braska north of Omaha. Mr. Folsom engaged in farming and stock raising and, with his brother, erected a steam saw mill along the river east of Tekamah. He was the first probate judge of the county, being appointed by the governor; he was also a member of the legislature of 1861. Mr. Folsom was united in marriage, November 14th, 1831, to Miss Mary Rathbun, of Onondago county, New York. He passed from this life November 20, 1882.
GEORGE P. THOMAS was born in Wyoming county, New York, April 10th, 1827. He came to Tekamah, Burt county, Nebraska, in the fall of 1856. He brought with him a saw mill which he located in the timber along the river, two and one-half miles east. After operating it about a year it was destroyed by fire. He also engaged extensively in farming and stock raising; built an elevator and engaged in the grain trade for several years. Mr. Thomas, with W. W. Latta, erected the Merchants Hotel block. He was a member of the first state lagislature (sic); was county commissioner for three years, sheriff two years and county treasurer four years. Mr. Thomas passed from this life at the age of 57 years. Of him, the Omaha Herald of that date, spoke as follows:
"Meeting Judge Hyde on the street last evening it was from him that we received the sad news that our valued friend of many years, George P. Thomas, of Tekamah, died at his home in that place after a brief illness.
"Mr. Thomas belonged to the best citizenship of the state, of which he was among the leading pioneers. He was also one of the original founders of Burt county and of Tekamah, here he spent the best years of an honorable and useful life. As our recollection is he became a citizen of that place as long ago as 1856, and has resided there always since. Honest, intelligent. energetic and exemplary in every relation, kind and devoted as husband and father, this new land has not