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Harry Rasmussen, manager of the Rasmussen Lumber & Coal Company, was born at Eagle Rock, Idaho, January 28, 1886, and for 46 years has resided in Nebraska. He is the son of John and Caroline Charlotte (Petersen) Rasmussen, the former a native of Denmark, born December 12, 1859, and the latter a native of Denmark, born March 17, 1860. John Rasmussen was a general contractor and the builder of the Pan American Building at Buffalo, New York. He died at Omaha, January 29, 1901.
Upon his graduation from Omaha High School, Harry Rasmussen attended Armour Technical Institute at Chicago. From 1905 until 1917, he was engaged in the contracting business. Entering the World War in 1917, he held the rank of second lieutenant in the air service. In April, 1919, he entered the lumber business at Nebraska City, and in 1925, came to Chadron to engage in the retail lumber and coal business. He is a member of the firm of Rasmussen Lumber & Coal Company and vice president of the Atlas Lumber Company of Omaha.
He was married to Henrietta Andrea Grandeek at Omaha, January 30, 1906. Mr. Rasmussen is a member of the American Legion, the Lutheran Church, the Red Cross, the Elks, the Brotherhood of American Yeoman, and the Masons. Always active in civic organizations, he served as president of the Kiwanis Club in 1929 and at the present time is a member of the school board (vice president) and a member of the municipal hospital board (vice president). His club is the Chadron Country Club. In 1931 Mr. Rasmussen was the winner of the golf championship for the year at the Country Club. Residence: Chadron.
Frederick John Rastede
Frederick John Rastede was born at Hampton, Illinois, October 22, 1877, the son of Frederick and Elisa (Wenke) Rastede. His father, who was a retail grocer, was born at Elsfleth, Germany, September 4, 1851, and died at Geneseo, Illinois, March 8, 1924; he was a member of the school board, city councilman, and a successful business man. His mother was born at Hampton Bluffs, Illinois, July 25, 1854, and died at Pierce, March 12, 1927. Her father was John Wenke who emigrated from Germany and established a farm home on the bluffs of the Mississippi River near Hampton, Illinois.
Mr. Rastede attended the Lutheran parochial school and in 1894 was graduated from the Geneseo High School. He was a grocery clerk, 1894, part owner of a grocery store at Geneseo, 1898-1901, partner in the firm of Fehlman and Rastede, at Glidden, Iowa, 1901-04, and partner in the firm Fehlman and Rastede, Pierce, 1904-07. Since 1907 he has been the sole owner of a general merchandise store at Pierce.
A Democrat by tradition and choice, Mr. Rastede served as councilman for nine years, mayor of Pierce, one term, and chairman of the Democratic central committee for one term. He is a member of the Lions Club of Pierce, the Federation of Nebraska Retailers, Pierce Community Club and the Geographic Society of Washington, D. C. He is president of the school board, has been chairman of the Pierce County Red Cross Chapter since 1920, and holds membership in the Nebraskana Society.
He is affilated with the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pierce, and holds membership in Walther League and Lutheran Laymen's League. His social club is the Pierce Golf Club and his favorite sports are golfing, hiking, baseball, and football. His hobby is reading.
On June 27, 1906, he was united in marriage with Eva Lydia Mohrman at Pierce. Mrs. Rastede, who was a piano instructor until 1906, was born at Sterling, Nebraska, November 16, 1880, the daughter of Christian Mohrman a pioneer miller and merchant. Four children were born to them: Luella Louise, February 13, 1909, who died April 30, 1909; Letha Marie, July 15, 1910, who was graduated from the fine arts department of the University in 1931; Winifred Alma, July 26, 1912, who is a student at the University of Nebraska; and Fredrick Leonard, September 3, 1914, who is a senior at Pierce High School. Residence: Pierce.
Kenneth Alberto Rawson
Kenneth Alberto Rawson, superintendent of Dix Rural High School, was born at Arlington, Iowa, December 10, 1905, son of Guy Lyman and Lilly (Walrath) Rawson.
The father, a school executive, banker and farmer, was born at Miligrove Hollow, 7 miles north of Arlington, Iowa, January 17, 1872; His ancestry is English, and the genealogy of the family is traced to John and Priscilla Alden.
Lilly Walrath was born at Arlington, in 1874, and died at Fayette, Iowa, January 22, 1927. She was a teacher in her early days, and was of Holland Dutch ancestry.
Mr. Rawson attended the public schools of Arlington, Iowa, and Fayette, Iowa, and was graduated from Fayette Consolidated High School in 1924. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Upper Iowa University, and in 1931 was a student at the State University of Colorado. During his high school days he received seven letters in athletics, and was captain of the basketball, two years. He was high school senior class president, president of the Young Men's Christian Association, at Upper Iowa Unversity, participated in eleven inter-collegiate debates and is a member of Pi Kappa Delta.
His first year after leaving college, Mr. Rawson taught in public school. He was promoted to the superintendency, which he has held for three years.
On June 11, 1930, he was married to Ruth Jessie Watson at Plainfield, Iowa. She was born at O'Neill, Nebraska, January 9, 1908, and is of English and Pennsylvania Dutch descent.
Mr. Rawson is a Republican. He is affiliated with the Methodist Church, is a member of the National Ecliication Association and the Nebraska State Teachers Association. He is an Odd Fellow. His hobbies are readng, hunting and fishing. He is an ardent golfer. Residence: Dix. (Photograph in Album).
Grant Thomas Ray
A resident of Nebraska, since 1887, Grant Thomas Ray was born at Darlington, Wisconsin, October 1, 1868, the son of Allen C. and Fannie (Dean) Ray. His father, a farmer, was born in Ohio, and died at Walnut, Iowa, January 1, 1890. His mother, who died in 1918, was a native of Liverpool, England.
Mr. Ray was graduated from Walnut High School in 1886, and the following year entered the drug business at Osceola. He is now a jeweler. He is a member of the Red Cross, the Osceola Community Club, Nebraskana Society, and the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Osceola, is a member of the Republican party, and holds membership in the Modern Woodmen of America.
His marriage to Lizze B. Henderson was solemnized at Osceola, October 10, 1889. Mrs. Ray was born at Marshall, Michigan, July, 1868, and died at Osceola, February 20, 1920. To this marriage three children were born: Glenn S., who is employed by the government in the agricultural department at Columbus, Ohio; Donald H., who is manager of Kresge's Store in Ohio; and Allen G., who is a jeweler at Spokane, Washington. Residence: Osceola.
John Edward Ray
A leading lawyer and an outstanding citizen of Hast-
ings, John Edward Ray has been a resident of Nebraska for more than thirty-eight years. Born in Fulton County, Illinois, May 19, 1882, he is the son of Archie and Rachel (McCormick) Ray. His father, a native of Belfast, Ireland, came to America at the age of five years with his parents, and was a successful farmer in Nebraska for many years. His death occurred in Webster County, on August 20, 1897. Rachel McCormick was born in County Donegal, Ireland, August 13, 1850, came to America when ten years of age, and is now living in Grand Island.
Mr. Ray attended public school, the Blanden High School and Peru State Normal School. Later he attended the law college of the University of Nebraska, and was admitted to practice on June 12, 1913. Among his honors at the university are Kappa Sigma, Phi Alpha Tau, Phi Delta Phi and the Vikings. At Peru, he was a member of the football, baseball and basketball teams.
For some time Mr. Ray was county superintendent of schools in Fillmore County. He has been engaged in practice for the past sixteen years, and has been elected and served as county judge of Clay County. During the World War he was attorney for the Council of Defense of Clay County, a member of the draft board, and was commissioned, but never called for active service.
Judge Ray's religious affiliation is with the Congregational Church. He is a Mason and Shriner, a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, and was recently made a life member of The Nebraskana Society. Residence: Hastings.
Saunders Wilfley Ray
Saunders Wilfley Ray, cashier of the First National Bank of Fairbury and director of the Jefferson County Bank of Daykin, was born at Maryville, Missouri, November 21, 1888.
On November 2, 1909, he was married to Naomi Belle Armstrong at Maryville. She was born there on December 21, 1888 and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mr. and Mrs. Ray have one daughter, Naomi, born December 28, 1913.
Mr. Ray is a Democrat, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, the Masons and the Fairbury Country Club. Residence: Fairbury.
Clifford Downes Rayburn
Clifford Downes Rayburn was born at Roseville, Illinois, January 8, 1888, the son of James Alfred and Anna Elniira (Downes) Rayburn. His father, a farmer, was born at Spring Garden, Illinois, March 3, 1856, and died at Smithfield, Nebraska, April 6, 1927; his ancestry was Scotch and Irish. His mother was born of English and Irish parentage at South Prairie, Illinois, February 11, 1864.
Mr. Rayburn attended high school at Bertrand, Nebraska, and took a business course at Boyles College in Omaha. He has been a farmer near Elwood, Nebraska, for several years. He has been director in the local school board for the past four years, has been secretary-treasurer of the Farmers Union for three years, and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
He is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church of Elwood. His hobby is better schools. On June 3, 1917, he was united in marriage with Mattie Fern Johnson at Elwood. Mrs. Rayburn, who is of Scotch and English descent, was born at Macedonia, Iowa, May 20, 1888. Four children were born to this marriage: Shirley, January 15, 1922, who died January 16, 1922; Duane, January 25, 1924; Janet, May 1, 1926; and Allan, January 26, 1929. Residence: Elwood.
Thomas Middleton Raysor
Thomas M. Raysor, educator at the University of Nebraska, was born at Chapel Hill, Texas, March 9, 1895, the son of Paul Montgomery and Mary (Matthews) Raysor. His father, who was a physician, was born at Orangeburg, South Carolina, May, 1863, and died at Bryan, Texas, May, 1928. His mother was born at Chapel Hill, August 17, 1872.
Dr. Raysor was graduated from Allen Academy, Bryan, Texas, 1911. He holds these degrees: A. B., Harvard University, 1917; A. M., Harvard, 1920; Ph.D., Harvard, 1922. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He served as instructor at the Allen Academy, 1914-15, was instructor at A. and M. College of Texas, 1917-18; served as associate professor of the State College of Washington, 1924-29, and professor, 1929-30. Since 1930 he has been professor and chairman of the department of English at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of various articles published in professional journals, and is editor of Coleridge's Shakespearean Criticism.
During the World War he served as a private in the American Expeditionary Forces. He is a member of the Modern Language Association of America. His social club is the University Club. He is interested in literary history.
His marriage to Ellen Devereux Koopman, took place at Cohasset, Massachusetts, July 5, 1923. Mrs. Raysor was born at Katvijk, Holland, July 10, 1898. Their two children are as follows: Cecily, born September 18, 1826; and Joan, born October 11, 1928. Residence: Lincoln.
Micheal Edmund Rea
A pioneer farmer in York County, Micheal Edmund Rea has lived in this state for 51 years. He was born in DeWitt County, Illiois (sic), February 14, 1871, the son of Thomas Edmund and Margaret Maria Rea. His father, who was also a farmer, was born in County Limerick, Ireland, December 21, 1825, came to America in 1843, and died at McCool Junction, York County, Nebraska, April 13, 1912; he was a Democrat and was interested in political and civic affairs; he served in the Civil War.
His mother was born in Tipperary, Ireland, June 22, 1836, and died at Chicago, Illinois, December 18, 1922. She was an ardent church worker and homemaker.
Mr. Rea attended elementary schools in Illinois and Nebraska. He has been a farmer for many years and is still active. A Democrat, he served as township road overseer in York County for several years. He is a member of the Farmers Union Association, Modern Woodmen of America, Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Red Cross, and the Nebraskana Society. He is affiliated with St. Patrick's Catholic Church and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. During the World War Mr. Rea took a prominent part in Red Cross and Salvation Army activities. His sport is baseball, and his chief recreation is reading.
He was married to Mary Ellen McMahon at Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska, April 29, 1914. Mrs. Rea, whose Irish ancestors were farmers, was born at McCool Junction, April 22, 1892. To this marriage ten children were born: Thomas, born May 27, 1915; Cecilia, born October 13, 1916; Frank, born March 6, 1918; David, born December 10, 1919; Agnes, born July 26, 1921; Lawrence, born January 28, 1923; Eileen, born December 17, 1924; Margaret, born January 28, 1927; Gene, born April 17, 1929; and Roseanne, born April 7, 1931. Thomas, Cecilia, and Frank, are students in the McCool Junction High School. Residence: McCool Junction.
A leading professional man in Cedar County for forty years, Elberti Ready, born in Traer, Iowa, on March 12, 1868, is the son of William Lane and Rachel A. Ready.
His father was born December 1, 1842, and followed the occupation of a farmer. His ancestors came from Wales.
Mr. Ready attended the Cincinnati, Ohio, Law School after he had completed his elementary and high school work. There he received his degree of Doctor of Laws. He was united in marriage with Amanda Charlotte Hoese, on June, 11, 1895, in Hinton, Iowa. To this union three children were born: F. L., born May 25, 1896, who is married to Edith Shom; Dorothy, born in 1898, who died in 1909; and George, born December 1, 1901, who is married to Mildred McKnight. Dr. F. L. Ready is practicing medicine in Los Angeles, and George is with his father in his law office.
Elberti Ready is a Republican and has been county attorney of Cedar County. He is city attorney in Hartington, and several other towns in Cedar County, and is director of the First National Bank at Crofton. During the World War, Mr. Ready was active in drives and also in the Red Cross, giving addresses and speeches at various times. At one time Mr. Ready was mayor of Hartington, and a member of the library board, and is now a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, and was grand instructor in 1929-30. He is a member of the Nebraskana Society and the Hartington Country Club. Residence: Hartington.
Annie Dorrington Reavis
At Whitestown, Onedia County, New York, on October 24, 1845, Annie Dorrington Reavis was born, the daughter of David and Ann Barnard (Wood) Dorrington. Her father who was a carpenter and merchant and the first mayor of Falls City, Nebraska, under the statehood, was born at Chestnut, England, January 11, 1812, and died at Falls City, June 28, 1885.
Her mother was a colorful figure in pioneer history; she fed and assisted escaping slaves through the underground railway system. She was born at Ware, England, April 5, 1805, and died at Falls City, June 16, 1879.
Mrs. Reavis attended the Elmira Female Seminary in New York State, after which she taught school, in 1865, at Falls City. She has been a resident of Nebraska for 66 years. She is the author of a recent article on Methodism, published in the Nebraska State Journal.
Her marriage to Isham Reavis was solemnized at Falls City, May 19, 1864. Mr. Reavis, who was born in Cass County, Illinois, January 28, 1836, a lawyer and former judge of the United States Court of Arizona territory, whose family was originally from North Carolina. Five children were born to them, four of whom are living: Annie Minnie, born April 7, 1865, who married Thomas J. Gist; Isham, born October 19, 1866, who died December 14, 1866; David Dorrington, born December 19, 1867, who married Grace G. Yutzy; Charles Frank, born September 5, 1870, who married Myrtle Abbey, and who was congressman from the first district of Nebraska throughout the war period; and Burton Isham, born December 2, 1875, who married Lena Stites.
From 1883 to 1886 Mrs. Reavis was a member of the board of education of Falls City; has been on the board of stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 35 Years; has been superintendent of the primary department of the church for 20 years; and church organist for 10 years. She is a member of the Red Cross and the Eastern Star, the Sorosis Club, and the Nebraskana Society. Her hobbies are church work and reading. Residence: Falls City.
Charles Frank Reavis
Charles Frank Reavis, son of Isham and Annie Minnie Reavis, was born at Falls City, Nebraska, September 5, 1870. Isham Reavis was a native of Sangamon County, Illinois, born in 1836. who died at Falls City, on May 11, 1914; he was federal judge for Arizona Territory, appointed by President Grant. Annie M. Reavis was born in New York State, October 17, 1846, and makes her home at Falls City.
Mr. Reavis was graduated from the Falls City High School in 1888, and attended Northwestern University. He was admitted to the bar of Nebraska, on March 7, 1892, and has since been engaged in the practice of law. A Republican, he was elected county attorney of Richardson County, member of congress four terms from the first Nebraska district, resigned June, 1922. He also served as assistant U. S. Attorney General at Washington, for two years, when resigned.
On June 25, 1895, he was married to Myrta Lee Abbey, at Falls City. Mrs. Reavis was born in Richardson County, April 13, 1871, of English descent. They have two sons, Charles Frank, born May 3, 1896, and John Wallace, born November 15, 1898.
In 1918, Mr. Reavis served as a member of the Commission to France. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He enjoys golf and reading. Residence: Lincoln.
David Dorrington Reavis
David D. Reavis was born at Falls City, Nebraska, December 19, 1867, the son of Annie Dorrington Reavis and Isham Reavis. His father, who was a United States judge in the court of Arizona territory and a lawyer at Falls City, was born at Chandlersville, Illinois, January 26, 1836, and died at Falls City, May 8, 1914. His great grandfather was in the battle of King's Mountain in North Carolina in the Revolution; the family was originally Irish and English.
His mother was born October 24, 1845, at Elmira, New York. She was a teacher in the Falls City public schools, has been a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years, is worthy matron of the Eastern Star, and president of the Sorosis Club. Her father and mother, David Dorrington and Ann Wood of Cheshunt and Ware, England, came to Falls City in 1857, where her father was active in civic affairs and was the first mayor of the city.
Mr. Reavis was graduated from the Falls City High School in 1885. He then attended the Methodist Episcopal College in York, Nebraska, for two years, after which he was a student at the University of Nebraska. He has lived all his life in Nebraska where from 1887 to 1925 he engaged in the undertaking business. Since 1925, when he was admitted to the bar at Falls City, he has practiced law.
In the World War he assisted in all loan drives during which time he addressed farmers in three schools, arriving at the full quota at each meeting. He is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, the Commercial Club of Falls City, the Rotary Club and the Red Cross. He is a Mason, an Elk, and Knight of Pythias. He was a membe (sic) of the Falls City school board, the Nebraskana Society and the Nebraska Historical Society. Mr. Reavis takes a special interest in the latter since he is intimately acquainted with the history of Falls City and with the lives of many notable Nebraskans. He is also a student of Kansas and Arizona history in which he is well versed. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Falls City Country Club. Reading, traveling, writing, painting and music are his hobbies. His sport is golf. Residence: Falls City.
August Louis Rebbe
August Louis Rebbe, farmer and banker, was born in Dodge County, Nebraska, February 28, 1880, son of Henry and Wilhelmine (Siever) Rebbe. His father, who was born in Hanover, Germany, May 12, 1841, was a pioneer farmer in Nebraska, and died at Hooper, March 22, 1908. His wife, Wilhelmine, was born in Germany, January 12 1853, and is still living. Her father was a florist.
Mr. Rebbe attended the rural schools of Dodge County
and Fremont Normal School. He was married to Ida Carstens in Cuming County, Nebraska, January 29, 1907. Mrs. Rebbe, who comes of a family of farmers, was born at Scribner, November 2, 1884. There are three children: Emma, born December 9, 1907, married Raymond Voss; Lloyd, born September 6, 1909; and Carson, born August 20, 1910.
Active in the affairs of his community during his entire life, Mr. Rebbe served as a director of the First National Bank of Hooper, seven years, and for twelve years has been treasurer of School District No. 75. A Mason, he is a member of Hooper Lodge No. 72, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons at Hooper, and Tangier Temple of the Shrine at Omaha. He is a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and of the Nebraskana Society. Residence: Hooper. (Photograph in Album).
Edwin Barak Record
A resident of Nebraska for the past 46 years, Edwin Barak Record was born at New Portland, Maine, September 19, 1858, and since the 1880's has been engaged in farming and ranching near Osmond, Nebraska. His father, Barak Record, who was a farmer and school teacher, was born at Green, Maine, and died at Springfield, Massachusetts, in March, 1867. His mother, Esther Maria (Booker) Record was born at Hallowell, Maine, January 16, 1816, and died at Osmond, August 16, 1903. Her English ancestors came to this country prior to the Revolution and her paternal grandfather served as captain in that war.
Mr. Record has been a farmer, drayman, and rancher for many years, and has watched Nebraska grow from a pioneer frontier country to a well-organized group of cities and towns. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Osmond, has been a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen for 35 years, and holds membership in the Nebraskana Society. During the World War he bought Liberty bonds and was a three minute speaker for a time.
On April. 12, 1880, he was united in marriage with Henrietta Morlan at Virginia, South Dakota. Mrs. Record, whose ancestry is English and Irish, was born at Fairmount, West Virginia, June 25, 1858. Their children are: Pearl Esther, born February 6, 1881; Elmer Marion, born August 22, 1883, who married Nicoline Nicolaison; Irwin McPherson, born July 30, 1886, who married Louise Thompson; Ralph Merton, born May 12, 1889, who married Florence Hendee; and Winifred Margaret, born June 19, 1899. Residence: Asmond (sic).
Voyle Dixon Rector
Voyle Dixon Rector was born at Tobias, Nebraska, December 28, 1891. He is the son of Edgar Twilliger Rector, who was born at Oskaloosa, Iowa, June 5, 1870. Edgar Rector is president of the Fairmont Creamery Company of Omaha, and is descended from John Jacob Richter who came from Germany in 1714 and established Rectortown, Virginia. He married Tessie Belle Dixon, who was born at Hinkletown, Nebraska, December 8, 1872.
Mr. Rector attended the Omaha public schools and was graduated from Central High School in 1911. He received his B. S. degree from Dartmouth College in 1915, and attended Pomona College, Claremont, California, in 1916. He is a member of Alpha Delta Phi. Beginning his business career as salesman for the Fairmont Creamery at Syracuse, New York, he was promoted to superintendent at Buffalo, and manager at Detroit, and is now assistant general territory manager for the Fairmont Creamery Company, at Omaha.
He was married to Lillian Farnam Chapin at Philadelphia, September 15, 1917. Mrs. Rector was born at Lincoln, July 22, 1892, and is descended from Deacon Samuel Chapin of Springfield, Massachusetts. There are two children, Robert Chapin, born August 10, 1921, and Irving Chapin, born February 17, 1923.
During the World War Mr. Rector served as captain (battery commander) of the 350 Field Artillery. He is a member of the American Legion and is a Mason and Shriner. His clubs are the University Club and the Omaha Country Club. Residence: Omaha.
Arlie Clay Reddick
Born at Yutan, Nebraska, October 22, 1873, Arlie Clay Reddick has been engaged in the grocery business on North Cotner Boulevard, in Lincoln for the past thirty-six years. He is the son of Leander Marion and Mary Elizabeth (Saffer) Reddick, the former a retired grocer, born in Ohio, January 6, 1846. Mary, his wife, was born in Indiana, in 1849 and died at Lincoln, January 1, 1902.
Arlie Clay Reddick was educated in the rural schools of Saunders County, and at Cotner College Academy. On April 11, 1900, he was married to Grace May Olmsted at Holyoke, Colorado. Mrs. Reddick, who was of English descent, was born at David City, Nebraska, and died at Lincoln on August 29, 1930.
Six children survive her, Vera, born March 6, 1902; Edith, born October 29, 1903; Lawrence, born September 27, 1905, who married Frances Hansen; Mildred, born February 28, 1908; Lyle, born August 10, 1911; and Leah, born July 26, 1914.
Mr. Reddick is independent in politics. He is a member of the Lincoln Retail Grocers Association (director 1928, 1931), a member of Bethany Christian Church, and a life member of The Nebraskaua Society. His favorite sports are hunting and fishing. Residence: Lincoln.
John Wood Redick
John W. Redick, a lifetime resident of Nebraska, was born at Omaha, Nebraska, June 26, 1884, the son of William A. and Mary (Otis) Redick. His father, who was born at Omaha, April 2, 1861, has been a judge of the district court at Omaha for many years; he is the son of John I. Redick, a pioneer Omahan. John W. Redick's mother, who is a member of the Colonial Dames and is connected with the Otis family, was born at Omaha, September 21, 1863.
Mr. Redick was graduated from the public schools of Omaha in 1899 and in 1903 was graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana; was awarded his A. B. degree at Williams College at Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1907, where he was a member of Theta Delta Chi. He was Nebraska state golf champion in 1919 and 1925.
For some time treasurer of the Merriam Commission Company, he is now president of the John W. Redick Company, is secretary of the O. K. T. Mines Incorporated, and is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Omaha Grain Exchange. He holds membership in University Club, the Omaha Country Club, and the Omaha Athletic Club. His sport is golfing. His hobby is horses. He is a Republican.
His marriage to Florence Mary Heap was solemnized at Williamstown, Massachusetts, June 21, 1910. Mrs. Redick, who was at one time president of the Oamha (sic) Junior League, was born in England, February 6, 1886, and died at Omaha, July 6, 1929. Two children were born to them, William, born February 14, 1911, who died in 1918; and John W., Jr., born March 9, 1917. Residence: Omaha.
William Armstrong Redick
William Armstrong Redick, lawyer and judge, was born in Omaha, April 2, 1859, and has been a prominent figure in the life of the state for the past fifty years. He is the son of John Irwin Redick, born at Wooster, Ohio, July 29, 1828. John Redick was a lawyer, and from 1875-
76 was judge of New Mexico. He was of Scotch-Irish descent. He died at Omaha, April 2, 1906. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Higby, a native of Alleghany, Pennsylvania. She died at Omaha in 1864.
William A. Redick attended Omaha public schools and studied at Omaha High School a year and a half. From 1870-71 he attended Cornell College, Iowa. He was admitted to the bar at Omaha, in June 1882, and has since been engaged in the practice of law, except at such times as he has been on the bench. A Republican he was district judge from 1904 to 1912, and was acting Supreme Court judge for three years or more. In 1915 he was again made district judge of the fourth judicial district, where he now serves. He is the author of more than one hundred opinions of the Supreme Court.
He was married to Mary Otis Wood at Omaha, September 12, 1883. Mrs. Redick is a native of Omaha, born September 20, 1864, and a daughter of Reuben and Philena Wood. They have one son, John, born June 26, 1884, who married Florence Heap. He is a grain commission merchant.
Affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church, he is a member of All Saints and is warden and vestryman of that church, and chancellor of the eastern diocese of Nebraska. He has been senior warden since 1920. He is a trustee of Brownell Hall, and a member of the Nebraskana Society and the Nebraska State Historical Society. He is a member of the Red Cross and of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Woodmen of the World. His professional organizations include the American Bar Association, the Nebraska State and Omaha Douglas County Bar Associations.
His sports are golf and billiards, and his clubs include the Omaha Club, the Omaha Athletic Club, the Omaha Country Club and the Elks Club. Residence: Omaha.
William David Redmond
William David Redmond, educator and banker, was born in Lee County, Illinois, February 14, 1870. He is the son of John and Katherine (Bassett) Redmond, the former a farmer. John Redmond was born in Ireland June 15, 1830, and died at Crab Orchard April 4, 1905. Katherine Redmond was born in Ireland August 30, 1830 and died at Crab Orchard, January 11, 1916.
Educated in the rural schools of Johnson County until 1888, Mr. Redmond completed a high school and collegiate course at Western Normal College, Shenandoah, Iowa, on August 18, 1890. He at that time received the degree of Bachelor of Didactics. Later, from 1892-93 he attended Western Normal College at Lincoln; during the summer of 1895 was a student at Fremont Normal, in 1896 spent a summer session at Lincoln Normal University, and in 1902 attended Peru State Teachers College.
A teacher in the rural schools of Nebraska 1890-91; he was superintendent at Crab Orchard 1891-92, Brock 1894-1900. He was deputy county clerk of Nemaha County 1900-02; registrar at Peru State Teachers College 1902-07; assistant state superintendent 1907-10 and registrar Wayne Teachers College 1910-18. From 1918 until the present he has been vice-president and manager of the Farmers State Bank of Mason City.
Mr. Redmond represented Nemaha County in the Nebraska legislature in 1907. He is a member of Lodge No. 170, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and served as grand orator of Grand Lodge of Nebraska, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Scottish Rite Masons.
He was director of the Thrift Association at Wayne during the World War, is secretary of the Mason City Community Service Club, a member of the Nebraska State Historical Sosiety (sic) and The Nebraskana Society. His relgious (sic) affiliation is with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Residence: Mason City.
Albert Alison Reed
Since 1883, A. A. Reed has lived in Nebraska, with the exception of two years, and has been prominent in the educational field for some years. He was born at West Lebanon, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1866, the son of Robert and Caroline (Fulton) Reed. His father, a farmer, was born in Indiana County, April 1, 1835, and died in Gage County, Nebraska, March 14, 1907. He served in the 206th Infantry of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War, and held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. His Scotch-Irish ancestors came to America during the Revolution. His mother, who was of English descent, was born in Indiana County, August 26, 1834, and died at Battle Creek, Michigan, October 4, 1915; Her ancestors were pioneers in Indiana County.
Professor Reed attended the rural schools of Knox County; the high school at Monmouth, Illinois; the preparatory department of Monmouth College; and the high school at Beatrice, Nebraska, where he was graduated in 1885. He received the A. B. degree, 1898, and the A. M. degree, 1912, at the University of Nebraska, where be was elected to membership in Phi Delta Kappa and of Acacia. From 1915 to 1916 he was a student at Columbia University.
He has held the following professional positions: rural school teacher, 1883-84; ward principal of the Beatrice schools, 1886-87; superintendent of schools at Crete, Nebraska, 1893-1900; county superintendent of schools in Gage County, 1892-93; principal of the Odell schools, 1888-91; principal of the Keokuk, Iowa High School, 1900-02; and superintendent of city schools at Superior, Nebraska, 1902-07.
Since February 23, 1907, he has been connected with the University of Nebraska as director of the University Extension Division, professor of secondary education. university examiner, and member of the committee on advanced standing in all undergraduate colleges. He is co-author of Essentials of Teaching Reading, published by Sherman and Reed, 1905-17. A Republican, he was elected county superintendent of schools in Gage County, taking office in January, 1892.
Professor Reed is a member of the Nebraska Schoolmasters Club; served for five years as chairman of the commission on secondary education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; and for the past 20 years has been chairman of the Nebraska commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He holds membership in the Nebraskana Society; is a member of the Knife and Fork Club, of which he was president in 1928 and 1929; has served as a member of the board of directors, and is state manager of the Nebraska Reading Circle.
He is a life member of the National Educational Association and served as state director of that organization for a time. Professor Reed is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln; was a member of the board of directors of the Young Men's Christian Association at the University of Nebraska; is a member of the religious welfare committee at the university; and is chairman of the committee on leadership training in the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; is secretary-treasurer and trustee of the board of Presbytery of Nebraska City, in the Presbyterian Church; and is a member of the Lincoln University Club.
Since 1927, Professor Reed has been a member of the state board of examiners for life certificates. He is a Mason. From 1885, to 1892, he served as a member of Company C of the First Regiment, Nebraska National Guard, with rank from private to captain; from 1892, to 1897, was major and assistant adjutant general of the First Brigade, and served as colonel and aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Sheldon. He commanded Company C in the Indian campaign in 1890-91. During the World
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