George B. McCollam was successfully engaged in farming for many years and at the time of his death owned a good
farm eight miles northeast of Hastings. He was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, on the 18th of January, 1855, and
in his early youth accompanied his parents to the vicinity of Bloomington, Illinois, where they resided until called
by death. The father followed the carpenter's trade and was very successful in that connection.
George B. McCollam received a common school education and learned the carpenter's trade under his father, whom
he assisted until he was twenty three years old. He then left home and after residing for a year in Iowa came to
Adams county, Nebraska, in 1879. For a short time he worked by the month and then rented a farm. Subsequently he
was joined by his married brother James and they operated in partnership a rented farm located about eight miles
northeast of Hastings. Following his marriage in 1892 Mr. McCollam of this review purchased that farm and continued
to reside there until called by death on the 3d of June, 1912. He took great pride in keeping up his place and
added a number of improvements to the farm after it came into his possession. He followed approved methods in his
work and used up to date machinery, thus increasing his efficiency, and seldom failed to harvest large crops. As
he managed his affairs well he secured a good income from his land and became one of the prosperous residents of
In 1892 Mr. McCollam was united in marriage to Mrs. Emma (Mays) Cook, the widow of Fletcher Cook, of Indiana. By
her first marriage she had a son, Fred Edward, who was born on the 25th of November, 1884, and died on the 21st
of July, 1905, at the home of his uncle, David Mays, of this county. Following the demise of Mr. Cook his widow
removed to Adams county in 1889 and made her home with her brother David until she became the wife of Mr. McCollam.
To this union was born a son, George Alvin, whose natal day was the 8th of February, 1896, and who assists in the
operation of the homestead. Mrs. McCollam's sister Ella, who is the widow of George Dallas Mullin, and her daughter
Dora are also living on the home place. Mrs. McCollam and her son have kept the farm in a high state of development
and are operating it successfully.
Mr. McCollam gave his political allegiance to the democratic party but was never very active in public affairs.
He gained many friends during the long period of his residence in this county and his memory is still held in honor.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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