Biography of E. Weeks
Adams County, NE Biographies





E. Weeks is one of the prominent agriculturists of Adams county. He lives in the vicinity of Juniata, where he owns an entire section of land, upon which he has four sets of buildings and other substantial improvements. He likewise has other farm property in the county and elsewhere in the state and his possessions are the visible evidence of an active and well spent life, his course ever being marked by indefatigable energy intelligently directed. He was born in Staffordshire, England, February 8, 1854, a son of Thomas and Rebecca Weeks, who in the year 1861 came to the United States, settling at Kewanee, Illinois. There the mother passed away, after which the father removed to Fountain Green, Utah, where his death occurred in the year 1905. His entire life was devoted to coal mining. To his first marriage there were born seven children: Hannah and Thomas, both deceased; E., of this review; Mrs. Rachel Whitehouse, of Hall county, Nebraska; H. W., living in Kewanee, Illinois; Israel, deceased; and Martha, whose home is in Chicago, Illinois. After losing his first wife the father married Betty Bates, a native of England, and their children are Mrs. Tithe Collard, a resident of Fountain Green, Utah; and Mrs. Mary A. Ostler.

E. Weeks was a little lad of but seven years when brought by his parents to the new world. He is a self made man in the truest and best sense of the term. He attended the common schools but his educational privileges were extremely limited, for when but nine years of age he began working in the mines and was thus employed at digging coal until he reached the age of twenty six years. He then removed to Union county, Iowa, and for eight years engaged in farming a mile north of Creston, after which he came to Nebraska, settling in Verona township near the Bigelow schoolhouse. He took up his abode there in 1888 and continued to engage in farming upon that tract of land until 1891, when he removed to his present place near Juniata. To his farm he has added all modern improvements, making it one of the valuable properties of the county. It is equipped with all the accessories and conveniences of the model farm of the twentieth century and is a most attractive and well kept place. On this tract are four sets of buildings, and he also has eighty acres on section 18 in Denver township. He holds title to six hundred and forty acres in Adams county, a half section in Perkins county, Nebraska, and land at Lakeview, Oregon.

In 1880, at Kewanee, Illinois, Mr. Weeks was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Coats, by whom he has four children, namely: Ina, the wife of Charles Cooper, who lives near the home of his father in law; Elbert, a resident of Verona township, this county; Vada, who is the wife of Miller Kindig and resides near Juniata; and John L., living on the home place.

Mr. Weeks formerly gave his political allegiance to the republican parity but is now supporting President Wilson. He holds to progressive ideas on political questions and stands for all that is best in citizenship. He attends the Methodist Episcopal church and is a member of the Modern Woodmen camp at Juniata, in which he has held all of the offices. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers Elevator Company of Juniata and is a most progressive citizen, wideawake, alert and enterprising, carefully directing his business efforts and winning success through persistent energy, determination and honorable dealing.

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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