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Who's Who in Nebraska, 1940



Who's Who

   GILLIGAN, JOHN PHILLIP: Physician; b O'Neill Neb Aug 4, 1898; s of John P Gilligan-Maude E Stout; ed O'Neill HS 1917; U of N, MD 1925; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Rho Sigma; m Wilma Snyder June 15, 1927 Lincoln; s John P Jr, James F, Michael G; 1927- prac in Nebraska City; St Mary's Hosp, secy of staff; Otoe Co Med Soc, Neb St & AMA; ACS; C of C; Rotary, past pres; Episc Ch, mbr of vestry; Rep; hobby, horseback riding; res 315 N 14th, Nebraska City.

   GRITZKA, CHRISTIAN THOMAS: Physician; b Westphalia, Germany Dec 20, 1873; s of Wilhelm Gritzka-Julia Kulick; ed Little Rock Ark HS; U of N, MD 1901; m Eva Kerr Nov 25, 1903 Diller; s Dr Thomas Laurin; d Evelyn Marie (Mrs Verner Winkelhake); 1896 came to Omaha; registered pharm in Neb since 1895; 1901-02 prac med, Lorton; 1902-05 prac, Diller; 1905- gen prac, Talmage; at beginning of prac nearest hosp was in Omaha; past chmn sch bd 16 years; past mbr city coun; during Sp-Amer War served in 3rd Neb vol inf, 6 mos service in Havana, Cuba; USWV; Otoe Co Med Soc; Neb St Med Assn; past VP Talmage C of C; AF&AM; Meth Ch; Indep; hobby, fishing; res Talmage.

   GUNN, WILLIAM JAMES: Police Chief; b Knox Co, Mo Apr 5, 1882; s of James Gunn-Anna Selby; ed Beatrice; Nebraska City; m Eva May Roundtree Sept 30, 1903 Nebraska City; s Robert W, Jack L (dec), Clement Gerard; d Sarah Anne (dec); emp by father until 1903; 1903-06 with father in hay bus, Nebraska City; 1906- mbr Nebraska City police force, with exception of few years; previous terms & since 1932 chief of police; Pathfinders; Dem; hobbies, fishing, hunting, horses; off City Hall; res 509 1st Corso, Nebraska City.

   GUNTHER, WALTER FREDRICK: Theater Manager; b Syracuse, Neb June 5, 1900; s of Herman Gunther-Marie Rapp; ed Syracuse HS 1919; m Sophia Widmaier July 5, 1931 Holyoke, Colo; s Robert Maurice; 1920-24 owner cleaning plant, Syracuse; 1922-35 ptr of John J Metzger, opr Palace Theater, Syracuse; 1935- owner & opr Palace Theater; has sold made-to-measure clothing since 1924; with Mrs Gunther owned & oprd tailor shop 1933-36; Business Mens Assn; Evang Ch; Dem; hobby, sign painting; off & res Syracuse.

   GUTHRIE, THEODORE: Auctioneer; b Louisa Co, Ia Nov 24, 1866; s of William Guthrie-Maryetta Vandevort; ed Louisa Co Ia; m Alice Trotter (dec); s Merle T; d Leta (Mrs Lee Fetterman); m Mahala Vandevanter May 27, 1903 Guthrie Center Ia; s Warren A; d Patience Marie; 1884-90 fed cattle on farms in Ia, 1891-93 & 1901-03 emp in livery barn, Guthrie Center Ia; 1893-99, 1903-04 farmer & cattle feeder near Guthrie Center Ia; 1899-1901 oprd transfer line, Fort Dodge Ia; 1904 auctioneer, Syracuse; 1904-06 farmed near Syracuse; 1907-28 ptr of Frank Alexander in impl co, Syracuse; org & auctioneer Syracuse Sales Pavilion Co; one of oldest practicing auctioneers in state, holds sales in 6 central states, 8,000 sales in 34 years; past mayor 4 years; dir Otoe Co Fair Assn several years; past chmn Business Mens Assn; Meth Ch, deacon 15 years; Rep; hobbies, travel and reading; res Syracuse.

   HALL, FRANCIS BALDWIN: Grocer; b Barnston, Quebec, Canada Sept 27, 1887; s of George B Hall-Jennie Baldwin; ed Barnston Canada; Stanstead Wes Coll, Coaticook, Quebec 1903-04; m Jeanette Cleveland Apr 20, 1914 Nebraska City; d Hazel Margaret; 1908-10 with Penman's Ltd, Knitting Mills, Coaticook Quebec; 1910-12 with Canadian Bank of Commerce in Coaticook & Beebe Quebec; 1912-21 with Penman's Ltd, Coaticook Quebec & Paris Ontario, 1918-21 mgr plant in London Quebec; 1921-34 with F W Cleveland & Son Dept Store Nebraska City, 1921-31 dept mgr & buyer, 1932-34 off mgr; 1934- owner & opr groc dept; dir Neb Fed Savings & Loan Assn; dir & VP Midland Garment Mfg Co, Nebraska City; Fedn of Neb Retailers; pres C of C 1935; Country Club; AF&AM, Coaticook, Quebec, RAM at Sherbrooke Quebec; St Mary's Episc Ch; Rep; hobby, golf; off 117-9 S 8th; res 914 Ist Ave, Nebraska City.

   HALM, AUGUST WILLIAM: Retired; b Enpter, Hanover, Germany Mar 9, 1847; s of John Henry Halm-Adelhaide Eggerman; ed Germany; att night sch in Ill to learn English; m Mary Engle Zahn Jan 22, 1874 OkawvilIe Ill, (dec); s Henry, John, August D, Louis (dec); d Emma (Mrs D J Doeden), Settie (Mrs Fred Poppe, dec), Alvina (Mrs F W Brehm), Sophia (Mrs W H Schacht); came from Germany to Amer 1866, to Neb 1874; 1874-1915 farmed in Otoe Co; 1915- ret; dir Bank of Syracuse 20 years; past mbr sch bd; Evang Ch, oldest mbr in Syracuse, mbr 50 years; hobby, walking; res Syracuse.

   HAUSCHILD, JOHN PETER: Mayor; b Otoe Co, Neb Oct 11, 1882; s of Henry H HauschiId-Cecelia Wehling; ed Otoe Co; m Anna Marie Bartels Mar 5, 1908 Otoe Co; s Harry Henry; d LaVerna Helen; 1900-06 farmed with brother-in-law in Otoe Co; 1906-20 indep farmer near Syracuse; 1920- ret; mgr sales barn for Syracuse Sales Pavilion Co; 1939- mayor of Syracuse; mbr village bd 10 years; mbr vol fire dept 10 years; Luth Memorial Ch, coun mbr 10 years; Rep; hobby, travel; res Syracuse.

   HEBARD, HARRY DICKENSON: Dentist; b Nebraska City, Neb Nov 6, 1898; s of Charles F Hebard-Mary Olive Thomas; ed Nebraska City HS; Northwestern U, DDS 1919; Psi Omega; m Alberta Skeen June 30, 1926 Omaha; s Thomas William; d Mary Katherine; 1919- dentist, Nebraska City; during World War in med corps US army Fort Crook & Chicago, 6 mos; Amer Leg, post 8; Otoe Co Dental Soc; SE Neb Dist Med Soc; ADA; C of C; BPOE, lecturing knight; AF&AM; Presby Ch; Dem; hobbies, boating, sports, flowers; off 909 1/2 Central Ave; res 1307 1st Ave, Nebraska City.

   HEBARD, LELAND BRADFORD: Dentist; b Nebraska City, Neb Feb 22,1904; s of Charles F Hebard-Mary Olive Thomas; ed Nebraska City HS 1921; U of N, DDS 1927; U of Minn 1928; Xi Psi Phi; m Neoma Ruth Dickson Oct 20, 1938, Wahoo; 1927-28 took care of prac for TA Hamilton, Giltner; 1928 took care of prac for Dr Wells, West Point; 1929-31 dentist for Dr James, Stella; 1931-36 in dental & clinical lab work for Neb State Hosp at Kearney; 1935- prac dentistry, Talmage; 3rd Neb Dist Dental Soc; Otoe Co Dental Soc; Neb St & ADA; C of C; First Presby Ch; Rep; hobbies, fishing, sports; res Talmage.

   HEDGES, HARRY CHARLES: Farmer; b Syracuse, Neb Mar 12, 1864; s of Rochester Hedges-Catherine Asenath Lowe; ed Syracuse HS; 1895-1917 worked in Wyo, Colo, Idaho; 1898-1903 foreman on ranch S of Denver; 1917- with brother on home farm, birthplace of both; Dem; hobby, travel; parents came from O to Neb in 1861 & settled on farm; traveled from Cincinnati to Nebraska City by boat; res Syracuse.

   HEDGES, YANCEY ROCHESTER: Farmer; b Syracuse, Neb May 2, 1875; s of Rochester Hedges-Catherine Asenath Lowe; ed Syracuse HS; lives with brother on farm which is birthplace of both; 1893- opr farm near Syracuse; mbr Otoe Co Fair Assn, 1928; mbr & past pres 20 years, Farmers Elevator; Farm Bur, pres 20 years; Farmers Union; AF&AM; Dem, Pct committeeman; hobbies, trees, soil conservation; parents came from Pickaway Co O to Neb in 1861 & settled on farm, traveled from Cincinnati to Nebraska City by boat; res Syracuse.

   HEINKE, AUGUST: Retired; b Posen Province, Germany Sept 23, 1851; s of William Heinke-Carlina Teske; ed Germany; m Louisa Neubauer Feb 16, 1876 Nebraska City; s George Henry, Rudolph, Edwin, Carl August, Louis (dec); d Lillie (dec); came to US, then to Ill 1866; 1872-91 farmed near Dunbar; 1891-94 farmed in Tex; 1894-1909 oprd meat market, Talmage; 1909- ret, owns & opr small farm; Luth Ch; Rep; res Talmage.

   HILL, DANIEL MONROE: District Manager Public Utilities Co; b Cedar Co, Mo Dec 25, 1875; s of George Washington Hill-Priscilla Anne Pool; ed Otoe Co; m Mildred Jane Willman Dec 28, 1906 Nebraska City; s John M (dec), Daniel Marvin; d Elizabeth Ellen (Mrs Edwin Metz); 1890-99 with Wilson Packing House, Nebraska City; 1893-98 farmed near Nebraska City; 1898-1900 owner & opr Hill-Trimble Livery Stable, Nebraska, City; 1900-04 oprd groc; 1906- with Nebraska City Water, Light & Gas Co, now Central Power Co, supt 1914-35, 1935- dist mgr; mbr bd of edn; Nebraska City electric inspector; past pres vol fire dept; BSA, 4 years chmn Court of Honor, in Cass. Otoe & Nemaha Cos; Rotary, past program chmn & mbr civic com, C of C, 2 years chmn of bd; AF&AM, past master; RAM, past high priest; KT, past comm; R&SM, past master. DeMolay, past chmn advisory coun 10 years; First Presby Ch, trustee 12 years; Dem; hobbies, fishing, hunting, swimming; off Central Power Co; res 1109 3rd Corso, Nebraska. City.

   HILL, DANIEL TREMBLETON: Retired; b Carmel, N Y July 19, 1857, s of Daniel T Hill-Sarah Jane Merritt; ed Amenia, N Y Seminary; N Y Coll of Dentistry, DDS 1877; m Teila H Capron, July 11, 1877 Purdy Station N Y; s Rubie (dec), Claire I


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(dec), Claude (dec); d Pearl (Mrs H Pettinger), Myrtle (Mrs Henry Schafers, dec); 1877-83 dentist in Cornwall N Y; 1883 came to Neb, started horse farm, oprd several years, also raised purebred hogs; 1883-1933 dentist at Syracuse; ptr of son until his death 1926 when grandchildren became ptrs; 1933- ret after exactly 50 years prac; instrumental in starting Otoe Co Fair, 1883 and in bldg 1st kite-shaped race track in state; mayor 4 years; mbr village bd; IOOF, past noble grand 2 times, mbr 30 years; Rep; hobby, horses; res Syracuse.

   HILLIS, WILLIAM ERVIN: Physician; b Advance, Ind Aug 27, 1871; s of James W Hillis-Mary E McDaniel; ed Evansville Ind HS; Lincoln Med Coll, MD 1894; Northwestern U, MD 1903; m Jessie E Hickman July 3, 1894, Lincoln; 1894-1902 prac med at Berlin (now Otoe); 1903- prac med, Syracuse; Business Mens Assn; Neb St & AMA; Meth Ch; Rep; hobbies, baseball, sports; res Syracuse.

   HOMEYER, FRED JOHN: Merchant; b St Louis, Mo Jan 4, 1869; s of Henry Homeyer-Louise Meyer; ed Nebraska City, Nebraska City Coll 1885; m Clara Van Ells Feb 3, 1910, Nebraska City (dec) 1926; 1885-97, asst cash Mchts Natl Bank, Nebraska City; 1897- owner & mgr Homeyer Shoe Store, Nebraska City; probably oldest mcht in continuous management of bus in Otoe Co & one of senior shoe mchts of state; 1922 recd McKelvie Medal as Master Mcht of Neb; owner 40 A orchard near Nebraska City & several farms in Neb, Ia, Okla, the Dakotas; mbr Wyuka Cemetery bd since orgn 1934; C of C, past chmn bd of dirs, past treas IOOF, mbr since 1895, past noble grand; FOE; Rep; hobbies, farming, horticulture; off 817 Central Ave; res 215 N 11th, Nebraska City.

   HOSTETTER, ALLEN HARRISON: Physician & Surgeon; b Ladoga, Ind Sept 16, 1858; s of Sheriman Hostetter-Mary Ann Byrd; ed Valparaiso Ind Normal; Rush Med Coll, Chicago, MD 1886; m Cora Slosson May 15, 1890 Palmyra; d Helen P; Nina P (Mrs L B Brown), Doris (Mrs G B Flagg), Marjorie E (Mrs C B Noyce); past tchr in rural schs, Boone Co Ind; also worked on various farms; 1886-88 prac med at Palmyra; 1888- prac med at Douglas; past mbr Douglas sch bd 16 years; mbr US pension bd of Otoe Co; mbr town bd; village health examiner; AF&AM 237, ch & oldest mbr, past master, recd Jordan medal, 1938; Meth Ch, elder many years; Rep; hobbies, chickens, cribbage; res Douglas.

   HUNTER, MRS BERTHA: Homemaker; b Palmyra, Neb July 27, 1883; d of A H Hall-Nettie Hoyt; ed Otoe Co; m William N Hunter Feb 26, 1900 Nebraska City (dec); s Charles A, William A, Eugene A, H Edward, Wesley E; d Ruth (dec); 1900- homemaker; correspondent for Nebraska City News-Press; Rebekah 182, one of 2 surviving ch mbrs, past dist pres, past dist dep pres; Past Noble Grand Circle; past matron OES; Past Matrons Club; Park Hill LCA; Warner LCA; Meth Ch; Dem, past pct committeewoman; hobby, fancywork; direct descendant of Edward Winslow, colonial gov of Mass; husband was newspaper man, helped estab Syracuse Democrat, later pur from ptr; sold int to become P M, paper consolidated with Syracuse Journal to form Syracuse Journal-Democrat; again editor after leaving P O; husband's people came to Penn in early 1700's with Gen Anthony Wayne's forebears, lineage can be traced to Lairds of Huntersdon, Kildare, Scotland; res Syracuse.

   JANSSEN, HERMAN FREDRICK: Retired; b Wittmund, Germany Feb 8, 1861; s of William Janssen-Meta Mucker; ed Germany; m Mary Bruns Sept 16, 1885 Otoe Co; s William O, John H, Edwin E, Elmer H, Walter F; d Margaret F (Mrs Theodore Roos), Leta M (Mrs Richard Evers); came to US then to Otoe Co, 1876; 1878-81 farmed with brother Bernard in Otoe Co; 1881-1924 farmed indep in Otoe Co; 1924- ret; mbr dist 90 sch bd 18 years; Luth Ch, elder 20 years; Delaware Ch built on Janssen farm; Dem; hobby, farming; res, Syracuse.

   JESSEN, PAUL: Attorney; b Otoe Co, Neb Sept 16, 1866; s of Andrew Jessen-Margaret Jane Martin; ed Nebraska City; Cornell U Law Sch; Washington U, St Louis Mo; m Emma R Schneider Oct 4, 1905 Nebraska City; d Mary Louise, Margaret Jane; prior to 1893 tchr 5 years Nebraska City; 1893 adm to Neb bar, 1893 prac law, Nebraska City; 1894-98 Otoe Co atty; 1898-1900 prac law, Nebraska City; 1900-08 judge 2nd judicial dist of Neb; 1908- prac law, Nebraska City; 1905 apptd by Pres Roosevelt to supreme court of Ariz, did not accept; Neb St Bar Assn, pres 1925, mbr 30 years; during Sp-Amer War, enl 1898 in US army 2nd Neb vol inf; Rep; father born in Denmark, came to Neb territory 1854; mother came to Neb 1854, in 1855 estab first private sch in Otoe Co, one of first in state for instruction of white children; res Nebraska City.

   JOHNSON, KENNETH THEODORE: Dentist; b Nebraska City, Neb Sept 9, 1904; s of M E Johnson-Ruth Davenport; ed Nebraska City HS 1917, U of N, DDS 1927; Xi Psi Phi; 1927-29 prac in Beatrice; 1929- prac in Nebraska City; SE Neb Dist Dental Soc; Neb St & ADA; C of C; Nebraska City Country Club; AF&AM; BPOE; FOE; Episc Ch; hobbies, photography, fishing; off 115 1/2 S 8th; res 717 2nd Ave, Nebraska City.

   JUDKINS, LEONARD HIRAM: Lumber Dealer; b Pacific City, Ia Nov 18, 1877; s of James Judkins-Jennie S Ressequie; ed Otoe Co; m Alice Pearson Sept 27, 1905 Syracuse (dec); s James Elmer; d Addie M (Mrs Floyd Nelson), Leola F (Mrs Garlan Freeman), Eleanor L; m Olive B Patterson Nov 21, 1928 Seward; 1894-1902 after father's death mgr home farm N E of Unadilla; 1902-10 farmed Indep near Unadilla; 1910-22 mgr Farmers Lbr Co, Unadilla; 1922- mgr L H Judkins Co, successor of Farmers Lbr Co; past mbr sch bd dist 38; Neb Lbr Mchts Assn; Natl Retail Lbr Dlrs Assn; AF&AM; Scot Rite; OES; Rep; res Unadilla.

   KASTENS, DIETRICH FREDRICK: Grocer; b Otoe Co. Neb July 2. 1881; s of Dietrich Kastens Sr-Lena Burr; ed Otoe Co; m Sophia M Brinkmann Sept 13, 1904 Syracuse; s Virgil L; 1894-1902 emp on farms in Otoe Co; 1902-11 emp by Geo R Dann in gen merc store, Syracuse; 1911- owner & opr Kastens Groc, Syracuse; Business Mens Assn; Amer Luth Ch, deacon 18 years, supt SS 23 years, has missed less than 23 Sundays in 23 years; hobby, fishing; res Syracuse.

   KASTENS, OSCAR LORENZ: Produce Dealer; b Unadilla, Neb Mar 4, 1907; s of Andrew Kastens-Emma Miesbach; ed Syracuse HS 1925; 1924-29 emp by W G Beezley Transfer & Produce Co, Syracuse; 1929-34 emp by P B Hair Transfer & Produce; 1934-36 in indep produce bus; 1936- ptr of Henry Kramer in produce bus; mbr vol fire dept 12 years, secy of hose co; played baseball for Syracuse 13 years; Business Mens Assn; Luth Ch, mbr Luther League; Dem; hobbies, baseball, sports; res Syracuse.

   KELLY, CHARLES LEWIN: County Treasurer; b Isle of Man, Mar 17, 1872; s of Radcliffe John Kelly-Annie Dawson; ed Isle of Man; m Martha Bowen Sept 28, 1898 Filley; s Herbert D, Richard M, Robert J, Charles L Jr; d Elizabeth; 1888 came from British Isles to Neb, emp in gen store at Filley & Nebraska City 16 years; 1904-20 bkkpr, Morton Gregson Packing Co; 1920-26 secy C of C; 1926-27 examiner of co treas records under auditing dept of state; 1927- Otoe Co treas; Neb Assn of Co Treas, past pres; AF&AM; Royal Highlanders; Meth Ch, bd mbr; Rep; off Courthouse; res 1811 Central Ave, Nebraska City.

   KENDLE, WALTER EARL: Dentist; b Verdon, Neb Aug 29, 1898; s of Albert F Kendle-Elizabeth Deitrich; ed Syracuse HS 1917; U of N, DDS 1923; Delta Sigma Delta; m Goldine Armstrong June 8, 1924 Lincoln; s Donald LeRoy; d Doris Yvonne, Shirley Ruth; 1923- dentist, Syracuse; village band, past mgr, past secy-treas, active dir; mbr vol fire dept 12 years; during World War in US army hdqrs Co 127th heavy field arty, band mbr, O/S 5 mos, 21 mos in service; Amer Leg, past comm; drum & bugle corps, Amer Leg post of Lincoln; org of Jr Amer Leg drum & bugle corps, Syracuse; in BSA work approximately 13 years, asst scout master, also mbr exec coun many years, mbr Arbor Lodge troop; org & supvr Model Aircraft Club, Syracuse; Lions; Business Mens Assn; Neb St & ADA; Congl Ch, past treas; Rep; hobbies, model aircraft, fishing, hunting; res Syracuse.

   KIMMEL, RICHARD PETRING: Fruit Grower; b Nebraska City, Neb Oct 17, 1897; s of Oliver A Kimmel-Cornelia Petring; ed Nebraska City HS 1915, Cornell Coll, Mt Vernon Ia, BA 1919; m Laurine Oetgen June 30, 1927 Nebraska City; 1920-25 clk Otoe Co Natl Bank, Nebraska City; 1925- owner Kimmel Orchard which first consisted of 8 A of fruit trees, now about 65 A apples, cherries & grapes, Nebraska City; during World War in SATC, tsfrd to OTC, Camp Grant, Rockford Ill; C of C; Neb St Horticultural Soc, dir, past pres; Luth Ch, past deacon; Rep; hobby, fruit, work; mother born in Otoe Co, father came from Penn to Neb in early days, settled in Otoe Co; res Nebraska City.



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   KRAMER, GEORGE: Farmer; b Otoe Co. Neb Oct 1, 1877; s of J F Kramer-Mary Rodaway; ed Otoe Co; m Edith Bray Feb 11, 1903 Otoe Co; s Clarence, Ernest, Ebert; d Leona (Mrs A E Wellensick), Lottie May (Mrs Clarence Blumberg), Marguerite (Mrs Harold Hopp); 1893-1901 helped father opr farm; 1901- indep farmer near Syracuse; enlarged farm to 160 A; 27 years bd mbr sch dist 19; Dem; hobby, travel; res Syracuse.

   KRAMER, HENRY JACOB JR: Produce Dealer; b Otoe Co, Neb July 10, 1907; s of Henry J Kramer Sr-Mary Brinkman; ed Syracuse HS 1926; m Alta McDanials Nov 27, 1933 Syracuse; s Robert Gene; 1924-25 emp by A C Stover in garage, Syracuse, 1925-26 emp on paving projects; 1926-29 with W T Beezley Transfer Line; 1929-36 emp in tire shop; 1936- ptr of Oscar Kastens in produce bus; AF&AM; Business Mens Assn;, AF&AM; English Luth Ch; hobbies, outdoor sports, hunting, fishing; off Kastens & Kramer Produce Co; res Syracuse.

   LAMBETH, CHARLES A: Clothier; b Nebraska City, Neb Dec 7, 1877; s of William C Lambeth-Amanda Torbitt; ed Nebraska City; Syracuse HS 1893; m Alice Venters Sept 3, 1909 Syracuse; s William Allison; 1893-1914 with father in clothing store, Syracuse; 1914- opr William C Lambeth & Son Clothing Store, Syracuse; Business Mens Assn; hobby, sports; res Syracuse.

   LATHROP, GEORGE MARTIN: Attorney; b Nebraska City, Neb Nov 29, 1879; s of Jerome Lathrop-Ann Eliza Warren; ed Nebraska City HS 1900; Gem City Bus Coll, Quincy Ill 1906; 1916-23 studied law with Orville C Greene, Clarinda Ia & with William H Pitzer, Nebraska City; m Carrie E Jacobs May 19, 1906 Chickasha Okla (dec 1918); m Hallie Bruce June 1, 1921 Nebraska City; 1900-02 tchr, Otoe Co; 1902-06 farmed near Nebraska City; 1906-15 with furn co in San Francisco; 1916-19 with Union Trust Co, Clarinda Ia; 1919-23 in chg of all clerical & abstract work for William H Pitzer in Nebraska City B & L Assn; bonded abstracter nearly 35 years; 1923 adm to Neb bar; 1923- prac law, Nebraska City; 1923-37 org, secy & trust ofcr, 1937-38 VP, Jan 1939- pres, First Trust Co, Nebraska City; 1928- org, dir & secy Commonwealth Savings & Loan Assn; Otoe Co, 2nd Judicial Dist & Neb St Bar Assns; dir & pres Neb Title Assn; C of C, past dir; Rotary; AF&AM; Presby Ch, elder 15 years, past treas 10 years; Rep; hobby, motion picture photography; father born N Y came from LaPorte Ind to Nebraska City 1859; mother niece of Marcius Willson, author of Harper's Readers; off 716 Central Ave; res 712 2nd Ave, Nebraska City.

   LIVINGSTON, DANIEL WEBSTER: Attorney; b Otoe Co, Neb Feb 13, 1873; s of James Livingston-Eupbemia McLeod; ed Otoe Co; U of N, LLB 1896; m Emma Maria Schafer Nov 7, 1906 Nebraska City; s Dale Wesley; d Lucille L (Mrs D 13 Sutherland); adm to state & fed bars, including US supreme court; 1896-1900 prac law in Talmage; 1900- prac in Nebraska City; 1904-06 city atty; 1907-11 Otoe co, atty; 1907 representative from Otoe Co in state legislature; 1933-34 dist counsel for HOLC, Lincoln; Mar 23-Dec 1934 dist Judge by apptmt of Gov Bryan to fill vacancy; during World War, chmn Otoe Co coun of defense, food & fuel administrator; 1914-30 mbr Nebraska City sch bd, pres 1915-30; two ward schs & Jr HS built during this time; AF&AM; RAM; KT; Sesostris Shrine; BPOE; Dem; hobby, reading; off 902 1/2 Central Ave; res 1120 1st Corso, Nebraska City.

   LORENZ, AUGUST HENRY: Carpenter; b Otoe Co, Neb Oct 21, 1884; s of Peter K Lorenz-Jensena Christensen; ed Otoe Co; m Ida C Gellermann Feb 20, 1908 Syracuse; 1908-12 farmed near Syracuse; 1912-24 owner & opr hdw store; 1924-26 owner gen mdse store, Syracuse; 1926- carp; mbr village bd 1919-23; Luth Ch, bd mbr 22 years; Rep, past committeeman; hobbies, carpentry, baseball; parents came to Neb 1872 & settled in Otoe Co; Mrs Lorenz' family came to Amer in 1880, also settled in Otoe Co; res Syracuse.

   LORENZ, MRS PETER K: Retired; b near Copenhagen, Denmark June 30, 1847; d of Larson Christensen-Metkarine Peters; ed Denmark; m Henry F Ronnau; s Fred H, Edwin H; d Anna R (Mrs ___ Behrends), August H (Mrs ___ Halverson); m Peter K Lorenz Oct 25, 1880 Nebraska City; s John C, George P (dec), A Henry; d Clara C (Mrs Arthur Brammier); came to Neb 1870; Peter K Lorenz came to Neb in 1872 settled in Otoe Co & farmed; Luth Ch, active in all circles; hobbies, flowers, knitting; res Syracuse.

   McKISSICK, ROBERT LEE: Farmer & Auctioneer; b McKittrick, Mo Feb 2, 1899; s of James McKissick-Ida Gruber; ed McKittrick Mo HS 1916; m Pearl Knabe Dec 27, 1925, Nebraska City; d Arlene; 1916-22 teleg opr & station agt MK&T & CB&Q RRs; 1922- farmer & auctioneer, Dunbar; auctioneer for Neb City Sales Pavilion; 1935- loan Inspector PCA, Lincoln; mbr sch bd dist 11 since 1927; first Otoe Co chmn AAA; Rotary; C of C; AF&AM, past master; RAM; Farmers Union; res Dunbar.

   McLEAN, NATHANIEL A S: Railway Agent; b Monticello, Ia Oct 28, 1882; s of Niel McLean-Anna Elizabeth Miller; ed Ulysses; Rising City; Columbus; m Agatha Gertrude Work Aug 14, 1907 Seward; s Neil David; m Mary Josephine Peters June 25, 1938 Marion Ia; 1900- cash & teleg opr for CB&Q RR at Columbus & Seward, 1915-32 agt at Morrill, 1932-36 agt at Sidney, 1936- agt, Nebraska City; also agt short terms in Kas, Colo & Wyo; CB&Q RR Veterans Assn; C of C; BPOE; AF&AM; past grand high priest RAM, Gering; R&SM, Chadron; KT, past comm at Alliance; Neb Veteran Freemasons Assn; Neb Assn Past Comms of KT; Episc Ch; Rep; hobbies, football, sports, trout fishing; off CB&Q RR depot; res 1114 3rd Corso, Nebraska City.

   McNEEL, GRANT: Park Superintendent; b Emory Co, Va Mar 17, 1884; s of D B McNeel-Elizabeth Keywood; ed Lincoln HS; U of N, BSc 1910; m Mary B Grimmett Oct 1911 Tecumseh; s Oliver F, Richard G, John E; d Barbara E, Mary Eleanor, Virginia A; 1910-26 owner & mgr MeNeel Ranch, North Platte; 1926-34 owner & mgr McNeel Hdw Co, North Platte; 1935-37 with USDA, forest service, Ill; 1938 Lincoln Co commr; 1939- supt Arbor Lodge State Park, Nebraska City; Amer Forestry Assn; Kiwanis; Presby Ch; Dem; hobbies, mfg violins & bows; parents came from Va to Dawson Co, father pioneer rancher of Lincoln Co; res Nebraska City.

   McPHERSON, DAVID T: Superintendent of Schools; b Douglas, Neb July 5, 1901; s of John G McPherson-Cora Sabin; ed Douglas; Bethany HS; Cotner Coll, BA; U of N; m Crystal G Walvoord June 11, 1929, Lincoln; s David Douglas; d Carol Ann; 1918-21 farmed; 1921-22 prin Douglas HS; 1923-25 prin Humboldt HS; 1925-26 prin Douglas HS; 1926-37 supt Douglas schs; 1937-38 prin Oakland HS; 1938- supt Syracuse schs; Otoe Co Schoolmens Assn; NSTA; Business Mens Assn; AF&AM, past master; hobby, agricultural activities; res Syracuse.

   McPHERSON, DENVER A: Farmer; b Douglas, Neb Dec 13, 1898; s of John G McPherson-Cora B Sabin; ed Douglas HS; Cotner Acad & Coll, BA; prin & coach Douglas HS 1 1/2 years, supt & coach 2 1/2 years; won 1 county, 1 district, 1 state basketball championship in tournament play; secy Douglas sch bd 12 years, supervised bldg of new, schoolhouse; MWA; AF&AM; Amer Leg; Bethany Chris Ch; hobby, young people; off Syracuse; res Douglas.

   MacVEAN, MARY MARTHA: Physician; b Seward, Neb May 1, 1875; d of Duncan MacVean-Anna Ross; ed Ulysses; David City HS; Fremont Normal; Chicago Women's Med Coll; Rocky Mountain U of Med, MD 1898; Polyclinic, Philadelphia; m Dr. William Edmonds Apr 4, 1904 Chicago; d Mary R (Mrs George Mayer), Edith E (Mrs Merle Hasselbalca); 1898-1901 prac med, Peru; 1901- prac, Nebraska City, holder Rotary pub service comm award in Nebraska City; pub health ofcr since 1914; probation ofcr 25 years; active in ARC & relief work; active in woman's club work; Neb St Hist Soc; C of C; Neb St Med Assn; Amer Med Womens Assn; AMA; Amer Leg aux; Presby Ch; Dem; hobbies, Indian relics, pottery; off 717% Central Ave; res 420 Ist Ave, Nebraska City.

   METZ, WILLIAM WALTER: Retired; b Shamokin, Penn Feb 23, 1864; s of William Metz-Nancy Anne Lytle; ed Penn; studied law 18 mos in off of E F Warren, Nebraska City; m Clara Vennemann Dec 12, 1889 Nebraska City; s William W, Edwin J; 1885 came to Otoe Co; 1882-89 tchr, Fremont Co Ia & Otoe Co; 1889-1926 railway mail clk for MoP & B&M RRs; 1922-27 held int in St Joseph Mo Ice Cream Co; 1913-39 owned half int in Nebraska City Coca-Cola Bottling Co; 1915- ptr in Greene's Ice Cream Factory; 1928- ptr in Falls City Ice Cream Co; owner of S D land; 40 years dir Nebraska City B & L Assn, past VP, 1936- pres Nebraska City Fed Savings & Loan, chmn bd of dirs; mbr bd of edn 10 years; mbr lib bd 20 years, pres 2 years; during World War, 4-min man, holder honorable disch from


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Pres Wilson; mbr bd of instructors for drafted men; oldest son was corp in 134th div, US army; C of C past dir 6 years, past secy 2 years; AF&AM, past master & oldest mbr Western Star lodge, holder Jordan medal; RAM, 1922-23 grand high priest; KT, past comm; Jobs Daughters, past assoc guardian & grand assoc guardian; OES, past patron; BPOE; POE; MWA; sons reside in Nebraska City & Mr Metz has given residences to both; English Luth Ch, SS supt 20 years; Rep; hobby, lodge work; res 814 4th Corso, Nebraska City.

   METZGER, EHRADT CHRISTIAN: Tinner; b Wheeling, W Va Oct 18, 1875; s of John Jacob Metzger-Maria Brinkmann; ed Otoe Co; 1893-96 helper in Syracuse Herald off; 1895-97 emp in Syracuse Corn Cob Pipe Mfg Co; 1897-1902 painter in Syracuse & for CB&Q RR; 1902-20 tinner, & gen worker for H Larson Hdw Store; 1920- owner & opr tin & furnace bus, Syracuse; mbr village bd 14 years, past chmn 3 years; mbr vol fire dept 10 years; pres Syracuse Sales Pavilion Co; past treas Business Men's Assn; English Luth Ch; Dem, deleg to Otoe Co conv; hobby, tinware; res Syracuse.

   MEYER, HENRY FERDENT: Hardware Dealer; b Halle, Westphalia, Germany May 6, 1868; s of Wilhelm Meyer-Marie Rodenbrock; ed Germany; m Mary Thiele Aug 15, 1895 Nebraska City; d Dorotha L; came from Germany to Nebraska City 1887; 1887-91 baker, Webering Bakery, Nebraska City; 1891-93 clk for F W Rodenbrock, Nebraska City; 1893-1909 ptr of G H Meyer in hdw store, Nebraska City; 1909- owner & opr Meyer Hdw, Nebraska City; Great Western Fire Ins Co, past treas 30 years; Nebraska City B & L Assn, past treas & dir 45 years; dir Master White Goods now Midland Garment Co, treas 10 years; Fed Farm Loan Bank, Omaha, pres 6 years; VP Otoe Co Natl Bank, dir 20 years; mbr Neb Retail Hdw Assn 45 years; C of C, past dir; WOW; FOE; Sons of Hermann; German Evang Ch, past treas 30 years; Dem; hobbies, travel, flowers; off 808 Central; res 1019 3rd Corso, Nebraska City.

   MILLER, GEORGE EDWIN: Farmer; b Otoe Co, Neb Apr 23, 1880; s of Hiram Miller-Clara Reber; ed Otoe Co; m Lula Kramer Jan 13, 1904 Otoe Co; s Joy K, Percy L, Floyd A, Howard M; 1901-04 helped father farm in Otoe Co; 1904-11 oprd rented farm, Otoe Co; 1911- owner & opr farm near Unadilla; raised Hampshire hogs 23 years, Shorthorn cattle past 12 years; past mbr sch bd 12 years; Farmers Union; Farmers Mutual Horse Club, pres 10 years; Meth Ch, bd mbr; hobby, Shorthorn cattle; res Unadilla.

   MILLER, JOHN CHRISTOPH: Clerk of District Court; b Berlin, now Otoe, Neb Aug 29, 1882; s of John Miller-Marie Struckmann; ed Otoe Co; Syracuse HS; Wartburg Bus Coll, Waverly Ia; m Margaret B Tait Aug 25, 1909 Syracuse; s John D, James H; d Susan M; 1904-06 coeditor & publisher Berlin News, Berlin; 1906-12 clk Otoe Co court; 1912- Otoe Co clk of dist court; longest continuous service in any similar office in state; VP & dir Nebraska City Fed Savings & Loan Assn; VP & secy Waubonsie Bridge Co, Nebraska City; secy ARC in Otoe Co since World War; secy Otoe Co War Service League; secy Otoe Co Bar Assn; VP Neb St Hist Soc; C of C; Rotary, editor Rotary Weekly Hub, received 1938 Rotary service award; BPOE; FOE, past worthy pres, treas state aerie 11 years; IOOF; Sons of Hermann; Luth Ch; Dem, & past chmn Otoe Co Central Com; hobby, mechanics; father came to US 1869, Otoe Co 1874; off Courthouse; res 1315 1st Ave, Nebraska City.

   MORTON, THOMAS SIMPSON: County Judge; b Nebraska City, Neb Oct 2, 1905; s of Otoe Clay Morton-Irene Simpson; ed Nebraska City HS; U of N, BA 1928, LLB 1929; Phi Delta Phi; Phi Kappa Psi; 1929 adm to Neb bar; 1929-31 prac law, Nebraska City; 1931- Otoe Co judge; mbr Nebraska City Cemetery bd; Otoe Co & Neb St Bar Assns; Neb Assn of Co Judges; C of C, past dir; BPOE; FOE; NNG 1st lt, Co A; Episc Ch; Dem; hobby, golf; off Courthouse; res 823 2nd Ave, Nebraska City.

   MUELLER, JULIUS R: Attorney; b Council Bluffs, Ia July 13, 1901; s of J Mueller-Mary A Wiese; ed Blair HS 1919; Creighton U, LLB 1927; m Velle E Zang June 17, 1927 Lincoln; s Julius Richard; 1924-28 with J H Wiese Contracting Co; 1928- prac law, Syracuse; city atty & clk 8 years; dir First Natl Bank 2 years; dir Martin Luther Home, Sterling; dir Syracuse Sales Pavilion Co 5 years; Neb St Bar Assn; Business Mens Assn, past pres; AF&AM, past master; English Luth Ch; Rep; hobbies, fishing, hunting, travel; res Syracuse.

   NASH, THOMAS JAMES: Retired; b Burwash Sussex, England Aug 24, 1852, s of John Nash-Mary Hilder; Eva Steadman Jan 1, 1876 Otoe Co (dec); s John E, Thomas J, Albert E (dec), Richard R, Howard M (dec), Joy (dec); d Fannie (Mrs Pay Dubose, dec), Clara M (Mrs Harry Cooper), Hyacinth (dec); came with parents from England to Nebraska City 1854; traveled plains by ox team from age of 9 to 17 years; 1870-1914 farmed in Otoe Co; 1914-34 owner & opr groc & butcher shop, Palmyra; 1934- ret; AF&AM; believed to have lived in Otoe Co and Neb longer than any other living man; father dug first well in Nebraska City; res Palmyra.

   NELSON, KARL HERSHEY: Secretary Food Products Co; b Nebraska City, Neb May 19, 1905; s of O N Nelson-Margaret Hershey; ed Nebraska City HS; U of N, BSc 1927; Phi Kappa Psi; Alpha Kappa Psi; m Wealtha Harding June 23, 1934 Nebraska City; d Karen; 1927 with Cotton Concentration Co, Galveston Tex; 1928 with Continental Natl Bank, Chicago; 1929-30 with Equitable Bond & Mortgage Co, Chicago; 1931-32 with Comml Credit Co, Neb; 1932- secy Otoe Food Products Co, Nebraska City; dir Nebraska City Sales Pavilion; dir Nebraska City Natl Bank; C of C, past dir; Country Club; BPOE; Presby Ch; Rep; hobbies, hunting, fishing; father a native of Sweden, came with family to Nebraska City 1864, mother born Otoe Co in 1871; off Otoe Food Plant; res 1815 2nd Ave, Nebraska City.

   NORTON, JOHN WESLEY: Hardware Dealer; b Victoria, Ill June 16, 1867; s of William H Norton-Susan Poole; ed Ill; m Mary Mothersead Mar 31, 1891 Talmage; s Frank W; d Bernice, Geraldine, Lila M (Mrs Floyd Boswell), Hannah (Mrs Allen M Paap); 1879 came from Ill & settled in Otoe Co; 1882 year Talmage was founded carried mail on star route from Talmage to Tecumseh, also emp on Talmage Tribune approximately 8 mos; May 1, 1884- with Becker & Tangeman Hdw Store in Talmage, same location 55 years but different ownership, son Frank now owner; past mbr village bd, clk many years; past mbr sch bd several years, past treas; instrumental in erection of Talmage waterworks installed 1896, oldest of its kind in Otoe Co; MWA; KP, past chancellor comm; Chris Ch; Rep; hobbies, coin collecting, raising chickens; res Talmage.

   OJERS, ROY HENRY: Area Manager, Telephone Co; b DeWitt, Neb Oct 14, 1885; s of Samuel Peter Ojers-Clara Steffen; ed DeWitt; Wilber; Crete HS; m Ellenora Segelke Jan 1920 York; 1906-08 with Crete Tele Co; 1908-12 with Bell Tele Co, Lincoln; 1912-22 lineman & later dist foreman Lincoln Tele Co; 1922-29 mgr Hastings exchange, 1929-35 dist mgr at Nebraska City, 1935- area mgr Otoe Co, recd award for 30 years service; 1938 park commr; during World War 1917-19 enl & served 27 mos, 1 year O/S in San Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne battles & army of occupation, Germany; after training assigned to inf, later tsfrd to 314th field signal corps, 89th div as capt; Amer Leg, past comm at Hastings, past comm at Nebraska City; Indep Pioneer Tele Assn; C of C, past dir; Rotary, twice pres; Rep; hobbies, Nebraska City parks, rose culture; off Telephone Bldg; res 1401 1st Corso, Nebraska City.

   ORME, LLOYD A: Merchant; b Nodaway, Ia Mar 26, 1890; s of Fenton D Orme-Nellie Beardsley McDaniel; ed Nodaway Ia HS; Boyles Bus Coll, Omaha 1908; m Minnie J Burr July 17, 1912 Nebraska City; s Fenton J, Lloyd J, Don N; d Millicent C, Jane E, Patricia J, Shirley A, Margaret Sue; 1910-18 with CB&Q RR train service, Nebraska City; 1918-23 clk in mechanical dept, later purchasing agt & traffic mgr, Morton Gregson Packing Co, 1923- owner & mgr L A Orme Hdw Store, Nebraska City; 6 years mbr bd of ed, mbr supply com; 1938- commr of finance, mbr city coun & bd of health; C of C; AF&AM; RAM, past high priest; KT; FOE; Rep; hobby, fishing; through mother direct descendant of William Beardsley who came from Stratford England & founded Stratford Conn in 1635, also of John Beardsley, justice of US supreme court in 1820's, mbrs of Orme family were ministers in Md as early as 1700; off 110 Central Ave; res 1320 Ist Corso, Nebraska. City.

   OSBORN, CARROL LAFAYETTE: Farmer; b Talmage, Neb Mar 17, 1886; s of Lyman Osborn-Annie Laurie Puffer; ed Talmage HS; m Elsie Catherine Butz Mar 26, 1907 Lincoln; s Merlyn Carl; d Joata A (Mrs E F Bottcher); 1907- farmer



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& stockman; until 1907 farmed with father; 1907- raiser of Polled Shorthorn cattle & market hogs on large scale, owns several terraced farms; VP & dir Farmers, State Bank many years; past chmn town bd 2 terms; 2 terms mbr sch bd; dir Farmers Union 20 years; AF&AM, Brock; OES, Brock; Chris Ch, past elder; Rep; hobby, purebred livestock; father came from Ia to Otoe Co in 1869, mother's family from Wis 1870, located in vicinity of Talmage; maternal grandfather, Clark Puffer owned townsite of Talmage; res Talmage.

   PARKER, SAMUEL BERTON: Life Insurance Agent; b Johnson Co, Neb Jan 29, 1888; s of Samuel B Parker-Charlotte L Edwards; ed Tecumseh HS 1906; U of N 1909-10; Boyles Bus Coll, Omaha; m Dora McQuary May 25, 1912 Tecumseh; s J Fredrick, Rodney B; d Dorothy A, Betty J; 1906-09 asst cash Tecumseh State Bank, 1910-31 cash; 1931-33 in life ins bus; 1933-35 life ins agt in Hastings; 1935- ins agt, Nebraska City; mbr sch bd 8 years; Johnson Co Fair bd, treas 4 years; C of C, dir; Kiwanis; Rotary; Country Club; AF &AM; BPOE; First Presby Ch; hobbies, golf, fishing; off 724 1/2 Central Ave; res 1323 1st Ave, Nebraska City.

   PAYNE, WILLIAM BASKETT: Insurance Agent; b Nebraska City, Neb Sept 1, 1876; s of Robert Payne-Lucy Ellen Baskett; ed Nebraska City HS 1894; m Helen Hawke July 15, 1912 Minneapolis Minn (dec); m Lillian Browne June 8, 1935 Glenwood Ia; 1894-1900 in Chicago freight off CB&Q RR; 1900-01 with Corn Products Co, Waukegan Ill; 1901-05 with Morton & Gregson Packing Co, Nebraska City; 1905-07 emp by Duff Grain Co; 1907-12 ins agt; 1912- with W S Harding Ins Agcy, estab 1857 by N S Harding, first policy in Territory of Neb written by this agcy; in Sp-Amer War approximately 6 mos, with 1st Ill cavalry; C of C; AF&AM; FOE, ch mbr & past trustee; BPOE, ch mbr; Country Club; Bapt Ch; Dem; hobbies, golf, lawn, home, lived in same home 60 years; parents came to Nebraska City 1865; off 800 1/2 Central Ave; res 1102 1st Ave, Nebraska City.

   PEARSON, CALVIN HERBERT: Mortician; b Otoe Co, Neb Feb 2, 1913; s of Herbert O Pearson-Anna Marie Benecke; ed Syracuse HS 1930; Williams Inst of Mortuary Science, Kansas City Kas 1934-35; m Mamie Lea Maynard Dec 25, 1934 Rockport Mo; s John Phillip; d Kay Marilyn; 1930-32 bkkpr, Bank of Syracuse; 1932-34 appr Sutherland Funeral Home, Otoe; 1935-36 with E F Tonsing Funeral Home & Furn Store. Syracuse; vol fire dept, secy 1 term; C of C, pres & past secy 2 years; Meth Ch; Rep; hobby, sports; grandparents came to Neb 1870, settled in Otoe Co; res Talmage.

   PETERSON, HAROLD WILLIAM: Funeral Director; b Sutton, Neb Feb 19, 1906; s of Gustaf W Peterson-Ida Jane Mitchell; ed Lincoln HS 1924; U of N 1925-26; Sigma Phi Epsilon; m Louella Burton May 28, 1927 Lincoln; s John B, George B; 1926-27 asst in Wadlow Mortuary, Lincoln; 1927- opr Karsten & Patterson Furn & Mortuary Co, Nebraska City; C of C; Country Club; FOE; BPOE; Presby Ch; Rep; hobbies, hunting, fishing off 900 Central Ave; res 2220 2nd Ave, Nebraska City.

   PETERSON, LLOYD EDWARD: Attorney; b Farnam, Neb May 7, 1894; s of William Peterson-Emma Sodacott; ed Gothenburg HS; U of N; m Erma L Newbold Dec 18, 1918 Omaha; d Betty Jean, June, Shirley Ann; during World War, sgt 54th training batt, field arty Camp Zachary Taylor Ky, commd 2nd lt field arty ORC 6 years following war; 1919-23 prin Nebraska City HS; July 1926 adm to Neb bar; 1926-31 prac with William H Pitzer & V E Tyler Law Firm, Nebraska City; 1931-35 with V E Tyler in prac; 1935- prac indep; adm to prac before ICC, Washington D C 1936; pres sch bd since 1930 & mbr lib bd 10 years; Otoe Co Bar Assn, pres; Neb St Bar Assn; FOE; C of C, past dir; Amer Leg, past post comm, past vice-comm dept of Neb & holder of 20 year membership card; UCT, jr councilor; BPOE, past dist dep grand exalted ruler, past exalted ruler; AF&AM; Rep, past secy Otoe Co Central Com; hobbies, motion picture photography, raising peonies; off 805 Central Ave; res Park Road Acres, Nebraska City.

   PETTINGER, NEIL SYLVESTER: Dentist; b Syracuse, Neb Aug 16, 1907; s of Nicklas Pettinger-Pearl Hill; ed Syracuse HS 1927; U of N, DDS 1932; Delta Sigma Delta; m Irene Bechtold Feb 28, 1937 Syracuse; 1932-36 prac with Dr Hill, Syracuse; 1936- with brother John Leon in prac; Neb St & ADA; Business Mens Assn; hobby, fishing; res Syracuse.

   PFANN, JOHN: Contractor; b Level Austria-Hungary Oct 4, 1880; s of John Pfann-Susanna Fanzler; ed Nebraska City; m Lulu E Cornwell July 29, 1903 Nebraska City; d Corretta, Louise (Mrs Don F Tanner); 1897-98 carp with father; 1898-1903 indep carp; 1903-19 with James Welch, contr in Nebraska City; 1919- indep contr; it is believed that Mr Pfann has built more bldgs in Nebraska City than any other man; mbr city coun 10 years; mayor, while in off pur Riverside Park for city; dir Nebraska City B & L Assn; C of C; AF&AM; York Rite; Sesostris Shrine; past high priest RAM; comm KT; FOE, past worthy pres; BPOE, past exalted ruler & trustee; AOUW; Episc Ch, vestryman; Dem; hobby, work; off & res 720 4th Ave, Nebraska City.

   PILE, DENNIS RICHARD: Store Manager; b Shelbyville, Ind Jan 31, 1904; s of Albert Pile-Maggie LeMar; ed Shelbyville Ind HS; Ind U, Bloomington Ind, BSc 1926; Delta Sigma PI; m Helen Mosher Aug 20, 1928 Auburn N Y; s Glenn Richard; d Donna Sue; 1926-28 asst mgr S S Kresge Co, Buffalo & Auburn N Y; 1928- with Montgomery Ward Co, 1928-29 Saginaw Mich & Danville & Freeport Ill, 1929-33 mgr Iowa City store, 1933-34 mgr Washington Ia, 1934-37 mgr Perry Ia, 1937- mgr Nebraska City; Otoe Co chmn Apple Harvest Festival 1938-39; C of C; secy Jr C of C; Rotary; Country Club; AF&AM; Presby Ch; Rep; hobbies, golf, motion pictures; off 621 Central Ave; res 814 3rd Ave, Nebraska City.

   PITZER, MARSHALL: Attorney; b Nebraska City, Neb Apr 15, 1909; s of William H Pitzer-Fern Miller; ed Nebraska City HS; U of N, BA 1930 LLB cum laude, 1932; Phi Kappa Psi; Order of Coif; m Frances Tait Oct 30, 1932 Omaha; d Nancy, Patricia; adm to Neb bar 1932; with William H Pitzer in prac since 1982; secy Nebraska City Fed Savings & Loan Assn; NNG, commd 2nd lt; C of C; Country Club; BPOE; Presby Ch; Rep; off 115 S 8th; res 600 N 10th, Nebraska City.

   PITZER, WILLIAM HENRY: Attorney; b Tekamah, Neb Feb 3, 1869; s of Rev Fletcher Bradley Pitzer-Mary Stringfield; ed Neb; Kas; Ia; m Fern Miller Nov 4, 1904 Mills Co Ia; s Marshall; d Margaret Lawrence; 1889-98 tchr in Ia schs; 1898 came to Neb; res of Nebraska City since Dec 1899; adm to bar in Ia & Neb Oct 1899; adm to bar of US dist court, circuit court of appeals & US supreme court; 1901- mgr Nebraska City B & L Assn; pres & mgr Nebraska City Fed Savings & Loan Assn; 1912 pres Otoe Co Natl Bank; pres Farmers Elevator Co since 1914; dairy, grain & livestock farmer; son, Marshall assoc in law prac since 1932; during World War chmn Otoe Co War Service League; Otoe Co & Neb St Bar Assns; C of C; BPOE, life mbr; Rep; hobbies, farming, raising livestock; off 115 S 8th; res 519 N 10th, Nebraska City.

   PORTER, DANIEL ORVILLE: Mortician; b Heartwell, Neb Nov 3, 1889; s of William C Porter-Mary A Turpin; ed Heartwell, Hastings Bus Coll; Worsham Sch of Embalming, Chicago; m Nelle Mona Radford Jan 25, 1920 Minden; s Dale O, John W; d Helen Jean; 1908-10 oprd Heartwell Elevator; 1910-14 farmed in Kearney Co; 1914-16 RFD carrier, Norman; 1910-20 ptr of brothers, William & Charles in Porter Brothers Gen Mdse Store, Heartwell; 1920-21 homesteaded in Wyo; 1922-23 appr in Volland Funeral Home, Hastings; 1923- owner & opr funeral home, Nebraska City; during World War in service 16 mos with 6th air squadron, Memphis Tenn; Amer Leg; Neb & Natl Funeral Dirs Assns; C of C; past noble grand, IOOF; AF&AM; OES, past assoc patron; Rebekah; Meth Ch, bd mbr; Rep; hobbies, gardening, beautifying home; res 1109 1st Corso, Nebraska City.

   PORTER, GROVE MURRAY: Orchard Manager; b Cheyenne, Wyo Dec , 1893; s of Grove A Porter-Katherine B Murray; ed Cheyenne Wyo; Nebraska City HS; U of N, BSc 1917; Phi Kappa Psi; m Mary Hughey Oct, 1918 Richmond Va; s Joy Morton; d Katherine Jane; 1920- VP & gen mgr Joy Morton Orchards at Nebraska City; representative & exec for all Morton family interests in Neb; during World War 1917-19, 1st lt inf 89th div, Camp Funston & Camp Lee Va; Amer Leg; Neb St Horticultural Soc; C of C, past dir; past mbr Rotary; BPOE; Rep; hobby, saddle horses; off Joy Morton Orchards; res 23rd & Park Ave, Nebraska City.

   PRATT, EUGENE A: Bank Cashier; b Syracuse, Neb Nov 30, 1891; s of Marshal Pratt-Evaline Wilson; ed Syracuse HS 1910; m Bessie Stover June 19, 1918 Plattsmouth; d Arva Jane, Jean Marie, Margaret Anne;


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1910-17 ptr of Herman Horstman in concrete contracting bus, Syracuse; 1917-18 bkkpr First Natl Bank, 1919- bkkpr, asst cash, cash; 1928- ptr in Pratt & Andrews Ins Agcy; village treas 7 years; during World War in US army, evacuation ambulance co, O/S 6 1/2 mos, in service 12 1/2 mos; Amer Leg, past treas; Business Mens Assn; Meth Ch; Rep; hobbies, reading, sports; off First National Bank; res Syracuse.

   REED, WAYNE OTIS: County Superintendent; b Douglas, Neb July 2, 1911; s of Len Reed-Leola Rogge; ed Douglas HS 1929; PSTC, BA 1935; Kappa Delta PI; PI Gamma Nu; Alpha Erudito Scholarship Club; m Irene Fugerson Sept 28, 1931 Rockport, Mo; 1930-33 sch tchr, Otoe Co; 1935-36 prin Palmyra HS; 1936-38 supt Palmyra schs; 1938- supt Otoe Co, schs; secy-treas, past pres; Otoe Co Schoolmens Assn; Neb St Assn of Co Supts, dist 1; Graduate Club, U of N; C of C; FOE, chaplain; Meth Ch; hobbies, target prac, reading, movies; off Courthouse; res 714 2nd Corso, Nebraska City.

   REESE, FINIS CARL: Dentist; b Wilbur, W Va July 28, 1896; s of Emanuel Lee Reese-Florence Morris; ed North HS, Des Moines Ia 1915; U of Ia, DDS 1919; m Nellie Zeone Clyde Apr 4, 1920 Omaha; s Ward Carl; d Maurine Elyzebathe, Marylin Gene; 1919-27 dentist; Talmage; 1927- dentist, Nebraska City; mbr sch bd; during World War 8 mos in dental unit, Camp Dodge Ia; SE Neb Dist Dental Soc; Neb St & ADA; C of C, past dir; Rotary; Country Club; Lions, ch mbr; BPOE; Presby Ch; Rep; hobby, golf; off 1000 1/2 Central; res 2016 1st Ave, Nebraska City.

   REUTER, FERDINAND AUGUST: Retired; b Wetteborn Hanover, Germany Oct 29, 1869; s of William Reuter-Minnie Thurman; ed Germany; 3 winter courses in English, Platteville Wis; m Margaret Carl June 2, 1886 Platteville Wis (dec); s Ferdinand H, Carl W, Lester A; d Nora, Ruth (Mrs Gus Bock), Edith, Rosina, (Mrs Albert Albers); came to Amer 1873, settled in Wis; came to Syracuse 1884, with father founded Reuter Shoe Store; 1915- real est agt; represented Otoe Co in Neb St legislature 1913- 15 & 1933-35 & also special session 1935; many of his bills, among them the electrocution bill, became laws; Feb 1931 elec to life membership in Neb St Hist Soc in recognition of social and economic achievements; past mbr city coun 5 terms; gen supt Otoe Co Fair 2 terms; First Luth Ch, elder several years; Dem, mbr Otoe Co & Neb St Central Coms & att many congl & state convs, del to conv in Lincoln 1890, & was instrumental in nomination of W J Bryan, 1900 was invited to come to Lincoln as mbr of reception com to receive & escort to Bryan home the dels who stopped over enroute to natl conv in Denver; res Syracuse.

   REUTER, FERDINAND HENRY: Postmaster; b Syracuse, Neb Nov 8, 1889; s of Ferdinand A Reuter-Margaret Carl; ed Syracuse HS 1907; m Clara M Roose Sept 20, 1920 Storm Lake Ia; s Ferdinand G; d Muriel Lois; 1907-17 worked for father in Reuter Shoe Store, Syracuse; 1920-22 ptr of brother in shoe store; 1922-34 opr shoe store; 1934- P M; mbr village bd 2 years; mbr vol fire dept 15 years; Amer Leg BSA work in Syracuse, past chmn; during World War in Co B 5th Neb vol inf, 34th div 134th inf Camp Cody N M; O/S 11 mos with 247th MPc at Marseilles France, 26 mos in service; Amer Leg, ch mbr & past comm; Neb ch, Natl Assn of PMs; Business Mens Assn; Otoe Co Agrl Assn; AF&AM, past master; Scot Rite; Sesostris Shrine; Luth Ch; Dem; hobby, fishing; res Syracuse.

   RISK, HARVEY A: Contractor; b Wahoo, Neb Sept 19, 1894; s of Albert Risk-Thoe Hansen; ed Wahoo HS; m Norma Ruth Staudinger Jan 22, 1920 Wahoo; s Curtis Lee; d Elizabeth Jean; 1913-15 construction supt, Wilson Reinforced Concrete Co. Wahoo & Nebraska City; 1916 in charge of construction of 6 concrete arch bridges, first concrete girder bridge in Neb still in use near Nebraska City; 1916-19 an org & dir Central Bridge & Construction Co, Wahoo & Nebraska City; 1920- pres, owner & mgr H A Risk Pipe & Construction Co, Nebraska City; promoter Mo river navigation, owner rive, front property; 1933- dir Waubonsie Bridge Co, Nebraska City; 1939 mbr & org Otoe Co re-employment com; 1933- pres Nebraska City Memorial Bldg Assn, dir 1931-33; 1936 chmn Nebraska City Arboretum com; vice-chmn Nebraska City planning commission since 1938; past dir & pres Otoe Co soldiers & sailors relief commission; chmn Neb Safety Coun, SE dist; Otoe Co relief com, chmn; during World War, 1917-19 sgt maj motor batt, hdqrs detachment, 314th ammunition train, 89th div; O/S 1 year in Argonne & St Mihiel battles; comm Amer Leg, 1933, co comm 1934; VFW; Neb ch Assn Gen Contrs of Amer, dir; Neb Concrete Pipe Assn, dir; C of C; BPOE; AF&AM; RAM; R&SM; KT; York Rite; C of C; hobby, travel; off 9031/2 Central; res 1601 1st Ave, Nebraska City.

   RITTER, WILLIAM J: Hardware Dealer; b Davenport, Ia Jan 29, 1868; s of Josiah Ritter-Sophie C Strangmann; ed Otoe Co; Talmage Acad; Omaha Bus Coll; m Ida E Misegadis May 25, 1893 Otoe Co; s Arnold J, Herbert M J; d Edna S W (Mrs Edward Flake), Laura E (Mrs Andrew Gabrial), Rosalind T M (Mrs Irvin Vosseler); 1889-93 farmed in Otoe CO; 1893-1903 ptr of Leman Horrum. in hdw bus, Talmage; 1903- owner & opr Ritter Hdw; mbr village bd 3 terms; past treas sch bd; mbr vol fire dept; C of C; Trinity Luth Ch, ch mbr, past treas, elder; hobbies, travel, flowers, gardening; res Talmage.

   ROACH, RALPH CELESTINE: Druggist; b Otoe Co, Neb July 2, 1901; s of John F Roach-Ellen Murphy; ed Palmyra HS; Creighton U, BSc 1924; Kappa Psi; m Barbara McGinley Nov 18, 1937 Nebraska City; s Michael Ralph; 1924 with Roy Doherty Drug Store, Rapid City S D; 1925-27 with Jack Melvin Drug Store, Dallas S D, 1927-28 ptr of G D Watkins in Watkins-Roach Drug Store, St Joseph MO; 1928-33 emp by Dr C P Charlton as druggist, Palmyra; 1933- owner & opr Palmyra Drug Co; mbr village bd, finance man; mbr North Palmyra pct accounting bd; Neb & Amer Pharm Assns; secy Palmyra Old Settlers Picnic; Cath Ch; Dem, past mbr State Central Com; hobby, fishing; res Palmyra.

   ROOS, MRS DOROTHEA: Homemaker; b Wurttemberg, Germany Nov 4, 1848; d of Fredrick Pader-Margeline Gugil; ed Germany; m George Roos of Wurttemberg Germany Apr 15, 1870 (dec 1912); s George, Fred, Ammela, Otto, Albert, Theodore; d Mary (Mrs Daniel Keane, dec), Emma (Mrs Will Damme); Minnie (Mrs Will Rosa); 1870 came from Germany to Otoe Co, res Nebraska City 7 years, later farm homemaker near Dunbar until moving to Talmage 1917; oldest Talmage resident; Evang Ch; hobbies, flowers, gardening; res Talmage.

   ROTTGER, CHRIST HENRY: Merchant; b New Bremen, O Feb 5, 1862; s of Christ Rottger-Annie Heinfeld; ed New Bremen O; m Clara Finke May 16, 1889 New Bremen O; s Alvin Henry; d Bernice (Mrs Otis Irland); 1880-83 learned shoemakers trade & oprd shop New Bremen O; 1883-92 worked for John Garmhousen in gen mdse store near New Bremen O; 1892-96 ptr in Knabe & Co, store, Berlin1; 1896-1906 ptr in Fred Hillman & Co, store; 1906- owner & opr gen store, 1922- store known as C H Rottger & Son, Otoe; past mbr village bd; Luth Ch, treas 6 years; hobby, traveling; res Otoe.

   1Berlin now Otoe.

   RYDER, CARL EUGENE: County Sheriff; b Dunbar, Neb June 9, 1881; s of William Ryder-Eliza Ann Hinkston; ed Otoe Co; m Anna Mollner Feb 9, 1903 Omaha; s Theodore, Jack; d Margrete (Mrs Adam K Johnson), Eloise, Betty Ann (Mrs Harold Christianson), Janice; 1899-1904 worked on farms in Otoe Co; 1904-22 farmed in Otoe Co; 1922- Otoe Co sheriff; chmn bd of health 15 years; Neb Sheriffs & Peace Ofcrs Assn; C of C; Meth Ch; Rep; hobbies, sports, good stock; off Courthouse; res Nebraska City.

   SCHMAUS, MRS ELLEN WARE: Clubwoman & Teacher; b Nebraska City, Neb; d of Jasper Anderson Ware-Ellen Hall Kinney; ed Nebraska City HS; U of N; m Martin Schmaus July 1, 1916 Nebraska City; tchr Lincoln & Nebraska City schs many years; past prin Second Ave, also Sixth St Schs, Nebraska City; lifelong resident Wildwood, Ware family home, Nebraska City; past regent Nebraska City ch DAR; granddaughter of John Fitch Kinney, pioneer banker, who came to Nebraska City 1857, withstood attempted raid on bank by Otoe Indians, instrumental in changing freight route to bring wagons through Nebraska City during Civil War; instituted idea of packing houses in Neb; mbr of congress during Lincoln's administration, very close to President & noted as extemporaneous orator; before coming to Neb prac law in Ia; 1848 apptd mbr Ia Supreme Court, 1854 chief justice of Utah territory from which he was sent to Congress; Episc Ch; conservative Dem; res Wildwood, Nebraska City.


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