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Is accounted, and justly so, one of the successful farmers of Hall County, Neb., and is one of the early settlers of Center Township.


He was born in Ottawa County, Ohio, June 17, 1846, but his father, who also bore the name of George Lothrop, was born near Rochester, N. Y., September 18, 1809, and was a son of Lothrop and Sabra Rouse.


The father of the subject of this sketch was marrieed to Miss Mary Knapp, born in the "Nutmeg State" September 18, 1817, their union taking place in Ottawa County, Ohio, about 1837, and resulting in the birth of eight children, of whom George Lothrop was the fifth. Their names are: Mary Sabra (born January 8, 1839), Laura (August 3, 1841), Clara Lucretia (January 10, 1843, deceased), Betsey Wilson (September 24, 1844, and died November 20, 1864), George Lothrop, Ida Iantha Irene (April 24, 1848), Joseph (born July 30, 1850, and died February 26, 1854) and Deborah Ann (born December 20, 1851).


The father, who was a carpenter by trade and followed farming and stock-raising throughout the latter part of his life, died in Ottawa County, Ohio, May 26, 1851. Some two or three years later his widow married Robert Killey, withwhom she now resides in Ottawa County, and by whom she has three children: Frances, Blanche and William H.


The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood and youth on the old home farm on which he was born, and during the winter months attended the district schools and during the summer assisted in tilling the soil. When sixteen years of age he entered Baldwin University at Berea, Ohio, but after attending this institution two terms he entered Oberlin College, of Oberlin, Ohio, which institution he attended two terms.


When twenty-one years of age he entered upon the avocation of a teacher, and altogether taught five consecutive terms, the second term being in his old home district in Ottawa County, and the first, third, fourth and fifth in Whiteside County, Ill. His last two terms were taught during the winter of 1872-73 and 1873-74.


Meanwhile, in the fall of 1872, he came to Hall County, Neb., and bought 320 acres of land in what was then  Alda Precinct.


November 13, 1873, he was married in Whiteside County, Ill., to Miss Susanna Augusta Rexroad, she having be en born in that county May 8, 1875, being a daughter of Henry and Mehulda (Hoffman) Rexroad. The father was a Virginian born June 7, 1815, a son of Henry Rexroad, who was also born in that State, being the son of another Henry Rexroad. The mother of Mrs. Rouse was born in the "Old Dominion" in 1825, and was a daughter of Michael and Susanna (Sommers) Hoffman, who also belonged to the F. F. V.'s. [Transcriber's note: F. F. V. stands for "First Families of Virginia."]  


Mr. and Mrs. Rexroad were married in Whiteside County, Ill., about 1845, [Note: the marriage took place Mar. 15, 1846] and reared a family of three children, of whom Mrs. Rouse was the youngest, only two being now alive, the other member being Adam Francis. Eliza Ann died at the age of five years. The mother of these children died in May, 1853, and in 1857 [August 12, 1857 in Henderson Co., IL] the father wedded Mary M. Thompson, with whom he now resided in Morrison, Whiteside County, Ill. Mrs. Rouse spent all her early life in her native county and received a very good early education. During her early womanhood she taught school for three years in Whiteside County, her first term being taught at the age of eighteen years.


  In the spring of 1874, or just after closing his last term of school, Mr. Rouse, in company with his wife, came to Hall County, Neb., and began housekeeping, seven and a half miles west of the county court house at Grand Island.


Ever since that time Mr. Rouse has given his attention to agriculture, and is now considered one of the leading farmers and stockmen of the county.


He has made a number of additions to his original purchase of land, and is now the owner of a magnificent farm of 640 acres.


He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, she having joined at the age of sixteen years, and Mr. Rouse is a member of the Masonic Lodge, in which he has reached the degree of Knight Templar. He is also a member of the A. O. U. W., and organized the third Farmers' Alliance in the State, and was sent as a delegated to the first State Alliance.


He has always been a stanch Republican in politics, and in November, 1885, was elected a member of the county board of supervisors and has served in that capacity ever sice, having been re-elected in 1886-87-88 and again in 1889. During the past three years he has served as chairman of the board. He is at present chairman of the Republican County Central Committee, having been elected in the fall of 1889, and takes a lively interest in political affairs, and is one of his party's most active workers in the county.


He is an intelligent and influential man, and as a citizen holds a prominent place. He and wife are hightly respected and have many warm friends.


Their family is as follows: George Lothrop (born March 24, 1875), Mabel Margaret Augusta (born April 15, 1877), Henry Francis (born May 19, 1879), William Wayne (born March 30, 1881), Blake Howard (born May 10, 1883), Mary Laura (born January 31, 1885), Ida Agnes (born February 12, 1887) and an infant son (born August 24, 1889,

and died unnamed.)



1890 Hall County History

"Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton Counties"
Published 1890 by the Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill


Contributed by:  Marji Turner  (Courtesy of:  Christine Walters)





Robert Taylor   


Robert Taylor, Statesman of Grand Island, Neb., was born in 1846 in Berwickshire,Scotland. In 1866 he went to Pennsylvania; and the following spring moved to California by the Nicaragua Route. In 1880 he trailed sheep from California to Wyoming; was one of the pioneers of the business; owns a ranch in Wyoming; and a breeding and feeding farm of nine thousand acres in Nebraska. He has served two terms in the legislature of Wyoming as State Senator from Natrona County.


Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914

Transcribed by:  AFOFG




Leslie Boodry, Jr.   


Leslie Boodry, Jr.,  one of the enterprising and industrious farmers of Hall County, conducts his agricultural operations very successfully. He is listed with the intelligent and progressive citizens of South Loup township.

Mr. Broody was horn in Cameron township, Hall County, October 29, 1888, the son of Leslie and Dora (Paul) Boodry, the former of whom was born in the state of New York in 1866 and the latter in 1869. They now live near Aurora, Nebraska, where Mr. Broody conducts a ranch. Of their family of eleven children, Leslie Boodry, Jr., was the second born, the others being: James, who lives at Angora; David, a mechanic in a government aviation field in Texas; Frank, a ranchman near Angora; Warren, who served one year and five months in a training camp at Jacksonville, Florida, during the World War; Theodore and Ila, both of whom reside at home; Eunice, who is a teacher at Angora, and Phoebe, Dorothy and Edith, all of whom live at home.

Leslie Boodry, Jr., obtained his education in the public schools. He has made farming and stock raising his business ever since he reached manhood and has taken so much interest in the work that he has been unusually successful. In 1907 he located in Morrill County, Nebraska, where he continued to live until 1914 when he came to Hall County, locating one mile west of his present farm and then came to the one he is yet operating, which he rents from Phoebe A. Fuller. He keeps everything in good repair and an air of plenty and appearance of thrift, indicate Mr. Boodry's thoroughness and industry. On an average he keeps fifteen head of cattle, thirty head of hogs and six horses. Mr. Boodry married Miss Rachel Clugy, who was born in 1891, in Iowa, and they have one son, Leslie William, who is now four years old, a bright engaging child, Mr. Boodry is an independent voter. While living in Morrill County he served one year on the school board, but has accepted no public office since coming to Hall County.


"History of Hall County, Nebraska : a narrative of the past..." Lincoln, Neb.: Western Pub. and Engraving Co., 1920 - KT

Sub by:   FoFG



Robert Taylor   


Tavlor Spur Grand Island, Neb.,  Robert Taylor, State Senator of Wyoming, was born in 1846, in Berwickshire, Scotland. In 1866 he went to Pennsylvania; and the following spring moved to California by the Nicaragua route. In 1880 he trailed sheep from California to Wyoming; was one of the pioneers of the business; owns a ranch in Wyoming; and a breeding and feeding farm of nine thousand acres in Nebraska. He has served two terms in the Legislature of Wyoming as State Senator from Natrona County; and resides at Tavlor Spur, Grand Island, Neb.


Herringshaw's American blue-book of Biography: Prominent Americans of 1912- An Accurate Biographical Record of Prominent Citizens of All Walks of Life

Transcribed and contributed by:  Therman Keller