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Kemplin have six children: Mrs. Mary Pickard resides at Oshkosh and is the mother of two children; Mrs. Mabel Bennett, of Gering, Scotts Bluff county; Belva remains at home; Mrs. Goldie Pratt resides at North Platte, this state, and Charles and Mary are the younger members of the home circle.
JOSEPH R. WOOLERY came to Garden county in 1890, at which time it was still a part of Deuel county, and during the intervening years he has continued as a vigorous and successful exponent of agricultural and livestock industry, and his civic loyalty and worthy achievement have contributed to the development and progress of this section of the state.
Joseph Richard Wollery was born in Pettis county, Missouri, April 1, 1864, and in the same state was born his father, Joseph Perry Woolery, a farmer by vocation who died at the age of forty-eight years, his wife, whose maiden name was Eliza Carpenter, having likewise been born and reared in Missouri and died when she was about forty years of age.
Joseph R. Woolery was reared to adult age in his native state, where he received the advantages of the public schools. After the death of his father he lived in the home of his uncle, Thomas Woolery, until he was eighteen years of age, and he then found employment in connection with the operation of a threshing machine. Thereafter he was employed a few months at farm work, for thirteen dollars a month and at the age of twenty-one years he went to Kansas, where he was employed about three years, principally at ranch work. From the Sunflower state he made his way to Denver, Colorado, where he was engaged in teaming for a period of about a year. His next venture was made in 1890, when he came to Nebraska and took up the homestead upon which he has continued to reside to the present time, having developed one of the excellent farms of Garden county and being now the owner of nine hundred and fourteen acres, with about a hundred acres under effective cultivation and the remainder used as grazing land. Mr. Woolery has been specially progressive and enterprising in his industrial activities, and has made each year mark an advancement in cumulative success. He is one of the substantial stock-growers of the county, and raises cattle, horses and hogs. He keeps an average of about fifty head of cattle and ships about a carload of hogs annually. He is one of the stockholders in the Farmers' Elevator in the village of Lisco, and also in the Farmers' Mercantile Company at that place.
In politics Mr. Woolery gives his allegiance to the Democratic party, and he has been influential in public affairs in his county, where he is serving his second term as a member of the board of county commissioners (1919-20), having been elected first in 1912. His service has been marked by earnest effort to promote the best interests of the county and its people. His wife is affiliated with the Royal Neighbors and is a popular figure in the representative social life of her home community.
May 26, 1895, recorded the marriage of Mr. Woolery to Miss Maude Y. Suit, who was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in which state she received her earlier educational training, which was supplemented by her attending school after the removal of the family to western Nebraska, as she was a resident of Garden county at the time of her marriage, which was solemnized at Oshkosh. Mrs. Woolery is a daughter of Slathial B. and Helen (Kimble) Suit. Her father came to western Nebraska in 1887, as a pioneer farmer of this section of the state, his death occurred in 1918, when he was about seventy years of age, and his widow, who is a native of California, is now a resident of Oshkosh,. Garden county. Mr. and Mrs. Woolery have three children--Joseph Percy, Mildred and Cecil Gwendolyn.
JAMES J. McCONNELL is another vigorous and progressive young man who has found in Garden county ample opportunity for successful activity in connection with the basic industries of agriculture and stock-raising, along which lines he initiated his independent career by entering into partnership with Frank O'Rouke, of St. Joseph, Missouri, with whom he continued to be associated two years, as active manager of a well improved farm and stock ranch of seventeen hundred acres, situated eighty-eight miles cast of Oshkosh, the county seat. At the present time he is conducting an individual farming and live-stock enterprise, with special attention given to the raising of cattle and horses, and the base of his operations is a farm of six hundred and forty acres, located about eight miles northeast of Oshkosh.
Mr. McConnell was born in Fountain county, Indiana, October 21, 1894, and at Veedersburg, that state, he received his earlier education in the public schools. He was about nine years old at the time the family removed to Nebraska, and here his further educational discipline was received in the public schools of Lakeside, Sheridan county, and those of the Antelope valley, in Garden county. Mr. McConnell is a son of Edward and Eliza (Singleton) McConnell, the former born
at Springfield Ohio, and the latter of whom was born and reared in Fountain county, Indiana, where her marriage was solemnized. When Edward McConnell was about one year old his parents returned to their old home in Ireland, and thereafter he remained on the soil of the British Isles--in Ireland, Scotland and England--until he had attained to the age of fourteen years, when he came back to his native land and became a member of the family circle of his uncle, at Springfield, Ohio. He gained excellent mercantile experience along retail lines, and finally became a traveling salesman for a wholesale dry-goods house, and remained "on the road" for a period of eighteen years, during which time he traveled in eighteen different states, in the north and the south. In 1903, he came with his family to Nebraska and settled at Lakeside, Sheridan county, where he conducted a hotel about one year. He then took up a homestead, and also purchased an additional quarter-section of land, in the Antelope valley, in Deuel county, his land lying near the Garden county line. He continued his successful activities as an agriculturist and stock-grower until 1918, when he retired, and he and his wife have since maintained their home in the thriving little city of Oshkosh.
James, J. McConnell gained practical experience in connection with the activities of the home farm of his father, and thus was well prepared when he instituted independent enterprise as an agriculturist and stock-raiser, an industry of which he is now one of the prosperous and popular representatives in Garden county. He is aligned in the ranks of the Democratic party and he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church, in the faith of which they were reared. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America.
January 9, 1917, at Oshkosh, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. McConnell to Miss Anna Donnelly, who was born and reared in Saunders county, the daughter of Patrick and Bridget (McCarty) Donnelly; the father was born in Ireland, November 6, 1864, and the mother in Illinois, December 1, 1869. They came to Nebraska in 1908 and settled in Garden county. Mrs. McConnell's educational advantages included those of the Nebraska State Normal School at Chadron. Prior to her marriage she had been, for three terms, a successful and popular teacher in the public schools of Oshkosh. Mr. and Mrs. McConnell have a fine little son, Darrell Joseph, who was born October 7, 1918, and who is the arbiter of all affairs in the pleasant home.
FREMONT G. DURAND is properly to be ascribed a tribute not only as one of the representative pioneer citizens of Garden county but also as one who has furthered communal advancement and prosperity through his well ordered and unreservedly successful activities as an agriculturist and stock-raiser, his attractive home farm being situated about four miles southeast of the village of Lewellen.
Mr. Durand was born in Stark county, Illinois, November 24, 1857, and is a son of Mardonous and Matilda (Williams) Durand, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Illinois, where her parents were pioneer settlers. Mardonous Durand was reared and educated in the old Empire state and was a young man when he numbered himself among the pioneers of Stark county, Illinois, where he continued to be engaged in farm enterprise until 1861, when he amplified his pioneer experience by removing with his family to Iowa. There he reclaimed and improved a productive farm, and he continued his residence in the Hawkeye state until 1885, when he removed to Fort Collins, Colorado, and became again a pioneer, this time on the wide stretching plains of Colorado. There he passed the remainder of his life, and he was seventy years of age at the time of his death, his wife there passing away at the age of seventy-two years. They lived up the full experiences of American pioneer life and labored to worthy ends, so that they ever commanded the confidence and high regard of all with whom they came in contact, both having been earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church. The father was first a Whig and later a Republican in his political adherency.
Fremont G. Durand was about three years old at the time the family removed to Iowa, where he was reared on the pioneer farm of his father, in Keokuk county and profited by the advantages afforded in the common schools of the period. Fnially (sic) he engaged in independent farm enterprise in Iowa, and his attention was thus engrossed for a period of six years, at the expiration of which, in 1884, he removed to Colorado and became interested in the sheep business, with headquarters in Morgan county. In 1887, he drove a bunch of sheep through from Colorado to old Cheyenne county, Nebraska, his destination being the part that now constitutes Garden county. Here he took up and perfected title to a homestead and a tree claim, in Ash Hollow, and continued his activities as a stock-grower, principally sheep, until 1893, when he returned to Colorado, and engaged in general farming, near Fort Collins, where he continued opera-
tions until 1900. Mr. Durand then came to his land in Garden county, Nebraska, and has since resided on the tree claim which he took up in 1887. Many of the trees which he planted on this place in the pioneer days are now of stately proportions and add greatly to the attractiveness of the farm, which he has improved with good buildings and otherwise made to conform with the high standards that now obtain in this fine section of Nebraska. He also purchased an additional tract of a hundred and sixty acres, which is maintained under effective cultivation, and utilizes also an entire section of school land on the South Table, where he has gained special success and prominence in the raising and feeding of cattle and hogs.
Mr. Durand has entered fully into the best community spirit, and has been specially liberal and progressive in his civic attitude. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party and is fortified by well regulated convictions and opinions concerning matters of governmental and economic policy. He is prominently affiliated with Camp No. 7970, Modern Woodmen of America, at Lewellen, of which he has served for the past nineteen years as clerk, besides which he has represented the organization as a frequent delegate to the grand encampment of the state. Both he and his wife are zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Lewellen, and in the community their circle of friends is coincident with that of their acquaintances.
At Indianola, Iowa, January 10, 1882, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Durand to Miss Mary McNaught, who was born in Illinois and was a girl at the time the family removed to Iowa, where she was reared and educated. She is a sister of Mrs. Louise P. Clary and Mrs. Maggie B. Orr, both of Lewellen, and on other pages of this work the review of Mrs. Clary gives the history of the McNaught family. Mr. and Mrs. Durand have four children: Frederick M. and his wife reside at Cassa, Wyoming, and they have one child; Inez is the wife of Roy L. Robley, of Lewellen, Nebraska, and they have two children; Gordon S., of Lewellen, married Miss Fanny Shryer and they have three children; and John H., of Lewellen, still permits his name to be enrolled on the list of eligible bachelors in Garden county.
THOMAS W. LALLY. -- Bearing a family name that has been one of eminence in Ireland for many generations, this well known citizen of Cheyenne county may well take pride in claiming the Emerald Isle as the home of his immediate ancestors, for the Irish are a people known for their versatility, marked mental ability and enthusiasm for any cause which they espouse. Appreciative of the subtle attractions and undeniable opportunities offered in the field of practical journalism, Mr. Lally has chosen the newspaper as his vocation, and the success which he has attained in this field of endeavor is shown by his well equipped establishment and the excellent business which he controls as the editor and publisher of the Dalton Delegate.
Thomas Lally was born at Lewiston, Illinois, January 1, 1879, the son of Frank M. and Mary A. (Gibbons) Lally. The father was born in County Mayo but was brought to the United States by his parents while still a young boy. The family located in Illinois after reaching America and there Frank grew to manhood. He received an excellent preliminary education in the public schools and later studied pharmacy, being admitted to practice in Illinois, where he was engaged in the business of his profession until the time of his death at the age of sixty-four years. Mary Gibbons Lally was born in Lewiston, Illinois, of Irish parents, she was reared there and given the educational advantages afforded by the public schools of that progressive commonwealth and was considered the finest Celtic scholar in Illinois and later of Nebraska. She was a highly educated and cultured woman, being a graduate of the State University of Nebraska and supplemented her college course there by graduate studies in the University of Chicago and Columbia University in the city of New York. At the present time she resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Thomas was raised in his parents' prosperous home in Illinois and given the best of educational advantages as both his parents were well educated and his mother an exceptionally brilliant woman and scholar. He inaugurated his independent career as a school teacher in Furnas county, Nebraska, being the youngest at that time to hold a license. Being a pedagogue proved rather satisfactory as an introductory business in life and Mr. Lally taught for eighty-seven months in the state of Nebraska, but the Irish of his blood spurred him on to further endeavor and a vocation that would give greater scope to his talents. To this end he accepted a position on a newspaper in Sterling and subsequently at Elk Creek, being engaged in professional work along the lines of his choice for three years and at the same time learning the newspaper business from the bottom up. Following this he devoted a year to work as a journeyman print-
er before becoming the business manager of the Daily Tribune at Hyannis, Nebraska, and was known as the newsboy of the Forest Reserve in 1913.
As an independent newspaper publisher Mr. Lally made his first venture when he purchased the plant and established the business of the Dalton Delegate in 1914, at Dalton, Nebraska, a weekly newspaper that has a wide circulation in the northern part of Cheyenne county, supplying a long felt want in this section. He has made a great success of this initial venture in journalism, being ably assisted by his capable and efficient wife, who has taken an active and prominent part in building up a progressive and paying business within the short period since it was first established. The paper began its upward climb from its inception, and the advancement has continued from that time to the present, with the result that the paper has become a potent influence in public affairs in this section of the country, an effective exponent of local interests, and a vehicle through which communal progress and prosperity are furthered. The Delegate reached at one time a circulation of one thousand copies weekly and is to be found in the representative homes throughout the Dalton district of the county. The Delegate is non-partisan but nevertheless is a local political organ of no insignificant influence, the while it expresses the well fortified political views of its publisher. However, Mr. Lally endeavors to give to his readers a fair, impartial and unprejudiced view on all questions of interest, political or otherwise, and his paper merits classification among the model village publications of Nebraska, its columns having effective summary of the latest news of general character, as well as a chronical (sic) of local events and activities, and terse, well written editorials. The paper has good support from the merchants and professional men of its community and is recognized as a good advertising medium. In connection with the newspaper plant is a well equipped job-printing department, in which first class job printing of all kinds is executed. Mr. Lally is nonpartisan in his political views, voting for the man he deems best fitted to serve the people in public office while he is in faith a Roman Catholic.
August 29, 1899, Mr. Lally married Miss Bertha A. Kirste, at Norton, Kansas; she was a native of Webster county, Nebraska, reared and educated in that locality and was the oldest girl scholar in Mr. Lally's first school. Her father was a native of Germany, born at Thorne, who came to the United States when a young man to take advantage of the free land offered to settlers by the government. After coming to this country he came west, locating on a homestead in Furnas county to engage in farming and still lives there, being engaged in agricultural pursuist (sic). Mrs. Kirste, was Helen Kaforka, also of German birth, who accompanied her parents to America when a child of five years. They located in Illinois where she grew up, was educated and married and is still living on the old home farm with her husband in Furnas county.
There were eight children in the Lally family: Walter E., Inez E., Frank W., Arthur T., Helen Kareen, Orville B., Robert E., and Eugene O., all of whom are still members of the happy family circle. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lally have been ambitious for their children and have determined to give them every advantage in an educational way that is within their means, letting each child determine the line along which he or she desires to develop a taste or talent and already the two oldest have reached a high attainment in musical study, having attended the best musical schools, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Chicago.
JULIUS E. GALLOGLY, who is cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Dix, Nebraska, is a young man whose business capacity and sterling personal character have established him in the confidence of this community. He was born in 1885, in Ohio, and is the son of M. D. and Mary Gallogly, who moved to Sheridan county, Kansas in his youth. His mother still lives there and he has one sister, Mrs. Spear, who is a resident of Bushnell, Nebraska.
Julius E. Gallogly was liberally educated, after completing the high school course he attended Sheridan College, following which he took a course in the Grand Island Business and Normal College. He entered the business world in connection with a real estate firm in Kansas, remaining in that line five years, then spent three years in Wyoming, coming from there to Dix, Nebraska, in the lumber business. In 1917, he became identified with the Farmers State Bank as cashier, a position for which he is admirably fitted, being careful, conservative, and courteous.
Mr. Gallogly was married in 1914, in Wyoming, to Miss Erzinger, a lady of education and culture who was a welcome addition to Dix's pleasant social circles. Mr. Gallogly belongs to the Masons at Kimball and the Odd Fellows in Wyoming.
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