|Atchison County, Missouri
Atchison County Missouri
Nebraska City, NEJune 12 James Harris Masters died at his home at Syracuse yesterday, aged 90. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this part of the state and the foremost horticulturist of the state. He was born in Warren county, Kentucky, August 15, 1819, and when 9 years of age moved with his parents to Illinois and at 18 began learning the carpenters trade, and he worked at that trade until 1853 when he moved to Atchison county, Missouri, so as to be ready to come to Nebraska as soon as the land was opened for settlement.During his residence in that county he grew seedlings and root grafts, so as to start a nursery and in December, 1854 came to this city and in 1855 moved his nursery here, and on March 16, 1855, he set out his first apple trees planted in the South Platte country, and doubtless the first in Nebraska. Some of these trees are still living. He was soon recognized as one of the leading nurserymen of the state. His home, three miles southeast of this city was the meca for all interest in horticulture, and to his efforts more than any other man is due the large orchards that adorn Nebraska. He was a prominent member of the State Horticultural society, which organized when the first territorial fair was held here and held a life membership in that society. He was its first president and served in that capacity for eight years and when J. Sterling Morton introduced his resolution instituting Arbor day. Mr. Masters amended it to "Sylvan day" but the amendment was defeated. He was a member of the legislature in 1872 and served on the ways and means committee and of the railway and public lands interests of the state. He was a man of more than ordinary ability. He was married three times and leaves a widow and several children. He was a member of the Western Star Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and his body was brought to this city this afternoon and interred with Masonic honors.Source: Omaha Daily Bee, Omaha, NE, June 13, 1909.
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