E. L. Clouse, proprietor of the hotel and eating house at the Burlington depot in Ashland, was born in Pennsylvania,
August 25, 1850, a son of Alexander and Amy (Van Sickle) Clouse, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter
of New Jersey. The father was a stonemason by trade and worked along that line for many years. He served for three
months with the Illinois Infantry in the Civil war after removing to this state in the '50s. After the war he returned
to Illinois, where he remained for a considerable period and then went to Iowa, where he lived until he came to
Nebraska to make his home with his children. His wife passed away in 1894 and after surviving for about nine years
he died February 14, 1918.
E. L. Clouse was reared and educated in Illinois, remaining with his parents until he reached adult age, after
which he started out to earn his living independently and for eleven years was employed at farm labor. He then
began farming on his own account, cultivating rented land, and for about a year he lived upon a tract of eleven
acres which he owned. He afterward went to Missouri and still later to Iowa, taking up his abode in Fremont county.
He resided for some time in Farragut and operated rented land, remaining in that county for a number of years.
In 1898 he came to Nebraska and for two years resided in Otoe county, after which he removed to Saunders county
and cultivated a farm just across the line in Lancaster county for three years. At the end of that period he turned
has attention to the real estate business in Omaha, where he remained for a year. He was for a similar period engaged
in the furniture business and since that period he has conducted the hotel and eating house at the Burlington depot
On the 14th of August, 1872, Mr. Clouse was united in marriage to Miss Jane Zimmerman, a daughter of Harvey and
Margaret (Johnson) Zimmerman, who were natives of Pennsylvania. Her father, who was a farmer by occupation, went
to Illinois at an early period in the development of that state, settling in Stark county, where he purchased land
and carried on farming throughout his remaining days, his death occurring in 1861. His widow long survived and
passed away in 1905. Mr. and Mrs. Clouse became the parents of seven children, namely: Emma, the wife of James
Pierson, of Moorefield, Nebraska; Walter, of South Bend, this state; Cora, the wife of George Willis, a farmer
of Cass county, Nebraska; Grace, who married W. D. Riggs, a carpenter residing in Ashland; Nellie, the wife of
Albert Campbell, of Ashland; Ethel, who married Daniel Hendricks, of Ashland; and Clarence, who died in 1895.
During the period of his residence in Ashland Mr. Clouse has wisely invested in property and is now the owner of
six dwellings, which he rents and which return to him a good income. Politically he is a republican and is now
filling the office of justice of the peace, in which position he has served for nine years, his decisions being
strictly fair and impartial, for they are based Upon the law and the equity of the case. He belongs to the Methodist
church and has always endeavored to live peaceably with his fellowmen, following the golden rule by doing unto
others as he would have them do unto him.
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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