Homan

 

G. W. Homan came to Omaha April 26, 1856, and has engaged in the livery business ever since. The business at that time was more profitable than now. He kept about twelve horses at the start, his first stable being on the site still occupied by him. They now keep from thirty-five to forty livery horses, with facilities for taking care of 100 head. Mr. Homan was for two terms Councilman from  the Second Ward. He has resided on the same spot ever since he came to Omaha. He was born at Wading River, L I., April 24, 1807, and lived on Long Island until his ninth year. He then moved to Orange County, N.Y. When sixteen years old he went into a wholesale grocery house as clerk. He started a line of omnibuses on Blacker street and Broadway, New York City, beginning with two and running up to twenty 'busses, and his line was known as the "Waverly." After farming on Long Island for five years, he returned to New York and started the "Red Bird" line of stages. He is the oldest 'bus man in the country. He was married in New York City in 1827 to Amy Coles, a native of Terrytown, N. Y. She died at Omaha. They had six children, Fannie, Maria, now Mrs. David Beffert, of Northport, L. I.; Eliza Jane, now Mrs. David Loring, of Omaha; George W., jr., of Chicago; Emma R., now Mrs. Elmer A. Thayer, of Chicago; Josephine, now Mrs. Charles F. Catlin, of Chicago; Henry A., of Omaha. They lost three children. His present wife was Carrie Wilde, of Newark, N. J.  Mr. Homan is a member of the A., F. & A. M.   (Bio from Andreas’ History of Douglas County, 1882)