HIRAM D. HATHAWAY, business  manager of the State Journal Company, at Lincoln, a gentleman of education and was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1835, and is the third son and child of Artemas D. and Rachel (Hampton) Hathaway. The Hamptons were early settlers of New England, whence they removed later to Pennsylvania. Artemas Hathaway was one of the pioneer settlers of Ohio, locating in Trumbull County about 1826. Hiram remained on the farm during his boyhood, and acquired a district school education. His father died when he was only seven years of age. When sixteen years of age he migrated to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he commenced the printer's trade, in the office of the Frontier Guardian, in 1852. This sheet was run off through an old-fashioned hand-press, and the first duty of young Hathaway was to act as roller-boy.

Photo courtesy Nebraska State Historical Sociey

That was his home until 1852, when he came to Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Iowa. Pining, however, for a more active life, he the following year set out on the long and hazardous trip across the plains to California, and remained five years upon the Pacific Slope, engaged in mining, lumbering, cattle-raising and farming.  There he was employed at mining, lumbering, farming, etc., until 1858. He was married at Nebraska City, August 1, 1860, to Anna Lauer, a native of New York City. Mr. Hathaway, when twenty-five years of age, and while a resident of Nebraska City, was united in marriage with Miss Anna Lauer, the wedding taking place at the home of the bride, Aug. 1, 1860, in Nebraska City. They had five children: Fred H., Frank L., Lillie E, and Ralph H. They lost one son, Charles, who died November 3, 1881, aged about twenty-one years.

In July of 1870, the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad arrived in Lincoln, and simultaneously Gere began publication of the Daily State Journal, a daily morning paper as an offshoot of the weekly Nebraska State Journal. The following year, H.D. Hathaway of Plattsmouth joined Gere with the firm then noted as Gere & Hathaway, Editors & Proprietors, and a separate job printing division was created with the firm, again moved, to rooms over Rudolph’s Grocery. Through it all, with name changes and ownership, the Lincoln Journal Star not only survived but is now considered the oldest continuous business existing in the city.

In 1887, the family was living in the heart of Lincoln at 1601 M Street according to the Lincoln City Directory.  The Hathaways migrated to Colorado in 1894.  Hiram passed away in Denver, Colorado in 1904.


Photo H.D. Hathaway- 1872
Information and Image courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society

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