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tached to his home and family, a man whose example is worthy of imitation.
Orin E. Burington is a young man of fine natural abilities and good education, and is prosecuting a successful business in books and stationery at Blue Springs; he was married, June 2, 1688, to Miss Rosa Jones, of this city, and they occupy a snug home not far from the father's. Eva M. is the wife of John Rumbaugh, a well-to-do farmer of Sicily Township, and they are the parents of one child, a son, Loy E.; Alice B. married Mr. W. J. Harris, a prosperous farmer of Harlem County, this State, and they are the parents of two children--May Pearl and William E.
Mr. Burington is Vice President of the Board of Trade in Blue Springs, and has held the various minor offices of his township, including that of Justice of the Peace.
OHN E. CLARK. Among the subjects of Her Brittannic Majesty, Queen Victoria, who have left the protection of the standard and transferred their vows of fealty and loyalty to the flag of the great Republic, have made their home in the United States, and have learned to love the stars and stripes, is the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch, who was born in Lower Canada.
Our subject is the son of Samuel and Rebecca (Ewart) Clark, both natives of the Dominion, but at present residing in Jefferson County, Neb. Our subject was the third of twelve children born to his parents. When he was about one year old his parents removed to Scott County, Iowa, and there our subject received his education and was reared to manhood, his father having there settled upon a farm. Not until he was twenty-three years of age did our subject remove from that home, and in that period he had proved his ability in the common school where he was educated, graduated to the more active pursuits of the farm, and subsequently worked in all the strength of his young manhood.
About the year 1880 our subject removed from Scott County to Kellogg, in Jasper County, Iowa, where he remained farming for about four years, and then, in December of 1884, came to this county and settled in Glenwood Township, taking up a farm on section 8, upon which he has since resided. Since that time he has brought his farm to a high state of agricultural efficiency, and is continually planning and executing some additional improvement. Mr. Clark has recently erected excellent out-buildings and dwelling, and has the entire property well fenced and everything in a good state of repair. Adjacent to his house are some 1,200 shade trees of various kinds, and a fine orchard containing not less than 200 excellent fruit trees of various kinds. His sole attention, so far as his farm is concerned, is given to stock-raising and general grain production.
Mr. Clark became the husband of Miss Nancy Roul on the 22d of January, 1881, at Kellogg, who has since presented him with four children, three of whom are living. Their names are herein subjoined as follows: William E. (deceased), Samuel, Eva May and Willis H. Mrs. Clark was born in the North of Ireland, on the 22d of January, 1861, and accompanied her parents to this country when four years of age. She is the daughter of William J. and Martha Roul. Mr. Clark is strongly attached to the Democratic patty, and is inclined to be quite energetic in its interests. He is a man of considerable mental power, reserve force and energy, and since his settlement has gained many friends by his manly bearing and high character.
SAAC L. FISKE, member of the well-known firm of LaSelle, Fiske & Co., and son-in-law of the senior partner, is a gentleman of excellent business capacities and a favorite in the financial circles of the thriving city of Beatrice. A native of New York State, he was born near the village of Lebanon, in Madison County, July 3, 1856, and was the second of the three sons born to Luman and Angeline (Close) Fiske. The parents of our subject were natives of New York. The paternal grandfather, John Fiske, a native of Massachusetts, emigrated to New York State at an early day, and was for many years engaged in farming in Madison
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County, where he spent the last years of his life, The Fiske family is of English descent, as also was the Close family, and the mother traces her forefathers among the early settlers of Connecticut, where they located probably during the Colonial days.
The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation, and Isaac L. early in life became familiar with rural pursuits. After leaving the district school he became a student first of Whitesboro University and then of Clinton University, spending one year in the latter institution; at the age of sixteen years he began teaching. He officiated as teacher three terms in the district school, and subsequently taught two years in the village school at Lebanon, besides two terms of a select school. Later he became Principal of the High School at Smyrna, N. Y., where he remained until 1878.
The mercantile career of Mr. Fiske began when he was seventeen years of age, prior to attending the university, he then engaged in farming one year, and in the spring of 1880 sought the West, coming to Beatrice, Neb., and entering the establishment of H. A. LaSelle as clerk. Here he remained six months, and was then employed with the firm of Hastings & Scott three and one-half years. In July, 1884, he formed a partnership with W. M. LaSelle in the grocery business at Cortland, the half of which business the firm still owns. In July, 1888, he returned to Beatrice, and in company with his partners purchased the grocery stock of George B. Scott, which also included boots and shoes. The firm is now in the enjoyment of a generous patronage, the several members being men of probity, and carrying on their business in a manner which has commended them to the esteem and confidence of their fellow-citizens.
On the 26th of May, 1876, our subject was united in marriage with Miss Addie M., daughter of W. M. LaSelle, his present partner. Mrs. Fiske was also born in Madison County, N. Y., in August, 1857. She has been well educated, and received careful home training from her excellent parents. Of this union there has been born one child--Florence M. Mr. Fiske votes the Republican ticket, and, although not ambitious of office for himself, always takes a generous interest in the political preferment of his friends. Socially, he belongs to the Modern Woodmen. The firm of LaSelle, Fiske & Co. is considerably interested in lands, owning several tracts in both Kansas and Nebraska.
OHN B. McGLAUGHLIN is a prosperous farmer of Rockford Township, where he has 160 acres of splendid land on section 1. He is a son of David and Hannah (Brady) McGlaughlin, both of whom were born in Westmoreland County, Pa. The paternal grandfather, John McGlaughlin came from Scotland when he was sixteen years old, and made his home in Northumberland County, Pa. Samuel Brady, the great Indian hunter, was a cousin of grandfather Brady. After their marriage the parents of our subject made their home in McKeysport, Pa., and the father was a pilot on the Ohio River for twenty-five years. In 1857, with his family, he moved to Illinois, and bought a farm in Rock Island County, on which he prospered well. He was a member of the old Whig party, and died in 1870, at the age of fifty-seven years. The mother resides on the homestead in Rock Island County, Ill., and is sixty-five years old, having seen her children become useful men and women. There were eight in the family, two of whom, named Jacob and Artemus, died in infancy, and the remaining six bear the names of James B., Joseph, John Marks, William, Abraham and Barbara.
Our subject, the oldest of his father's family, was born on the 5th of January, 1841, in McKeysport, Allegheny Co., Pa. He enjoyed very good educational advantages in his Eastern home, and was sixteen years old when he moved to Illinois, afterward attending the common schools for several winters and securing a thorough education. There he applied himself to farm work until the time of the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted as a private for the three months service in 1862. He entered Company F, 69th Illinois Infantry, and was mustered into service at Camp Douglass in Chicago, where he did guard duty over 10,000 rebel prisoners. In the fall of 1862 he took them to Vicksburg to have them exchanged, and was discharged at Camp
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Douglass after having served six months instead of three.
Our subject then returned home, and for two years applied himself diligently to the management of his farm affairs, but in 1865, when more troops were needed for the service of the country, he again enlisted for one year, or during the continuance of the war. He was mustered into service at Camp Butler and departed for New Orleans, thence to Mobile; Spanish Fort and Ft. Blakely had been taken three days before their arrival. Our subject then went to Montgomery, Ala., engaged in guard duty, and was taken ill with fever, with which he lay in the hospital for about two months, and was then discharged on account of physical disability, reaching home about the month of September. He came to Nebraska in 1867, and went as far west as the mountains, making an extensive tour through Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, finally choosing Gage County as the place he would rather make his home. He located a homestead of 160 acres, and entered 200 acres besides in Sherman Township.
In the fall of the same year our subject returned to Illinois, where he was married, in March, 1868, to Miss Phoebe King, a daughter of James and Charlotte King, who were natives of Manchester, England. They were married in that city, the father being an overseer in a large cotton factory, and in 1840 with their four children they came to America, making their home near Troy, N. Y. The father became connected with some of the leading cotton factories of the East, and was very prosperous. Of his family there are now five living, all of whom were born in America, and whose names are Phoebe, Eliza, Jennie, Nellie and Vinnie. Mrs. McGlaughlin was born in New York City in August, 1843, and was a babe when her parents moved to Lowell. She enjoyed very good educational advantages, and became an accomplished musician, going to Illinois when she was twenty-one years old, and engaging as a music teacher.
In the spring of 1868 our subject and his wife came to the homestead, and resided in Sherman Township for several years, but in 1881 they sold out with the intention of going to California; after making a visit to Rock Island County they concluded to remain in this State, and purchased their present farm of 160 acres on section 1. When our subject bought it, in 1882, it was raw prairie land, and he now has 100 acres under cultivation, with groves of box-elder and cottonwood trees, and has erected a splendid one and a half story frame dwelling. Since his coming to his present place the Rock Island Railroad has been constructed, and the new village of Rockford is laid out only a few rods from his residence.
Our subject has taken an active interest in the political affairs of his township, and being an ardent Republican he has been sent as a delegate to the County Convention. His honorable war career entitles him to a membership in the Rollins Post No. 35, G. A. R., at Beatrice. He has several times served on the jury, and in various ways he has distinguished himself as a good and law-abiding citizen, and is socially connected with the A. F. & A. M. Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin are highly respected and influential members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and as one of the prosperous families are well known in the leading society circles.
ONATHAN CARPENTER. The subject of this notice, a retired farmer in comfortable circumstances, after many years of active labor is now enjoying the fruits thereof in a comfortable home in the city of Beatrice, surrounded by all that is needful for his well-being and happiness. His has been a varied experience, in which he has seen much of life, and learned many valuable lessons. As a soldier of the Union Army during the late war, he traveled over a goodly portion of the South, and endured in common with his comrades the hardships and privations inseparable from the life of the patriot, doing battle for the land which gave him birth. After returning to the arts of peace he entered upon the quiet labors of the agriculturist, and meeting with success, is now numbered among the retired farmers of this county who have been enabled to secure for themselves the wherewithal which shall insure them against want in their declining years.
The subject of our sketch was born near Hagerstown, in Washington County, Md., July 31, 1841,
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