He cast his lot with Tekamah and its interests in June, 1873, and has been one of its foremost citizens in enterprises affecting it and the county during all this time. To his agitation is due some of the greatest public improvements in the county. He has had unlimited faith in the future of Burt county and by his own unaided efforts, coming here a poor young man so far as finances were concerned, he has become one of its large holders of real estate. Of late years he has operated quite extensively in Old Mexico mining properties and to that now gives the greatest share of his attention. Mr. Conkling was united in marriage at Tekamah, in the tall of 1877, to Miss Clara E. Daley.
HORATIO N. WHEELER was born in the month of April, 1834, in Hardin county, Ohio, six miles east of Kenton, on a farm where he grew to manhood. He was educated at Antioch College, whose first president was Horace Mann. After leaving college, in 1858. he entered the wholesale grocery business at Peoria, Illinois, a member of the firm of Wheeler, Sloan & Co. At the breaking out of the war he returned to Ohio and enlisted as second lieutenant in Company H, 135th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. At the close of the war he moved to Lima, Ohio, where he and his brother engaged in the retail grocery business under the firm name of J. & H. N. Wheeler. In 1870 he returned to Kenton, Ohio, and helped to organize the Kenton Manufacturing Co.,-- of which he was secretary and business manager for several years. He was also one of the partners in the Exchange Bank, of that city and was assistant cashier for a few years. In 1876 he came west and resided for a short time at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was for a time connected with the Daily Republican, as solicitor, travelling correspondent and agricultural editor. In 1882 he removed to St. Paul, Minnesota. where he was on the staff of the St. Paul Globe.
Mr. Wheeler came to Tekamah in 1887 where he has