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Name Syford, DeWitt N., 1847-1926
Born 01/12/1847
Birthplace USA: Pennsylania (York), Lewisberry
Places of residence USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
USA: Pennsylvania (York), Lewisbury
USA: Illinois (Macon), Decatur
USA: Pennsylvania (Allegheny), Pittsburgh
USA: Iowa
USA: Nebraska (Cass), Plattsmouth
USA: Nebraska (Hamilton)
Father Leitner Syford
Mother Emily V. Starr
Notes History taken from research paper titled "The Lewis-Syford House" written by Annette Parde December 11, 2002. The paper is located in the Syford donor files.

DeWitt moved his family to the Lewis-Syford house at 700 N 16th Street in 1904, where they resided until 1965.

Excerpt from Nebraska State Historical Society Archives collection record:
"DeWitt N. Syford, a native of York County, Pennsylvania, was born in January 1847. He learned telegraphy at an early age, and in 1863 he joined the Pennsylvania Emergency Service as a lineman. At the close of the war he continued as a telegrapher in Illinois, and worked briefly in 1867 with Thomas A. Edison. In 1873 Syford left Illinois to join the Union Pacific Railroad at Omaha, working as a telegraph operator and train dispatcher throughout Nebraska for the next few years. In 1879 he journeyed to Chicago, where he married Amanda O. Bean, the daughter of a pioneer Illinois manufacturer of farm equipment. He brought his twenty-seven year old wife back to Nebraska, settling in Lincoln. In about 1890 he abandoned his former occupation and took up farming and cattle raising He broke sod north of Lincoln, and stocked grazing land with what may have been the first Aberdeen-Angus cattle in Lancaster County. D.N. Syford was co-organizer and first secretary of the Nebraska Aberdeen-Angus Association. He retired in 1924 due to failing health, and died in 1926, followed four years later by his wife Amanda."
Occupation Telegraph line operator during Battle of Gettysburg; Dispatcher for Wabash railroad in Decatur Illinois, and for Burlington railroad in Nebraska; Office manager for Union Pacific Railroad in Lincoln, Nebraska; Office manager of Postal Telegraph and Western Union in Lincoln, NE; Farmer outside Lincoln, NE; Organizer and first secretary of Nebraska Aberdeen Angus Breeders Association
Spouse Amanda O. Bean, married 1879 in Chicago, Illinois
Children Ethel Corrine Syford
Lester Corwin Syford
Constance Miriam Syford
Deceased 05/17/1926
Deceased where USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln

Associated Records

Image of RG0797.AM - RG0797 Syford Family

RG0797.AM - RG0797 Syford Family

The Syford family collection consists of forty-seven manuscript boxes of material arranged in eight series: 1) Correspondence, 1856-1965; 2) Business and financial records, 1880-1962; 3) Diaries and journals, 1870-1963; 4) Genealogy and biography; 5) Printed matter; 6) Manuscripts; 7) Organizations; 8) Miscellany. The bulk of this material relates to the business and personal affairs of the Syford family. The business papers relate to farming and to the raising of purebred Aberdeen-Angus steers. There are farm accounts, notations of agricultural expenses, land credits, tax receipts and other associated documents. Correspondence relates to DeWitt N. and Amanda Syford and their ch

Image of 7294-7691 - Envelope, Aberdeen Angus Association?

7294-7691 - Envelope, Aberdeen Angus Association?

Plain white envelope. On the front there is a picture of a cow head on the proper right side in black ink. Beneath that reads "D. N. Syford, Secretary, 700 North 16th Street, Lincoln, Neb. J.A. Amsberry, Pres. E.B. Laflin, V-Pres." All in black ink.

Image of 9188-2602-(1) - Postcard; Aberdeen Angus

9188-2602-(1) - Postcard; Aberdeen Angus

Aberdeen Angus Cattle. This is a postcard advertising the sale of bulls and females. There is a short description of the cattle. This was sent out by D. N. Syford. His farm is 700 North 16th St. Lincoln, NE.

Image of 9188-183 - Card, Advertising; Aberdeen Angus Cattle, D.N. Syford

9188-183 - Card, Advertising; Aberdeen Angus Cattle, D.N. Syford

Aberdeen Angus Cattle. This is a postcard advertising the sale of bulls and females. There is a short description of the cattle. This was sent out by D. N. Syford. His farm is 700 North 16th St. Lincoln, NE.

Image of 9188-186-(1) - Envelope, Dairy, D.N. Syford Secretary

9188-186-(1) - Envelope, Dairy, D.N. Syford Secretary

Plain white envelope. On the front there is a picture of a cow head on the proper right side in black ink. Beneath that reads "D. N. Syford, Secretary, 700 North 16th Street, Lincoln, Neb. J.A. Amsberry, Pres. E.B. Laflin, V-Pres." All in black ink.

Image of 9188-186-(2) - Envelope, Cattle Associations, D. N. Syford, Secretary

9188-186-(2) - Envelope, Cattle Associations, D. N. Syford, Secretary

Plain white envelope with a black and white drawing of a cow head in a circular frame in the top proper right corner. Beneath that is the return address "D. N. Syford, Secretary, 700 North 16th Street, Lincoln, Neb."

Image of 9188-2602-(3) - Postcard; Aberdeen Angus

9188-2602-(3) - Postcard; Aberdeen Angus

Aberdeen Angus Cattle. This is a postcard advertising the sale of bulls and females. There is a short description of the cattle. This was sent out by D. N. Syford. His farm is 700 North 16th St. Lincoln, NE.

Image of 9188-756 - Clipping, Auction Sale

9188-756 - Clipping, Auction Sale

This is a clipping for an Auction Sale on March 14 at 1:30. The sale took place at the Haymarket Square in Lincoln, NE. They are sells Aberdeen Angus Bulls and females. There is a short description of the cattle being sold. The owner is D. N. Syford.