Elsie always has the first and final word!

ELSIE Eiler is the proud mayor of her Nebraska hometown of Monowi, and, at the age of 84, she can do whatever she likes…and whenever she likes!

Not only is she the town’s mayor, but she’s also the town clerk and treasurer, as well as being the smartest, the wealthiest and the youngest resident. In fact, she is the most important person in the entire place.

That’s because Monowi is a one-woman town, and she IS that woman, making it the smallest community in the whole of the United States. Unsurprisingly, there is no rush-hour there, and certainly no traffic jams!”

A 2000 census revealed that Monowi’s population was a whopping two! But that other person was Elsie’s husband, Rudy, who died in 2004.

Despite his death, however, she decided to stay in Monowi, because it was, and always will be, where she resides.

She continues to live in a mobile home, close to the town’s only business, the Monowi Tavern, which she owns and operates. She bought the bar with her husband in 1971, and still works a 12-hour days, serving drinks and food to curious visitors.

And it’s not her only business. She also runs the town library, housed in a tiny building, and jammed with 5,000 books, which is dedicated to her husband, who was a devoted reader.

Some shrinking US communities set themselves apart from corporate towns, but Mrs Eiler has kept up the required paperwork to maintain Monowi as a village-cum-town.

“I‘m the whole thing,” she said. “There’s no need for any elections because I’d be the only one to vote.”

Each year, Elsie completes a municipal road plan to secure funding from the state of Nebraska.

She also raises taxes, from herself, to keep the town’s three lamp-posts flickering and the water flowing, and she signs off her own liquor and tobacco licences.

Monowi’s oldest resident told the BBC: “When I apply to the state for these licences each year, they send them to the secretary of the town, which is me.

“So, I receive them as the secretary, sign them as the clerk and then give them to myself, as the bar owner.”

Visitors from around the world have passed through the town to meet her, “and they have been really friendly and curious”, she said.

“I know I could always move closer to my children, or stay with them whenever I want, but then I’d have to make all new friends again.

“So, hopefully, I will be able to stay here… because it’s where I want to be!”


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