Wilson Tout was born in Sutton, Nebraska on May 18, 1876. He was the son of Joseph Tout and Celestia Ann Gray. He received his education at York High School, York College, and the University of Nebraska. He married Nell Harrison in Lincoln on July 30, 1903.
From 1894 to 1895 he worked for the Daily Times, in York. From 1895 to 1897 he was a clerk in a general store in Riverton, Nebraska, and from 1898 to 1899 he taught in a rural school in York County. From 1899-1901 he was involved with concert work in the central United States. From 1901 to 1920 he was a school teacher in Utica, Clay Center, Dunbar & North Platte, Nebraska. The last 12 years with the schools in North Platte, he was High School principal, and Superintendent of Schools.
Starting in 1920, he became the owner and publisher of the Lincoln County Tribune and Plains Farmer. He was a member of the National Editorial Association, the American Society of Mammalogists, and the American Ornithologists Union. He was a member and past president of the Nebraska Ornithologists Union, and the North Platte Bird Club. He was also president of the Lincoln County Historical Society. He was involved with the AF&AM, Scot Rite, the president of the Rotary Club, member of the Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, president of the Methodist Men's club, and a Sunday School teacher. His hobbies includes nature, birds, animals & flowers
Nell (Harrison) Tout, wife of Wilson Tout, was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on April 16, 1878. She was the daughter of George Harrison and Saraetta Jackman. She was educated at York High School and York College. The Tout's were married on July 30, 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was a teacher in York grade schools and high school for 4 years before marriage. Her civic activities included chairman of the surgical dressing division of the Lincoln County American Red Cross during World War I, president of the North Platte Bird Club, regent of the Sioux Lookout chapter of the DAR, the North Platte Woman's Club, member of the Nebraska Ornithologists Union, and president of the Lincoln County Maternal Health League. She was active in the Methodist Church, including assistant Sunday School superintendent.
Harrison Tout, son and Wilson and Nell Tout, was born in Dunbar, Nebraska on July 25, 1905. He attended North Platte High School, then received a BA in 1927 from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was on the Colorado College football team in 1924, and editor of the college newspaper the Tiger in 1926 and 1927. He married Margaret M. Foote on September 3, 1938 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In 1928, he worked in the Personnel Dept. of Alexander Industries, Inc., Colorado Springs. In 1929, he went to work for the Lincoln County Tribune in North Platte. By 1934, he was the advertising and Business Manager. His other interests included membership in the Pioneer Ad Club, IOOF, chairman of the Angling Division of the Lincoln County Wildlife Club, and was a member of the Methodist Church.
See also the story about Wilson Tout provided by Mitzi Loop.