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     F. E. LANGE was born at Geringswalde, Saxony, December 21st, 1829. At the age of twenty-one he came to America, landing at New York and passing on to Michigan, where he worked at his trade of cabinet maker. In Chicago he was employed in finishing passenger coaches. When Kansas was thrown open for settlement in the spring of 1855, Mr. Lange started for that. territory. Finding that the land was nearly all held by slave-holders and Indians, he moved on to Nebraska, reaching Omaha in the latter part of March, 1855. That city was then a village. Acting Governor Cuming noticed Mr. Lange's tool chest and offered him a tract of land if he would stay and help build the big city sure to come. The sills for the Douglas house were then laid, but the material was hard to secure. Mr. Lange was offered an eleven acre tract on upper Farnam and Douglas streets, but seeing no building material in sight, he decided to move on, and journeyed north into Burt county. He found no houses in Tekamah, but five men were camping in a tent on the present site of the Journal office. Mr. Lange made a short stay and helped construct the first two houses in this city. He then prospected farther north and staked out his claim at the beautiful Golden spring where he now lives. This was early in May, 1855, and where he then settled has been his home through the half century now drawing to its close. Mr. Lange relates how, for years there was plainly visible, cut in the sand stone above


the spring the words, "Lewis and Clarke" and a date. This was probably cut there by members of the Lewis and Clarke expedition during the summer of 1804, when ascending the Missouri river, and probably marked the date when they camped at or near this spot. These stones have crumbled until now no traces of the cutting is visible.
   Mr. Lange was married to Mary Hoosky, in 1859. He has held the office of school director, postmaster, and has served as county commissioner five terms.

     F. E. SANDIG was born at Geringswalde, Saxony, February 4th, 1827. At the age of twenty he was drafted for military service. Seven days of his five and one-half years' service were in the revolutionary war of 1847.
   Immediately after he was discharged he came to America, reaching New York City in September, 1853. He next visited a cousin in Detroit, and went from there to Chicago, --then a "little Decatur". He reached Burt county in time to experience the hardships of the winter of 1856, which was spent with F. E. Lange, who had arrived the preceeding year. It was at Eastertide in 1857 that Mr. Sandig and his companion, Andrew Gillick, were surrounded by the Missouri river while cutting wood in the timber. For seven days they were imprisoned in a shanty on an island. The water covered the floor and their only food was the flesh of an ox dead for three months. Rafters were used for fire wood and water allowed to settle for drinking and cooking purposes. Half leading, half carrying his companion Mr. Sandig finally succeeded in reaching Lange's.
   November 9th, 1862, Miss Mary Snyder became Mr. Sandig's wife and for a long time the Lange family was the only family between them and Tekamah. Mrs. Sandig died March 3d, 1896.
   Mr. Sandig is spending his old age in comfortable retirement, surrounded by the substantial improvements


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