WILLIAM R. DUER.
Death often removes from our midst those whom we can ill afford to lose and such was the feeling in Adams county
when William IL Duer passed to the home beyond. He was born at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the 12th of May, 1836,
and in the maternal line came from Scotch ancestry. He left Louisiana when his mother died and made his way to
the home of an uncle in Cincinnati, Ohio, after which he pursued his education in the schools of that city. He
later removed to Illinois and turned his attention to farming, following general agricultural pursuits in that
state for some years. In 1893 he arrived in Hastings, Nebraska, after which he lived retired, enjoying a well earned
rest. He had previously invested in farm lands in Illinois and he continued the owner of property in that state
up to the time of his demise. In business affairs his judgment was sound and his indefatigable industry won him
the success which ultimately crowned his efforts and made him one of the well-to-do residents of Hastings.
On May 9, 1861, Mr. Duer was united in marriage to Miss Mary C. Brown, a daughter of Bedford and Caroline Brown,
of Kentucky. Their wedding was celebrated in Illinois and to them were born several children: Robert H., who was
employed as engineer in the state capitol of Illinois; Caroline A.; William S., who is engaged in fruit raising
in Oregon; John S., who is connected with the Stitt garage of Hastings; Charles B., living in New York city; and
Bessie L., who became the wife of John B. Klein and died on the 24th of May, 1911. There are also five grandchildren.
The death of the husband and father occurred February 28, 1911, and his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery
at Hastings. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and his political indorsement was given to the republican
party but he never sought nor desired office of any kind, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business
affairs and perform his public duties as a private citizen. He left to his family not only a comfortable competence
but also the priceless heritage of an untarnished name, which, according to the wise man of old "is better
to be chosen than great riches." Mrs. Duer still survives her husband and is now in her seventy-fifth year.
She is well known in Hastings, where she makes her home and where she has a large circle of warm friends.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium