Robert A. Day was born in Brown County, Ohio, March 5, 1867.


At the age of seventeen he came to Butler County, Nebraska, and two years

later went to Deuel County, then a part of Cheyenne County.


He received his education in the public scohols of Ohio and aside from his

official duties is interested in farming and stock raising.


Mr. Day is a Democrat and served two terms as County Clerk and Clerk of the

District Court of Deuel County.


In December, 1886, he homesteaded on the North Platte Valley.


In 1897 he was married to Miss Viola Empson of Vallonia, Jackson County,










 Harry Porter Deuel was born in Monroe County, New York, December

11, 1836.


He was educated in public schools and attended Lombard University, in

Galesburg, Illinois.  He worked on his father's farm until November 1859.

He then moved to Nebraska.


He became an agent for K.C. St. J & C. B Railroad.  When the B & M

Railroad was completed into Omaha, he became the agent, until 1888.


He them became the Omaha City Passenger Agent for the Union Pacific Railroad.  He was with the Union Pacific Railroad until 1896, when he resigned and became Superintendent of the Burlington Station in Omaha.


He remained Superintendent until 1901 when he was elected to the office

of Registrar of Deeds.


He was active in the social circles, was prominent in the Masonic work for over 50 years.  He was

Grand Master of the Nebraska Grand Lodge in 1869.  He attained the highest degree of Masonry.

He also belonged to other orders.


Deuel County is named in honor of Harry Porter Deuel (1836-1914), a pioneer citizen of Omaha,






Gordon Ewing Thompson of Big Springs, Nebraska, was born August 26, 1847, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, son of Alexander and Annie (Love) Thompson.


In 1878 he came to Bennett, Colorado, and engaged in the sheep business.  


In November, 1880, he went to Big Springs, Nebraska, and from 1884 until 1887 settled about five hundred people on government land in Cheyenne, Keith, and Perkins Counties.


In 1884 he homsteaded the townsite of Big Springs, Nebraska.


In later yers he has been engaged in raising standard bred horses.


Mr. Thompson is a republican and served as the second sheriff of Deuel County, 1896-1897.



Illustrated History of Nebraska - From The Earliest Explorations to the Present Time with Portraits, Maps, and Tables, Vol. III - 1913