WOMEN'S INDUSTRIAL HOME, MILFORD.
coming difficulties that sound "fishy" in these days; but through all his toil and struggles he was a student, and contrived to take terms of study in Hascall University, Silsby Academy, and Milton College, all in Wisconsin. In 1876 Mr. Laws came to Nebraska, located at Orleans, and engaged in editorial work. He was appointed register of the land office at McCook in 1883, and held that office until November 2, 1886. The day after he left the land office he was elected secretary of state, and served two terms, instituting many reforms in his department. He served a short term in congress, and has held many other important positions of public trust, always with credit to himself and his constituents. In the campaign of 1896 he was a potent influence in bringing about the union which resulted in victory for the free silver forces.
head of the department of state oil inspection, Hon. James
H. Edmisten, is one of the most able and successful
politicians in the west. He was born in Texas in 1855 and
came to Nebraska when fifteen years of age. He was educated
at the State Normal in Peru, and taught several years. For a
time he resided in Nuckolls county, afterwards removing to
Dawson county, where he now lives, at Eddyville. He has
served as county commissioner, and was two terms treasurer
of Dawson county, giving the people a competent and safe
administration. In 1890 he united with the populist party,
and has been an active worker in its interests ever since.
He attracted wide attention as the manager of Congressman
Kem's canvass in 1892, which was emi-
nently successful, and was the efficient chairman of the
populist state committee in 1894. He was appointed to his
present official position by Governor Holcomb in 1895, and
was reappointed in 1897. He is a member of the committee on
legislation of the Nebraska Irrigation Association, and is
intensely interested in the de-
velopment of all our agricultural interests. He has
several hundred acres under irrigation by the storage
reservoir system. In 1896 Mr. Edmisten displayed consummate
ability, tact, and foresight in his management of the fusion
campaign, and the splendid victory for the state legislative
and congressional tickets of the silver forces was due in a
very great measure to his superior generalship.
SECRETARY BOARD OF IRRIGATION.
WM. R. AKERS, secretary of the State Board of Irrigation,
was born in Ohio in 1839. When ten years of age he moved to
Iowa county, Iowa. In
1861 he enlisted in the Seventh Iowa Volunteers, serving
till August, 1864, and was engaged in many of the hardest
conflicts of the war. He was specially men-