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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. C. W. BEAL, senator from the fifteenth district, was born on a farm in Audrain county, Missouri, April 25, 1860 He attended school in the country in winter, working on the farm in summer till he attained his majority. He then entered Hillsdale College, Michigan, from which institution he graduated with honors four years later. He taught school half a year at Laddonia, Missouri, near the location of his birthplace, and in 1887 emigrated to Nebraska, locating in Custer county, where he taught school for three years. He then assumed editorial control of the Custer County Beacon, with which paper he is still connected. He was elected to the house of representatives of the legislature of 1893, and was active and earnest in his advocacy of all reform measures which came up during that session. He was elected to the state senate on the populist ticket in 1896, and is a member of the committees on irrigation, counties and county boundaries, enrolled and engrossed bills, and chairman of the following committees: Manufactures and commerce, revenue, and rules. On the 1st day of January, 1896, Mr. Beal was married to Miss Kate Willis, of Broken Bow, a typical western lady who fully sympathizes with him in his progressive political views. Senator Beal resides at Broken Bow.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. SMITH T. CALDWELL, of Edgar, Nebraska, was born in Jersey county, Illinois, October 1, 1845. His father was a Methodist preacher, and the boy attended the public schools until be had mastered the common branches, also studying algebra and surveying When the war broke out he enlisted in the 144th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was a gallant soldier. He moved to Nebraska in 1872, homesteaded in Nuckolls county on land which he still owns. He was elected to the legislature in 1876 and was in the session when United States Senator Saunders was elected. Mr. Caldwell received the appointment of state oil inspector at the hands of Governor John M. Thayer, served for two years, was re-appointed and held the office until Governor Boyd appointed his successor. He was elected to the state senate in 1896 from the twenty-sixth district, composed of Nuckolls, Webster, Clay, and Franklin counties. He was married in 1869, to Miss Mary J. Haynes of Montgomery county, Illinois. Their family consists of five boys and two girls, four of the boys being voters. Senator Caldwell in the present legislature serves on the following committees: Agriculture, school lands and funds, live stock and grazing, mines and mining, irrigation. He is a legislator of state reputation and one of the recognized favorites in the minority representation of the upper house.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. JOSEPH SYLVESTER CANADAY, senator from the twenty-eighth district, was born near Farmersburg, Indiana, August 3, 1861. Two years later his parents removed to Clark county, Illinois, where Joseph was reared in rural life, encountering the hardships of the country boy of that pioneer period. He attended the public schools as opportunity presented, and in 1884 emigrated with his parents to Kearney county, Nebraska, where he has since resided. He taught school and was a progressive, hard-working teacher, was elected county superintendent in 1891 and was re-elected in 1893. On both occasions last mentioned he received the largest majority of any candidate on his ticket. He declined a nomination for a third term and resumed the labors incident to farm life. He again entered the school room and was a teacher when nominated for state senator in 1896, his election following. In 1890 Mr. Canaday married Mary J. Winters, of Clark county, Illinois, one of the public school teachers. They have three bright children, two boys, Ralph Oliver and Walter Allen, and a baby girl, Mary Golda. Senator Canaday is a staunch advocate of the rights of the common people. He is an earnest, honest, and tireless worker in whatever be believes to be right. He is



a member of the following state committees: Chairman of education, and library; member of commitees on public lands and buildings, public printing, university and normal schools, and manufactures and commerce.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE twenty-fourth senatorial district is represented in the upper house of the twenty-fifth legislature of Nebraska by Dr. J. B. Conaway, of York. He was born September 17, 1840, on a farm near Laceysville, Harrison county, Ohio. Here he grew to manhood, and here he enlisted as a soldier in Company C, Fifth Independent Battalion Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, re-enlisted in 1863, and helped recruit the Thirteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He was promoted, for services rendered, from private to second lieutenant, first lieutenant of Company F, and brevet captain, and participated in battles from the Wilderness to Five Forks, Va. After the war closed he took a thorough training at Hopedale College, Ohio, and ten years later received the honorary degree of A. M. He graduated in medicine and surgery at the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Rush Medical College, Chicago. He is a very active practitioner and has fol-

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