By Jean Gray
Special to the Herald 

Fran Gilliland happily remains a "small-town girl" after 100 years


(Courtesy photos)

FRAN, at age three, when her parents hired a photographer to take pictures of the family at their home.

Fran (Ruzicka) Gilliland lived the first 20-plus years of her life in Plainview, a town with a population of just over 1,300 that is "tucked" into the northeast corner of Nebraska between South Dakota and Iowa. Fran, a tiny woman with a huge personality, now lives in Haxtun, a small town that is "tucked" into the northeast corner of Colorado between Wyoming and Nebraska. She said she started life as a small-town girl and is happy to say she remains one although at times during the interim of her 100-plus years, she traveled to many cities, lived for a time in a few and visited other parts of t...

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