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Hon. F. Charles Severin


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Date: 3/19/2004 at 22:47:10

Hon. F. Charles Severin, former member of the state legislature and a retired farmer living in Hallam, was born in Germany, on the 7th of August, 1848, a son of John C. and Elizabeth (Lindekugel) Severin, who came to the United States in the summer of 1856, casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers of Clayton county, Iowa. In the spring of 1869 they became pioneers of Lancaster county, Nebraska, settling in the Buda precinct, where the father homesteaded eighty acres. He afterward extended the boundaries of his farm by the purchase of other land, upon which he lived to the time of his death.

F. Charles Severin was reared on the old homestead in Iowa and acquired his education in the public schools nearby and also in a night school in Chicago. He went to that city when about eighteen years of age and there secured a position as clerk in a mercantile establishment. It was during this period that he attended night school, and after several months spent in that city he returned home. In the spring of 1869 he left Iowa and came to this county, where his parents arrived some months later. He took up a pre-emption claim of eighty acres in Buda precinct, and after perfecting his title to that property, he obtained a homestead claim of eighty acres adjoining. He afterward purchased other land and developed an excellent farm, which he continued to cultivate and improve until 1913, when he put aside the active work of the fields and removed to Hallam.

He retained the ownership of that property, however, until 1916, when he sold out. He still has eighty acres in Buda precinct and three hundred and twenty acres in Chase county, Nebraska, and from his farm holdings derives a substantial annual income. In all his farm work he was practical and progressive, converting his land into richly productive fields, from which he annually gathered good harvesting. In 1872 Mr. Severin was married to Miss Gesine Albers, of Buda precinct, and to them have been born twelve children, nine of whom are yet living : William, a resident of Lincoln; Minnie, the wife of William C. Schultz of Fremont, Nebraska ; Richard, also residing in Lincoln; Carl, who is upon his father's farm in this county; Albert, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Hubert, a farmer, of Idaho; Fred, a carpenter of Hallam; George, who is operating a grain elevator in Hallam; and Edna, the wife of Glen Porter of Lincoln, Nebraska.

In his political views Mr. Severin has ever been an earnest republican. He served as assessor and justice of the peace for several years in the early days and for more than twenty years was a member of the school board, doing everything in his power to advance the interests of education in this locality. In 1889 he was elected to represent his district in the state legislature and in 1891 was returned to the office, serving with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents, his course being characterized by marked devotion to the welfare of the state.

Fraternally he has been connected with Friendship Lodge, No.47, I. O. O. F., of Firth, for more than thirty-five years, and he belongs to the American Order of Protection. He is one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of Lancaster county, having labored in many ways, and most effectively for the interests and up building of this section. He has been actuated at all times by a public spirited devotion to the general good and whether in office or out of it is a most loyal citizen.

- source: "LINCOLN The Capitol City and Lancaster County, Nebraska" Published Chicago, Illinois; The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company; 1916

- transcribed by Kathie Harrison
Coordinator, Lancaster Co. NEGenWeb Project
posted to the Clayton co. IAGenWeb with her permission

-Please note: I checked a copy of the original 1916 biography (pg 496-499) and the name is spelled with the 't' in Schultz, so there is not an error in this transcription. However, researchers of Minnie Severin & William Schultz / Schulz should certainly bear in mind that the surname is spelled in different ways in different records.

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