Biography of George H. Poulson
Adams County, NE Biographies





George H. Poulson is now living retired from active business life but for a considerable period was identified with general agricultural pursuits and in the capable management of his business affairs won a substantial measure of success. He remained upon his farm until September, 1915, when, putting aside all business activities, he took up his abode in Hastings. He was born in McLean county, Illinois, on the 1st of March, 1867. His father, Peter Poulson, was born and reared in Pickaway county, Ohio, his natal day being December 24, 1833. He was married in 1857 to Matilda Messie, of Pickaway county, where he engaged in farming until 1864, when he removed to Illinois, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits until 1892. That year witnessed his arrival in Adams county, Nebraska, after which he engaged in farming about ten miles northeast of Hastings. His wife died in 1907 and subsequently he lived with his children until the time of his death, which occurred September 26, 1914. He had sons and daughters to the number of ten. John, who was born August 17, 1859, married Bertha Reed, of Iroquois county, Illinois, and they have seven children. Andrew L., born January 2, 1861, married Mollie Carter, of Iroquois county, Illinois, by whom he has two children, and now makes his home near Overton, Nebraska, where he is engaged in farming. David, who was born February 5, 1863, is also engaged in farming near Overton. He married Emma McCoy, of McLean county, Illinois, and they have six children. Mary, born March 19, 1865, is the wife of Alfred Cunningham. George H. is the next of the family. Ida, born March 21, 1869, is the wife of Mont Salyards, of Iroquois county, Illinois, who is now engaged in farming near Brady, Nebraska, and they have three children. Myrtle, born March 22, 1871, is the wife of Ernest Crawford, of Denver, Colorado, by whom she has three children. Lula, born November 5, 1873, became the wife of Cassius Crane, of Iroquois county, Illinois, and died in Virginia, leaving five children. Emma, born February 13, 1878, is living at Lodgepole, Nebraska. WVill, born April 15, 1880, married Sophie Hoffman, by whom he has two children, and resides at Overton, Nebraska.

George H. Poulson, spending his youthful days in his native county, there attended the public schools until he reached the age of eleven years, when his parents removed with their family to Saybrook, Illinois, where he resided for six years, attending the town schools of that place until he reached the age of seventeen. In 1884 the family took up their abode upon a farm in Iroquois county, Illinois, and George H. Poulson continued to assist his father in the cultivation and improvement of that place until 1891. On the 28th of January of the latter year he arrived in Adams county, Nebraska, where he engaged in farming in connection with his brother, Andrew L. Poulson, on a tract of land ten miles northeast of Hastings. He planted trees and cared for them in order to prove up the land as a timber claim, doing this for the owner, Edgar Lewis, to which work he devoted a year. In the spring of 1892 his parents came to Adams county and George H. Poulson purchased a farm eleven miles northeast of Hastings and for a year carried on general farming there with his father. He then sold the property and returned to his first farm after his marriage. He remained thereon continuously until 1915 with the exception of the years 1909 and 1910, during which time he resided in Colorado, being engaged in fruit raising near Canon City. He then returned to this county and again occupied the old homestead farm until September, 1915, when he retired from active business life and removed to Hastings, where he is now enjoying a period of well earned rest with leisure to indulge in those activities which are a matter of interest or recreation to him.

On the 21st of December, 1892, Mr. Poulson was married to Miss Belle Cunningham, a daughter of James Cunningham, who had been a neighboring farmer of the Poulson family in Illinois. He was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, May 18, 1833, and when about ten years of age had accompanied his parents on the voyage across the Atlantic, the family home being established in Guelph, Canada. After the death of his father James Cunningham, then about sixteen years of age, started out in life on his own account and finally went to Ohio, where he remained until about 1864, when he removed to McLean county, Illinois, and subsequently to Iroquois county, that state. In the spring of 1891 he arrived in Adams county, Nebraska, and purchased a farm comprising the southeast quarter of section 12, township 8, range 9, known as the Holderman timber claim, upon which he resided for some time, but for a few years prior to 1910 he spent a part of his time in Trumbull, Nebraska, with his son. In the year mentioned he sold his farm and purchased a home in Trumbull, where he remained until his death, which occurred on the 4th of December, 1915. It was in 1858 that he wedded Caroline Stumpff, a daughter of WTilliam Stumpff, of Harrisburg, Ohio, and they had two sons and four daughters who came to Adams county. Their eldest son, Alfred, born in McLean county, Illinois, in 1864, arrived in Adams county in 1888, driving a team across the country from Iroquois county, Illinois, after which he rented a farm four miles southwest of Giltner, Nebraska, remaining thereon for seventeen years. In 1911 he removed to Garden county, Nebraska, where he again purchased a farm. He was married in Illinois to Miss Mary Poulson, a sister of George Poulson, and they had eight sons. Alfred Cunningham was a prominent and influential citizen of Adams county and twice represented his district in the state legislature. Death terminated his career on the 30th of December, 1913. Belle Cunningham, the second of the family, was born in McLean county, Illinois, July 6, 1866, and prior to her marriage engaged in teaching in a country school which her children have since attended. Jennie; born in 1867, was for twenty years a most able teacher in the country schools of Adams, Clay and Hamilton counties of Nebraska and in 1912 she became the wife of J. Helm Haggard, of Clay county, who is now living retired in Trumbull. Edith, born in 1872, died in 1910. Anna, born in 1874, is the wife of A. R. Rich, a grain buyer of Trumbull. Alvin, born in 1880, wedded Mary Harter, a daughter of Lou Harter, who follows farming near Giltner, Nebraska. They have three children.

James Cunningham, the father of these children, died on the 4th of December, 1915, and in his passing the community lost a valued and representative citizen. He had been a lifelong member of the Christian church, serving as a deacon in the church for fifty years, a part of that time at Trumbull. Success had come to him through earnest and indefatigable effort and his life was ever upright and honorable. There have been several marriages between relatives of the Poulson and Cunningham families that are interesting because of their oddity. The grandfather of Mrs. Poulson was William Stumpif, who married Ella Messie, the grandmother of Mr. Poulson. Again, Peter Meyers, an uncle of Mr. Poulson, wedded Mary Stumpff, an aunt of Mrs. Poulson, while the Poulson and Cunningham families were more closely connected through the marriage of Alfred Cunningham to Mary Poulson and of George Poulson to Belle Cunningham.

To Mr. and Mrs. Poulson have been born three children: Earl L., who was born February 10, 1894, and was a student in a business college at Canon City while residing in Colorado; Clifford E., who was born November 1, 1895, and is now a senior in high school; and Laura Belle, who was born September 1, 1897, and is also a senior in high school in Hastings.

The family holds membership in the Christian church and for a number of years Mr. Poulson was an elder in the church at Trumbull and also superintendent of the Sunday school. He takes a most active and helpful interest in all departments of church work and in fact does everything in his power to promote the progress of the community and advance its material, intellectual and moral interests. His political allegiance is given to the republican party but the honors and emoluments of office have never had any attraction for him as he has always preferred to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which, wisely, carefully and honorably directed, have brought to him a most gratifying success.

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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