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Picture or sketch     H. ARMSTRONG is a Nova Scotian, born in Digby, May 21, 1857. In 1883 he took a homestead in Rock County, and was married to Miss Melvina Prickett of Albion, Minnesota in December, 1879, who died in the fall of 1885. In 1888 he was married to Miss Fanny White of Duff, Nebraska. Mr. Armstrong is a Republican, was School Moderator for eighteen years and is now County Commissioner.

      HUGH MILLER was born in Ringold County, Iowa, January 28, 1867. He attended the Western Normal College at Shenandoah, Iowa, and in 1892 came to Howard County, Nebraska, and in 1893 settled in Rock County, where he now lives and is engaged in the mercantile business. He has been Principal of Schools at Newport, Nebraska, and was County Superintendent of Rock County two terms. He is a Republican in politics and in 1893 was married to Miss Belle Griffith.

      ANDREW F. DUGGER is a native of Indiana, having been born December 6, 1845, at Bloomington, from whence he removed with his parents in 1847 to Oregon City, Illinois where he lived until 1865, when the family removed to Adams County, Iowa, settling near Quincy, then the county seat. In 1882 he came to Nebraska and homesteaded in Rock County in 1884, his present home. In the earlier years of his life he occupied himself exclusively with the ministry, but later engaged in farming and newpsaper (sic) work as well



He is a graduate of Mount Morris College Illinois. In 1875 he married Miss Virginia Miller and they have three children. He has been President of the South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas Conference of the Church of God for the last twelve years and has also been the editor of the Bible Advocate, published at Stansberry, Missouri. Mr. Dugger is an early settler of Rock County and has taken an active part in public affairs.


      The educational advantages of Saline County are exceptionally good. Beside Doane College there are nine graded schools. The first school in the county was one taught by Miss Mollie Hess, a little northwest of Crete. In 1870 there were 680 children of school age, and six school houses; there are now 6,859 school children and 123 school buildings. A great deal of bitter feeling was caused in early times over the location of the county seat. Swan City was the first seat of government; in 1871, Pleasant Hill became county seat, and next Wilber was chosen as capital. This town now has a population of 1,054. The county was named Saline, because it was thought to possess large salt water springs. Good building material is found in quarries of magnesian lime stone. The 82.72 miles of railway furnish the county with good shipping facilities. The soil is dark with an under layer of clay. Farming, stock raising, dairying and fruit growing are the leading occupations. Savage Indians, fierce border men and buffaloes ruled the county until 1858 when the first actual settlement was made. This honor belongs either to E. Frink or Victor Vifquain. There is a large foreign element in the population, which is composed of Scotch, Irish. German and Bohemians. Nebraska City, which is 75 miles distant, was the only source of supplies for the early settlers. The county was twice deserted in 1864 on account of the reported approach of the Sioux. In 1867 the county was organized and its present population is 18,252. The first newspaper in the county was the Saline County Post, started in 1871 and edited by Rev. Chas. Little, a Congregational minister.

      J. W. SHABATA is an attorney at Wilber, Nebraska, and is now filling the office of Clerk of the District Court. He was born December 15, 1867, in Jones County, Iowa. He attended the common schools of Nebraska, after coming to Saline County in 1871. His politics are Republican. He was married in the year 1900.

      J. W. SHESTAK was born on the first day of March, 1862, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at the age of eleven years came to Nebraska. The public schools and Doane College, Crete, contributed to his education. He held the office of Register of Deeds for eight years and of Deputy County Clerk for four years. He is serving his third year as County Clerk. His parents, Joseph and Anna Shestak, were born in the old country and came to America when children. He was married in September of 1884 and has three daughters arid one son.

      B. V. KOHOUT is County Attorney of Saline and lives at Wilber, Nebraska. He came to Nebraska in 1879 from Chicago, which was his birthplace. He was born in December of 1873. He attended the Wilber High School, after which he took his LL. B. degree at Ann Arbor, Michigan. When he was sixteen he began work on the railroad. He was telegraph operator for four years and was dispatcher for several months. He belongs to the Republican party. After his graduation from Ann Arbor, he was in the law office of F. A. Foss at Crete for four or five years.

      D. G. HOPKINS was born in April of 1844 at Palmyra, Ohio, from which place he moved to Illinois in 1866 and to Nebraska in 1888. He received his A. B. at Hiram College in Ohio. His vocation is teaching and he is at present serving his fourth term as Superintendent of Public Instruction in Saline County. He has taught in high schools of Illinois, Ohio and Nebraska. In politics, he is a Democrat. His parents came to this country from Wales. In 1864 he married Sarah McCleery. They have two sons and one daugther (sic).

     H. H. HENDEE, who has been County Judge of Saline County since 1893, came to Nebraska in 1884. His father, C. K. Hendee, was a surgeon and physician. Mr. Hendee was born July 13, 1852, in New Albany, Indiana, where he was educated in the public schools and was instructed principally by private tutors. He is affiliated with the Repub-

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