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JOHN BARSBY

 

Attorney at law, Fairmont, was born in Leicester, England, in 1843. Fifteen years later, he moved to Winnebago County, Ill., where he remained until 1861, when he enlisted in the Sixth Missouri Infantry, serving twenty-one months, when he was shot through the right shoulder at the battle of Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863, and was discharged; re-entered the service in the fall of 1864, as Second Lieutenant of Company B, One Hundred and Forty-sixth Illinois Infantry, serving until the close of the war, being

mustered out in July, 1865.

 

He was one of the guards of honor over President Lincoln's remains in Springfield capitol; then went on the stage as a vocalist. He removed to Nebraska in 1868, settling in Seward County, where he followed farming for four years, when he moved to Fairmont and followed the music business and kept a restaurant.

 

In 1876, he was elected Justice of the Peace, and served four years, at the same time studying law, being admitted to the bar in 1878, and has followed that profession since.

 

He was married in 1867, in Whiteside County, Ill., to Kate E. Cummins, daughter of Judge Cummins, now of York, Neb. They have three boys living--Macvicar W. S., Harry H. and Edward Centennial. Two girls deceased.

 

He is a member of the Blue Lodge of A., F. & A. M., K. of H., and Past Commander of the G. A. R.

 

Source:  Andreas History of Nebraska

 

 

 

 

 

J. A. EDNEY

 

Fairmont, was born in Dearborn Co., Ind., in 1849, where he lived until fifteen years old, when he removed to Lyons, Iowa, where he remained for nine years, following the hardware and tinner's trade; from there he removed, in 1874, to Exeter, Neb., where he engaged in the hardware and implement business, which he followed until December, 1880, when he sold out and established agricultural implement and carriage warehouse in Fairmont, which is running at the present time.

 

He was married in 1872, in Gloucester City, N. J., to Gertrude Howarth. They have one child living, and one deceased.

 

Source:  Andreas History of Nebraska

 

 

 

 

G. W. JOHNSTON

 

M. D., was born in Parisburg, Va., in 1851.

 

He was educated at Henry College, Emory, Va.; lived in that State until 1873, when he removed to Fairmont, Neb., and engaged in practice of medicine until 1876, when he removed to California, stopping at Marysville

and Nicholas for about one year, when he returned to Fairmont and resumed his practice, which he has

followed since, being the first permanent physician in Fillmore County.

 

He graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City, in 1872, with the degree of M. D.

 

He was married in 1880, in Fairmont, to Miss McKelvy.

 

He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the Knights of Honor.

 

Source:  Andreas History of Nebraska

 

 

 

 

L. T. Calkins

 

The managing editor of the Bulletin, was born in Barnerville, N. Y., August 2, 1852. He attended school in Troy and Franklin during his boyhood days.

 

In 1870, he removed to Burlington, Iowa. From there he went to Keokuk, Iowa, where he was engaged as principal of one of the ward schools for nearly three years. He then attended the Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill., until 1874, when he returned to Burlington, and began work on the Daily Hawkeye. He was engaged first in the business office and then on the editorial staff. In 1878, he left the Hawkeye and removed to Fairmont, Neb.

 

Here he purchased the Bulletin, which he edited until July 1, 1881, when he sold out to E. C. Sawyer, and then purchased the Lincoln Daily Globe, which he published until the next December, when he again returned to Fairmont and took charge of the Bulletin as managing editor.

 

In 1879, he was appointed Postmaster at Fairmont, which position he resigned in the spring of 1882.

 

He was married at Burlington, Iowa, February 16, 1877.

     

Source:  Andreas History of Nebraska

 

     

     

MRS. BELLE G. BIGELOW   

Woman suffragist and prohibitionist, born on a farm in Gilead, Mich., 16th February, 1851.

Her education was confined to the district school.

She has been from early childhood an omnivorous reader.

Her mother died when Belle was ten years old.

At the age of eighteen she began to teach.

In 1869 she was married to George R. Bigelow, of Ravenna, Ohio.  They removed and settled in Geneva, Neb., being the first residents of that place.  After eight years of quiet home life, the question of the woman suffrage amendment being brought before the people, she entered into its advocacy.

Soon becoming known as a talker and writer on that subject, she was elected president of the county Equal Suffrage Association and sent as a delegate to the State convention in Omaha. There she made her first appearance as a public speaker and her reception encouraged a continuance of work in that line.

The next winter, in Lincoln, she was elected to the office of State secretary and traveled over the State in the interest of the amendment, making effective speeches where opportunity offered and awakening much interest in the subject. She was twice a candidate for county superintendent of instruction on the prohibition ticket, and represented the State in the national convention of that party held in Indianapolis in 1888.

She has served for five years as secretary of the Lincoln Woman's Christian Temperance Union, being a member of the union in its infancy. She is superintendent of foreign work for the State union, and was elected delegate to the national convention in Boston in 1891. She is known as an interesting writer for the press on both religious and secular topics.

She has been the mother of seven children, four of whom are living.

 

American Women Fifteen Hundred Biographies, Volume 1, Publ. 1897

Transcribed by:  Marla Snow

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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