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Who's Who in Nebraska

Published by the Nebraska Press Association, Lincoln, NE

1940

Printed by State Journal Printing Co., Lincoln, NE

Thanks to Mr. Alan Beermann, Executive Director of the
Nebraska Press Association and American Press Advertising Service
for permission to reproduce this publication.

(Thanks to Robin for securing that permission)


FOREWORD

LetterHO'S WHO IN NEBRASKA brings together in a single volume the life sketches of men and women who have achieved distinction in the fields of economic, civic and cultural endeavor. Although selection of names has not been an easy task and unavoidable errors have occurred in the exclusion and inclusion of various biographies, it is believed this volume contains a larger and a more nearly representative compilation of life sketches of living Nebraskans than any previous publication.

     Some of those asked to provide data for this work failed to do so and in other cases unintentional omissions have occurred. Naturally it has been physically impossible to obtain complete information regarding everyone whose name should appear in these pages.

     It has been the intent throughout to present the biographies tersely without editorial comment. Each sketch is autobiographical and every effort has been made to include all pertinent information submitted. In order to compress the information into a single volume, abbreviations have been extensively utilized. An explanation of these will be found elsewhere in this volume.

     Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations, service groups, Nebraskans in every walk of life, newspapers and others have co-operated graciously in suggesting names for inclusion in this work. To them the Nebraska Press Association extends its appreciation.

The Nebraska Press Association.

 


FRED J. MINDER, Field Manager,
NEBRASKA PRESS ASSOCIATION

C.N. CORNWALL, Supervisor of Compilation

JOHN FARIS, Editor


PREFACE

     Need has existed several years for a comprehensive biographical and historical directory of Nebraska. During the past decade there has been no standard reference work published which offered information regarding prominent citizens of the state. In answer to this demand, the Nebraska Press Association offers this compilation which contains approximately 11,000 biographies in addition to a brief, up-to-date history of each of the ninety-three counties as well as a historical sketch of the state.

     Interest in this project has been most encouraging. The Press Association has received hundreds of letters regarding the undertaking and numerous persons offered historical material. Due to space limitations, it has not been possible to accept all these offers; nevertheless this deep interest greatly facilitated work of compilation and proved an inspiration to those engaged in the editing of this volume.

     In so vast an undertaking, it has not been possible to avoid errors. All information was checked carefully, however, and some alterations in biographies were made in the interests of consistence and clarity. In a number of the biographies, the maiden names of the mothers of various subjects of the sketches have been unavailable. In such cases, blanks have been inserted.

     Names of most state and national organizations which appear in this work were checked and in general the designations of such groups as they appear in the biographies are the ones by which they are now known. Occasionally the old organization name is used, particularly in cases in which it appears the subject of the sketch held membership in years past. Various organizations change their names from time to time and it is not always easy to determine when such changes occurred. It has also been found that not all sources are in agreement upon the present names of certain organizations.

     Locations of Nebraska colleges have been omitted from the biographical sketches. Names of state teachers institutions clearly indicate their locations and pages XXVII-XXXII provide a brief history of Nebraska colleges which will supply other information.

     While extensive use has been made of the list of abbreviations, these have been disregarded occasionally to make various biographies intelligible. The abbreviation for the state of Nebraska has been consistently omitted when the activities listed have occurred within the state. In giving the activities of the persons whose sketches appear herein, use has been made of a date followed only by a dash (1935-), which means that the person is still engaged in the business or profession listed after the particular date. This is utilized in preference to the "1935 to date" in order to conserve space. It should also be noted that in numerous cases certain pertinent facts have been given regarding the activities of parents. This information appears last in the biographical sketches and the office and residence addresses given at the close of such sketches refer to the original subject of the sketches and not to the parents.

    In order to condense the various biographies, use has been made of the list of abbreviations which appear on the following pages.

JOHN FARIS, Editor

 
 

Table of Contents (book doesn't have one!)

          

FOREWORD

          

V

PREFACE

VII

Abbreviations List (from the Colfax website, by Sherri Brakenhoff) (alternate)

VIII - XI

The TRUE STORY of NEBRASKA

XII - XXXII

Part I - Primitive Conditions

Part II - Nebraska Statehood 1867- 1940

   First Period 1867 - 1890

   Second Period 1890 - 1917

   Third Period 1917 - 1929

   Fourth Period 1929 - 1939

Nebraska Colleges

XXVII - XXXII

County Histories with Listings of Individual Residents

Adams

1

Frontier

432

Nance

826

Antelope

19

Furnas

439

Nemaha

834

Arthur

32

Gage

451

Nuckolls

844

Banner

36

Garden

477

Otoe

853

Blaine

41

Garfield

482

Pawnee

871

Boone

48

Gosper

487

Perkins

879

Box Butte

54

Grant

491

Phelps

884

Boyd

63

Greeley

497

Pierce

893

Brown

67

Hall

505

Platte

902

Buffalo

74

Hamilton

534

Polk

918

Burt

108

Harlan

545

Red Willow

928

Butler

116

Hayes

555

Richardson

941

Cass

124

Hitchcock

558

Rock

952

Cedar

135

Holt

562

Saline (A-J) (K-Z)

957

Chase

146

Hooker

577

Sarpy

974

Cherry

151

Howard

581

Saunders

983

Cheyenne

161

Jefferson

594

Scotts Bluff

999

Clay

171

Johnson

605

Seward

1027

Colfax

180

Kearney

615

Sheridan

1040

Cuming

193

Keith

626

Sherman

1048

Custer

206

Keya Paha

634

Sioux

1058

Dakota

225

Kimball

639

Stanton

1063

Dawes

233

Knox

643

Thayer

1072

Dawson

246

Lancaster

653

Thomas

1086

Deuel

261

Lincoln

760

Thurston

1089

Dixon

268

Logan

777

Valley

1097

Dodge

279

Loup

781

Washington

1104

Douglas

297

McPherson*

787

Wayne

1111

Dundy

405

Madison*

794

Webster

1120

Fillmore

412

Merrick

810

Wheeler

1130

Franklin

422

Morrill

819

York

1134

*NOTE: County alpha order is old style. Mc before Ma ...
Also applies to the arrangement of names on the county pages and in the index the names are mixed.
(Mc and Mac are considered interchangable, etc.)

Name Index - pages 1147-1171

|
A - Cher | Ches-F | G-Johnson (James) | Johnson (James R.)-Mic |
|
Mid-Rosenberg (Keith) | Rosenberg (Ralph)-S | T-Z |

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