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The Hathaway Family gravestone is a tall granite monolith, a single stone weighing approximately three tons, carved in the form of a tree trunk. The State Granite and Marble Company of Lincoln produced the monument for $600 around 1890. The tree motif is fairly common at Wyuka, probably symbolizing death in the branchless stump, and resurrection in the carved vine with leaves. Around the base of the family monument are eight markers including “Papa” Hiram Hathaway and “Mama” Anna. Sons Charles (b. 1861), Fred (b. 1863), and Frank (b. 1866) all died as young adults of illnesses in 1881, 1883, and 1894 respectively. Hiram Hathaway was an owner of the Nebraska State Journal and all three sons worked for the newspaper publisher, so their early deaths were commemorated in long obituaries.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

After printing the first issue of the Nebraskas Journal and successfully publishing several issues, in 1865 Hiram was a delegate to the Republican party.  In politics Hiram was an uncompromising Republican, and has done good service for his party in Nebraska. He was elected a member of the Lower House of the Legislature in 1867, and two years later was elected State Senator at the first session held at Lincoln.

Hiram Hathaway was the founder of several newspaper of which, through many changes, became the Journal Star which is the major newspaper still in print today in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The history is as follows:

1855 Hiram Hathaway starts the Nebraska Daily Statesman

1865 Hiram Hathaway starts the Nebraska Herald

1867 Charles Gere starts the Nebraska Commonwealth

1869 The Commonwealth is renamed the Nebraska State Journal

1870 Charles Gere begins the Daily State Journal an addition to the Nebraska State Journal

1972 Hiram Hathaway becomes partners with Charles Gere at the Nebraska State Journal

1879-80 Hiram Hathaway and Charles Gere begin The Journal, Globe, Democratic News

1901- The first edition of the Journal Star is published

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