Harvey and Erma have weathered many storms

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Harvey and Erma Hinz have been together 65 years.
Courtesy photo

McCOOK, Neb. — Although they live hours away from the Texas and Florida coasts, a McCook couple is getting widespread notice because of their names’ close connection to the storms which have hit the U.S. in the past two weeks.

Thrust into the spotlight — with hurricane quickness — were Harvey and Erma Hinz, life-long residents of Southwest Nebraska who recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Harvey and Erma “are a sweet couple ... who have ‘weathered’ their share of storms in life,” says Vickie Polk of Lincoln, one of the couple’s vast family of six children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In a visit by telephone today, Erma said it is surprising how many people have called or commented about the similarity of her and her husband’s names to the two latest storms to hit the U.S.

The most recent tropical storm — Irma — has hit close to home for the Hinz family as Harvey and Erma’s grandson and wife, Levi and Frances Ruppert, fled from their home in Jacksonville, Fla., to Georgia to escape the worst of the storm’s wrath.

Even in Georgia, the Rupperts felt the storms’ effect, but thankfully, Erma said, they are safe.

For many in this area, Harvey and Erma were already well-known names. After a couple of historic hurricanes, the McCook couple’s names have become even more memorable.

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