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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE fifty-first district, composed of the counties of Brown and Rock, has an able, but unassuming representative in the house in the person of Hon. P. H. Eighmy, of Long Pine. He was born in Middletown, New York, April 9, 1839, and at the age of sixteen became a railroad engineer, was given charge of a locomotive, and followed that business until the breaking out of the rebellion. He enlisted in the Fifty-sixth New York Volunteers, known as the "Tenth Legion," under Colonel C. H. Van Wyck, whom he remembers as one of the kindest of officers. After the war he came west and for a number of years represented the Singer Sewing Machine at Fort Dodge, Iowa. In 1877 he became a member of the Northwest Iowa Methodist Conference and was stationed successively at Spirit Lake, Spencer, Algona, Belmont, and Sanborn, and became widely and favorably known among his fellow ministers and parishioners. For twenty-seven years he was closely identified with the growth of northwest Iowa, and in 1893 was transferred to the northwest Nebraska conference and stationed at Long Pine. He was honored with the chaplaincy for the department of Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 he was



elected as a republican from his district by a small majority. He is a member of the committees on school lands and funds, internal improvements, constitutional amendments, and soldiers' home.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. FREDERICK W. ENDORF, representative from thirty-first district, was born in Germany in 1846, and arrived in America in 1867, where he at once engaged in labor, working in a store, and afterwards as a farm hand in Will county. He married Miss Caroline Heideman, of Crete, Illinois, and came with his young wife to Saline county, Nebraska, in 1871, took up an eighty-acre homestead, lived in a dugout for five years, roughing it, but attending strictly to business. He has become one of the most prosperous farmers in his district, and now owns 400 acres of valuable land. He has a family of nine children, six of whom are boys. Mr. Endorf has served the people of his precinct as assessor for nine years. In 1896 he was nominated for the legislature by the fusionists and was elected. Mr. Endorf's eighteen-year-old son is preparing for the ministry, and is now at Concordia College, Milwaukee. This is Mr. Endorf's first term in the leg-



islature, but notwithstanding that, his recognition from the beginning placed him upon five important standing committees, as follows: Roads and bridges, penitentiary, labor, immigration, and school lands and funds.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchNE of the democrats elected by the people of the tenth district to the lower house is Hon. William S. Felker, of Omaha. He was born in Howell, Maine, in 1837, and his early life was spent in the city of Chicago, where he was educated in the public schools; afterwards studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1856. He practiced his profession in the metropolis of the west until 1883, when he located in Omaha. He has always been actively identified with the democratic party, and was one of the enthusiastic supporters of Stephen A. Douglas, when that distinguished statesman was a candidate for United States senator. Mr. Felker was at one time a judge in Chicago, and has served one term prior to this in the Nebraska legislature. He holds the position of chairman on the important committee known as banks and currency, and is the author of what is termed the "Scrip Law." He makes few speeches, but is an industrious member, and has very decided opinions on all important public ques-



tions. He serves with ability on the committees on judiciary, corporations, telegraph, telephone and electric lights.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE forty-fifth district is represented in the house by Hon. Martin C. Fernow, of Roseland, Adams county. He was born in Des Moines county, Iowa, in 1869, and came, to Nebraska with his parents in 1879 and engaged in farming and school teaching. He is a member of the Evangelical church, having joined that society at an early age. Largely by his own efforts he obtained a good common school education, which was supplemented by a two years' course in Hastings College. Since 1890 he has divided his attention between teaching and farming. In 1891 he married Miss Emma J. Hart, of Roseland. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., A. F. & A. M. This is Mr. Fernow's first experience as a legislator, although he has been a student of current economic questions, somewhat active in local politics, and a devotee of the doctrines of the populist party. He is of a retiring disposition, and has preferred the quiet enjoyment of home life to the strife of political contest. Mr. Fernow is chairman of the penitentiary committee, and a member of the committees on judiciary, railroads, and rules.

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