stables are found many high-grade
horses, and in his pasture cattle of choice
extraction, beside hogs and other stock too numerous
to be particularized.
The marriage of our subject has been
consummated by the happy addition to the family circle
of sons and daughters to the number of ten, whose
names are here appended in the order of their birth:
Joseph, Mary, Michael, Elizabeth. William. Thomas,
Anna, Edmund, John and Julia. The eldest son has
become the husband of Miss Hannah Moran, and lives
west of Raymond; Elizabeth is the wife of John
Cunningham, of West Oak, and is the mother of three
children; Anna is the wife of William Moran, is the
mother of one child, and resides in the same precinct;
Michael is on a farm not far from the old homestead.
The remainder of the family are still at home.
This deeply interesting family have
within the short space of two years of residence in
the precinct been the recipients of the confidence and
regard of their neighbors and the community, as they
have also in their former connections, and it is a
pleasure to present a sketch of any family or citizen
who are recognized in their community as patriotically
loyal, not simply to their country, whether native or,
as in this case, adopted, but also and primarily to
the noblest and highest teachings of their inner life,
and to their neighbors and fellow-citizens.
BAINBRIDGE, of Mill Precinct, came to Nebraska with a
cash capital of $500, which, by a course of prudence
and economy, together with persevering industry, he
has increased, like the wise man of Scripture, many
fold. He is now numbered among the substantial and
well-to-do farmers of Lancaster County, having a fine
estate on section 31, where he has operated since the
fall of 1872.
Our subject is of English birth and
ancestry, having first opened his eyes to the light
among the Yorkshire hills on the 8th of March, 1840.
His parents, John and Helen (Parker) Bainbridge, also
natives of England, spent their entire lives upon
their native soil. The father was a farmer by
occupation. and the parental household consisted of
six children, three of whom came to the United States,
and three died in England. Our subject was the eldest
of the family. His brother Robert is a resident of
Ontario, Canada, and Matthew of this county.
Our subject grew to manhood on the
farm, and in 1868 was married in his native shire to
Miss Mary Thorpe, who was born there not far from the
home of her husband; she is the daughter of John and
Elizabeth Thorpe, who lived and died in England. She
is the only member of the family who came to the
United States, accompanying her husband here in 1871.
They first stopped in Chittenden County, Vt., where
our subject was employed by an uncle of his wife until
the fall of 1872, then made his way to the West, and
located on his present farm. The land had never been
cultivated, and the improvements which the passing
traveler observes to-day with admiration are the
result solely of the enterprise and industry of the
present proprietor. The reader will readily form some
idea of the beauty and extent of the home and property
upon reference to the faithful picture which
accompanies this sketch. He first purchased 137 acres,
to which he subsequently added, the farm now including
317 acres, and devoted extensively to stock-raising.
Mr. Bainbridge also buys and sells largely, and is
never so contented as when in the midst of active
business life, employing both hands and brain.
The family of our subject includes
four children, three daughters and one son, namely:
Lizzie, Rhoda, Lorena and William Edgar. The eldest is
eighteen years old, and the youngest eleven years.
They are all at home with their parents. Mr.
Bainbridge upon becoming a naturalized citizen cast
his first Presidential vote for Hayes, and usually
votes the Republican ticket, although not confining
himself to party lines.
CONRAD H. HICKMAN. Among the names which will ever be
recorded in the history of Nebraska and held in
affectionate remembrance by its pioneers, settlers and
farmers, and also by business men, is the name