Rock County is
one of the newest additions to Nebraska counties, having
been organized in 1888. It has a population of 2,809, and
an area of 1,056 square miles. Bassett, the county seat,
has a population of 270 people. The surface is composed
of a plain, sand hills and valleys. A few canyons are
found. The soil is dark and sandy and a little over half
of it is tillable. The water supply is composed of the
Niobrara and a great many small streams and lakes. There
is a comparatively, small crop acreage, the raising of
live stock being the principal occupation. Potatoes.
wheat, oats and corn are raised to some extent, but hay
is the principal crop. The market of sheep is greater
than that of any other live stock. Land has increased 50
per cent in value recently, and there is a large demand
for ranch land at present. There is some vacant
government land. The county has two flour and grist
mills. In the majority of schools, the terms last from
six to nine months. There are 59 districts and 55 school
houses. The entire school property is valued at
$25,612.55 and 50 of the districts own their own
textbooks. There are 1,151 children of school age in the
G. D. MARSH was
born in Ohio, January 2, 1861. In 1870 his parents
hometseaded (sic) in Rock County, Nebraska, where they
have made their permanent home since He was married to
Miss Mary Artus in 1900 and they have two daughters. Mr.
Marsh is a Republican and is serving his first term as
Sheriff of Rock County, having previously been Deputy
Sheriff for six years.
HOPKINS was born in Bear Grove, Iowa, October 16,
1866. Was educated in the Peoria high school, the Normal
School of Valparaiso, Indiana and the Western Normal
College of Shenandaoh (sic), Iowa. In 1890 he took a
homestead in Rock County and was married October 9, 1894
to Miss Laura Green of Kirkwood. He is a member of the
Republican party and is serving his third term as
Superintendent of Rock County.
P. H. DAVIS was
born September 5, 1879, in Corning, Iowa, where he
graduated from the high school. In July, 1899, he came to
Newport, Nebraska, where he is engaged in the banking
business and resided until he was elected Clerk of Rock
County. He was married September 10, 1902, to Miss Cora
N. Berry of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and was elected on the
Democratic ticket in a Republican county, in 1903.
C. H. PATCH was
born in Massachusetts. March 1, 1848 and in 1855 went to
Illinois with his parents. He graduated from the Bryant
& Stratton Business College of Davenport, Iowa, in
1869. He was married in 1872 but his wife died a short
time after their marriage and in 1876 he married Miss
Orilla E. Carpenter of Michigan. In 1890 he came to Rock
County, Nebraska, and as a member of the Republican party
was elected Treasurer of Rock County.
E. OLSON is a
native of Sweden, the date of his birth being June 24,
1871. He came to America with his parents and settled in
Rock County, Nebraska, in 1881. He received his education
in the public schools of Rock County and the Luther
Academy of Wahoo, Nebraska. He was married to Miss Carrie
Good of Rock County in 1901 and they have one son. He is
a member of the Republican party and is serving his third
term as Judge of Rock County.
JOHN C. RUPERT
was born in Clarion County,. Pennsylvania, December 5,
1846. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted and served
over three years, being one of the youngest soldiers in
the war from his native state. He was married to Miss
Susan Davis in 1866 and they have five children. Mr.
Rupert settled in Rock County, Nebraska, in 1874, is a
member of the Republican party and is one of the County
Commissioners of Rock County.