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MOSES M. CONNOR came to Nebraska in 1857, where he resided continuously until about two years since, when he went to reside with his children at Turon, Kansas, where he died January 27, 1894. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, September 29, 1809. He learned carpentry and bridge-building in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1831 he was married to Miss Anna Staley. In 1849, as bridge-builder and erecter of monuments, he accompanied Capt. Walter, sent out by the U. S. Government to establish boundary lines between the United States and Mexico. After this he went into the service of John C. Fremont to cross the plains. In California he resigned and engaged in gold mining on Feather River. While with Fremont he was a great favorite with both the Colonel and Mrs. Fremont, with whom a correspondence was always kept up. He had been a member of the Masonic Fraternity since 1840.
The following biography of S. A. FULTON, One of the charter members of the Nebraska State Historical Society, who died at Marysville, Kansas, April 26, 1893, was furnished by his brother, E. R. Fulton, of that place.
S. A. Fulton was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1840. He received a common school education, one of the teachers in the county district where he attended being Judge Elmer S. Dundy. He worked on the farm where he was born, until twenty years of age, when he began teaching school. For two years he taught a county school, when he enlisted in the army and served nearly four years. After the war he located in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, where he studied law in the office of Hon. B. L. Hewitt, was admitted to the bar, and in 1867
came west and located in Falls City, Nebraska. During his residence in Falls City, he took an active part in politics, represented Richardson County in the state senate one term, and was four years county judge of that county. He was for a number of years the law partner of the late Hon. A. J. Weaver. In 1881 he removed to Hiawatha, Kansas, where he organized the First National Bank. In 1885 he bought a controlling interest in the First National Bank of Marysville, in the same state, and became its president. He beld this position and resided in Maysville until his death, April 26, 1893. In September, 1868, he married Annie E. Defebaugh of Williamsburg, Pa., who with six children survives him.
MRS. CHURCH HOWE with her husband, was one of the early settlers in Nebraska. Her maiden name was Augusta C. Bottomly. She was born at Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, June 4, 1842. She and Mr. Howe were married at Worcester, Massachusetts, June 16, 1863. They came west and located in Nemaha County, Nebraska, April 9, 1869, commencing their home on a large tract of land in Bedford Precinct, known as "Walnut Grove Stock Farm." This was their continuous home until her death, and there she was buried. Mrs. Howe had been an invalid and patient sufferer for many years. She died January 26, 1894, at Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was under medical treatment. Her life was filled with faith, patience, Christian fidelity, and sublime devotion to those she loved.
The unprecedented funeral attendance of more than a thousand people at her country home, was an evidence of the high esteem in which Mrs. Howe was held by her neighbors and acquaintances. "Per angusta ad augusta".
JOHN MCININCH was born in the City of New York, July 29, 1808; died in Nemaha County, Nebraska, January
16, 1894. From New York Mr. McIninch went to Pennsylvania; from there to Ohio where he married Sarah. Johnson, April 2d, 1829. From Ohio he came to Missouri; from there to Nebraska, in 1867, where he resided with his son, B. F. McIninch, until his death. He taught school for sixty years. There were eight children born to John McIninch and wife, seven sons and one daughter. The father of John McIninch was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was with Commodore Perry. John was a soldier in the Mexican War. His oldest son served in the Oregon Indian War, and he with four of his sons served in the Union Army during the late rebellion. Two of his sons, William and B. F., have resided in Nemaha County since the year 1857.
JUDGE HIRAM WADSWORTH PARKER died at Beatrice, Nebraska, April 11, 1893. He was born in Oakham, Mass., December 17, 1827. He learned first the tanner's trade with his father. In 1834, with his parents he removed to Athens, Ohio. A few years later the family removed to Chillicothe, Ohio. After this Hiram entered the office of the Scioto Gazette at Chillicothe, where he served a regular apprenticeship in the printing business. He then held a position on the Ancient Metropolis, at the same place. In 1848, he became connected with the Ohio State Journal, Columbus, Ohio. In 1850, Mr. Parker established the Register at Ironton, Ohio. He sold out in 1857, and in the Fall of that year, came to Nebraska, landing at Brownville. Here he buried his mother, who had died on a steamboat before reaching that point.
Mr. Parker was a citizen of the fullest public spirit, in all that such a term can imply. He assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of which he was Vice President and Director, and he was also a stockholder and director in the Beatrice National Bank. He was President of the Beatrice Canning Company, and it was
his desire and ambition to see this institutión one of the foremost institutions of the kind in the United States. His unbounded faith in it has been the strongest stimulus to its great success. He was also President of the Beatrice Sewer Pipe Company. For a period of nine years he served with distinction on the Beatrice School Board, and was ever one of the most ardent friends of the public school system of the City and State. He has also served with credit and distinction as a member of the City Council for a number of years and also as a member of the Gage County Board of Supervisors. In both of these capacities he was ever regarded as a most influential and valuable member. As a member of the building committee of the Board of Supervisors, his mature business judgment was evident in the construction of the magnificent court house of Gage County. He was also engaged in the lumber business in this City for a number of years, his yards being on the ground now occupied by the Paddock Hotel. He was one of the principal movers and stockholders in the erection of the Masonic Temple of Beatrice and was permantly identified with every enterprise that could in the remotest degree redound to the glory and honor of Beatrice.
Judge Parker was a member of the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities, and was at one time Grand Master of the I. O. O. F. of the State.
Those who knew Judge Parker best, esteemed him most. He was a man of generous impulses and was the incarnation of integrity and sturdy honesty. He despised deceit, treachery and misrepresentation. He was ever aggressive, and a man of stern manly opinions.
He took up his residence seven miles north of Beatrice, and there resided until the spring of 1865. Thence he removed to the southern part of Seward county, and purchasing land, laid out the town of Camden, established a saw mill and made general preparations to establish himself in business. Two years later he had a flouring mill
in operation. This proved a nucleus around which a goodly number of emigrants gathered, and built up their homes. The building of the Burlington & Missouri railroad some six miles north resulted in robbing the city of its pretentions, but its agricultural and water privileges, among the best in the State, received ample recognition, and had the effect of keeping there a class of intelligent and progressive people.
Mr. Parker, upon coming to Nebraska, was at once recognized as a valued addition to its farming and business interests, and as a man eminently qualified to hold responsible positions. In the fall of 1860 he was elected to represent the counties of Gage, Johnson and Clay, in the territorial legislature, and later was elected county judge under the old territorial law. He also served as county clerk and postmaster, besides acting as commissioner of Seward county for a term of three years. In 1871 he was a candidate for the office of secretary of state, but after the first ballot withdrew his name. That same year he was elected as a delegate to the constitutional convention and was also appointed register of the United States land office at Beatrice, which position he held for a period of thirteen years, under the administrations of Grant, Garfield and Arthur.
In 1852, while a resident of Ohio, Mr. Parker was united in marriage with Miss Almira T. Dole, of Portsmouth, Ohio. They passed the first six years of their married life in Ohio. Four children were born to them: Frank H., Louis C., Charles D., and Eddie H.
DAVID BUTLER (1829-1891), first governor of the State and member of the State Historical Society from 1880, was a native of Monroe County, Indiana, where he was born December 15, 1829.1 He remained on the homestead until he was twenty years of age. There were few schools in the neighborhood in those days, and from these
1 Omaha Bee, May 26, 1891.