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irrigation facilities and upon which he is making the best of improvements. This ranch is situated in section one, township twenty-one, about a half mile distant from Gering, which is the postoffice address of Mr. Weber. On his farm he has a fine French draft stallion, and he is making a specialty of breeding this type of horses.
   In 1914, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Weber to Miss Lucile Duff, who was born and reared in Nebraska, and they have two children, a winsome little daughter, Marvel, and a boy, Kenneth Ellsworth. Mrs. Weber was educated in the public schools of Gering and there she holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics Mr. Weber gives allegiance to the Republican party in national and state campaigns, but in local affairs he maintains an independent political attitude.

    FRED F. EVERETT. -- Nebraska owes a great debt to the hardy pioneers who came to this commonwealth when a large part of it was unbroken prairie. It was such men who opened up the new country and blazed the way for the later development of a rich agricultural district. To this honored class belongs Mr. Everett, who has been a promiennt (sic) citizen of Scottsbluff for the past ten years, and one of the extensive dairy farmers of Scottsbluff county. He came to Cass county Nebraska in 1879, and has made this state his home ever since. Mr. Everett has been active in all irrigation projects and has been a director of the Winter Creek ditch since 1901. He is a man of much enterprise, and movements that give fair promise of being beneficial to city and county, always secure his approval. Mr. Everett was born in Woodford county, Illinois, March 10, 1854, the son of Willard and Frances (Dodge) Everett, the former born in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1785, and died in 1873, and the latter at Littleton, New Hampshire, in 1810, and died in 1870. After their marriage in New Hampshire, in 1845 they moved to Illinois, where Mr. Everett purchased land and engaged in farming until the end of his life. By an earlier marriage he had six children, and eight were born to his second union, Fred F. being the youngest of the survivors. The others are as follows: Samuel B., who resides at Santa Anna, California, is a Civil war veteran, having served two years and ten months in Company G, Fourth Illinois cavalry; Edward, a retired farmer, lives at College view, Nebraska, and Roselle, the widow of Edwin Benedicite, lives in Canada. The parents were members of the Congregational church. On the formation of the Republican party the father adopted its principles and voted the Republican ticket until his death.
   Fred F. Everett attended school in Illinois and later at Tabor, Iowa, having gone to that state when fifteen years old. He returned to the home farm after a visit in Iowa, but when eighteen years old again went to Iowa where he began working by the month and attended school a greater part of the time for about ten years, when he moved to Weeping Water, Nebraska. For almost twenty years he farmed in Cass county, but in the spring of 1901 he came to Scottsbluff county and bought land, subsequently adding other tracts, and now has three hundred and twenty acres in his dairy farm which his son Lee operates with from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five head of cows, being the largest dairy in western Nebraska. Mr. Everett is also one of the extensive beet growers of this section; there being about two hundred and fifty acres of that crop grown on his land this year. In 1909 he moved into Scottsbluff, his eldest son taking charge of the dairy business. Mr. Everett is one of the directing board of the Farmer Canal, and is one of the directors of the Platte Valley State Bank.
   In 1880 Mr. Everett married Miss Minnie Fitts, who was born at Gustavis, Ohio, and they have four children: Lee A., who has charge of his father's agricultural interests, married and has had five children, Frederick, who is deceased, Richard, Donald and Margie and Betty; Clare E., who married and is deceased, left two children, Earl and Katheryn; Pauline, the wife of Joseph Spurgeon, a farmer in Scottsbluff county, has two children, John and Robert; and Jean, the wife of Thomas Richardson, a farmer in this county. Mr. Everett and family belong to the Presbyterian church. Politically he is a prominent factor in the Republican party and is a member of the city council, in which position he has served several terms.

   WARREN BEATTY. -- Known and valued as one of the enterprising and representative agriculturists, stock-raisers and feeders of Scottsbluff county, Mr. Beatty is the owner of a well improved farm of twenty-seven and a half acres of land under the highest state of cultivation. He was born in northwestern Iowa in 1870, the son of Martin and Lucy (Lampher) Beatty. The mother was a native of Illinois and the father of the famous blue



grass state, Kentucky. The parents were married in Illinois where the father successfully conducted a farm for some years and they had a happy home, but the call of the west was loud in their ears and their rapidly increasing family gave them additional reasons for seeking more room and greater opportunities both for themselves and their children. With this end in view they left Illinois, crossed the Mississippi river and located in Iowa, but within a few years they went to Missouri, but still the lure of the west was beyond and heeding its call they finally came to Nebraska and were satisfied; it was the goal of their ambitions. The family settled in Banner county on a homestead which the father secured; here a home was established and the children reared. After twelve years the father returned to Missouri where he died, but the mother rounded out her life in Banner county.
   There were twelve children in the Beatty family, four of whom are now living in Socttsbluff (sic) county, and of these Warren is the youngest. The others are James and Charles, both retired farmers, and Wallace, a dealer in sand. Warren, the subject of this review received such rudimentary education in the public schools as the child of pioneer parents with a large family to raise could afford. While still a small boy he can recall that his duties consisted in herding cattle on the family homestead and such light work as children are always able to do on a farm. Reared in the new country, under pioneer conditions, the boy learned the lessons of industry and turned vigorously to help reclaim the family homestead from unbroken prairie and make it arable, productive land. The; call of the west descended to the son from the parents and after helping the family at home for some years the young man went to Wyoming where he gained valuable experience in stock-raising, feeding and buying and selling cattle on the great ranches there. Mr. Beatty was frugal in his habits, saved money and after a period decided to return to Nebarska (sic) as no other country looked so good to him or offered greater opportunities to a man inured to work, who in childhood and early youth had passed his life on a farm under the sturdy discipline of such an environment. Mr. Beatty purchased twenty-seven and a half acres of land in Scottsbluff township which he has brought to the highest state of cultivation, as he devotes his entire time and energy to his business. He raises beets on a portion of his irrigated land, fodder crops on the remainder which he uses to feed cattle as he is a heavy stock buyer, feeder and shipper. Today he is enjoying the well deserved and well earned fruits that crown the success of a man who knows his business, who has by thrift, economy and industry amassed a comfortable fortune which all his family enjoy and with which he will be able to give his children many advantages not afforded him in childhood. The Beatty home is a very happy one as there are three children in the family, Fern, Merle and Edward. Mrs. Beatty is affiliated with the Presbyterian church, to which she and her husband are liberal contributors. They represent the best element in communal life, are people of high ideals and fine character well recognized by their friends and associates. Mr. Beatty is a leader in his community, his progressiveness extends also to his status as a citizen, and he takes deep interest in community affairs, although he has no ambition for public affairs believing that his energies are best expended in his business.

    THOMAS R. EVERETT. -- Eminently successful in his farming operations, the life of Thomas Everett has been an expression of diversified activity and in its range has invaded the realms of ranch life and agriculture, in which he has successfully accumulated a large and comfortable property. He is in every sense a self made man, in that he has built up his fortune through his own industry, strict attention to business. far sighted vision along agricultural lines and honest dealing. Mr. Everett is in a way a pioneer for he first came to this section in 1885, and while he suffered the vicissitudes, hardships and trials of frontier life they did not daunt his high spirit. For many years he has contributed to the civic and industrial development of the community where he has made his home.
   Thomas Everett is a native of the Keystone state, born at Crawford, Pennsylvania, August 13, 1877, the son of William W. and Sophia (Carter) Everett, the former a New Englander, born in Vermont, while the father was of southern origin, born in Mississippi. To this union seven children were born: Nellie, the wife of John Urban, living in Los Angeles, California; Robert, a resident of Scottsbluff county; Eunice, the wife of Washington Ferry, now lives in Cochanton, Pennsylvania; William H., also a resident of Scottsbluff county; Daniel, of Slayton, Montana; John of Baison City; and Thomas, the subject of this review. In his native state, the boy gained his youthful education, attending the excellent schools of Harrisburg until his par-



ents moved to Nebraska, locating in Banner county, then he continued his studies in the frontier schools afforded at that period. The father made a study of crops and grains best suited to the new country and as a result of this was well rewarded by ample crops in the good years, though as other pioneer settlers did, he fought drought and pest, but at last rewarded with marked success. He died November 22, 1913, being survived by his wife until October 11, 1916.
   While his father was not among the earliest settlers of our great commonwealth, he came while the country was still but thinly settled and Thomas recalls herding cattle on the prairies and sharing all the hardships, hopes and joys of a youth in a new country. His alert mentality, fine powers of observation and keen intellect make his reminiscenses (sic) of those days especially graphic and interesting. As soon as his age permitted the youth became a cowboy, thus gaining invaluable knowledge of cattle, feeding, buying and marketing. Mr. Everett is a self made man as he had no help from anyone in establishing himself in business. Cowboy life did not appeal greatly to him after reaching maturity and he decided to locate permanently as an agriculturist. Nebraska was his choice; having known the uncertainty of crops in a semi-arid region he with great foresight determined not to be dependent on rainfall so located in Scottsbluff, purchasing land which would be under water rights. He had been frugal, made money and this was invested in a large tract of land, one hundred and thirty acres of which he disposed of some time ago. Today he is the manager of some two hundred acres, well irrigated and has become a successful and progressive exponent of live-stock and agricultural enterprises in Scottsbluff county.
   November 22, 1905, Mr. Everett married Miss Anna Shire, a native daughter of the Sunflower state, born in Crawford county, Kansas, where she was reared and educated. Three children have come to make this a happy home: Thelma, Ivan and Opal. Mr. Everett is one of the valued member of the community in which he lives, is ever ready to take part in any movement for the development or improvement of its welfare but has never sought public office, as political life in no way appeals to him. In politics he is an Independent, while his fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

    EARNEST G. ROUSE, one of the well known and progressive farmers of the Bridgeport district who has made a success of his business and is today recognized as a substantial agriculturist, was born in St. Clair county, Missouri, March 24, 1871, the son of George Rouse, who lives with his son Earnest, and Nancy Elizabeth (Smith) Rouse, The father was born and reared in Canada while the mother was a native of Battle county, Pennsylvania, born in 1844, and died in 1896. George Rouse was a farmer and horseman; he served four and a half years during the Civil War in Company A, First Iowa Cavalry. At one time Mr. Rouse had his horse shot from under him which crippled him. He owned land in Missouri and later in Iowa but subsequently homesteaded near Litchfield, where he proved up and farmed for a number of years. At one time he was the owner of a livery barn at Litchfield and was one of the well known business men of that town. There were four children in the Rouse family: Eva, the wife of Charles D. Logan, a farmer near Huntly, Montana; Earnest, of this review; Harry, deceased, and a child that died in infancy. Mrs. Rouse was a member of the Methodist church while Mr. Rouse was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and a Republican.
   Earnest Rouse was reared in Missouri and Iowa, and received his education in the public schools. He came to Cheyenne county in June, 1900, and took up a quarter section homestead and began to farm. He placed good improvements on his place and later bought more land. Today, Mr. Rouse has eight hundred acres in his ranch, where he carrier on general farming and stock raising, breeding a good grade of animals, especially hogs. His duroc jerseys have proved very lucrative in years past. Mr. Rouse has set out a fine young orchard on his place which is doing well.
   July 5, 1900, Mr. Rouse married Miss Mary A. Stevens, a native of Iowa, the daughter of the Reverend A. Stevens and Demaris (Blum) Stevens. They were pioneer homesteaders of Litchfield, as the father came to central Nebraska as a Methodist missionary. Later he homsteaded (sic) near Court House Rock, both are deceased.
   Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Rouse: Georgia, deceased; John and Joe, twins, the latter deceased; Laura and Louis, twins, deceased; Mary at home; Eva and Nellie, twins, at home; and Phillip, also at home. Mr. Rouse is a Presbyterian and an Independent voter.



   M. A. LONGAN, well known farmer, livestock man and popular auctioneer of the Broadwater district, who has found irrigated land a profitable investment, was born in Kansas, April 5, 1886, the son of John and Sarah (Howe) Longan, to whom were born nine children: M. A. of this review; Iva, the wife of Bert Fraser, of Kansas; Addied, the wife of Earl Dougles, of Garden county; Frank, living at Gilman, Kansas; Bessie, who married Oran McNerlan; Everett, living in Garden county; Bert, also of Garden county; Ernest, living at home at Galena, Kansas, and Charles, also at home.
   The father of the family was a successful farmer in Kansas, where he carried on general farming and did some stock-raising. He belongs to the Baptist church.
   Mr. Longan was reared on his father's farm and obtained his education in the public schools. After finishing his education he began to farm and was so engaged until he came to the Panhandle in 1909; locating in Box Butte county he established himself as a farmer and stockman, meeting with success. Already Mr. Longon had gained an excellent reputation as an auctioneer, a vocation which he he (sic) follows along with his farming business. Five years ago the Longan family moved down to the Broadwater section, and Mr. Longan bought a quarter-section of irrigated land which he finds is profitable to farm. He breeds a high grade of stock and has all his extra time filled by his professional work as an auctioneer. He has gained the confidence of the people as a square man of business and is considered one of the most successful auctioneers in the Panhandle where he has conducted many large sales.
   In 1907, Mr. Longan married Miss Maude Reed, of Kansas, and one child was born to them, Marion, who lives with her grandparents in Missouri. Mrs. Longan died April 8, 1911, Mr. Longan married Miss Lula Browning, a native of Iowa. They have had four children: Loraine, Gerald, Olive Judith and one that died in infancy. Mr. Longen takes an active part in civic and public matters of his locality and is a Democrat.

    OLMSTEAD BISHEY BROWN. -- No better illustration of the value of industry, perseverence (sic) and the intelligent management of one's resources can be found than in the career of Olmstead Brown, now one of the representative farmers of Sioux county. Driving up the valley of the Platte with little capital but his team, wagon and native ability, he has made the most of his opportunities and has so directed his activities that today he is in a position of independence, being respected and esteemed as a prosperous and substantial citizen.
   Mr. Brown was born in Lake county, Illinois, in 1854; he was reared in his native state, received excellent educational training in the public schools and after his school days were over studied photography, a business which he followed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before removing to Chicago. Later Mr. Brown went south, locating in Atlanta, Georgia, and from there went to New Orleans, Louisiana. During this period he had heard of the fine land to be taken up in the prairie states under the homstead (sic) acts and determined to own a farm of his own. Coming to Sidney in 1886, he took a pre-emption near the present locality of the town of Scottsbluff, proved up on the land, placed the required improvements on it and lived there for some time, but the late eighties and early nineties were hard years on the pioneers and as money was scarce, the crops having been ruined by the droughts and insect pests, Mr. Brown turned to his profession for a livelihood and opened a photograph gallery at Oceola (sic), Nebraska, and by this means tided over the period of financial stringency, but he still longed for property of his own and returned again to Scottsbluff county in 1893, driving up the valley to Gering in a wagon, true pioneer style. This time he filed on a homestead of a quarter section in Sioux county, in the Morrill valley, where he has since resided. Mr. Brown soon had his land under cultivation, made good and permanent improvements in the way of farm buildings and a comfortable home and began again his business career of diversified farming and stockraising. Being a man of intelligence, Mr. Brown gave considerable study to agricultural subjects, was willing to take the advice of farm experts, both state and national, and from the first has specialized in high bred stock, as he raises pure blooded Duroc Jersey hogs and Jersey cattle, finding that there is a greater return from these than from grades. Every year he makes large shipments of stock to the packing centers in the eastern part of the state. Mr. Brown is a Republican in politics, has taken a prominent part in the affairs of his district, as he has been school director and also school commissioner, he is progressive in his ideas and has advocated the latest and most modern methods in the schools.
   Mr. Brown was united in marriage with Miss Cartha. G. Marker, a native of Wiscon-

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