NEGenWeb Project - Harlan County
Who's Who in Nebraska, 1940
ladies aid soc; Rep; hobbies, turkey raising, rock gardens; res Republican City.
HASKINS, MAXCY HARRIS: Farmer & Stockman; b Shelbyville, Mo Jan 21, 1867; s of Charles Alexander Haskins-Naomi Turner; ed Shelbyville Mo; U of Mo; m Anna Kate Garrison Jan 25, 1888 Shelbyville Mo; s Russell Newton, Raymond Lee; d Mildred (Mrs Wayne Odale), Naomi (Mrs G L Ogden), Hazel (dec), Ruth Marie (Mrs I H Froseth); 1892-1924 farmed, raised comml livestock Harlan Co; 1924- ptr of son in purebred Shorthorn bus; past mbr rural sch dist 36; mbr & past dir Farmers Equity Union; pres Comml State Bank, Republican City; past dir Harlan Co Farm Bur; AF&AM 98; Meth Ch; Rep; res Republican City.
HASKINS, RAYMOND LEE: Farmer & Stockman; b Harlan Co, Neb Aug 3, 1898; s of Maxey Harris Haskins-Anna Kate Garrison: ed Republican City HS 1916; m Alice Hawley Dec 19, 1926 Whittier Cal; 1916-17 emp by Comml State Bank, Republican City; 1917-18 & 1924- ptr of father in farming & raising Shorthorn cattle; 1919 began raising purebred Shorthorn cattle; 1920-24 ptr of G L Ogden in raising Shorthorns; past twp clk; during World War ent US army Sept 1918, stationed Lincoln, Neb Wes SATC, disch Dec 1918; Amer Leg post 118; dir Neb Shorthorn Breeders Assn; AF&AM 98; Meth Ch; Rep; hobbies, study of irrigation, raising Shorthorns; res Republican City.
HOFMEYER, FRANZ: Oil Dealer; b Republican City, Neb Aug 1, 1887; s of Antone Hofmeyer-Katherine Haussermann; ed Harlan Co; U of N, BA 1909; m Hilda Ott: Mar 23, 1911 Republican City; s Earl Everett; d Norma Lucille; 1909-20 farmed in Harlan & Franklin Cos; 1920-27 emp by Everson & Thompson Oil Co, Alma; 1927 pur Mr Everson's int & estab Alma Oil Co, 1927-35 mgr; 1935 leased Alma Oil Co to Thompson & Leuking; 1935- mgr Farmers & Merchants Oil Co, Franklin also Cowles Oil Co, Cowles; 1934-38 Harlan Co surveyor; 1939- pres Valley Oil Co, Alma; owns 1240 A farm land in Harlan Co; 1936- mbr city coun; Neb Indep Oil Dlrs Assn; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Alma.
HUNTER, DAVID: Farmer & Stockman; b Marshall Co, Ill Oct 15, 1875; s of Thomas Sterling Hunter-Mary Aitchison; ed Phillips Co Kas: in Etta Jane Meracle Dec 22, 1898 Harlan Co; s Delvin, Naaman, Andrew, Howard; d Lily, Grace, Sarah; 1890 came with parents to Harlan Co where father farmed; 1897- owner & opr 1 section of land, raises purebred Poland China hogs & purebred Hereford cattle; past mbr sch bd 18 years; past dir Farmers Co-op Elevator; Chris Ch; Rep; hobby, livestock; father came from Marshall Co Ill to Page Co Ia in 1876; came to Phillips Co Kas in 1883 and to Harlan Co in 1890; res Republican City.
HUSTON, JEREMIAH JOSEPH: Farmer, Stockman & Implement Dealer; b Ragan, Neb Sept 26, 1885; s of David Miller Huston-Fannie Charlotte Herndon; ed Ragan HS 1901; m Amelia Victoria Johnson Dec 16, 1908 Holdrege; s Charles David, Merle Francis; after finishing HS farmed with father until 1906; 1904 ptr of father in farming, threshing & shelling, later pur fathers int; 1906- indep farmer, Harlan CO; 1909- owner & opr power road equipment, does grading work in Harlan, Franklin, Kearney & Phelps Cos, son Charles ptr since 1939; 1918- impl dlr, Holdrege, son ptr since 1939; prac diversified farming, raises comml hogs, cattle, turkeys & chickens; past mbr sch bd 10 years; AF&AM 226; Bapt Ch; Rep; hobbies, travel, reading; res Ragan.
JENSEN, THORVALD CHRISTIEN: Auctioneer; b Minden, Neb May 22, 1893; s of Jens Christien (sic) Jensen-Katherine Christensen; ed Kearney Co; U of N Sch of Agr; Dana Coll; KSTC; m Clara Gertrude Warp June 1, 1916 Minden; s Vearl LeRoy; Stanley Eugene, Omar Burdell, Donald Dean, Ronald Dale; d Elaine Pearl; 1910-16 farmer & auctioneer, usually at farm sales: 1916-34 auctioneer, Holdrege: 1934- auctioneer, owner sales barn, Alma, first held sales at Alma auditorium; C of C; AF&AM 116; Meth Ch; Rep; hobbies, hunting, fishing: father came from Denmark in 1878, farmed in Kearney Co 37 years; res Alma,
KEESTER, MRS NORA DEANS: Homemaker; b Clarks Hill, Ind May 1, 1871; d of Dr George Deans-Barbara Anna Stoddard; ed Alma HS 1888, only living one of first 3 graduates; m Riley Lytton Keester Dec 24, 1890 Alma; foster s Carl Johnson; foster d Opal Johnson (Mrs E E McKee), Mildred Johnson (Mrs T M Anderson, dec July 18, 1936); reared & ed Ada Fimple (Mrs Edwin Keith); 1888-91 tchr in primary dept, Alma schs; 1890- homemaker; mbr pub lib bd several years; past mbr sch bd; patriotic instr WRC 2 years; during World War chmn Liberty Loan drives & womens coun of defense; ch mbr Womans Club org 1896; Federated Womans Club; PEO; OES; Chris Ch, choir mbr, SS tchr 40 years, ch mbr missionary soc org 1894, Priscilla Soc; Rep; hobbies, SS work, flowers; res Alma.
KEESTER, RILEY LYTTON: Attorney & Farmer; b Peakesville, Mo Sept 3, 1863; s of William Keester-Julia Dixon; ed Peaksville Mo; Mo St Normal, Kirksville 1881-84; Pierces Comml Sch, Keokuk Ia; studied law 2 years in off of Judge Sullivan, Plattsmouth; m Nora M Deans Dec 24, 1890; foster s Carl Johnson; foster d Opal Johnson (Mrs E E McKee), Mildred Johnson (Mrs T M Anderson, dec July 18, 1936); reared & ed Ada Fimple (Mrs Edwin Keith); 1888 adm to Neb bar, prac law with William Morning & with various law firms until 1926, Alma; 1931- indep prac of law Alma, also mgr farm ints; during World War, chmn of Harlan Co coun of defense, also chmn Harlan Co ARC; 1885 with others founded Bird City Kas, was Bird City's first sch tchr; pres & gen mgr Farmers & Mchts Tele Co of Alma, from orgn until sold to Lincoln Tele Co 1927; also owned Wilsonville & Bloomington Tele Cos & stock in Farmers & Mchts Tele Co; Neb St Bar Assn; C of C; AF&AM 116; MWA 1775; Chris Ch, elder; Rep; hobby, woodcraft; res Alma.
KELLEY, JOHN THOMAS: Merchant; b Friend, Neb March 28, 1881; s of Thomas H Kelley-Mary Gephart; ed Friend HS; m Mary Ellen Serr Oct 11, 1916 Clay Center; s Donald John, Howard Thomas, Robert James, Kenneth Clifford; d Virginia Etta: after leaving sch emp by grocs in Friend; 1906-09 worked for ICS, Cripple Creek Colo & Knight Campbell Music Co, Colo Springs; sold real est, Denver; 1910-20 agt at Friend for Amer Old Line Ins Co of Lincoln, 1917-20 agt at Holdrege; 1920-23 in real est bus, handled western Kas properties; 1923- owner & opr store at Ragan, since 1930 handles only grocs & meats; assisted in store by 2 sons; clk village bd; Dem; hobby, reading; res Ragan.
LANE, ROSS TAYLOR: County Clerk; b Kensington, Kas Feb 9, 1890; s of Alva Ernest Lane-Ada Elvira Parsons; ed Franklin Acad; m Mae Emily Davis Dec 24, 1913 Belleville Kas; s Lawrence Dean; d Arlene Joy (Mrs Preston Sealy), Iris Neva, Norma Jean; 1908-10 tchr, Harlan Co schs; 1910-20 farmer Harlan Co; 1920-25 in hdw bus, Riverton; 1925-27 emp by Ford Auto Agcy, Holdrege; 1927-32 with L I Flathers owner & opr Chevrolet Agcy, Holdrege; 1928- with L I Flathers owner & opr Chevrolet Agcy, Alma; 1939- Harlan Co clk; past mayor, Riverton; Neb Assn of Co Commrs, Co Clks, Co Registers of Deeds & Co Highway Commrs; C of C; Meth Ch; Rep; hobby, poultry; res Alma.
LANTZ, JAMES FRANKLIN: Publisher; b Kingwood, W Va Feb 10, 1867; s of Elias Lantz-Martha Jane Kepner; ed W Va; Normal Sch, Kingwood W Va; m May Trehearne 1898, Bloomington; s Cline E; m Florence Shear May 27, 1905 Bloomington; s Virgil Kepner, James Franklin, Richard William; d Virginia (Mrs John Booher), Janet (Mrs James O'Neill), Marian (Mrs Keith May), Marjorie; 1886 came to Neb, worked for Republican Valley Echo, Franklin; 1887 took preemption & later pur & oprd paper at Seibert Colo; 1890-96 emp by Bloomington Argus; 1896-1921 owner & publisher Hildreth Telescope; 19 years P M at Hildreth, apptd by pres McKinley & served through both of Pres Wilson's administrations; 1922- owner & publisher Republican City Ranger; past mbr sch bd; past mbr village bd, town clk; NPA; Comml Club; AF&AM 98; Rep; hobby, reading western stories; res Republican City.
LIDEEN, AXEL HENNING: County Treasurer; b Orleans, Neb Sept 10, 1883; s of Eric D Lideen-Edla Kylander; ed Orleans; m Anna Arnell July 17, 1917 Orleans; d Alice Marie, Anna Jean; after leaving sch worked with father on farm, Harlan Co; 1904-09 carp; 1909-10 with mother & brothers in hdw bus, Orleans; 1910 traveling representative in Western Neb for Sharpies Cream Separator Co; 1910-13 emp by Internatl Harvester Co & worked in hdw store, Orleans; 1913-17 traveling representative for Standard Oil Co of Neb, Orleans; 1917-29 with ptr Albert J Olson owner & opr Olson & Lideen Gen Mdse Store, Orleans; 1930 sold int to ptr; 1931- Harlan Co treas; past mbr city coun; Neb Assn of Co Treas;
C of C; Alma Golf Assn; AF&AM 60, past master; Presby Ch; Dem; hobbies, duck hunting & golf; res Orleans.
LUTJEHARMS, JOHN: Farmer & Stockman; b Oldenburg, Germany Nov 9, 1874; s of Henry G Lutjeharms-Anna Katherine Goedeken; ed Harlan Co; m Emma Metzger Oct 28, 1903 Harlan Co; s Earl Nicholas, Carl Elton, Glenn William; d Loretta Anna (Mrs Roy Brugh); 1883 came with mother to Amer, after short stay with her father in Platte Co, came to Harlan Co where mother pur homestead right; 1903- farmer HarIan CO, raises purebred Hereford cattle & Poland China hogs; owner 1700 A of land in Neb & Kas, opr 1000 A; mbr Mullally twp bd; dir Farmers Exchange, Republican City; German Luth Ch; Dem; hobby, livestock; res Republican City.
McCOY, HARRY HUSTON: Publisher; b Marshall Co, Ill Sept 2, 1878; s of James Luther McCoy-Elizabeth White; ed Tecumseh HS 1896; m Maude Ethel Willey Feb 16, 1904 Alma; s Ford Huston; d Ardis LaVerne, Mary Ellen (Mrs John Sake), Maxine Elizabeth (Mrs Phillip Everson); 1897-1900 emp by brother, publisher of Sterling Record & Syracuse Herald; 1900-06 emp by Lincoln State Journal, Neb Indep, Western Newspaper Union & other firms in Lincoln; 1906-09 publisher The Orleans Chronicle successor to Orleans Courier; 1909-19 publisher newspapers at Stamford, Dawson, Cedar Bluffs, Randolph & Chester; 1919- owner & Publisher Orleans Chronicle, NPA; C of C; Dem, hobby, reading; res Orleans.
McGEACHIN, JAMES ADAMS: Merchant; b Orleans, Neb Jan 17, 1883; s of James McGeachin-Janet Lorimer; ed Orleans HS 1900; U of N BA 1907; capt ROTC; Phi Gamma Delta; m Margaret Neville Rogers Nov 26, 1927 Ragan; s James Rogers; d Margaret Janet; 1907-13 ptr of father in gen mdse bus; James McGeachin & Son, Orleans; 1913-32 with father est owner gen mdse bus, 1932- owner & opr; owner & opr 1600 A land, Harlan Co, 640 A in Decatur CO Kas, 320 A in eastern Colo; past mbr sch bd; past mbr village bd; C of C; Past pres Rotary; Indep: Presby Ch; hobbies, hunting, fishing; 1873 father came from Comnock Ayrshire Scotland to Neb & proved up on homestead 7 miles N of Orleans; 1877-1907 was mcht; res Orleans.
McKEE, EVERETT EDWARD: Abstractor & Insurance Dealer; b Fairfax, Mo Dec 19, 1895; s of Jacob MeKee-Jeanette Elizabeth Sillers; ed Alma HS 1913; Denver U; m Opal Johnson Keester Jan 18, 1922 Alma; d Mildred Ellen; 1915-16 emp in Bank of Ragan; 1916- in abstract & ins bus; 1920-34 city clk; past mbr sch bd; secy lib bd; during World War enl in US army Oct 1, 1917 O/S 13 mos, disch at Camp Dodge Ia Aug 2, 1919; mbr & past adjt Amer Leg Post 118; Neb & Amer Title Assns; secy Lions; C of C; past master AF&AM 116; past high priest RAM 59; past worthy patron OES; Chris Ch; Rep; hobbies, photography & wood turning; res Alma.
McKEE, MRS EVERETT EDWARD: Homemaker; b Quimby, Ia Nov 10, 1902; d of Nels Johnson-Ella Wick, foster father Riley Lytton Keester-foster mother Nora Deans; ed Alma HS 1920; m Everett Edward McKee Jan 18, 1922 Alma; d Mildred Ellen; 1920-22 secy-treas Farmers & Mchts Tele Co, Alma; past pres PEO; OES; Amer Leg aux post 118; Chris Ch mbr choir 22 years, SS tchr several years, mbr missionary soc; hobbies, photography, musical scrapbook & fancy cooking; res Alma.
McKEE, VESTA: Bank Vice-President; b Fairfax, Mo Dec 14, 1884; d of Jacob McKee-Jeanette Elizabeth Sillers; ed Wray Colo HS 1902; Holdrege Tchrs Normal; Tchrs Sch, Alma, 1902-09 tchr, Harlan Co; 1909-18 bkkpr & asst cash, Harlan Co Bank of Alma, 1918-36 cash, 1936- VP; city treas past several years; PEO; Chris Ch; res Alma.
MAHN, CLARENCE THEODORE: County, Judge; b Alma, Neb Aug 3, 1906; s of Theodore Mahn-Ada Belle Stevenson; ed Alma HS 1924, U of N, BA 1929, LLB 1931; Phi Delta Theta; Phi Delta Phi: m Mary Irene Pierce July 30, 1932 Lincoln; d Marcia Pierce; 1931-32 prac law, Alma; 1932- Harlan Co judge; 1938- mbr city coun; chmn Harlan Co ARC; 10th Judicial Dist & Neb St Bar Assns; Neb Assn of Co Judges; VP C of C; AF&AM 116, master; Chris Ch; hobbies, photography, antiques; res Alma.
MAHN, THEODORE: Bonded Abstractor; b Hamburg, Germany Apr 26, 1860; s of Johann Peter August Mahn-Sophia Louise Classen; ed Germany; m Ada Belle Stevenson June 18, 1896 Alma; s Clarence Theodore; d Helen (Mrs Glenn Dorothy): 1882 came to Amer, first lived at Orleans; immediately applied for Amer citizenship; 1882-91 proved up preemption & farmed in Harlan Co; 1891-95 Harlan Co clk, elected on Populist ticket; 1897-1901 bkkpr in off of secy of state W F Porter; 1901 abstractor Harlan Co; while farming org Farmers Alliance which later became Populist party; past mbr sch bd; past mbr city coun several terms; Neb & Amer Title Assns; C of C; MWA; IOOF 81, past noble grand several times; Chris Ch; Dem; hobbies, home, raising flowers; res Alma.
MITCHELL, HARRY THOMAS: Hardware Merchant; b Orleans, Neb Nov 26. 1877; s of Henry Thomas Mitchell-Amelia Whidacoski; ed Orleans HS; m Laura Garrison Dec 7, 1899 Orleans; s James Thomas, Harry Thomas; d Edith Amelia (Mrs Earl Stevens); emp by T H Manning Hdw & Impl Store until 1930; 1930- owner & opr hdw & impl store; past mbr village bd; past mbr sch bd; mbr pub lib bd several years; bd mbr Orleans Cemetery Assn; Neb Retail Hdw Assn; past pres Comm Club; past pres Rotary; AF&AM 60; Tehama Shrine; KT, Holdrege; MWA; Episc Ch; Rep; res Orleans.
NADEN, LLOYD EVERETT: Merchant; b Noblesville, Ind Apr 11, 1883; s of Henry W Naden-Ruth Shepard; ed Redwillow Co; m Adah Annetta Oblinger, 1908 McCook; m Ada Gladys Moore Feb 6, 1929 Red Cloud; 1898-99 emp in George B Morgan Gen Merc Store, Danbury; 1899-1904 emp in William Sandon Gen Merc Store; 1904-07 emp by Byrne-Hammer Dry Goods Co, Omaha; 1907-12 ptr of William Sandon, Danbury; 1913-14 traveling representative of US Rubber Co, hdqrs Omaha; 1914- 16 emp by William Sandon, Danbury; 1916- owner & opr gen store, Stamford; past mbr village bd 17 years; past pres C of C; AF&AM, Orleans; Tehama Shrine; KT, Holdrege; Indep; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Stamford.
NEUBAUER, EARL MAXAMILLIAN: Farmer & Stockman; b Orleans, Neb Nov 22, 1885; s of Max Neubauer-Eustatia Rupp; ed Harlan & Furnas Cos; Queen City Bus Coll, Hastings 1906; m Annetta Davis Nov 22, 1907 Orleans; s Max Arthur; d Mildred; 1906-09 emp by T H Manning Hdw & Impl Store, Orleans; 1909- farmer, Harlan Co; 1909-13 farmed rented land; 1913- farming fathers original homestead near Orleans; with son owns 240 A of 960 A which they opr; prac diversified farming, main crop is wheat; raises purebred Poland China hogs & comml cattle; mbr dist 20 sch bd several years; 1914 an org of Farmers Elevator, Orleans, pres 1915-20; 1915 helped org Farmers Equity Co-op Creamery Assn, first secy-treas & bd mbr 1916-19; 1925-31 state representative from Harlan Co; 1931-35 state sen representing Harlan, Phelps, Furnas & Gosper Cos; 1937- mbr unicameral legislature from Harlan, Furnas & Redwillow Cos; MWA; Dem; Presby Ch; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Orleans.
OTT, HERMAN: Farmer; b Harlan Co, Neb Aug 28, 1883: s of Phillip Ott-Albina Graf; ed Harlan Co; m Mary Angeline Dixon June 6, 1917 Holdrege; 1906-09 farmed; 1909 pur Hitchcock Co farm, farmed 1 year then leased it to William Bouerle; 1911-16 farmed rented land, Harlan Co; 1916- owner & opr 160 A farm near Orleans & now owns 890 A; past mbr sch bd dists 14 & 69; road overseer Mullally twp 2 years; past mbr Rueben twp bd; 1935-37 Reuben twp committeeman on fed farm program; IOOF; German Luth Ch, Republican City; Dem; hobby, hunting; res Orleans.
PETERSON, CARL EDWARD: Farmer & Stockman; b Brown Co, Kas July 31, 1871; s of Swan Peter Peterson-Christina Carolina Johnson; ed Harlan Co; Luther Acad, Wahoo; 1873 brought by parents to Harlan Co, father homesteaded near Ragan; has lived on homestead since coming to Neb, since death of parents has farmed 240 A & raised comml hogs & cattle; is administrator of parents estate; 1921-35 Harlan Co supvr; past dir, past treas local sch dist: past clk & treas Scandinavian twp: Emmanuel Luth Ch; Rep; hobbles, mechanics & woodcraft, does excellent cabinet work and has built several beautiful pieces of furniture which he has in his home; res RFD, Holdrege.
PETRY, JOSEPH LOUIS: Baker & Cafe Owner; b Chariton, Ia July 11, 1879; s of Joseph William Petry-Ernestine Caroline Schultz; ed Lincoln; m Mary Rosetta Craig Dec 2, 1903 Raymond; while in sch assisted father in bakery bus, Lincoln; 1895-1907 with father in bakery bus, Lincoln; 1907- owner & opr Alma Bakery & Cafe, 1931 remodeled & reequipped both cafe & bakery, now has one of best cafes & bakeries in
SW Neb; past mbr city coun, influential in establishment city ice plant; MWA; KC; St Joseph's Cath Ch: Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing, outdoor sports; res Alma.
RENNECKER, RUDOLPH HERMAN: Postmaster; b Havana, Ill Sept 3, 1889; s of Herman Rennecker-Caroline Desmeyer; ed Beaver City HS 1907; PSTC 1909-11; Neb Wes, BSc 1934; grad work U of N & U of Colo; m Nelle A Lord Nov 27, 1912 McCook; s Van Orson; 1895 with parents came to Furnas Co where father farmed; 1907-08 tchr, Furnas Co; 1911-14 supt of Danbury schs; 1915-18 supt of Stamford schs; 1919-22 supt consolidated sch, Mascot; 1922-26 Harlan Co Supt of schs; 1926-39 supt Alma schs; 1937- Alma P M; past mbr vol fire dept; mbr troop com BSA ch 161; during World War ent U S army Sept 1918, 1 year O/S, disch at Camp Funston June 1919 as sgt; Amer Leg post 118; Neb ch Natl Assn of P Ms; C of C; AF&AM 116; Chris Ch, Chmn of bd; Dem; hobby, young peoples work; res Alma.
RICHMAN, HARRY ELMORE: Grocer; b Huntley, Neb Dec 22, 1896; s of Thomas Allen Richman-Cora May Boughtin; ed Huntley HS 1913; m Sylvia S Johnson Feb 5, 1918 Trenton Mo; s Mitchell Harvey; d Erma LaRose (Mrs Harold Sims), Violet Ilene, Georgia Myrene; after finishing HS emp 8 mos by Scotts Gen Mdse Store, Huntley; 1914-16 emp by Longs Gen Mdse; 1917-22 & 1925-37 owner & opr gen mdse bus, Huntley; 1922-25 asst cash, State Bank of Huntley; 1938- grocer, Alma; past mbr Huntley town coun; C of C; Alma Golf Assn; past master AF&AM 116; Meth Ch; Dem; hobbies, golf & football; res Alma.
RICHMAN, THOMAS ALLEN: Farmer; b Salem, Ia Nov 23, 1861; s of Marshall Harvey Richman-Mary Jane Guinn; ed Humeston Ia HS; m Cora Boughtin Sept 28, 1887 LeRoy Ia; s Marshall, Morris, Harry, Thomas, James, John; d Jennie (dec), Laura (Mrs Paul Artz), Cora (Mrs Ira Heather); 1884-88 rural sch tchr, Ia; 1888-91 sch tchr, Harlan Co; 1891-1912 ptr of brother in blacksmith shop; 1891- farmer, Huntley; also connected with gen mdse store at Huntley short time; past mbr sch bd; past mbr Washington twp bd; past Harlan Co supvr; 1906-38 pres Huntley Tele Co; 1908- trustee Bainbridge Cemetery; helped org AF&AM 270, mbr since 1884; Dem; hobbies, reading, farming & good livestock; res Huntley.
ROGERS. THOMAS CLINTON; Real Estate & Insurance Dealer & Farm Manager; b Ragan, Neb Dec 1, 1889; s of Daniel R Rogers-Margaret Evelyn Martin; ed Kearney Mil Acad 1908; U of N 1909-11; Phi Gamma Delta; m Jean McKee June 23, 1916 Alma; s Daniel R, Everett McClure; d Barbara Jean; 1919-31 with Bank of Ragan, 1912-16 bkkpr & asst cash, 1917-31 cash & stockholder; 1932-35 agt for New York Life Ins Co, Alma; 1935-36 leased land for Texas Production Co, subsidiary of Texas oil Co; 1936- in ins bus, mgr 400 A land in Neb & Kas; past treas Farmers & Mchts Tele Co, Ragan; past mbr Ragan sch bd; clk Antelope twp 18 years; C of C; AF&AM 116; high priest RAM 59; Tehama Shrine & Scot Rite, Hastings; Episc Ch; Rep; hobbies, woodcraft & travel; res Alma.
RUFF, WILLIAM EDGAR: Publisher; b Des Moines, Ia Sept 14, 1877; s of John James Ruff-Rebecca Mims; ed Memphis Tenn HS 1894; m Laura Mabel Allen Adair Jan 4, 1920, Little Rock Ark; 1894- 97 page in congress, Washington DC; 1897-99 made RR ties in La & Miss; 1899-1901 emp in printing off, Washington DC; 1901-05 emp by S C Toof printing off Memphis Tenn; 1905-12 printer in various parts of U S; 1912-17 with road show of W T Swain Show Co; 1917-19 emp by U S govt at Muscle Shoals & Mobile Ala; 1919-24 printer for Arkansas City, Ark, Democrat owned by Mrs Ruff; 1924-26 published Dwight Advance, Dwight Kas; 1926- with assistance of wife publishes Ragan Journal: mayor; Bapt Ch; Rep; hobby, reading; res Ragan.
RUNCK, JOHN JACOB: Farmer, Stockman & Mechanic; b Republican City, Neb Nov 4, 1888; s of Phillip Runck-Emma Lena Metzger; ed Berrien Springs Mich HS; U of N; U S Auto sch & Shop. Omaha; m Lena M Ott Oct 31, 1912 Republican City (dec); s Ivan Richard, George Robert; d Della Isabelle, Aileen Elizabeth; 1909-32 farmed, operated machine shop at home & 2 threshing outfits, also owned garage & store building in Republican City; 1928 traded garage & store building on 400 A farm, 200 A of which are irrigated; specializes in alfalfa, corn & cattle; has also sold autos, tractors & farm impls; past mbr sch bd dists 31 & 85; Indep; hobbies, hunting & pets; parents were pioneers of Harlan Co, homesteaded near Republican City; res Orleans.
RUSSELL, DONALD A: Attorney: b Colorado Springs, Colo Dec 7, 1904; s of David Alexander Russell- Nellie V Lytle; ed North Platte HS 1923; U of N, LLB 1929; Phi Gamma Delta; to Freda J Petersen June 6, 1934 Omaha; s William Lytle; 1923-24 cash Northwestern Bell Tele Co, North Platte; 1929-30 with law firm of Hoagland & Carr, North Platte; 1930- ptr in law firm Shelburn & Russell, Alma; 1931-35 dep atty Harlan Co; 1935-36 Harlan Co clk; past police judge, Alma; 10th Judicial Dist & Neb St Bar Assns; C of C, Pres; hon mbr Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben; AF&AM 116; Presby Ch; Dem; hobby, reading; res Alma.
SCHLUNTZ, ALBERT: Farmer & Stockman; b Harlan Co, Neb Apr 29, 1884; s of William Schluntz-Caroline Godeken; ed Harlan Co; m Dora Muir March 5, 1913 Alma; s Harold James, Everett Albert; d Beulah Pauline (Mrs Travis Thomas); after leaving sch farmed with father, Harlan Co; 1910 emp 3 mos by Natl Sewing Machine Co Belvidere Ill; farmed with father until 1912; 1912-27 after father's death farmed home place; 1926- owner & opr 600 A farm near Republican City, raises Aberdeen Angus cattle; treas, Republican City sch bd; past mbr sch bd dist 2; Meth Ch; Dem; hobby, reading; res Republican City.
SCHOBEL, FRANCIS VICTOR: Pharmacist; b Bloomington, Neb July 20, 1895; s of Basil Schobel-Minnie Hecht; ed Bloomington HS 1911; Creighton U, PhG 1915; m Freeda Clarrisa Ishmael Jan 19, 1921 Akron Colo; 1915-17 emp by Rexall Drug Store, Hastings; 1917-18 owner & opr drug store, Edison; 1919-21 mgr Red Cross Drug Store, Yuma Colo; 1922- owner & opr drug store, Alma; police magistrate; past mbr town coun; past mbr twp bd; Neb Pharm Assn; C of C; Alma Golf Assn, past pres; AF&AM 116; Scot Rite, Hastings; hobbies, hunting, fishing & raising fine chickens; res Alma.
SCHRODER, JAMES ALBERT: Pioneer; b McDonough Co, Ill May 25, 1873: s of William Carson Schroder-Melissa Bell Sellers; ed Harlan Co; m Minnie Powell March 21, 1899 Huntley; s Earl A, Glenn A, James Edwin; d Faye Marie (Mrs E E Berry), Millie Bell (Mrs C E Olson); 1878 came with parents in covered wagon to Harlan Co; father homesteaded near Huntley; 1894-1916 farmed, later bought & sold cattle & horses by carloads; 1916-28 oprd gen store & impl bus, Huntley; 1929-33 salesman for Flathers-Lane Auto Co, Holdrege; 1933- in various types of work, Ragan; Meth Ch; Rep; hobby, good horses; res Ragan.
SEYLER, LEWIS: Farmer & Stockman; b Jefferson Co, Ill May 10, 1878; s of Theodore Seyler-Mary Manz; ed Harlan Co; m Pearl Sarah Walker Sept 27, 1905 Harlan Co; s Wesley, Ernest; d Naomi Theodora (Mrs Floyd Harding); farmed with father after leaving sch; 1899- owner & opr farm near Alma, raises livestock & black & tan Red Bone raccoon hunting hounds; has 70 A land under irrigation; past supvr Harlan Co; past mbr sch bd several years; past mbr Prairie twp bd; MWA; Meth Ch; Dem; hobby, raising raccoon dogs; res Alma.
SHELBURN, OTTO ERNEST: Attorney; b Winterset, Ia Nov 12, 1877; s of William Tolbert Shelburn- Sarah A Spurgin; ed Holdrege HS 1898; U of N, LLB 1904; m Mabel Olive Hunt Apr 18, 1907 Alma; d Irene Naomi (Mrs George Snow), Erma Marie (Mrs Clyde J Wilderson), Ruth Estelle, Leona Carol; 1902-03 Harlan Co dep sheriff; 1904-06 prac law, Alma; 1906-10 Harlan Co judge; 1910- prac law, Alma; 1927-28 prac law with James M Miller; since 1930 ptr of D A Russell; is adm to prac before fed courts of U S; past Harlan Co atty 14 years: past city atty several years; past mayor; past mbr sch bd; owner father's & brother's original homesteads in Harlan Co; during World war chmn legal directory bd, chmn Harlan Co 4-min men; chmn home service section ARC; chmn Harlan Co coun of defense; mbr Neb bar commission; 10th Judicial Dist Bar Assn, VP; Neb St & Amer Bar Assns; C of C; past dir U of N Alumni Assn; Dem; hobbies, fishing, saddle horses; res Alma.
SHERWOOD, CLARENCE CLARK: Attorney; b Oxford, Neb Sept. 18, 1896; s of J Harvey Sherwood-Katie Fern Clark; ed Oxford HS 1914; LBC 1916; m Elizabeth R Ralston Mar 29, 1923 Orleans; s Clarence Clark (dec), Thomas Ralston, Robert Alan;
1916-17 & 1919-27 with brother & father in real est & law off, Oxford; 1930 adm to Neb bar; 1927- prac law, Orleans; 1931- secy-treas Natl Farm Loan Assn; past city clk six years; during World War enl in U S army June 1917, 10 mos O/S with 91st div, 362nd inf, disch Apr 1919; past comm & vice-comm Amer Leg post 184; mbr exec com 10th Judicial Dist Bar Assn; Neb St Bar Assn; past pres C of C; past secy Rotary, vice-pres; Bapt Ch; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Orleans.
SHUMARD, RAYMOND EDWARD: Farmer & Stockman; b Harlan Co, Neb Aug 24, 1888; s of Albert N Shumard-Mary Luella Beam; ed Ragan HS; m Katie Black Dec 24, 1911 Ragan; d Mary Evelyn; after leaving sch ptr of father on farm until mother's death 1939; 1908-15 asst to father, P M of Ragan; 1915- owner & opr 480 A land, raises hogs, cattle, chickens & turkeys, now living on homestead on which his father filed in 1879; Farmers Elevator, past chmn of bd; past mbr Scandinavia twp bd: past mbr sch bd 11 1/2 years; Freewater Cemetery trustee; past noble grand IOOF 374; Rebekah; Meth Ch: Rep; hobbies, travel, reading; res Ragan.
STARR, JOHN: Attorney; b Pawnee City, Neb Sept 4, 1899; s of William Eugene Starr-Rosa Belle Gifford; ed Pawnee City HS 1915; U of N, BA 1924, LLB 1927; Tau Kappa Epsilon; Delta Theta Phi; m Blanche Viola Campbell Oct 7, 1924 Lincoln; d Patricia Ann; 1915-20 emp by father & brother-in- law, later indep farmer; 1927- prac law, Alma; 1929-33 Harlan Co judge; 1934- Harlan Co atty; past mayor of Alma; mbr sch bd; author Harlan Co history published in this volume; during World War entered US army in Sept 1918 stationed at Lincoln, disch Dec 16, 1918; service ofcr Amer Leg post 118, state del natl conv New York City in 1937; Neb St Bar Assn; AF&AM 116; RAM 59; hobby, travel; res Alma.
STODDARD, GLENN EARL: Dentist; b Butler Co, Neb July 8, 1891; s of Jay Ira Stoddard-Edith Celista Lemmon; ed Rising City HS 1907; PSTC, BSc 1911; U of N 1914: Creighton U, DDS 1917; m Lillie Martha Rasmussen Aug 9, 1925 Holdrege; s Glenn Earl Jr: 1908-09 sch tchr Polk Co; 1911-12 supt of schs, Alexandria; 1912-13 prin Osceola HS; 1919- prac dentistry Alma, pur prac of Dr George H Boehler; past mbr sch bd; during World War entered U S army res July 1918 Fort Omaha, disch Feb 1919; Neb St Dental Assn; C of C; Alma Golf Assn; past master AF&AM 116; RAM 59; Rep; Meth Ch; hobbies, hunting, fishing, golf; res Alma.
WAGGONER, FRANK: Manager Oil Co; b Naponee, Neb Jan 10, 1877; s of William Murray Waggoner-Dora E Vance; ed Harlan Co; m Margaret E Rolland Feb 24, 1904 Republican City; s Clarence R, Vernon M; after leaving sch farmed until 1903; 1903-04 emp by A F Walker Hdw Store, Prairie View Kas; 1904-28 farmed in Harlan Co, now owner 400 A oprd by 2 sons who are breeders of purebred Hereford Cattle; 1910- dir Farmers Mutual Ins Co. Lincoln, agt since 1905; 1926- dir Co-op Oil Co, 1929- mgr for Harlan & Franklin Cos; 1919- dir Farmers Co-op Creamery Co of Orleans, secy; dir, VP Comml State Bank, Republican City; C of C, Alma; past noble grand & past grand IOOF 71; Indep, hobby, rummy; res Republican City.
WARNE, MARION THAYER: Farmer & Stockman; b Trego Co, Kas Jan 23, 1888: s of Lawrence Warne-Hattie Thayer; ed Harlan Co; m Leila Veda Huff Sept 4, 1928 Oxford; 1894 came with parents to Harlan Co; 1909-29 ptr of father & brother in farming original Warne farm: 1916-28 raised purebred Polled Hereford cattle; 1929- with brother owner & opr 440 A of land, diversified farming, raise comml hogs & cattle: during World War ent U S army Aug 14, 1918 attached to Co 16 att Wrays Army Sch in Kansas City Mo, later in field artillery reserve div battery E, Columbia S C, disch Jan 12, 1919; Presby Ch, supt Carter Union SS 10 years; Indep; hobby, Bible study; res Orleans.
WARNE, MURRAY SUMNER: Farmer & Stockman; b Villisca, Ia Nov 23, 1880; s of Lawrence Warne-Hattie Thayer: ed Harlan Co; Trego Co Kas; m Louise M Matthies Aug 4, 1920 Mascot; s Richard Lawrence, Harold Stephen; d Iris Hattie; 1909-29 ptr of father & brother on Harlan Co farm; 1916-28 raised purebred Polled Hereford cattle; 1929- since father's death ptr in Warne Bros, owners & oprs 440 A with diversified farming, now raise comml hogs & cattle; past mbr dist 35 sch bd 25 years; treas Emerson twp; asst 4-H club leader past 2 years; MWA; mbr Carter Union SS since 1896; Dem; hobbies, reading, radio; parents went to Trego Co Kas from Villisca Ia Mar 1886, came to Harlan Co 1894 where father pur farm on which Warne Bros now live & which has been in family continuously snice (sic): res Orleans.
WATKINS, ELMER GEORGE: Hotel Proprietor; b Long Island, Kas Oct 9, 1897: s of Alfred George Watkins-Laura Leota Holiday; ed Orleans HS 1916; Grand Island Bus Coll 1919; m Mildred Frances Brown Aug 26, 1922 Beaver City; d Velma Louellen; 1916-18 emp by Farmers Equity Co-op Creamery Assn, Orleans; 1920-21 emp by J F Conklin Mortgage Co, Franklin; 1921-23 bkkpr Southwest Motor Co, Orleans; 1923-25 Orleans P M; 1935- prop Orleans Hotel; 1936- secy Harlan Co Fair Assn; during World War ent US army Sept 1918 SATC Co E. Lincoln, disch Dec 1, 1918; past adjt Amer Leg post 184; past secy C of C; AF&AM 60; Rep; hobbies, hunting, football; res Orleans.
WEARE, ROY EMMETTE: Publisher; b Winchester, Ill Aug 12, 1886, s of John Henry Weare-Catherine Rausch; ed Lonoke Ark; Johnson Bible Acad & Coll, Kimberlin Heights Tenn, certificate 1911; m Allie Simpson May 15, 1912 Mountain Home Ark; s Dr John Henry, Clifford Simpson, Wilfred Emmette; d Annabel; 1909 ordained pastor of The Disciples of Christ Ch; 1909 pastor Mountain Home Ark; 1910 pastor, Eastman Ga; 1911-12 pastor, Joliet Ill; 1912-13 pastor, Hattiesburg Miss; 1913-14 pastor, Murphysboro Ill; 1914-15 pastor, Pleasant Grove, near Stewartville Minn; 1915-16 pastor, Litchfield; 1916-18 pastor, Stamford; 1918-22 in farm impl bus;1922- publisher Stamford Star; 1929- owner & opr ice bus, Stamford; J P since 1923 except 6 years; past mbr sch bd; past mbr village bd; past village clk; helped org first Comm Club, Stamford; C of C; Disciples of Christ Ch, treas past several years, supply minister since 1922; Rep, Sappa twp committeeman, past candidate for state representative; hobbies, chess & correspondent chess; res Stamford.
WERNER, FRANK: Farmer; b Corning, Ia May 31, 1876; s of Adam Daniel Werner-Sallie Van Valkenburg; ed Hebron HS 1892; U of N, 1892-94; m Grace Ellerson Apr 18, 1919 Alma; 1894-1904 emp by A Huntsman, druggist in Hebron: 1904-06 emp by C A Melcher & Charles E Scarr, druggists in Omaha; 1907-23 owner & opr Werners Pharm, Alma; 1923-31 emp by various drug stores over Neb; 1925- owner & opr 240 A farm near Alma & 80 A in Franklin Co; 1918- mbr pub lib bd, pres past several years; 1923-31 mayor of Alma & twp assessor; 1931-39 Harlan Co clk; instrumental in obtaining municipal light plant & in bldg city park; past pres Lions, AF&AM 116; Dem; hobby, trees; res Alma.
WESTERBERG, OSCAR: Farmer & Stockman; b Harlan Co, Neb Sept 1, 1878; s of Hans Gustaf Westerberg-Alna Goodman; ed Harlan Co; m Hilma Lundeen Feb 24, 1908 Alma; after leaving sch farmed with father, started raising hogs 1893; 1895- farmer, now owner & opr 204 A farm near Stamford, raises hogs; 1925- owner & opr grain elevator, Stamford; past mbr sch bd dist 25; C of C; Dem; hobbies, travel, good picture shows; res Stamford.
WOOLMAN, GEORGE HENRY: Postmaster; b Inland, Neb Aug 11, 1877; s of Alfred Woolman-Emma Smith; ed Republican City HS 1895; m Myrtle Elizabeth Ludi Feb 6, 1898 Republican City; s Orly Nelson, Kyle Alfred, George Henry, Harry Everett; d Erma (Mrs Edward Roll), Lois Emma (Mrs Don Wheeler), Inez (Mrs Doyle Hutchinson); 1895-97 with father, harness maker, Republican City; 1897-1936 owner & opr harness bus; 1936- P M Republican City; past mbr town bd several years; past mbr sch bd; twp assessor 8 years; with youngest son opr farm near Republican City; during World War dep food commr for E Harlan Co; Neb League of Dist P Ms; Neb ch Natl Assn of P Ms; past master AF&AM 98; MWA, past clk 22 years; Meth Ch; Dem; hobby, livestock raising; res Republican City.
WRIGHT, JAMES WILLIAM: Farmer & Stockman; b Lincoln Center, Kas Nov 2, 1886; s of William Wright-Elizabeth Edenburn; ed Lincoln. Kas; m Malissa Mae Harding Apr 24, 1907 Norton Kas; s Floyd James; d Nellie Myrtle, Ruby Marie, Hazel Irene, Wilma Jean; 1907-34 farmer in Furnas Co, 1914-34 owner & opr 480 A farm; 1934- owner & opr farm near Stamford, raises livestock; past mbr sch bd dist 46, Furnas Co; Past road overseer Furnas Co; road overseer, Harlan Co; C of C; IOOF, Beaver City; Presby Ch; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Stamford.
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