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DR. A. E. MOSS.
in Pennsylvania. They were theatrical people and as a family troupe appeared in various eastern cities during the sixties.
In 1889, Fred Breyer came to the west and lived in Colorado and later in Mexico for some years. When he settled permanently he homesteaded in Morrill county, Nebraska, and his hundred and sixty acres have been highly improved and to his original farm he has added until he now has two hundred acres, all irrigated. Mr. Breyer is one of the county's substantial men.
Mr. Breyer was married to Miss Mary Lyman, who was born in Hudson county, Wisconsin, February 6, 1866, and they have three children: Bessie, Aaron and Daniel. In his political views Mr. Breyer is a Socialist. At the present time he is a member of the school board of District No. 44, but otherwise has accepted no public office.
ALBERT E. MOSS, D. O., who has met with remarkable success in the practice of his profession, has been established at Kimball for twelve years, and during this time has not only built up a substantial practice in the face of competition, but has also won the personal esteem of his fellow citizens.
Albert Edward Moss was born in McDonough county, Illinois, April 21, 1876. His parents, Samuel and Sarah A. Moss, are deceased. He attended the public schools in his native county, the high school of Centerville, Iowa, and later the Wesleyan University at Champaign, Illinois, from which he was graduated after a theological course, in 1896. For eighteen months after leaving the university he filled ministerial appointments. Circumstances then turned his attention to the field of medicine, in which his reading and investigation soon aroused deep interest in the line of osteopathy, resulting in his becoming a student at Kirksville, Missouri, from which institution he was graduated with his degree in 1898. Dr. Moss began practice in Iowa, where he remained until in February, 1907, when he came to Kimball, practicing alone until March 26, 1919, when he admitted a partner, the firm name now being Drs. Moss & Bonnell, they being the only osteopathic practitioners in Kimball county. During the somewhat recent epidemic of influenza, Dr. Moss had 166 patients prostrated with this disease, and with one exception was able, by his methods, to restore them to health.
In 1902 Dr. Moss was united in marriage to Miss Mollie Florence Wood, and they have had four children: Lucile, William E., Florence, and Victor Harold, William E. being deceased. Dr. and Mrs. Moss are members of the Presbyterian church.
FRANK HOLLOWAY, deceased, who resired (sic) on his valuable irrigated farm of a hundred and sixty acres, which lies in Morrill county, spent thirty-three busy years here and was one of the county's well known and highly respected citizens. Mr. Holloway was born in California, August 18, 1858.
The parents of Mr. Holloway were Marcus and Eliza (Neal) Holloway, the former of whom was born at Dayton, Ohio, and the latter of Indiana. They lived for a while in Iowa and then concluded, in 1852, to cross the plains to California. It was a tiresome and even dangerous journey at that time on account of the Indians, many of whom were savage and revengeful. Before they started they provided themselves, most fortunately with trinkets and other articles to be used as gifts in case they had need to seek friendly help on the way, and thus they had no misadventures but on the other hand lost fear of them because they reciprocated kindness. It was not so, however, with all the white travelers. One boastful man in the wagon train following that of Mr. and Mrs. Holloway, declared that he would kill the first Indian he met and followed out his threat. In a very short time his train was surrounded by a violent savage band of Indians demanding the slayer be delivered to them, which had to be done and he was killed by the most inhuman torture the Indians could conceive, The parents of Mr. Holloway reached California safely, the mother riding a pony almost half the distance. Of their five children, Frank was the first born.
Frank Holloway was reared in California. In 1886, he came to Nebraska and homesteaded and owned his original farm till his death. It was entirely unimproved and for a long time he lived in a dugout as did the most of his neighbors. Like other settlers about that time, he saw much hardship in the way of unusual storms and loss of crops and stock from floods and drouths. In those early days there were no life-giving ditches with flowing water, the arid plains seemed entirely given over to the high wild grass that extended for miles like a swaying sea. No early settler can ever forget that sight. It is wonderful to note the contrast between then and now. Mr. Holloway was a very hard worker all his, life but he had, in his
beautiful farm something to show for his industry. His place was well improved and he had a very attractive home.
In October, 1916, Mr. Holloway was married to Miss Minnie Eding, who was born in Hendricks county, Indiana. Her parents were William and Lora (Porter) Eding, both of whom were born in Hendricks county. While in Indiana Mr. Eding followed the carpenter trade, later was a farmer in Iowa, and in 1888, homesteaded in Morrill county, Nebraska. At the time of his death he was conducting a meat market at Bridgeport. The mother of Mrs. Holloway resides in that place, being now in her seventy-seventh year. Mr. Holloway has always taken a good citizen's interest in public matters but has never desired a political office. He has consistently voted the Republican ticket since reaching manhood; and takes pleasure in the realization that he has helped in the election of many men of sterling character in both national and local bodies.
ISAAC WILES, whose years have covered some of the most remarkable events in the history of the United States, at times has borne an important part in this great period of development. Pioneer, cattleman, miner, soldier, statesman and farmer, all his life he has shown the sturdy qualities that are truly American. He is widely known in Scottsbluff and in other counties of Nebraska, and his name belongs on the list of men whose memory is worthy of perpetuation because of their usefulness in their day and generation. Mr. Wiles has been a resident of Scottsbluff county for thirty-three years, and there have been few substantial developments in-this section in which he has not taken interest.
Isaac Wiles was born October 25, 1830, in Henry county, Indiana. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Hobson) Wiles, both natives of North Carolina, in which state these family names are numerously found. Thomas Wiles was born in 1804, and died May 12, 1873. Elizabeth (Hobson) Wiles was born in 1797, and died March 26, 1878. Thomas Wiles was a carpenter by trade. In 1852, he removed with his family to Mills county, Iowa, took up land and engaged in farming until the close of his life. Of his family of children Isaac displayed unusual mental ability and was given educational advantages in a college at Savannah, Missouri. This was in the days when public excitement ran high on account of the discovery of gold in California, and young Isaac partook of the unrest and instead of remaining to complete his college course, decided to try his luck with others who were flocking to the western land of promise. It was in 1852, after the family had become established in Iowa, that he started across the plains with the intention of driving cattle as far as possible, on the way to the coast. He passed through Nebraska and was so well pleased with the appearance of the state that he determined to locate here.
Mr. Wiles was a resident of Nebraska during the Civil War period and from this state enlisted as a soldier, becoming first lieutenant of Company H, Second Nebraska Volunteer Infantry, and later was captain of Company B in the same regiment. When he returned to civil life he settled in Cass county, Nebraska, where he soon became prominent in Republican politics and was elected a member of the state legislature at a later date, in which body he made an impression through the efforts he made, to bring about valuable legislation. It was in 1886, that Mr. Wiles came to Scottsbluff county and secured his homestead of a quarter section. Like his fellow settlers of that time, he passed through hardships innumerable but never became discouraged as to the final value of land through this section. He was one of the first to accept the idea of irrigating the and tracts; did all in his power as a citizen to advance the great government projects, and still owns his old homestead, which under irrigation is proving. how bountiful Nebraska soil may be. Although the weight of years has deprived him of the vigor of youth, he still takes an interest in his beautiful farm and feels well compensated for years of toil.
Mr. Wiles was married October 30, 1856, to Miss Nancy Elizabeth Lunville, who died October 10, 1918. Her parents were Henderson and Ursula (Day) Lunville, the former of whom was born in Tennessee and the latter in Kentucky. They were farming people long ago in Mills county, Iowa. To Mr. and Mrs. Wiles the following children were born: Mary Jane, who is the wife of D. B. Dean, of Mills county, Iowa; Ursula, who is the wife of Davis Everett, of the state of Washington; Abraham Lincoln, who lives at Plattsmouth, Nebraska; Jessie, who is the wife of J. H. Hall, of Cass county, Nebraska; Edward M., who resides at Minatare, Nebraska; Grace, who is the wife of M. A. Hall, of Mills county, Iowa; William, who is deceased; Thomas F., who is an attorney at Omaha; Luke L., who resides at
Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Isaac R., who lives at St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Wiles is a member of the Christian church.
MARK R. HOOKER, who was one of Scottsbluff county's substantial men and good farmers, lived in this county many years and assisted in its agricultural development. Mr. Hooker was born in England, February 14, 1858. His parents were Robert and Mary Hooker, both natives of England. They came to the United States and to Nebraska in 1879, and the father took up a tree claim in old Cheyenne, now Scottsbluff county. Later he sold his property here and moved to California where both he and his wife lived until they died.
Mark Hooker came to the United States first in 1876, later went back to England, but in 1879 returned to America with his parents. At first he did not engage in farming as he was master of a good trade and found profitable work at it in the city of Omaha, where he was one of the first practical plumbers. In 1883, he took up a tree claim in Scottsbluff county at about the same time that his father filed on more land. Mark Hooker's farm has never passed from the possession of the family and is now owned by his widow. Thomas Hooker took up a homestead about this same time which he later traded for one a mile north of the original farm and still owns this property. Mark Hooker had a large part of his land under cultivation and made many excellent improvements on the place. For some years he was also interested in the plumbing and heating business, but later failing health caused him to give up all active life and with his wife he went to California, where he lived until his death from cancer of the stomach. He passed away in 1919, at the age of sixty one years and was buried at San Bernadino (sic), December 22d, with impressive services by the Masonic order to which he belonged.
At Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1881, Mr. Hooker was united in marriage to Miss Nellie A. Barnes, who is a daughter of Addison G. Barnes, and they have three daughters, namely: Mrs. Grace Pierce, who lives in California; Mrs. Leonora Miller, who lives in Scottsbluff county, and Ethel, who resides with her parents. The family belongs to the Episcopal church. Mr. Hooker is an Elk and a Thirty-second degree Mason.
FRANK SYDNEY FADEN. -- Credit this farmer of Irish extraction to the Kimball district, but give credit to the man himself for his thrift and enterprise, and let it. be known that Kimball county, in common with most other sections of this great country, is deeply indebted to Irish-American blood. It is said that the Irish-Americans always succeed, in whatever line of endeavor they elect for a life work and Mr. Faden is no exception to this rule. He is a Badger, born at Salem, Wisconsin, February 19, 1876, the son of James and Elizabeth Mary (Armstrong) Faden, both natives of Ireland, the former born there in 1820 and the mother May 18, 1835. As young people they left their native land to seek fortune in the new world and were married in New York in 1852. Ten of their children are still living: Sarah, of Kimball, Nebraska; John, of Lawrence, Kansas; Lizzie, who resides at the old home, Salen (sic), Wisconsin; Elmer and Charles, twins, also of Salem, Wisconsin; Henry, of Burlington, Wisconsin; Emerson, of Banner county, Nebraska; Elizabeth and Carrie of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, and Frank, of this review.
Mr. Faden was reared in the invigorating climate and environment of his native town, received an excellent practical education, and while still a young man determined to come west to take advantage of the fine land offered at low cost west of the Mississippi river. Coming to Nebraska he located in Banner county, August 3, 1898, taking up a homestead which he still owns. Mr. Faden endured many of the hardships of the late 90's but was determined to stick to his land, as he had faith in this section of the country and his belief has been justified. He managed to live through the lean years, prospered in his agricultural business as he is one of the good practical men of the Panhandle who has not been afraid of hard work. He adopted modern methods of farming as he saw that they increased production, and from time to time bought more land until today his holdings consist of two and a half sections.
For the first ten years he was in the Panhandle, Mr. Faden specialized in sheep raising, then took up the cattle business in which he has met with gratifying success and now runs a hundred and twenty head.
March 25, 1908, Mr. Faden married Miss Nellie Gertrude Dunn, a history of whose family will be found elsewhere in this volume. One child has been born to this union, Frances Elizabeth, a little over a year old.
Mr. Faden is a self-made man, having won his present fortune through his own unaided efforts; he and his wife are good neighbors
and enjoy the confidence of their many friends socially and in business as well.
WILLIAM CHRISTIAN EBER. -- Still rated among the younger generation of agriculturists of Banner county, William Eber is one of the progressive business men and energetic tillers of the soil upon whom much depends for the future prosperity of the Panhandle. His varied business career and intimate knowledge of conditions prevailing here--a knowledge gained through experience while running a threshing outfit--is knowledge which is assisting him materially in his own business and material advancement.
William Eber was born in Macoupin county, Illinois, the son of Jacob and Eliza Eber. The former was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming when old enough. There were four children in the Eber family: Frederick, who died at the age of nine years; William, of this sketch; Aneda and Elsie, both at home with the parents. William Eber's birth occurred December 7, 1889, so he is still one of the young men engaged in agricultural industry in his district. He spent his boyhood on the home farm in Illinois, attended the public school and worked on the place during the vacations, thus gaining a first hand practical knowledge of farm business which has proved of value to him since locating in Banner county. Soon after his twenty-first birthday Mr. Eber went to the Dakotas where he remained two years before returning to Illinois and within a short time went to Detroit, Michigan, where he entered the leading automobile school of the country and spent four months in the institution learning the construction and technique of motors. Returning to Illinois, he became the manager of a steam threshing crew which covered a large section of the wheat country threshing grain. It was on May 5, 1917, that Mr. Eber reached Potter, Nebraska, and within a short time put his training in the automobile school to practical use running a tractor for Lee J. Peterson, breaking new land. For a year or two he again managed a threshing crew in the Panhandle before actively engaging in farming on rented land. Two years later Mr. Eber, in partnership with Leo Young, bought eight hundred acres of land in Banner county, as they believed in the future of this rich section of the. state. They have been actively engaged in general farming and stock raising until recently, meeting with well deserved success in their chosen line of endeavor, and today are rated as two of the progressive and prominent men in agricultural business who are important factors in the development of the section. Mr. Eber and Mr. Young turned their land back and now Mr. Eber rents a half section.
On October 20, 1919, Mr. Eber was united in marriage with Miss Bertha A. Johnson, the daughter of Magnes and Carrie Johnson, both natives of Sweden. They were early settlers of Kimball county where Mr. Johnson died in June, 1916. His widow still lives on the home place. Mr. Eber is a member of the Modern Woodmen.
CONRAD A. JOHNSON, who is well known at Pine Bluff, Wyoming, and throughout Kimball county, Nebraska, has long been numbered with the substantial farmers and stock-raisers of this section of country. He has been particularly successful in the stock business and since disposing of some of his land in Kimball county, is making preparations to enter into very extensive stock-raising when he secures a large enough range.
Conrad A. Johnson was born in western Nebraska, Novebmer (sic) 2, 1885. His parents were Peter and Sophia Johnson, both of whom were born in Sweden, the father on January 27, 1845, and the mother on December 10, 1843. They spent their childhood and youth near Linkoping, were married ried (sic) there about 1869, and shortly afterward came to America, landing in the harbor of New York City. From there they came to Nebraska and the father rented land in the eastern part of the state until about 1886, when he decided to homestead in Wyoming. Taking his oldest son, Charles, with him, he drove across the country in a prairie schooner and homesteaded about two miles south of Pine Bluff. His family came by railroad and joined him at that place and there they all remained until 1900, when the father sold his homestead and retired to Pine Bluff for the rest of his life. The mother died there December 5, 1901, and the father February 10, 1913. Of their seven children Conrad A. was the seventh born, the others being as follows: Anna, who died in infancy in Sweden; John and Betty, both of whom died in eastern Nebraska; Charles, who is in the hardware business at Pine Bluff; Rimer, who is a farmer and stockraiser in Kimball county; Erich, who
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