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ALMYs at the University of Nebraska

from Robert W. Hageman (1407-1C72-21)

Robert wrote that he had run across a paper on the families attending the University of Nebraska. The Almy family was one of the families. I have added information in brackets [ ].

"The first ALMY to enter the University of Nebraska was F. F. [Frank Fayette] Almy, who enrolled in 1884. His parents, Horace and Abbie [Grinnell] Almy, who came to Nebraska in 1879 from Rhode Island and Illinois and settled on a farm north of Waverly, Nebraska, near Greenwood, Nebraska."

"F. F. Almy graduated in 1890. Two of his brothers -- Billings G. Almy and John E. Almy -- graduated in 1896. John E. received a Masters Degree in 1897 and then took work in Physics at Frederick Wilhelm Uni. in Germany. He received a Doctor of Philosophy from there in 1900. He returned to the University of Nebraska, where he taught Physics for forty-three years."

"The Almys have an exceptional number of graduates in proportion to the number that enrolled at the University of Nebraska. This family sent thirty-eight young people to the University of Nebraska and thirty-three of them received degrees. Many have received scholastic honors. Seven received Phi Beta Kappa keys -- John E. Almy, E. Grinnell Almy, Gerald M. Almy, Mignon Almy, and Emory Almy. Sarah McReynolds and Marjorie Estes received Sigma Xi honors."

"Tradition played a large part in this family's attendance, according to Sarah McReynolds Estes of Lincoln, Nebraska. She said that the children in the family grew up with the idea that their education was not complete until they had graduated from the University."

"I, Bob [Hageman], graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. I taught Vocational Agriculture in High School until my father was killed in an accident. I then took over his farm. Also working for University of Nebraska Research Farm. I am now retired and do very little. I am 78 years of age and a great-grand father."

s/ Robert W. Hageman

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