perseverance and industry he has
succeeded in his efforts, and has now a good
productive farm, well stocked with choice breeds of
animals, and is in receipt of a comfortable income
Our subject was born in Berks
County. Pa., Aug. 6, 1829. He is of the old
Pennsylvania Dutch stock, his father, Philip Stine,
having been a farmer in Berke County, where he was
reared and subsequently married to Sarah Dundore.
After their marriage they remained in the Keystone
State until 1840, when they removed with their family
of seven children to Fairfield County, Ohio. There Mr.
Stine purchased a good farm, and there remained until
his death in 1847, being then forty-seven years old.
His wife survived him many years, dying in Fremont,
Sandusky Co., Ohio, in September, 1887, at the
venerable age of eighty-one years. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Stine were members of the Lutheran Church, and lived
upright Christian lives. They had eleven children, ten
sons and one daughter. John, of whom we write, having
been the fourth child and third son.
The latter remained at home until
twenty-two years of age, and then commenced life for
himself. He was married in Liberty Precinct to
Catherine D. Tyson, who was born in Adams County,
Ill., Dec. 8, 1845. Her parents, Mathias and Katie
(Bailey) Tyson, were natives of Virginia, but were
both reared in Ohio, and moved with their parents to
Indiana, where they were married. They began their
wedded life on a farm in Central Indiana, living there
until after the birth of three children, then moved to
Adams County, Ill., going thence in 1851 to Texas.
They were not pleased. however, with the Lone Star
State, and returning North, spent a year in Missouri,
then came to Nebraska, crossing the Missouri River
March 5, 1855. They took up 160 acres of land on what
is now section 22, Liberty Precinct, that being one of
the first pre-emption's in this part of the county.
They were very successful in their labors, and
improved a fine farm, on which they spent the
remainder of their lives, Mrs. Tyson dying in 1874,
when sixty-five years of age, and Mr. Tyson in 1877,
at the advanced age of seventy-eight years. They were
worthy types of the pioneer, and exercised the
generosity and hospitality characteristic of the early
settlers of that time, and always helped the needy and
To our subject and his wife have
been born five children, one of whom, George A., died
in infancy. The living ones are: Reuben B., William
L., Sarah E. and John R. In his political views Mr.
Stine is a Republican, and is fearless in his
endorsement of those principles which he believes to
be for the general good of his community and the
country at large. Both he and his worthy wife are held
in the highest respect in the community which has
known them so long and so well, and their pleasant
home is the resort of a large circle of friends.
We an pleased to present herewith a
fine portrait of this worthy pioneer farmer, who has
done much to develop the agricultural interests of the
K. KEITHLEY, editor and publisher of the Weeping Water
Republican, came first to Nebraska in 1875, and
to Weeping Water in 1878. In the year 1882, in company
with his brother, W. A. Keithley, he established the
journal which has now become an indispensable
institution of this county.
Years later James K. purchased the
interest of his brother, and has since conducted the
business singly and alone. The Republican has a
large circulation, and is a stanch advocate of the
principles of its party. In connection therewith is a
fine job office, the presses operated by the only
steam printing power in the county. The office is
equipped with a select assortment of type and other
material. and turns out some of the prettiest job work
done in this part of the State. This department gives
employment to four men the year round. Mr. Keithley,
although a warm advocate of his party principles, has
never made any effort to become an office-holder,
preferring that some other man should assume its cares
and responsibilities. In business circles he is a
member of the Board of Trade, and a financier of good
abilities. He is well spoken of by the people of his
community, which indicates at once the true character
of the man.
Mr. Keithley was born in Louisville,
Ky., April 21, 1852, and in 1835 his parents removed