R. M. Railsback, who is successfully engaged in the grain business in Ithaca, was born in Miniver, Tazewell
county, Illinois, August 26, 1865, a son of James Edward and Anna Itailsback. The father's people were residents
of Indiana but those of the mother lived in Pennsylvania. James E. Itailsback, who was born and reared in Illinois,
where he continued to live for many years, was in the grain and lumber business in partnership with a brother in
law for fifty years and is still engaged in buying and selling grain as a member of the firm of Quigg, Railsback
& Company. The mother is also living.
R. M. Railsback attended school until he was eighteen years of age and then entered his father's office, where
he worked for three or four years. When about twenty two years old he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and in
connection with a brother engaged in the grain business here. He understands the business thoroughly and as the
years have passed he has gained a gratifying measure of success. He handles a great deal of grain annually and
as he keeps a close watch on the market is able to buy and sell with profit.
On the 15th of June, 1892, Mr. Railsback was united in marriage to Miss Bertie Bell Knapp, a daughter of A. C.
and Minnie (Huebotter) Knapp, who took up a homestead in this county. Her father is now living at Mexico, Missouri.
To Mr. and Mrs. Itailsback has been born a daughter, Marie Elizabeth, whose natal day was June 24, 1901, and who
is attending school in Ithaca.
The republican party has in Mr. Railsback a stanch supporter, and his religious faith is that of the Methodist
church. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and has held the office of financier since the organization
of his lodge, and he is also identified with the Wahoo lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is not only respected
as an able business man but is also esteemed as a public spirited citizen and as a man of unquestioned integrity.
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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