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lican party and was married to Jessie McLean in 1880.

      H. P. SCHMIDT is County Commissioner of Saline and he came to Nebraska twenty-six years ago. He was born May 3, 1854, on the Atlantic Ocean, while his parents were making the voyage from Germany to America. His parents lived in Illinois before coming to Nebraska. He holds the office of County Commissioner and resides at Friend, Nebraska. He was Assessor for six years, and is a Democrat. In 1875 he married Isabella Coney and they have four children.

      W. H. STALEY is an old settler in Ne-



braska, having come here in 1870 and located at Crete. He was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in October of 1840, and is now a retired implement dealer living at DeWitt, Nebraska. He lived three years in Illinois before coming to Nebraska. For eight years he has been County Commissioner and is a member of the Republican party. He married in 1867 and has three children.

      T. A. VORE has been Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for eight years. He was born in Pennsylvania in March of 1848, and his parents were Isaac and Mary Vore. He attended the common schools, but is principally self educated. He is affiliated with the Republicans. Married Emma E. Parson in 1877 and they have two children. He came from Pennsylvania to Illinois when an infant and began his residence in Nebraska in 1866.

      C. W. RIBBLE was, born November 13, 1858, in Hancock County, Illinois. His father, Jerome B. Ribble, was a physician. He received his education in Abingdon College, Illinois, and came to Nebraska in 1878, living in the state ever since. Mr. Ribble now resides at DeWitt, where he is engaged in the banking business. He is a Republican and at present is State Representative from that disrtict (sic). He was married to Mary M. Baker October 20, 1878, who died in 1890.

      VICTOR H. DURAS, a young Saline County lawyer, was born in Wilber, Nebraska, on the sixth day of May, 1880. After graduating from the public, schools of Wilber, he served as Deputy District Clerk for one year, and subsequently entered the University of Nebraska, from which he graduated with LL. B. In 1902 he attended the Columbian University of Washington, D. C., from which he graduated with a Master of Laws, and the honors of the youngest member. He is affiliated with the Republican party.

      O. CRONE was born in Clinton County, Iowa, January 29, 1859. He settled in Friend, Nebraska, about 1881 and has resided there ever since, engaging in farming. He is affiliated with the Republican party and in 1903 was elected Town Marshal of Friend on the Republican ticket. Mr. Crone is one of the old residents of Friend and has a large acquaintance in the county.

      WILLIAM BURKE was born in Madison, Wisconsin, July 11th, 1850. In 1868 he removed to Miller Point, Wisconsin, and in 1870 came to Friend, Nebraska, where he has since resided, engaging in farming and threshing. He has been Mayor of Friend thirteen years, although he is a Democrat, and the town is Republican, three to one. During his officiate he has inaugurated many improvements, such as the putting down of brick sidewalks all. through the residence part of the town.

      CHARLES E. BOWLBY was born March 15, 1878, in Crete, Nebraska, his present home. His father, C. J. Bowlby is editor of the Crete Democrat. Mr. Bowlby received his A. B. at Doane College, Crete, in 1897 and the degree A. B.. at the University of Nebraska in 1901. During the Spanish-American War he enlisted in Company H, N. S. V. E. He has been City Engineer of Crete, Deputy County Treasurer and at present is serving as County Treasurer of Saline County. He is the youngest County Treasurer in the state.

      TOM A. SAWYER was born in Nottingham, Wells County, Indiana, and received his education in the University at Pella, Iowa. His father, James Sawyer, was a doctor. Mr. Sawyer served during the War of the Rebellion in Company G, Eighth Indiana Cavalry. He came to Nebraska February 22, 1873, and at first settled near where Milligan has since been located. He now resides at Wilber. He is associated with the Fusionists and has been Sheriff of Saline County for three terms.


      Sarpy County was organized in 1857. It has a population of 9,080 and is county capital, Papillion, has 594 residents. This city was originally a suburb of Bellevue, which was the first county seat. The county was named in recognition of the valuable citizenship of Col. Peter A. Sarpy, an early pioneer in this county.

     In 1810 the American Fur Company established a trading post at the mouth of the Platte. In 1824, this post was put in the charge of Mr. Sarpy. In 1823, the Indian agency was established at Bellevue. In 1846 the Presbyterian Board of Missions established a mission at the agency with Rev Edward McKinney at

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