G. H. Dubois, a well known business man of Colon, was born in Dansville, Michigan, on the 19th of August, 1869,
a son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Columbus Dubois. The mother died when the subject of this review was but a child
and the father is also deceased. There were five children in the family: James, Charles, Ida, Rosetta and G. H.
The last named was reared in Michigan and received his education in that state. When only twelve years of age he
left home and for four years was employed as a farm hand in Michigan but at the end of that time removed to Cedar
Bluffs, Saunders county, Nebraska. He worked on farms in that locality for four years and subsequently broke prairie
for Pat Malloy, at one dollar per acre. The following year he began farming on his own account and at the end of
two years he returned to Michigan. However, he remained in that state but a short time and then came again to this
county, where he worked by the month for a time. He next farmed independently for eight years, after which he removed
to Colon and purchased a livery barn, which he conducted for a considerable period of time. He also erected a hotel,
which he still owns, and for two years he engaged in the saloon business. Subsequently he engaged in the drug business,
the butcher business and the grocery business and also conducted a restaurant. He now owns four buildings in the
town, the hotel, the old butcher shop, the pool hall and the store. All of his undertakings have been well managed
and he has gained financial independence.
In 1394 Mr. Dubois was married to Miss Emma Boshoim and they have become the parents of four children: Elvina,
who is deceased; Edna Viola, at home; Clarence, deceased; and one who died in infancy.
Mr. Dubois has always been a stanch republican in politics and has done all in his power to secure the success
of that party at the polls. His wife is a consistent member of the Lutheran church. His life has always been characterized
by strong devotion to duty and when but eighteen years of age he gave striking proof of this characteristic. At
that time he was working for Mr. Malloy and when the terrible blizzard of 1888 broke, his employer told him to
go to the schoolhouse and bring the children home. He did so and got seven children into the sleigh, six of these
belonging to Mr. Malloy, but on the way home he got lost in the storm, which made it impossible to see more than
a few yards, although he finally came to a fence, which served to guide him. After going about one hundred yards
the sleigh stuck in a drift. As it was impossible to go farther that night he turned the sleigh to the north so
as to protect the children from the wind as much as possible and put the one quilt, which was the only robe he
had, over the children and so kept them warm. The next morning when it became light the children succeeded in reaching
a house not far distant. Mr. Dubois, however, was so badly frozen that he fell down repeatedly when he attempted
to walk The man of the house came to him and carried him in and immediately afterward he relapsed into a comatose
state from which he did not awaken until four o'clock in the evening. His arms and legs were frozen so badly that
it was three months before he was able to walk. Had he not been warmly dressed he would without doubt have frozen
to death as the night was bitterly cold.
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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