Mr. Mitten came to Tekamah in June, 1884, and entered the store of Smith Brothers where he clerked for two years. In November 1886 he formed a co-partnership with his cousin S. A. Mitten and established a "Five Cent Store" in this city, and from this small inception has grown one of the largest country retail stores in eastern Nebraska. In the fall of 1888, J. F. Nesbit associated himself with the Mittens under the firm name of Mitten, Nesbit & Mitten. This firm continued for ten years when Mr. Nesbit retired and the Mittens conducted the business again until January 1st, 1902, when S. A. Mitten retired and R. J. Mitten conducted the business alone until February 1st, 1903, when the present corporation of Mitten & Nesbit Co., was formed, of which R. J. Mitten is the president and one of the largest stock holders.
Mr. Mitten is active in all public enterprises and since the organization of a fire department in this city has been president of The Hook and Ladder Company continuously.
Mr. Mitten was united in marriage May 24th, 1893, to Miss Emma H. Houston, in this city.
WILLIAM R. LANGFORD was born March 29th, 1850, at Tiverton Center, Coshocton county, Ohio. He came to Tekamah in December, 1887, where he has resided continuously since. From 1892 to 1896 he held the position of deputy sheriff of this county and from 1896 to 1900 was the sheriff of the county, making one of the best officers the county has ever had. Mr. Langford has also been City Marshall of Tekamah for many years. He is at present at the head of a fine retail grocery in this city.
Mr. Langford was united in marriage June 3d, 1873, to Miss Mary E. Welker
HENRY H. SMITH was born at Hamilton, Ontario, April 15, 1852. When eighteen years of age he came to the United Stales and settled in Bell Creek town