Accomplishments of Our Ancestors
“It is a revered thing to see an ancient castle, not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family which has stood against the waves and weathers of time!” – Francis Bacon
Son of Franklin And Rebecca McCord Hatter
A graduate of Storer College in 1878, then Nichols Latin School at Lewistown, Maine.
Graduated Second Honor in Psychology, from Bates College in 1888
Professor at Storer College teaching Latin, Greek, and Mathematics
Started the Industrial Department of Storer College and erection of the main building
In 1893, Hatter received the patent for an intricate machine that improves the harvesting of Indian corn.
President of Bluefield College (1896-1906) The originally named the Bluefield Colored Institute
Bluefield College renamed their President house to Hatter house in 1999 in honor of Hamilton Hatter, which is now on the Historical Register.
Deeded land to Storer College
During the Spanish-American war, he was active as a Four Minute Man authorized by President Woodrow Wilson. (During the 4-minute intermission at theaters these men would stand before the audience and speak in support of the president’s policies.)
Graduate of Freeman’s Academy at Dunlap, Kansas
Porter on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad passenger dining cars.
While working out of Chicago, John was an active and aggressive political figure, debating and sharing ideas with the likes of Edward Morris, (a prominent Black Chicago Attorney and politician) and the infamous Clarence Darrow (abolitionist and lifelong champion for the rights of Blacks in and out of the courts). John learned the finer points of political arguments and became prepared for the political life that awaited him in Omaha.
32nd degree Mason and a Shriner
Pegg was the Leading Colored Republican of the Western States Meet in Conference.
In 1906, he was appointment as the City Weights and Measures Inspector by J.C. Dalhman, Mayor of Omaha 1910.
Encouraged and Sponsored many of the black settlers who went by wagon out to Cherry County, Nebraska to homestead benefiting from The Kincaid Homestead Act of 1904
James Augustus Page (1867-1917) – No photo available –
Graduate of Howard University Medical School 1906
Graduate of Kansas Normal School (1899) which later became Emporia State University
Field of study was the historiography and historical method
Teacher at Buchanan High School (1901-)
Professor of the Quindaro School System
President of City Athletic Tournament, Topeka, KS
Helped to maintain his father’s Shoe & Bootmaking business in Kansas City, MO
Sailor on Great Lake Steamers – helped runaway slaves reach Canada
Postmaster of Buxton-Kent, Ontario, Canada and Farmer
Walker was Superintendent of the Sunday School and leader in the prayer meeting services. An important thing about this church was the fact that there were many denominations represented, but all joined in the services and supported the one church.
Homesteader, in Nebraska in the 1860’s – Purchased 160 acres under the Scrip Warrant Act of 1855 (BOLM # 29117) Purchased 1,920 more acres in 1913 & 14. He became the Community Veterinarian with a special touch for the horses.
U.S. Army chaplain
Retired United Methodist Bishop Forrest Stith discusses his role in producing “Songs of Zion,” an African-American hymnal of the United Methodist Church. He spoke weeks before a Dec. 2011 dinner in Washington, D.C., honoring his 53 years of ministry and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the African-American Methodist Heritage Center. Author of “Sunrises and Sunsets toward Freedom” and “Orange Morgan’s 38,325 Mornings
Watch and listen to him on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IsTzn-duGM
Kearney State Normal in Kearney County, Nebraska and Black Hills Teachers College (Spearfish Normal) at Spearfish, S.D.
Wife of William Roy Hayes, Veteran of WWII
Audacious, Cherry County, Nebraska Teaching school in District 164 – her brother George A. Riley was the Director
Valentine, Cherry, Nebraska, Elected as the Cherry Co. Rural Teachers Delegate to the General Assembly.
Norris, Nebraska, Principal of School – (4 room building! A kitchen, her office, two classrooms.)
Army Ordinance Training Officer,
Served on the Cleveland · Cuyahoga County Port Authority in 1971, a member of Tau Boule ( a professional Minority Business Men’s Association)
Original Director of the First National Bank Association
Co-Author of Lina Derritt, Petitioner, v. State Board of Real Estate Examiners. U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings