a native of the State of Maine, and
born April 24, 1856. Her parents, Richard and Maggie
(Golden) Nagle, were natives of Ireland, and are still
living, being residents of Storm Lake. Iowa.
Richard Nagle emigrated to America
when a lad of about fourteen years, settling first in
the Pine Tree State, where he made his own living by
the honest labor of his hands, and being dependent
upon his own resources attained to a vigorous and
healthful manhood. The parents were married in Maine,
and lived there until after the birth of one child. In
due time the household circle included five sons and
four daughters. The survivors, of whom Mrs. Murphy is
the eldest, are located, as follows: James, David and
Maggie are residents of Rock Valley, Iowa; Richard,
Mary, Patrick and Garrett live at Storm Lake.
Mrs. Murphy was an infant of eight
months when her parents emigrated to the wilds of
Madison County, Wis., and she was there reared to
womanhood, received a common-school education. and was
trained by a careful mother to all useful housewifely
duties. Of her union with our subject there were born
two daughters: Maggie J., April 25, 1880, and Miry E.,
March 26, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy located in Mt.
Pleasant Precinct soon after their marriage, where Mr.
Murphy engaged in farming, His sudden death from heart
disease occurred at Weeping Water, Aug. 9, 1862.
Although not a long-time resident of this county he
had made many friends, being recognized as a man of
worth, intelligence and of the strictest integrity. In
the home circle he was kind and indulgent. He was a
devout member of the Catholic Church, and,
politically, voted the straight Democratic ticket.
The Murphy homestead is finely
situated on section 2, and comprises 160 acres of
land, with buildings comfortable and convenient, and
which compare favorably with those of the other
intelligent people of this section. Mrs. Murphy, since
the death of her husband, has managed the farm with
good judgment and ability, and is spoken of highly by
her neighbors. She also is a member in good standing
of the Catholic Church.
The mother of Mr. Murphy was the
second wife of his father, her first husband having
been William Ford, by whom she had two children:
Margaret, the wife of Martin Omaha, residing near
Madison, Wis., and one deceased. Of her marriage with
John Murphy there were born six children: Hannah, the
wife of Patrick Downey, of Wisconsin; John, who died
when forty-five years old; Cornelius, resident of
Seward County, this State; Mary, Mrs. Hart, living
near Madison, Wis.; Elizabeth, Mrs. Whalen, of Seward
County, and William, deceased.
A. CREMER. Cass County has within its limits numerous
enterprising young men who have come in "to lengthen
her cords and strengthen her stakes," and prominent
among them is the subject of our sketch, who is a
farmer, leasing and operating a tract of 160 acres of
well-selected land in South Bead precinct. He is the
only child of John and Sarah Cremer, and was born in
Kankakee County, Ill., at Grant Park. He was a boy of
ten years of age when his father died. At the age of
eighteen his mother died.
After the death of his father our
subject and his mother moved to the house of his
uncle, Joseph Cremer, where he lived until his uncle,
with the entire family, including our subject, moved
to Nebraska in 1876, settling in Cass County. Mr.
Cremer and Miss Sarah Lee were married in 1882. This
lady is the daughter of John W. and Emma J. (White)
Lee; both parents were born in Maryland. Grandfather
Frederick Lee was also a native of Maryland.
Grandfather Dudley was a private in the Revolutionary
War. The parents of Mrs. Cremer moved to Washington
County, Iowa, in 1852. She is the second eldest in a
family of eleven children. The other members of the
family are named as follows: Martha A., Guavara,
LeRoy, William, Victor, Charles, Kingsley, Webb, Harry
and Etta. Her parents moved to Maryland in 1860, and
still reside there.
The parents of our subject were
exceedingly fond of their only child, and the father
up to the time of his death, which occurred in
Illinois when he was sixty years old, had anticipated
a brilliant future for his boy; but death intervening,
a change was necessary, and he was not able to obtain
the position in life which doubtless would have