NEGenWeb Project
Resource Center, On-Line Library




Elsie, Jessie, Willard and one child that died in infancy. Mr. Warner has ever proved himself a loyal citizen and is wide awake to every movement that will particularly benefit Scottsbluff county.

   FREDRICK J. COLBERT, M. D., is a native of this state and a representative of several of its oldest pioneer families. He has been engaged in medical practice at Gering for several years with marked professional success, and the high esteem in which he is held personally is evidenced in his election to the highest municipal office in the gift of his fellow citizens, on April 1, 1919. Mayor Colbert has entered upon the duties of his office with the hearty good wishes of every one, and with the determination to devote his splendid abilities to promote the best interests of Gering.
   Frederick J. Colbert was born in Cass county, Nebraska, September 27, 1889, the eldest of three sons born to John W. and Lucy (Frisbee) Colbert, the former of whom was born in Michigan and the latter in Iowa, and both came with their parents to Nebraska, in 1868. The maternal grandfather of Dr. Colbert was a veteran of the Civil War, in which he had served in an Illinois regiment for four years and been seriously wounded, from the effects of which he died when aged forty-three years. He was a native of New York state. The paternal grandfather of Dr. Colbert was James Colbert, who was born in Huntingdonshire, England. He came to Nebraska in 1868 and homesteaded in Cass county. The parents of Dr. Colbert were married in Nebraska and both live in comfortable estate at Weeping Water, where the father has real estate interests and is a farmer and stockman. He is a Republican in politics and belongs to the Masonic fraternity. Dr. Colbert has two brothers: Harry E., who has just completed post-graduate work in a dental college at Chicago, now located at Gering, and Horton R., who is a student in the high school of Weeping Water.
   In the public schools of Cass county, Fredrick J. Colbert received his early educational training. In 1913 he won his A. B. degree in the University of Nebraska, and in 1917 the degree of M. D. was conferred upon him at Rush Medical College, Chicago. He came immediately to Gering and entered upon a general practice. It is almost impossible in modern days, for intelligent and progressive men to keep out of politics, and Dr. Colbert was well schooled in the principles of the Republican party from boyhood.
   On June 19, 1914, Dr., Colbert was united in marriage to Miss Maude O. Case, who was born in Cass county, Nebraska, and they have one son, Frederick Case Colbert, who was born December 22, 1916. Dr. and Mrs. Colbert are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is somewhat prominent in local Masonic circles and both he and wife belong to the Eastern Star.

   JAMES A. CARD, a well known and respected member of the younger farmer element of Scottsbluff county, who stands high in the agricultural and stock-raising circles of this section, has passed the greater part of his life here and has seen the many changes that have transformed the Panhandle into a rich farming district.
   Mr. Card was born in New York State in 1881, being the son of John and Martha (MaryHaue) Card, both natives of the Empire state where they were reared, received their educational advantages and after maturity met and were married there. Both are now dead. John Card was a farmer and as land was high in New York he determined to take advantage of the opportunity of land for himself and his children in the newer states west of the Mississippi river, and with this end in view came to Nebraska in 1885, took up a claim in township. eighteen, section seven, Scottsbluff county, where he established the family. Mr. Card broke his land, put up the necessarily primitive farm buildings of the pioneer days, and soon became a well known farmer and stock-raiser of the section. He was a Republican in politics and attended the Baptist church with his wife who was a member.
   James A. Card accompanied his parents to western Nebraska when they located on their frontier farm. He was but a small child at the time and as he grew up hardly realized that he was not a native son. Mr. Card attended the public schools near his home and thus laid the foundation for a good education which has proved of great value to him in his subsequent business career. While still young he began to assume many of the small tasks on the home place and thus from childhood, began to acquire a practical knowledge of farm industry. There were six children in the family. Alice, married Charles White of Sioux City, Iowa; Lydia, the wife of Ira Nagel, of Scottsbluff county; Fred, who lives with James; Hattie, the wife of Frank Schumacher of Montana; and Merle, also of Sioux City.
   Mr. Card was not contented always to work for others, and when he was old enough took



up a homestead of six hundred and forty acres, and in partnership with his brother now manages a ranch of four full sections, some under lease. They carry on general farming operations but devote most of their time to the cattle business as a large part of their holdings is fine grazing land. They are shrewd buyers and long sellers and today are recognized as two of the most prosperous and substantial men of the Hull district, where they have won enviable reputations as men of high standing and character.

    HENRY KASCHKA, has been. successfully engaged in agricultural and dairying enterprise during the greater part of his residence in Garden county, where he now owns and gives his personal supervision to a well improved farm of five hundred and twenty acres, situated about five miles north of Oshkosh. He came to America as a young man endowed with ambition and determination, but dependent entirely upon his own efforts in making his way to the goal of independence and prosperity. He has succeeded well and has so ordered his course as to merit and receive the confidence and good will of those with whom he has come in contact.
   Mr. Kaschka was born in Pormer, Germany, on January 27, 1851, a son of Frederick and Wihelmina Kaschka, who passed their entire lives in the native land, the father, a weaver by trade, having died when about sixty years of age and the mother having attained to the venerable age of eighty years. Henry Kaschka was educated in the schools of his native province and was twenty-six years old when he immigrated to America. He passed the first five years in Illinois and then proceeded to Colorado, where he took up and perfected title to a homestead, which he developed and improved. Eventually requisition for his land was made by the Yuma Ditch Company, which used it for a site of an irrigation reservoir, and Mr. Kaschka was paid substantial indemnity when his farm was condemned for this purpose. In 1910, he came to Nebraska and has since been continuously engaged in farming and the dairy business in Garden county. He is a good citizen and a man of purposeful industry, his political support being given to the Republican party and both he and his wife being communicants of the Lutheran church.
   March 24, 1887, recorded the marriage of Mr. Kaschka to Miss Wilhelmina Press. They have four sons and four daughters: Mrs. Martha Blaissey, of Oshkosh, has two children; Carl was one of the gallant young Americans who entered the nation's military service in connection with the World War, and was trained at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and is now engaged in farming in Garden county; Mrs. Emma Haxtell, who has three children, reside at Clair City, South Dakota, as does Ella, and John, Hannah, Henry and Ernest remain at home.

    ROY E. SWANSON, is a member of one of the sterling pioneer families of this state. He is one of the successful and popular young farmers of Garden county, where his well improved farm, of one hundred and sixty acres, is situated two and one-half miles northwest of Oshkosh.
   Roy Eugene Swanson was born in Saunders county, Nebraska, December 28, 1890, a son of August and Anna M. (Rosenberg) Swanson, both of whom were born in Sweden but whose marriage took place in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. August Swanson was a young man when he emigrated from Sweden to the United States, and upon coming to Nebraska he settled near Wahoo, Saunders county, where he took up a homestead and eventually developed a good farm. He was one of the well known and highly honored pioneers of that county, where he won substantial prosperity and lived many years. He and his wife now reside at Oshkosh, Garden county. Both Mr. and Mrs. Swanson are members of the Lutheran church. They had ten children: Cyril, Gilbert, Roy, Lillian, Eva, Minna, Esther, Hazel, Wilma and Grace.
   Mr. Swanson was a child at the time the family came from his native county to Platte county, where he was reared on the home farm and attended the public schools. He continued to be associated with his father in farm enterprise until he was twenty-four years of age, when he formed a partnership with his brother Cyril E. and they established a dray line at Oshkosh. He also took up a homestead, two miles northeast of Oshkosh, a property on which he proved up and upon which he made good improvements. During the year that he was associated with his brother in the dray business they entered claim to a quarter-section of land two and one-half miles northwest of the town, the present home of Roy E., who, took possession after he had purchased his brother's interest and who demonstrated his splendid capacity for diversified agriculture, the raising of cattle, including the development of a prosperous dairy business, and the raising of hogs, of which he has an average of fifty head a year. He is a pro-

Prior page
General index
Next page

   © 1999, 2000, 2001 for NEGenWeb Project by Pam Rietsch, Ted & Carole Miller