John W. Ressell, a well to do farmer residing in Richland precinct, has earned the American title of a sell
made man, as he began his independent career as a poor boy and has since depended entirely upon his own resources.
His birth occurred in Henry county, Iowa, on the 26th of April, 1864, and he is a son of James and Eliza (Meyers)
Resell, the former a native of Indiana and the latter of Pennsylvania. In 1883 they came to Nebraska with their
family and first located in Saunders county, where they lived on a rented farm, but in 1891 they purchased land
in Lancaster county and took up their abode thereon. The father died on the 20th of April, 1912, and the mother's
demise occurred in December, 1908.
John W. Ressell was reared at home and received his education in the common schools, which he attended until, the
removal of the family to Nebraska. After his arrival in this state he was in the employ of an uncle until he was
twenty one years of age and then hired out to other farmers for about two years. At the end of that time he began
farming on his own account, renting sixty acres, which he cultivated for four years, and subsequently he bought
eighty acres. For ten years he concentrated his energies upon the operation of that farm, after which he sold the
place to Frank Bloomquist and bought his present farm of one hundred and fifty nine acres in Richland precinct.
In addition to his home farm he owns one hundred and sixty acres in Holt county, Nebraska. He plans his work well
and uses up to date methods and improved machinery, and as a result he has derived a good financial return from
his land. He has made many improvements upon his home farm and in addition to erecting buildings and putting up
fences has planted trees, which add greatly to the attractiveness of the place.
Mr. Ressell was married on the 11th of March, 1891, to Miss Fannie Boydston, a daughter of B. B. Boydston, an early
settler of this county. Five children have been born to them, namely: Edna, residing near Plainview, Antelope county,
this state, who married John Senseney and has a son, J. Ressell; Harry and Curtis, both of whom are at home; Burtis,
who died in infancy; and Esther, attending country school.
Mr. Ressell casts an independent ballot and has been active in public affairs. For two terms he served as school
director and during that time aided in planning the new schoolhouse in his district. He attends the Pleasant Hill
Methodist Episcopal church and is always ready to do everything in his power to advance the cause of right and
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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