bered 18,840. The first county fair was held at
Kingston on the Little Blue. Since that time these annual
fairs have been held in different localities, though
Hastings has been the chief favored town. The first town
was Inland, situated in the north and eastern part of the
state, and founded in 1871. Its inception was soon
followed by Juniata and Hastings in the same year. The
early settlers were people of an educational spirit and
culture and as a result, schools were naturally started.
The first school was commenced in 1872 a little south of
Juniata, with Miss Emma Leonard as teacher. Two years
after the organization of the county there were 467
children of school age, and ten years later the number
was increased to 3,275. In 1873 there were twenty-five
school buildings, one of these being built of log. In
1903 the school census reported 7,716.
W H. DAVIS,
County Clerk, was born in Noble County, Ohio, December
13, 1855. His ancestors were Welch, who came to America
several generations ago. When a boy he went with his
parents to Humboldt, Illinois, where he spent his youth.
In 1873 he removed to Larned, Kansas and fifteen years
later settled in Hastings. He is a member of the
JOHN S. LOGAN, a
native of Illinois, born in Pike County, January 15,
1871. In 1885 he removed to Harlan County, Nebraska, and
later to Hastings. In 1889 he was Deputy County Treasurer
of Harlan County. For eight years he was court reporter
of the Tenth Judicial District and from 1900 to 1904 has
been deputy County Attorney of Adams County. He is a
worker in the Populist party.
M. W. BURGESS
was born in LaSalle County, Illinois, November 22, 1856,
where he spent his boyhood and received his education. In
1889 he removed to Adams County, Nebraska, living on a
farm. After eight years residence in the county he was
elected Register of Deeds on the Independent ticket and
in 1901 was re-elected, which position he now holds.
BRUCKMAN, Clerk of the District Court, was born in
Lowell, Indiana, March 28, 1877. When a small child his
parents removed to Juniata, Nebraska and in 1903 he came
to Hastings. He is a graduate of the University of
Nebraska Law School and is associated with the Populist
party. At his election he carried Juniata, his home town,
by forty-one votes, where the regular republican majority
is from fifty to sixty votes.
C. A. HEARTWELL,
who has been City Engineer of Hastings, and County
Surveyor of Adams County for the last twelve years, is a
native of New York, having been born in Geneva, December,
1857. In 1876 he removed to Des Moines, Iowa, and settled
in Hastings in 1883. His vocation is that of civil
engineer. He was elected City Engineer and County
Surveyor in 1891 and has remained in that position ever
County Attorney, was born in Harden County, Iowa,
September 12, 1861. His parents were of American stock.
He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School and
removed to Nebraska in 1887, practicing law in Adams
County. In 1900 he was elected County Attorney by the
Populist party, which position he has since held.
W. A. JULIAN,
County Superintendent, was born in Henry County, Indiana,
March 12, 1857. In 1888 he came to Minden, Nebraska,
where he filled the office of County Superintendent for
five years. Then he came to Adams County, where he has
engaged in public school work. He is associated with the
Republican party and has been elected County
Superintendent on that ticket.
HARRY S. DUNCAN,
County Judge, was born in Jasper County, Iowa, July 19,
1865 and in 1873 came to Adams County. In 1886 he
graduated with honor from Doane college, Crete, Nebraska.
In 1898, when the demand for volunteers for the
Spanish-American war arose, he resigned his position as
County Attorney and enlisted in the Third Nebraska
Regiment, where he rose to the rank of Major. In 1901 he
was elected County Judge on the Democratic ticket and
re-elected in 1903.
C. H. WANZER, who
has been the Chief of Police in Hastings for the past
fifteen years, is from New York State, having been born
in Pennsylvania February, 1853. Leaving New York he came
to Nebraska and settled at Hastings, where he engaged in
farming. In 1889 he was elected Chief of Police on the
Republican ticket. He is one of the older citizens of the