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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 25, 1910)
Some Christmas Babies and Men Born on the Great Day
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tba aaga remarks of tb "UtUa motber"
character In a popular play. Trua, In
deed, bnt the parent! -who can boast
having received babies as Christmas
presents are very few in number. Aa a
matter of fart, of the several thousand babies born la
Omaha during the three years preceding 1910 bnt fif
teen now living were cohered in under the auspices of
Santa Claua. Tet that babies would be most welcome
and high?? delightful Christmas presents no caa will
deny, wtula the parents of the Omaha Banta Claua
boys and girls are all willing to affirm that their babies
born on December 25 were the gifts prtred above all
In tome countriea the children born on Christmas
are credited with bringing their own good luck with
them, and to be able to fondle the Christmas baby is
considered as a great favor by the aimple folk of the
old lands. Already plans for the feasting are In
creased, where possible, when the household la blessed
with a new arrival on the anniversary of tha birth
of the Christ child.
Omaha can boast a goodly number of old and
j-oucg mho celebrate their birth anniversaries on
Christmas day. The oldest Is Rev. Thomas McCague.
D. who this year Is celebrating his eighty-fifth
birthday. During his long Epan of years, most of
which have been spent laboring In the vineyard of the
Lord, he has witnessed the most remarkable develop
ments, and some of the most wonderful -changes, re
corded In the history of the world. Hie work has been
done not only In the United States, but also In foreign
First American Missionary in Egypt.
When former President Roosevelt was in Omaha
which he said was doing a grand work. His astonish
ment was almost as great as his delight when Brower
McCague was Introduced after the speech making and
told the colonel that his father was the missionary
who had established that mission almost half a cen
tury ago. John L. McCague of this city was born in
Egypt while his parents were domiciled in the mys
terious land of the Pharaohs.
Telephones, electric llghta, airships and a good
many other things considered very ordinary conveni
ences today were undreamt of when Mr. McCague
was a laughing urchin making merry with others
about the modest Christmas tree that youngsters could
have in Ohio in 1S!5.
The first passenger railroad in the United States
was not put In operation until three years after Mr.
McCague was born. He was 7 years old when the
nullification crdlnance was passed in South Carolina
and was 10 years old when Morse Invented the tele
graph. He was a boy of II when Queen Victoria suc
ceeded to the British throne In 1 S3?, yet she reigned
record number of year? and baa been long dead.
Mr. McCague came to the legal age the year Ellas
Howe completed his sewing machine.
The Seminole war, the Mexican war, the French
revolution, the Crimean war, the Indian mutiny, John
Brown's raid, the American civil war, the Franco
Prussian war, and of course all the more recent con
flicts, have occurred during the lifetime of this
preacher cf God's word. He has felt the shock of
horror caused by the assassination of three American
'presidents and a dozen European rulera. He has seen
tew nations established, several of them republics
like his own country.
Has Witnessed Wonders.
Mr. McCague was a man of over CO when Prof.
Bell perfected the telephone, and was 12 mhen the
frst telegraphic message was Cashed under the At
lantic ocean, and has lived to see the dreams of early
discoverers realized by an American planting the
Stars and trlps at the North 1'ole. He has the In
tently greater satisfaction cf living to witness the
conversion of hosts from heathenism to Christianity.
The evangeliration f the dark places of the world
Las been very measurably foraarded during his life
time and in this great movement he bore a pioneer
part, most worthily and with a tattering measure of
John Quiney Adams was president of the United
State a hen Mr. McCague as born, and during his
lifetime fifteen other presidents have ruled at Wash
ington. But twenty-four states composed th Ameri
cas union hen he was a baby, and a!n- then taenty
two others have been admitted. The Eag his youthful
eyes txheld as the symbol cf his coantry's life has
been amplified and Jufctified, and the nation's achieve
ment and oaer s;ttad through the history cf the
earth, vblle he has been pursuing the calm way of
Lfe, yet fighting the spiritual battle lustily.
And to the enjoyciett of ail these great develop
trer.ts aitnt-ssed by Mr. McCague the bailee cf the
Um )" succt-eded. Should any c.f them live
to his present age it seems assured they, too, will have
beheld wonderful things come to pasa.
Made Much of Life.
Thomas McCague, D. D.. was born In Ripley, O.,
In 1S25, and was married In July. 1S54. to Henrietta
M. Lowes. The same year he went as the first Ameri
can missionary to Egypt, his young wife accompanying
him. They were sent by the United Presbyterian
church and remained seven years In Egypt. Two of
their twelve children were born In Egypt. John L.
McCague of Omaha and Mrs. Alfred M. Gordon of
Bellingham, "Wash. In 18 CI the McCague family cam
back to America and settled In Iowa, removing to
Nebraska City In 1S66. In July of the following year
the missionary was transferred to Omaha by his
church board, and he organized the first church of his
denomination in this place. Services were held st first
In Beals school house, situated at the corner of Fif
teenth and Capitol avenue. At the end of the year the
church board decided to suspend work In Omaha, but
this did not suit the ambitious spirit of the young
preacher. He proceeded to erect a small church on
the corner of the lot where his own home stood, on
South Tenth street. For four years he kept this
church going without any sort of aid from the board,
his own high character as pastor and citizen attracting
to him many friends. He has lived to soe his denomi
nation well and prosjerously established in Omaha,
and much inward satisfaction is his been use of that
Besides the two cnildren mentioned above Mr.
McCague has living the following sons and daughters:
Thomas H. and Brewer E. McCague, Om&ha; William
L. McCague, Chicago; Mrs. J. H. McCuUoth. San
Diego, Cal.; Mrs. George Marples and Lydia S. Mc
Christmas Belong to Frank Walters.
Frank Walters, general manager of the North
western lines west of the Missouri river, was born on
December 5, Is CD, at Cedar Falls, la. He was edu
cated In the public schools of the little Iowa town
and filled various positions in the railroad Service
from 1SI2 to 1802. Steady application, faithfulness
and a capacity to learn the business brought him Into
the position of division superintendent of the Chicago,
Rock Island & P&ciSc road is June, 1902. He re
mained six months In this berth and then was made
assistant superintendent of the Chicago & North
western., remaining in that position until It 03, when
he was made superintendent of the Sioux City division,
holding this place until 1S05. In that year Mr. Wal-
ters became assistant general superintendent at Nor
folk, Neb., and was there something over a year. He
took the position of asEistant general manager in
that yesr, and for a Christmas present he was ap
pointed general manager In 1906, the date of appoint
ment being December 10.
Trank Walters is not only known pretty generally
as a mighty good railroad man, but in the social line
he is also of the best typ of American citizen. He
belongs to the Omaha club. Country club. Commercial
and Railroad clubs in Omaha, and is likewise a mem
ber of the Union League club, Chicago. Mr. Walters
Is married and two children, a boy and a girl, have
Pepys' Notes on Ancient Christmas Days
ov 1C60 PEPTS, the original social reporter.
set down in his diary that he had listened
to a dull Christmas sermon by a stranger
In his church. He notes, too, "Our pew
was all covered with rosemary and
baize;" then wrote down the further fact
that, when he got home, "found my wife
and mayde with much ado had made shift to spit a
great turkey sect me this eek from Charles Carter,
my old colleague." From which it will be seen the
turkey as considered, even in the land of the "baron
cf beef." a goodly gift
Two years later Pepys made this naive confession
of dilatorinees and plenteous feasting, his wife evi
dently being ill:
"December 26, 1C62 (Christmas Day), With my
boy talked. It being a most brave cold and dry frosty
morning, and had a pleasant walk to Whit Hall,
where I intended to have received the communion w 1th
the family, but I came a little too late By and
by down to the chappel again, where Bishop Morley
preached .upon th song cf the angels. 'Glory to God
on hljh. on earth peace, and good will towards men.'
The sermon done, a good anthem followed, but I staid
not I walked home again with great pleasure,
and there dined by my wife's bedside with great con
tent, baring a mess of trsve plum porridge and a
roasted pullet for dinner, and I sent for a mince lie
abroad, my wife not being well to make anv herself
The next day Mrs. Pepys was p and busy, stia
"keeping Christmas," for th careful old reporter
WTot in his diary;
"December 16, 1662, Up, my wife to the making
cf Christmas pies all day, being no- pretty well again,
and I abroad to several place about business.
Home, and found my wife busy among her lies, but
angry for some saucy words that her mayde Jane has
given her, which I will not allow of, and therefore will
give her warning to be gone. Being also cied at my
boy for his staying playing abroad ahen sent of
Pepys also made intercstirg note, a day cr two
later, that he unwittingly bent his mife. He sajs,
under date January 1:
"January l. 1C63. Waking this morning cut of
my aleep on a sudden, I did with my elbow Lit my
wife a great blow over her face and nose, which al.ed
her with pain, at ahich I was sorry, and to sleep
Not maty modern men would make so refreshing
eoc'easion, albeit eld I'epys S3rrow did not prevent
Liza "pounding the pillow" sgain right away.
On another Christmas day. 1 66 6. Pa Pepys admits
he slept late. Noting it was Christmas day, he set
"La7 pretty long In bed, and then rose, leaving
my wife desirous to sleep, having sat up till 4 in th
morning seeing her mayd make mince pie. I to
church, where our Parson Mills made a good aermorf.
Then Lorn, and dined well on tome good ribs or beet
roasted and mince pies; only my wife, brother and
Barker, and plenty cf good wine of my oane, and my
heart fall cf true Joy. and thanks to God Almighty
for the goodness of my condition at this day. After
tfitner I begun to teach my wife and Barker my song.
'It is Decreed,' hich pleases me mightily, as now I
have Mr. Hunxton's base. Walked alone on foot to
the Temple, thinking to have seen a play all alone;
but there, missing cf any bills, concluded there was
none, and so back home; and there with my brother
reducing the names of all my books to aa alphabet,
and then to supper and to bad."
Whether "Barker" was son, maid or friend is not
stated, but the heavy work cf cataloging his books
did not kill his merry spirit, for the next day Pepys
rote this in his diary:
"December 26, 1666. To White Hail
trenc home, carrjlng a barrel of oysters with me.
Anon tomes Mr. John Andrews and his wife to dine
with me and young Batelier and his wife. After dinner
I put the ottfn Into a coach and they to the Duke's
house to a play. Jt mas indifferently done, Gosnell
not singirg, but a hew wench, that sings naughtily.
Thence home, and there Mr. Andrews to the vyoll,
ho plays most excellent on it. Thence to dance, her
being I'embleton come, by my wife's direction, and a
fiddler; and mighty merry we were, and danced; and
so till 12 at tifht, and to supper, and then to cross
X'urpos6. mighty merry, and then to bed."
On December 24. in 1667. Pepys stayed up nearly
all night, at church services. Hi lot of the occasion
"December 24, 1667. By coach to St James", it
be-ing about 6 at night; my deaign being to see the
ceremonys, this tight being the eve of Christmas, at
the cueen's chapel. I got in almost up to the raiL and
with a great deal of patience staid from at night to
" la the morning, la a trj great crowd-
blessed his home, which has been in Omaha for th
lart four years.
Dr. Van Fleet One of Elect.
Edward A. Van Floret, an Omaha physician, cam
as a happy Christmas gift to his parents in 1S6S at
Randolph, Wis. The family afterward moved to Ne
braska and he secured his education at Schuyler,
graduating from the high school in list. During
1SS2-9 4 he attended Cotner university and put in the
next two years in the Lincoln normal university, from
which he received a diploma. He afterward took th
course at the Omaha Medical college, graduating with
th class of If 02. Since taking up practice Dr. Van
Fleet has kept his office in the McCague building. H
Is a trustee of the Child Saving lnrtitute, a member
of the Nebraska and Douglas County Medical socbitica
and also president of the Historical Entertainment as
sociation and of th Interstate Lyceum bureau. H
a&liates with Ko untie Memorial church.
Christmas Baby at Stamp Window.
While he is dealing out the Christmas stamps at
the Omaha posloS.ce Irven W. Barr dovs not forget
that he is, or was, a Christmas baby, being born on
December 25. 1879, at Ashland, Neb. Except for his
birthday always falling on Christmas Mr. Barr sayi
his life has been uneventful. He rustled for fun Ilk
other lads until 12 years old, since which time he has
been busily at work all the year round. H secured
what education he has in the public schools. Th
ninth grade in a high school having twelve grades
at Friend, Neb., was as high as he went, but he dis
charges his duty as a servant of Uncle Sam with satis
faction. He is married, Mrs. Barr having been TTias
Elizabeth Zimmer of Omaha before marriage. They
hare two children, neither born on Christmas day.
Edward Rosea ater II, son of Victor Rosewater,
editor of The Bee, was born two years ago today.
That same Christmas day was the date of birth cf
even other Omaha babies, one of whom appears in
the group. Tho year befor v babies arrived en
Christmas day, whil in 1C9 but two Christmas births
were reported. Th ages given below th pictures
ar of this date, some cf the photographs being taken
Of th fifteen babies bora in Omaha in th last
thre years tin wer girls and six wer boy. As
will be noted from th pictures, th Christmas chil
dren, old and youag, bear a striking resemblance to
th great bulk of peopl not born on so happy a day.
They ar bright, promising looking people, and sine
Christmas has a doubly Joyoua meaning for them they
ought to be j articular! optimistic clUxtna.
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