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their most enthusiastic supporters. He is chairman of the committee on soldiers' home, and a member of the committees on public lands and buildings, privileges and elections, county boundaries, county seats and township organization, and militia.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE ninth district is represented in the house by Hon. Claus Grell, who is the son of a German peasant who lived in the vicinity of Kiel, a seaport town on the Baltic. Claus came to the United States in 1867 at the age of seventeen, landing in New York on the 6th day of July. He settled in Scott county, Iowa, where be lived for a time with his brothers. In 1877 he moved to Nebraska and located on a farm in Douglas county, remaining six years, from whence he moved to Sarpy county, and has farmed there ever since. In 1890 he was elected county commissioner and was reelected in 1893. He was nominated by the democrats of his district in 1896 for the legislature, and was successful at the polls. Mr. Grell became naturalized in 1872 and allied himself politically with the republican party. After coming to Nebraska he became dissatisfied with the party of his first love and swore allegiance



to the democrats. He has faithfully served his constituents in the house to which he was elected, and was honored with the chairmanship of the committee on revenue and taxation. He is a member of the committees on railroads, federal relations, fish culture and game, and live stock and grazing.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. M. C. GRIMES, representative from the fiftieth district, was born in Rockville, Kankakee county, Illinois, January 14, 1864. He began his education in the district school, and had the average experience of a farmer's boy, the toil of the field absorbing far more of his time than the study of the school room. He entered Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga, Illinois, in 1883, and took a subsequent course in the Gem City Business College at Quincy. In 1889 he returned to the old homestead and engaged in farming and stock raising. The next year he was the prohibition candidate for county clerk of Kankakee county. For several years he served as a member of the board of directors of the Kankakee Fair Association, and was two terms general superintendent. In 1893 he moved to Holt county, Nebraska, began farming in the South Fork valley, and was that year elected president of the



South Fork Agricultural Association, to which position he has twice been re-elected. He is an earnest church worker, and imbibed from his father a political creed which has had the distinguished support of Abraham Lincoln, Peter Cooper, and General James B. Weaver. He is a populist of the royal blood, and in 1896 was the unanimous choice of his party for the position he now holds. He is the chairman of the committee on fish culture and game, and a member of the committees on agriculture, roads and bridges, and live stock and grazing.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE youngest member of the house of representatives is Hon. J. H. Grosvenor, who is known in political circles as the Boy Orator of Hamilton county. He is an original native product and was born in York county, this state, April 5, 187 3. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Hamilton county, where he fitted himself for the profession of teaching. After teaching two years he attended the Fremont Normal School, teaching between summer and spring sessions in order to earn the money necessary to pay his tuition. He stood high in all his classes and was especially noted in mathematics and as a debater. Two weeks before his graduation, in 1896, he received notice



of his nomination for the legislature by the populist party, and immediately after commencement exercises he entered with earnestness and enthusiasm into the great "Battle of the Standards," He was endorsed by the democrats of his district and secured the united support of the free silver forces, being elected by a handsome majority. Representative Grosvenor is one of Nebraska's most loyal sons, proud to be a native of the "Tree Planter's State" and takes a deep interest in all her cherished institutions. He is chairman of the committee on militia, and a member of the committees on soldiers' home, claims, revenue and taxation, and library.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. DAVID W. HAMILTON, of Rising City, is one of the representatives from the twenty-eighth district in the house. He was born at Titusville, Pennsylvania, December 19, 1858, and came to Nebraska in 1880, after having spent his youthful days in the public schools. He bought a farm near Rising City, where he still resides. Mr. Hamilton was educated for a civil engineer, but has devoted himself to agriculture, and shows no disposition to change his vocation. He has 160 acres of fine land with good improvements. He was married in 1882 at David City

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