Biography of Solomon Henry
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Solomon Henry, who throughout his life followed agricultural pursuits, was born March 4, 1824, in Madison county, New York, and attended the common schools in his native state. When about twenty years of age he accompanied his parents to Jefferson, Wisconsin, and assisted his father with the work of the farm there. In 1859, when thirty five years of age, he was married and in that year he and his wife removed to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, in the vicinitv of which he farmed for three years. At the end of that time he came to Saunders county, settling where the town of Ashland is now located. Mr. Henry rented land and for about four years farmed there, living during that time in a log house. His next removal was to the vicinity of Central City, Nebraska, in what was then Hampton county, and there he conducted a ranch for four years, after which he returned to Ashland, where he remained until he homesteaded land, thus becoming the owner of eighty acres. The first house on the place was part sod and part dugout and was about eighteen by twenty six feet in dimensions, a fairly large dwelling for those early days. As time passed he brought his land under cultivation and made needed improvements upon the farm, which became one of the well developed places of the locality. In addition to the eighty acres which he homesteaded he owned a quarter section, which he bought from the Union Pacific Railroad. He passed away on the 8th of October, 1890, and his demise was sincerely regretted throughout the county.

Mr. Henry was married on the 28th of February, 1859, to Miss Lucy Groves, a daughter of John and Dorcas (Hanson) Groves, natives respectively of Oskaton, Ireland, and of Canada. The mother was reared in the Dominion but the father was only two years of age when he was brought by his parents to this country, the family home being established in Wisconsin. Mrs. Henry was born in Canada on the 8th of June, 1812, but was reared in the state of Vermont. She is one of a large family, the others being as follows: Mrs. Mary Biggs is a widow and resides in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Mrs. Olivia Biggs is the wife of a merchant of Guthrie Center. Mrs. Helen Hilton is living near Central City, Nebraska, and is the wife of a farmer. She has five children: John Hilton; Mrs. Minnie Moore; Guy, who is farming near Central City; and Fay and Verne, both at home. Mrs. Abbie MeEwen is a resident of Ewing, Nebraska, and is the mother of three daughters and two sons, namely: Mrs. Olive Salon, who resides in Dakota; Mrs. Mabel Pratt, of Ewing; Calvin, who is farming near Fairbury; and Zada and Ralph, at home. Mrs. Nettie Fleek has the following children: Mrs. Viola Jones, of Wyoming; Mrs. Myrtle Willoughby, of Central City, Nebraska; and Lucy, Gladys, Harry, Lloyd and Margie, all at home. William Groves made his home with his sister, Mrs. Henry, until his death in 1908.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry became the parents of six children. George F., who is engaged in business in Wahoo, married Miss Sarah Morgan, of Clarks. Alice E. is at home. Mrs. Herman Smith is the wife of a ranchman living near Alliance and has three children Harry and Henry, aged respectively nineteen and eighteen, both of whom graduated from the high school in 1914; and Olah, sixteen years of age, who is attending school in Alliance. Mrs. E. S. Owen, of Alliance, has the following children: Mrs. Ethel Murk and Mrs. Edna Hill, both of Alliance; and Lottie, who graduated from the high school in 1915. Gaylord, who is residing on a farm west of the home place, is married and has four children, Sylvia, Gladys, Raymond and Mabel. Charles Henry, who is a resident of Bridgeport, Nebraska, married Miss Flora Rogers and they have three children, Violet, Cecil and Alice.

Mr. Henry was a republican and although he never took an active part in politics he was never remiss in any duty of citizenship. He attended the Baptist church, to which his family belongs, and in whose teachings were found the guiding principles of his life. He was not only respected for his ability and good judgment but also honored because of his probity and regard for the rights of others. Mrs. Henry is still living on the home farm and she is highly esteemed by all who know her.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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