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MR. AND MRS. JESSE PICKERING.
as an ambitious young man of about twenty years, he came to old Cheyenne county, Nebraska, where he purchased land in what is now the north central part of Scottsbluff county. Here he has applied himself with all of vigor and determination, and the passing years have brought to him well merited success. His landed estate now comprises three hundred and sixteen acres, and of the tract one hundred and thirty-four acres receive irrigation from the Mitchell ditch while one hundred acres are similarly provided for by a government irrigation project. He gives his attention to diversified farming and the raising of good grades of horses and cattle, while he has erected good buildings and made other modern improvements on his place.
Mr. Beebe has been loyal in the support of all things tending to advance the general welfare of his home community, county and state, and is one of the popular pioneer citizens of Scottsbluff county. His political views are expressed in staunch support given to the cause of the Republican party, and while he has not sought office his civic loyalty has caused his to give efficient service in the position of school director and also that of road overseer. In a fraternal way he is, affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Mr. Beebe wedded Miss Ida May Billings, who likewise was born and reared in Iowa, where her father, L. W. Billings still resides. In conclusion is given brief record concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Beebe: Ralph is engaged in farm enterprise in Wyoming; V. C. is a prosperous farmer in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Walter and Clarence remain at the parental home and are associated with their father in the activities of the farm; Mabel is the wife of Carl Smith, of Mitchell, this county; and Bessie, Goldie, Leo and Alda are the younger members of the ideal home circle.
JESSE PICKERING, who for many years was one of Scottsbluff county's most worthy citizens, widely known and highly respected for his sterling traits of character, was born in Fulton county, Illinois, March 1, 1847, and died on his Nebraska homestead, September 26, 1915. For thirty-three years he had been a resident of this county. He was a son of Curtis and Mary (Stroade) Pickering, who were natives and life-long residents of Ohio, until 1848, when they moved to Fulton county, Illinois, settling in a neighborhood where there were already many Quakers, they being members of the Society of Friends.
In 1879 Jesse Pickering went to Cheyenne county and in 1886 came to Scottsbluff county, Nebraska, where he secured a homestead of 160 acres and a timber claim of equal extent. In 1915 his wife homesteaded and still owns her 120-acre homestead, together with other land, and pays taxes on 280 acres, all well improved and the greater part of which is irrigated. Mr. Pickering was a judicious farmer and for many years he was also prominent in the public affairs of the county. He was a veteran of the Civil War, after which be came to the West and a measure of military dignity always lingered with him, together with personal courage and an irreproachable character. He was a Republican in politics.
Mr. Pickering was married in Illinois to Miss Lucy Reese, who was born in Ohio, February 3, 1850. Her parents were Alexander and Rachel (Tingler) Reese, natives of Pennsylvania. They came to Nebraska at a later date and died on their farm here. Mr. and Mrs. Pickering had four children: William S., who manages his mother's farms; Sylvester, who married and then moved to Colorado; and Irena, who is now Mrs. Scoffield and lives at Gering, Nebraska, Jacob, who died at the age of twenty-eight years in Missouri, grew to manhood in Nebraska. The family belongs to the Society of Friends.
ALONZO L. MOON is to be credited with being one of the energetic and broad-guaged (sic) exponents of farm enterprise in Scottsbluff county, where he is a representative of the younger generation of those who are here contributing much to the industrial supremacy of the county along agricultural and live-stock lines. His farm is in the Mitchell neighborhood and is situated in section 6, township 23-55, where he is the owner of three hundred acres, of which about one hundred and twenty acres are provided with effective irrigation, so that his agricultural activities have the proper basis for assured success. Mr. Moon established his residence here in 1908, when he acquired his present farm by purchasing a relinquishment to the claim. He has made many substantial improvements on the place, including the erection of good buildings, and here he diversifies his activities, by raisng (sic) the crops best suited to the soil and climate, and by breeding and feeding good types of live stock. He gives special prominence to the propagation of alfalfa and finds this a very profitable feature of his enterprise. He is one of the popular and influential men of his community, is a Democrat in his political allegiance, and has held for eleven years the office of school director and has otherwise given. staunch support to those things that conserve the general
well-being of the community. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Congregational church.
Mr. Moon was born in Page county, Iowa, on the 14th of May, 1882, and is a son of M. C. and Frances (Anderson) Moon, both natives of the Buckeye state, where they were reared and educated and where their marriage was solemnized. The father was born in Ross county, Ohio, in 1850, and his death occurred in Valley county, Nebraska, in 1907, his widow, who was born in Greenfield, Ohio, in 1852, being still a resident of Valley county. Of the eight children, the subject of this review is the eldest of the three surviving: Dora, is the wife of Milo Russell, of Edinburg, Texas; and Stella is the wife of Charles Luedtke, a farmer near Arcadia, Valley county, Nebraska. In politics the father was not a strict partisan and his religious faith was that of the Congregational church, of which his widow has long been a devoted member. Mr. Moon served as justice of the peace and also as school moderator. From Ohio he removed to Iowa, in which state he continued his activities as a farmer until 1883, when he came with his family to Nebraska and entered homestead and timber claims near Arcadia, Valley county, where he developed a valuable farm, where his death occurred. His widow is still living in that county. He was a man of sterling character and achieved worthy success through his association with farm enterprise in Valley county.
Alonzo L. Moon was a child at the time of the family home was established in Valley county, where he was reared to adult age. After completing the curriculum of the public schools, including that of the high school at Arcadia, he continued his studies at Crete Academy, where he finally entered Doane College, in which he continued his studies three years, the following year having found him enrolled as a student in the University of Nebraska, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1906. In 1908, as previously noted, Mr. Moon established his residence on his present farm, and he has since continued as one of the vigorous and successful devotees of farm enterprise in Scottsbluff county, where he and his wife are held in the highest esteem.
The year 1906 recorded the marriage of Mr. Moon to Miss Rhoda Whitman, who was, born in the state of Nebraska, and they have four children--Frederick, Josephine, Millard C. and David. In the home of Mr. Moon was reared Miss Lucille Whitworth, who remained eight years and who is now married, and her sister Mary has been for six years in the Moon home circle.
HENRY E. RUSSELL, who is one of the live real estate men of Mitchell and Henry associated with his brother, H. G. Russell, in the vigorous little city of Mitchell, Scottsbluff county, is not to be denied pioneer distinction in this county, where he established his residence more than thirty years ago and where he became a successful exponent of farm development. He here took up homestead and tree claims, of one hundred and sixty acres each, in the year 1887, and with confidence and prevision he applied himself earnestly to the reclaiming of the land into productiveness, an enterprise in which he succeeded admirably. He gave his attention to diversified agriculture and stock-raising and he still owns one hundred and twenty acres of land in the Mitchell vicinity, this being one of the well improved farms of this part of the county and having excellent irrigation facilities from the Mitchell ditch. After having improved his land, a portion of which he eventually sold at a distinct profit, Mr. Russell finally retired from the farm, and from 1905 until the spring of 1919 he was manager for the Carr & Neff Lumber Company at Mitchell, save that he passed a portion of the year 1912 in the state of Washington, to which he went principally for the recuperation of his health, which had become somewhat impaired, but while in Washington he was employed for a time by a lumber company. He is one of the well known and highly esteemed pioneer citizens of Scottsbluff county and well merits consideration in this publication.
Mr. Russell was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, on the 14th of October, 1865, and he is the son of Calvin W. and Lydia, (Spargo) Russell, the former of whom was born in the state of New York, in 1832, and the latter of whom was born in Ohio, in 1835. Mrs. Russell passed to the life eternal in 1896, and her husband survived her by more than twenty years, his death having occurred in February, 1917, after he had attained the venerable age of nearly eighty-five years. Calvin W. Russell became a pioneer farmer in Grant county, Wisconsin, where he continued his residence until 1888, when he came to Nebraska and established his residence in that part of Cheyenne county that is now comprised in Scottsbluff county. Here he filed entry on a homestead and a tree claim, to which he perfected his
title in due course, and he developed a considerable portion of the three hundred and twenty acres into productive farm land, the while he was honored and valued as one of the sterling pioneer citizens of the county, where both he and his wife passed the closing years of their lives, both having been consistent members of the Christian church and his political faith having been that of the Republican party. Of the ten children two died in infancy, another died at the age of one year and Esther at the age of twelve years; Mary, married Charles F. Peckham, of Gothenburg, Dawson county; Henry E. is the immediate subject of this sketch; James R. is a successful farmer near Mitchell; Rose is the wife of Joel Jackson, of Mesa, Arizona; Lawrence likewise resides at Mesa; Clarence is engaged in the real-estate business at Gilbert, Arizona; and Herbert G. is similarly engaged at Henry, Scottsbluff county, Nebraska.
Henry E. Russell was reared to manhood in the old Badger state, where he was given the advantages of the public schools and where he continued his association with farm activities until 1887, when he came to what is now Scottsbluff county, Nebraska, and took up government land, as has been noted in a preceding paragraph of this review. He has been a true disciple of civic and industrial progress in this favored section of Nebraska, where he has achieved independence and prosperity through his own well directed endeavors and where he commands secure place in popular confidence and good will. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party, and he has served as a member of the township board of supervisors, as precinct assessor and as school director. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellow, the Masonic fraternity, including the Order of the Eastern Star, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Brotherhood of American Yeoman, both he and his wife being members of the Christian church at Mitchell.
The year 1896 made record of the marriage of Mr. Russell to Miss Blanche Nichols, who is a native of the state of Kansas, and they have three children, all of whom remain members of the family home circle--Warren S., Ruth and Doris. The only son is giving his attention to the operation of a farm tractor and is one of the popular young men of Pheonix (sic), Arizona.
FRANK ALLISON has been a resident of Scottsbluff county since 1910 and is one of the enterprising and vital younger representatives of farm industry in the north central part of the county, where his well improved farm comprises eighty acres, all of which tract is to be covered by irrigation facilities provided through the government irrigation project in this locality. Further interest attaches to the career of Mr. Allison by reason of the fact that he is a native of Nebraska and has inherited the full measure of energy and progressiveness for which this commonwealth almost invariably makes provision.
Mr. Allison was born in York county, Nebraska, on the 28th of January, 1888, and is a son of Frank and Rose (Jacobs) Allison, both of whom are now deceased, the father having passed away when fifty-six years of age. Of the four children the subject of this sketch is the youngest; Ray is a resident of Stratton; Lloyd is identified with real estate enterprises in the state of Washington; and Harry is a prosperous farmer near Mitchell, Scottsbluff county. The father became a successful farmer in York county and also gave attention to the teaching of music, in which domain he had much talent. He was successful as an agriculturist and also in the raising of fine grades of cattle and horses, the while he was a citizen who ever commanded the confidence and esteem of all with whom he came in contact in the various relations of life. He was a Democrat in politics and his wife was a devoted members of the Christian church, she having assisted in the erection of the church of this denomination at York and also in the establishing of the college there maintained under the auspices of this denomination.
He whose name introduces this review gained his youthful education in the public schools of York county, where he early gained experience in connection with the varied activities of the home farm. He continued his residence in that county until 1910, when he purchased a farm in Scottsbluff county where he lived until 1919 when he bought his present farm where he is notably successful in his progressive activities as an agriculturist and stockgrower, his being one of the model smaller farms of this section of the county.
In politics Mr. Allison is not constrained by specific partisan dictates, but votes in accordance with his judgment. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Royal Highlanders, his religious faith being that of the Methodist Episcopal church and his wife being a member of the Presbyterian church.
In April, 1913, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Allison to Miss Dessa Morrison, a
daughter of Amos C. Morrison, of whom specific mention is made on other pages of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Allison have two, children--Margaret and Frank, Jr.
BARTON E. LANE is one of the native sones (sic) of Nebraska whose fealty to the state has never faltered and whose good judgment has led him into successful enterprise as one of the representative farmers of the younger generation in Scottsbluff county, where he is associated with his brother Kent in the active management of a well improved ranch of one hundred and sixty acres in section 1, township 23-57, about four and one-half miles distant from Morrill, which is their postoffice address.
Mr. Lane was born at Crete, Saline county, this state, on the 11th of October, 1888, and is a son of William H. and Mary J. (Deems) Lane, the former a native of Indiana and the latter of Pennsylvania. The father still resides at La Feria, Texas and the mother passed away in 1909, at the age of fifty years. Of the children the eldest is Noble, who is now a resident of Sheridan, Wyoming, where he is engaged in the hardware business; Gertrude is the wife of F. E. Dewey, who is identified with coal mining enterprise in the state of Colorado; Neva M. is the wife of S. E. Adams, a farmer in Morrill county, Nebraska; Kent, who is associated with the subject of this sketch in the control of the farm, has been in the military service of the government in connection with the World War, he having been assigned to instruction and duty at Camp Mills, New York, as one of the representatives of Scottsbluff county in the great war ordeal; and the two younger children died in infancy. The father is a Republican in politics, has served in various local offices of public trust and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He became a successful contractor in the construction of irrigation and drainage ditches and on his removal to Scottsbluff county he here became identified with the reclamation service, besides which he took up a homestead of eighty acres, which he has reclaimed and improved and upon which he erected in 1919, a modem house of seven rooms.
B. E. Lane, was reared and educated in Saline county, and in 1907 he came with his parents to Scottsbluff county, where he has gained a position of security as one of the substantial young farmers and stock growers of this section of the state, the greater part of the farm being provided with irrigation facilities of excellent order. A loyal and progressive citizen, Mr. Lane is an independent voter in political matters and is actively identified with the Nonpartisan League. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, in which he has received the thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and also with the Modern Woodmen of America.
May 13, 1913, recorded the marriage of Mr. Lane to Miss Nellie J. Bohl, who was born in Colorado, and their attractive home is brightened by the presence of their three children--Goldie Marie, and Barton and Francis, who are twins.
AMOS C. MORRISON is one of the distinctly substantial and representative figures in connection with agricultural and live-stock industry in Scottsbluff county, where he established his residence on the 15th of October, 1898, and where he is now the owner of a splendid ranch property of seven hundred and twenty acres. There are many points of special interest in the record of his career. He has the distinction of being a native of the historic Old Dominion state, was a pioneer cattle man in Wyoming, prior to which he had been a resident of Iowa, and since coming to Nebraska he has achieved large and worthy success in connection with farm industry, besides which he is vice-president of the American State Batik in the city of Scottsbluff.
Mr. Morrison was born in Frederick county, near Winchester, Virginia, on the 23d of March, 1860, and in the same fine old commonwealth were born his parents, Amos and Elizabeth Catherine (Miller) Morrison, who were residents of that state at the time of their death. Amos Morrison was a prosperous agriculturist in Virginia at the inception of the Civil War, which great struggle brought financial and industrial distaster (sic) to him, as it did to nearly all other citizens on the southern stage of the war activities. Within the progress of the war he served as a teamster in the Virginia militia and eventually he again placed himself in a position of definite independence and prosperity. He attended and supported the United Brethren church, of which his wife was a member, and after the close of the Civil War he became an active supporter of the Republican party. Of the children only two are now living. James, the eldest of the number, was a resident of Virginia at the time of his death; Elizabeth is deceased; Anna is deceased; Belle is deceased; the subject of this, review was the next in order of birth; and Milroy and John are deceased.
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