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COMPANY 1918 - Page 485 - 486

I. T. MERCHANT, the efficient postmaster at Adams, Gage county, claims the old
Buckeye state as the place of his nativity. He was born in Paulding county,
Ohio on the 19th day of March, 1856, a son of Isaac and Nancy (Caylor) Merchant.
The father was born at a place eighteen miles southwest of Washington Court
House, Ohio, on the 25th of November, 1823. He was a prosperous farmer in Ohio
when the civil war was precipitated, and he showed his intrinsic patriotism by
enlisting in an Ohio volunteer regiment and serving valiantly with the same
during the period of the great conflict between the states of the north and the
south. When his country no longer needed his services as a soldier he returned
to Ohio, and in 1866 he removed to Kingston, Missouri. In that locality he was
engaged in farming until the time of his election to the position of county
judge. In this office he served until 1873, when he came to Lincoln, Nebraska.
In the following year he went to Custer county, this state, where he took up a
homestead claim and became one of the pioneer settlers of that large and now
prosperous section of Nebraska. He there continued his agricultural activities
in 1885, when he sold his farm and established his residence at Broken Bow, the
county seat, where he practiced law for several years thereafter. In 1911,
after having spent some time in a visit to his native state, Mr. Merchant came
to Adams, Gage county, where he passed the closing period of his life in the
home of his son, the subject of this review, his death having here occurred
November 10, 1913. His wife was born February 5, 1830, her birthplace having
been not far distant from that of her husband, in Washington county, Ohio. She
died at Broken Bow, Nebraska, January 22, 1892, and in the cemetery at that
place were laid to rest the mortal remains of both her and her husband. They
became the parents of ten children, concerning whom the following brief record
is available: Mrs. T. J. Todhunter lives at Washington Court House, Ohio; John
was a soldier of the Union at the time of his death, which occurred in a
hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, within the progress of the Civil war; George W.
is a resident of Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. W. H. Huffer lives in Urbana, Ohio; the
subject of this sketch was the next in order of birth; Mrs. John Armstrong
resides in San Francisco, California; Emma and William are deceased; and Mrs. R.
D. Ross lives at Anselmo, Custer county, Nebraska.

I. T. Merchant continued his studies in the public schools until his graduation
in the high school at Kingston, Missouri, as a member of the class of 1873. In
1873, as previously noted, the family removed to Lincoln, Nebraska, and there he
became a bookkeeper in his father's hotel. In the following year he accompanied
his parents to Custer county, this state, where he entered claim to a homestead
and engaged in the feeding of sheep and cattle. He finally disposed of his
farming interests and removed to Broken Bow, where he became the deputy sheriff
of Custer county. Thereafter he was appointed postmaster at Broken Bow, an
office of which he continued the incumbent until 1890. Thereafter he was
engaged in buying and shipping grain and live stock until 1893, when he became
the keeper of the shops of the Nebraska penitentiary, at Lincoln. The next year
he went to Toronto, Canada, where he became actively identified with lumbering

In 1900, Mr. Merchant established his residence at Liberty, Gage county,
Nebraska, where he continued to be engaged in the buying and shipping of grain
for the ensuing nine years. He then removed to the village of Adams, this
county, and here he was successfully engaged in buying and shipping grain and
other farm produce until 1913, when he was appointed postmaster of the village,
a position in which he has since continued his effective administration.

At Broken Bow, Custer county, on the 4th of September, 1890, was recorded the
marriage of Mr. Merchant to Miss Sarah E. North, who was born in the Dominion of
Canada, and who is a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Kilpatrick) North, natives of
Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Merchant have one son, T. O., who has become a member of
the national army and who is, in the spring of 1918, stationed at Camp Cody, New
Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Merchant belong to the Methodist Episcopal church, and in
politics he is a Democrat. He has rendered efficient service as a member of the
township board, as justice of the peace and a police judge. In a fraternal way
he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Merchant is a
man of ability and civil loyalty and he takes deep interest in all things
pertaining to the communal welfare.

The bio from the History of Gage County is really sanitized. Mary Susan Bishop
was Isaac first wife and I think they married in 1882 (will have to look up the
exact date) and they had 7 kids. They were divorced and Isaac kept my
Grandfather Temple and his sister Violet and Mary Susan took the rest of the
kids. So a marriage date of 1890 for Isaac and Sarah North seems really
suspicious. My grandfather was so bitter all his life, he never spoke of his
mother. In fact my mother thought Sarah was her biological grandmother until
she was about 21. She found out about Mary Susan by accident. When she asked
her Dad, he just turned and walked away. Anyway, divorce was a really big
scandal in those times, so I suppose it would never be mentioned in a county
bio. This bio also states that Grandfather was Isaac and Sarah's son, which
isn't true. Oh well, it is still an interesting article.

NEGenWeb Project - Gage County
Who's Who in Nebraska, 1940

MERCHANT, ISAAC TEMPLE: Retired; b Fayette Co, 0 Mar 19, 1856; s of Isaac
Merchant-Nancy Callor; ed Ohio; m Mary S Bishop Oct 10, 1880 Broken Bow (dec
1920); s Temple Orvel, William (dec), Grover Ernest (dec); d Nora (dec), Susie
(dec), Violet (Mrs 0 0 DeCamp), Ruby; came to Neb 1872, father opr of the
Clifton House, Lincoln; 1873 father homesteaded in Custer Co on Victoria creek;
when Custer Co was org & Broken Bow estab as co seat, moved with father to
Broken Bow; father was first mayor & supplied logs for bldg first sch in Custer
Co; records show marriage license issued to Isaac Temple was first one granted
in Custer Co; opr gen merc store & breeder of Percheron horses, also rounded up
& shipped wild horses; P M during administration of Pres Cleveland; dep sheriff
of Custer Co under Charles Foote; 1904 came to Adams & engaged in grain &
produce bus; 1913-21 P M Adams; past mayor & police judge many years; 1921 ret
because of failing health; friend of William J Bryan & Gilbert Hitchcock & took
active part in old Populist party; res Adams.

MERCHANT, TEMPLE ORVEL: Attorney; b Broken Bow, Neb Aug 5, 1888; ed Adams HS; U
of N, LLB; m Louise Townsend Dec 31, 1912 Fremont; s Temple Orvel Jr, Harold
Iora; d Margaret Louise, Elizabeth Adelaide; 1910-12 accounting dept CB&Q RR,
Omaha; 1913-14 accounting dept Beatrice Creamery Co, Lincoln; 1915-17 accounting
dept Ewart Grain Co of Lincoln, stationed at Superior; 1919-22 gen mgr Beatrice
branch Nebraska Corn Mills, 1922-26 pur Beatrice branch, renamed Merchants
Supply Co; 1926-29 traveling representative, Gerlach-Barklow Co of Joliet Ill,
hdqrs Beatrice, 1929-33 hdqrs at Hastings; 1933-39 state examiner, sr acct under
state auditors William B Price, Fred Ayres, William H Price; helped inaugurate
uniform accounting system in all counties; 1927 adm to Neb bar; 1939- prac law
in Adams; Gage Co, Neb St & Amer Bar Assns; past grand IOOF; past councilor
Beatrice coun 79 UCT, past grand councilor Neb UCT; 1910-12 active in YMCA work,
Omaha; 1919-29 mbr bd Beatrice C of C; mbr bd Beatrice YMCA; during World War
with US army July 16, 1917-July 26, 1919 ordnance dept, 2no army hdqrs
Domgermain France, ordnance base Toul France, 11 mos O/S; 1939-40 comm Adams
Amer Leg, past mbr exec com. 1929-33 past gen secy Meth SS, Hastings; since 1904
has att Dem state convs, past mbr Dem St Central Com; hobbies, fishing,
gathering unusual rock; res Adams.

Although Temple Merchant was not born in Ohio, he is the son and grandson of men
who were. I have included his bio so those doing research on this family will
have more complete information.

Submitted by Peggy Karol

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