J. A. Sams, who for a number of years has made his home in Colon, owns an excellent farm in Marietta township.
He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on the 17th of October, 1864, and is a son of Peter and Theresa (Stayner) Sams,
both natives of Austria, whence they emigrated to the United States more than a half century ago. They settled
in Wisconsin and. lived there for a number of years but in 1872 came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and located
in Marietta precinct, where the father purchased land. He devoted his time to its development and cultivation until
his demise, which occurred in 1905. He had survived his wife for five years, as she passed away in 1900, and both
were buried in the Marietta cemetery. They were the parents of a son and daughter, the sister of our subject being
Mrs. S. H. Jones, of Greeley, Colorado.
J. A. Sams attended the schools of Madison, Wisconsin: in the acquirement of an education and during his boyhood
and youth also gained valuable training through assisting his father with the work of the farm. Following the latter's
death he assumed charge of the home place and followed agricultural pursuits until about 1903, when he removed
to Colon and engaged hi merchandising for three years. At the end of that time he returned to the farm and operated
the place until 1912, when he again located in Colon, where he has since lived. In 1908 Mr. Sams made a trip to
Europe and each year after for years visited some of the European countries, the last journey being to Cuba. He
has erected a good residence on the five acre tract which he owns in the town, and he also holds title to two hundred
and eighty acres of excellent land and is a stockholder in the State Bank of Colon.
On December 28, 1911, Mr. Sams was united in marriage to Miss Eva Bahm, and they have two children, Edna May and
Eva. Mr. Sams is a democrat and while living upon his farm served acceptably as road overseer. Both he and his
wife hold membership in the Presbyterian church, and their support can be counted upon in furthering the various
phases of church work. He is also identified with the Knights of Pythias at Wahoo. He has spent the greater part
of his life in this county, and the high esteem in which he is held by those who have known him since boyhood is
an indication of the sterling worth of his character.
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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