Edward Royse

Carey William Kay Sod House, Broken Bow


Edward Royse, secretary of the State Banking Board, was born in Marion county, Iowa, March 7, 1858. He received his education in the public schools of his native county and at an early age learned telegraphy and for some years was engaged in railroading as an operator and station agent. He came to Nebraska in 1878 and for a time was located at Brownville, then at Peru, and later Aurora, moving from the latter place to Broken Bow, in Custer county, in 1884, where he retains his residence and where he has been engaged in the banking .business. Mr. Royse served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Lands and Buildings 1895-96. In January. 1901, he was appointed secretary of the State Banking Board to serve for a term of two years and in January, 1903, he was reappointed to serve in the same official capacity for another two year term. He was the chairman of the Republican County Central committee of Custer county from 1898 to 1900 inclusive. He was one of the presidential electors in 1900, and accompanied the other electors to Washington with the Nebraska returns for McKinley and Roosevelt. The carrying of the vote to Washington by all the electors of the state, was the occasion for much comment at the time, and is unparalleled in the history of presidential elections, and was on account of the victory for McKinley in carrying Nebraska, the home state of the Democratic presidential candidate, W. J. Bryan. Mr. Royse was married March 2, 1880, to Miss Addie Gates, of Brownville, and has a family consisting of one son and one daughter. Mr. Royse served as mayor of Broken Bow two successive terms, elected both times by the Republicans.

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