George Bell, a retired farmer residing in Colon, was born in Spencerport, Monroe county, New York, January 29,
1863, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bell the latter of whom died when our subject was but two years of age. The father,
who was a native of Maryland, passed practically his entire life, however, in the state of New York, where he engaged
in business as a railroad contractor. To him and his wife were born two children, the daughter being Jennie, the
wife of M. A. Goodrich, of Washington, Pennsylvania.
George Bell was educated in public schools of his native state and made his home with an aunt until he was fifteen
years of age. He then came to the middle west, locating in Marietta precinct, Saunders county, Nebraska, where
he found work by the month as a farm hand. After a few years so spent he rented land and in the meantime saved
his money to the end of becoming a landowner. In 1891 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres, upon which he has
since made many improvements, his place being now one of the best developed farms in the county. He has carried
on general farming and the competence which he has gained enables him to live retired from active work. Although
he still owns his farm, for eleven years he has resided in Colon, where he erected a fine residence.
On the 5th of November, 1907, Mr. Bell was married to Miss Isabelle Ellison, who was born in Michigan but has spent
the greater part of her life in this county.
Mr. Bell is a democrat, believing in the wisdom of the policies of that party, and fraternally he is connected
with the Modern Woodmen of America From early youth he has been dependent upon his own resources, and the prosperity
which he has gained is due to his energy and ability.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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