NYE, Ulysses Clarence.—Some people are gifted beyond their fellows, and in developing their special talent they find both pleasure and profit. Perhaps there is no art which affords more genuine pleasure to both the one who can successfully interpret it and to those who enjoy the results of their efforts, than music. The born musician has within him the power to raise to the skies those with whom he comes in contact; and to free his soul from the bondage of earthly things.
Ulysses Clarence Nye, of Mt. Morris, Ill., is one of the talented musicians of Ogle County, and for many years has been a teacher of music throughout the county. He was born at Mt. Morris, Ill., April 12, 1864, a son of John H. and Catherine R. (Coffman) Nye, natives of Dover,. England, and Hagerstown, Md., respectively. The father was a carpenter in early life, but later became a lumber merchant.
Ulysses was educated in the Mt. Morris public school, and Mt. Morris College, and when he was eighteen, be went to Huron, S. Dak., where he remained seven years. He then came back to Illinois and spent five years in Chicago, during which time he developed his musical talent at the Chicago Musical College, from which he was graduated in 1894. Following this he went to California, and spent two years, when he returned to Mt. Morris, where he has since lived, being engaged in teaching music. Prof. Nye is an able teacher and his pupils show great progress under his training.
On November 16. 1887, Mr. Nye was married In Woonsocket, S. Dak., to Ella May Green, who was born May 20. 1862 at Arlington Heights, Ill., and died at Los Angeles, Cal., February 1, 1895. She was left an orphan at an early age, and was reared in the Fellows family at Arlington Heights, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Nye had one daughter. Catherine Wanda, born November 28. 1888, and who died in infancy.
In politics, Mr. Nye is a Republican. He has been a member of the Samuel H. Davis Lodge, A. F. & A. M. for ten years, and served one term as Master of the lodge. In religious belief he is a Methodist, and takes an active part In church affairs, especially In musical matters.
Contributed by Jane Edson
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