Shum, April, 1855; J. M. Marsten,
November 18, 1855; W. W. Wyman,* June 5, 1855; Allen Root,
May 16, 1855; A. B. Moore, April 22, 1854; D. C. Sutphen,
September 4, 1857; H. B. Paris, November 15, 1857; M. B.
Riley, August 11, 1857; Daniel Gault, May 12, 1857; J. W.
Pickard, December 19, 1855; S. A. Orchard, November 15,
1855; John H. Sahler, August 29, 1856; R. S. Knox, January
Connell, a resident of Omaha since April 10, 1867,
is of Scotch descent. He was born July 10, 1846, at
Cowansville, Province of Quebec, about thirty miles
from the northern boundary of Vermont. His father,
Rev. Daniel Connell, was a Congregational minister.
Mr. Connell is a self-made man. Arriving in Omaha
at the age of twenty-one, he began his struggle for
fame and fortune. Willing to work at anything to
earn a livelihood, he gladly accepted a position in
the employ of Tootle & Maul, a dry
goods firm. The routine work of a clerkship
proved too limited a space for the ambitious young
man, and determining to seek a wider and more
intellectual field, he decided to enter the legal
profession. Beginning his studies in the office of
B. E. B. Kennedy, he continued them in that of Col.
C. S. Chase, and concluded his prelimiinary legal
training under the tuition of Hon. J. M. Woolworth.
In 1870 he was admitted to the bar, and at once
beginning active practice soon had a large
clientage. In 1872 the Republicans elected him to
the important office of District Attorney for the
Third Judicial District, which then comprised ten
counties, including Douglas and Lancaster. So
efficiently did he perform his duties that he was
rewarded with a re-election in 1874. During
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four years he made a record which established
for him a reputation as an able lawyer. Retiring
from his office he devoted himself to civil
practice, in which he proved as capable as he had
been in the prosecution of criminal cases. Mr.
Connell was appointed City Attorney in April, 1883,
and held the office for four years, serving through
the administration of Mayor Boyd. Mr. Connell saved
the city hundreds of thousands of dollars by his
successful defense of suits for damages and by his
sound legal advice on important questions. He was
mainly instrumental in devising a charter for the
city under which all the public improvements that
have wrought such a wonderful change in this city
became possible. During all these years he has been
an active and honorable politician, a public
spirited and liberal man, and has accumulated a
handsome fortune. At the same time he has advanced
steadily in his profession, until he is now ranked
among the foremost members of the bar of this city
and State. His reputation is that of a persistent
fighter, whether in the practice of his profession,
or as the leader of a political faction, or as the
champion of any cause in which be may be
interested. As a parliamentarian he has few equals.
Mr. Connell was married on the 24th of September,
1872, at St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to Miss Mattie
Chadwick, and five children have been born to them
-- Helen, Ralph S., Karl A., Marion and Hazel. His
home, "Hillcrest," occupies a beautiful and
commanding location on St. Mary's avenue. -- A.
Among the early settlers who
came to Omaha prior to 1860 are the following, the list
including many who came here during the years 1855-56: A. J.
Hanscom, the Creightons, C. W. Hamilton, Herman Kountze,
James G. Chapman,* J. K. Ish,* O. F. Davis,* John Green,
Peter Windheim, the Beindorfs, Cam Reeves, the Reeses,
Richard Kimball, St. John Goodrich,* Charles S. Goodrich,
Ezra Millard,* Joseph H. Millard, the Barkalows, the
Dumalls, Timothy Kelly, Dr. Plummer,* Peter Frenzer, Joe
Frenzer, J. M. Clark, the McAuslands, H. O. Jones,* Tom
Murray, Captain W. W. Marsh, Harrison Johnson,* James Smith,