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DePew, George, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. La Porte; born in Canada in 1830; removed to Clinton Co., Iowa, in 1864; thence to Benton Co., in 1868; has 124 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Republican in politics.

Davis, Elisha, farmer, S. 1; P.O. La Porte City.

Dickerson, A.W., far., S. 12; P.O. La Porte City.

Does, V., far., S. 35; P.O. La Porte City.

Driscol, Peter, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. La Porte City; born in Ireland in 1833; emigrated to America in 1856; came to Benton Co. in 1876; eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Mary Hagan in 1858; she was born in 1837; they have five children-Jeremiah, John, William, James and Jemimah. Politics, Democratic.

Eberhart, B., far., S. 8; P.O. La Porte City.

Francis, Joseph, far., Sec. 16; P.O. La Porte City.

Freeman, Ira L., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Dysart; born in Broome Co., N.Y., Nov. 7, 1822; removed to Benton Co. March, 1859; has 174 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Lucy E. Wilton March 19, 1846; she was born in Broome Co., N.Y., June 9, 1823; they have four children-Charles E., born Aug. 19, 1848; Martin E., July 19, 1851; Lyman E., Aug. 24, 1857; Roxy J., May 19, 1861. Republican. School Director, Township Trustee, Road Supervisor, and Justice of the Peace at the present time. Members of the M.E. Church. Mr. Freeman says there are no manufacturing interests in the county, and thinks the farmers should interest themselves in the matter and contribute a certain sum according to their means, to be used for that purpose.

Fritz, H., far., S. 24; P.O. La Porte City.

Fritz, William C., farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. La Porte City; born in Pennsylvania in 1836; removed to Benton Co. in 1867; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Cordelia M. Agnew in 1862; she was born in Bureau Co., Ill., in 1843; five children-Lizzie B., Mary A., Henry F., Mertie M. and Claude W. Greenbacker; School Director and Road Supervisor; member of the I.O.O.F.

Fuller, S., Far., Sec. 31; P.O. Dysart.

Galliger, John, farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. La Porte City.

Gange, John, farmer, Sec. 33; P.O. Dysart; born in England in 1840; emigrated to America in 1849; came to Benton Co. in 1869; has 160 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Married Susan Kine in 1865; she was born in Canada in 1845; they have seven children-Mary E., William H., Charles F., Sarah J., John E., Martha L., Harriet M. Members of the Church of Christ. Enlisted in the 26th I.V.I. in 1862; participated in the battles of Arkansas Post and Vicksburg; wounded and taken prisoner at Raymond Station, Miss., also at battles of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Atlanta and others; was with Sherman in the march to the sea; mustered out in 1865.

Gates, L.R., far., S. 4; P.O. La Porte City.

Gay, J.R., far., Secs. 9 and 10; P.O. La Porte City.

Gibson, W.J., far., Sec. 30; P.O. Mooreville.

Gifford, Henry.

Gillespie, M., far., Sec. 36; P.O. Vinton.

Gillespie, Robt. J., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Vinton; born in Philadelphia, Penn., May 25, 1843; removed to Benton Co., in 1866; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Emeline Kuhn in 1871; she was born in Ohio in 1842; have four children-Sarah Y., William L., Joseph H., John. Greenbacker; members of the United Presbyterian Church. Enlisted in the 98th O.V.I. in 1862; participated in the battles of Buzzard's Roost, Kenesaw, Rocky Falls, Resaca, and others; injured in spine while building breastworks, from which he has never recovered; mustered out July, 1865.

Gillespie, Z., far., Sec. 36; P.O. Vinton.

Goodwin, W.G., far., S. 1; P.O. La Porte City.
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