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have six children living, five sons and one daughter. In 1881 he purchased 240 acres of good farming land in Nuckolls county, and settled there with his family the following spring. He has added eighty acres to this, and has improved the property until it is one of the most valuable in that section, and has fortunately and wisely kept it free from mortgages. For the past fifteen years he has been closely devoted to farming and stock raising. He was a member of the Ruskin high school board, treasurer of that body, and justice of the peace at the time of his election to the legislature in 1896. Politically he was a republican until the birth of the populist party, with which he has since affiliated. He is chairman of the committee on fees and salaries, and a member of the committees on railroads, labor, banks and currency, university and normal schools.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. JOHN O. YEISER, lawyer, author, political economist, and populist, is one of the younger members of the house, and was the successful contestant for a seat from the tenth district. He was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, October 15, 1866, and came to Nebraska, locating at Ashland in 1875. One year later he removed to Red Cloud, re-



maining there until 1889, when he cast his lot amid the commercial tides of the city of Omaha. It is said that he was the youngest candidate ever admitted to practice law in any court of record in the United States. He began the practice when fifteen years old, being regularly admitted two years later. He is the author of a book entitled "Labor as Money," and has frequently written for the Arena and other publications of note. Although not a graduate of any college, he is possessed of a liberal education, acquired by private devotion to study, self-improvement, and a wide range of reading. He was married February 5, 1889, to Miss Hettie Skeen at Red Cloud, Nebraska, and they have one child, an interesting little son. Mr. Yeiser has written and will soon publish a work under the suggestive, and to some people, startling title of "The Abolition of Both Public and Private Property in Land and Occupancy Rights." He was elected on the fusion ticket, but the certificate was delivered to his opponent, and he secured his seat in the house after a protracted contest. He is a member of the committees on judiciary, militia, and constitutional amendments.


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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE seventh district is represented in the house by Hon. Thomas T. Young, who was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, June 29, 1844. His father was a native of Pennsylvania and his grandfather Young served in the Revolutionary war. When Thomas was a small boy his parents moved to eastern Iowa and settled at Mount Pleasant as early as 1852, where he worked and attended the public schools. He afterwards took a course in the Iowa Wesleyan University. In 1864 he went to Colorado with a view to recuperating his health, and engaged in farming and freighting for five years, returning in 1869 as far east as Cass county, Nebraska. In 1870 he married Miss Susie Creamer, and two years later moved onto his present farm in South Bend precinct, where he has continuously resided, with the exception of two years' temporary residence in Ashland, where he went to educate his children. He has always been a loyal republican, and has done much to advance the interests of his party. His friends showed their high appreciation of his services by nominating him on the first ballot as their candidate for the house of representatives, and he was elected by a handsome vote, after conducting a gentlemanly and able can-



vass. There were five candidates before the nominating convention, but Mr. Young received 1155 out of a total of 201 votes. Representative Young and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church. His committees are railroads, revenue and taxation, and public schools.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE thirty-eighth district has an able, well-known and patriotic representative in the person of Hon. David S. Zimmerman. He was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, February 10, 1854, of Revolutionary ancestors. His parents moved to Defiance county in 1856 and in 1865 came farther west to La Salle county, Illinois. David took advantage of the limited facilities of the district school of his neighborhood, and further rounded out his education at the Blackstone high school, Mendota, Illinois. He chose as his occupation an agricultural pursuit. In December, 1877, he was joined in marriage to Miss Harriet E. Salmon, and they moved to York county, Nebraska, three years later, where he had previously purchased a farm, borrowing two hundred dollars for the first payment. Mr. Zimmerman soon learned the imperative necessity -of feeding crops to the stock rather than shipping the grain to



market, and made a pronounced success at hog and cattle feeding. He succeeded by his far-sighted business methods. He joined the Alliance movement at its inception, and appointed as vice president the two men who co-operated with the Knights of Labor to form the independent party in York county. In 1891 Mr. Zimmerman was elected county treasurer of York county, and was re-elected in 1893. He is chairman of the committee on railroads, and a member of the committees on finance, ways and means, and public lands and buildings.


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