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of California, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico, also to obtain
forestry data for territory between the Mississippi river and the Pacific
coast, and special agent to obtain national data for the United States
treasury department. He was a delegate to the national convention
which first nominated General Grant for president, and was a member
of the committee on resolutions.

While a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 29th of October, 1845,
Mr. Furnas was married to Miss Mary E. McComas, and eight children



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were born to them, six sons and two daughters, as follows: William
Edward, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 13, 1846, served
as a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war, and died in a hos-
pital at Omaha, Nebraska, 'December 16, 1862; Filmore Taylor, born
in Troy, Ohio, October 29, 1848, died in Brownville, Nebraska, April
21, 1864; Arthur W. was born in Troy, Ohio, June 30, 1850; George
Gilbert was born in that city on the 25th of May, 1852, and married
Charlotte Judkins, at Brownville, September 25, 1873 ; John Somerville
Inskip, who was born in Troy, Ohio, February 6, 1855, married Martha
Cook in California, May 14, 1889; Mollie, who was born in Brownville,
June 25, 1857, was married in this city June 16, 1880, to William. J.
Weber; Celia Hensley was born in this city June 29, i860, was here
married, June 5, 1895, to Edward E. Lowman; and Robert, who was
born in Brownville August 29, 1862, died in the Omaha Indian reserva-
tion on the 1 6th of May, 1864. Mr. and Mrs. Furnas have a unique
volume entitled "The Golden Anniversary of Robert W. Furnas and
Mary E. Furnas," dated Brownville, Nebraska, 1895, contains one hun-
dred and seventeen pages and is filled with reminiscences and congratula-
tory letters from their many friends. This volume is dedicated to their
children. Mr. Furnas is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic
and the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He has
filled all the grand chairs in the Masonic bodies of the state, also in the
order of Odd Fellows in Nebraska and served as representative to the
grand lodge of the United States. Li religion he was born a Quaker,
but when nineteen years old identified himself with the Methodist church,
and after coming to Nebraska connected himself with the Presbyterian
church, of which he is yet a member.



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CHARLES F. STEWART, M. p.

Dr. Charles F. Stewart, of Auburn, has practiced medicine in the
territory and state of Nebraska longer than any other living physician,
and from the pioneer days to the present has enjoyed a most honorable
and useful career both as a professional man and as a civilian.

Dr. Stewart was born in Switzerland county, Indiana, August 28,
1832, so that he has already passed the age of threescore and ten, and
is yet active and vigorous in the prosecution of his daily duties. He
came to Nemaha county, in the then territoiy of Nebraska, in 1857, and
this county has been the principal theatre of his activity in all the many
subsequent years. He was acting assistant surgeon during the war of
the i-ebellion. He was for a number of years superintendent of the
Nebraska Hospital for the Insane at- Lincoln, He was a member of the
state board of health for seven years. He has been a United States
examining surgeon for the pension department for more than twenty
years, and in addition to all these duties and responsibilities has been
continually engaged in the practice of his profession in the territory and
state, so that now, in point of years of service, he is the dean of the med-
ical fraternity of Nebraska.



GEORGE L. LORE.

George L. Lore, who has been serving as county clerk of Pawnee
county, Nebraska, since his election in 1901, is one of the popular county
officials and a resident of Pawnee City. He is a native son of the county,
and has lived within its boundaries all his life, so that he deserves men-



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tion as well for his own honorable career as also for the fact that he is
a son of a pioneer homesteader and long-established citizen of the state.

His father, John P. Lore, after a long and useful life, has retired
from active business affairs and is now enjoying the fruits of his labors,
being a retired resident of Dubois, Pawnee county. He wa's born in
\\^ayne county, Ohio, where he was reared and educated. He afterward
moved to Missouri, where he married Sarah A. Liggett: After their mar-
riage they left Missouri, and, with firm belief in the future of the
then Territory of Nebraska as destined to become one of the great com-
monwealths of the Mississippi valley, settled in South Fork township,
Pawnee county, where he took up a homestead and developed a fine farm
from the prairie. He has been a Republican most of his life, and served
acceptably as county commissioner for three years, and also held various
other offices. Four children were born to himself and wife : Charles F.,
of Emporia, Kansas; Mrs. Alice Potts, of Dubois, Nebraska; George
L. ; and Mrs. Nellie Bailey, of Carroll, Nebraska.

George L. Lore was born in South Fork township. Pawnee county,
Nebraska, October 25, 1869. He was reared in the same locality, and
enjoyed the advantages of a common school education, which was sup-
plemented by a course at the Iowa Noi'mal College. After he finished
his scholastic career he was for ten years located at Dubois, this county,
but after election to the office of county clerk in 1901 he moved to Pawnee
City. He has always taken an active part in local politics, and during
his incumbency of the present office has discharged his duties faithfully,
conscientiously and ably, and has made friends among all classes of
people.

In 1892 Mr. Lore was married to Miss Katherine Atkinson, a
daughter of Albert G. and Mary Atkinson, who are now living retired
in Dubois. Mr. and Mrs. Lore have two children, Eugene. A. and Mil-



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dred T. Fraternally Mr. Lore is a popular member of the Knights of
Pythias, belonging to the local lodge, No. 94, and has served as a dele-
gate to the general lodge on several occasions. He is a member of the
Methodist church. Upright in principles, pleasant in manner, able and
w^ell fitted for the duties of his office, Mr. Lore is justly regarded as a
representative of the best interests of Pawnee county.



HENRY HARMON.

This venerable citizen, now living retired in Auburn, Nebraska, has
entered the octogenarian ranks. Henry Harmon was born in East Ten-
nessee, February 4, 1823, the son of Virginia parents. Nathan Harmon,
his father, was a gunsmith by trade, at which he worked in Tennessee
and Illinois, he having removed to the last named state in 1828 and set-
tled in Hillsboro, Montgomery county. He married Rebecca Myers,
about 1813, when both were young, the bride in her sixteenth year.
Their children were : Elizabeth, who died in young womanhood ; Polly,
who also died in early life; George, who become the owner of large
tracts of land in Missouri and Nebraska, was twice married and the
father of four children, died in 1899; Lottie, deceased; Henry, whose
name inti^oduces this review; Reuben, deceased; Davidson, a resident of
Kansas City, has a wife and five children; and Mrs. Nancy Jane Beebe,
who has her third husband and is the mother of five children. The father
of this family died in the prime of life, and the mother married again,
a Mr. Fraisher, in Missouri, by whom she had one son, Washington
Fraisher, now a resident of California. She died in 1873, at the age of
seventy-seven years.

Henry Harmon in his youth had only limited advantages for obtain-



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ing an education. He remained at home until he reached his majority,
assisting his father in the shop, and then he took to himself a wife.
With small means the young couple settled down to married life in
Atchison county, Missouri, where they bought eighty acres of land, on
which they farmed four years. From 1853 to 1855 they lived on another
farm in that county. Then, selling out, they came to Nemaha county,
Nebraska, pre-empted . one hundred and sixty acres of land in Doug-
las precinct, where they established their home in a lob cabin, sixteen by
twenty feet in dimensions. Since then Mr. Harmon has owned two
other farms and had as much as four hundred acres at one time. He
has carried on general farming and stock-raising, selling, some of his
cattle to the Chicago market. He sold his last farm a year ago. His
pleasant home, a two-story residence, on the corner of First and High
streets, in Auburn, Mr. Harmon built in 1891.

Mr. Harmon was married March i, 1849, to Miss Margaret Hand-
ley, who was born in Missouri, November 11, 1833, daughter of John
and Elizabeth (Hall) Handley, both natives of Kentucky. In the Hand-
ley family were eight sons and four daughters, all of whom married and
had children, and four of the number are now living. The father died
at the age. of eighty-eight years, in Atchison county, Missouri, and the
mother followed him in death three days later, her age being seventy-
six years. Mr. and Mrs. Harmon reared thirteen of their fourteen
children, eight sons and six daugthers, namely: William, of Auburn,
Nebraska, has a wife and three sons ; John, also of Auburn, is married
and has one daughter ; Mary Ann, who died at the age of nineteen years ;
Rebecca, wife of Jacob Snyder, of Nance county, Nebraska, has five
children; George, of Auburn, is married and has one son and three
daughters; Frank, of Oklahoma territory, has a wife, one son and two
daughters; Sophrona, wife of Hugh Lockard, of Nance county, has a



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son and one daughter; Lavina, wife of William McKinney, of Nemaha
county; Sarah, wife of William Ball, of Nemaha county, has one daugh-
ter and one son; Charles is married- and lives in Auburn; Andrew, of
St. Paul, Minnesota, is married and has one son and two daughters;
Nettie, wife of John McCarty, of Auburn; Harvey, of Columbus, Indi-
ana, is married and has one son and one daughtei^; and Nathan, of
David Cit)r, Nebraska, has a wife and one daughter. Three 'of the sons,
Andrew, Harvey and Nathan, are ministers in the Christian church, and
all are occupying honored and- useful positions in life.

Some years ago, as the result of blood poisoning, Mr. Harmon suf-
fered the loss of his left leg, and he now goes about with the aid of an
artificial limb. He has also been afflicted with partial paralysis. Not-
withstanding these afflictions, however, he retains his strength and facul-
ties to a remarkable degree in his old age, and the weight of his eighty
years rests lightly upon him. Both he and his good wife are devoted
members of the Christian church. Politically Mr. Harmon is a Demo-
crat and filled various township offices.



GEORGE E. DYE.

George E. Dye, a retired farmer and merchant of Auburn, Nebras-
ka, dates his birth in the Empire state, in Yates county, August 6, 1840.
Mr. Dye's father, William Dye, was born in Madison county, New York,
about 1803, and died in Madison, Wisconsin, in the spring of 1865. He
was a son of John Dye, a native of Rhode Island, whose death occurred
in New York state about the year 1843. Both John Dye and his wife
were buried in Cazenovia, New York. She, too, was a native of Rhode
Island and her maiden name was Rhodes. They were the parents of



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nine children, eight sons and one daughter. The daughter died in eai^ly
womanhood. The sons were James, Daniel, John, Walter, Rouse, Wil-
liam, Nathan and Enoch. All married and all except Walter had chil-
dren. Four of these eight sons were Baptist ministers and the other four
were deacons in the Baptist church, and all lived to good old age. Wil-
liam Dye was a minister, and New York and Wisconsin were the field of
his labors. He married Miss Ann Bailey, who was born in New York
state in 1806, and who survived him a short time, her death also occurring
in Wisconsin. They were the parents of five sons and two daughters,
namely : Julia, who died at the age of twelve years, in Senaca, New York ;
William Henry, a harness-maker, located in Ottumwa, Iowa, is married
and has a daughter and one son; Nathan P., who died in Nemaha county,
Nebraska, in the prime of life; James R., a retired resident of San Diego,
California, has two daughters ; Mary E. married a cousin by the name of
Dye, both being deceased, and they left one daughter. The next in order
of birth was George E. The youngest, Charles L., died at the ag^e of
four years.

George E. Dye was educated in the common schools of his native
state. He removed with his parents from place to place, where his father
was engaged in the work of the ministry, and he remained a member of
the home circle until 1862. In August of that year, at Whitewater, Wis-
consin, he volunteered for service in the Union ranks and entered the
army as a musician in Company D, Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Volunteer
Infantry. The fortunes of this command he shared for three years,
meantime being promoted to the leadership of the regimental band. He
was a non-commissioned officer of the staff. At Helena, Arkansas, he
was ill with typhoid fever and he also had a serious illness at Pine Bluff,
Arkansas, and when he returned to Wisconsin at the close of his service
in 1865, it was with health much impaired. A well built man and with a



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fine constitution naturally, he in time recovered his health, and has since
led an active, useful life. The exppsures incident to war, however, sel-
dom fail to leave their effects. Now, although still active in mind and
body, Mr. Dye is a sufferer and is somewhat crippled from rheumatism.

In 1869 Mr. Dye removed from Whitewater, Wisconsin, to Nebraska
and settled in Nemaha county. His first land purchase here was eighty
acres, for which he gave $7.50 per acre, and which he sold in 1881 for
the sum of three thousand dollars. He then bought one hundred and
thirty-one acres, at a purchase price of twO' thousand six hundred dollars,
and later added thirty-four acres, a part of which he has since disposed
of. He moved to Auburn in February, 1901, and bought his present
home. He also owns other property in town, including the building
occupied by the postoffice.

Mr. Dye married, in March, 1866, Miss Mary E. Grant, a native of
Jefferson county, Wisconsin, born in 1847. She is a distant relative
of General Grant. Willard Grant, her father, was a man well known in
Jefferson county. He was a mechanic, teacher and farmer, and served
at different times in various public olifices, township and county, and he
was also elected to and served in the Wisconsin state leigslature. Mrs.
Grant was Miss Sarah Dye, she being a daughter of Mr. Dye's uncle,
James Dye. In the Grant family were seven children, of whom six are
now living. Mr. and Mrs. Dye have had five children, as follows :
Charles G., who is married and resides on a farm in Nemaha county;
Edith E., who died at the age of twenty-six years; and Jessie V., Anna
Blanche and Emery G., at home. The two daughters are graduates of
the Auburn high school. All the children have inherited talent for
music. The daughters are music teachers and the younger son is cornetist
in the Auburn band. Mr. Dye is a musician and for many years was a
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Mr. Dye was formerly a Republican, but recently has been an inde-
pendent in his political views, voting for men and measures rather than
keeping close to party lines. He has membership in the Ancient Order
v^ United Workmen and in the Grand Army of the Republic, being identi-
fied with Corley Post, No. 173, of which he is senior vice commander.



AUSTIN C. MUTZ.

Austin C. Mutz, the well known nurseryman at Auburn, Nebraska,
is a native of the Hoosier state, and dates his birth at Edinburg,
February 18, 1850.

Mr. Mutz, as his name suggests, is of German origin. His grand-
father and grandmother Mutz were natives of Germany. Emigrating
with their family to America, they settled first in Pennsylvania and
subsequently moved farther west, locating near Dayton, Ohio, where
they spent the rest of their lives and died, his death occurring at the age
of eighty years, and hers seven years later, at thd age of seventy-seven.
They left five sons and one daughter, namely: John, the father of
Austin C. ; Jacob, a retired farmer living near Edinburg, Indiana ; Adam,
a druggist, died in Indiana, in 1899, leaving a family of sons and
daughters; Peter, a resident of Aberdeen, South Dakota; Abram, a
grocer of Edinburg, Indiana, is married and has a son and daughter ; and
Mary, wife of a Mr. Darner, of Dayton, Ohio.

John Mutz, the eldest of the above named family, was born in
Pennsylvania, and was eight years old at the tinje his parents moved
to Ohio, where he was reared. Going to Indiana when a young man, he
was there married. May 19, 1847, to Phoebe Williams, a native of that
state, born in 1832, daughter t)f Caleb Williams, an Indiana farmer who



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was a pioneer to Mills county, Iowa, where he died in old age, leaving
widow, six daughters and one son. John and Phoebe Mutz became the
parents of eight children, as follows : G. W., a carpenter and contractor,
Cass county, Nebraska; -Austin C, whose name heads this review;
Walter, a farmer of Maryville, Missouri ; William A., a farmer of Pen-
der, Nebraska ; Otto, a large land owner, ex-state senator and publisher
of the Western Rancher, Ainsworth, Nebraska; Albert B., of Auburn;
Ann Jeanette, widow of John Majors, residing at Lincoln, Nebraska; and
Hattie M., wife of A. T. Stewart, of Chicago. In 1856 John Mutz moved
with his family to Mills county, Iowa, and the following year, 1857, came
to Nebraska, where he and his good wife reared their children and spent
the rest of their lives, their wedded life covering more than half a century.
He died in Chicago, January 6, 1899, at the age of seventy-seven years;
and her death occurred at the home place in Auburn, where they lived
for more than twenty years, February 13, 1899. In their religious views
they differed somewhat, Mrs. -Mutz being a Methodist and Mr. Mutz a
Luthei-an. Pohtically, he was a Democrat, and in territorial days filled
the office of county commissioner of Cass county.

Austin C. Mutz received his schooling at Eight-Mile Grove, in Cass
county, Nebraska. He remained at home until he reached his majority,
when he started out to make his own way in the world, and has been
variously occupied, his attention having been given chiefly to farming
and the ntirsery business. For four years he resided at Beatrice,
Nebraska, and traveled for the Phoenix Nursery of Bloomington, Illi-
nois. For twenty years he has resided in or near Auburn. In 1893 he
bought the ground where his nursery is located, and where in 190 1 he
built the pleasant cottage he and his wife occupy. After coming into
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one hundred thousand trees, and here he has since been doing both a
wholesale and retail business.

' July 2, 1884, Austin C. Mutz married Miss Mary Seybolt, a native
of Greenville, Orange county. New York,, and, a daughter of Luther R.
and Harriet (Moore) Seybolt, both natives of Orange county, New York,
and now residents of Cass county, Nebraska. Mrs. Mutz has an only
brother, John B. Seybolt. Mr. and Mrs. Mutz lost their only child, a
daughter, that died at the age of two months, August 31, 1888; but they
have an adopted child, Otto Mutz, fifteen years of age, a native of New
York and a son of German parents.

Politically Mr. Mutz is a Bryan Democrat. He has always been
more or less interested in educational matters. When a young- man he
went to Jewell county, Kansas, homesteaded 'a tract, of land and built a
house, and in his own house taught a school. He was a membei' of the
school board of Auburn three years. Mrs. Mutz is a Methodist.-,



JOHN HAMILTON SHOOK.

John Hamilton Shook, of Auburn, Nebraska, is a man whose more
than threescore years of life cover a varied experience, iticluding a Civil
war service, numerous travels and frontier incidents. Mr. Shook came
to Nebraska at an early day and has done his part toward bringing
about the development which has been wrought here. A detailed review
of his army life and his pioneer and later experience would require a
large volume, and would be interesting reading, too, but in this connec-
tion for want of space we can present only a brief sketch.

John Hamilton Shook was born in Carlinville, Illinois, July 31, 1838,
and traces his ancestry on the paternal side back to his great-grandfather



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Shook, who was of Gennan birth and who was for many years engaged
in farming in Pennsylvania, where he died at a ripe old age. James
Shook, his father, was born in Pennsylvania about the year 1797, and
was reared in Tennessee. He died in Macoupin county, Illinois, at the
age of foity-five years. Abraham Shook, the father of James, was born
in Pennsylvania about 1775 and died in Tennessee in 1845. He was a
Presbyterian minister. Of his family of four sons and three daughters,
all married and reared families, and two of his sons were ministers of
the gospel вАФ Isaac, a Baptist minister in Ohio, and Abraham, a . Presby-
terian, preaching in Tennessee and Indiana. Each of these two sons
lived to good old age and each was the father of four children. James
Shook was twice married. By his first wife he had two sons and two
daughters, namely: James, a farmer in Whiteside county, Illinois, died
at the age of fifty-two years, leaving seven children, three sons and four
daughters; Ellen, wife of Wilson T. Stout, died in 1863, leaving four
children; Mary Jane, wife of Eli Daily, died in 1902, leaving seven
children ; and Robinson, who went west early in the fifties and was hon-
ored with a seat in the Oregon territorial and state legislatures, died
some years ago, leaving three sons. In Carlinville, Illinoi.s, in 1836,
James Shook married for his second wife a Mrs. Good, widow of Ezekiel
Good, and daughter of a British soldier whose iiame was Knickerbocker
but was afterward changed to Bird. She was born in New York in
1800. By her first husband she had one son and three daughters,, viz. :
Sarah Ann, wife, of a Mr. Bpgess, died leaving two daughters and one
son; Elizabeth, wife of Bennett Solomon, died about i860 in Girard,
Illinois, leaving two daughters; Minerva, wife of Lewis Johnson, of
Carlinville, Illinois, has one son and one daughter; and Thomas Good,
a bachelor, is a well-to-do farmer of Arkansas. The children of the
second marriage of James Shook were four sons, as follows: John



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Hamilton and William B., twins. The latter is a resident of Lovington,
Moultrie county, Illinois, where he is at this writing filling the office of
probate judge; (George R., now of Grand Valley, Colorado, was for a
number of years a resident of Nemaha county, Nebraska, where he
figured prominently in public affairs, serving six years as county surveyor
and five terms in the territorial legislature, in both upper and lower
houses. He is a veteran of the Civil war, having served in the Seventh
and' One Htindred and Forty-eighth regiments of Illinois Volunteer
Infantry. He has reared a family of three sons and four daughters.
The youngest brother of our subject, Albert, died at Hillsdale, Nebraska,
in 1882, of disease contracted while he was a soldier in the Civil war.
He left three sons. James Shook, the father of this large family, died'
in middle life, as already stated, and his widow did not long survive him,
her death occurring in 185 1. -Side by side they rest in the little cemetery
in Carlinville, Illinois.' Both were church members, she a Presbyterian
and he a Baptist.

John Hamilton Shook had limited advantages for obtaining an
education in his youth. When only seven years old he was put to work
driving a yoke of steers. His' mother dying when he was only thirteen
years old, he went to live with his half-sister, Mrs. Johnson, and remained
a member of her family until he was twenty. Then, in March, 1859, he
came to Nebraska, in company with his brother William. They made
the journey by boat to Kansas City and were en route for Pike's Peak.
Hearing discouraging reports from Pike's Peak, tliey changed their
plans and came to southeastern Nebraska. Here they bought six yoke
of oxen and plows and spent the summer in breaking prairie. They
entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, each giving his note for two



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