HON. PATRICK RODDY.
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.
HON. GEORGE L. ROUSE.
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.
HON. C. W. SCHRAM.
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.
HON. O. A. SEVERE.
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