KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS


Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska

Johnson County
Produced by Karen Elliott.



PART 1:

Location, Natural Features, etc. | Early History
Organization and Political History

PART 2:

Educational | Railroads | Population | Financial
General Statistics | County Societies

PART 3:


Tecumseh:   Early Settlement | Local Matters
The Press | Churches | Societies | Hotels
Swartville

PART 4:

Tecumseh (cont.):
Biographical Sketches - AUSTIN~HOWARTH

PART 5:

Tecumseh (cont.):
Biographical Sketches - JOLLY~YOUNG

PART 6:

Sterling:   Biographical Sketches
Elk Creek:   Biographical Sketches

PART 7:





Helena:   Biographical Sketches
Vesta:   Biographical Sketches
Spring Creek:   Biographical Sketches
Lincoln Precinct (Biographical Sketches only)

List of Illustrations in Johnson County Chapter



PART 4


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
AUSTIN~HOWARTH

JOHN H. AUSTIN, farmer and stock raiser, Tecumseh P. O., was born and reared in Windsor County, Vt. and followed the agricultural industry there principally till 1871, when he came here, and has been actively connected with it here since. In 1857, he was married to Miss Adeline M. Bacon, who was also born and reared in Vermont. They have one son, Albert B.

ELDER R. C. BARROW, State Evangelist of the Christian Church in Nebraska. Elder Barrow was born in Delhi, Delaware Co., N. Y., in 1832, and entered the ministry, 1857, in Pennsylvania, and followed it there till 1864 when he removed to Missouri, where he remained in his professional connection till 1865, when he came to Nebraska in the service of the General Board of the Christian Church of the United States and located at Nemaha City. In 1868 he went to Missouri and took charge of a church at Cameron, Mo., but in 1869 he was elected to the incumbency of his present position, which he has held continuously since. In 1856 he was married to Miss Helen Harding, daughter of Dr. Harding of Canton, Penn. They have a family of three sons and one daughter.

JUDGE J. S. BLYTHE, P. O. Tecumseh, was born in Tennessee, 1824, and reared in Arkansas. At the age of seventeen he went to Illinois and identified himself with the agricultural industry principally until 1877, when he came here and has been actively connected with the stock and agricultural industries of the locality since. In 1848 he was married to Miss Mary A. C. Hill, who was born in Richmond, Va. they have a family of five sons and one daughter, Robert S., Juliet H., James G., Samuel K., William G. and Richard. Judge Blythe has been active in the social and political life of this locality since his advent here.

CAPTAIN C. R. BRYANT, retired merchant, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Hartford. Conn., and entered the whaling service in 1842, at the age of seventeen. After an eventful experience of nineteen years, he retired from that business in 1861, but soon after entered the naval service in 1863, and remained in active service until the end of the war. In 1867 he came to Nebraska and settled in Tecumseh, where he has been actively identified with the industries of the place since. In 1853 he was married to Miss Jennie W. Meyers in Herkimer County, N. Y. They have a family of one son and daughter, Alonzo P. and Carmeleta, now Mrs. Powell, of New York City.

WILLIAM C. BUERSTETTA, merchant, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Warren County, Mo., and came to Nebraska in 1863. In 1873 he engaged at the mercantile business and has successfully followed it since. Married in 1881 Miss Kate Jacobs, who was reared in St. Louis.

AUSTIN W. BUFFUM, dealer in drugs, groceries, jewelry, Tecumseh. Mr. Buffum was born and reared in Knox County, Ill., and came to Nebraska 1866 and took up the agricultural industry here, which he successfully followed till 1872, when he engaged at the present business. In 1869 he was married to Miss Martha A. Simpkins, who was born and reared in Knox County, Ill. They have a family of three sons, Stephen Benoni, Warren M. and Charles R. Mr. Buffum served in Co. C. 83d Ill., in the Department of Topographical Engineers from 1862 till the end of the war, was honorably discharged. He has been active in the social and political life of this locality.

Portrait
[Portrait of Andrew Cook.]

ANDREW COOK, dealer in carriages and agricultural implements, Tecumseh, was born and reared near Birmingham, England. In 1845, at the age of twenty-three, he came to America and settled in Racine, Wis., and identified himself with the agricultural industries of the State until about 1858, when he came to Nebraska and has been actively interested in the industries of the State since. In August, 1842, he was married to Miss Hannah Ciulow, in Staffordshire, England, whose family name is well known among the workers of iron there. They have a family of five sons and two daughters, all grown to man's and woman's estate. Mr. C. has been active in the social and political life of his adopted State, having filled several important positions among his fellows.

CHARLES C. COOK, farmer and stock raiser, Section 5, P. O. Tecumseh, was born and reared in Wisconsin, and came to Nebraska in 1859, and has been actively connected with the agricultural and stock industries of the locality since. In 1876 he was married to Miss Emma C. Cady, who was born and reared in Michigan. They have two sons, Walter H. and Harry V.

WILSON I. CADY, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec., 4, P. O. Tecumseh, was born in Schenectady County, N. Y., 1833, and removed to Michigan, 1843, where he remained connected with his present industry until 1868, when he came here and has successfully prosecuted it since. In 1854 he was married to Miss Kate A. Wing, who was born in Plymouth, Conn. They have one son and daughter, Wm. E. and Emma M., now Mrs. C. C. Cook. Wm. E. was married in 1879 to Miss Azubah S. Bush, who was born in Ontario, Canada.

WM. A. CAMPBELL, County and District Clerk, Johnson County, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Schuyler County, Ill., and came to Nebraska in 1870 and located here and identified himself with the agricultural industry until 1877, when he was elected to the incumbency of his present position, to which the people have manifested their appreciation of his ability by electing him for each consecutive term since. In 1870 he was married to Miss Jennie Lillibride, who was born and reared in Wyandot County, Ohio. They have a family of two sons, Joseph T. and Charles S.

ALFRED CANFIELD, merchant, Tecumseh, was born in New Jersey and reared in Ohio; came to Nebraska after the war and has been active in connection with the developing industries of the State since. In 1874 he came to Tecumseh and established a business in agricultural implements, etc., also agent for the "Caldwell Wagon Co." Mr. Canfield has a very reputable record on the list of the many veterans of the late war who came to Nebraska. He entered the service in Harris' Light Cavalry of New York in 1861 and continued in active till 1864, when he was honorably discharged and pensioned.

HON. A. A. CARMAN, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Tompkins County, N. Y., 1823, and settled in Sangamon County, I., 1832. In 1856 he came to Nebraska and settled in Johnson County, Spring Creek Precinct, where he has been very active in connection with the agricultural industry since. In 1881 he was elected to represent his county in the State Assembly for his district; he has always been an active worker in the educational and social life of his locality.

DR. C. K. CHUBBUCK, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Pennsylvania, and entered the study of his profession at the age of eighteen in the Susquehanna Medical School of New York, and graduated, 1859. In 1861, he took up the practice of his profession in Illinois and followed it there till 1870, when he came to Tecumseh and has very successfully conducted it here since. In 1860 he was married in Illinois to Miss Frances E. Lawton, who was born and reared in Pennsylvania. They have a family of one son and two daughters, Joseph E. and Jennie F., now Rev. Mrs. Johnson and Bessie F. Dr. Chubbuck has been active in the social life of his locality; has been Chairman of the Board of School Trustees since 1874, and Coroner of the county since 1875.

D. B. COLHAPP, cigar manufacturer, Tecumseh. Mr. Colhapp was born in Covington, Ky., and reared in St. Louis, Mo. In 1877 he was married to Miss Rhoda Clark, of Tecumseh. They have two sons, Archibald and Edmond. Mr. Colhapp began his present business in Brownville, Neb., 1871, and followed it there till 1879, when he came to Tecumseh, and has successfully followed it here since.

THOMAS A. CREIGHTON, farmer and stock raiser, Tecumseh P. O., was born in Virginia, and came to Nebraska from Illinois in 1880, and located here, where he has actively identified himself with the agricultural industry since. In 1878 he was married in Illinois to Miss Maggie Guy, who was also born in Ohio County, Va., and reared in Marshall County, Ill.

I. L. Cox, flour and feed and general groceries, Tecumseh. Mr. Cox is a native of Ontario, Canada and came to this country in 1833 at the age of nine years. In 1867 he came to Nebraska and settled in Tecumseh. In 1847, he was married to Miss Susan Bombarger who was born in Maryland. Their family are Alphonso C., Sylva S., Riley V. and David W. Mr. C. has always identified himself with the blacksmithing industry until recently. He served in the Eighty-third Illinois, Company G, from 1862 to 1864. Was honorably discharged.

R. F. CURRY, farmer and stock-raiser, Tecumseh, P. O. was born in County Down, Ireland, 1829 and came to Ontario, Canada, 1847. In 1867 he came to Johnson County, and has been very active in the developing industries of the county since. In 1854, he was married to Miss Parmelia Libby, who was born in Ontario, 1827. They have a family of three sons and three daughters. They are Eliza, Richard J., Grace W., W. M., Jane F. and George. Mr. Curry has been active in the social and political life of his locality.

Portrait
[Portrait of S. P. Davidson.]

SAMUEL P. DAVIDSON, attorney-at-law, Tecumseh, was born in Macomb County, Ill. October 8, 1847. He studied law in the offices of Judge W. F. Nelson, of Decatur, Ill., and Judge Samuel C. Parks, of Lincoln, Ill. He graduated from the Lincoln University at Lincoln, Ill., in June, 1869, with the first honors of his class. He was admitted to the bar in May, 1870, and began practice at Lincoln. In December, 1872, he removed to Tecumseh, Neb., where he has ever since been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession. He was married in December, 1869, to Miss Mattie E. Houser, of Logan County, Ill. They have a family of two sons and three daughters. Mr. Davidson is at present Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nebraska.

LOU M. DAVIS, Postmaster, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Chester County, Pa., and came to Nebraska in 1870, and settled in Tecumseh. In 1871, he was appointed to the present incumbency and has continued in it since. In 1869 he was married in Pennsylvania to Miss Fanny J. Cross, who was born in Juniata County, Pa. They have one son and one daughter, Charles E. and Irene W.

DR. G. W. DENNIS, dental surgeon, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Marshall County, Ill., where he took up the study of his profession, which he completed in 1866. After a practice of eleven years he came to Tecumseh, and has successfully prosecuted his profession here since. In 1872 he was married to Miss Sarah Pool, who was born and reared in Marshall County, Ill. They have a family of two sons and two daughters -- Bertha, Guy, Charles and Edith.

JAMES DEVENNEY, saloon and billiard hall, Tecumseh. Mr. Devenney was born and reared in County Derry, Ireland, and came to America in 1866 and settled in Missouri where he prosecuted his business of boots and shoes until 1875, when he came to Tecumseh, and has successfully prosecuted his present business since. In 1870, he was married in Missouri to Miss Ellen Torpy, who was born and reared in Terre Haute, Ind. They have a family of two sons and two daughters--Mary Ellen, William James, Annie and Francis Ignatius.

JOSEPH DUNCAN, stock-raiser, Section 5, P. O. Tecumseh, was born and reared in Jersey County, Ill., and came to Nebraska in 1878, and has been actively connected with the stock and agricultural industries of this locality since.

M. V. EASTERDAY, ex-Treasurer of Johnson County, farmer and stock-raiser, Tecumseh, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1825, and reared to the farming industry. In 1852 he went to Montgomery County, Ill., and followed his vocation until 1871, when he came to Nebraska and settled in Johnson County, and has been active in the social and political life of this locality since. In 1852, he was married to Miss M. J. Huston, of his native county. They have a family of five sons--Charles Milton, Steven Albert, Horace H, Joseph H. and Philip S. Mr. F., served his State during the war in command of Company F. One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry from 1862 to 1864. He has been an active member of the Masonic society for the past twenty-two years.

A. G. FAIRBROTHER, editor Torchlight, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Iowa, and came to Nebraska in 1868 and located here. On May 14, 1881, he established the present paper, and has very successfully conducted it since.

TRUMAN EDWARD FAIRALL was born and reared in Alleghany County, Md. At the age of fourteen he entered school, preparatory course in classics, and supporting himself by teaching intervals of each academic year. At the age of seventeen he took up the regular course of study in medicine, under the preceptorship of Drs. D. P. Welfley, President of the Scientific Association of Cumberland, Md., and Dr. E. H. Bartlett, member of the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Instruction in Maryland, and graduated from the University situated in Baltimore City, in 1873. At the age of twenty-two, after following the practice in his own native State until 1874, came West and spent four and a half years in active practice in Iowa. He then came here, and has successfully followed his profession since. Married Miss Sue Jenkins in 1873, who was born in Virginia and reared in Maryland and Ohio. Their children are Charley, Minnie and Roy.

JAMES FLYNN, Superintendent Poor Asylum Johnson County, Tecumseh, was born and reared in Clinton County, N. Y., and identified himself with the agricultural industry of that State until 1860, when he came to Nebraska and has successfully carried it on here since. In 1867 he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth McGonigle, who was born and reared in County Donegal, Ireland, and came to America in 1863. They have a family of two sons and two daughters--John, Mary, Catherine Elizabeth, and James Francis. Mr. Flynn accepted the present incumbency in 1876, and has continuously occupied the superintendency of the Asylum since.

LOUIS GROSJEAN, proprietor City Restaurant, Tecumseh, was born and reared in France and came to America in 1864 and settled in New York. After prosecuting the boot and shoe business there, a short time, he went to Jerseyville, Ill., and followed it until 1875. He then took up his present business, and in 1879 came here and has successfully carried it on since. In 1876 he was married to Mrs. Sophia Maehler, formerly Brandt. They have a family of two daughters and two sons--Henry Maehler, Christina and Lizzie Maehler, and Ludwig Grosjean.

Portrait
[Portrait of C. A. Holmes.]

C. A. HOLMES, of the firm of Russell & Holmes, bankers, Tecumseh. Mr. H. was born in Illinois, and reared in Jefferson County, Wis. In 1859, he entered Lombard University at Galesburg. Ill., and graduated in 1862, when he returned to his State and recruited Company F. Twenty-ninth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and commanded it during the war. After the war he took up the study of law and was admitted to the practice in 1866, which he followed until 1871, when he came here and has been identified actively with the banking industries of his locality since. Beside the present business he is also president of the bank of Sterling. In the fall of 1874, was elected member of State Legislature and in 1875, he was elected as one of the Regents of the Board for the State University of Nebraska, and has continued in that capacity since. He was married in Illinois, to Miss J. F. Hurd, who was born and reared in Jerseyville, Ill. They have a family of four daughters, Altha M., Mary B., Kate E. and Ruth L.

CHARLES H. HALSTED, Sheriff of Johnson County, was born in New York State in 1842, and reared in Illinois. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Fifty-second Illinois, and remained in active service till the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged as a veteran. After the war he came West, and settled in Johnson County in 1867. In 1871 he was elected to the shrievalty of the county, and his constituents have attested to his ability of the position by continuously electing him to that incumbency since. In 1867 he was married to Miss Ann E. Adams of Illinois. They have a family of four daughters--Mary, Almira, Carrie and Alice. Mr. Halsted is active in the social as well as political life of his locality.

J. S. HARMAN, dealer in hardware, stoves, tinware, furniture, carpets, etc., Tecumseh. Mr. H. was born and raised in Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio and entered the mercantile business in that place in 1862, at the age of fourteen years. Remained in Hillsboro till 1865, when he came west, and in 1869, established the present business, which he has very successfully carried on since. In 1870, he was married to Miss Mattie Doggett, at Hillsboro, Ohio, who died in 1873. In 1877, he was married to Miss Sarah Gardner of Lincoln. They have a family of one son and daughter, Arthur D. and Ethel.

GEORGE W. HARMON, retired, Tecumseh, was born in Tennessee, 1818, and removed to Illinois, 1826. In 1840, he removed to Atchison County, Mo., where he lived till 1881, when he came to Tecumseh. Mr. Harmon has always been active in the farming and stock industry and controls large interests in that industry.

JAMES HILL, proprietor Centennial Mills and Tecumseh Elevator, dealer in flour, grain and coal, Tecumseh. Mr. Hill was born in Scotland in 1834, and came to America with his people in 1844, who settled in Illinois. Mr. H. followed the milling business in Illinois for several years. In 1870, he came to Nebraska and settled in Johnson County, where he followed farming until 1876, when he built the present mill, and has successfully operated it since. In 1861, he was married to Miss Mary Needham, who was born in Jacksonville, Ill. They have a family of three sons and three daughters.

D. P. HENRY, Ex-Judge of Johnson Co., Tecumseh. A native of Illinois. At the breaking out of the war he volunteered his service and was actively engaged until at the battle of Corinth, he lost his leg in the thickest of the flight; was color bearer of the Eleventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry. In 1872, he came to Nebraska to locate here, has been actively engaged with the industries of the locality since. In 1875, he was one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. He was also elected to the judgeship of the county, and has continued in the office till the present time.

JAMES HOWARTH, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 3, P. O. Tecumseh, was born and reared in Lancashire, England, and came to America, 1840, after following the farming industry through this country till 1857, he came here and has very successfully prosecuted the agricultural and stock industry here since. In 1850, he was married to Miss Melissa Bridge of Ohio. She was born in Athens County, Ohio. They have a family of six sons and two daughter, Mary, Edwin, Edward, David, Alfred, Lawrence, William and Mildred.




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