Edward & Andrew Rosewater: Jewish Pioneers of Omaha, Nebraska

Edward & Andrew Rosewater

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Edward Rosewater, Publisher Omaha Morning Bee, #WS5478

Edward Rosewater, Publisher Omaha Morning Bee, #WS5478


Edward Rosenwasser was born in Bukovan, Bohemia in 1841


His parents, Herman and Rosalia Rosenwasser and their 11 children emigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland OH in 1853.


Along the way

At the age of 16, Edward Rosewater completed a commercial college course in 4 months in 1857 and then went to Cinninnati to study telegraphy.

Edward Rosewater was employed by the Southern Telegraph Company in Alabama.

He was transferred to Nashville TN at the beginning of the Civil War.

When Nashville was captured by the Union Army, Rosewater joined the U.S. Military Telegraphic Corps – accompanying Generals Fremont and Pope on the Virginia Campaigns of 1862.


Edward Rosewater was responsible for the transmission of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1963.


Omaha, Nebraska

Edward Rosewater arrived in Omaha in 1863

He had been hired as manager of the Omaha office of Pacific Telegraph.

For 7 years he handled the Western Union as well as the Atlantic & Pacific & Great Western telegraph lines.


Edward Rosewater was also a correspondent for the Associated Press and several eastern newspapers.

He eventually started publishing his own newspaper, The Omaha Morning Bee.

Edward Rosewater’s home was on 17th and Farnam Streets for 19 years.

However, he demolished it in 1871 to construct the Bee Building which housed his Omaha Morning Bee.

Home of Edward Rosewater's Omaha Morning Bee Newspaper. Postcard

Home of Edward Rosewater’s Omaha Morning Bee Newspaper. Postcard


Edward Rosewater married Leah Colman of Cleveland in 1864 and brought his bride to Omaha by stagecoach.


Edward Rosewater died in 1906.


Andrew Rosewater

Andrew Rosewater (Edward’s brother) arrived in Omaha in 1867 as flagman in the Union Pacific Engineer Corps.

Andrew Rosewater was appointed Assistant City Engineer of Omaha, in 1868.

He was placed in charge of construction of the Omaha & Northwester Railroad, in 1876.

Later, Andrew Rosewater was appointed Resident Engineer of the Omaha Waterworks, in 1881 and later became President of the Omaha Board of Public Works.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


For more information see the following issues of Western States Jewish History:

  • The Jews of Omaha: The First 60 Years, by Carol Gendler, 6-part series, Vol. 5, #3 & 4; Vol.6, #1 – 4. 1973-1974

Most of this information came from research done in the 1970s. Any more information will be appreciated. Just click on “Contact” on the top bar.