. They had one son Thomas Snyder Yost. Harry fell ill and spent his last five years at the Grand Island Veterans Hospital. During those years, as Nellie spent about 10 days out of each month at the hospital, she would sit by his bed side, writing manuscripts in long hand. He died in 1968.
Publications and Accomplishments
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Pinnacle Jake, Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Idaho, 1951
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, The West That Was, Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas, Texas, 1958
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, No Time on My Hands, Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Idaho, 1963
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, The Call of the Range, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 1966
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Medicine Lodge, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 1966
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Boss Cowman, Nebraska University Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1969
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Before Today, Holt County Historical Society, O'Neill, Nebraska, 1976
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Buffalo Bill: His Family, Friends, Fame, Failures and Fortunes, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 1979
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, A Man as Big as the West, Pruett Publishing Co., Boulder, Colorado, 1979
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Back Trail of an Old Cowboy, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1983
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Keep On Keeping On, Self Published, 1983
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Pinnacle Jake & Pinnacle Jake Roundup, J. L. Lee Publishers, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1991
- Yost, Nellie Snyder, Evil Obsession: The Annie Cook Story, Westport Publishers, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1991
- Wrote the Fort McPherson Centennial Pageant, produced in North Platte in 1963, and was Grand Marshal of the Old Glory Blowout that same fall, the only woman to date to be chosen for that honor.
- Appointed a Colonel in the Cody Scouts of North Platte in 1965. Has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska State Historical Society since 1966 and served as president of the Board from October, 1974, to October, 1976. She is also a trustee of the State Historical Society Foundation.
- She is a past president and life member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and was Secretary-Treasurer of the western writers of America, Inc., from 1972 to 1979.
- Is a charter member of the North Platte Buffalo Bill Corral of Westerners (Secretary 1969-1970) and an honorary member of the Omaha Westerners Corral. She is a member of Chapter GO, P.E.O. of North Platte and a State and National Cow Belle.
- She was appointed to the Fort Robinson Centennial Commission by Governor Exon in 1973, and was a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission from 1974 to 1981;
- Was appointed by the Nebraska Legislature to the Poet Laureate Commission in March of that same year (commission now expired),
- Was first listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA in 1972 and was the recipient of the Nebraska Optometric Society's "Eyes on Nebraska" award in 1970.
- In 1972 was selected Beta Sigma Phi's first "First Lady of the Year" in North Platte and made an Honorary International Member of that organization that same year.
- She received the Golden Saddleman in June, 1975, highest award given by the Western Writers of America for bringing Dignity and Honor to the History and Legends of the West.
- Was made an honorary member of the Buffalo Bill Stamp Club of North Platte in 1976.
- Appointed to the board of directors of Westerners International of Tucson in 1977 and awarded the WRANGLER trophy by the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City for BUFFALO BILL, the best non-fiction book published in 1979. Re the same book was interviewed by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL and invited to New York to appear on GOOD-MORNING AMERICA with David Hartman.
- Edited Bartlett Richards' book, NEBRASKA SANDHILLS CATTLEMAN, published by the State Historical Society in 1960. Also edited WOMAN WHO MADE THE WEST, and wrote one chapter for it. The book was published by Doubleday in 1980. Wrote foreword for TRAILS OF YESTERDAY, reprint of 1920 book published in 1980 by Nebraska University Press. Edited BACKTRAILING AN OLD COWBOY, to be published in 1982 by Nebraska University Press.
- Have read papers at the Madison, South Dakota History Conference in 1980 and 1982.
- Won the 1979 Society of Midland Authors award for the best biography (BUFFALO BILL) published in 1979. Accept the award at the awards program held in the Drake Hotel, Chicago, in June, 1980.
- Travel extensively giving lectures and programs in many states, as well as Nebraska.
- Was appointed an Honorary Colonel in the Nebraska National Guards in 1980 and have been a member of the Little Big Horn Association since 1978.