"Another of the first settlers of Ponca and Dixon county was E. M. Bisbee. He
was born at Westfield, Chautauqua county, New York, and lived there
and at Jamestown, N. Y., until in company with N. S. Porter and C. W.
Todd, he came to Ponca, arriving in 1858, where he resided most of
the time until his death, March 27, 1893, aged about 61 years. When
he first came here he found few white people and towns, and generally
an uncultivated country. It was the home of Indians and buffaloes
and remote from eastern civilization and society. For a number of
years he was a farmer and also worked at his trade of millright. He
gradually saw the county around him settle up and improve, saw the
indian and buffalo disappear, farms opened and cultivated, and
houses, churches and towns built. In 1863, he was unanimously
elected county clerk and held the ofice until 1865 and afterwards
from October 1870, to October, 1871, and from 1876 to 1885. It was
not very a lucrative office at first, and the records required no
safes or vaults, and in fact needed no other office than his hat;
hence, as it was a frontier custom to wear one's hat during all
waking hours, it could be safely said that ";Honest Old Ned,"
as he was called, was always in his office and ready for business.
At his death he left a wife and six sons and daughters, of whom five
are now living, viz: Mrs. J. N. Hoskinson, Mrs. E. C. Ollerman and
Mrs. F. Hebron, and Carl and Clarence Bisbee"