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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE sixth district, comprising the county of Otoe, has as one of its well-known members in the house of representatives Hon. Patrick Roddy, who is serving his second term in that body. He is one of the most popular men of his county, and was returned as a republican member in the face of a democratic and fusion majority for the rest of the ticket. He was born July 12, 1842, in Westmeath county, Ireland, and came to America and engaged in steamboating from 1862 to 1872. The field of his operations covered the Mississippi river and its principal tributaries. He came to Nebraska, settled down to the quiet life of the farm near Nebraska City, where he has prospered, and has found time to devote himself with remarkable energy to his own private education in the history and politics of his country. In the legislature of 1895 he was often heard on the floor of the house in original and characteristic speeches, full of spice, and contributing much to relieve the monotony of routine work. He enjoys the respect of members of the house without regard to party. He serves with ability and fidelity on the committees on engrossed and enrolled bills, benevolent institutions, insurance, immigration, and telegraph, telephone and electric lights.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE only republican elected to the lower house from the forty-seventh district in the twenty-fifth session of the legislature was Hon. George L. Rouse, of Alda, who was re-elected, having been a member of the house in 1895. He was born in Ottawa county, Ohio, and spent his boyhood days on the farm and in the district schools until sixteen, when he entered the Baldwin University at Berea, Ohio, taking a two years' course. He afterwards attended Oberlin College for two years, and for the next five years taught school, coming to Nebraska in 1872. He located at Alda, Hall county, where he now lives. He was married in 1873 to Miss Susannah Rexrood, and has a family of eight children. He has a splendid farm, highly improved, embracing 640 acres of land. He and his wife are members of the Methodist church, and are highly respected and loved by their neighbors and friends. Representative Rouse is a prominent member of Tangier Temple Mystic Shrine, a Knight Templar, and a member of the A. O. U. W. He has been three terms chairman of the board of supervisors, and has always been a staunch republican advocate. He was elected to the legislature in 1896 by a largely increased majority over two years ago. He received the unanimous vote



of the republicans of the house for speaker. Mr. Rouse is a member of the committees on finance, ways and means, privileges and elections, rules, and revenue and taxation.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. C. W. SCHRAM was elected to the house of representatives from the eighteenth district, composed of Dixon county, and served for some time during the session, but was taken ill and obliged to return to his home in Newcastle, where he died on Sunday, March 14, 1897, from cancer of the stomach. Immediately after leaving the house he was taken to the hospital at South Sioux City for treatment, but his malady stubbornly resisted all efforts of medical skill, and he was removed from the hospital to his home. Representative Schram grew up an orphan among strangers, and gained most of his education by individual private study, outside of the schools. He was born at Peekskill, New York, January 1, 1854, came to Nebraska March 17, 1871, and located in Dixon county, in the district he had the honor to represent in the house, up to the time of his death. He served on the board of supervisors of Dixon county for four years, taught school five years, but lately had devoted his attention exclu-



sively to farming. He was a German by nationality and language. His committees in the house were roads and bridges, privileges and elections, and labor. His death was sincerely mourned by all his colleagues, as well as all who knew him.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. O. A. SEVERE, the fusion representative in the house from the sixth district, was born in Knox county, Ohio, January 29, 1854. At the age of ten his parents removed to Harrison county, Missouri, where the boy grew up amid the usual experiences and surroundings of the youth of his day. He came to Nebraska in 1870, located on a farm near the village of Palmyra, and for twenty-six years he has led the life of a farmer, and has succeeded in establishing a reputation among his fellow citizens of which any man may justly feel proud. Formerly Mr. Severe was a republican, and remained with the old party until the advent of the Farmers' Alliance movement in the west. Since that time he has been an outspoken and consistent populist, and in 1896 was nominated by the populists and endorsed by the democrats, and elected to the house of the twenty-fifth session of the state legislature. Representative Severe is an unpretentious but inde-

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