Biography of L. Phillips
Adams County, NE Biographies





L. Phillips, proprietor of the Bostwick Hotel at Hastings, conducted on the European plan, has in the course of his business career made steady advancement and the steps in his orderly progression are easily discernible. The faithful performance of each day's duties has brought him strength and power for the labors of the succeeding day and his ability has grown through the exercise of effort. Thus it is that he has come to a place among the substantial business men of his adopted city. Mr. Phillips is a native of Nebraska, his birth having occurred in Furnas county on the 14th of December, 1879, his parents being Caliph and Sarah Phillips, who in the year 1866 came to this state and for a year resided in Plattsmouth before removing to Furnas county, where the father homesteaded land, securing both a preemption and a timber claim. Year after year he carefully tilled the soil until the once wild prairie was converted into a valuable farm, on which he continued to make his home until about seven years ago, when he retired from active business life. When he settled upon the old homestead he was surrounded by Indians, for the red men were then more numerous in that section of the country than the white settlers. There were many hardships and privations to be borne and dangers to be faced, but with resolute spirit the family faced the conditions of frontier life and lived to see a remarkable change and profit by the improved conditions. In the family were four sons and two daughters, of whom L Phillips is the fourth in order of birth. The youngest son is now operating the old homestead. At the time of the Civil war the father joined the army, serving for four years and twenty days in the West Virginia Cavalry.

L. Phillips, whose name introduces this review, was reared amid the wild scenes and conditions of frontier life. His education was acquired in one of the primitive schoolhouses of Furnas county, it being partly a dugout and partly a sod structure. School was held only through the winter seasons, for during the remainder of the year the labors of the children were usually required in farm work. Mr. Phillips remained at home until he reached the age of sixteen years, but, thinking to find other pursuits more congenial than the work of the fields, he then began learning the barber's trade, which he followed for three years in the employ of others and afterward for several years on his own account. In 1903 he removed to Adams county, settling first at Juniata, where he engaged in business, and in February, 1911, he removed to Hastings and took charge of the Bostwick Hotel, of which he has since been the proprietor. This hotel is conducted on the European plan and he furnishes employment to twenty people. He has made it a popular hostelry, liberally patronized, and his capable management is resulting in the attainment of success. He is also the owner of farm lands and of real estate in Hastings, having made judicious investments in property, which return to him a gratifying annual income.

In religious faith Mr. Phillips is a Catholic. He belongs to the Travelers' Protective Association, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and to the Commercial Club. He enjoys hunting big game and makes long trips for this purpose. He has one of the finest collections of mounted big game to be seen in the west, having been offered thirty thousand dollars for this collection, which, however, he refused. In politics he is independent, holding to men and measures rather than to party, and, while he does not seek nor desire office, he is never remiss in the duties of citizenship, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which are wisely and systematically directed. He has attractive social qualities which have won for him popularity and those who know him entertain for him high esteem.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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