while in the hospitals of the state shall be borne by the state, a measure of beneficence in the nature of an institutional reform, which is now being adopted by other commonwealths.
WARDEN STATE PENITENTIARY.
GEORGE W. LEIDIGH, warden of the Nebraska State Penitentiary
at Lincoln, was born in Philadelphia in 1850, and came to
Nebraska City in the month of May, 1870. The following year
he moved to Kansas and took up a homestead in Jewell county,
improved the same for a time, and returned to Nebraska City,
where he has lived ever since. He was married to Sarah L.
McConiga, of Otoe county, in September, 1873. He has for
many years been one of the best known business men in the
city of his adoption, and has been engaged in the grocery,
provision, lumber, coal, ice, harness, and stock commission
business. He has exercised a controlling influence in Otoe
county politics and in 1892 was elected to the house of
representatives of the twenty-third session of the state
legislature, and was one of the members who participated in
the election of Hon. William V. Allen to the United States
senatorship. Warden Leidigh has established an excellent
reputation for himself as a public officer, and has
ASYLUM FOR THE CRONIC INSANE, HASTINGS.
duced simple and effective business methods in the management of the state's great penal institution. He possesses the firmness so essential to his post of duty, and at the same time exhibits an unselfish, kind, and charitable disposition.
ROBERT DAMERELL, superintendent of the Asylum for the
Chronic Insane, located at Hast-
ings, was born September 5, 1852, at Peoria, Illinois. He
remained on the farm with his parents until about eighteen
years of age, embracing all advantages offered
by the common schools of his district. In 1869 he entered
Central Wesleyan College at Warrenton, Missouri, studied for
three years, and engaged in teaching. He took up the study
of medicine under a preceptor and afterwards entered Rush
Medical College, from which he graduated in medicine and
surgery in 1882. The young man had taught and worked to earn
sufficient money to pay the expense of his own education. He
returned to his home in Hancock county, Illinois, but soon
thereafter came to Nebraska and entered upon the practice of
his profession at Red Cloud. Here he established a large and
lucrative business, and built up a splendid reputation in
the community. He was appointed assistant surgeon of the B.
& M. railroad in 1888, and held that position until his
appointment as superintendent of the Hastings institution by
Governor Holcomb. He has rendered to the state during the
two years of his management an able and economical service.
Dr. Damerell is peculiarly fitted, both by natural
temperament and thorough education, for the responsible
duties imposed upon the managing head of a state institution
such as the Hastings asylum.