Biography of Wesley J. Nichols
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WESLEY J. NICHOLS.
Since 1899 Wesley J. Nichols has lived retired at Wahoo. Previous to that time he was actively engaged in farming and his labors were so wisely and capably directed that success in considerable measure attended his efforts, bringing to him the handsome competence that now enables him to enjoy all of the comforts and some of the luxuries of life. Mr. Nichols is a native of New York, his birth having occurred in Mexico township, Oswego county, on the 16th of August, 1835, his parents being Jared and Matilda (Ray) Nichols, who were also natives of the Empire state. About 1835 they removed to Portage, Ohio, where the mother died when thirty five years of age. The father became a resident of Branch county, Michigan, in 1848 and there he took up the occupation of farming, which he followed until his death at the age of fifty years.

Wesley J. Nichols spent his boyhood upon the home farm in Michigan to the age of thirteen years, when he went to live with an uncle, with whom he remained until he attained his majority. He then started out, working by the month as a farm hand, his time being thus passed until January, 1861. In the opening year of the Civil war he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting as a member of Company F, First Michigan Light Artillery, with which he served for two years. He then reenlisted in the same company and continued with that command for two years longer, or until July, 1865, when he was mustered out at Jackson, Michigan. He participated in the battle at Richmond, Kentucky, and was afterward sent to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he became ill with typhoid fever. He then reenlisted and participated in the Atlanta campaign. He was shot through the fleshy part of the left arm at Richmond, Kentucky, - the first battle in which he participated but he never faltered in the performance of duty and after the expiration of his first term veteranized. His was indeed the record of unfaltering loyalty and throughout his entire life he has been as true and faithful to his country as when he followed the old flag upon southern battlefields.

Following the war Mr. Nichols engaged in farming in Michigan until 1868, when he made his way to Jesup, Buchanan county, Iowa, where he soon afterward purchased a farm, residing thereon until 1871, when he sold that property and came to Saunders county, securing a homestead in Stocking precinct. He filed on one hundred and sixty acres prior to the passing of the law permitting soldiers of the Civil war to take up that amount of land. After the law was passed he homesteaded this, the property being three miles southwest of Wahoo. Not a furrow had been tamed nor an improvement made upon the property when he took possession, but he at once began to break the sod and till the fields and in course of time gathered good harvests. As the years went, on he continued to improve the property, which he owned until 1904, when he sold out, but in 1899 he had retired and removed to Wahoo, where he has since made his home, enjoying here a well earned rest. He has now passed the eightieth milestone on life's journey.

On the 13th of February, 1868, Mr. Nichols was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Kenyon, who was born in Mexico township, Oswego county, New York, March 15, 1838, and when six years of age was taken by her parents to Coldwater, Branch county, Michigan, where she was educated and married. She became one of the pioneer women of Saunders county and has long been an interested witness of the growth, progress and development of this part of the state. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were born two children: Fred K., who is engaged in merchandising at Spokane, Washington, and also has a store in Seattle, married Miss Jennie Booth, a daughter of John Booth, of Saunders county; Myrtle L. is the wife of M. A. Phelps, mentioned elsewhere in this volume.

Mr. and Mrs. Nichols hold membership in the First Baptist church of Wahoo and he belongs also to John A Andrews Post, No. 90, G. A. R., of which he is now chaplain, a position which he has filled for ten years. His life has ever been actuated by high and honorable principles and sterling character worth has gained for him the enviable position which he occupies in the regard and goodwill of his fellowmen. His example may well serve as a source of emulation to others, for his are "the blessed accompaniments of age honor, riches, troops of friends."

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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