HON. H. C. KEISTER.
twenty-second district is represented in the house by Hon.
H. C. Keister, of Boone county. He was born in Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, October 5, 1848, of German ancestry.
Like his father, who was a farmer, he has steadily followed
the agricultural vocation. On his sixteenth birthday he
enlisted in the service of his country in Company I,
Eighty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was honorably
mustered out June 30, 1865. Three years later he married
Miss Jennie M. Hoey, of Murraysville, Pennsylvania, who
still shares with him the happiness of their comfortable
home. They have five children living, one boy and four
girls. Mr. Keister came west in 1876, landing in Essex,
Iowa, where he remained until the fall of 1883, moving from
there to Nebraska and settling on the place where he now
lives, about four miles from St. Edward. Representative
Keister has always been foremost in every reform movement,
and was the first Alliance organizer in Boone county. He is
now president of the Farmers Commercial Company. He is one
of the original founders of the populist party in this
state. His standing among friends and neighbors is such that
even his political opponents freely con-
cede his honesty of purpose and his fidelity to his convictions. He is chairman of the committee on live stock and grazing, and a member of the committees on internal improvements and insane hospitals.
HON. C. M. LEMAR.
of the representatives of the twenty-seventh district,
Saunders county, is Hon. C. M. Lemar, who was born on Miami
Indian Reservation, Indiana, in the year 1846. He lived in
his native state until his tenth year, when his parents
moved to Warren county, Illinois, where young Lemar was
educated. He then moved to Mercer county, in the last named
state, where he remained until 1887, and located in Saunders
county, Nebraska, on a farm. Up to 1884 Mr. Lemar was a
member of the republican party, but since that time he has
been a reformer, and joined the second Farmers' Alliance
organized in his county. He was three times elected
president of the Saunders county alliance, and served one
year on the executive board of the state alliance. In 1890
he assisted in organizing the independent people's party,
and from that time forth has been an earnest devotee of its
doctrines and principles. In January, 1870, he married
Maggie E. Dihel, of Sunbeam, Illinois, and two children were the result of this union, but one of whom is living, a son twenty-two years of age, who is a student in the University of Nebraska. Representative Lemar has served with ability as chairman of the committee on telegraph, telephone and electric lights, and as a member of the committees on public lands and buildings, privileges and elections, insurance, manufactures and commerce, and miscellaneous subjects.
HON. JOHN LIDDELL.
tenth district of Nebraska has as one of its representatives
in the lower house a consistent champion of organized labor
in the person of Hon. John Liddell, of Omaha. He was born in
the city of Glasgow, Scotland, March 20, 1862, and came to
this country with his parents in 1868, and located in Omaha
in 1872. For four years he attended the public schools of
the metropolitan city, after which he entered the employ of
the Omaha Herald, as an apprentice in the composing room.
Some years later he entered the employ of the Union Pacific
Railroad Company in the foundry department, and learned the
trade of iron molding. He is a member of the Union Pacific
Molders' Union and of the A. O. U. W. In 1890 he was elected
by his union,
No. 190 of Omaha, as a representative to the International Convention of Iron Molders held in Detroit, Michigan. He is a capable, intelligent, broad-minded man, thoroughly posted on current events. Prior to his nomination for the legislature in 1896 he had never taken an active interest in politics, but accepted the nomination from the democrats and populists, and was elected by one of the largest votes ever cast for a candidate in Douglas county. In 1883 he married Miss Mary Troy, daughter of one of the pioneer families of Omaha. He is chairman of the committee on labor, and a member of the committees on constitutional amendments, federal relations, and fish culture and game.
HON. FRANK F. LOOMIS.
twenty-eighth district has an able and conscientious
representative in the house in Hon. Frank F. Loomis, of
Butler county. He was born in Jefferson, Ashtabula county,
Ohio, December 26, 1846. In 1869 he moved to Butler county,
Nebraska, with his father and mother, and has resided there
ever since. He is a farmer and stock raiser by occupation,
and for many years was a radical republican. In the
republican state convention which defeated Judge Maxwell for
renomination to the supreme bench, Mr.