Henry County, Iowa
Sources of Biographies include:
Portrait and Biographical Album of
Henry County, Iowa .
Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888.
Biographical Review of Henry
.Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906.
Oskaloosa Weekly Herald 1889
Iowa Official Register 1927-1928
Biographies of State Senators
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Joseph Caldwell is a retired farmer residing in Mount Pleasant,
who after long years of active connection with agricultural interests,
during which he won a gratifying measure of success, is now enjoying a
well earned rest in a pleasant home in the city.
He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, September 23,
1840, and is a son of John and Margaret (McCorkell) Caldwell, who were
also natives of Washington county. They
came to Iowa in 1849, settling in Lee county, where the father followed
his trade of blacksmithing up to the time of his death, which occurred
in 1875. His wife survived
him until 1883 and their remains were interred in Clay Grove cemetery,
in Lee county.
In their family were ten
children: William, who died of cholera when about twenty-one years of
age and was laid to rest in Clay Grove cemetery; Robert, who married
Miss Hattie Gusto and died leaving two children; Jane, the wife of
Andrew McCracken, of Russell county, Kansas, by whom she has four
children; John, who married Miss Almira Courtwright and is living in
Mount Hamilton, Lee county, with his wife and seven children; James M.,
a resident of Eagleville, Nevada; Andrew Borland, who resides in Fort
Madison, Iowa, with his younger sister; Joseph, of this review; Mary E.,
the wife of George W. Krieger, of Lee county; Boyd E., who is living
near Center City, Merritt county, Nebraska, and married Lizzie Knauff,
by whom he has five children, one son and four daughters, and Anna M.,
the wife of Robert J. Barr, who is living in Fort Madison.
Joseph Caldwell, whose
name introduces this review, was educated in the common schools of Lee
county and remained with his father until twenty-seven years of age,
living upon the old homestead and assisting in the work of the farm.
He then purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of land
in Lee county, where he lived for thirty-one years, giving his time and
energies to general agricultural pursuits.
He brought his land up to a high state of cultivation,
transforming it into productive fields, from which he annually harvested
good crops. The years
brought to him a comfortable competence and when he felt that his
possessions justified him in retiring from business life he put aside
the active work of the farm and removed to Mount Pleasant in 1898, since
which time he has resided in a beautiful home on East Washington street.
On the 27th of
February, 1868, Mr. Caldwell was married to Miss Anna E. Emmerson, a
daughter of Michael and Sarah (Dodsworth) Emmerson.
She was born in a log cabin in Lee county, Iowa, May 9, 1849.
Her father was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, October
10, 1815, and his wife’s birth occurred there on the 15th
of July, 1821. Mr. Emmerson
devoted seven years to learning the tailor’s trade in England, and in
1840 he crossed the Atlantic to America in an old time sailing vessel.
He settled in Lee county and two years later he purchased a large
farm. When he arrived in
Iowa he had but one dollar in money and two suits of clothes, and while
cultivating his farm in the early days he worked at the tailor’s trade
at night and at odd times, and was thus enabled to pay for the rails
used in fencing his farm and also meet the payment upon a part of his
land. He likewise worked at
the tailor’s trade in Illinois for several years, after which he gave
his undivided attention to the tilling of the soil upon his farm in Lee
county. He visited England a
few years after he first came to America, but never again returned to
his native land. His wife
came to the United States with her parents in 1834, the family settling
in Morgan county, Illinois, and in 1842 she gave her hand in marriage to
By this union there were
two children: Thomas, who died in infancy, and Richard, who married Miss
Addie Swain and is living on a farm in Morgan county, Illinois.
In 1846 John Emmerson enlisted for service in the Mexican war and
fell while defending his country at the battle of Buena Vista on the 23rd
day of February, 1847. Later
his widow gave her hand in marriage to Michael Emmerson, who though of
the same name, was not a relative of her first husband.
By this union there were three children, namely: Anna, now the
wife of Joseph Caldwell; John S., who died in infancy, and Mary, the
wife of M. T. Overton, a resident of Lee county, Iowa, by whom she has
six children. The father
died March 10, 1895, and the mother passed away February 3, 1899, at the
advanced age of seventy-seven years.
They traveled life’s journey together for nearly forty-eight
years, and Mr. Emmerson was resident of Lee county for fifty-five years,
being one of its most worthy and respected citizens and pioneers.
Coming to America empty-handed, he depended entirely upon his own
resources for living, and as the years advanced he prospered in his
Unto Mr. and Mrs.
Caldwell were born five children. Ollie
J. is the wife of John Elmer Powell, who is living on a farm at Milton,
Iowa, and they have one child, Ruth Viola, now nine years of age.
Lutie May is a milliner employed in Mrs. Anderson’s
establishment in Mount Pleasant. Cora
Ann is a clerk in the Hoaglin dry goods store in Mount Pleasant.
Flora Belle is the wife of Alvin C. Haffner, president of the
Concrete Block Company in Denver, Colorado, where they reside.
Grace Ada is living at home with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell
attend the Presbyterian church and he gives his political allegiance to
the democracy, but has never aspired to office.
Mrs. Caldwell is a most estimable lady of pleasing manner,
cordial disposition and innate culture and refinement.
Mr. Caldwell is a self-made man, whose advancement in life is
attributable entirely to his own efforts and whose example is well
worthy of emulation.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 397) (PE)
Among those formerly identified with farming
and stock-raising interests in Henry county whom death has removed from
the field of active labor here is numbered Nathan Cammack, who was born
in Salem township, July 1, 1841. His
father, Levi Cammack, was a native of Indiana and married Elizabeth
Frazier, who was also born in that state.
In the year 1838, they came to Henry county, Iowa, settling in
Salem township upon a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, constituting
the southeast quarter of section 24, which Mr. Cammack entered from the
government. It was entirely
wild and uncultivated, but he soon found that the raw land could be
converted into a productive tract and his labors made his place a
In the early days the
family underwent many hardships and trials incident to pioneer life, but
he assisted materially in subduing the wilderness and in extending the
Both he and his wife continued to reside upon the old family
homestead until called to their final rest.
Nathan Cammack was reared
upon his father’s farm, spending his boyhood days in Salem.
The father was a leading stock-buyer and dealer, operating quite
extensively in that line in northern Missouri as well as in the state of
bought and drove his stock from different places in the two states to
Keokuk, Iowa, for that was prior to the era of railroad development here
and he thus took his cattle across the country to Keokuk for shipment.
As his years and strength increased Nathan Cammack more and more
largely assisted his father in his farming and stock-dealing interests.
In his youth he attended the common schools and after putting
aside his text-books his entire attention was given to business
interests in connection with his father.
He lived with his parents
until two years after his marriage, which occurred on the 26th
of October, 1861, Miss Jane Pigeon becoming his wife.
She was born one mile south of Salem and is a daughter of Isaac
Pigeon, who came across the Mississippi river with Aaron Street, who
laid out the town of Salem.
He became one of the first settlers in the county, the year of
his arrival being 1835.
The Red men still hunted in this part of the state and there were
but few settlers within the entire county and no settlers between here
and Fort Madison.
It was indeed a wild frontier district and he aided in planting
the seeds of civilization which in due time brought forth good fruit.
He married Miss Phebe Kester, who, like her husband, was born in
Guilford county, North Carolina.
They were members of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, and they
left the south on account of the institution of slavery and also on
account of the prevalence of the use of intoxicating liquors there.
After coming to Iowa, Mr. Pigeon entered many acres of land in
the vicinity of Salem, becoming one of the extensive property holders of
He was a son of Isaac Pigeon, while his wife was a daughter of
William and Elizabeth (Mendenhall) Kester, natives of Scotland.
Two years after his
marriage Nathan Cammack dissolved partnership with his father and began
farming and stock-dealing on his own account upon the farm owned by his
When the latter suffered financial reverses in 1876, Nathan
Cammack purchased the eighty acres of land, adjoining a tract of similar
dimensions which his father had given him at the time of his marriage.
He then discontinued the purchase and sale of stock, dealing only
in that which he himself raised.
His land was placed under a high state of cultivation and he
annually harvested rich crops because of the care and labor which he
bestowed upon the fields.
As time passed by he made excellent improvements upon his
property, including the erection of a fine frame residence of eleven
rooms which he built in 1891.
This is the most commodious dwelling of the locality and forms a
most attractive feature in the landscape.
As the years went by the
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Cammack was blessed with fourteen children:
Nettie, who is engaged in teaching school, her services being in demand
in this and other counties, as well as Nebraska; Frank, who is engaged
in the fruit business in Washington; Ralph, who owns a prune farm in
Salem, Oregon; Effie, who is a teacher in Henry and other counties; Ora,
who follows farming near Williamstown, Missouri; Nellie, at home; Laura,
also a school teacher of this state; Fred, a stock-dealer of Greene
county, Iowa; Clifford, who was a soldier in the Philippines and is now
living in Oregon; Albert, of Fort Collins, Colorado, where he is
assistant professor of the State Agricultural College, being a graduate
of Ames; William, who is pursuing a medical course in Northwestern
University, at Chicago; Irving, and Earl, twins, at home; and Ray, who
is also with his mother.
All the family were given superior educational advantages, all
attending Whittier College, while Albert was a graduate of Ames, also
Frank, Ralph, Laura and Earl being students there, while Ora and Effie
were graduates from Elliott’s Business College of Burlington.
The three who are teachers have first class state certificates.
The father passed away April 1, 1898, his death being occasioned
by heart trouble and his remains were interred in Salem cemetery.
Mrs. Cammack successfully conducts the farm.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 594) (PE)
LEVI CAMMOCK, who is now a retired farmer, residing in Salem Township, Henry Co., Iowa, was born in Greene County, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1815, and is the son of John and Jane (Hollingsworth) Cammock. The grandfather, James Cammock, was born in Scotland, but went with his parents to England, and subsequently, in 1780, to North Carolina, where he was twice married. His first union was with Ann Inscoe, who was the mother of John Cammock. James Cammock removed to Greene County, Ohio, where he was one of the first settlers. Later he removed to Wayne County, Ind., and there died.
In Greene County, Ohio, John Cammock was married and there several of his children were born: James, who wedded Penina Cook, and after her death Edith Pearson, is a farmer, residing in Hamilton County, Ind.; Henry married Sally Horn, and resides in Rush County, Ind.; Levi, our subject, and Ira. In the spring of 1816 John Cammock settled in Wayne County, Ind., and entered eighty acres of land, building his own log cabin, and enduring all the hardships of true pioneer life. Indiana was very sparsely settled at that date, but the Cammock families were of the enterprising kind that soon made homes in the wild woods, and from their toil a competence was in after years secured. Other children were born in that State: Elihu, who married Rebecca Wiggs, and afterward Remina, widow of his brother Martin, is a resident of Marshalltown, Iowa; Martin, deceased, married Anna Wiggs, and after her death Remina Davis, the lady now the wife of Elihu; Johanna, deceased, married Jesse Morris, and died in Reed County, Ind.; Elijah, a resident of Hamilton County, Ind., wedded Mary Jay; William married Hannah Horn, and resides in Miami County, Ind.; Sarah wedded Thomas Knight, but after their removal to Iowa she died; Mary died in Indiana, and two other children died in infancy.
The parents and ancestors of our subject for generations back were Quakers of the strictest sort. They were among the first of their faith in both North Carolina and Indiana, and in the latter State both the parents of Levi Cammock were buried. He was left fatherless at thirteen years of age. He was reared on the Indiana farm, and from boyhood until he left that State was engaged in grubbing the stumps, felling trees, rolling and burning the logs, and doing everything that a lad could do to aid in clearing up a farm and make a start in life. When his wedding was celebrated, he was barely past his seventeenth birthday, and as the historian is writing Uncle Levi makes the remark, “This is my fifty-fourth marriage anniversary, the 19th day of September, 1887. I was married in a Quaker Church, according to their customs.” His wife, Elizabeth Frazier, was eighteen months his senior, hut during their long lifetime and through all the tribulations and struggles of their earlier years she was ever devoted, tender and true. Uncle Levi says they had not a dollar in the world but were fully determined to make the best of life, let come what would. Mrs. Cammock’s mother was a widow, and owned eighty acres of land, upon one corner of which Levi built a pole cabin, and Mrs. Frazier gave them a few things to commence housekeeping with. He relates with glee how he had to make rails at thirty-seven cents per hundred to pay for his wedding clothes, but notwithstanding all this, they prospered.
Deciding to move further west, we will follow for a time their fortune. Uncle Levi states: “We left our little cabin in the green woods May 10, 1837, having a good wife, two little children, and an old wagon to which was hitched three yoke of small young cattle.” In his pockets reposed twelve silver dollars, and it was his intention to return if $6 of the same were spent when his journey was half completed. There were forty-five souls in the colony that were en route to Iowa, all Quakers, and a herd of cattle and hogs was driven by members of the party in the rear of the caravan. The roads were not graded, nor were many of the streams bridged, but day after day the troops made progress, yet the trip required almost six weeks. They crossed the Mississippi at Ft. Madison, June 14, 1837, and camped on this side of the river. That night a steamboat came up the river and frightened the stock, causing a general stampede, and they were all the next day in getting them together again. The next night the company reached West Point, and as it looked like rain, on account of his wife and children Mr. Cammock concluded to sleep in the hotel. This was a log house with a sod chimney, which on top was surmounted with a salt barrel to add to its height and give it a better draught. Mr. Cammock looked over his cash, found $1, and when the bill was paid next morning received seventy-five cents in change, which constituted the capital from which he later built up an immense landed estate. The next night the party encamped within sight of where we are now writing. Aunt Polly Pugh was then in her new cabin, of which mention is made elsewhere, it being the only house in sight. The horses and cattle were turned loose to range across the prairies, where until that time nothing fed except wild deer and wolves, and the white man had scarcely a dwelling-place. The next day was spent in visiting Uncle Aaron Street, who lived farther up the Little Cedar. On Monday the wagons were unloaded, and Levi, Thomas Cook, and Mrs. Frazier’s families, made one household for the season. They at once went to work, and by Saturday week had the cabin built in Salem on a lot donated by Mr. Street. The last seventy-five cents owned by Levi purchased corn meal, and again he was even with the world.
He was furnished with money by the neighbors, and started back to Illinois with his oxen for meal. He made two trips for meal and one for bacon during the fall. He then went to Adams County, Ill., for hogs, in company with Henry Johnson. They drove them home, but their trip made in three days was a terrible one. Over night the wolves would fight with them and a continuous squealing and howling was kept up. His boots were carried on his arm, and the long frozen prairie grass cut the woolen stockings from his feet as he trudged over the frozen ground, but he persevered and brought in the stock. He paid $12 for a bushel of salt to cure his meat, and that winter salt was worth $60 per barrel. He turned his cattle on brush along Skunk River during the winter and spring, and in the spring of 1838 bought a claim on the half section where he now resides, upon which he built a cabin. That fall the land came into market, and Mr. Cammock and other men in the neighborhood went to Burlington to attend the land sale. Scarcely any of them had a dollar, but they intended getting money of brokers at Burlington, paying fifty per cent, but by good luck Mr. Cammock’s uncle, Reuben, arrived at the same time with $100 belonging to Levi, who, by borrowing $100 from Jones Richey at fifty per cent, entered one and one-fourth sections. He became a very prosperous man, and during his business life was one of the largest dealers in stock in Southeastern Iowa. He has owned thirteen 80-acre tracts of land during his residence here and has put under fence and cultivation since coming, 15,000 acres, building four good houses, and at one time owned 640 acres in one body. His kindliness of heart has, however, caused him the loss of almost his entire fortune. Security debts by the thousands of dollars melted it away like snow before a summer’s sun. For one man he paid $20,000 and for others larger amounts.
The home of Levi Cammock was always noted for its hospitality, and his genial manner and their well-spread board were known to all both far and wide. The death of his first wife occurred in 1865. Every pioneer grieved when that most estimable lady passed from earth. She was tender, kind and true. Her love of home, devotion to her husband, children and friends, was an axiom in this community. She was the mother of three sons and six daughters, all of whom are married except one daughter who is deceased.
On the 9th of September, 1865, he was
again married, to Ann Wilcoxon, who has borne him one daughter, Laura B. The
blood of Levi Cammock flows in the veins of fifty grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren; all the latter are sons. Who can air a prouder name than a
Cammock? Who has done more to develop and support this county with her schools,
her churches and her colleges than our subject? Methinks not one. In a lifetime
of almost half a century he has wielded an influence in this community
unsurpassed by any man a resident of Salem Township. Business, and nothing but
business, has been his watchword. In conclusion, he is now seventy years of age,
has never used tobacco in any form, never tasted any kind of spirits, tea or
coffee, and never used a pair of spectacles. He is today mentally as brilliant
as when thirty years of age, and despite his reverses of fortune is the same
hale, genial, Levi Cammock as in the pioneer days of 1837.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 300-302) (JC)
History of the Campbell Family
While the recital of family history may seem somewhat egotistical,
yet it is proper that every family should know something of its
ancestors—whence they came, where and how they lived, and the place
they held in the world’s esteem. In
this age of development and progress nothing is taken for granted that
may be at all questionable.
There is a vast
difference between the noble and the servile and even in our own free
land, where all are sovereigns, distinctions are as marked as they were
in ages that are past in any country.
Hence the pride of every family is a noble, brave, pure and
The historian’s duty
requires him to deal in facts. Few
are so constituted as to observe strictly this requirement when weighty
matters of state or questions involving the molding of society are in
issue, the author of historical sketches often becomes a partisan and
finds himself a partial chronicler.
Sometimes the pen of
genius is a purchasable commodity, and wielded at the instance of
mercenary motives to write up or down, men and measures.
While I partake largely of the same characteristics of my erring
fellow mortals of the present and the past, yet I will assume that, were
I dealing with the doings of entire strangers, or questions of abstract
right and wrong in any department of life, you might expect absolute
impartiality. But interested
as I am, should I add a little coloring to the natural picture I may be
pardoned the weakness not unnatural to every son and daughter of our
“Home, sweet, sweet
home,” has thrilled the world and next to that noble lofty sentiment,
“There is no place like home,” the love of family ties and reverence
for a daring, heroic and God-fearing ancestry, stands in the sunlight of
the ages, worthy objects of admiration.
How bright, how real the
present, as we look out upon the busy world with its attractions that
bind us to our race and ancestry. Scientists
have agitated the world in discussing the source and origin of man.
Theologists have been equally industrious in pointing out where
he eventually goes to, but we lose sight of this controversy as the
“Campbell’s are not only coming,” but they are here and for the
time being, we’ll not worry about their destiny.
We are satisfied of their origin or they would not now be as
numerous as summer leaves. Time
will not permit a detailed history of the Campbell clan, an examination
of Scotch and Irish annals would become necessary to its presentation.
My particular province is to present our immediate family history
with some observations connected there-with.
In 1790 James Campbell
and Mary McKensie, our grandfather and grandmother, were married in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, the one nineteen and the other
seventeen years of age. Both
were born in that county and state.
Their parents came from Ulster Province, North Ireland.
The great-grandfather of our family, on the one side, was James
Campbell, the great-grandmother, Nancy Gill, on the other, Hunter.
Three children were born in Ireland, William, Nancy and George.
In this country were born James, Robert, John, Alexander, Thomas
James, our grandfather,
moved to Harrison county, Ohio, in 1816, taking all of his family with
him. They settled in Archer
township, that county, and for many years were foremost in clearing the
lands, organizing schools and churches—the Ridge Presbyterian church
being one of the first established in that section of the country—and
contributing largely to making that part of the state what it has since
Thirteen children blessed
that union of 1790, twelve born in Pennsylvania, and one in Ohio, as
follows: Nancy, William, Fannie, Mary, Robert, Daniel, George, James,
Hannah, Elizabeth, John, Alexander and Thomas.
More than a century has
passed since James Campbell and Mary McKensie were married in that
Pennsylvania home, yet how eventful the century has been to that couple.
We learn from its subsequent history; not only in numbers does it
speak, but in all that tends to make a family honorable and respected,
and the world better.
Nine of the thirteen children married as follows: Nancy, to William Nickson, Harrison county; William, to Delila Brandyberry, Ashland county; Fanny, to Thomas Alberson, Harrison county; Mary, to Isaac Sage, Richland county; Robert, to Margaret Archibald, Harrison county; Daniel, to Ann Biddinger, Richland county; George, to Elizabeth Laughery, Richland county; John, to Lizzie Landon, Ashland county; Thomas, to Elizabeth Donley, Richland county. I name the children of these families in their order as follows:
Mary, Rebecca, Catharine and one deceased, five.
James, Ann, William, Elizabeth, Robert W. and Thomas, seven.
Mary Sage—Henry C.,
Daniel W. and Fannie, three.
James, William, Sarah, Milton, Daniel, Mary E. and three dead, seven.
Jr., Mary, James, Nancy, Sarah, Jefferson, Wilson, Eliza, Orvil, Frank,
Boles, Martha, John, Thomas, Robert M., Jane, George and Almyra, nine.
Fannie, Robert, three.
Irvin, Jennie, three, (one dead).
Our grandfather came to
Ashland county from Harrison county, in 1836, and the sons are all
located in Orange township. He
lived and died on his farm, three and one-half miles north of the
village of Orange. His death
occurred September 8, 1860, at the age of eighty-nine years, eleven
months and twenty-four days. His
wife died December 23, 1859, aged eighty-six years.
They lived together nearly seventy years.
All the children of these pioneers have passed to their reward.
Many of their children have also joined them and others have
passed the seventieth milepost, aging in the service of God and
humanity. The fourth
generation now rises and enters upon life’s active stage.
Original No. 2, children 13; grandchildren, fifty-four;
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren nearly three hundred.
Eighty years ago nearly
all of the fifty-four grandchildren herein mentioned were born in Orange
township. Only one, William
Alberson, resides there now. Some
are dead, some in other parts of Ohio and some have gone to other
states. What a commentary
upon the “whirligig of time.” A
family or a combination of families which seventy years ago wielded such
an influence in the social and political development of that township,
now reduced to one representative, but great-grandchildren have taken
their places and by them we are assured our line will not become
extinct. This period of time
has swept from the earth two whole generations and part of a third.
Yet the world is better that these generations have lived,
labored and died.
The history of every
family is what they make it. I
have a right to pay a tribute of love to the dead.
Eighty years ago the
place where they settled was not the garden it is today.
The swamp and forest almost covered it and the howl of the wolf
and the scream of the panther was no rare sound.
We find our sturdy ancestors among the advance guard in the
wilderness, clearing the lands, and making homes, where so much of
civilization and Christianity are found today.
They aided in rearing a strong edifice socially, politically and
Our ancestors were all
farmers and knew no way of making a livelihood except by honest combat
with nature’s forces, where they found deep, dark woods they left
cultivated fields and gardens, but this material change was not their
grandest triumph. Schoolhouses
and churches rose simultaneously with their cabins and their minds and
hearts were trained as well. They
were active participants in civil and educational interests and in the
church their voice was heard. In
that grandfather’s house the morning and evening sacrifice were never
forgotten. That influence
was imparted to the children, and let us trust that children’s
children to the latest generation will feel its effect.
I will not omit referring
to the companions of our sires and grandsires, scattered over Orange
township, we find the Uries, Summers, Murrays, the Bishops, the Donleys,
the Clarks, the Welches, the Culbersons, the Flukes, the Hiffners, the
Chilcotes, the Stentzes, the Biddingers, the Millers, the McConnells,
the Norrisses, the Fasts, Masons and others, whose devotion and honesty
of purpose were as great in building up this country as ever marked the
history of man. Such is an
imperfect picture of the Campbell family some eighty years ago.
Today that entire
township is dotted over with palatial homes.
But how is it with the descendants of these honest, industrious,
faithful men and women of former generations.
Scattered over almost this entire country, let their lives answer
the question. They are found
in every learned profession, in every trade and calling from the
independent farmer to the less independent artisan, and our posterity
will hold us responsible for the part we play on the world’s broad
In Orange cemetery our
fathers, with the exception of Robert, sleep the long last sleep.
To this branch of the family another chapter may be added.
Robert and Margaret (Archibald) Campbell came to Iowa, took up
their abode in Henry county soon after the Civil war and purchased a
farm in New London township, where he made his home until his death, his
wife also passing away on that farm.
To them were born nine children as follows: John, James, William,
Sarah, Milton, Daniel, Mary E., three of this number being dead.
The writer was third in
order of birth in this family of nine children.
He acquired his education in Ashland county, Ohio, and by reading
and observation in later life. He
came to Iowa in 1854. He was
married December 28, 1857, to Miss Elizabeth Spearman, a daughter of
James D. Spearman, who was an old settler, coming to this section of the
state when it was largely a new and undeveloped region.
He afterward returned to his native state, Ohio, and spent six
years, then again came to Henry county and purchased the Spearman
homestead about four miles southeast of Mount Pleasant.
Unto Mr. and Mrs.
Campbell have been born six children, four of whom are living: Charles
P., who married Miss Laura Tate, of Des Moines, has three children,
viz.: Gladys, Albert and Maggie, and they reside on their farm three
miles east of Mount Pleasant. James
Cornelius, who married Jessie Hughes, of Mount Pleasant, has four
children, viz.: Clara, Willie, Ralph and Mildred, and they reside on the
old homestead. Frank D., who
married Florence Palmer, of Mount Pleasant, has three children, viz.:
Glen, Marcelene and Alice. Maggie
is the wife of J. R. Hughes, a farmer and stockman living two and
one-half miles northwest of Mount Pleasant, and has two children: Rex
and Elizabeth. Two children,
Annie and Willie, are dead.
As life’s duties,
objects and responsibilities thicken and call the Campbell clan to
different and distant fields of toil and exertion, our minds and hearts
will ever turn to the fields on which our fathers lived and to the old
churchyard where they are buried, with ardent love and veneration.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 502) (PE)
|Alfred J. Campbell
ALFRED J. CAMPBELL is among the oldest and best known citizens of Henry County. He was born in Sussex County, Del., April 2, 1816, and is a son of Robert and Hannah (Hazard) Campbell, both natives of the same State, where their whole lives were passed. They were the parents of four sons and three daughters who grew up. Besides the subject of this sketch, one other member of this family is now living, a brother, John S., who is now in his seventy-seventh year and is a resident of Passadena, Cal. Both of his parents died when Alfred J. was six years old, and he went to live with older brothers and sisters. He received such education as the schools of that day afforded, and was reared on a farm until he was fourteen years old, when he came West with an older brother, William H., who kept a general store at Shelbyville, Ind. He was in his brother’s employ for eight years, when he began on his own account in the same town. Two years later he began trading in the South, and sometimes clerking, usually spending the summers in the North.
On the breaking out of the Mexican War, Mr. Campbell enlisted in the 3d Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. Sullivan, their Colonel being the afterward celebrated Gen. James H. Lane, of Kansas border war fame. He participated in the battle of Buena Vista, fought by Gen. Taylor against tremendous odds, and which was one of the most brilliant victories of that war. On his return to peaceful pursuits he again settled in Shelby County, Ind. Mr. Campbell was married in September, 1839, at Dayton, Ohio, to Miss Mary Sullivan, who died in July, 1848. The fruit of this union was one child who died in infancy. In September, 1849, Mr. Campbell was married to Mrs. Prudence Lockhart, widow of Benjamin Lockhart, of Ripley County, Ind., who died July 15, 1848. This couple had no children.
In 1853 Mr. and Mrs. Campbell
emigrated to Iowa, settling on a farm in Henry County, on which he lived for
twenty years, and on which, by the aid of his industrious and thrifty habits and
good judgment, he accumulated a competence. In 1873 he retired from active life
on the farm and removed to his present home in Mt. Pleasant. In early life Mr.
Campbell acted with the Democratic party, but on the breaking out of the
Rebellion joined the ranks of the Republicans with whom he has ever since
affiliated. In his religious views he is a believer in Christianity and a
liberal supporter of churches, but not a member of any denomination. His wife is
a member of the Christian Church. A man of sound judgment, well informed as to
public matters, and of undoubted probity of character, Mr. Campbell commands the
respect of his fellowmen.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing
Company, Chicago, 1888, p 181.)(JC)
Daniel M Campbell
DANIEL M. CAMPBELL, farmer and dairyman, residing on section 31, New London Township, was born in Ashland County, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1843, and is the son of Robert and Margaret (Archibald) Campbell. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, born.in Westmoreland County, Jan. 26, 1800, and was descended from the Scotch. He married Miss Margaret Archibald in that State, by whom he had nine children, seven now living: the eldest, Dr. John Campbell, residing in Gallion, Ohio, married Rachel Bryan; James married Ruth Cole, and is a farmer of New London Township; William married Lizzie Spearman, and resides in Centre Township; Sarah Jane, wife of Thompson Chambers, a farmer of New London Township; Milton M., of Denver, Col., wedded Lucy Weston; Daniel M., a farmer of New London Township, wedded Mary Rhodes; Mary, wife of James Patten, of Centre Township. Robert Campbell removed to Ashland County, Ohio, in an early day, and went from there with his family to Henry County in 1865, and located in New London Township, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying in June, 1877. His wife, an estimable lady, died in November, 1872. He spent his whole life in tilling the soil.
Daniel M. was reared on a farm, and learned the plasterer’s trade, at which he worked several years. He came to Henry County in the spring of 1865, and was married near Salem, this county, May 30, 1872, to Miss Mary Rhodes, daughter of John W. and Sarah (Thompson) Rhodes. Mrs. Campbell was born in Morrow, Warren Co., Ohio, Oct. 28, 1844, and came to Henry County with her parents in 1851. Five children have graced their union, three of whom are now living. Daisy May, the eldest, died when four and a half years old; Ross A. died when two and a half years old. Those living are Florence A., aged seven; Daniel W., aged five, and Mary Helen, one year of age. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are members of the First Presbyterian Church of New London. Mr. Campbell is a Democrat in politics. He has a fine dairy farm of 240 acres, on which he keeps a large herd of cows, and manufactures butter and cheese.
Mrs. Campbell’s father, John W. Rhodes, was born near Georgetown, Va., July 10, 1800, and was descended from an old and highly respected Virginia family. He witnessed the burning of Washington by the British in the War of 1812. He moved to Morrow, Warren Co., Ohio, in his youth, and there married Sarah Thompson, a native of Virginia, born of New England parents. Her family were natives of Maine and were of English descent. Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes had a family of eleven children, six sons and five daughters. Clarkson went South prior to the late war and was a Captain in the Confederate army; his death occurred in 1881. Samuel was a soldier in the Union army, a member of the California battalion, enlisted for a Massachusetts regiment, was captured while on a scouting expedition, but escaped soon. Franklin was a member of a Kansas regiment, was captured, and he also soon escaped; Newton, Milton and Wesley were in the 14th Iowa Volunteer Infantry; Wesley was wounded, Newton and Milton were taken prisoners at Shiloh, and both escaped from Macon, Ga. Caroline is the wife of Joel Jones, of Salem Township; Henrietta is the wife of Caleb Trapp, residing in Florida; Eliza died at the age of twenty-eight; Mary is the honored wife of D. M. Campbell, of New London Township; Emma is the wife of Oliver Garretson, of Buffalo, N. Y. Mrs. Rhodes died in Ohio in 1848. Mr. Rhodes came to Henry County in 1851, and settled in Tippecanoe Township, where his death occurred in the spring of 1880.
Mr. Rhodes was a second time married, to Mrs. Damaris Alden,
by whom he had four children, two of whom are living. Julia married Addison
Frasier, living in Lincoln, Neb.; Edwin married Melissa Frasier, a sister, also
living in Lincoln, Neb. Those deceased are Alice P. and Jennie. The mother is
still living at an advanced age with her daughter.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 177-178.)(JC)
|JAMES S. CAMPBELL
JAMES S. CAMPBELL well deserves mention among the representative
citizens of Henry county because of an active business life, untiring
devotion to the general good and also by reason of the possession of those
sterling traits of character which in every land and clime command respect
and confidence. He chose as a
life work the occupation of farming, following it successfully for a long
period and is now living retired in the enjoyment of a well earned ease.
Mr. Campbell was born in
The second member of the
family is J. S. Campbell, whose name introduces this review.
In the country schools of his native state he received his
education. His privileges in
that direction, however, were
very limited but by experience, reading and observation he has greatly
broadened his knowledge and has learned many valuable lessons that have
been of practical use to him in his later business life.
After putting aside his text-books he remained with his parents on
the home farm not only until he had attained his majority but for some
fifteen years after his marriage and practically had the management of his
home place. He was married on
the 27th of December, 1849, in Polk, Ashland county, Ohio, to
Miss Ruth Cole, a daughter of Thomas and Etheliah (Cole) Cole, and a
native of the Buckeye state, born August 21, 1831.
Her father was born in the early years of the nineteenth century,
followed the occupation of farming and was also a local minister of the
Methodist church in Ashland county, Ohio.
Both he and his wife died during the early part of the ‘70s, and
were buried in Ashland county. In
their family were ten children but only two are living: Elizabeth, now the
widow of Chester Matthews, and a resident of Ohio; and Rachel who is the
widow of Isaac Gordon and also lives in Ashland county, Ohio.
Mr. Cole was republican in his political views.
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell began
their domestic life in the Buckeye state and remained residents of Ashland
county until 1865. Several
years before he had purchased a farm in Ohio which he cultivated and
improved until his removal to Iowa and here he purchased a farm of one
hundred and fife acres of improved land in Henry county.
He began farm work and continued to cultivate that place until
1880, when he sold out and bought a farm of eighty acres near Mount
Pleasant. He was a general
agriculturist and stock-raiser, continuing in the business until 1896,
when he retired and purchased his beautiful home at No. 501 South Walnut
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Campbell
were born ten children: W. E., born in Ohio, November 24, 1850, resides in
Woodson county, Kansas. He
wedded Miss Mary Chandler who has had six children, of whom five are
living: Clark, Herman, Ethel, Ruth and Lee.
Irene, the second member of the father’s family, was born in Ohio
November 7, 1852, and is the wife of E. McPeek, of Burlington, by whom she
has three children, Mamie, Roy and Dallas.
Of this family Mamie is the wife of Robert Willis, who is a
conductor on the railroad and resides in Burlington, and they have one
child, Wanda. Roy McPeek
married Miss Ida Feasman and is living in Arizona.
Dallas is in the depot at Burlington.
Margaret J. Campbell, the third member of the family, was born in
Ohio, August 24, 1855, and died when eight years of age.
Anna D., born in Ohio, February 25, 1857, died in early girlhood.
Mary L., born in Ohio May 1, at home.
Milton E., born in Ohio June 30, 1862, married Miss Jessie
Courtney, by whom he has three daughters, Marie, Clela May and Roma.
He now serving as sheriff of Henry county.
Lydia, born June 27, 1863, died in childhood.
Lillian A., born in Henry county, Iowa, November 15, 1867, is the
wife of John Deal, residing in St. Francis, Kansas, and they have six
children, Blanche, Earl, Marie (deceased), Floyd, Mina, Pearl and Merle.
Thomas C., born in Henry county, February 8, 1871, is deceased.
Robert Clyde, born in this county September 6, 1873, is now deputy
sheriff under his brother. He
was only six weeks old at the time of his mother’s death, for she passed
away on the 27th of October, 1873, her remains being interred
in Pleasant Hill cemetery. She
was a devoted and loving wife and mother and an earnest Christian woman,
and her many excellent traits of character endeared her to those with whom
she was associated. She held
membership in the Methodist church, of which Mr. Campbell is also a member
and in the work of the church he has taken a very active and helpful part,
serving as steward, class leader and also as Sunday-school superintendent.
In his political affiliation Mr. Campbell is a stalwart democrat who has served as supervisor and school director and he was also constable of Henry county in 1876. He became agent of the Campbell cheese, manufactured by his brothers, and for twenty-eight years sold that product in eastern and northwestern Iowa, conducting the business in connection with his farming interests but now he has put aside business cares to spend his remaining days in the enjoyment of a well earned rest and is now in the seventy-eighth year of his age. His has been a useful, active and honorable life and he can look back over the past without regret.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 243) (PE)
JOEL CAMPBELL, who has a
wide and favorable acquaintance in Henry county, resides at No. 503
Division street, in Mount Pleasant, having retired from active connection
with agricultural interests, to which he devoted his energies for many
years. He was born November
30, 1846 and is of English lineage. His
parents, James and Nancy (Birdwell) Campbell, were born in East Tennessee,
the former on the 18th of May, 1818, and the latter March 4,
1825. The father came to Iowa
in 1848, when his son Joel was only two years of age.
Much of the journey was made on a flatboat, for there were no
railroads at that time, and travel was either by water or by stage, or
Mr. Campbell was a farmer
by occupation, and on his removal to the Mississippi valley settled first
in Sullivan county, Missouri, where he remained for a year, and then came
to Henry county, Iowa, establishing his home near Maryland.
He purchased land from the state, which he afterward sold, and then
removed to Jefferson township, where he carried on general agricultural
pursuits until his death, which was occasioned by typhoid fever, November
25, 1855. When about eighteen
years of age he had aided in driving the Indians out of Kentucky and
Tennessee, this war against the red men occurring about 1836.
When he came to Henry county he found that the Indians were still
numerous in this part of the state, and that wild game of all kinds was
plentiful. He was well fitted
to cope with the difficulties of pioneer life, possessing a genial, jovial
nature that set at naught the hardships and difficulties and made the most
of opportunities. Moreover, he
was an honest, upright man and did much to promote the good of the
community. His political
allegiance was given to the Whig party, and both he and his wife were
members of the Presbyterian church. Mrs.
Campbell survived her husband for a number of years, and died January 3,
1866. In their family were six
children, of whom two are living: Joel and Polly N., the latter of Harper
county, Kansas. The father was
married twice, and by his first union he had one daughter, Mary Jane, who
married Abraham Carpenter, who died in September, 1904, his remains being
interred in Forest Home cemetery in Mount Pleasant.
His widow now resides in Harper, Kansas.
The mother of our subject
was laid to rest in Tippecanoe township, while the father’s burial
occurred in Wayland. Their
eldest son, Joshua B. Campbell, enlisted for service in Company I, of the
Fourteenth Iowa Infantry in the Civil war, and was taken prisoner at the
battle of Shiloh, which occurred on the 6th of April, 1862.
He was, after being in prison sixty days, paroled and was in parole
camp at St. Louis one year and afterward on detached duty.
There were also three cousins of Joel Campbell in the Civil
war—James, Archibald and Jasper Campbell, the last-named being only
fourteen years of age when he was killed.
Joel Campbell pursued his
education in the district schools near his home.
As he lost his father when only eight years of age, and was thus
thrown upon his own resources, he was compelled to work for his board and
clothing for several years. Soon,
however, he was given wages, and his industry and close application
enabled him to secure good positions.
He has traveled to a considerable extent, crossing the continent
from ocean to ocean. He has
worked on railroad bridges and in sawmills, and also followed the
occupation of farming, and in 1889 he turned his attention to agricultural
pursuits in Jefferson county, where he remained until the 28th
of January, 1897, when he sold his property there and came to Henry
county, settling in Marion township, where he purchased a farm.
He had there a comfortable house and fifteen acres of land on
section 28 and resided continuously upon the farm until February, 1905,
when he removed to his present home in Mount Pleasant, having purchased
the property in 1902. In
addition to the dwelling, he has six acres of land within the city limits.
Mr. Campbell also made a
creditable military record in the Civil war.
In February, 1864, he secured his mother’s written consent, and
enlisted as a member of Company G, Thirtieth Iowa infantry.
He was transferred in May, 1865, to Company K, of the Sixth Iowa
Veteran Infantry, and was honorably discharged on the 28th of
July of the same year. He
participated in the battles of Dalton, New Hope Church, the siege of
Atlanta, Savannah and Bentonville, being under the command of Sherman.
He also participated in the celebrated march to the sea, which
proved the weakness of the Confederacy; at the close of the war, he took
part in the grand review in Washington, the most celebrated military
pageant ever seen on the western hemisphere.
He endured the privations and hardships that were meted out to a
soldier, and his mind is filled with interesting reminiscences of the
great conflict. He tells of
being for three days and three nights without anything to eat but green
chestnuts, and he was suffering severely from rheumatism at that time and
was unable to walk. It was
about the time that Hood flanked the Union troops.
He now has in his possession a most interesting and valuable map,
showing the route of the marches of the army of General Sherman from
Atlanta to Goldsboro, North Carolina, being the only map of the kind in
Mr. Campbell was first
married July 4, 1872, to Miss Sarah Collins, who was born in Salem
township, and was a daughter of John and Martha Collins.
She died January 26, 1873, and was laid to rest in Pleasant Point
cemetery. On the 27th
of July, 1892, after living alone for about twenty years, Mr. Campbell was
again married, his second union being with Miss Leona Luzadder, who was
born in Highland county, Ohio, May 22, 1850, a daughter of Jacob and Mary
Ann (Barnard) Luzadder, both of whom were natives of Highland county,
Ohio. The maternal
grandparents were born on the island of Nantucket, and the paternal
grandparents were natives of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Luzadder was a farmer, and brought his family to Iowa from Ohio
in a wagon in 1850. His
destination was Tippecanoe township, this county, where he purchased an
improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres, upon which he carried on
general agricultural pursuits for many years, there residing at the time
of his death, which occurred January 26, 1892, when he was in his
seventy-eighth year, his birth having taken place on the 15th
of June, 1814. His wife, who
born March 1, 1821, died January 29, 1893.
Her people were members of the Society of Friends, while the
ancestry of the Campbell line were represented in the Baptist and
Mr. Luzadder, father of
Mrs. Campbell, was for several months in the state militia, acting as a
member of the home guards at the time of the Civil war.
In politics he was a republican, and kept well informed on the
questions and issues of the day. He
served as one of the school directors and also as county commissioner, and
is said by all who knew him to have been one of nature’s nobleman.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Luzadder were born seven children, of whom four
are now living: Clark, a resident of Miami county, Kansas; Albert, of
Butler county, Kansas; Arthur, who is living in Wapello county, Iowa, and
Mrs. Campbell. Besides rearing
his own family, Mr. Luzadder always had some orphan or homeless child with
him, who was treated as a member of his own family.
His broad humanitarianism and benevolent spirit prompted him to
many actions of kindness and deeds of charity, and the poor and needy
found in him a warm friend. Many
have lived to bless his memory for timely assistance which he rendered,
and his influence was ever given on the side of right, progress, truth and
justice. During his declining
years Mr. Luzadder was tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. Campbell.
Following the splendid example of her father, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have reared an adopted son, William Arthur Luzadder, who was born September 15, 1878, in Henry county, whose parents were Arthur B. and Sarah L. (Craig) Luzadder. He lived with Mr. and Mrs. Campbell until his marriage to Miss Leslie Scott and now resides in Adair county, Missouri. By this marriage there are three children, Vera H., Laura Ruth and Nelda Belle. Mr. Campbell is a republican with somewhat independent tendencies. He has been a member of the school board and township constable for two years. Fraternally he is connected with Glasgow Lodge, No. 145, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and with McFarland Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Mount Pleasant, thus maintaining cordial relations with his old army comrades. Both Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are held in the highest esteem by all who know them. He has a genial, jovial nature, with native wit, with always a joke and a pleasant smile. His kindness of heart, his inflexible integrity and his genuine worth have gained him the unqualified respect of all with whom he has been associated. His wife, too, enjoys the esteem of many friends, and no history of this community would be complete without mention of this worthy couple. Although his school privileges in youth were limited, he has, by reading and travel, gained broad and comprehensive knowledge, and is an entertaining conversationalist, having acquired an education equal to that of many of better early advantages.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 496) (PE)
|HON. THOMAS F. CAMPBELL
THOMAS F. CAMPBELL, president of the Henry County Farmer’s Mutual
Insurance Company and a prominent retired farmer living in Mount Pleasant,
was born near Shelbyville, in Shelby county, Indiana, on the 9th
of August, 1844, his parents being Hugh and Cheney (Ray) Campbell.
The father was born near Knoxville, Tennessee.
The paternal grandfather was one of five brothers who came from
Scotland to this country prior to the Revolutionary war and served as a
soldier in the struggle for independence.
He was with the Southern Army and he participated in addition to
the engagements of that war in the battle of Horse Shoe Bend with the
Indians. After the close of
hostilities he located near Knoxville, Tennessee, where he conducted a
large plantation, being recognized as one of the prominent men of his day.
There he spent his active life, but shortly before his death came
to the north and made his home with his son.
Campbell, born in Tennessee, in 1801, war reared to manhood there and when
a young man of twenty-one years removed to Shelby county, Indiana, where
he settled upon a tract of raw land. With
characteristic energy he began its cultivation and in the course of years
developed it into a good property. In
that county he married Miss Cheney Ray, who was born near Wilmington,
North Carolina, and went with her father’s family to Indiana.
The home property of Mr. Campbell embraced four hundred acres of
rich and cultivable land. In
the development of this place he endured the usual hardships and trials
incident to pioneer life. Their
home on the frontier was far separated from the contingencies of the older
east, for around them lay an uncut forest.
From his own doorway Mr. Campbell shot deer and wild turkeys.
The farm implements were of a very primitive character compared to
the improved agricultural machinery of the present day, and it required
much arduous labor to bring the fields under cultivation.
In public affairs Mr. Campbell was prominent and influential and
was called to various county offices.
cast in his lot with pioneer settlers, when, in the spring of 1851, he
came to Henry county, Iowa, and purchased twenty-five hundred acres of
land from Samuel Wells. This
was all wild and unimproved, save for a tract of about eighty acres.
He divided this land among his children, who improved their
respective portions and the father also developed a good home for himself.
In the early days he espoused the cause of abolition and when the
Republican party was formed to prevent the extension of slavery he joined
its ranks. Both he and his
wife held membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, and his death
occurred in September, 1870, while her death occurred April 27, 1883.
They had eight children who reached adult age, while four died in
childhood: James H., now of
Nebraska; Mrs. Maria Leach; Mrs. Martha J. Lafferty; Robert, who died in
1900; Susan, the wife of J. W. Keith; Mrs. Emily Payne, Thomas F., and
Mrs. I. J. Holt.
Campbell was a lad of about seven summers when brought by his parents to
Iowa, and in the common schools near Wayland he acquired his early
education, which was supplemented by study in Howe’s Academy.
In 1862 he enlisted as a defender of the Union cause, becoming a
member of Company K, Fourth Iowa Cavalry.
The regiment was engaged in active duty in Missouri, Arkansas,
Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama, completing its
services at Atlanta. Mr.
Campbell was on active duty throughout that entire time and was never home
on a furlough. He was too
young to be promoted, but proved a brave and loyal soldier and returned
home with a most creditable military record.
reaching Iowa, Mr. Campbell resumed the occupation of farming, to which he
had been reared, early becoming familiar with the work of the field and
meadow. His father had given
him land six miles north of Mount Pleasant, which he improved, residing
thereon from 1867 until 1892, and during that time bringing his farm up to
a high state of cultivation. He
added to the original tract until he owned two hundred and forty acres of
land, which was splendidly developed.
He carried on general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising and
for a number of years dealt in high bred Norman horses, continuing in this
business until the spring of 1905. In
1892, however, he sold his farm and removed to Mount Pleasant, where he
now has an attractive home. He
was one of the organizers of the Henry County Farmer’s Mutual Insurance
Company, has been a director and vice president and is now the chief
executive officer. His
official service with the company covers fifteen years and he has been
president since 1902. This
company has had a successful career from the beginning and its risks now
represent about three million dollars.
On the 8th
of January, 1868, Mr. Campbell was united in marriage to Miss Hattie E.
Dutton, a daughter of Willard Dutton, and they have six children: Hugh,
who is now a merchant of Mount Pleasant; Ada, the wife of C. Carnahan, a
resident farmer of Henry county; Susie, the wife of W. E. Young, also a
farmer; Alice, a teacher in the schools of Mount Pleasant; Carrie, who is
teaching in New London, and Bessie, who is now a student of the Iowa State
University. The parents are
members of the Congregational church.
Dutton was educated at Dunkirk, also Howe’s Academy, Mount Pleasant, and
was at home until her marriage. Hattie
E. Dutton was born near Dunkirk, New York, a daughter of Willard and Anna
M. (Jenks) Dutton. The
Dutton’s were of New England ancestry; the father was born near Norfolk,
Connecticut, and the mother at Amenia Union, New York.
Soon after their marriage they moved to near Dunkirk, where he was
a farmer and came to Henry county, Iowa, in the spring of 1864, and owned
a farm seven miles north of Mount Pleasant.
This he improved. He
later moved to Page county, Iowa, where he died February 29, 1904, and the
mother died about 1877.
Campbell gave his political allegiance to the Republican party until 1876,
since which time he has voted for the democracy.
He has been active in support of the cause of education and his
services in this particular have been effective and far-reaching.
In 1899 he was elected to represent Henry county in the
twenty-eighth general assembly, and on the minority side he served on the
committees of the agriculture, insane hospitals and others.
His well directed business efforts have resulted successfully and
he is today classed among the substantial citizens of the county in which
almost his entire life has been passed.
WILLIAM CAMPBELL, who has been a promoter of farming and
stock-raising interests in Henry county and is now living retired in a
beautiful home on West Monroe street in Mount Pleasant, was born in
Ashland county, Ohio, August 22, 1830, a son of Robert and Margaret
(Archibald) Campbell. The
father was born in Harrison county, Ohio, and was there reared and
married. Later he followed
agricultural pursuits in Ashland county, and was one of the successful men
of that place. Later in life
he came to Iowa, following the arrival of his son here.
He took up his abode in Henry county soon after the Civil war, and
purchased a farm in New London township, where he made his home until his
death, his wife also passing away on that farm.
He owned and operated two hundred acres of land and was an
enterprising agriculturist, reliable and trustworthy in all his dealings.
William Campbell, the third
in order of birth in a family of nine children, acquired his education in
Orange township, Ashland county, Ohio, and by reading and observation in
later life. His youth was
passed on his father’s farm and he assisted in its development and
improvement until thinking to find other occupation more congenial he
learned the trade of a plasterer, which he followed for about thirty
years. He took contracts for
plastering and employing a large number of men was thus enabled to cover
an extensive field of labor. He
did much work all through that section of the state, being accorded an
extensive patronage that enabled him to retain many workmen in his
service. He first came to Iowa
in 1854, and here continued in the plastering business, being accorded
much of the important work in this locality, one of his last jobs being
the plastering of the Harlan house built by Senator Harlan.
Mr. Campbell was married in
December, 1857, to Miss Elizabeth Spearman, a daughter of James Spearman,
who was a farmer and old settler, coming to this section of the state when
it was largely a new and undeveloped region.
Mr. Campbell afterward returned to Orange township, Ashland county,
Ohio, where he gave his attention to farming upon a tract of land which he
owned, but when he had spent six years in his native state he came again
to Henry county and purchased the Spearman homestead, whereon his wife was
reared, about four miles southeast of Mount Pleasant, in the Pleasant Hill
neighborhood. The farm
comprised three hundred and seventy acres and had been developed and
improved by Mr. Spearman. There
Mr. Campbell successfully carried on general agricultural pursuits and the
dairy business. He was the
first cheese manufacturer in the county, and he had on the farm about one
hundred cows of his own, and at times as many as one hundred and
thirty-five head. He also
added to his land two farms amounting to three hundred and twenty acres.
For a time he purchased milk from the neighboring farmers and did
an extensive dairy and cheese business and the cheese factory is still
conducted by his sons. He was
also interested in the sheep industry, having driven six hundred sheep
from Ashland county, Ohio, with which he first stocked his farm.
There is no man who has
been more interested in improving the grade of stock raised and few have
assisted so largely in this work and thereby promoted so efficiently the
welfare of the agricultural class. Mr.
Campbell always owned and raised fine stock and he introduced
thorough-bred Holstein cattle into Henry county, twenty-five years ago.
He has brought his whole herd up to a high standard and it is a
well known fact that stock sent from the Campbell farm is always of
superior breed. While
conducting his farming and stock-raising interests he likewise carried on
a grocery store in Mount Pleasant from 1875 until 1879.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Campbell
have been born four children, who are yet living, Charles, who married
Miss Laura Tate and has three children, resides upon his farm east of the
city. James Cornelius, who
married Jessie Hughes and has four children, is living on the old
homestead. Frank D., who owns
and operates a farm east of Mount Pleasant, married Florence Palmer, and
had three children. Maggie is
the wife of John Hughes, a farmer residing near Mount Pleasant, and they
have two children.
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has served as
steward and for some time he was superintendent of the Sunday school.
He has always taken an active interest in the work of the church
and the extension of its influence and his co-operation has been a valued
factor in its upbuilding. While
living on the farm he was regarded as one of the prominent representatives
of the democratic party in his township, and served as township treasurer
but has never been active in his search for public office as a reward for
party fealty. He belongs to
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 8, Free and Accepted Masons, and also took the
In 1900 he purchased a beautiful home on West Monroe street, where he has since lived and with the competence acquired through his earnest and well directed labors is now enjoying a richly merited rest. He started in business life when sixteen years of age at a salary of five dollars per month, and from this sum supplied his own clothing. He afterward earned one hundred dollars per year and thus started out in a humble way but recognizing the possibilities that lay before all who have determination and energy he has made continuous advancement, gaining a place among the foremost agriculturists of Henry county and securing the prosperity that is the merited reward of labor. He may indeed be termed a self-made man and deserves all the credit which the phrase implies.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 505) (PE)
|Robert T. Canfield
ROBERT T. CANFIELD, a prominent farmer of Jackson Township, was born in Randolph County, Va., in 1826, and is the son of Titus and Phoebe Canfield, who died when our subject was a mere lad. They were the parents of seven children—Elizabeth, Johnson, Sarah, Mary, Nancy, Robert T. and Keturah. All were left orphans while yet children, and as the parents were poor they became scattered and their later history is not fully known. Some went West, part became residents of Kansas and some of Wisconsin.
Our subject when five years of age was taken by his father to Ohio, and in that State the father died, leaving his boy to the care of George Harmon, with whom he remained until he was sixteen years of age, when he began life’s battle for himself. Leaving Seneca County, Robert went to Clarke County and later to Miami County, Ohio, then in 1849 to Jefferson County, Ind. In the year 1853 he was united in marriage with Miss Mirey Swager. Mr. Canfield was at that time in the employ of the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad Company. In 1866 the death of his wife occurred and the next year he removed to Iowa, locating in Henry County. His four children came with him, namely: Elma, now the wife of Archie Ross; Clinton, also married; James and Ida, the latter now deceased.
After a residence of two years in this county, Mr. Canfield was again married, to Mrs. Margaret (Maupin) Chaney, the widow of Andrew J. Chancy, a well-known resident of this county, who with his good wife settled here in 1849, coming from Jefferson County, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. Chancy were the parents of eight children, all now dead except Flora B., wife of Fred Huxley, and Edward, yet unmarried. The deceased are: William, Sarah E., Mary Jane, Ellis C., Leonard F. and Carrie. Mr. Chancy resided upon a farm near Lowell, and after his death his widow purchased the farm upon which she and her present husband reside. The father of Mr. Chancy owned a large plantation in Tennessee, and also owned a number of slaves, but prior to his death liberated them, thus showing his sentiments regarding the rights of man. After a few years, Mr. and Mrs. Chancy decided to move to Texas, but after trying the country, they removed back to Henry County, and for years were identified with her business growth and prosperity.
In 1867 the death of her husband occurred, and her marriage to Mr. Canfield was celebrated in March, 1869. In a cosy farmhouse the couple live, beloved by their neighbors, and in the enjoyment of a ripe old age both Mr. and Mrs. Canfield find themselves blessed by such associations as their position in life entitles them to. Both are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Canfield was born in Blount
County, Tenn., and reared in Jefferson County from her fifteenth year. Her
father, Morgan G. Maupin, was born in France and married Elizabeth Collins in
Tennessee. He was a Revolutionary soldier and had a family by another wife prior
to that war, but no definite history can be given of them. With the blood of a
patriot, and his grandsire a Revolutionary soldier, Edward may well feel a pride
that few have reason to boast of. The father of Andrew J. Chancy was a native of
Ireland, who came to America a poor man, hut accumulated a large property. For a
quarter of a century he owned and conducted a large hotel near Morristown,
Tenn., and owned a large plantation adjoining. He reared a family of fourteen
children, of whom Andrew J. was the youngest.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 246-247) (JC)
SAMUEL CANTWELL, a farmer of Henry County, Iowa, resides on section 32, Wayne Township. With pleasure we present this sketch of Samuel Cantwell, one of the best known men of Wayne Township, who has for many years been a resident, and always accounted one of her most worthy citizens. He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, and is the son of Thomas and Jemima (Kelley) Cantwell. Thomas and probably his wife were of Irish parentage. They were married in Coshocton County, and during his lifetime Thomas Cantwell resided there. Ten children were born to them in that county, three only of whom are now living: our subject; Rachel, widow of Daniel Ryan, a farmer of Muskingum County, Ohio, and Hezekiah, a tailor of Coshocton, and the husband of Mary Rannels. After the death of Thomas Cantwell his widow married John Baker, a farmer of Muskingum County.
Our subject was carefully reared until his seventeenth year, when his mother died and Samuel was allowed to make his own living. His step-father removed to Southern Illinois, where the remainder of his life was spent. Samuel Cantwell remained in Ohio, working by the month, having had nothing left from his father’s estate to begin business on. He saved his money carefully, and in 1846 made a trip to this county, and purchased forty acres of timber land. He returned to Ohio and continued farming in partnership with his brother Barnabas, who was also well known in this county as one of the early settlers, coming first in 1846 and later becoming a permanent citizen, and until 1874 was a familiar figure in Wayne Township. He removed to Adams County, Neb., and died there in 1883. In 1850 Samuel Cantwell returned to Iowa from his native State and made a purchase of 200 acres of land in this county, and went back to Ohio, where he remained until 1860. He was rapidly merging into bachelorhood before selecting a wife, and was thirty-three years of age when his marriage to Miss Charlotte Campbell was celebrated. The ceremony was performed March 4, 1852, by Rev. Wolf, a Methodist Episcopal minister. Miss Campbell was the daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Harris) Campbell. Her father was born in Ireland, and came a single man to Virginia, in which State he was married to Lydia Harris, who was born near Wheeling, W. Va. They became residents of Washington County, and seven children were born before the death of the father. By trade Mr. Campbell was a miller, but in Ohio made farming his occupation. John, his first son, married Yurith Lane, and resides in Douglas County, Ill.; Lavina wedded Thomas Kinney, a resident of Great Bend, Kan.; Phoebe, deceased, became the wife of William James, who later removed to Kansas; Jane married William McKane, now deceased, and resides in Coshocton, Ohio; Mary, also deceased, was twice married, John Cochrane becoming her first husband, and William Dewson her last. Josephus died unmarried, and Mrs. Cantwell completes the family list.
Four children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Cantwell before their removal to Iowa: Mary J., the wife of Presly Allender;
Margaret, wife of George Meeker; Sarah E. died in childhood, and Matilda, wife
of Samuel Taylor. In 1860 Samuel Cantwell and his family removed to Wayne
Township, and upon his land he erected a small house the same year. Every
improvement, every tree, fence and building, has been placed upon this tract
since 1860. Here his children grew to maturity. Besides those named, other
children were born in their new home: Emma, wife of Henry James; William H., now
deceased; Alonzo, completing his education at Mt. Pleasant; Nora, Frances, Elma,
Jessie M. and Annie M., all unmarried and inmates of the parental home. Here the
family live in that style that comes to those of ample means, and as the family
have increased in years so has the prosperity of the parents, who for more than
a quarter of a century have been ranked among the best families of Wayne
Township. For several terms Mr. Cantwell has been connected with the School
Board, and careful attention has been given to the education of his children. To
such families as this Henry County is indebted for the business growth,
prosperity and social culture which so largely abound within its
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 176-177.)(JC)
|JAMES A. CARDEN
JAMES A. CARDEN, a native
son of Iowa, was born in Des Moines county, on the 4th of
September, 1861. His
father, William Carden, was a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and after
arriving at years of maturity devoted his attention to agricultural
pursuits in that state. He
married Miss Isabelle Miller, also a native of Hamilton county and in the
year 1851 he came to Iowa, settling in Danville township, Des Moines
county, where he invested his capital in one hundred and seventy-five
acres of prairie land and forty acres of timber.
He at once began the development of a farm and continued to devote
his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits until his death,
which occurred on the 14th of February, 1866.
His wife, long surviving him, also passed away on the old homestead
on the 25th of September, 1890.
In the meantime, however,
she purchased twenty acres of land a half mile north of the old home
property and on this place stood a good residence which she and her family
occupied until May 23, 1872, when the home and all the buildings were
destroyed by the tornado which occurred on that date.
At that date they returned to the old home place and in the fall of
the same year Mrs. Carden erected a new residence, which remained her
place of abode up to the time of her death.
In the family were seven sons and one daughter, all of whom are yet
living with the exception of the eldest son and with one exception all of
the sons became school teachers, being identified with educational work in
James A. Carden, the sixth
member of his father’s family, spent the days of his boyhood and youth
upon the old homestead in Des Moines county and was early trained to the
work of the farm, becoming familiar with the duties of field and meadow.
After acquiring his elementary education in the district schools he
continued his studies in Howe’s Academy at Mount Pleasant, spending two
terms in that way. Subsequently
he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed in both Des
Moines and Henry counties, devoting seven years to that work.
Later he began farming on his own account in Henry county and
followed the tilling of the soil until the 1st of January,
1894, when he purchased a grain and coal business on the Iowa Central
Railroad at Winfield, where he has since been located, being actively
connected with the trade. He
now has a liberal patronage that has been secured through his
straightforward business methods, his reasonable prices and his efforts to
please his customers.
On the 3rd of
September, 1884, Mr. Carden was united in marriage to Miss Mary Boyer, a
native of Henry county, and a daughter of Frank and Martha (VanDyke)
Boyer, both of whom were natives of Iowa, the father having been born in
Salem and the mother in Des Moines county.
Mrs. Carden pursued her education in the public schools and
remained under the parental roof until her marriage.
She has become the mother of one child, Jean Boyer, who was born
March 20, 1886, and pursued his education in the high school at Mount
Pleasant and the Iowa Wesleyan University.
He is now successfully engaged in teaching about four miles west of
In his fraternal relations Mr. Carden is an Odd Fellow, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. He takes a very active interest in the work of the church in its different departments and since 1897 has served as superintendent of the Sunday school in Winfield. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance in this part of the county, is respected as an enterprising, successful and reliable business man and is esteemed by reason of his activity along those lines which contribute to the welfare and progress of the general public.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, Page 596) (PE)
Senator from the tenth senatorial district including Washington and Henry counties, was born on a farm near Middletown in Des Moines county, Iowa. Attended the country school, later took a course at the state normal school and finished his education at Parson's college, Fairfield, Iowa. Mr. Carden taught school for about three years and then entered the hardware and implement business at Winfield, Iowa. He served as postmaster under President Taft, after which he engaged in the insurance and loan business. He is a member of the different lodges of his town, as well as having been active in its civic affairs. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and has been moderator of the Presbytery as well as vice moderator of the Synod of Iowa. He was first district manager of the Coolidge campaign in 1925. Has previously served in the lower house and is now serving his first term in the senate.
Iowa Official Register 1927-1928 - Biographies of
State Senators, pg. 229 (SF)
WILLIAM CARDEN, one of the
honored and prominent citizens of Henry county, now serving his district
in the state legislature, is a native son of Des Moines county, his birth
having occurred near Middletown on the 24th of August, 1865.
His parents were William and Isabelle (Miller) Carden, both of whom
were natives of Hamilton county, Ohio, in which state they were reared and
married. The year 1852
witnessed their arrival in Iowa and the father purchased land near
Danville, Des Moines county, where he carried on farming for two years.
Subsequently he took up his abode near Middletown, where his
remaining days were passed, his death occurring in 1866.
His wife long survived him and passed away in 1890.
William Carden was reared
under the parental roof until nineteen years of age and acquired his early
education in the public schools near his home.
His more advanced education was obtained in Parson’s College, at
Fairfield, Iowa. His
collegiate course was not consecutive but as opportunity offered he
continued his studies and was thereby well equipped for life’s practical
and responsible duties. He
engaged in teaching at intervals for about three years in Des Moines and
Henry counties and then accepted a clerkship in the Crane hardware store
in Mount Pleasant, where he remained for two years, thus gaining a
practical knowledge of mercantile methods.
Removing to Winfield in the
fall of 1890 he entered into partnership with his brother, L. J. Carden,
in the conduct of a hardware and implement business.
They carried on the store with constantly growing success for
fourteen years and then sold out to George Bloomer.
On the 1st of September, 1904, Mr. Carden entered into
partnership with Will D. Garmoe in the real-estate and loan business and
still figures prominently in commercial interests of Winfield.
He is a man of enterprise and determination, carrying forward to
successful completion whatever he undertakes, and his business career has
ever been characterized by sound judgment and unfaltering purpose,
resulting in the attainment of a creditable position among the substantial
citizens of Henry county.
On the 18th of
November, 1901, Mr. Carden was united in marriage to Miss Fannie De
Lashmutt, who was born in Des Moines county, and was educated in
Burlington, completing the high school course.
She is a daughter of T. L. and Ellen (Shaw) De Lashmutt, the former
a native of West Virginia, and the latter of Ohio.
Her parents were pioneer residents of Des Moines county, aiding in
laying broad and deep the foundation for its present prosperity and
Mr. Carden is a Presbyterian in religious faith and fraternally is connected with the Masonic Lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Since taking up his abode in Winfield he has been actively interested in politics as a supporter of the Republican party and his fitness for leadership has been recognized in his election to the office of representative. In the fall of 1901 he was chosen a member of the general assembly and by re-election will continue a member of the house until the 1st of January, 1907. He is a capable, working member of the legislative, giving careful consideration to the questions which come up for settlement and his interest in the welfare and development of his state is deep and sincere. He has made a creditable record in both commercial and political circles and is justly accounted one of the distinguished and leading citizens of Henry county, Iowa.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 454-455) (PE)
HOWARD CARTER, residing on section 12, Marion Township, is one of the early settlers of Henry County, Iowa.
He was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, April 7, 1825, and is a son of Isaac G.
and Harriet (Josselyn) Carter, both natives of Waldo County, Me. They both
removed to Muskingum County. Ohio, when quite young, and Dec. 16, 1819, were
married in Perry County, Ohio. He was the son of Isaac P. and Joanna (Gay)
Carter, arid was born Sept. 6, 1797. His wife was born June 9,
1802, and was the daughter of Joshua and
Sarah (Chapman) Josselyn. Mr. and Mrs. Carter had a family of ten sons,
the first dying in infancy: Ira J., yet
living on the old homestead in Grant
County. Ind.; Howard, our subject, being third in order of birth; Joseph, a
farmer of Cass County, Iowa; Elijah, a blacksmith of Jonesboro, Grant Co., Ind.; John II.,
a merchant of New Cumberland, Grant Co., Ind.; Albert died at the age of
two, in Grant County, Ind.; Lewis, a farmer in Grant County, Ind.; Oliver died
at the age of twenty-four, in Grant County, Ind.; Alfred died in infancy. The
seven oldest of these children were born in Muskingum County, Ohio, and the
three youngest in Grant County, Ind. Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs.
Carter moved to Muskingum County, Ohio, where for a few years he engaged in
brick-making. In the year 1835, with his wife and children he moved to Grant
County, Ind., where he bought 160 acres of wild land, transforming it into a
fine farm. He was called to his final home Jan. 29, 1869, at the age of
seventy-two, his wife having preceded him six years, dying April 1, 1863, at the
age of sixty-one. Mr. and Mrs. Carter were devoted members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, of which he was Steward for a number of years.
Our subject received his education in the district schools of his native State. He remained with his parents until twenty-five years of age. He led to the marriage altar Miss Eleanor Lyon, on the 18th of February, 1851. She was a native of Ohio, having been born in Guernsey County, Jan. 22, 1831. Her parents were James and Nancy (Slater) Lyon, the father being a native of Virginia, and the mother of Ohio. Shortly after his marriage Mr. Carter with his young bride moved upon a farm that he had purchased of eighty acres. He added to this until he had 160 acres well cultivated. In 1864 he sold his farm and came to Henry County, and in June, 1865, moved upon the wild land of section 12, where he immediately began to break the sod and fence the wild prairies. Now his land is in excellent condition, and his buildings are models of convenience. He came to this county with his wife and eight children in the full hope and happiness of a bright future, but Nov. 24, 1870, his wife was taken from his happy home. She was an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In her death the husband lost a loving wife, the children a kind and indulgent mother. Mr. and Mrs. Carter were the parents of nine children: Nancy M., who was born in Grant County, Ind., Jan. 24, 1852, is the wife of William H. Snell, a farmer in Wayne Township, Henry Co., Iowa; Sarah J., born July 1, 1853, is the wife of John Seberg, a farmer in Kearney County, Neb.; Harriet J., born March 3, 1855, died Nov. 27, 1870; Leroy P., born Feb. 4, 1857, is a telegraph operator and Station Agent on the St. Paul & Duluth Railroad, at Sandstone Junction, Minn.; Rhoda C., born Nov. 6, 1858, is the wife of Frank Tallman, a farmer in Osborne County, Kan.; M. Alice, born Oct. 12, 1860, at home; William E., born Oct. 12, 1862, died May 1,1887; George H., born April 8, 1865; Eva I., born July 25, 1867, in Henry County, Iowa, was married to Alfred H. Anderson, Jan. 4, 1888.
Mr. Carter is now one of the prominent and well-to-do farmers of Henry County, but all that he has was made by his own frugality and industry. He has one of the most excellent farms in the county, and upon it may be found a good grade of horses, cattle and hogs. Mr. Carter has held various township offices of trust with credit to himself and his constituents. Politically he is a Republican. He contributes liberally to all charitable and public enterprises, and as a neighbor and citizen none stands higher than does Mr. Carter.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 212-213.)(JC)
|CORNELIUS C. CASE
CORNELIUS C. CASE, one of the prominent and rising young business
men of Mount Pleasant, conducting a carriage and wagon repair shop and
general blacksmithing business, was born in Blairstown, Benton county,
Iowa, June 23, 1870, his parents being Separate and Samantha (Bacheler)
Case. The father, a farmer by
occupation, was born in Indiana, but when a young man went to Clinton
county, Iowa, and later purchased a farm in Benton county, where he spent
the remainder of his active business life.
He died at the home of his son near Belle Plain, and the mother
passed away in 1879, at Blairstown.
Cornelius C. Case, having
pursued his elementary education in the schools of Benton county,
continued his studies in Iowa Seminary, at Blairstown, after which his
attention was devoted to farm work in Benton county until he came to Mount
Pleasant in 1894. Here he
learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he followed in the employ of
others until he formed a partnership with his brother under the firm style
of Case Brothers. They carried
on the business which had formerly been established by the brother,
Cornelius C. Case having purchased a half interest and until 1903
conducted a general wagon repair and blacksmithing shop.
Since that time Cornelius C. Case has been sole proprietor, having
purchased his brother’s interest and he now conducts an extensive and
successful business at No. 213 East Monroe street which he recently
erected and fitted with improved machinery for his work, where he
furnishes employment to three men and at the same time does active work in
the shop himself. His
patronage has continually increased and he is now in charge of a good
remunerative business. Although
he came to the county without capital his ability and industry have been
the strong elements in success.
On the 1st of June, 1898, in Mount Pleasant, Mr. Case was married to Miss Bertha Nicholson, a daughter of John Nicholson, one of the early residents here. Her grandfather, Thomas Nicholson, is still living in Mount Pleasant. Mr. and Mrs. Case have three sons: John, Everett, and Charles. They attend and support the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mrs. Case is also a member and they own and occupy a pleasant home on East Monroe street, which is one of the fine residence streets of the city. Mr. Case votes with the Republican party and belongs to Mystic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Although a young man he has won a creditable position in industrial circles and his strong and salient characteristics are such as argue well for future success.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pps 199-200) (PE)
|SIDNEY SYLVESTER CASE
Mrs. Case was born in Vermont, the family home being in the shadows
of the Green mountains, and she came to Iowa when a maiden of eight
summers. She, too, passed
away, and the husband and wife now rest side by side in the cemetery at
Blairstown, Benton county. Unto
Mr. and Mrs. Case were born six children: S. S., of this review; Lemuel
G., who married Louisa Mohler and resides in Belle Plain, Iowa; E. P.,
deceased; C. C., who married Miss Bert Nicholson and is living in Mount
Pleasant; Cora, the deceased wife of Frank Davis, of Blairstown, Iowa; and
Nora, the wife of Frank Erhard, also of Blairstown.
S. S. Case is indebted to the public-school system of Blairstown for
the educational privileges he enjoyed.
He worked upon his father’s farm until twenty years of age, after
which he learned the blacksmith’s trade in Mount Pleasant, following
that pursuit for four years as journeyman.
He afterward established a shop of his own, on East Monroe street,
which he conducted successfully for twelve years, or until 1902, when he
sold to his brother, and purchased a fine hardware store at No. 113
Jefferson street, and successfully conducted this business until selling
out in December, 1905. He
carried a large line of hardware and stoves; in fact, had the most
extensive stock of goods of this character in the city.
He received a liberal patronage because of his honorable methods
and earnest desire to please his customers, combined with his reasonable
On the 2nd of May, 1888, Mr. Case was united in marriage
to Miss Leona Vorhies, a daughter of Levi Vorhies.
She was born May 12, 1869, in Indiana, and was educated in Howe’s
academy, at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Her
parents came to this state, settling in Henry county when she was about
eight years of age. Mr.
Vorhies was a wagonmaker by trade, conducting a shop in Indiana, but
following his removal to Iowa he devoted his energies to agricultural
pursuits. He exercised his
right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican
party, and fraternally he was an Odd Fellow.
He died December 28, 1904, in Merrimac, Iowa, where his widow still
resides. In their family were
nine children, of whom five are living: Albert, a resident of Urbana,
Illinois; Addison, who is living in Burlington, Iowa; Charles, a resident
of Nebraska; Frank, who makes his home in Merrimac, Iowa; and Leona, now
Unto our subject and his wife have been born three children.
Chloe, who was born May 20, 1889, in Burlington, has completed the
course in the common schools, and is now pursuing a business course in
Antrim’s Business College. Linn,
born April 14, 1897, is in school. Emmet,
born February 18, 1900, completes the family.
Mr. Case has always been a democrat in his political views, and upon that ticket was chosen and served as alderman of the city for two years. He is an Odd Fellow, has passed all of the chairs, and is now serving as treasurer of his lodge. He likewise belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which he has filled all of the offices. The family home is at No. 311 East Monroe street, where Mr. and Mrs. Case are comfortably situated in life. Without special advantages or pecuniary assistance to aid him in the outset of his career, Mr. Case has steadily and gradually worked his way upward in financial affairs, and is today a leading resident of Mount Pleasant.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 422-424) (PE)
BENT CAULK, deceased, was one of the early settlers of Henry County. He was a native of Guilford County, N. C., born in 1828. In 1834 he went with his parents to Georgetown, Ill., and in 1836 came to Henry County. His parents were Robert and Jane (Hempill) Caulk. In this county Bent grew to manhood, and received his education in the pioneer log schoolhouse. Bent was married on the 17th of October, 1852, to Miss Jane Moore, born in Sangamon County, Ill., Aug. 1, 1832, a daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Cooper) Moore, the former being a native of Indiana and the latter of Tennessee. Both were among the early settlers of Sangamon County, Ill., where they became acquainted and were united in marriage. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are now living. They were as follows: Calvin, who died in Ringgold County, Iowa; Rebecca, deceased; Jane, widow of Bent Caulk; Amanda, wife of Daniel Biddlecom, of Cass County, Ill.; Ephraim, a carpenter of Mt. Pleasant; John, residing in Buffalo County, Neb.; Edward, also living in that county, who was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion; and James, residing in Bates County, Mo. In 1835 Mr. Moore came to Henry County with his family, and located on section 6, Center Township. Mrs. Moore was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in her early life, but afterward affiliated with the Christian Church. She was a sincere Christian woman, highly respected by all who knew her, and died in August, 1882, mourned by a large circle of friends. In the spring of 1849, Mr. Moore, in company with a party composed of old settlers of Henry County, went to California, and there remained engaged in mining until 1851, when he took passage on board a vessel bound for New York. The ship was never afterward heard from, and all on board are supposed to have been lost. His oldest daughter, Rebecca, wife of Aldred Lotspeich, was also on board the lost vessel.
Mr. and Mrs. Caulk grew to manhood and
womanhood on adjoining farms; by their union two sons were born, Charles and
Frank, both of whom yet reside in this county. Mr. Caulk died in February, 1883,
leaving a widow and two sons, and many relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
He was a kind husband and father, and was well and favorably known throughout
the county as an honest, upright man, who had the confidence and respect of the
entire community. Politically he was a Democrat. At the time of his death he was
owner of 249 acres of land, 200 of which was under cultivation, and which was
valued at $75 per acre. Mrs. Caulk still resides upon the home farm, where she
has lived a period of thirty-four years. At the time of their settlement upon
this farm, they were the farthest north of any family in the county, and Indians
were frequent visitors at their cabin. Today all this is changed, and the farm
is one of the best improved in Henry County.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 219.) (JC)
SOL CAVENEE, farmer, also importer and breeder of thoroughbred Norman horses, Shorthorn cattle and Poland-China hogs, residing on section 5, New London Township, is the only importer in that township of blooded horses. His post-office address is Mt. Pleasant. The subject of this sketch was born in the town of New Lexington, Perry Co., Ohio, May 20, 1841, and is the son of Patrick and Jane (Montgomery) Cavenee. His father was born in Bedford County, Pa., in 1812, and was of Irish descent. His mother was born in North Carolina, Dec. 2, 1811. The family emigrated to Henry County, Iowa, in 1856, and settled in Center Township, where the father purchased a farm and continued to reside until the time of his death, which occurred Aug. 28, 1855. The mother survived her husband and resides at Mt. Pleasant.
Our subject was reared on his father’s farm, and when twenty years of age enlisted, in September, 1861, as a member of Company K, 4th Iowa Cavalry, and served four years, or until the close of the war, and was mustered out Aug. 10, 1865. Mr. Cavenee’s regiment was assigned to the 15th Army Corps, and took part in most of the principal battles in the Southwest. In the battle of Guntown, Tenn., his company lost half their number in killed and wounded. He was detailed as Orderly on the staff of Gen. Thomas and served in that capacity several months. On his return from the army he resumed farming, and was married at Trenton, Iowa, Nov. 3, 1868, to Miss Jane Williams, daughter of Hopkin Williams. Mrs. Cavenee was born in Marshall (now Wayland), Henry Co., Iowa, May 19, 1840. Her people were from Wales, and emigrated to Henry County in 1834, being among the very earliest pioneers (see sketch of Evan Davies). Mr. and Mrs. Cavenee have four children, one son and three daughters: Georgiana, born Oct. 27, 1869; Nellie Winnie, born Sept. 2, 1872; Mary Jane, born July 12, 1876; Clark M. was born on the fifth Sunday in February, 1880, which was the 29th, and he will be forty years old before his birthday again falls on Sunday.
Mr. Cavenee purchased his present farm
in 1865, where he has made his home continuously since, and has 220 acres of
well-improved prairie land. He has been largely engaged in importing and
breeding thoroughbred Norman and English Shire horses. On his last trip to
Europe he imported ten fine horses, and has now in his stables two of the finest
specimens of Norman and one of English Shire stallions that can be found in the
West. He also breeds full-blood
Short-horn cattle and Poland China hogs. Mr. Cavenee has devoted much time to
the study of the best methods of improving the stock best adapted to this
region, and his travels and investigations of the various breeds in the great
stock-growing centers of Europe, have enabled him to mature his judgment and
select the best. He is widely and favorably known as a successful stockman, and
his horses have a reputation second to none in the State. He has held various
local offices, and has been a consistent Republican since the organization of
that party. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cavenee are members of the Methodist Episcopal
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 340) (JC)
The date for Patrick Cavenee’s death (1855) occurs before the family
reportedly came to Henry County (1856). It
is clear that one of these dates is incorrect, but they are the ones contained
in the biography.)
ADDISON CHANDLER, harness-maker, saddler
and dealer in horse furnishing goods, New
London. Mr. Chandler settled in New London in 1852, and for twenty-five years
has served as Postmaster of that village. He was born in Cayuga County, N. Y.,
Oct. 24, 1817, and is the son of Ebenezer and Lucinda (Niles) Chandler. He
served a regular apprenticeship to the saddle and harness making trade at
Skaneateles, N. Y. He removed to Indiana in 1837, and located at Moore’s Hill,
where he worked as a journeyman. He started in business at Wilmington, Ind., in
the line of his trade, and later removed to Manchester, Ind., where he
also carried on a shop. He was married at Moore’s Hill, June 17, 1839, to Miss
Mary Emeline Hedge, daughter of Samuel Hedge. Mrs. Chandler was born in Steuben
County, N. Y. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Chandler: Isabel is the
wife of C. Whit Smith, and resides in Burlington, Iowa; James married Martha Dc
Long, and lives in Lincoln, Neb.; Janett died aged five years; Otho A. died at
the age of one year; those named above were born in Manchester, Ind. The
remainder of the children were born at New London: Thomas married Nettie Lewis,
and lives in Burlington; Frank is at home, and Maggie is the wife of S. E.
Symons, of Saginaw, Mich. Mr Chandler removed from Indiana to Ft. Madison Iowa,
Nov. 20, 1851, and the following September came to New London. He opened a harness-shop at that place, and carried on the
business till 1862, when he was appointed Postmaster of New London under
President Lincoln, in August of that year. He had been Acting Postmaster from
the April previous, was reappointed, and held office until January, 1887, when
he resigned. During his twenty- five years of service as Postmaster he was never
absent a single day on account of sickness, and rarely from any other cause. His
administration of the office was prompt, efficient and courteous, and most
satisfactory to the people. Soon after taking the postmastership Mr. Chandler
formed a partnership with his son-in-law, Mr. Smith, in the mercantile business,
under the firm name of Chandler & Smith. They dissolved partnership soon
after the close of the war, and Mr. Chandler conducted the business alone until
1884, when he closed out his stock in anticipation of going out of office. He
has just perfected his arrangements to resume business again in the
harness-making line. Mr. Chandler has served two terms as Justice of the Peace
at New London, and is a member of New London Lodge No. 28, A. F. & A. M.
Mrs. Chandler was a member of the Protestant Methodist Church, and was a most
estimable Christian lady, and a devoted wife and mother. Her death occurred
April 30, 1884. Mr. Chandler’s father was born in Vermont and his mother in
Cayuga County, N. Y., and both families date their origin in America back to
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 275) (JC)
|Barton C. Chandler
BARTON C. CHANDLER, of Mt. Pleasant,
Iowa, is the son of Edward and Jane E. (Marsh) Chandler, who were natives of
Vermont, but who removed to Spafford, N. Y., where, on the 19th of May, 1829,
Barton was born. In 1832, while Barton was yet a child, they moved to Huron
County, Ohio, and subsequently to Knox County in the same State, and then to
Ripley County, Ind. In 1851 they came to Henry County. Of their family of seven
children four are now living: Nancy, wife of Milo Chandler, of Smith County,
Kan.; Lydia is married to John Bangham, a resident of Wilmington, Ohio; William
H., who enlisted in the 4th Iowa Cavalry and served four years, now resides in
Dallas County, Iowa, and Barton C., the subject of this sketch. Edward Chandler
was a shoemaker by trade, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, of
which body his wife was also a member. They are both now reaping the reward of a
righteous life. He was born in Mulberry, Vt., Oct. 23, 1799, and died at Smith
Center, Kan., Oct. 10, 1878. His wife was born at Niles, N. Y.,
Oct. 28, 1810, and died in New London Township, this county, Nov. 28,
1853; their marriage was celebrated Jan. 10, 1828, in Scott, N. Y.
The subject of this sketch, not unlike thousands of others at that
time, received but limited educational advantages. In 1849 he came to Henry
County, settling in Mt. Pleasant, where he was employed as a carpenter and
stonemason. In 1858 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary M. Chandler (see
above), born June 19, 1839. By this union there are three children: Vincent K.,
educated at the Burlington Commercial College, is now a bookkeeper at Perry,
Iowa; Eliza J. was educated at Howe’s Seminary, Mt. Pleasant, and at the
Business College of Burlington, Iowa; Carrie May was educated at the University
of Mt. Pleasant. Religiously, Mr. Chandler is a Seventh-Day Adventist, and he
takes an active interest in all educational matters. He has lived in Henry
County since early times, and has witnessed the changes which transformed its
natural wilderness to beautiful farms and elegant homes. In his life Mr.
Chandler endeavors to live in faithful obedience to all the commands found in
the Word of God, and in so doing feels that comfort and satisfaction not enjoyed
by those who do not believe.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 219-220.) (JC)
Elihu Chandler's mother's name was Harlow. In the Congregational Church Record at Fox Craft Maine is the name Elihu Chandler, baptized infancy.
Our grandfather Elihu came west. He helped build a fort in 1832 as a defense against the Indians. Soon after he went to Burlington, where he made the first rails made in "Old Flint Hills" as the village was then called. He helped lay out Jefferson Street in Burlington. He lived there but a short time then took a claim in Danville Township in 1834. It was later owned by, or was near, Peter Wilson and is now owned by Henry Giese of Ames, Iowa. Kent Bailey's family live there at present. Finally he settled in Baltimore Township 18 miles from Burlington, about 6 miles from Danville and 2 1/2 miles from Lowell, the oldest settlement in the State. He paid $1.25 an acre for 320 acres of timberland. There were lots of Indians when grandfather came to southeastern Iowa. Wild turkey and deer were plentiful. He was a great trapper.
On the 18th of May, 1834, he had a presentment that something had happened at his Maine home which he had left. Three months later he learned that his mother had passed on, on that day.
He would go to Burlington 18 miles away with an ox team leaving in the morning and getting back about 2:00 a.m. There were log stores in Burlington at that time.
Elihu (our grandfather) was over 40 years of age when he married our grandmother Jeminia Mathis Dobson, who came from Kentucky, a widow with four children. To them were born three children, Jane who married Mrs. Joe Ward. She passed on and left a little girl May. The grandparents raised her and as we lived in a double house with the grandparents, she seems like a sister to us. Olive who married Wm. Suan and had a daughter. Their daughter Versa Suan Fisher lives at 602 C Street in Tacoma, Washington. James S., our father, who married Lucietta Miller. They started housekeeping in the same house with James' parents. To them were born eleven children. Two passed on in infancy. Nine grew up on that farm. Besides Lucretia Smith and Wm. Clemmons lived there for quite awhile.
(Biography written by Elihu's granddaughter, Mary Alice "Mayme"
Chandler. Submitted by his great, great granddaughter, Barb
A soldier of the War of 1812, he was born Feb.
18, 1795. He was married to Miss Eliza Kenyon, who was born in 1805. They were
the happy parents of six children, four of who are now living, viz: James K. is
a resident of Los Gatos, Cal.; Thomas B., a Sergeant in the late Rebellion, he
was taken prisoner at the battle of Shiloh and confined at Macon, GA., and
is now living in Burlington, IA.; Hon. Joseph H. was in the Michigan Cavalry,
and served through the war and drilled a company of colored
men, of which he was Captain; Mary M. is the wife of B. C. Chandler and lives in
Mt. Pleasant. Two, Edwin and Martha, are deceased. The mother finished her work
on earth Nov. 19, 1851. Mr. Chandler still resides in Mt. Pleasant, and is a man
worthy of the deepest respect and love of all. Though ninety-three years of age,
he is in full possession of all his faculties.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p. 218)
ISAAC CHILD, who for many
years was identified with agricultural interests in Henry county, was born
in Plomstead township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, on the 15th
of December, 1799, and was a representative of an old colonial family, his
ancestors having come to America when this country was still numbered
among the possessions of Great Britain.
His paternal grandfather was Isaac Child, who on one occasion in
the destruction of his home by fire had his four children burned to death.
Later four other children were added to the family and they were
named for those whom he had previously lost.
This number included Jonathan Child, father of our subject, who was
born in Pennsylvania and there married Deborah Michener, a daughter of
Isaac Child acquired his
education in the subscription schools of his native county, became a well
informed man and engaged in school teaching in Pennsylvania through the
winter months for nine years in one district which speaks highly of his
ability and the esteem in which he was held as an educator.
He was married in December, 1833, to Esther Price, who was born in
Buckingham township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, on the 13th of
December, 1803, her parents being James and Naomi (Preston) Price, the
former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Child while still residing in Pennsylvania became the
parents of five children: Deborah, who was born in May, 1834, died in
1865, when about thirty-one years of age.
Samuel Joseph was born November 25, 1835.
Homer was born February 24, 1838.
Phebe, born December 12, 1839, became the wife of Pizarro C.
Arnold, who is now a retired merchant residing in Cameron, Missouri.
A child who died in infancy, and James, born May 8, 1846, died in
Zolfo, Florida, in 1895, after having carried on merchandising there for
In the year 1859 Isaac
Child came with his family to Iowa, making his way to Salem.
He lived in the town for one year and then purchased one hundred
acres of land on section 15, Salem township, removing to the farm in the
spring of 1860. There he
carried on general agricultural pursuits, placing his fields under a high
state of cultivation. In 1868
however, he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the
20th of April of that year.
In May, 1869, Mr. Child was again married, his second union being
with Mrs. Ellen Kimberley, whom he wedded in the month of May.
She was a native of Ohio and was the widow of Amos Kimberley.
Mr. Child remained a
resident of Henry county until called to his final rest on the 24th
of May, 1882, his second wife having died in 1869.
He was reared in the faith of the Friends church and always
continued a believer in its doctrines.
His early political allegiance was given to the Whig party and upon
its dissolution he joined the ranks of the new Republican party, with
which he continued to vote until called to his final rest.
He was never active as an office seeker, preferring to do his
public duty as a private citizen. During
the years of his residence in Henry county he became widely known as a
reliable business man, who was loyal to the public welfare and to all
private trusts which were reposed in him.
In business he was strictly honorable and when he was called to his
final rest Henry county mourned the loss of one of its leading citizens.
It will be interesting in
this connection to note something of his children and their history.
His daughter, Deborah, following the removal of the family to Iowa,
returned to Pennsylvania, where she engaged in teaching school from 1861
until the spring of 1865. She
then came again to this state, where her death occurred in the fall of the
same year. James Child went to
Colorado, where he was superintendent of mines, continuing there until the
winter of 1885, when he went to Florida, where he carried on merchandising
until his death in 1895. Phebe
was married January 1, 1881, and resided in Salem until the spring of
1888, her husband, Pizarro C. Arnold, being engaged in the hardware
business in that town. He then
removed to Missouri and they are yet living in that state.
The representatives of the family who now reside in Henry county
are Homer and Samuel J., who are living upon their father’s old farm.
Homer Child has traveled extensively, having been in all the states
of the Mississippi valley and also to Manitoba, Canada.
They now carry on general farming and also raise horses, cattle and
hogs and both branches of their business are attended with a desirable
measure of success.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 587-588) (PE)
MICHAEL CLARK is a farmer and stockraiser, residing upon section 1, Jackson Township. He was born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1833, and is a son of Thomas and Ellen (Smith) Clark. The family emigrated to America in 1845, settling in Sullivan County, N. Y. In 1848 they came to Chicago, but returned the same year to New York. At that time there was but one hotel in that now prosperous city, and the swampy location offered but little inducement for the family to remain. They remained three years in New York, then went to New Haven, Conn., and remained until about the year 1854, when they came to this county. Here the parents lived and died, and were buried in the pioneer cemetery at Mt. Pleasant. They were pious Catholics, and were the parents of three children, two of whom died in New York State, leaving our subject the only one to represent a family whose name has been a familiar one in this county for more than a quarter of a century. He was married in this county to Miss Annie, daughter of John and Mary (Cassidy) Courtney, Jan. 4, 1871, Rev. Father Welch, of Mt. Pleasant, performing the ceremony. Our subject had earned by hard labor with his own hands every dollar that he paid for his nice farm, which was purchased before the marriage, and the young bride came immediately to the cosy little cabin which her husband had built in anticipation of her coming. From the beginning they have prospered, and their pastures are dotted with herds of cattle, and his well-tilled fields bring abundant crops. A new frame house took the place of the cabin in which their married life was begun, and the union has been blessed with several promising children. The sons are stalwart young men, and the daughters resemble their mother in both intellect and features. They were named in order of their birth: James, John, Ellen, Pearl, Mary, Rose, Kate and Sylvester. The family have ever been reckoned by their neighbors as one whom they can value as people of intelligence and thrift. As a self-made man Michael Clark is entitled to credit, and his good wife is an honor to her sex, and the faithful mother of her happy family of children, all of whom were born on the farm in Jackson Township.
breaking out of the late war our subject joined Company D, 4th Iowa Cavalry, and
for four years braved the shot and shell along with his comrades under Capt.
Spearman. He was in every engagement in which his regiment participated, and was
only in the hospital two weeks during his four years of service. All honor is
due our gallant men who fought to preserve the Union, and we are pleased to make
honorable mention of them. By his gallantry as a soldier, his integrity of
character, and his honorable record as a good citizen, Mr. Clark is entitled to
a place among the best people of Henry County.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 323-324) (JC)
|HARRY W. CLAWSON
HARRY WEAVER CLAWSON, conducting a profitable tin smithing and
roofing business in New London, was born in Preble county, Ohio, September
3, 1857, and is a son of John and Lucy (Fisher) Clawson, who in the year
1853 took up their abode in Mount Pleasant, so that the son was educated
in the public schools of that city, where he also attended Howe’s
Academy. His choice of an
occupation led him to take up the tin smith’s trade under the direction
of his father and he has always continued his connection therewith.
In 1876 he went to Creston, Iowa, where he was located until 1890,
when he removed to Mount Pleasant, where he carried on his trade.
He was also located for a time in both Fairfield and Ottumwa.
He afterward returned to Mount Pleasant and since 1895 he has been
engaged in business in New London, doing the entire tin work and roofing
of this vicinity. He has
equipments for carrying on work in every department of this line of
activity and does all kinds of sheet metal work in every design.
He also handles both gasoline and heating stoves and he has a well
equipped establishment at the corner of Main and East Main streets, where
business is carried on under the firm style of H. W. Clawson & Son,
for he is associated with his son in the conduct of this enterprise.
On the 8th of May, 1874, Mr. Clawson was united in
marriage to Miss Mary Gunn, a daughter of Louis and Anna Belle Gunn.
Unto them has been born a son, Frank LeRoy, who is a partner of his
father in the tinning business, having thoroughly learned the trade under
the direction of the senior member of the firm.
He married Alberta Pixley and they had three children: Emma and
Laura, now living; and Grace, who died in infancy.
In his political views Mr. Clawson is an earnest democrat and in the
year 1901 served as treasurer of New London.
He belongs to the Universalist church and is interested in all that
pertains to the intellectual and moral progress of the community as well
as to its material growth and upbuilding.
Mr. Clawson is a popular citizen, being a favorite with many warm
friends and his position therefore in New London both in a business way
and socially is an enviable one.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 614-615) (PE)
|Harold E. Clement
HAROLD E. CLEMENT, M. D., of Trenton, Iowa, is a native of Wisconsin, born at Racine in 1853, and is the son of the Hon. Charles Clement, a native of Newburyport, Mass. His mother was Miranda (Crosby) Clement, a native of New Hampshire. Charles Clement was one of the first editors and publishers at Racine, Wis., having established the Racine Journal, which paper he edited until 1868. At that time his health failed, and he moved South with the hope that a change of climate would benefit him, he settled in McMinnville, Tenn., where he died Jan. 11, 1885, when seventy years of age. He was a leading man in political affairs in Racine for a number of years, was elected Superintendent of Public Schools of Racine County in 1851, filling that office for several years. He was afterward elected by the Republican party to the State Legislature, serving as Senator for several terms with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents. He was a well-read man, a college graduate and a thorough scholar. Mr. and Mrs. Clement were the parents of seven children, all of whom survive them. They are named respectively: Charles F., engaged in a railroad office in Minneapolis, Minn.; Florence M., residing in New York City; J. S., residing in Racine, Wis., is in the Manufacturers’ National Bank of that city; George E., a locomotive engineer, lives in Minnesota; Mary S. is the wife of Frank S. Strong, a merchant of Chicago; Harold E., the subject of this sketch, and Lewis R., residing in Racine, Wis., engaged in the Union National Bank, in that city.
Harold E. Clement was educated at the public schools of Racine, Wis., and at a private school in Tennessee. He also attended for one year the Vanderbilt University, at Nashville, Tenn., taking a course in the medical department of that institution. Afterward he attended the Medical College at Keokuk, Iowa, graduating there in 1884. He located first at Richland, Iowa, where he practiced successfully for a year, and next located at Lowell, Henry County, in 1881, and here also enjoyed a good practice. In 1884 he came to his present location at Trenton, where he has since remained and has an extensive practice, which many an older doctor might well envy. Dr. Clement is a thorough physician and a polished gentleman, and his worth is appreciated by the people of Trenton and vicinity, among whom he deservedly stands high.
has been twice married, first in 1875, to Miss Willie A. Hopkins, a native of
McMinnville, Tenn., and a daughter of Samuel A. and Martha (Scales) Hopkins. By
this union two children were born—Minnie M. and Louise E., the mother dying in
August, 1880, at the age of twenty-two. On the 11th of December, 1884, Dr.
Clement was again married, his wife being Miss Manche Miller, a native of Iowa.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 215.)(JC)
THOMAS COAD, a farmer residing on section 23, Canaan Township, Henry Co., Iowa, is of English ancestry. He is a son of John and Jennie (Jeffry) Coad, both natives of Devonshire England, where they were married, and whence they came to America, about the year 1827, settling in Westmoreland County, Pa. In 1844 the family came to Iowa, settling in Des Moines County, near Burlington. With them from England came seven children, all born there: Louisa, widow of Isaac Cobbet, of Butler County, Pa.; Edward married Nancy Ford, and resides in New London Township; William wedded Mary A. McLaughlin, and then came to Iowa, where they both died; Priscilla, deceased, wedded Daniel Beer, of Pennsylvania, and came in 1844 to Iowa; Robert, deceased, married in Kentucky, and resided there the remainder of his life; Mary A. wedded Isaac Horn, and yet resides in Indiana County, Pa.; John married in Burlington, Margaret Thompson becoming his wife, and still resides in Des Moines County; Henry, the first son born in America, wedded Maria Riffle, and resides in Des Moines County; James wedded Susan Dixon, of Burlington, where they reside, he being in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad; Samuel wedded Annie O’Neil, of. Oregon, and is engaged in farming in Salem, that State.
Thomas, our subject, and the youngest one of the family, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., July 8, 1835. Since 1844 he has resided in Southeastern Iowa, and for twenty-one years in Henry County. He was a soldier, enlisting Oct. 11, 1861, in Company A, 14th Iowa Volunteers, and after two years’ service, was mounted and became a member of the 7th Cavalry. The first three companies were assigned to the frontier service, taking the place of the regulars who were sent to the front. Until July, 1866, he was in active service in guarding the outposts from marauding Indians.
After Mr. Coad returned from the war, he was united in marriage with Miss Emeline Hale, daughter of John D. and Sarah (Lee) Hale, old settlers of this county, and highly respected people. The ceremony was performed Dec. 12, 1869, Rev. James Haines, a Methodist Episcopal minister, officiating. Their domestic life began on the farm of Mr. Hale, and after a few years Mr. Coad removed to his own farm in the same neighborhood that he had improved. This was afterward sold, and his present farm of 160 acres was purchased, to which he removed in 1880. His new residence was completed in 1887 at a cost of $2,000, it being one of the finest in the township. Truly it is a fitting home for a man who has done so much to improve the country, and surely no happier one can be found.
The children are John M., Harry E.,
Laura M., Minnie L. and Edgar T. The eldest and youngest are deceased. Mr. Coad
is a Republican in politics. His
wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, known as Trinity
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 293) (JC)
LYMAN COBB, deceased, whose life exemplified all the traits of the
good citizen and upright man, was born in the state of New York in 1833, a
son of Usual and Sarah (Stevens) Cobb. The
father resided for a number of years in the Empire state, and upon
removing to the west settled in Janesville, Wisconsin, whence he afterward
came to Henry county, Iowa, where both he and his wife spent their
remaining days upon a farm, their remains being interred in Forest Home
cemetery, about twenty-six years ago.
They were both members of
the Methodist church and their lives were in harmony with their
professions. They were the
parents of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, of whom four are
living: Gerry, who resides in Correctionville, Iowa; Ebenezer, who is also
a resident of Correctionville; William, who is living at Littleton, near
Denver, Colorado; and Warren, who resides at Columbus Junction, Iowa.
Two of the sons, Gerry and Luman, the latter now deceased, were
soldiers throughout the Civil war. During
the time of the war Mr. Cobb paid three hundred dollars for a substitute
and also took to his home the family of his brother Luman and cared for
them, so that while not at the front he did much for the cause.
Lyman Cobb of this review
attained his education in the public schools of New York and entered upon
his business career by working by the month in a hotel, where he was
employed until about 1862. He
then went to Wisconsin, where he spent two years on a farm and in 1864
arrived in Henry county, Iowa, and became identified with agricultural
interests in this state. Here
he owned one hundred acres and carried on general farming and
stock-raising, and in his work was practical and systematic.
He placed his fields under a high state of cultivation and gained a
good profit from the sale of his crops and of his stock.
Thus he annually added to his income until he had acquired a
comfortable competence, and in 1890 retired from further active connection
with agricultural interests and removed to Mount Pleasant, taking up his
abode at No. 603 East Henry street, where he purchased a pleasant home and
where his widow still resides.
On the 22nd of
December, 1856, Mr. Cobb was united in marriage to Miss Emma M. Drum, who
was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1833, and is a
daughter of Andrew and Katherine (Gordon) Drum, both of whom were natives
of Pennsylvania. Her father
was a carpenter by trade and was a good accountant, often acting as
bookkeeper for various firms. He
also farmed at times and was an active, energetic business man.
He held membership in the Odd Fellows society and also in the
Methodist church, while his wife was a member of the Lutheran church.
His political support was given to the republican party and he
served as justice of the peace for a number of years, his decisions, which
were strictly fair and impartial, winning him favorable regard from the
general public. Both he and
his wife passed away in Pennsylvania, the mother dying about eight or nine
years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Drum
were the parents of five children, of whom Mrs. Cobb is the only one now
Unto our subject and his
wife were born four sons: Benjamin Franklin, who was born in Rock county,
Wisconsin, December 7, 1858, and is now living in Denver, Colorado,
married Miss Anna O’Hare, who died, leaving a little son, Samuel Nolan.
He again married and by this union has two sons, Walter and Thomas.
William Betrawn and Willard Betrawn are twins, born in Wisconsin,
March 8, 1861. The latter
married and has a daughter, Nellie Belle, and they reside in Santa
Barbara, California. William,
a barber of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, married Miss Allie McRoberts and has two
sons, Roy L. and Harold. Ulysses
Grant Cobb, born April 18, 1865, in Henry county, married and is living in
Omaha, Nebraska, being a part owner and manager of the Balduff restaurant.
In his political affiliation Lyman Cobb was a stalwart republican. Mr. and Mrs. Cobb held membership in the Baptist church and for many years he acted as janitor of the church in Mount Pleasant, following his retirement from farm life. He passed away at his home in this city September 21, 1902, and his remains were interred in Forest Home cemetery. He was a man of genuine worth, esteemed because of his excellent qualities of heart and mind, and he left behind the priceless heritage of an untarnished name. Mrs. Cobb is an earnest Christian woman, of sweet disposition and modest demeanor, who has been devoted to her family and has also put forth many efforts for the good of the community, especially in the assistance rendered to the poor.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pps 327-329) (PE)
|ARTUS B. COCKAYNE
ARTUS B. COCKAYNE is the
owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 11, Scott
township, and in the work of improvement and development here he has shown
thorough familiarity with modern methods of farming, while his labors have
been characterized by a practical spirit that produces results.
He is a native son of Des Moines county, Iowa, born on the 15th
of May, 1859, and he was the twelfth in order of birth in a family of
thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters, who were born unto Hiram
and Elizabeth (Riggs) Cockayne. His
parents were natives of Marshall county, Virginia, and the mother was a
daughter of John Riggs of the Old Dominion.
Leaving the south they made
their way westward to Iowa, traveling by team to a town on the Ohio river,
where they embarked on a steamer, proceeding down that stream and up the
Mississippi river to Burlington. They
then continued their journey to Flint River township, Des Moines county,
which was then a pioneer district, in which the work of development and
improvement had scarcely been begun. Mr.
Cockayne cast in his lot with the frontier settlers and entered from the
government five hundred acres of land, on which he built a log house.
This was previous to 1840 and few indeed were the settlements that
had been made at that time in eastern Iowa.
Of this claim there were about seventy-five acres that could be
cultivated at the time of the purchase but he at once began to further
clear and develop the farm and in course of time placed many acres under
the plow. He also sold a
portion of the land previous to clearing it.
His time and energies throughout his remaining days were devoted to
farm work there and he resided upon the old homestead until his death,
which occurred August 18, 1869.
His wife continued upon the
old homestead for about sixteen years longer and then went to Cass county,
Iowa, to live with her son, J. H. Cockayne, with whom she resided for
about twenty years. She then
became a member of the family of Artus B. Cockayne, living with him for a
short time in Des Moines county, after which she went to the home of her
daughter, Mrs. George Riffel in the same county and there died in
December, 1889, at an advanced age.
Artus B. Cockayne lived
with his mother until twenty-six years of age and acquired his education
in the public schools of Flint River township.
When not occupied with his text-books his attention was devoted to
the labors of the farm and when he left home in 1885 he began farming on
his own account. He first
rented land in Washington township, where he lived for sixteen years and
his savings during that period enabled him, on the 19th of
February, 1891, to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of land on section
11, Scott township, Henry county. He
has since built a hay barn, twenty by thirty-two feet, and has put
eighteen thousand tile on his place and about one thousand had already
been laid so that his land is now splendidly drained and its
productiveness thereby greatly augmented.
He carries on general farming and raises about ten head of
shorthorn cattle each year, together with ten or twelve horses and about
forty head of Poland China hogs, the sale of his stock adding materially
to his income.
On the 1st of
January, 1885, Mr. Cockayne was married to Miss Minnie Schnittger, a
native of Burlington, Iowa, and a daughter of Frederick and Frederica
Schnittger, both of whom were natives of Germany.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cockayne were born two sons and a daughter: Artus
Walter, born February 21, 1886; Rolly Herman, August 9, 1889; and Rosa
Lily, December 5, 1895. All
are yet at home. The wife and
mother died March 1, 1896, and on the 28th of December, 1897,
Mr. Cockayne was again married, his second union being with Miss Caroline
Schnittger, who was born in Burlington and is a sister of his first wife.
They are now pleasantly located upon the home farm in Scott township and have many warm friends in this community. Mr. Cockayne is a Presbyterian in his religious belief and votes with the Democratic party, but has neither time nor inclination for public office, preferring to give his attention to his business affairs.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 42-44) (PE)
REV. ELI H. CODDINGTON
REV. ELI H. CODDINGTON, deceased, was a prominent member of the
Methodist Episcopal ministry in Iowa, and although he has departed this
life, his influence yet remains as a potent element for good and his
memory is yet a blessed benediction to those who knew him.
He was born in Champaign county, Illinois, July 1, 1837, a son of
William and Lucinda (Wray) Coddington.
The father was a farmer in Maryland and came west to Iowa, both he
and his wife dying in Hillsboro, Henry county.
In their family were eight children, but only two are now living.
Caroline is the widow of Greenberry Trekell, a resident of Mount
Pleasant, and Cyrena is the widow of David Taylor, who is living at
Eli H. Coddington was a
young lad when brought by his parents to Iowa, and his early education was
acquired in the public schools of Henry county.
He afterward entered the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mount Pleasant
in 1859, and while a student there he belonged to the Hamline Literary
Society. His alma mater
conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts in 1870.
Rev. Coddington responded
to the first call for volunteers to aid in the suppression of the
rebellion in the south, leaving college for that purpose and becoming a
member of Company F, Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, in 1861.
He was wounded at the battle of Fort Donelson in February, 1862,
losing his left arm, having a shoulder joint amputation, which always
caused him trouble. Because of
disability thus occasioned, he was honorably discharged from the service a
few months later. After his
wound healed he re-entered college in 1863, but in 1864 again left that
institution for the war, being commissioned captain of Company H,
Forty-fifth Iowa Infantry. He
served for the full term of his enlistment and then once more became a
college student, finishing his course in 1866.
He was particularly interested in the study of languages and he
could read the Bible in English, Latin, Greek, German, French and Italian.
He became a member of the Iowa conference in 1866 and was assigned
that year to the pastorate of the Methodist church in Troy, where he
remained until 1868. He was
pastor at Bloomfield, Iowa, in 1869, at Mount Pleasant in 1870 and at
Fairfield from 1871 and 1873, at each place doing much good and leaving
many warm friends.
On the 24th of
December, 1866, at Troy, Iowa, Rev. Coddington was married to Mrs. Belle
(Graham) Tannehill, who was born in Champaign county, Ohio, December 30,
1842, a daughter of William C. and Sarah (Patterson) Graham.
His father was a grandson of one of the heroes of the Revolutionary
war. His birth occurred
February 15, 1816, in Tennessee and his wife was born in the same state,
December 28, 1815. In their
early married life the parents of Mrs. Coddington removed to Ohio, where
Mr. Graham followed farming until 1845, when he came to Iowa, settling in
Davis county, where he again carried on agricultural pursuits.
He died November 30, 1882, at the age of sixty-four years, and his
remains were interred in Adair county, Iowa.
The mother of Mrs. Coddington died December 20, 1857, and was
buried in Davis county, Iowa.
In the family of this
worthy couple were five children, of whom Mrs. Coddington is the eldest.
The others are as follows: Martha J. is the wife of F. L. Spurgeon,
of Orient, Iowa, and has four children.
Andrew M. married Miss Louisa Unkefer, by whom he has four children
and their home is at Carl, Iowa. Howard
A., who married Miss Alice Caldwell, by whom he has three children,
resides in the state of Washington, and during the Lewis and Clark
Exposition at Portland, Oregon, he had charge of the exhibits from his
state. Sarah M. is the wife of
William Hoskins, of Lawrence, Kansas, and has five children.
After losing his first wife, Mr. Graham married Miss Ann Yost, by
whom he had three children: Ida W., the wife of Elmer F. Bennett, of
Portland, Oregon, and the mother of four children; Josephine, the wife of
John Stewart, of Randolph, Nebraska, and the mother of one child, and
William L., of Omaha, Nebraska, who married Miss Bertha Gandy and has two
children. Mr. Graham was a
whig in his political views and afterward became a republican.
He held membership in the Methodist church, in which he served as
class leader and steward, while his first wife was a member of the
Unto Mr. and Mrs.
Coddington were born four children, but only one is now living.
Clinton G., the eldest, born December 7, 1867, in Troy, Iowa, died
in Denver, Colorado, in November, 1894.
He pursued his preliminary education in the schools of Mount
Pleasant and in 1884 entered the Iowa Wesleyan University, which his
father had previously attended, and became a member of the same literary
society to which his father had belonged.
He likewise held membership with the Phi Delta Theta and was a
delegate to its national convention at Galesburg, Illinois, in 1890.
He won the degree of Master of Arts in 1893.
He was local editor of the Iowa Wesleyan and delivered the
master’s oration in 1893. After
leaving college he became assistant editor of the Randolph Times at
Randolph, Nebraska, where he remained until his health failed in 1894.
He died suddenly of acute pneumonia.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternity and the
Masonic lodge and his political support was given to the Republican party.
He was a bright and talented young man, and as a college friend was
ideal, faithful and true. He
death was a most severe blow to his mother, for in him were centered many
proud hopes and around him were many far-reaching plans.
He possessed a most sunny disposition, full of life and joy, and he
had a faculty of binding his friends closer to him as the years passed by.
He possessed a native American wit and was able to produce laughter
in an entire company, at the same time keeping a sober face himself.
He had been conducting the Randolph Times for a year with great
success when he was obliged to leave Nebraska and go to Colorado for his
health. He was well fitted for
a journalistic career in every respect, but his ambition was too great for
his strength. His ideas upon
religious questions were broad and liberal, and while he did not subscribe
to any creeds or dogmas, he recognized in nature ample evidence of a
Creator. In his business life
he was ambitious to excel, was quick to grasp an idea, was fruitful in
imagination and had a mind stored with well selected and useful knowledge,
and his language gave every evidence of being well chosen.
He did not readily take up new friends, but his acquaintance bore
the test of time and all who knew him learned to respect him and many gave
to him their lasting friendship and regard.
In social circles he was often the light and life of a company
because of a mind well stored with information as well as wit and with a
fund of apt quotation, which he readily used.
During his last days many of his college friends and schoolmates
called upon him and did what they could for him in his sickness, and when
the end came they bore his remains home and he was laid tenderly to rest
by the side of his father. He
died in the home of his attending physician with his devoted mother at his
bedside, and as the end came he joined with her in singing the hymn, “On
Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand.”
Ernest M. Coddington, the
second child of the family, was born May 30, 1871, and died in 1872.
Laura, the surviving daughter, was born September 1, 1872, in
Fairfield, Iowa, and in Mount Pleasant high school prepared for college
work, and in 1887 entered the Iowa Wesleyan University in 1893 and won the
Master of Arts degree in 1896. She
belonged to the Ruthean Literary Society and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She was a teacher in the graded schools of Mount Pleasant from 1895
until 1899, spent the following year as a teacher in Ottumwa, Iowa, and
taught in Lake Side, Washington, in 1900-01, while her mother visited
there. She holds a teacher’s
state certificate. On the 3rd
of August, 1901, in Mount Pleasant, she gave her hand in marriage to
French L. Eason and they reside at Madison, Wisconsin, Mr. Eason being a
commercial traveler. They have
two children: French Leon, born August 1, 1902, and Marjorie, born April
30, 1905. Manly G. Coddington,
the youngest child of the family, was born in Mount Pleasant, January 29,
1876, and died in August of that year.
Two of the children were buried in Mount Pleasant by the side of
the father, and the little son, Ernest, was laid to rest in Fairfield
Mr. Coddington was a
republican in his political views and he took all of the degrees in Odd
Fellowship, continuing his active connection with the order until within a
few years prior to his death. He
passed away July 30, 1877, at Mount Pleasant, when forty years of age.
His life did not cover a very long period, but it was one of
usefulness, and the world is better for his having lived.
He was devoted to his family and to his church and he accomplished
great good in the world.
At the time of her marriage
to Rev. Eli H. Coddington, Mrs. Coddington was a widow, having been
married on the 17th of April, 1862, to N. H. Tannehill, who was
born in Champaign county, Ohio, in 1837, and was a farmer by occupation.
In September following his marriage he enlisted for service in the
Civil war, joining Company I, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, at Troy, this
state. He became ill when on
boat near Vicksburg, going to re-enforce General Grant, and died in the
hospital at Lake Providence, Louisiana, of typhoid fever, February 10,
1863, when twenty-five years of age. He
was buried there, being laid to rest in a soldier’s grave, having given
his life in defense of the Union. Fraternally
he was an Odd Fellow, politically a republican, and religiously was
connected with the Methodist Episcopal church.
Thus, at the age of twenty
years, Mrs. Coddington was left a widow.
Both her husbands fought under the stars and stripes.
The spring following the death of her husband, Mrs. Tannehill was
commissioned as a hospital nurse at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, and on the
1st of June, 1865, she received a commission as a delegate of
the United States Christian Commission.
Following the loss of her husband, she was anxious to have her time
and attention employed, and taught school until a place had been made for
her in the hospital. Benton
Barracks was one of the largest hospitals in the west and included the
amphitheater and other buildings on the fair grounds of the St. Louis
Agricultural Society. Often
there were two thousand patients there, and the institution was under the
charge of Dr. Russell, of Natick, Massachusetts, who was in every way
fitted for this responsible position.
During the first day of her
hospital service Mrs. Coddington had a smallpox case in her ward, but the
man was soon removed to the isolation hospital.
She escaped the smallpox, but was taken down with measles.
As soon as she recovered, however, she again resumed her work as a
nurse. In March, 1865, she was
transferred to the Nashville Hospital, where Dr. Russell had gone as
surgeon in charge. Before she
left Benton Barracks the soldiers in the ward where she had been for
nearly a year presented her with an elegant silk dress pattern as a token
of their good will and appreciation of her kindness to them.
On the 1st of June, 1865, she was called to St. Louis to
enter the work of the Christian Commission and remained there until
December 3, 1865, when she returned to her home in Troy, Iowa, reaching
there in time for the celebration of her twenty-third birthday after an
absence of two years.
Here she gave her hand in
marriage to Rev. Coddington, who had seven successful years in the
ministry after that time, followed by four years of intense suffering.
He left two children, but the son has since died, leaving Mrs.
Coddington with one daughter. Mrs.
Coddington possesses a remarkable memory, and the sketch of her life
during her two years of hospital service she wrote without referring to
any notes, and this article is found in a book entitled, “Our Army
Nurses,” compiled by Mary A. Gardner Holland in 1895.
It is a very interesting record and shows not only the work of Mrs.
Coddington, but also displays scholarly ability in its compilation.
Mrs. Coddington is a most estimable lady, popular with a large
circle of friends. Her life
has been greatly devoted to good work.
Since the death of Mr.
Coddington she has made her home in Mount Pleasant and has been very
active in church work, acting as district secretary of the missionary
society. For twenty-two years
she had charge of the primary class in the Sunday school and had hoped to
remain as its teacher for a quarter of a century, but impaired hearing
necessitated her giving up the work. One
of her pupils when she took charge of the class was Max Babb, son of Judge
Babb, of Mount Pleasant, who at the time of her resignation as primary
teacher was serving as superintendent of the Sunday school.
From time to time she received many beautiful presents from the
school in token of appreciation of her work.
She was junior vice-president of the department of Iowa of the
Women’s Relief Corps for one year, filling that position at the time of
her son’s death. She took
the federal census in the two wards in Mount Pleasant in 1890, and she has
been an active member of the Women’s Relief Corps, in which she has
served as president, vice-president and chaplain.
She has also been recording secretary and treasurer in the Home and
Foreign Missionary societies, but has been obliged to retire from more
active connection with these various organizations because of her hearing.
Her life has been indeed filled with good deeds, acts of mercy and
works of kindness, and many there are who bless her memory because of the
assistance that she has rendered and the influence she has exerted toward
nobler living and higher ideals.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 216-221) (PE)
Job Codner, a farmer residing at New London Village, has a finely improved farm of 205 acres adjoining the east city limits, another of seventy-seven acres in the same township, besides forty acres of good timber. Mr. Codner was born at Athens, Athens Co., Ohio, in December, 1820. His father, John C. Codner, was a large land-owner in that county, but was born in Rhode Island, his parents being of French descent. The name originally was Cadnea, but was changed to Codner by the founder of the family in America. John Chaplin Codner, our subject's father, was a farmer by occupation, and died in 1823, when his son Job was in his fourth year. His wife, Job's mother, was Fanny Tillinghast before marriage. She was also born in Rhode Island, and was of English descent. Her death occurred in 1828. Left an orphan at the age of eight years, Job was placed in the care of a widow, Mrs. Esther Miller Mingham, a Connecticut woman of sterling practical sense and kind heart, and under her judicious care Job was reared to industrious, frugal habits, and taught to be truthful, upright and honest. Mr. Codner still reveres the memory of his foster mother as one who did much to lay the foundation of a character that has aided him materially in his successful business career.
Mr. Codner was married at Athens, Ohio, to a "maid of Athens," Miss Hannah Raynor Graham, daughter of Josiah and Clarissa (Raynor) Graham, a native of Athens. Mrs. Codner's father was born in Scotland during a brief sojourn of his parents in that country while refugees from the North of Ireland during the Irish rebellion. His people were Scotch-Irish of the old-school Presbyterian sort. He emigrated to America in his youth, and married Miss Clarissa Raynor on Long Island. Mrs. Graham was born on Long Island and was of Scotch parentage.
Mr. and Mrs. Codner have two children, sons: Henry Hayes, born near West Point, Lee Co., Iowa, Nov. 17, 1850, who is a farmer of New London Township; the younger son, John C., was also born near West Point, Iowa, on the 6th of April, 1855, and is married to Lillie Biesen, and is a farmer of New London Township, where he has a well-improved farm of eighty-one acres. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Codner have three children, two daughters and a son: Irena Maude, born Sept. 16, 1882; Mabel May, born Dec. 5, 1884, and Leroy Champlin, born Sept. 3, 1887. Mr. Codner came to Iowa in 1847, purchasing a farm in Lee County and then returning to Ohio. He sold his land soon afterward, but returned to Iowa with his family in 1850, and purchased another farm near West Point, Lee County, which he improved and cultivated until 1864. He then came to Henry County, locating in New London Village, and one year later purchased a farm in New London Township and again engaged in tilling the soil. Having a turn for speculation, and possessing a good knowledge of values, he sold and bought several farms in rapid succession, making money by every transfer. In 1878 he purchased the farm of 205 acres near the east village limits which he still owns, and the elegant residence in the village, his present home. Mr. Codner has not confined himself strictly to farm life, but has traveled over the world more or less. In 1856 he made a trip to Texas, going overland through the Indian Territory. He left home in September, 1856, spent the winter in Texas and returned via the Red River, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. While in North Missouri he was stricken with Spanish or yellow fever and came near dying. He reached home on the 25th of May, 1857. On the 16th of September, 1869, he started with his family for a cruise to the Pacific Slope, spent two months in California, visiting San Francisco and other chief points of interest, and then returned to Iowa. In his younger days he was an old-line Whig, and on the formation of the Republican party, joined that organization, and has since been an earnest supporter of the party. Mr. and Mrs. Codner are members of the Baptist Church, and are highly respected by that society and by the entire community in which they make their home.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p. 182)
|JOHN C. CODNER
JOHN CHAMPLAIN CODNER is a prominent representative of industrial
interests of New London, being proprietor of the Codner mills and
elevator. He was born in West
Point, Lee county, Iowa, April 6, 1858, and is a son of Job and Hannah
Raner (Graham) Codner, both of whom were natives of Athens county, Ohio,
the former of French and English lineage, while the latter was of Irish
descent. The paternal
grandfather, John Champlain Codner, was captain of a vessel that ran into
Lake Champlain and discovered that body of water, and it was named in his
honor, the middle name being chosen.
When only eight years of
age the subject of this review, who was named for his grandfather,
accompanied his parents on their removal to New London, Iowa, and in the
public schools of this town he acquired his education.
On account of poor health he turned his attention to farming,
feeling that the outdoor life might prove beneficial.
He followed that vocation until 1889, when he was appointed by
President Cleveland to the position of postmaster of New London, in which
capacity he served for one year. He
then retired from the office in order to become a factor in the commercial
life of the city, joining John Buckingham in the establishment and conduct
of a meat market under the firm name of Buckingham & Codner.
After a year his partnership was dissolved and in connection with
James H. Biesen, Mr. Codner purchased the business of Farrell &
Redfern. They remained
together until 1894, when their store was destroyed by fire, after which
Mr. Codner engaged in the racket business, purchasing the Baptist church
property and erecting a business block upon that corner.
This was in 1895 and he continued to conduct the store for eight
months, after which he purchased a third interest in a meat business and
became a member of the firm of Codner & Lyman.
Some time afterward H. Codner purchased Mr. Lyman’s interest and
the firm of Codner Brothers was then formed and existed for a year, when
H. H. Codner sold out to Edward Roach.
The firm of Codner & Roach continued business for two years,
when Mr. Roach disposed of his interest to J. B. Hiles and the name of
Codner & Hiles was found upon the signboard for six months, after
which Mr. Codner was alone in business for six months and then sold a half
interest to Dave Pickering. The
firm of Codner & Pickering existed until 1899, when our subject sold
out to his partner.
In that year he entered the
employ of his brother, H. H. Codner, who in 1900 established the present
mill and elevator business at New London.
He erected the buildings and conducted the business under the name
of H. H. Codner until 1902, when William H. Fye was admitted to a
partnership and the firm style of Codner & Fye was assumed, being so
continued for about eight months. On
the 1st of April 1903, J. C. Codner purchased the half interest
of Mr. Fye and the business was then carried on under the name of Codner
Brothers until January 28, 1904, when J. C. Codner purchased his
brother’s interest and has since conducted the business alone.
He deals in all kinds of grain and also coal and coke and until the
20th of July, 1905, he likewise dealt in lime, cement and
cement blocks and builder’s supplies, but on that day he rented to
Andrew Johnson the part of the building in which he carried on that line
of business and Mr. Johnson is still conducting the enterprise, while Mr.
Codner concentrates his energies upon the grain and elevator business.
The capacity of the elevator is about one hundred thousand bushels
and in the month of August, 1904, he shipped over forty-two thousand
bushels of oats, which he bought and sold the same month.
He has a forty-horse power steam engine and a fifty-horse power
boiler and he has all the necessary machinery for operating a first class
plant. His business has
constantly increased both in volume and importance and he is now a leading
representative of the grain trade in Henry county.
In 1881 was celebrated the
marriage of John Champlain Codner and Miss Lillie Caroline Biesen, a
daughter of Herrman Biesen. They
has three children: Irena Maude, the wife of Ellis McCune, and a resident
of New London; Mabel May, the wife of S. P. Mott, of Batavia, Iowa, where
he is a telegraph operator; and LeRoy C., who is his father’s assistant
Some time after the death
of Mrs. Codner, Mr. Codner was again married, his second union being with
Ellen Agnes Roach, a daughter of Patrick and Catherine (Hennessey) Roach.
By the second marriage there are four children: Job, who died when
between three and four years of age; Katie, who is now a student in the
schools of New London; George Walker, also a student; and John Edward.
In his fraternal relations
Mr. Codner is an Odd Fellow, belonging to New London Lodge, No. 56,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has passed all the chairs.
He is likewise a member of the Encampment.
Politically a stalwart republican, he served for fourteen years as
constable of his town. Mr.
Codner has a wide and favorable acquaintance in Henry county.
Each step in his business career has been thoughtfully planned and
carefully made, and he has been therefore a progressive one.
Starting out in life in a humble capacity, he has gradually
extended the field of his usefulness and is today in control of a large
and profitable business, which is not only a source of individual profit,
but is also one of the desirable elements of commercial and industrial
activity in New London.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 107-109) (PE)
|CARL WILLIAM VON COELLN
New London is proud to number among her representative citizens Carl
William von Coelln a man of broad and liberal culture; a man who values
and appreciates education, for education’s sake, who has devoted his
life to the spreading of the ideas and to the creating of the ideals that
go to make up a broad and well rounded existence.
By his living the cause of education has been materially advanced,
for he has been successively student, teacher and editor.
It is to Germany that we are indebted for many of our scholarly
men. In this country Carl
William von Coelln was born on August 31, 1830,
in the province of Westphalia.
He is the son of Theodore August and Charlotte (Evers) von Coelln.
He attended the public schools in the city where his father was
pastor, later the gymnasium, at Hereford, from which he was graduated in
1851, then the University at Bonn, after which he entered the German army,
serving for one year, during this time he furnished his own provisions and
being a graduate of a gymnasium, he was required to serve only a year.
In 1835 [sic], he took
passage upon a sailing vessel bound for New York, and after a voyage of
fifty-two days reached destination in safety.
From New York, he went to Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he found
employment upon a dairy farm for one year.
At the end of that period, he began teaching, and for the
succeeding five years, taught in private schools and academies in
Ashtabula, Trumbull, and Summit counties.
In 1861 he went to Des Moines and became a teacher in the public
schools for six months, then opened an academy in Cascade, Dubuque county.
Later he was chosen professor of mathematics in Iowa College at
Grinnell, remaining there for seven years; then for one and one-half years
he taught in the college at Kidder, Missouri, following which he became
instructor in Waterloo, Iowa, in the public schools.
From 1876 until 1882 he
served as state superintendent, then entered the public schools at
Dennison as a teacher, where he remained until he gave up his position to
enter the employ of D. Appleton & Company, publishers of school books.
In 1892 he went to Storm Lake, Iowa, to become professor of
mathematics but at the expiration of four and a half years retired from
active life. Again in 1902 he
entered the field of active labor, becoming county superintendent of
schools of Crawford county. He
remained in this position for two years and in the spring of 1904 went to
New London to become editor-in-chief of the Farmer Times, a paper which he
purchased in partnership with his daughter, Anna.
In his religious views Mr.
von Coelln is a Presbyterian, and a stanch supporter of the church in
which he for many years has been and elder.
In politics he is a republican and a firm believer in the doctrines
as set forth by the party to which he belongs.
On the 19th of
November, 1857, William von Coelln married Celia A. Goodrich, of Ashtabula
county. They have five
children, Charlotta (Mrs. Harvey J. Cook), of Dennison; Theodore A., who
has not been heard from in twelve years; Carl D. connected with the
Nonpariel, of Council Bluffs; Laura Christina (Mrs. Eugene Connor), of
Tama; and Anna, her father’s assistant and a member of the firm.
In 1896 Whitney & Noble
owned the printing establishment, of which Mr. von Coelln is now the
proprietor, publishing a paper call The Moon.
Whitney & Noble sold the business to Mr. Gifford, who changed
the name of the paper to the Times, which was afterwards consolidated with
the Farmer. When Mr. von
Coelln entered this business he purchased the Farmer’s Times.
It has a circulation of about one thousand copies and is a bright
and newsy paper, always watched for expectantly by its subscribers; the
only paper in New London.
Mr. von Coelln has lived a life of devotion to his chosen profession and has ever been an active worker in the field of education. His life has indeed been well spent for by his career as a teacher and his business life as an editor he has been instrumental in a wide-spread dissemination of knowledge. Mr. von Coelln is loved and respected by all who know him and well deserves the position he holds as one of the foremost citizens of New London.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart
Publishing Co.,1906, pps 516-518) (PE)
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pps 516-518) (PE)
|FRANK H. COLBY
FRANK HENRY COLBY, who is
engaged in the livery business in New London, is a son of Nathan and
Elizabeth (Blakeway) Colby and was born in Des Moines county, near
Middletown, Iowa, on the 14th of August, 1875.
The public schools afforded him his educational privileges.
He attended school to some extent in his native county and
afterward in Montgomery county, Iowa.
He was reared to the occupation of farming and continued the work
of the fields until 1903, when he took up his abode in Mount Pleasant,
where he bought and shipped horses for one year.
On the expiration of that
period he engaged in the livery business there, which he conducted in
connection with his shipping interests until the month of June, 1905, when
his barns were destroyed by fire, causing him serious loss.
With undaunted courage and renewed purpose, however, he planned to
re-enter business life and on the 24th of August, of the same
year, came to New London, where he established a livery barn with seven
head of roadsters and good modern vehicles.
He is now prepared to handle a large livery business and has
secured a good patronage here, for his reputation as a reliable and
enterprising business man was known ere he came to New London and has been
an element in winning him the success which has met him since he opened
his present livery barn.
On the 17th of
August, 1897, Mr. Colby was married to Miss Nellie Wilson, a daughter of
Jonathan and Eva (Willeford) Wilson. They
have become the parents of two children: Marjory, born June 22, 1901; and
Merel, born July 17, 1903. Mr.
Colby votes with the Republican party, but has neither time nor
inclination to seek office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon
his business affairs. He has
gained a wide and favorable acquaintance in New London and a review of his
life history as a farmer and business man of Mount Pleasant as well as of
New London shows that there are many commendable elements in his life
record, and this history would be incomplete without mention of his name.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pp 670-671) (PE)
|Robert S. Cole
Robert S. Cole, deceased, a prominent citizen of Henry County, was born in Dearborn County, Ind., Nov.. 23, 1822. His parents were Solomon and Sarah (Remy) Cole. His father was a native of Maryland, born of English parents, his mother was of French descent. Solomon Cole was a practical farmer and teacher, and was a man of superior ability and culture. His family consisted of a wife and nine children, of whom our subject was the third. They came to Iowa by teams, in 1851. The father was a confirmed invalid at the time, and the elder sons took all the responsibility and care of the family. On coming to this county the family purchased 250 acres of land, situated about twelve miles north of Mt. Pleasant. The title of one-half of this property was vested in the parents' name, and one-half in the names of James W. and Robert S., the elder sons. There the sons prepared a home for their parents, and cared for them during the remainder of their lives. They conducted the business of the farm and raised stock until 1849, when they removed to the city of Mt. Pleasant, and engaged in the lightning rod and pump business. Their first order was for $50 worth of lightning rods. The remittance of $50 was lost, but they received the rods. This business was established by J.W. and R.S. Cole. They soon added the manufacture of pumps to their trade, the work being done at Greencastle, Ind. Their venture was successful from the start, and they rapidly extended their line of operations. Two younger brothers, William and John, were admitted to the partnership, and in 1865 they formed and incorporated a company for the continuance of the business, with a paid-up capital of $30,000. They formed a limited partnership with their employes, establishing branch sale stations extending through Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and other States, having in all at one time fourteen branch stations, and employing from 150 to 200 men. At the expiration of the limit of the first corporation, in 1875, they formed a new corporation with a paid-up capital of $200,000. The Cole Brothers built up an immense business, and enjoyed a reputation for fair dealing and good work that marked a new era in the pump and lightning rod business. The elder brothers, J.W. and R.S., were associated in business twenty-five years before they had a settlement. During all that time their business relations were so harmonious and satisfactory that they had no unpleasantness whatever. They had everything in common, and although each of them had families, they had no separate accounts.
Robert S. Cole, the subject of this sketch, was married near Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Dec. 24, 1846, to Miss Mary Jane Hutton, daughter of Rev. Samuel Hutton, an early and highly respected pioneer of Henry County. Her mother's maiden name was Mary Levi. She was born in North Carolina, and was of German descent. Mrs. Cole's father was born in Pennsylvania, and he was also of German descent. He was a minister of the Baptist Church, and did much preaching in the West. Mrs. Cole was born in Sangamon County, Ill., Sept 27, 1827. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cole, five daughters and three sons: Anna E. is the widow of Edward O. Boone and is a teacher in the Indian Territory; she has one child a son, Victor C.; Sarah J. is the wife of William Ridpath, an attorney of Brazil, Ind., they have three children; Laura M. resides with her mother; Hayden R. died Oct. 6, 1876, aged twenty-one years; William T. married Annie Maxwell, and resides at Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jay S. is engaged in the lightning rod business at Greencastle, Ind.; Mary and Minnie reside with their mother.
Mr. Cole continued to reside at Mt. Pleasant until 1880, when he removed to Council Bluffs, where he purchased the interest of one of their branch partners, and carried on the business at that point until the time of his death, Feb. 28, 1884. After his death his heirs parted with their interest in the business to Mr. Cole's brothers, Jan. 1, 1887.
Mr. Cole united with the Baptist Church when he was a youth, and was a zealous Christian during his life, prompt and liberal in support of the church and of missions, and charitable and kind to the poor and distressed. He was a philanthropist in the broadest sense of the word. He contributed liberally to the erection of the Baptist Church at Mt. Pleasant, and after having removed to Council Bluffs he made a liberal donation to repair the church after it was wrecked by a cyclone. He also took an active part in behalf of the church at Council Bluffs, and was foremost in all good works. A man whose word was regarded as inviolate, he enjoyed an enviable reputation in the community. After his death his widow and three daughters resided in Council Bluffs until July, 1887, when they returned to Mt. Pleasant, to the home which Mr. Cole had made in that city, which they had never parted with, and which is a commodious and comfortable residence.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p. 542)
|GEORGE S. COLLINS
GEORGE S. COLLINS, who for
more than a half century has resided in Henry county, where he is now
successfully engaged in farming, was born in Ohio county, Indiana, on the
30th of October, 1845, his parents being Henry B. and Catherine
(Shannon) Collins, natives of New York and Pennsylvania respectively and
the latter a daughter of George Shannon.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Collins was celebrated in Indiana,
where they resided upon a farm until the spring of 1850, when, thinking to
have better opportunities for the acquirement of a comfortable competence
in the new and growing west, they made their way down the Ohio and up the
Mississippi river to Burlington, whence they drove across the country to
Baltimore township, Henry county.
Here Mr. Collins invested
in one hundred and ninety-six acres of land on section 29, which was
partially improved but was largely covered with timber and brush.
There was a little log cabin on the place but soon afterward Mr.
Collins built another log house, which was more commodious and
He then gave his attention to clearing and tilling the fields,
taking away the brush and timber and placing the land under the plow, so
that in course of time good harvests were garnered.
He lived in his log house until his death, which occurred on the 30th
of July, 1877.
Later in that year the family erected a frame residence and the
widow continued to reside upon the home farm until her death, which
occurred in 1885.
George S. Collins was the
youngest son in a family of three sons and six daughters, five of his
sisters, however, being younger than he.
He spent his boyhood days on the old home place and is indebted to
the public school system of Baltimore township for the educational
privileges he enjoyed.
He worked in the fields through the summer months, aiding in the
task of plowing, planting and harvesting and he continued upon the old
homestead until the time of his marriage, which was celebrated on the 8th
of January, 1874, Miss Ellen Shelledy becoming his wife.
She was born in Jasper
county, Iowa, April 25, 1852, and her education was acquired in the
district schools there.
Her parents were Cary D. and Carrie Amanda Shelledy, the former
born July, 30, 1822, and the latter June 10, 1825.
The paternal grandfather, Stephen Shelledy, was a soldier in the
Greybeard Regiment of Iowa in the Civil War.
He had also served as a soldier of the war of 1812, and thus did
valuable military service for his country on two different occasions.
Cary D. Shelledy was a saddlemaker by trade and manufactured the
first saddle ever made in Mount Pleasant.
He married and lived on a farm in Jasper county, Iowa, but his wife
did not live long and later he married Sarah Jane Hale.
About 1861 he purchased a farm on Skunk river in Baltimore
township, Henry county, where he resided until 1877, when he sold that
property and bought another farm in Baltimore township, residing there
until his death, which occurred in July, 1892.
In the family were five children, Mrs. Collins being the third in
order of birth.
Following their marriage
Mr. Collins built a house on the home farm and operated the land until
after his mother died, when he purchased the interest of the other heirs
in the property.
He has since resided on the old homestead in the house which was
built in 1877.
He owns here one hundred and seventy-two acres of land on section
29, Baltimore township, which is arable and productive.
He has fenced the entire farm with wire fencing and has made good
He has a horse and hay barn, thirty-six by sixty feet and he uses
the latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields.
In connection with the production of crops best adapted to soil and
climate he also raises Red Durham cattle and Houdan chickens, having now
on hand about one hundred and fifty of these fowls.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Collins
have been born four children: Cary A., born July 9, 1875, and now living
in Jackson township; William Roy, born February 9, 1882, also a resident
of Jackson township; Albert Ross, who was born July 9, 1887, and is at
home, and Nellie Myrtle, born January 29, 1892.
Mr. Collins is a firm believer in the teachings of the Methodist
Episcopal church and served as one of its trustees for many years.
His political allegiance is given to the democracy and he has
served as road supervisor.
Every movement that is calculated to benefit the township or county
receives his endorsement, for he is a public-spirited citizen and one
whose aid can be counted upon to further progressive public measures.
Almost his entire life has
been passed in the county, for he was less than five years of age at the
time of the removal of his parents from Ohio county, Indiana, to Iowa.
Thus for fifty-six years he has been a witness of the many changes
that have occurred here as the wild and unsettled prairie and forest
regions have been converted into the fine farms with here and there
flourishing towns and villages in their midst.
The experiences of pioneer life were familiar to him in his youth
and he assisted in the arduous task of developing a new farm.
He has seen many changes, but none have been more marked than in
the methods of farming.
In the old days the work of the fields was done largely by hand,
but such labor has been supplanted by the work of machinery and
agricultural implements, rendering the life of the farmer now a
comparatively easy one, although any successful man is always busy, and
Mr. Collins is no exception to this rule.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart
Publishing Co.,1906, pps 211-212) (PE)
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Co.,1906, pps 211-212) (PE)
|John C. Collins
JOHN C. COLLINS is a farmer of Baltimore Township. The Collins family came from Indiana to this county in 1850. Henry B. Collins, the father of our subject, was born in New York, and his wife, Catherine Shannon, in Pennsylvania. They were married in Ohio County, Ind., where our subject, the eldest son, was born; his birth was followed by that of Adelia, wife of Robert Wood; William, who wedded Rachel Bunker; George, husband of Ella Shelledy; Mary, wife of H. T. Wood; Julia, deceased wife of Jonathan Bunker; Deborah J., wife of Stephen Shelledy; Olive B., wife of John Grubb; Margaret, wife of George Hannah, which completed the family.
When Henry B. Collins came to this county he purchased 206 acres on section 30, Baltimore Township, upon which his son George resides. With the exception of a small cabin and some cultivated land, Henry Collins improved the tract during his lifetime, and with the exception of the farm house built since his death by his widow, all the improvements stand as monuments of his industry. His widow survived him ten years, dying at the age of seventy-two. The children of this family have all been possessed of the same enterprise which characterized the parents, and all who are living, with the exception of Mary, who resides in Webster County, are still residents of Henry County. Henry B. Collins died July 30, 1877, aged sixty-eight, and his widow April 26, 1886.
Our subject was born Jan. 5, 1838, and was married, in 1859, to Miss Phoebe E. Kent, of Lee County, who was born Nov. 22, 1842, and is a daughter of H. Tapley and Cynthia A. (Crossley) Kent, who came from Montgomery County, Ohio, about 1856, to Lee County. Her mother is still living in Cawker City, Kan., and of their children, three sons and one daughter, William wedded Emma Glover; Theodore became the husband of Lizzie Carmichael; Ross is unmarried, and resides in the West; and Phoebe is the wife of John C. Collins. Since his marriage Mr. Collins has been a farmer four years in Lee County, one winter in Kansas, one in Mills County, Iowa, and the remainder of his married life has been passed in Henry County. Eight children have graced their union: Lucy M., wife of Adam Myers; William, Annie, Bertha, Tapley, Belle, Thurman and Frank. William is now a teacher in Kansas, and with Annie and Bertha, completed a classical course at the Denmark Academy, and Annie is now engaged in teaching in Cawker City, Kan. We are pleased to present the sketch of this family, who have for years been accorded a noble place in the social and business world, and as the Collinses ever will remain on record as among those who have aided largely in the development of Henry County, they are given a deserved place in her history.
In company with his brother, George
Collins, a dairy was established on the H. B. Collins farm in June, 1887; the
capacity of the cheese factory is 150 pounds a day, and they in partnership are
using fifty cows in the dairy, which number they intend to increase. Mr. Collins
superintends the outfit, and is a practical operator with large experience.
Not a pound is shipped, the products not being sufficient to supply home
demand. In this enterprise over $1,500 is invested, and they expect to largely
increase the stock the coming months.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 232-233.) (JC)
|George H. Conover
GEORGE H. CONOVER, builder and farmer, residing on section 24, Jefferson Township, Henry Co., Iowa., was horn in Monmouth County, N. J., in 1832, and is the son of Cornelius V. and Joanna (Rogers) Conover. Both were natives of that State, of German ancestry, although for five generations they rank as native Americans. Joanna Rogers was three weeks old when the battle of Monmouth was fought, and her parents resided at Penolopen during the progress of that war. After their marriage Cornelius and Joanna began domestic life upon a farm in New Jersey, and there all their children were born. They are: Cornelius, now a farmer of Monmouth County, N. J.; George H.; Samuel, deceased; Mary M.; Joanna B.; Ann and Charlotte L.
Our subject learned his trade in New York City with his uncle, E. F. Rogers, a noted architect and builder. He completed the palatial residences of Cyrus W. Field, the great telegraph monopolist, at the corner of Twenty-first street and Lexington avenue, and the philanthropist, Peter Cooper’s, at the corner of Lexington avenue and Twenty-second street, besides many other buildings of note. After four years’ residence in New York City, George Conover came west to visit his uncle, John T. Rogers, who at that time resided on the Calvin Burrows farm in Jefferson Township. Seeing a great future for the new country he was easily prevailed upon to make this his home, and at once began work at his trade, his first job contracted for being the elegant residence of Jacob Moore, which was completed at a cost of $6,000, and was the finest residence ever erected in Jefferson Township. It was later destroyed by fire. He built the Trenton Presbyterian Church in 1868, also the Russell schoolhouse, the Foster school building, the Union School in Wayne Township, the Crawford School, and also the fine farm residences of John Montgomery, Perry Morrison, John Felger, Dr. Leeper, Oliver Stephenson, Evan Davis, and a host of others of greater or less importance. For thirty-one years Mr. Conover has been the most prominent contractor and builder in the northern part of the county and formerly employed a large number of hands. The past three years his sons have aided in the work, the two eldest having become finished workmen and the third learning the trade.
Mr. Conover was married, in 1856, to Adelaide, daughter of George W. and Rebecca (Rame) Kingsbury, who came from Indiana to Henry County in 1855, and who, after a twelve years’ residence in Henry County removed to Labette County, Kan., where the widowed mother and other members of the family yet reside. Mr. and Mrs. Conover have had twelve children, of whom but five are now living, namely: Edmund F., who has been twice married, first to Ida Fulton, and after her death to Miss Emma Ramer; Howard H., George W.; Irvin and Florence, who are married. Edmund manages the home farm, the father giving all his attention to his trade. Living only two miles from where he first located in the county, Mr. Conover has perhaps done more in his line of business than any other man in the county. His skill in mechanics keeps him constantly employed. The farm upon which the family has since resided was bought in 1862, and the fine residence built in 1873. Prominent in social and business life, we are pleased to make this mention of one of the best known residents of Henry County.
The father of Mrs. Conover was during his earlier years a mechanic, and was also a minister of the Baptist Church. In Indiana he was Judge of the Franklin County Court, and by that title he was familiarly known in this county. He died in his sixtieth year, in Labette County, Kan. Two grandchildren, Edna and James H., are the favorites of the grandparents, and the same farm is the residence of both families, who live within easy walking distance of each other. We complete this family history with mention of the brothers and sisters of our subject and his wife, who are:
Mary M., wedded to James H. Hough,
also a contractor and builder, of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Ann, widow of John Lippincott,
who during his life was a merchant of Freehold, N. J.; Charlotte L., wedded to
John Bowden, also a resident of Freehold, N. J., and owner of a large foundry.
Of Mrs. Conover’s brothers and sisters, Theodosia wedded Jacob Rubel, a
minister of Oswego County, Kan; Theodore, deceased, was married to Hannah
Hinebaugh, who resides, in Labette County, Kan.; Madison M. became the husband
of Zettie Cosier, and resides in Oswego County, Kan., engaged in the wholesale
drug business; Winfield Scott wedded Kate Philpot, and resides in Missouri,
where he is both a merchant and a farmer; William is the latter’s partner in
business, and the husband of Hattie Cosier; Joseph became the husband of Amelia
Burrows, now deceased, and he is married again and operates a photograph gallery
in Oswego, Kan.; Libbie married James Dickerman, a dealer in real estate in
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 292-293) (JC)
The names of the children are: Olive L., wife of Charles Ranes; Edward H., Horace C., Lyman, Martha E. and Florence. The unmarried five children live in a magnificent home with their beloved parents, who are regarded by their neighbors as a model couple. Both are members of the Christian Church, and as a family we learn of none who are more worthy and entitled to greater honor for having, during a quarter of a century, achieved a competence. Their home is supplied with all that makes life enjoyable. Flowers fill the room with fragrance, and the neatest of housewives makes welcome her guests in that cordial manner for which the family are noted. Mr. Cook is largely engaged in raising of stock, and year by year his income becomes greater. With his indomitable energy, ten years more of active labor will rank him among the wealthiest men of his township, and his reward is and will be a fitting recompense for that labor.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p. 207-208)
From the age of five years our subject grew to manhood on the farm, and at the age of twenty-two Miss Elizabeth Fisher became his wife. She was the daughter of John and Esther Fisher, who emigrated from New Jersey to this State in 1842, and made a location at Ft. Madison. J. Fisher, Jr., a brother, was for a number of years engaged in business in Salem, leaving that village in 1887 for Clarinda, Iowa. Another brother, Alexander, is still in business in Salem. There was a large number of children born to Mr. Fisher, who was twice married. The second wife was Eliza Jane Alterman, both bearing children to him. The marriage of our subject to Miss Fisher was celebrated April 17, 1856. Their domestic life was begun and has been continued upon the old home, and their children have all been born in the roomy old mansion: Amos E. wedded Florence Rice; Edwin W., Clifton H. and Cora B. are unmarried. The two eldest children are now in business. Amos graduated in law at Iowa City, and is a practicing attorney at Malvern, Iowa; Edwin graduated in medicine at Iowa City, and is a resident physician of Plattsmouth, Neb; Clifton graduated in stenography at Iowa City the winter of 1887; Cora is completing her education, and makes the old home cheerful by her presence. Mr. Cook has served his township in positions of trust for several years. He has been one of the energetic men who have aided in making this one of the noteworthy counties of Southeastern Iowa. Through the endeavors of Mr. Cook, George W. Tyner and X.H. Arnold, the Salem District Fair has been made a success, and in 1887, the third year, was largely attended. The premium list awarded was $250, and Mr. Cook is now upon his second term as President of the society. The grading and breeding of stock are largely due to such enterprise, and to such men we are pleased to give proper credit. As a man and citizen Mr. Cook justly holds a front rank in Salem Township.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp. 616-617)
WILLIAM A. CRABTREE is a
prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Henry County, Iowa, residing upon section
3, Marion Township. He was born in
Monroe County Ky., Jan. 24, 1827. His
parents were Hiram and Margaret (Johnson) Crabtree.
They were natives of Virginia, but were married in Kentucky, where ten
children were born to them, six of whom are now living: Abraham married Miss
Lucinda Murphy; they reside on a farm in Mercer County, Ill., and have a family
of seven children. John M. was
united in marriage with Melinda King; he is a farmer in Tazewell County, Ill.
Elizabeth, who is the widow of John S. Hamilton, resides in Scott County,
Ill.; Mary is the wife of S.H. Redman, a nurseryman in Villisca, Iowa, who for a
number of years ran a steam ferry at Keithsburg, Ill.; Michael died in 1862, in
Scott County, Ill.; Hiram died at Nashville, Tenn., while fighting for his
country; Stephen is farming in Tazewell County, Ill.; Catherine, the widow of
W.A. Kirkpatrick, is residing in Scott County, Ill.; our subject is tenth in
order of birth. In the year 1830
Mr. Crabtree emigrated with his family to Illinois, locating in what was at that
time Morgan County, but which has since been divided, they living in the part
known as Scott County. Here the
children grew to man and womanhood, except one child who died in infancy. Here the parents both departed this life, the father dying
Sept. 13, 1844, at the age of seventy-one; his wife following him to that home
of the redeemed on the 22d of June, 1868, at the age of eighty-three.
They were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr. Crabtree
being a local minister. He was one
who did much to civilize and christianize the new community in which he lived.
On account of the death of his
father, our subject was compelled to take charge of the farm and care for the
family, and for one so young, he being but seventeen, it was a great
responsibility. His education was
received in such spare moments as he could find from farm work.
He remained in charge of the farm until the age of twenty-two, then going
to Winchester he learned the trade of plow stocking and carpentering. Making
Winchester his home, he followed that trade for twenty-one years, or until the
year 1870, when he came to Henry County. Buying 360 acres of land on sections 3 and 4, of Marion
Township, he has since given his attention to farming and stock-raising. Mr.
Crabtree was united in marriage with Miss Eliza A. Martin, on the 6th of August,
1854, in Scott County, Ill. She is
the daughter of Samuel and Susan (Sisson) Martin, who were natives of Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Crabtree are the parents of four children: Dora, who died in
infancy; Nettie Belle, who was born in 1857, is the wife of Winfield S. Hickman,
a farmer of Frontier County, Neb.; they have one son, Frederick G. Charles L.
was united in marriage with Miss Estella Foster, who is a native of Henry
County, Iowa. They are the happy
parents of one child, Edmund C. These
three children were born in Scott County, Ill.; William H., their fourth child,
was born in Henry County. Mr. and
Mrs. Crabtree are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, taking an active
interest in all church work. They
are highly respected in the community in which they reside, and are always ready
to advance an enterprise that is for the public good.
Mr. Crabtree has held various township offices, both in Illinois and
Iowa, and has been Assessor for two years.
Politically he is a Republican, but in favor of prohibition.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p367)(PW)
|Baron H. Crane
BARON H. CRANE, dealer in hardware, stoves and tinware, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the eldest child of Rev. Eber and Nancy A. (Knowlton) Crane, was born in Kent, Portage Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1838. His father was born at Clinton, Conn., near Long Island Sound, May 3, 1808. He was descended from one of the oldest families of New England (see sketch). Baron H. spent his boyhood in his native State, and in 1853 came with his parents to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where he completed his schooling. He was engaged in farming until he enlisted, in August, 1862, as a private of Company B, 25th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was regularly promoted through all the non-commissioned officers of his company, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant and detailed as aide-de-camp at headquarters 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, where he served till the close of the war, and was mustered out after three years’ service, in June, 1865. He participated in twenty-seven distinct engagements, and was wounded at the battle of Chattanooga by a gunshot. He participated in the capture of Columbia, S. C., and received honorable mention in the official report of his Colonel (Stone) for gallant conduct on that occasion. After his return from the war he spent the succeeding four years in farming, at the end of which time he engaged in the hardware business in Mt. Pleasant, in 1869, and has carried it on continuously since that time. He was married at Quincy, Ill., Jan. 2, 1866, to Miss Abbie E. Mellen, daughter of Wilder J. and Abigail K. (Van Doorn) Mellen, of that city. Mrs. Crane was born at Quincy, Ill., July 18, 1843. Her father and paternal grandfather were both born in Massachusetts, and were of Scotch-Irish descent. On her mother’s side she is descended from the Ingrams, her forefather, Timothy Ingram, having married a lady who was the only heir to the great estates of Joseph Wilson, of Leeds, England, and which were entailed to the fourth generation, which is the present in the history of the family. The Ingrams and their kin have arranged to prosecute this claim to the estate, which is very extensive and valuable. Mr. and Mrs. Crane have nine children, five sons and four daughters, all born in Mt. Pleasant, and in the following order—Anna M., Herbert W., Laura E., Frederick B., George E., Julius H., Ralph K., Helen Van D. and Edith Allison. Mr. and Mrs. Crane are members of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Crane is a Republican in politics, and is a member of McFarland Post No. 20, G. A. R.
Mr. Crane has been a resident of Henry County for nearly thirty-five years, and an active business man of Mt. Pleasant for more than eighteen years. He has proved himself an upright, honorable citizen, a patriotic, brave and gallant soldier, and kind husband and father. He has an elegant home in the eastern part of the city, where he passes much of his time in the genial company of his wife and children.
Since the above was written the silent reaper Death has invaded this happy home,
and the family circle has been broken by the loss of its honored head, who
passed from this life Dec. 20, 1887. Mr. Crane’s health was somewhat impaired
by hardships endured while in the service of his country, and he was never
afterward very robust, but did not consider himself an invalid until about five
years since, when it became evident that an incurable disease had fastened
itself upon him. Since that time he had gradually failed, but though knowing he
could never recover, he attended cheerfully to his business until a week before
his death. The end, though not unlooked for either by himself or friends, came
rather suddenly, as he was not confined to his bed until less than twenty-four
hours before his death. His remains were followed to their last resting-place by
a large concourse of sorrowing friends, by his comrades of McFarland Post, and
by the members of James A. Harlan Post No. 34, Sons of Veterans. In his death
society lost a useful and honored member, his comrades a brave and generous
associate, and his family a loving husband and devoted parent.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 339-340) (JC)
REV. EBER CRANE, deceased, was a well-known and highly respected mission minister of the Baptist Church, and a resident of Henry County from 1853 to the time of his death, which occurred at Mt. Pleasant in 1884. The subject of this memoir was born in Clinton, Conn., near Long Island, May 3, 1808. His ancestors on his father’s side were among the earliest colonists of New England. The history of the family dates back to early in the seventeenth century, soon after the establishment of the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. Two brothers, Benjamin and Henry Crane, emigrated from England and settled in Southeastern Connecticut, and were the founders of the family in America. One of their descendants, Col. John Crane, was a prominent officer of the war of the Revolution. A meeting of representatives of the Crane family was held at the Elliott House, New Haven, Conn., Sept. 8, 1880, to consider the advisability of compiling a genealogical record of the family. An association for that purpose was organized, which held a second meeting in New York City, Oct. 5, 1881. The President was Zenas M. Crane, of Dalton, Mass.; Vice Presidents, Gen. Nerom M. Crane, of Hornellsville, N. Y., and Phineas M. Crane, of East Boston. Plans were perfected for the work in hand.
The parents of our subject removed to Ohio when he was but four years old. Both died within a week of each other when Eber was in his sixteenth year, and this sudden double bereavement turned his thoughts to religious matters, and he was sincerely converted, and resolved to devote his life to the ministry of the Gospel. Returning East he began his studies in Newton Theological Seminary, in Massachusetts. Love for his fellowmen, especially for the poor and afflicted, which became such a marked characteristic in later life, developed early in him. While still a student, and before his ordination, he gave much of his time to the poor and the destitute. His heart overflowed with love for suffering humanity, and in imitation of the Divine Master he had elected to follow, he sought out the lowly and despised and “them who were in bonds,” visiting almshouses and prisons, ministering to their inmates with love for their immortal souls and sympathy for their afflictions, trying earnestly to guide them into leading better lives.
Mr. Crane was an earnest thinker and a strong advocate of human liberty. He was one of the original Abolitionists, and while still a student was a member of William Lloyd Garrison’s little band. When he offered to join the society Mr. Garrison happened to have just received a very threatening letter (nothing unusual), in which he was advised to cease his agitation of the anti-slavery question or suffer the consequences, which it was plainly asserted would be the loss of his life. He asked Mr. Crane if he knew what he was about to do, and the probable consequences, at the same time giving him the letter spoken of. Mr. Crane assured him that he had given the matter due consideration, and was ready to take all risks in a cause so holy. He became one of the most earnest workers in the then unpopular cause of abolition.
After his ordination as a minister of the Baptist Church, Mr. Crane was engaged in the home mission work of the church in the then Western State of Ohio. While engaged in this field he became convinced of the great evils of intemperance, and with characteristic zeal espoused the cause of total abstinence, at a time when it required great courage and indomitable will to join in the crusade against liquor, which in that day was in universal use, among church members and the clergy almost as much as among others. In this cause he was an earnest laborer until his death. His labors in Ohio were productive of much good, and he filled many important pastorates in that State, remaining there until 1853, when in consequence of impaired health he came to Iowa, settling with his family in Mt. Pleasant. He pursued his holy calling in this county and vicinity until the inexorable reaper, Death, closed his useful career on April 4, 1884, at the ripe age of seventy-five years, eleven months and one day,
Mr. Crane’s sympathies were always with the oppressed and in favor of human freedom. During the border war in Kansas begun under President Pierce’s administration, he took an active part in favor of the free State men, making many eloquent speeches, and doing much to mold public opinion. On the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion he was of course a champion of the cause of the Union, and freely gave to the ranks of his country’s defenders the two of his sons who were of sufficient age to become soldiers. True to his anti-slavery principles and instincts, he was from the first a believer in the truth that the war could never be ended until the curse of human slavery was wiped from the country. He was an early and earnest advocate of the public school system, and was a member of the School Board of Mt. Pleasant when it was adopted, and it was by this board the new school buildings were erected, which marked such an important advance in public education.
Mr. Crane was twice married, first in Methuen, Mass., to Caroline Nevins, who died at Akron, Ohio, leaving no issue, her only child being buried with her. He was again married, at Kent, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1837, to Nancy A., daughter of Deacon William Knowlton. Mrs. Crane was born in Brandon, Vt., Jan. 5, 1817. They were blessed with eight children, five sons and three daughters: Baron H. is a merchant in Mt. Pleasant (see sketch); Hervey N. married Ellen May, daughter of Maj. Lyman, of Muscatine, Iowa, and is also a merchant at Mt. Pleasant; Carrie E. is the wife of Josiah P. Brenholtz, of Mt. Pleasant; Julius A. is a practicing physician at Santa Ann, Cal., and is married to Minnie, daughter of Hon. O. H. Schenck, of Burlington, Iowa; Ella W., Mrs. Leib, died in 1884, aged thirty-four; Mary F. met a tragic death by drowning at Marengo, Iowa, July 29, 1875, at the age of twenty-four; Eber K. is married to Nettie, daughter of Gen. George A. Stone, of Mt. Pleasant, and resides at Humboldt, Neb.; Willie K., the youngest, lives with his mother in Mt. Pleasant.
The life of Mr. Crane was until its close one of usefulness and honor. In his age, as in his youth, he was the friend of the poor and the afflicted, and the miserable and neglected ever found in him a true friend and consoler. It might truly be said of him as of Abou Ben Adhem, of old, he was “one who loved his fellowmen,” and death found him ready to meet that Master to whose service his life had been consecrated, and the upright man was laid to his last rest amid the tears and prayers of a large concourse of sorrowing friends, who yet do not mourn “as those without hope,” knowing he is but gone to meet the reward promised by Him who said: “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.”
The portrait of Mr. Crane on a
preceding page is one eminently fitted to grace the pages of this volume. He was
truly a representative of one of the highest types of humanity, and our readers
will thank us for preserving his lineaments to future generations.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 337-339) (JC)
|William R. Crew
WILLIAM R. CREW, farmer. As stated in the sketch of Hon. M. L. Crew, all the children of Walter and Sarah (Rice) Crew were born in Hanover County, Va. William was born in December, 1826, and was in company with his parents and their entire family when they came to this State. Prior to that event he was engaged in the milling business, and soon after his marriage began business for himself, and from 1854 to 1857 was in the mercantile business with his brother-in-law, Alfred Sluyter, in Salem.
The marriage of William R. Crew and Miss Caroline Richey was celebrated in February, 1862. Eight children blessed their union, viz: Cordelia A., now wife of D. S. Swan, a merchant of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Leroy B., husband of Ella Matthews, and a resident farmer of this township; Eva E. is the wife of William B. Donaldson, formerly a druggist of Salem, now doing business in the West; Edwin G. became the husband of Lucy Bales, and is farming in this township; Luella H. married John H. Boyce, a farmer of Salem Township; Alfred S. is with his brother-in-law Swan in Cheyenne, and Fannie F. is her father’s housekeeper. One, Carrie, died in infancy. After a few years spent in mercantile business, Mr. Crew removed to the Crew homestead, and later purchasing the farm now his property, removed to it in 1866. His wife died Aug. 3, 1867, and on March 24, 1870, the marriage of Mr. Crew and Mary E. Smith was celebrated. Her parents were James and Mary (Brown) Smith, who were residents of Waynesville, Ohio. The death of her mother occurred when Mary was five years of age, and after her father died she came to Iowa in company with several of her brothers and sisters, who intended making a home in the West. The children were named respectively: Orestes R., who wedded Elizabeth Hartle, and died in Salem in 1883; Asher B., who removed to Ohio, and Rachel, wife of Samuel Siveter; the two latter were twins. Mary E., wife of our subject, and Charles G., a resident of Dakota. The wife of Mr. Crew was during a part of her residence in Iowa, a teacher, having received a good education at the Friends’ School in Richmond, Ind. She was thirty-five years of age when she became the wife of Mr. Crew, and bore him two children—Leonard F. and William R., twins. The death of the latter occurred in infancy. Assuming the cares of a mother to all the children horn to Mr. Crew’s first wife, she enacted a noble part, and no mother could have been more truly loved. Between her own son and his half brothers and sisters no favoritism was shown, and to each and all she was a true mother in every sense of the word. Each vied with the other in promoting her pleasure, and when her spirit took its flight, each and all felt most keenly the loss of one who in every deed and word acted only for their welfare. The remains of Mrs. Mary E. Crew were laid to rest Dec. 7, 1883, in the Salem Churchyard, the funeral services being conducted by her pastor, Rev. L. T. Rowley, the minister of the Congregational Church in Salem, to which Mr. and Mrs. Crew both belonged. Wherever she went, as her husband expresses it, “sunshine followed,” and much of his good fortune came from her care and after she became the head of his household. All the children are married and away from the parental home except Fannie and Leonard. They are surrounded by everything that can make home pleasant, and the farm is a model one in this township.
To Mr. Crew have come sorrows hard to
bear, but he is yet in his prime, with large experience, possessed of wealth,
character and honor. Five terms he has served upon the Board of Supervisors, is
a member of the School Board, and for fifteen years was Superintendent of the
Congregational Sabbath-school, at Salem. He is a large breeder of stock, and
owns more than a half section of land in one body. Both as a man and citizen he
commands the respect of all who know him.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 252-253)(JC)
HOUSTEN CULBERTSON, proprietor of the Hawkeye House, Winfield, Iowa, was born in Richland County, Ohio, near Mansfield, April 5, 1835. His father, John Housten Culbertson, was a native of Fenton, County Tyrone, Ireland, in about the year 1798. We can not give the early history of this family, as the records were lost during the voyage to America. Mr. Culbertson, bidding good-bye to his friends and the Green Isle of Erin, crossed the ocean and landed in America at Boston, Mass., on the country’s birthday, July 4, 1811. He soon after went to Philadelphia via New York, and later, he and his brother started a manufactory in Delaware. The war with Great Britain causing them to lose their property, they went to Baltimore, where they accumulated means to take them to the then far West. Going to Wheeling, W. Va., they continued their mechanical pursuits, and subsequently removed to Ohio, following the same occupation. Mr. Culbertson was a millwright by trade, and built many of the largest woolen and, cotton mills in the East. In 1822 he wedded Miss Mary Culbertson, who, although of the same name, was no relation. Mr. and Mrs. Culbertson both united with the Presbyterian Church at Crab Apple, Ohio, where he became a Ruling Elder. About 1830 he purchased a farm some six miles from St. Clairsville, abandoning to a great extent his mechanical pursuits.
In 1833 Mr. Culbertson removed with his family to the homestead near Mansfield, Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was the father of twelve children, five yet living: James C., a resident of Central Tennessee; Jane, the wife of J. W. Pollack; Agnes, wife of Dr. J. R. McCullough, a prominent physician and surgeon of Chicago; Housten, of Winfield, Iowa, and Martha, wife of David Dean, of Huron County, Ohio. Three died in infancy; Mary Ann, wife of Dr. J. J. Loughridge, deceased; William W. died in California, Feb. 18, 1851; John married Maria Campbell, and was killed at the battle of Shiloh; Chalmers P. married Miss Curtis, and was killed by an engine at Crestline, Ohio. Mr. Culbertson was a man of great energy and decision of character, and in no relation of life was his influence more felt than in matters pertaining to the church. He accumulated considerable property, but gave it to the church with a generous hand. He planned and helped to build many church edifices. Before the days of excitement in regard to temperance, he practiced abstinence from intoxicating liquors in the face of fashion, and though it cost him extra wages he would not give his harvest hands spirituous liquors as a beverage. The lesson learned when but eight years old, from seeing a dreadful drunken fight, he never forgot. Perhaps no Ruling Elder in the West was more fully informed as to church matters and more zealous for true doctrine than Mr. Culbertson. During the last three or four years of his life he was unable to join in the public worship of God, but the interval was spent in the most careful study of the Bible. Apparently conscious to the last, he straightened himself in bed, closed his eyes, and calmly fell asleep on the 12th of September, 1871.
Servant of God, well done I
Mrs. Culbertson died Dec. 21, 1868. She was a native of Pennsylvania, born in Washington County, March 5, 1802. She was a child of the Covenant, and possessing a strong judgment, she bowed in devotion to high Christian principles. In all relations of mother, wife and friend, her memory will be most affectionately cherished, for “the memory of the just is blessed.”
The subject of this sketch was reared
upon a farm in Richland County, Ohio, where he received a liberal education. He
was married, May 3, 1859, to Miss Sarah McKee, who was born in
Richland County, where she had the advantages of careful Christian
culture, and in her twentieth year publicly confessed Christ, connecting herself
with the United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Culbertson and his young wife removed
to Crawfordsville, Iowa, at which place they both united with the Presbyterian
Church. They returned to Mansfield in 1862, but in 1869 again removed to Iowa,
settling in Washington in the month of April. Mrs. Culbertson was sick for
several years, but bore her sufferings with great patience. She was a consistent
Christian; her conduct during her sickness was an example of her whole Christian
life. She died Sept. 2, 1871, in Washington, at the age of
thirty-seven, leaving three children, two now living: James W.,
a teacher; and William W.; Ida J. is deceased. In May, 1875, Mr.
Culbertson came to Winfield, where he clerked in a dry-goods store for a short
time. He was again married, Nov. 13, 1875, to Miss Fannie A. Hough, a native of
Pennsylvania. He soon after erected the ‘Hawkeye House, where ever since he
has been mine host. Mr. and Mrs. Culbertson have two children—Leila Estella
and Le Roy G. He is one of the stanch Democrats of the county, having affiliated
with the party all his life. Mr. Culbertson is a social, genial companion,
always looking on the bright side of everything. He has the respect and
confidence of all who know him.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 211-212.)(JC)