Nelson James Ludi, postmaster of Wahoo and editor and proprietor of the Democrat, was born at Rock Island, Illinois,
February 26, 1855, a son of James and Elizabeth P. (Bolles) Ludi. His education was acquired in the common schools
of Rock Island, Illinois, and of Davenport, Iowa, but before he reached the point of graduation it was necessary
for him to leave school and go to work. He has since depended upon his own efforts and resources and as the architect
of his fortunes has builded wisely and well. He made his initial step in connection with the newspaper business
at Orion, Illinois, where he published the Orion Times from 1877 until 1888. He was afterward associated with the
publication of the Greenfield (Ill.) Union and the Roodhouse (Ill.) Daily Union in 1884-5. He then removed to Republican
City, Nebraska, and established the Harlan County Democrat, but his plant was destroyed by fire on the 29th of
April, 1902, and in May of the same year he purchased the Wahoo Democrat, taking charge on June 1st. He has since
owned and conducted that publication and has made it one of the leading papers in this part of the state. His long
experience has made him thoroughly familiar with every phase of newspaper publication and be has kept abreast with
the progress that has characterized journalism in the last few decades.
Aside from his business connections Mr. Ludi has been prominent in public office and has made a most creditable
record in the various positions which he has filled. He has always given his political allegiance to the democratic
party and in the year 1889 he was elected county supervisor of Harlan county, which position he filled until 1893.
In that year he was appointed postmaster of Republican City and so continued for four years. He was made state
printer of Nebraska in 1913, occupying the position for two years, and on the 23d of April, 1915, he was appointed
by President Wilson to the position of postmaster at yahoo. He has also filled the offices of mayor, city clerk,
justice of the peace and member of the board of education for several terms each at various times and his record
as a public official is one over which there falls no shadow of wrong nor suspicion of evil. He has ever regarded
a public office as a public trust and it is well known that no trust reposed in him has ever been betrayed in the
At Orion, Illinois, on the 26th of June, 1879, Mr. Ludi was united in marriage to Miss Lillian M. Easton and their
children are: Myrtle E., the wife of George H. Woolman, of Republican City, Nebraska; Bessie M., the wife of Curtis
Copp, of Lincoln; Raymond H., who married Isabelle E. Rowell; Ernest J., who married Daisy O. Brittain; Belle L.;
Harry J.; Nellie V., the wife of George H. Simpson; and Guy T.
Mr. Ludi is a well known figure in Masonic circles, in Saunders county. Having taken the fundamental degrees of
the blue lodge, he passed on to the chapter and he has also reached the thirty third degree in the consistorv.
He likewise has membership with the Ancient Order of United Corkmen and the Degree of Honor, and he has been almost
continuously in office in these different organizations since his early initiation therein. He stands loyally for
the highest principles and purposes of the different orders and he exemplifies in his life the beneficent spirit
which constitutes the foundation stone of Masonry. He is a Universalist in religious faith and held membership
in the church when he lived in a community where the denomination had an organization. He belongs to the Wahoo
Commercial Club and heartily cooperates in all of its well defined plans and measures for the upbuilding and progress
of the community.
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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