Biography of J.R. Bing
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A Very Small Biography
of J.R. Bing

This is an actual size biography of Bing from the History of Nebraska, printed in the 1880s. The piece is rewritten below.

History of Nebraska

J. R. BING, contractor and builder, was born April 7, 1828, in Gallia County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated and after leaving school served his time as carpenter to J. Morton & Co., Ohio, for about five years. Then went to Athens and commenced contracting and built and completed the Odd Fellows' hall and several prominent stores there, as well as private dwellings, and in the spring of 1856 went to Platt County, Ill., and acted as foreman on the Monticello Court House in same county. Then engaged as a master mechanic on board the steamboat John Strader, the first low pressure steamboat ever built, and in 1860 came West to Leavenworth, Kan., working at his trade for about one year. Then to St. Joe, Mo. Thence to Cameron where he built the Cameron Hotel. In 1862 enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Missouri Infantry, Company H, under Gen. Steel, and in 1863 was transferred to the Mississippi squadron on the gun boat Sirene, by recommendation of the naval constructor, Charles Kendal, and in 1865 was discharged at Mound City, Mo. Returned to Cameron, Mo., to his family and remained there until 1872, during which time he contracted for and built more than half of the buildings in that town. Then came West and located at Lincoln, working at his trade until 1879, when he established himself in business as a contractor and builder and built some of the most prominent dwelling houses here. Was married at Athens, Ohio, July 7, 1854 to Miss Maggie Barnes, of Gallipolis, Ohio, who died July 7, 1855, and was buried there. In 1860 married again to Miss Louisa J. Smith, who was born in De Kalb County, Mo., and married about four miles north of Cameron. Has four children, Ella, Emma, William Sherman, and Edward Russell. His eldest daughter, Ella, is considered to be one of the finest artists in the city as a retoucher of paintings and photographs, and also is a natural sculptor and took the gold medal at the State Fair here on statues and paintings, never having had any instruction in the art. His oldest son is a natural mechanic and fine mathematician. Mr. Bing is a member of the I.O.O.F. Capitol Lodge No. 11, as P.G. Also of the Temple of Honor and of the Grand Army of the Republic, Farragut Post No. 25.