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The 1878 History of Benton County, Iowa
pages 473-641

Alphabetical Biography Index
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Saben, Stephen T., farmer, Sec. 33 P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Sain, Daniels, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

St. Clair, A., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

St. Clair, H., Sec. 10; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

St. Clair, H., Jr., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

St. Clair, J. M., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

St. Clair, S., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

St. Clair, W. A., Sec. 4; P. O. Vinton; owns 117 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1831; came to Iowa in 1875, and settled on his present farm. Married Sarah A. Kerr, in 1854; she was born in Crawford Co., Penn., in 1836; have two children - George A. and Catherine E. Are members of the U. P. Church; Republican. (1878 Jackson Township)

St. Clair, William M., Sec. 27; P. O. Vinton; owns 100 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1835; came to Iowa in 1857, and located in Cedar Township. Married Mary E. Kirkpatrick in 1865; she was born in Adams Co., Ohio, in 1837. Mr. St. Clair enlisted in Co. D, 28th I.V.I., in 1862, and was discharged in 1863; was wounded in the battle of Champion Hills. Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair are members of the United Presbyterian Church; Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

St. John, L. W., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Salisbury, Hiram, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Sallach C. H., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sand, Peter, farmer; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Sanders, C. C., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Sanders, E. J., Street commissioner. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sanders, G. W., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Bruce Township)

Sanders, H. R., teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sanders, J. B., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton; was born in Vermilion Co., Ind., July 1, 1833; came to this county in 1851; has 425 acres of land, valued at $10,600. Politics, Republican. Held the office of Constable and Township Trustee. Married Mary Rogers; she was born in Vermilion Co., Ind., Dec. 18, 1834; mother of six children, four of whom are living -- Willie F., Frank L., James C., and Kate L. Emigrated from Indiana in 1851, to Benton Co.; was the first Postmaster in Eden Township; there were only three houses in Vinton at the time he came here, not a shanty in Eden; was at the first election held in this township; thinks there were from fifteen to twenty votes cast; has been in Vinton seven years, to give his children a chance at school; raises on an average about 2,000 bushels of corn, 500 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of oats. Mr. Sanders came here a poor man; knows what it is to lead a pioneer life; has accumulated a good property. (1878 Eden Township)

Sanders, John W., farmer, Sec. 27. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sanders, Leonard, farmer, Sec. 25. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sanders, U. B., Principal independent school, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sanders, W. B., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Sanders, W. I., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Sanderson, L. H., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Sanderson, Levi, painter, Blairstown; was born in Oneida Co., N. Y., Feb. 28, 1847, from which State he went to New Jersey, where he remained six years; he then went to Wisconsin, in which State he remained a short time. He enlisted in Co. I, 22nd Regt. N. J. Vols., on the 1st of September, 1862; served nine months, and was honorably discharged. He came to this town in 1867, and has since followed the business of painting. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Sanderson, W. M., laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Sandison, Alexander, fine stock. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sargeant, Alden R., insurance agent, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Sargeant, G. W., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Sauer, Julius, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Sauer, Magnus, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 24; P. O. Luzerne; born in Baden, Germany, in July, 1838. Married Mena Schrader in Illinois in 1862; she was born in Germany in 1845; they have seven children - Henry, Jonnie, Ambrose, Ellen, Caroline, Albert and Charley. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Mr. Sauer came to Illinois in 1857; remained ten years, and moved to and settled upon his farm in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1867. Has held the office of Road Supervisor. Mr. and Mrs. Sauer are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Sauer had two brothers in the late war; Charles enlisted in the 83rd Ill. V.I., as blacksmith; was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, Penn., and taken to Andersonville prison; after staying there a year, died in prison; Julius enlisted in the 46th Ill. V.I., and was mustered out with his regiment at the close of the war. (1878 Kane Township)

Saunders, George W., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Monroe Township)

Saunders, S. T., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Urbanna; born in Nicholas Co., Ky. in 1837; came to Benton Co. in 1868; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Lucy J. Wilson in 1866; she was born in Iowa, in 1845; they have three children -- George W., Frank N. and Josie M. Republican in politics. Has been Justice of the Peace; is now President of the Independent School District. Members of the Disciple Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Sawyers, J. S., in Stewart College. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sayers, Reuben, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Luzerne; was born in Athens Co., Ohio, Dec. 29, 1844; when he was 10 years of age he moved to Morrow Co., Ohio, with his parents; thence to Williams Co., same State, in which county his parents still reside; he came to this State in 1869, and settled in this township. He married Miss Mary Carpenter, in Williams Co., Ohio, in 1866; she was born in same county in 1842; they have three children -- Sarah, born in Williams Co., Ohio; Rauel, born in this township; George, born in this township. Mr. Sayers owns 1361 acres of land, one and a quarter miles from Luzerne; it is well improved. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schabow, G., farmer, P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schaeffer, Henry, Sec. 25; P. O. Garrison; born in Waldrick, Prussia, Jan. 14, 1843; emigrated to Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 1, 1858; thence to Muscatine Co., Iowa, in 1871; thence to Benton Co. in 1875; has 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Louisa Burkimp in 1871; she was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1850; they have four children -- Mena, born in Aug. 1871; Willie, Dec. 6, 1872; Henry, July 3, 1874, and Louie, May 20, 1876. (1878 Homer Township)

Schall, William. (1878 Taylor Township)

Scheal, M., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Scheel, Hans, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Belle Plaine; owns 480 acres of land; was born in Germany, 1821; came to this country, 1861, and to this township, 1869. He married Miss Kate Peters in Germany; they have five children. (1878 Iowa Township)

Scheel, M., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Homer Township)

Schell, H., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Homer Township)

Schenken, R., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schenning, Hans, saloonist, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Scherger, J., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Scheurer, J. F., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Scheurer, J. F., Jr., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Scheurer, W. W., farmer, Sec. 22; born in Erie Co., N.Y., in 1846; came to Black Hawk Co., Iowa, in 1861; thence to Benton Co. in 1869; has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Carrie M. Triem in 1868; she was born in Ohio in 1847; they have three children - Lillian V., Leonard L. and Mabel May. Republican in politics. Has held the offices of School Director, Justice of the Peace, Trustee, and is Township Clerk at the present writing. Mr. and Mrs. Scheurer are members of the Evangelical Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Schewalen, W. W., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schierholts, Henry, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Schild, C., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schild, C., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schild, H. K., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schild, J., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schildt, S., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Schlichting, H. W., commercial merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schloeman, William, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Florence; born in Germany April 11, 1847. Married Marggareth Volz in Iowa Co., Iowa, in 1869; she was born in Germany in 1847; they have four children -- Willie, Melrose, Edwin, and Annie. Have eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. He came to America, a child, in 1847, to St. Louis, Mo., and moved to Iowa Co., Iowa, in, 1851; located in Benton Co. in 1869. Mr. Schloeman has a good property, made by his energy and economy. Mr. and Mrs. Schloeman are members of the New Jerusalem Church. (1878 Florence Township)

Schlotfelt, Christian, Sec. 21; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Germany in 1833; came to America in 1856, and located in Rock Island Co., Ill.; removed to his present farm in 1867. Married Margaret Freese in 1856; she was born in Germany; have eight children - Maria, William, Sophia, George, Emma, Louie, Charlie and Anna; lost two - Johnny, and one in infancy. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Schlotterback, G., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Schlue, F., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Schluntz, Charles, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Schluter, C., farmer; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Schmidt, H. H., farmer and raiser, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown, born in Germany in 1816; married Mary Hultgriver in 1841; she was born in Germany in 1815, and died at the age of 35 years; he then married Elizabeth Spellman; she was born in Germany in 1823; they had nine children -- Mary, William, Harmon, Margaret, Sophia, Edward, Paul, Catherine and George. Has 900 acres of land, value at $25,000; has held several township offices; was a soldier three years in Germany in the 15th Regiment; his son Henry enlisted in the 17th Mo. V. I. in 1861, and died in the hospital in Keokuk, Iowa; his remains were brought home to Clayton Co. Mrs. Schmidt had two sons when married to Mr. Schmidt -- Frederick and John. John enlisted in the late rebellion; was taken prisoner and kept one year; had his feet and legs frozen, and his toes were all taken off but one; was sick five months on David's Island, and died soon after reaching home. Mr. Schmidt came to Iowa in 1835; was one of the early settlers in Clayton Co., Iowa; helped to organize the town, etc.; moved to Benton Co. in 1865. Is a member of the Lutheran Church. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Schmidt, J., farmer, Sec, 14; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Schmidt, Otto, druggist, Luzerne, was born in Germany in 1841; came to this town in 1869; engaged in his present business at this place in 1873; Mr. Schmidt keeps a full stock of pure and fresh drugs, paints, oils, articles of toilet, and everything to be found in a first-class drug store. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schmuecker, J., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Florence. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Schneckloth, D., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Schneff, J., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Schnell, A., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Homer Township)

Schnoor, N., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Schoel, Fred, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Schoening, C., farmer; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Scholelerman, Reimer N., Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne; born in Holstein, Germany, Sept. 27, 1842; emigrated to Davenport, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1863; thence to Benton Co. in 1867; has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Sophia Foss Dec. 4, 1867; she was born in Holstein, Germany, June 4, 1848; they have six children -- Peter F., born Dec. 25, 1868; William H., born April 29, 1870; John J., April 16, 1872; Hermon F., June 1, 1873; Adolph A., Nov. 29, 1874, and Caroline M., April 3, 1877. Republican. Has been School Director three years. (1878 Homer Township)

Scholerman, Peter J., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne; born in Holstein, Germany, Nov. 22, 1837; emigrated to America Dec. 21, 1862; 240 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Enlisted in the engineer department in New York for the South in 1863; sent to Port Royal Bay, South Carolina; remained in that department until Nov., 1865; thence to New York, and, in 1866, came to Scott Co., Iowa, and in 1867, to Benton Co. Married Cecelia Rostermund in 1869; she was born in Holstein, Germany, March 21, 1847. Trustee one term; School Director four years, and Justice of the Peace one year. (1878 Homer Township)

Schoming, Hans, clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schraeder, G., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Schreader, Henry W., proprietor of the Luzerne House, Luzerne; was born in Prussia, Sept. 10, 1840; came to Stephenson Co., III:, when a boy. He married Miss Eva Sauer, at Freeport, Oct. 9, 1862; she was born in Baden, Germany, March 20, 1843. Five years after their marriage they moved to this county and purchased a farm of 160 acres on Sec. 14, Kane Township, which farm they still own; they resided on this until 1876; he then purchased the Luzerne House and engaged in keeping hotel, which is his present business. They have six children living - Sophia, Theresa, Julius A., Mary A., Kathrine Elizabeth, William Herman. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schreader, John, saloon, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schrible, Fred, baker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schrim, M., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Schroeder, H., farmer, Sec. 23 5 P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Schuchart, Christ, proprietor of harness shop, Belle Plaine; was born in Rochester, N. Y., 20th of March, 1852; when he was 2 years old his parents moved to Iowa City; where the subject of this sketch remained until 1861, when he came to this county; he commenced business in Belle Plaine in Oct., 1875; he keeps a full assortment of harness, single and double, saddles, bridles, etc.; repairing promptly and neatly done. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schuchart, J., farmer, Sec. 2 1; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schuhmacher, George, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown; owns 200 acres of land; was born in Baden, Germany, Jan. 5, 1828; came to this country in 1846; he lived near Rochester, N. Y., for a short time, then went to Erie, Penn., where be remained until 1867; he then came to this county, and has since resided in it. He is one of the present Board of Township Trustees, which office he has held for several years; he has also been the occupant of various other town and school offices. He married Miss Kathrine Fesilie in Erie, Penn., in 1850; she was born in Baden, Germany, May 22, 1822; they have a family of ten children, all of whom are living. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schular, Mat., saloon, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schullen, J. S., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schulte, C., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Florence. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Schulte, John, saloon, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Schultz, J., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schultz, J., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Schultz, John, farmer, Sec. 86; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schumacher, M., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Schutt, Henry, clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Schutt, John, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Schuze, A., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Schwarz, C., retired butcher, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Schwender, P., farmer; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Sciple, W. K., barber, Belle Plane. (1878 Iowa Township)

Scott, A., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Scott, A., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Scott, H. H., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Scott, J., far, Sec. 26; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Scott, S. L., jeweler. (1878 Taylor Township)

Scott, Samuel, furniture dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Scovil, S. C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Scribner, C. S., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Scrumgeour, G. C., attorney, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Seaman, L., house mover. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sear, Reuben, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Searles, W. A., merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Seba, Martin, blacksmith, Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Seben, S. S., farmer, Sec. 25. (1878 Taylor Township)

Seburn, M. H., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Secor, Anthony, painter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Secor, Frank, painter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Secrest, J. R., blacksmith. (1878 Taylor Township)

Seeck, Clans, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Homer Township)

Seed, Robert. (1878 Taylor Township)

Seefeld, C., Sr., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Seely, Stephen, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton; born in Columbia Co., Penn., Aug. 28, 1816; came to this county in 1875; has 227 acres of land, valued at $12,000. Politics, Republican. Married Eliza Ann Hodgson; she was born in New York Aug. 14, 1826; mother of nine children -- Angeline, born Jan. 1, 1846; Orin, born Aug. 5, 1848; Charles, born Aug. 7, 1850; George, born Jan. 28, 1851; Almeda, born April 7,1853; Laura, born May 2, 1851; Granville, born Sept. 7, 1855; Ashley, born Jan. 10, 1867. Emigrated from Pennsylvania to Richland Co.; lived there four years, thence to Ogle two years; helped to carry the chain to lay out Oregon and Dyersville; thence to Stephenson Co., Ill.; lived there thirty-five years; thence to Benton Co., Iowa, where he has resided since; has a fine orchard with the choicest fruits; has a beautiful farm, and is one of the sound farmers. Had a son in the 46th I. V. I. (1878 Eden Township)

Seeman, J., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Seeman, J., Sr., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Sefton, F. J., Sec. 10; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born in Hamilton Col, Ohio, in 1828; came to Iowa in 1855, and located on his present farm in 1856. Married Charity Hamilton in 1852; she was born in Decatur Co., Ind.; have two children - Harrison and Henry. Are members of the Christian Church. (1878 Cedar Township)

Segard, Jens, blacksmith, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Segner, L., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Segrest, J., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Seheurer, J. M., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. La Porte City; was born in Germany in 1838; emigrated to America in 1843; to Black Hawk Co. in 1861, and to Benton Co. in 1867; has 100 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mary A. Eimerman in 1861; she was born in Germany Nov. 7, 1839, died Sept. 5, 1875, leaving five children - Sarah J., William M., Allie, Louisa M., and Anna M.; married Mary Elizabeth Raher Aug. 5, 1876; she was born in West Prussia in 1852; they have one child -- Hattie, born Jan. 26, 1878. Republican, School Director and township Trustee, member of the Evangelical Church; leader of the choir of that church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Seick, Peter, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne; born in Holstein, Germany, Jan. 6, 1838; emigrated to Davenport, Iowa, in 1858; thence to Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1865; thence to Benton Co. in 1868; has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Christena Mier; she was born in Holstein, Germany, in 1850; they have two children -- Gustof, born June 6, 1875, and Ferdinanduait W., June 16, 1877. School Director and Supervisor. Republican in politics. Members of German Lutheran Church. Enlisted in the 27th Missouri V. I., from St, Louis, in 1861; participated in the battles of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Kingston, Atlanta and others; mustered out Sept. 19, 1864. (1878 Homer Township)

Selden, A. A., tailor, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Selden, A. W., tailor, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Selden, N. P., tailor, Belle Plaine; was born in Sweden on the 21st of Feb., 1845; he came to Cass Co., this State, in 1869, remaining seven months, at the end of which time he came to Belle Plaine; he has followed his present business since be was 15 years of age. He married Miss Louisa A. Kletzing, in this city (Belle Plaine), on the 18th of July, 1872; she was born in Montgomery Co., Penn. (1878 Iowa Township)

Selleck, James, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Cedar Rapids; born in Chenango Co., N. Y., June 30, 1827; has 276 acres of land, valued at $11,000. Married Rorany Nichols in 1851; she was born Nov. 23, 1833; he emigrated to Winnebago Co., Ill., in 1851; came to this county in November, 1852, where he has resided since. Mr. Selleck was the first settler in the southeast corner of Canton Township; when he first came here he could ride fifteen miles west and south without seeing a shanty; he man when he came to this county, but by industry has accumulated a fine property; has a property valued at $20,000. (1878 Canton Township)

Seltien, W., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Semler, John, farmer; Sec. 19; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Senne, J., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Seuch, Eustus, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Seveik, J., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Severa, W., clerk, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sexton, G. B., cooper. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sexton, George. (1878 Taylor Township)

Seyfarth, Edward, blacksmith. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shafer, C., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Garrison.

Shafer, G. W., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Huron Co., Ohio, in 1839; removed to Benton Co. in 1863; has 210 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Annette Brason in 1861; she was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1841; they have three children -– Elmer E., Carrie E., Clayton A. Republican in politics. Enlisted in 2nd Ohio Cavalry in 1861; skirmishing and running guerrillas; assisted in capturing several of Quantrell's men at Independence, Mo.; was mustered out in 1863. Members of the Christian Church. Mr. Shafer came to Iowa in 1863 with $250; now has 210 acres of land, well improved, well fenced, has just completed a fine residence, and has accumulated a property by his industry and frugality worth $8,000 or more. (1878 Monroe Township)

Shafer, H., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Shafer, L. H. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shaffer, J. M., restaurant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shaffer, John, carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shaffer, S. A., restaurant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shain, John, District Judge. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shannon, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Shapperd, J., farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Sharger, J., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Sharp, Alex, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Shaw, Frank Y., restaurant, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Shaw, G. E., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shaw, J., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Shaw, J. C., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Garrison; born in Ohio Nov. 11, 1837; came to this county in 1855; has 120 acres of land, valued at $3,600. Enlisted in the 13th Ohio Regt. Vol. Inf., Co. H; was in the service nearly five years;; was mustered into the service at Camp Denison, Ohio; was in the battles of Carneyfax Ferry, Fayetteville, thence to Louisville, Ky., from thence to Bowling Green, thence to Nashville, Tenn.; was at the battle of Shiloh, Chattanooga, thence back to Louisville, Ky.; battle of Perryville, Stone River, Mumfordsville, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Dalton, Cassville, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta Ferry, Lovejoy Station; was with Thomas after Hood in several skirmishes, Pulaski, Franklin, Spring Hill, Nashville, and at Devil's Gap was in seventeen regular engagements; was mustered out at Santown, Tex.; was once taken prisoner at the battle of Stone River, but succeeded in escaping. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Shaw, J. C., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Shaw, James. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shay, B., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shea, M., farmer,, Sec. 3; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Sheeler, A., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Sheeler, W., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Sheely, J., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Sheets, G. W., retired farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine; was born in Washington Co., Penn., on the 8th of April, 1828; while he was a child, his parents moved to Harrison Co., Ohio; here he remained until the Spring of 1856; in the meantime, he married Miss D. Maholm, in Belmont Co., Ohio, on the 18th of Jan., 1855; she was born in Harrison Co., Oh., on the 12th of July, 1838; they moved to this county in 1856 and settled in Kane Township, where they resided on their farm of 200 acres of land (which they still own) until 1876, when they rented a farm and moved to Belle Plaine; they have four children -- G. F. born Dec. 20, 1856, Elosia E., born Sept. 14, 1858; Robert, born Jan. 10 1860; Charles, born Sept. 17, 1861. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sheets, John D., farmer, Sec. 14. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sheets, William, blacksmith, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Sheldon, A. A., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sheldon, Harvey, retired farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Vinton; born in Rutland Co., Vt., Jan. 27, 1801; came to this county in the Summer of 1854; has 120 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Politics, Republican; held the office of Justice of the Peace for eight years; belongs to the Presbyterian Church. For his first wife, he married Adeline Troupe; born Aug. 13, 1813; mother of six children, three living -- Harriet, born Aug. 3, 1831; Electa, born Oct. 28, 1833; Julia, born March 30, 1844; Mrs. Adeline Sheldon died Jan. 11, 1848; for his second wife, he married Mary Boyington; born in Windsor, Vt., and died in March 1849; had one son -- John N., enlisted in the 24th I. V. I., Co. E, Sept. 18, 1862; was in the Red River Expedition under Banks; took sick, got down to the Mississippi River, where he died and was buried on the west bank of the river. Emigrated from Vermont in 1828 to Western New York; lived there ten years, thence to Kane Co., Ill.; lived there about sixteen years, then came to Benton Co., was at the first election of the township; helped to organize the town; was amongst the earliest settlers in this township. (1878 Eden Township)

Shellhans, R., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Shelly, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Shenenberger, S. A., tenant farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Shener, Fred, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Shepard, D. G., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Sherry, Jesse M., retired farmer; born in Ross Co., Ohio, Dec. 4, 1814; lived in Ohio ten years; removed to Tippecanoe Co., Ind., in 1824; was one of the early settlers there; used to cart grain from there to Chicago; was in Chicago in 1831 and was there in 1832 when General Scott landed there; only five families there then; he was teamster in Colonel Russell's Regiment during the Black Hawk War, and got a land warrant; came by wagon to Benton Co., and was seventeen days on the way, and arrived June 17, 1855; located in Canton Township, and engaged in farming; has carted wheat to Iowa City and sold it for 33 cents per bushel; owns 245 acres land, and has held town and school offices. His first wife was Louisa Markle, from Ohio; she died in 1843; they had two children - Elizabeth is the only one living. Married Mary Parker, from Decatur Co., Ind., in the Fall of 1862; they had one son, who died when four months old. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shields, D., farmer and merchant, Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Shields, Granville H., Sec. 11; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns eighty acres, valued at $32 per acre; born in Allen CO., Ohio, in 1852; came to Iowa in 1854 with his parents. (His father, David Shields, was born in Cynthiana Co., Ky., in 1812, and was married in 1838 to Jane Harbert; she was born in Virginia in 1822.) Married Martha Goodell in 1872; she was born in McHenry Co., Ill., in 1855; have three children - Mary J., Delbert and Charles M. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Shields, J. C., well digger. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shields, J. H. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shields, J. H., proprietor billiard rooms, Garrison; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1818; came to Iowa in 1850, and located in Tipton; removed to Vinton in 1854. Married Margaret Spear in 1842; she was born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1820, and died in 1866; have two children living – John C. and Eliza J. Enlisted in the 47th I.V.I., in 1864 and discharged the same year. (1878 Jackson Township)

Shields, John H., Sec. 11; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Allen Co., Ohio, in 1845; came to Iowa in 1854, and settled in Cedar Township with his parents. Married Araminta York in 1864; she was born in Indiana in 1848; have four children - Jessie, Elmer, Frank and Bertha M.; lost one, Helen, at the age of 11 years. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Shierman, C., clerk, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shifferdker, George, clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shildroth, P., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Shimer, J. A., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Shinn, A., Deputy Sheriff of this county, also City Marshal of Blairstown; was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, in 1838; came to Blairstown in the Fall of 1863; was appointed Deputy Sheriff in the Fall of 1876; has been City Marshal since the Spring of 1874; was elected Constable in 1872, which office be has held since. He married Miss Linah Ellyson in Mahoning Co., Ohio, in 1858; she was born in Stark Co., Ohio; they have four children living -- William H., John, Mary, Frankie. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shinn, H. William, farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shirer, J. J., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. La Porte City; born in Beden, Germany, in 1835; emigrated to America in 1843, and to Benton Co. in 1868; has 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Republican in politics; member of the Evangelical Church. (1878 Bruce Township)

Shirley, Charles; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shirley, Milton, Constable, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shley, John. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shockley, M. O., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shockley, P., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shoemaker, G. J., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Shoemaker, Reuben B., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Dysart; born in Mercer Co., Penn., in 1838; removed to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1852; thence to Benton Co., in 1871. Owns eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Buena Vista Robinson in 1867; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1847; two children -- Frances W., born in 1871; William A., born in 1873. Independent in politics. Enlisted in the 14th Iowa Inf., in 1862; participated in skirmishing and detailed duty; mustered out in 1864. (1878 Monroe Township)

Shoenberger, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shoenberger, M., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shomber, F., harness maker, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Shomler, Julius M., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Shellsburg. born in Saxony, Germany, Oct. 5, 1839; came to this country in 1856; came to this county in 1873; has 302 acres of land, valued at $9,000; belongs to the Presbyterian Church; married Nancy Kirkpatrick; she was born in Ohio Feb. 2, 1852; is the mother of four children -- Fredie, born Sept. 13, 1866; Charlie, born Dec. 22, 1870; Flora, born June 10, 1873; Allie, born Aug. 22, 1876. Came to this when he was 17 years old, and landed in New York; from there he Ozaukee Co., Wis.; lived there five years, thence to Chicago, Ill.; lived there three years; from there went to Ireland and England; stayed one year, then returned to Wisconsin, where his parents lived; from there went to Chicago; lived one year, thence to Linn Co., Cedar Rapids; lived there between eight and nine years, then came to Benton Co., where he has resided since, and by industry has made a fine property. (1878 Canton Township)

Shopshire, R. W., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Shore, C. W., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Shortess, S. L., agricultural implements. (1878 Taylor Township)

Shrader, A., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Shrader, F., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Shreeves, B. W., banker (firm name, Shreeves & Tipton), Blairstown; was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Nov. 24, 1831. He married Miss Mary Ramsey, in Fulton Co., Ill., in 1856; he came to this State in 1865, and located in the vicinity of this town; he engaged in his present business (that of banking) in April, 1865; has held various offices; they have three children -- John R., born in Fulton Co., Ill., April, 1858, and is Cashier in the bank; Hattie, born Jan. 8, 1875; Jessie, born Dec. 9,1876. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shreeves, J. R., Cashier, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shremser, F., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Homer Township)

Shriver, W., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Shuck, J. D., jeweler, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shuhard, Charles, farmer, Sec. 31; Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shuhard, G., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shuhard, J., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Shulte, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Shults, S. L., grocer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Shultz, H. M., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Shultz, L., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Shumaker, L., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Shurts, P., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Sidwell, T. R., farmer; P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sievers, H., farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Silliman, John, merchant, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Silliman, S. P., bookkeeper, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Silliman, W. S., merchant, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Simmons, A., farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Simmons, D. J., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Blairstown; owns property to the value of $1,000; was born in Parke Co., Ind., March 8, 1838; came to Johnson Co., this State, in 1849, and to this county in 1855, and settled in this township. There were not over ten families in this township at that time, and the surrounding country was comparatively a wilderness. He married Mrs. Martha A. Dill, in Linn Co., this State, Dec. 4, 1864; she was born in Fountain Co., Ind., Nov. 6, 1832; her father, R. G. Harbert, came to this State in 1844; in 1846, he settled in Linn Co. During the war of the rebellion he enlisted in 37th Regt. I. V. I.; served until the close of the war; was honorably discharged. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Simmons, R. C., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Simmons, T., clergyman, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Simpson, J., baggage master, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Sims, S. S., carpenter, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Sindlings, John, farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Singleton, John, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Singleton, Stephen, farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Sint, C., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Sisk, B. W., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Sitein, F. H., farmer, Sec. 22. P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Skibbe, Henry, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Skiffington, John, retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Skiles, A., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Slason, J. C., fence builder. (1878 Taylor Township)

Slater, Joseph, engineer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Slater, William, engineer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sloan, J. T., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Sloght, M. W., Marshal, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Smalley, E. L., painter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smalz, Charles, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Smelser, John, Sec. 5; P. O. La Porte City; owns 120 acres, valued at $35 per acre; born in Green Co., Tenn. in 1826; came to Iowa in 1852, and located on his present farm in 1853. Married Mary A. Hogshire in 1846; she was born in Ohio in 1830; have three children - John F., Earnest and Henry. Are members of the M. E. Church.

Smiley, E. A., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Shellsburg; was born in Bradford Co., Penn., Dec. 17, 1842; came to this county in 1866; has 160 acres of land, valued at $5,600. Politics, Greenback. Held the office of Assessor two years. Married M. A. Viles; she was born in Indiana; she is the mother of two children -- Gordon M., born Oct. 13, 1869, and Bruce C., born Sept. 10, 1876. Came from Pennsylvania to De Kalb Co., Ill.; lived there seven years; thence to Cedar Rapids; lived there one year; thence to Benton Co. Mr. Smiley has a fine prairie farm in one of the best farming counties in the State, or United States; raises on an average about 1,300 bushels of corn yearly, 400 bushels of wheat, and 400 bushels of oats. Came here twelve years ago, and by industry and management has made a good home. (1878 Fremont Township)

Sminke, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Smith, A., farm and elevator, Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Smith, A. A., pump agent, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Smith, A. K., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Smith, A. L., tailor. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, A. W., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Bell Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, C. D., retired farmer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Smith, Charles E., school teacher, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Smith, D. L., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Paul; born in Cortland Co., N. Y. in 1836; removed to Lee, Ill., in 1857; thence to Rochester, Minn., in 1857; thence to St. Louis, Mo., in 1858; thence to St. Clair, Mo., in 1859, to the lead mines; thence to Lee Co., Ill., in 1861; thence to Ogle Co., Ill., in 1862; thence to Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1865; thence to Benton Co., in 1867; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $25. Married Permelia Putnam in 1861; she was born in Chautauqua Co., N. Y. in 1840; they have seven children -- Maria R., Charles L., Davias V., Theadocia E., Charlotte, Daisy and D. L., Jr. Republican. Town Clerk and School Director. (1878 Homer Township)

Smith, F., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Smith, F. H., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Smith, Ferdinand, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna; born in Prussia, Germany, in 1828; emigrated to America in 1852; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 170 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Magdalina Graff in 1858; she was born in South Germany in 1837; they have eight children -- Joseph, Frank, Louis, Ferdinand, Jr., Emma, John, Willie and George. Democratic in politics. Has held the office of School Director. Are members of the German Catholic Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Smith, Frank S., laborer, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Smith, Fred, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Smith, G., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Smith, G. H., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Smith, G. W., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Smith, G. W., County Surveyor. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smith, H. B., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smith, H. H., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Vinton; born in Jefferson Co., N.Y., June 16, 1823; came to this county in 1868; has forty acres of land valued at $1,200. Politics, Democrat; belongs to the M. E. Church. Married Gertrude J. Cole; born in Fulton Co., N.Y., May 11, 1820; mother of one living child -- Eddie C., born May 5, 1858. Emigrated from New York State to Sheboygan Co., Wis., in 1855; lived there six years; from thence to Kendall Co., Ill.; lived there seven years; thence to this county, where he has resided since. (1878 Eden Township)

Smith, H. R., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, in 1852; removed to Benton Co., in 1854. Married Katy Hoke in 1874; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1859; they have two children -- Molly L., born in 1875; Edgar R., born in 1877. Greenbacker. Good Templar. (1878 Monroe Township)

Smith, Henry D., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins, born in Allegany Co., N. Y., July 13, 1845. Married Sarah Rapp in Illinois, in 1874; she was born in Henry Co., Ill., in 1849; they have two children -- Emma and Herbert Wesley. Has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,200. Enlisted July, 1864, in the 1st N. Y. Dragoons; was in the Potomac army, and was down the Shenandoah Valley with General Sheridan in 1864, at the battles of Winchester, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, Sailor's Creek, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and many other large engagements; was mustered out with the regiment, at Rochester, at the close of the war. Mr. Smith was engaged in manufacturing boots and shoes in New York and Iowa over six years, and moved to Iowa in 1868; has a good farm, well situated, and made his property by hard labor. Mr. Smith and wife are members of the Evangelical Church. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Smith, J., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Smith, J. A., physician and surgeon, Florence; born in Pennsylvania June 9, 1848. Married Addie Taylor in Iowa in 1875; she was born in Illinois, in 1848. Dr. Smith took the classical course at Elder's Ridge, Penn.; graduated in medicine and surgery at Rush Medical College, Chicago, Feb., 1872; located in Florence March, 1872; they have one child -- Lura, born in Florence April, 1876. Mr. Smith owns house and lot, and interest in other buildings, valued at $2,200. Mr. Smith is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and Mrs. Smith is a member of the Methodist. (1878 Florence Township)

Smith, J. D., dyer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, J. S., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1816; came to Iowa in 1863, and settled in Cedar Township. Married Lucinda Anderson in 1837; she was born in Beaver Co., Penn., in 1815; have six children - Rebecca J., Oliver, Annas, Juliette, Alford and Samuel; lost three - David, Matilda and Eliza. Mr. Smith is a member of the M. E. Church, and his wife is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. (1878 Cedar Township)

Smith, J. W., auctioneer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smith, John N., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Urbanna; born in Clark Co., Ind., in 1828; came to Linn Co., Iowa, in Feb., 1853, and to Benton Co. in 1867; has ninety-two acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Charlotte E. Smith in 1853; she was born in Ohio in 1829, died Nov. 5, 1861, leaving two children -- Mary E. and William H.; then married Mary C. White in 1863; she was born in Greene Co., Ohio in 1830; they have three children -- James O., M. Almira and Emeline. An Old-Line Whig, and now a Republican; members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Smith, M., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Smith, M. D., market. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smith, O. J., editor, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Smith, P., carpenter and joiner, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, P. S., Sheriff of Benton Co.; born in Montgomery Co., N.Y., Oct. 2, 1830; lived in that State for twenty-five years; came to Benton Co., Iowa in 1855, and has lived here twenty-three years, except two years spent in Linn Co.; he has been engaged in farming and in dealing stock; has held the office of Assessor, Town of Eden, eleven years, Town clerk nine years and Justice of the Peace eleven years; was elected Sheriff of Benton Co. in 1873, and re-elected in 1875, and again re- elected in 1877; is serving his third term. Married Gertrude Richards, from New York State, in 1851; she died in Aug., 1871. Married Elizabeth DeWault, daughter of Jonathan DeWault, of this county, in Nov., 1875. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smith, Philip, farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, R. F., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, S., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, S., farmer, S. 2; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Smith, T., school teacher, Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Smith, W. R., drayman, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, W. W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Mooresville. (1878 Bruce Township)

Smith, William, Belle Plaine was born in Lycoming Co., Penn., in 1836; in 1865, he came to Tama Co, this State, in which place he remained until 1867, when he came to Belle Plaine. He married Miss Mary Cruson at Cedar Rapids, on the 7th of September, 1868; she was born in Lake Co., Ill., in 1848; they have two children -- Mary Amata, born in Belle Plaine Oct. 12, 1874; William Garrett, born in Belle Plaine Dec. 22, 1876. Mr. Smith owns a house and eight lots, valued at $2,500. Mr. Smith's father was born in Pennsylvania, in 1803; he died in 1873. He was married to Mary Williamson. Mrs. Smith's father (Garrett K. Cruson) was born in Ohio in 1800. He married Miss Amata Smith; she was a native of New York, born in 1813; they moved to Adams Co., this State, in 1869 they now reside there. (1878 Iowa Township)

Smith, Worth, patent right. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smock, A. H., farmer, Sec. 30. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smock, Abram B., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Smock, H. L., farmer, Sec. 32. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smock, J. W., Recorder. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smock, James W., County Recorder; born in Johnson Co., Ind., Feb. 19, 1840; lived there twenty-one years, and then went in the army. Enlisted in Co. F, 19th Ind. V.I., old Sol Meredith being the first Colonel of the regiment; was in the battle of Fredericksburg, second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg and the Wilderness, and in many other fights and skirmishes; was wounded at the siege of Petersburg, June 18, 1864; was in the service three years. Came to Benton County in 1865; was elected Recorder of this county in the Fall of 1872, and re-elected in 1874, and again re-elected in 1876; also holds the office of City Treasurer. Married Miss Hennie Shotwell, in Vinton, Nov. 26, 1874. (1878 Taylor Township)

Smouse, George. (1878 Monroe Township)

Snider, John, wagon maker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Snow, C. R., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Snow, W. S., Blairstown; was born in Pennsylvania, April 21, 1829; went from there to Ohio, 1836; remained there until 1851; he then went to California, and remained until 1854; in the Fall of said year, he came to this county; in 1862, he moved to this town, and in 1864-5, he was engaged in the mercantile business. Was appointed Postmaster of this town in 1863, which office he held until 1866; was elected Mayor in 1874, to which office he was elected three consecutive terms; he is a member of the School Board at this place at present writing; he has also held various other town and school offices. He married Miss Harriet P. Dwight, in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 27, 1852; she was born in Hampshire Co., Mass., June 3, 1831; they have one child -- Nina Belle, born in this county Aug. 8, 1859. Mr. Snow owns 350 acres of land. Mrs. Snow owns residence in town and several town lots. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Snyder, A., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Snyder, Alf, mason, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Snyder, C., furniture dealer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)
Snyder, D., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Snyder, F. E., cabinet maker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Snyder, George, plasterer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Snyder, M., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Snyder, S. W., P. O. Dysart; born in Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1847; removed to Labette Co., Kan., in 1870; thence to Whiteside Co. in 1873; thence to Benton Co. in 1877. Married Miss M. J. Heleman in 1867; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1849; they have three children -- Gertie M., born March 5, 1869; Joseph E., Aug. 28, 1871, and Mandie L., Aug. 5, 1874. Republican in politics. (1878 Homer Township)

Sochren, G. D., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Belle Plain. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sochren, H. F., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Soden, Charles E., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Ontario Co., N. Y., Jan. 17, 1841; came to this county in 1867. Married Mary King; she was born in Michigan June 3, 1849; mother of three children -- Ellen N., born Nov. 27, 1870; Wells E., Aug. 18, 1872; Annie L., Jan. 22, 1875. Enlisted in the 5th N. Y. Eng. Corps; was in the service three years and two months; his business was building pontoon bridges and throwing up breastworks; was in the first battle of the Wilderness, also the Seven Days' fight and at Antietam; was at Petersburg; was one who helped undermine the Fort. (1878 Canton Township)

Soden, George, retired farmer, P. O. Shellsburg; born in England April 1, 1822; came to this county in 1856; has eighty acres of land valued at $2,400. Politics, Republican; member of the Baptist Church. Married Martha Cline; born in Indiana February 29, 1840; mother of four living children -- Ella M., born May 8, 1859; Nettie, Aug. 29, 1863; Washington, Jan. 25, 1873; Freddie H., Sept. 30, 1876. He came from England when a child to Seneca Co., N. Y., where he was bound out until he was 21, and remained there five years afterward; then went to California by water; was two months making the trip; lived there about five years; it cost him $500 to make the trip; returned to New York State in 1856; stayed there a short time, and then came to this county. When Mrs. Soden came to this county, in 1851, she was 10 years old; there were then only three log houses in Vinton. (1878 Canton Township)

Soden, Henry, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Ontario Co.: N. Y. Nov. 14, 1833; came to this county in 1857; has eighty acres of land, valued at $4,000. Politics, Republican. Married Mary E. Parker, born in Indiana; mother of four living children -- Josephine Ella, May, William R., Minnie. Emigrated from New York to Benton Co., where he has resided since; when he came to this prairie there were but a few shanties in sight; he has seen it develop to one of the finest farming counties in the State. When he came here he was a poor man, and worked out for $16 per month, saved his money, bought his farm, and has made a good home. (1878 Canton Township)

Soden, J. H., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Sodestrom, O., carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Somers, A. C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. La Porte City; born in Genesee Co., N. Y., in 1828; came to Benton Co. in 1856; has eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Susan Searle in 1859; she was born in Ohio, in 1842; they have five children - Irene R., Eoline L., Lillie E., Leslie L., and Leon L. Republican in politics. Enlisted in the 31st I.V.I., in 1862; he participated in the battles of Arkansas Post and siege of Vicksburg; mustered out Nov. 6, 1863, from ill health. (1878 Bruce Township)

Sonders, J. B., gardener. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sontag, Henry J., carpenter, P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Spalding, W. D., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Spangler, J., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Spaulding, E., farmer, Sec. 25. (1878 Taylor Township)

Spayde, Albert, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Dysart; born in Kosciusko Co., Ind., in 1852; removed to Benton Co., in 1874. Owns 150 acres, valued at $30 per acre. Married Etta Howard in 1876; she was born in Scott Co., Iowa, in 1856; they have one child Lizzie E., born in 1877. Republican. (1878 Monroe Township)

Speaker, H., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Spencer, A. N., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Spencer's Grove. (1878 Polk Township)

Spencer, C. H., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Spencer's Grove. (1878 Polk Township)

Spencer, Edwin B., retired farmer, Sec. 11; born in Orange Co., Vt., Jan 10, 1812; lived there until 21 years of age, and then went to the city of New York for two years; he traveled with a show for two years, and came to Iowa in the Fall of 1839; came to Linn Co. in the Spring of 1840; came to Benton Co. in the Fall of 1845; and was one of the earliest settlers; only several in this county that were here then; there were plenty of Indians; only one log house in Cedar Rapids, and not a road laid out in the county; Vinton was not thought of. He held the office of County Commissioner when Benton Co. was first organized; was elected Justice of the Peace, and has held town and school offices. He went to California in 1850, and returned in 1852. Married Martha David, from Illinois, in March, 1844. Owns over 500 acres of land. (1878 Taylor Township)

Spencer, F., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Spencer, G., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Spencer, J. A., professor of music. (1878 Taylor Township)

Spencer, J. D., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Spencer, R. K., druggist; Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sperbeck, A. H., Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Sperbeck, Martin, carpenter and contractor, Florence; born in Genesee Co., N. Y., Dec. 28, 1833; moved to Wisconsin in 1846, and went to California, in 1853, and remained ten years; followed mining and hotel keeping; returned to Wisconsin one year, and returned to California; crossed the plains with fifty horses, 1864; remained in California one year, and returned to New York, and from there moved to Titusville, Penn.; was engaged in the oil business; returned to Wisconsin, 1867; moved to Florence, Iowa, in 1867, where he now carries on business; was engaged in building the U. P. Railroad one year. Married Eliza Easton in California Nov., 1856; she was born in Massachusetts in 1835; they have four children -- Francis, Walter and Willie, born in California; Flora E., born in Wisconsin. Holds the offices of Justice of the Peace and Notary Public; has held the offices of Constable, Deputy Treasurer, and several other town offices. Has house and two lots, shop and lot, valued at $1,500. (1878 Florence Township)

Spicer, S. S., M. D.; was born in Waterbury, Vt., Jan. 25, 1852; graduated at the St. Louis Medical College in 1873, and has since practiced medicine in this place. He married Miss Elsie Porter, in this town, May 1, 1877, she was born in Illinois, April 7, 1856, her father, the Rev. G. D. Porter, born in March, 1805, in Juniata Co., Penn.; in his youth he prepared himself for the medical profession, and entered the practice thereof; but about this time he commenced the study of theology, privately with Father Hutchinson of Mifflin, and a short time afterward became one of the earliest students in the Western Theological Seminary after being licensed in 1830 or 1831, he for a time preached in Monongahela City, and thence removed to Newbury, where he was ordained and installed by the Presbytery of Huntingdon, in Nov. 1833; a few years later, he became Pastor of Centre and Millerstown Churches, where he was much respected and his labors successful; he came to this State in 1851, where he followed big labors several years; he then moved to Crow Meadow Church, Ill., where he labored four years; in the Winter of 1866-7, he arranged to supply statedly, the churches of Blairstown and West Irving in the Presbytery of Vinton; here he labored until his death, which occurred on 17th of Dec., 1867. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Spiker, Isaac E., carpenter, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Spracklin, P., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sprenberger, H., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township) [note: last name is actually SPARRENBERGER]

Springer, Henry, restaurant. (1878 Taylor Township)

Springer, J. L., druggist, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Springer, Jacob, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 36; P. O. Watkins; born in Fayette Co., Penn., Jan. 21, 1824. Married Miss E. J. McCormick in Pennsylvania, in 1846 she was born in Pennsylvania in 1826 they had ten children; four living -- Mary, Ada, Ira and Annie. He owns a large farm and fine residence, large grove and orchards, and is surrounded with all the comforts of life, near Watkins; he is the oldest settler in this part of the county; his brother James and himself were the first settlers in St. Clair Township; built the first cabin and school house; built up the first Masonic Lodge; has held most every local political office; has been for the last eight years Director of the College for the Blind, at Vinton, Iowa. His son Eugene, enlisted in the 2nd I. V. C., September, 1864, and died July, 1865, at Eastport, Miss., with congestion of the brain; his remains were taken home by his father. Helped to organize the Lodges and Chapters at Cedar Rapids, Belle Plaine, and many other Lodges in this Sec. of the country; came to Iowa in 1852; was here when the Indians were driven away by the troops to Kansas; is a member of A., F. & A. M. Lodge, Chapter and Commandery. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Sprinker, S., druggist, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Sprinkle, S., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Spurgeon, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Spurgeon, Harvey, farmer, Sec. 33; Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Spurgeon, Samuel A., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Spurr, J. F., jailer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Squires, Robert, in College for the Blind. (1878 Taylor Township)

Squires, W. S., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Stabler, J. W., merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stadle, L., Farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Stadle, R., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Stafford, B. A., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stallman, L., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Stanka, G. T., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stanley, J. S., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Stanton, H., retired. (1878 Taylor Township)

Starbuck, Abe, laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Starbuck, J. M., laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Starbuck, S., farmer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Starf, T., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Starff, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Vinton; born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1849; came to Benton Co. in 1849 has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mariah Lash in 1873; she was born in Keokuk Co., Iowa, in 1855; they have one child, Dallas Earle, born Aug. 9,1876. Democrat in Politics. Road Supervisor. He is a member of the Christian Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Starff, Joe, farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Starff, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton; born in Germany Jan. 27, 1814; emigrated to America, and landed in New Orleans Dec. 1, 1839, without a cent; after being without work for three months, he hired to a gardener; received $8 for the first month, $12 for the second, and $30 for the third month; then went to Little Miami, Ohio, and worked in harvest for five bits per day, and the whisky; but it was very good whisky; worked in Ohio a year and a half, working on farm and in distillery and chopping wood; went to St. Louis and drove omnibus there; worked in Iowa City and in Cedar Co., this State; after living in this county seven years alone, taking it rough and tumble, up and down, sweet and sour, he got married to Mrs. Lizzie Young, from the old country, Aug. 28, 1847; they came to Benton County in April 1849, and were early settlers. He traded a pair of pants, jacket, vest, and bridle, for the first horse he ever owned, and it was blind; his first wagon was a cart, made by himself, E. Berry and Berry Way, without iron; he used to cut and cart to Vinton three loads of wood a day, three-fourths of a cord in a load, and has cut a cord of wood in forty-five minutes. He owns 453 acres of land. They have three children -- Daniel, Matilda and Thomas, and lost two in infancy. (1878 Benton Township)

Starks, L. H., cabinet maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stary, Adam, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stary, C., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stattery, John, retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steadman, E. D., Deputy Co. Treasurer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steadman, E. M., Deputy U.S. Marshall. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steadman, E. P., clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steares, Jacob, money loaner. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steece, Arch. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steece, G. M. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steece, George, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Steffens, Frederick W., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Steffenson, A., farmer, Sec. 30. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stein, C., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Stein, H., farmer, Sec. 9: P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Steinke, W., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Stelling, F., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Stemmer, J., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stephen, F. P., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stephen, J. R., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stephens, J. H., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31; P. O. Vinton; born in Clarion Co., Penn., Jan. 26, 1850; came to this county in April, 1852; had an undivided interest in 160 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Held the offices of Township Trustee and Assessor. Married Annie Kimball, who was born in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., Aug. 21, 1851; mother of two living children -- Nellie, born Jan. 7, 1875; Jessie, born Aug. 5, 1877. Henry Stephens, father of the above sketch, was born in Blair Co., Penn., Dec. 2, 1810. He married Margaret McDowell, who was born in Philadelphia, Penn., Feb. 3, 1810; she was mother of five children, three of whom are now living -- James, J. H. and Mollie. Was among the earliest settlers in Benton Township. He had one brother in the 28th I.V.I., Co. D; was in the battles of Champion Hills, siege of Vicksburg, Red River expedition, in the two last fights of the Wilderness; was shot through the hip, which caused his death. (1878 Benton Township)

Stephens, James, farmer, Sec. 35; born in Clarion Co., Penn., Jan. 2, 1847; when 5 years of age, came with his parents to Benton Co., April 27, 1852, and was one of the earliest settlers; there are not many here now that were here when he came; there were plenty of Indians; he has lived here twenty-six years. He has held the office of Assessor, and road offices. Married Miss Althea Dickenson, from New York State, Sept. 5, 1874; they have two children - Gertie and Edgar. Henry and Margaret Stephens, the parents of James Stephens, were born in Pennsylvania, and came to Benton Co. in April, 1852; they were among the earliest settlers here; after living in this county about a quarter of a century, they died, leaving three children - James, Joseph H. and Mollie J.; left an estate of 160 acres land. They lost two children - Harrison was in the 28th I.V.I., Co. D; was wounded at the battle of Cedar Creek; died from his wounds. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sterling, J. S., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Livingston Co., N. Y., in 1822, in which county be remained until he was 17, years of age; he then shipped on a whaler, and followed a seafaring life for five years, during which time he sailed around the world, and was in many of the principal seaports of the world; after resigning his duties on the rolling deep, he went to Michigan, where he remained some years; he also lived in Ohio some time. In 1845, or thereabout, he went to Winnebago Co., Ill., in which county he met and married Miss Juliette Pennock, in 1846; she was born in New York in 1825; they moved to this county in 1856, and located in this township, thus becoming one of the pioneer families in this part of the county; they have two children -- Carrie F., born in Winnebago Co., Ill., in 1855, (she married James Shuck); Frank P., born in this county in Sept.; 1862. In 1866, Mr. Sterling and family visited Colorado and other portions of the West, and were absent several months; he owns 200 acres of land, which is nicely located and well improved. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stern, D. M., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Stern, M., dry goods and clothing. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sterns, P., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Stevens, James, farmer, Sec. 35. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stevens, R. E. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stevens, T., blacksmith, Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Stevenson, B. M., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Stevenson, D. M., farmer; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Stevenson, J. H., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Stevenson, W. R., retired. (1878 Taylor Township)

Steves, J. D., stock scales. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stewart, Ira, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stewart, J. G., retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stewart, James, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Dysart; born in County Derry, Ireland, in 1814; emigrated to New York City in June, 1839, thence to Philadelphia in Feb., 1840; thence, on foot, to Pittsburgh in 1841; thence to Benton Co. in 1857. Owns 250 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mary Elkin at Allegheny City, Penn., Oct. 25, 1843; she was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1821; they have had eleven children -- William, born April 6, 1845, died for his country Aug. 16, 1864; Thomas H., born July 18, 1847; Mary T., Jan. 19, 1850, died Oct. 28, 1853; James H., born March 20, 1852; Mary E., Nov. 7, 1857, died Aug. 16, 1877; John F., born Feb. 4, 1857; Flora L., Feb. 17, 1859; Anny, May 18, 1861; Lovy E., April 3, 1862; Minna, April 11, 1866; Sadie, Aug. 11, 1868. Township Trustee, School Director, Road Supervisor. Have been members of the Presbyterian Church since 1843. (1878 Monroe Township)

Stewart, N., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stewart, Peter, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Stewart, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Mooreville; born in Pennsylvania in 1823; removed to Benton Co. in 1867; has 240 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Sarah A. Young in 1847; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1822; they have four children -- James B., Ashbell N., Charles D. and Frank Y. Republican in politics. Has held the office of School Director five years, Township Trustee three terms, and Road Supervisor. Volunteered, with about thirty others from North Washington, Penn., to prevent the rebels from making a raid into Pennsylvania from Antietam. (1878 Bruce Township)

Stewart, W. A., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 28; P. O. Robin; was born in Feb., 1825; came to this county in 1854; has 400 acres of land, valued at $15,000. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of Justice of the Peace and Town Trustee. He married Catherine Cashew; she was born May 10, 1838; she is the mother of seven children -- Mary E., Maggie L., Esther, Alice, William H., John D. and Fannie. Mr. Stewart raises on an average 100 acres of corn (4,000 bushels), 100 acres of wheat (1,200 bushels) and 500 bushels of oats; turns off fifty head of hogs yearly. Helped to organize the townships of Florence and Fremont; built the first house in the township. Came here poor, amongst the earliest settlers, but by good management and industry has made a good home, and is one of the State's sound farmers. (1878 Fremont Township)

Stewart, William A., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Stibbe, H., farmer Sec. 15; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Stick, C., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Stick, D. L., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stick, Daniel, of the firm of D. Stick & Son, dealers in groceries and crockery; born in Adams Co., Penn., May 22, 1831; moved to Stark Co., Ohio, when 6 years of age; lived there twenty years, and learned the trade of merchant tailor; came to Linn Co., Iowa, in the Fall of 1857; lived there two years, and came to this county in the Fall of 1859, and engaged in farming; came to Vinton in 1864, and engaged in mercantile business, and has continued here since. Has held office in City Council, one of the first elected. Married Miss Margaret A. Marietta, from Ohio, June 5, 1851; they have two children - David L. and Etta R.; they lost three children - two sons and one daughter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stickley, P. J. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stickney, John, lumber dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stickney, Sherman, firm of Stickney and Bros., dealers in lumber and building material; born in the town of Jay, Essex Co., N.Y., April 19, 1838; the day he was 20 years old, he started to Iowa, and came to Vinton in April , 1858; engaged in teaching school, and was in the County Treasurer and Recorder's office; he went to Chicago, and was in the insurance business two years; returned to Vinton and engaged in the lumber business in 1868, and continued ever since. Married Miss Kate C. Boynton; born in the town of Jay, Essex Co., N. Y., July 19, 1871; they have one son - Eugene L. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stickney, W. W., farmer, Sec. 32. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stickney, Walter, feed store. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stiedt, J., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Stiegelmeier, J. H., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Stiegelmeyer, A., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Stiegelmeyer, C., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Stiegelmeyer, G., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Stiegelmeyer, H., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Stiehn, H., blacksmith, Sec. 9; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Stine, Henry, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Stiver, Balsom, laborer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Stiver, D. W., harness maker, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Stock, J. M., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stocker, E., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Stocker, E. W., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne; born in New Hampshire, Feb. 29, 1824. Married Elizabeth M. Van Metre in Iowa in 1858; she was born in Ohio in 1841; she was the granddaughter of Judge Van Metre of Ohio; they have four children - Mary L., born in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1861; Joe W., born in 1864, in Benton Co., Anne S., born in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1872; Jake P., born in Benton Co., Iowa in 1875. Mr. Stocker was about the first settler in this part of Benton Co.; located 480 acres of land in 1854; this was before the township of Kane was organized; moved on the land in May, 1855. He was appointed by Judge Douglass to organize the township of Kane; at the organizing of the township, they had but 10 voters. In the early part of the township history, Mr. Stocker identified himself with the educational interests, and took an active part in the organization of schools. In 1849, Mr. Stocker crossed the plains to California with a party with ox teams in search of gold; followed mining five years, and recrossed the plains in the Summer of 1854 to Iowa; remained upon his farm until 1864; he then took another search for gold to Montana; remained one season, and returned to his family; he shared all the trials of the early settlers; the nearest neighbor was five miles away; hauled lumber from Davenport to build his house; he improved his farm, set out orchards, twelve acres of groves, built a large house and barns; has all the comforts of life around him; has been a very successful man in life; has acquired a good property by his own exertion, commencing at the age of 27 without a dollar. Mr. Stocker has the reputation of a man of unbounded generosity; his latch string always hanging out to the poor; he is a member of the A.F. & A.M. Order at Belle Plain, and Chapter and Commandery, No. 14; he helped to organize the Lodges at Belle Plaine, and the St. Clair Lodge. Has trees on his farm that he set out, that measure 6 feet in circumference. Mr. Stocker has been a member of the Board of Supervisors seven years; held all the principal school offices and township offices. Mr. Stocker has 480 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. (1878 Kane Township)

Stocking, G. H., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stockslager, S. O., physician and surgeon, Florence; born in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 27, 1849. Married Flora E. Brown in Florence, Iowa, 1877; she was born in Florence, Iowa, in 1858. Mr. Stockslager attended the Rush Medical College of Chicago, in 1871, and after the large fire took place in Chicago in 1871, went to Iowa City, Iowa, and attended the Iowa State University, and graduated Feb., 1875, at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, at New York; practiced in Tipton, Cedar Co., Iowa, commencing March, 1872; practiced eighteen months and then took another course of lectures and a hospital course, and located in Florence, Iowa, July 31, 1875, where he has since been practicing. Owns house and lot in Florence, valued at $1,000. Is a member of the A.F. & A.M. Lodge. (1878 Florence Township)

Stoltenburg, S., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Stone, Amos, retired farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stone, G. H., carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Stone, Horatio G., carpenter and builder; born in Essex Co., N.Y., March 30, 1830; came to Scott Co. with his parents when 12 years of age, 1842; learned trade of carpenter and joiner; lived in Scott Co. twenty-two years, engaged in building in Davenport for many years; came to this county in 1865, and since then has lived here; has lived in this State thirty-six years. Married Susan Carlton from New York State; they have one daughter Lillie; lost one son in infancy. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stone, Ostrum, retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stoner, H., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Stonesifer, E. M., farmer and stock raiser, Blairstown; owns 600 acres of land in the vicinity of this place; he was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, on the 31st of Dec., 1824; when he was 15 years of age, he went to Jefferson Co., and remained there until 1857; he then went to Louisville, Ky., in which place he remained about eight years; from there he came to this town, and it has been his home since. He married Miss Catharine A. Black, in Jefferson Co., Ohio, in May, 1847; she was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1825. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stookey, David J., stock dealer, buying and shipping stock; born in Ross Co., Ohio, Dec. 22, 1824; lived in Ohio nineteen years; removed to Indiana; came to Iowa in 1851; afterward engaged in milling and mercantile business at Moscow; entered 400 acres of land in Cedar Co.; was in stock business at Wilton Junction; came to Vinton in Oct., 1867; engaged in stock business. Was in the army; enlisted in the 35th I.V.I., Co. I; was instrumental in getting up the company, and furnishing the means; was commissioned Captain. Married Louisa Slaughter; born in Indiana; she died in 1866; leaving six children; lost one. Married Phebe McCord, from Linn Co., Iowa, in 1869; they have two children - Harry and Maud. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stores, Royal, laborer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Storey, James, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Storrs, Elijah, farmer; P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Storts, J. H., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Stortz, M., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Story, D., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Story, G., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Story, W. S., farmer, 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Story, Williamson, stock dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stoufer, B., farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stout, G. W., stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stout, W. R., farmer, Sec. 32. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stow, J. O., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Fremont Township)

Strand, T. L., farmer, Sec., 9; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Strawhacker, E., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Strawn, T. G., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Stredluer, J., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Strickling, John W., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Watkins; born in Ohio Sept. 21, 1828. Married Sarah J. Greer in Ohio, in 1855; she was born in Ohio, in 1833; they had seven children; six are now living -- Oliver O., John W., Vesta N., Adaline L., Cora P. and Sarah J. Have 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; moved to Illinois in 1856; stayed one year and moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1857. Has held the office of Township Assessor two years, and Township Trustee. Mr. and Mrs. Strickling are members of the Presbyterian Church. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Strohbeen, John, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Strohmeier, Conrad, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Strube, A., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Struck, J., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Garrison; born in Holstein, Germany May 13, 1835; emigrated to Davenport, Iowa, Oct. 16, 1857; thence to Benton Co. March 21, 1873; has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Margaret Meyer in 1866; she was born in Holstein, Germany, in 1847; they have four children -- Willie, born March 12, 1869; Fred, May 22, 1871; Henry, Feb. 20, 1875; Rodolph, April 20, 1877. Republican; members of the German Lutheran Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Struve, Henry, Sec. 21; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Germany in 1819; came to America in 1852, and settled in Rock Island Co., Ill., and in 1867, removed to his present farm. Married Maria Schroeder in 1851; she was born in Germany; have seven children - Charley, Emma, Matilda, Anna, Caroline, John and Theodore; lost five - Lena, James, Margaret, William and George. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Stuben, P. N., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Stuck, William, farmer. (1878 Homer Township)

Stuckenbruck, William F., farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Studt, Ph., Reverend, Pastor of the Lutheran Church, Luzerne; was born in St. Clair Co., Ill., in the year 1841; he remained in said county until his 22nd year; he then went to St. Louis and commenced studying for the ministry; he attended Concordia College at that place (St. Louis) four years, at the end of which time he graduated; was ordained minister in 1866; since which time he has had pastoral charge of the Lutheran Church at this place (Luzerne). He married Miss Sophia E. M. Tatge, in Iowa City, this State, on the 10th of Nov., 1869; she was born in Kendall Co., Ill., on the 13th of March, 1852; they have had four children -- Julius C. P., born in Luzerne on the 11th of Sept., 1871; Henry F., born in Luzerne on the 30th of March, 1873, died in infancy; August J., born in Luzerne on the 14th of Oct., 1874; Martin G. W., born in Luzerne on the 5th of Nov., 1877. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Stull, J. S., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Sturling, H. H., boarding house. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sturtz, John, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Sulivan, A. L., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Sulvert, William, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Summer, M., farmer, P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Summers, Charles L., Postmaster and merchant, Shellsburg; born in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 8, 1829; came to this county in 1859; has property valued at $9,000; does a business of $25,000 a year. Held the office of Township Trustee, etc. Married Hannah White in 1863; born in Ohio Nov. 25, 1844; mother of three children -- Frank, born Sept. 17, 1864; Ella, born April 3, 1866; Annie, Sept. 9, 1871; emigrated from Pennsylvania in 1841 to Warren Co., Ill.; lived there one year; from there to Knox Co.; lived there two years, then to Fulton Co.; lived there six years, then to Peoria; lived there one year, thence to Knox Co.; lived there seven years, then to this county, where he followed farming a short time, and then went into the mercantile business, which he has followed since. Was in the 5th I. V. I., was in the battles of Iuka and Corinth. (1878 Canton Township)

Summers, J. C., Colonel, Shellsburg; was born in New Jersey Dec. 3, 1832; came to this county in 1852. Politics, Greenbacker, and Chairman of the County Central Committee. First Mayor of Shellsburg. Married Mary E. Smith; she was born in McKean Co., Penn., Feb. 14, 1831, and emigrated from New Jersey to Philadelphia; remained there a short time, thence to New York; when he was 10 years old he came to Warren Co., Ill., thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; enlisted in the 28th Regt. I. V. I. as private; was promoted to Second Sergeant, and in five months was a commissioned Second Lieutenant, afterward promoted to First Lieutenant; was in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hills, siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, on the Red River Expedition under Banks; the brigade he then belonged to was transferred to the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan; was wounded at Winchester by a musket ball through his shoulder, breaking shoulder blade; got leave of absence for sixty days, then returned to his regiment; transferred from Shenandoah Valley to Savannah, Ga., to garrison the city; was mustered out of service at Savannah. Has held the office of Captain of Co. G, I. N. G.; afterward promoted to Major and now is Commanding Colonel of the regiment. (1878 Canton Township)

Sutherland, W. H., farmer Sec. 19; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Sutter, John, merchant, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Swaim, J. J. (1878 Taylor Township)

Swaim, Marcus, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Sweet, L. T., banker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Swem, E. G., merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Swenson, O., stone mason, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Swick, H. C., carpenter, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Switz, J., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Tadge, Conrad, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Taggart, G. M., clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Taggart, J. A., harness maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Taggart, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 17. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tague, David, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Burk. (1878 Polk Township)

Talboth, Seth, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Talman, B., farmer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tamm, Fred, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Tangeman, A. J., farmer, Blairstown; was born in Mercer Co., Ohio, Jan. 21, 1833; came to this State in 1846, and settled in Clayton Co., in which county he remained until 1864; he then came to this town and engaged in the mercantile business with John Book, in which business he remained until the Fall of 1874; since that time he has principally followed farming. He has been a member of the School Board two years; he has also been a member of the Town Council three years. He married Elizabeth Buch in Clayton Co., this State, in 1857; she was born in, Germany; they have seven children -- Anna M. K., born in Clayton Co., Sept. 21, 1858; George F., born in Clayton Co., Oct. 7, 1860; Mary E., born in Clayton Co., Dec. 21, 1862; John R., born in this town April 27, 1865; Martha L., born in this town Sept. 2, 1867; Elizabeth W., born in this town Nov. 23, 1869; Fannie Amelia, born in this town Oct. 3, 1876. Mr. Tangeman owns 443 acres of land, and a residence and several lots in town. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Tangeman, William, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Tanhill, G. W., money loaner. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tanner, John, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 36; P. O. Florence; born April 22, 1812, in New York. Married Isabelle Karns in Ohio, May 1, 1835; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1814; they have four children -- Mary Jane, Nathaniel, W. A., Thomas Cisero. Has 220 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; moved to Pennsylvania and Ohio, and settled in Iowa in 1856. Has held the office of County Commissioner in Ohio, and held several other township offices. He makes a specialty of raising timber and fruit trees. Mr. Tanner's father died when he was 5 years of age, and he has made a good property; helped each child to a farm, and got his property by his own energy. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tanner, N. A., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Florence; born in Ohio Sept. 23, 1838. Married Vesta Adelia Doolittle, in Iowa, in 1860; she was born in Ohio in 1837; they have eight children -- William M., E. A., H. I., J. F., M. L., E. L., S. C. and Vincent. Has 200 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; came to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1856; located in Benton Co. in 1857. Held the offices of Township Clerk and Secretary of the School Board. Is a member of A. F. & A. M. Lodge. Mr. Tanner and wife are members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tanner, T. C., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Florence. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tanner, T. C., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Florence. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tanner, W., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Florence. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tashner, Gottleab, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Tatge, Christopher, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Belle Plaine; owns 483 acres of land; was born in Germany in 1830; came to this country in 1849. Married Miss Sophia Collman, in Kendall Co., Ill.; she was born in Hanover, Germany; they moved to this country and settled at Buckeye Station, this Township, in 1855. Mr. Tatge set out the first nursery in this county; he engaged in nursery business until 1861; he then sold his place at Buckeye Station, and moved on his present farm, which is well improved, and has on it a fine orchard of twenty acres; he cultivates a fruit known as the German prune, (Nine of them weigh a pound, on an average). His family are -- Charles, John W., Martha, Edward, Lizzie, Willie, Anna and George. Mrs. Tatge's father (Henry Collman), was born in Germany, in 1793; when he was 19 years of age, he entered the army, and remained in the service fifteen years; he was in many battles; the principal one was the battle of Waterloo; in this battle was in the command of the Duke of Wellington; he came to this county in 1855, and is still a resident of it. Mr. Tatge is a member of the Farmers' Mutual Insurance Co., Iowa Township, Benton Co., of which Company he was the principal in organizing, and Trustee a number of years. (1878 Iowa Township)

Tatman, J. W., butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Taylor, Alfred E., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Florence; born in Du Page Co., Ill., July 30, 1851. Married Phebe Brown in Benton Co., in 1874; she was born in Indiana, March 4, 1854; they have two children -- Rossiter Elwin and Iva. Have 110 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; came to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1844. Mr. Taylor has held the office of School Director and other town offices. (1878 Florence Township)

Taylor, C. W., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Taylor, D. J., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Taylor, Elizabeth, Mrs., farming, Sec. 32; P. O. Florence;. was born in Wayne Co., N. Y., Oct. 28, 1824. Was married to William Taylor in Du Page Co., Ill., in 1844. William Taylor was born July 24, 1810, in New Hampshire; they had seven children; five are living -- William J., Alfred E., Lewis E., Addie and Agness L.; have 360 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Mrs. Taylor is a member of the M. E. Church. Mrs. Taylor moved with her parents to Michigan, and then to Illinois, and moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1856. Mr. Taylor died, July 24, 1865; Mary E. died Aug. 25, 1877, aged 32 years; Elzora A. died Jan. 9, 1875, aged 16 years. (1878 Florence Township)

Taylor, F. J. (1878 Taylor Township)

Taylor, J. W., harness maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Taylor, Lewis E., farmer, Sec. 32, P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Taylor, N. S., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Taylor, R. P., jeweler, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Taylor, Solon, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Taylor, W. L., Railroad Conductor, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Taylor, William, carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tege, William, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Templeman, J. N., carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tewkesbery, W. A., attorney. (1878 Taylor Township)

Than, H., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tharp, M. V., farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Thatcher, F. W., farmer; P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Thatcher, Samuel L., farmer; born in Vermont, Oct. 28, 1819; lived in that State twenty-four years; came to Wisconsin, and was engaged in selling agricultural implements; came to Benton Co. in 1860; has been engaged in farming and in ditching and draining by machinery and in moving buildings; when he came he had nothing and was $1,000 in debt, and now owns over 300 acres of land. Married Miss Sarah J. Baley, from Pennsylvania; they have two children – Ida and James. (1878 Taylor Township)

Thayer, D. W., farmer, Sec. 22. (1878 Taylor Township)

Thede, F., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Thessen, Claus, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Thiele, Henry, harness maker, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Thiessen, P. M., farmer. (1878 Homer Township)

Thiessen, Thies, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Homer Township)

Thocle, George, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Homer Township)

Thom, Job, retired farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Thoman, L., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Thomas, A., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Thomas, C. V., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Thomas, D. H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Thomas, G. C., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Thomas, J. S., far, Sec. 3; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Thomas, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Thompson, Arad, merchant, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Thompson, C., retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Thompson, C. O., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Bruce Township)

Thompson, H., tenant farmer; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Thompson, J., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Thompson, J. C., bridge builder. (1878 Taylor Township)

Thompson, J. F., laborer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Thompson, J. M., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Thompson, J. Q., clerk, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Thompson, J. W., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Thompson, John K., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Thompson, L. D., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Thompson, Nels, laborer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Thompson, Nelson, laborer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Thompson, P. W., miller, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Thompson, R. E., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Thompson, R. H., farmer, P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Thompson, Samuel, farmer, stock raiser, Sec. 5; came to this county in 1853 on a visit, and came and settled in 1855; has 297 acres of land, valued at $9,000. Belongs to the M. E. Church. Married Sarah Lewis; born in Ohio, Oct. 24, 1837; Mr. Thompson was born in Pennsylvania, Sept. 17, 1829; is the father of seven living children -- James W., born May 6, 1858; John L., born March 7, 1860; Oscar H., born Feb. 3, 1862; Francis, born Dec.. 9, 1866; Luella, born Dec. 3, 1869; Otto, born April 14, 1871; Nannie M., born Jan. 23, 1876. Emigrated direct from Pennsylvania to this county; came in here when the country was new and thinly settled; was among the earliest settlers; Mr. Thompson was from the oil region; the old homestead was sold when they came West for $2,500; afterward, oil was struck on it, and it sold for $35,000. (1878 Canton Township)

Thompson, Sophia, Mrs., farming, Sec. 30; P. O. Florence; born in Norway, Europe, in 1831; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; has three children -- Martha B., William O. and Annie Bell; is the widow of William B. Thompson. Mr. Thompson enlisted Sept. 20, 1861, in the 8th Iowa V. I.; was taken prisoner at the battle of Pittsburg Landing April, 1862; was kept in Montgomery and Macon, Ga., prisons six months; was exchanged at Annapolis, Md. Mrs. Thompson came to America in 1850; located in La Salle Co., Ill.; moved to Iowa Co., Iowa, in 1857, and located in Benton Co. in 1861. Mrs. Thompson is a member of The Lutheran Church. Mr. Thompson lost his health in prison, and was transferred to the Invalid Corps of Company K, 4th Regiment, and was discharged in Sept., 1864; died in 1868 in Benton, Co., Iowa. (1878 Florence Township)

Thompson, T., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Thompson, W. B., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Thompson, W. W., blacksmith, Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Thompson, W. W., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Thompson, William, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown; born in Ohio Sept. 2, 1821. Married Nancy Terres in Ohio Sept., 1845, she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1823; had ten children, five are living -- W. W. Thompson, born Aug. 14, 1846, in Ohio; Nancy Jenuet, born March 12, 1848 (was married to Mr. Troutman, now deceased); Sarah Jane, born July 31, 1850 (now deceased); Samantha, born Aug. 31, 1852 (now deceased); John, born Oct. 20, 1854; Mary, born June 7, 1867, in Iowa; Ira and Alvira (twins), born Dec. 10, 1859 (now deceased); Isaac Newton, born July 31, 1862; Enos Sherman, born Jan. 2, 1865. Mrs. Thompson died June 8, 1866; he then married Mrs. Keiper in Iowa, 1866; she was born in Pennsylvania Dec. 24, 1823; when married had three children -- Albert John, Milton E. and Emma L. Mr. Thompson has 319 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Has held the office of Township Clerk and Supervisor; moved to Iowa, 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are members of the Evangelical Church. He helped to organize the township, and built the schools and churches, etc. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Thomson, M. J., merchant, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Thorman, F., Sr., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Thorman, F., Jr., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Thornpkins, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Monroe Township)

Tibbals, E., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Tiede, John, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tiel, Lererette, retired, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tile, W., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Tiler, James, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Tilford, John S., retired; born in Clark Co., Ind., July 30, 1811; lived there until 1832, when he enlisted in the U.S. service in the Black Hawk War; he was in the Ranger Corps; Captain Ford commanded the company, and when they reached Rock Island they were under General Scott, and four companies of them went South to make treaties with the several tribes; he returned to Johnson Co., Ind., and was engaged in the cabinet and coffin business; in 1850, he came to Iowa and located land, and in April 1851 came here to reside; he entered the land upon which part of the city is now built; only three persons here now that were here when he came; there were more Indians than white people here then; owns several farms, and has been identified with all the interests of the county. Married Margaret J. Young, from Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind., April 21, 1835; they have three children - J. Y. Tilford, Mrs. Ann J. Hanford and Helen A. Tracy; they have lost three children. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tilford, John Y., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 14; born in Franklin Co., Ind., Feb. 11, 1836; lived there until sixteen years of age; came to Vinton in April, 1852; one of the early settlers here, there being only a few persons here now that were here when he came; owns farm of 120 acres. Married Miss Mahala Harper, from Ohio, in 1857; she died in 1872, leaving three children - Cora M., Margaret A. and Minnie L. Married Miss Hattie Wilcox from near Columbus, Ohio, in Nov. 1873; they have one son - John E. Tilford. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tillotson, C. K. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tilly, Henry, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Garrison; born in Hanover, Germany, in 1839; emigrated to Chicago in 1859; thence to Lee Co., Ill., in 1860; thence to Idaho in 1862; thence to Lee Co., Ill., in 1864; thence to Benton Co. in 1872. Owns 100 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Anna C. Homon; she was born in Hesse, Germany, in 1840; they have two children -- Anna M., born in Feb., 1872, and G. Henry, in March, 1874. Members of the German Lutheran Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Tilson, David, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Tilson, W. A., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Timm, J., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Timm, John, saloon. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Tinker, G .S., drayman. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tinkham, Jacob L., firm of Tinkham & Miller, grocers; born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Jan. 2, 1832; lived there twenty-six years, and came to Benton Co., Iowa in 1858 - to Marysville; engaged in cabinet making and building business. Was in the army; enlisted in 8th Iowa V.I., Company D; was in battle of Shiloh, and was taken prisoner; after going to Tuscaloosa and Montgomery, was paroled, and returned to his regiment; was in the Vicksburg campaign; was slightly wounded at Memphis during the Forrest raid; was in the campaign against Mobile. Returned here in 1866, and engaged in business with Levi S. Miller; holds office of Town Trustee, and has held town and school offices. Married Virginia M. Mossman, from Ohio, in 1862; they have two children - Edwin M. and Bertha L.; lost two children - Leslie and baby. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tippen, James, laborer, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Tipton, T., banker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Tischer, J. A., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Tittler, H. J., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Titus, Calvin, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Titus, G. D., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Titus, H. (1878 Taylor Township)
Tivedt, J. J.
, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Tobin, M., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Tobin, Thomas. The subject of this biography was born in Ireland Aug. 15, 1835; his father's name was Richard Tobin, who died when the professor was a child; he lost his mother when 7 or 8 years of age; then the family was broken up, the oldest members, two brothers and two sisters, coming to America, leaving Mr. Tobin and a young sister, orphans, in a county then passing through the period of the famine, when the crops failed to be harvested three years. During these three years the children lived upon what the hand of friendship could in these trying times supply. In 1850, one of the brothers mentioned above, Richard Tobin, now of Oswego, N.Y., sent money to Ireland for his young brother, then about 15 years of age; the lad started for America, without friends or education, and landed in New York hatless and barefoot, not having a single penny in the world; two years afterward he learned his letters, went to school and passed rapidly through the common school; although he attended school in the Winter, he made such progress that his friends advised him to seek higher advantages; in 1857, he left Long Island and venturing upon the road to learning, entered Fort Edward Collegiate Seminary; there he met Professor S. A. Knapp and wife. After enduring many vicissitudes in the preparatory and collegiate courses, he graduated in June 1862, and was ordained to preach the Gospel in the Baptist Church in 1863 . He often remarks that he spent three months in school during which time he had not money enough to buy a postage stamp. He has taught some part of each year since, with fair success. In 1868, Mr. Tobin learned for the first time since he came to America where his brother who had sent for him was; the meeting was a joyous one; at that time, also, he learned that the little sister whom he had left in Ireland had also come to America, was married and settled near Green Bay, Wis., in the enjoyment of a large, smart, healthy family, one of which, C. McCarty, now is in the Academy. The brother of whom we have spoken still resides in Oswego, N. Y., and among other sources of happiness rejoices to see the little orphans, whom he so kindly remembered in sending them his hard earned money, so well situated in this life, and honor and a comfort to himself. In March, 1871, Mr. Tobin came to Vinton, and through the advice of Professor Knapp, he laid out all he had accumulated in the enterprise now known as Tilford Academy; within six days after Mr. Tobin landed in Vinton, the plan for the Academy was completed, and thirteen teams and twenty-five men were at work upon the grounds and building, setting out trees, grading, etc., and within five months from the time of commencing, the Professor had completed and furnished the Academy; had gone to Vermont, married, returned and had a school of one hundred students in full and successful operation. When the Academy was dedicated, Professor S. A. Knapp delivered the address in Watson's Hall in which he quoted, by way of recommendation, what the President of the Institution from which Mr. Tobin graduated said of him "he can be depended upon." Mr. T. has been before the public and the people of Benton Co. for the last seven years; he has organized and conducted a first-class Academy, with but little help from the community and in no wise connected with a Church or State; and today Tilford Academy, with its fine buildings, furniture and surroundings is known to Benton Co. and a large portion of Iowa, and merits to be considered worthy of favor and patronage. The institution, with all its equipment, cost over $26,000. It is well arranged for 125 students and five teachers; everything is taught that the public requires; sixty students find a good home in the Academy building. The buildings are well calculated for school and school purposes and are the special pride of Vinton and Benton County. Professor Tobin has been aided from the beginning by his excellent and accomplished wife, Allie C., daughter of Philip and Mary Griswold, of Castletown, Vt., to whom he owes much of the success and efficiency of the institution. Mrs. Tobin has also acquired a high reputation as an artist; as a teacher she has no superior, and is highly beloved by all who know her. Mr. Tobin is also happy in the company and assistance of his nephew, T. F. Tobin, son of the brother and benefactor spoken of above; this young man has made rapid improvements in his studies, and has worked his way through and up to the Sophomore year in College, and is determined to go through the highest available course. He is a good teacher and highly esteemed by all who know him. The State and Nation will hear from him yet, and be pleased to honor him. The Professor's life and success thus far should stimulate our young meant to look forward to the privileges and opportunities they have to enjoy, of the life before them, and it should be an incentive and inducement to noble undertakings and perseverance. Young men, so live that men of worth and integrity can say of you, "he can be depended upon." (1878 Taylor Township)

Todd, J. V., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Todd, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Tomes, M. M., blacksmith, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Tooms, Jessie, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Torrison, H., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, A. L., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, Axel, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, C., renter, Sec. 14; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, Lars, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, Ole, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tow, Severt, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Town, Wellington, farmer; P. O. Brandon. (1878 Harrison Township)

Towns , R. N., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Tracy, M., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Traer, J. C., Dr., of the firm Traer Bros., bankers; born in Knox Co., Ohio, Sept. 7, 1825, and came to Iowa in 1845, and lived in Muscatine Co., one year and in Cedar Co. one year, and in Cedar Rapids three years; came to Benton Co. in August, 1851, and is one of the earliest settlers here; he practiced medicine several years; was the first physician in Vinton; he studied law, and has practiced his profession for twenty years; has also been engaged in the banking business since 1855; he was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1857, and has held the office of Mayor two years. Married Miss M. W. Ferguson, from Portage Co., Ohio, in November 1849; they have eight children - William N., Florence E., George E., Glenwood, Jesse F., Mary, James F., and Clifford A. (1878 Taylor Township)

Traer, U. E., physician. (1878 Taylor Township)

Traer, William Montgomery, of the banking house of Traer Bros.; was born in Vinton, Benton Co., May 21, 1852; he is the first person that was born in Vinton, and he has lived here twenty-six years; he has been connected with the active management of the bank since 1871. Married Miss Delia Boggs, daughter of A. W. Boggs, Esq., of this county, Sept. 4, 1873; they have two children - James Ferguson and William Traer, Jr. (1878 Taylor Township)
Trambower, B. F.
, of the firm of Parker & Trambower, dry goods and groceries, Shellsburg; was born in Bucks Co., Penn., Feb. 22, 1852; came to this county in 1868; commenced in business in 1876, and does a business of $20,000 per year, and have succeeded above their expectations; Mr. Parker's partner is now traveling in Europe; was a graduate of Keokuk Commercial Business College; Mr. Trambower commenced clerking when he came to this town a poor boy, but by applying himself to business, and by honesty, has made a good start in life. (1878 Canton Township)

Tranor, J., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Tranor, O., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Traverse, Jesse, farmer; P. O. Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Traverse, John, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine; owns 187 acres of land; was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, 1816; when he was 15 years age he moved with his parents to Cass Co., Mich., in which county he remained until 1855, when he came this county, and located on the farm on which he now resides. He married Miss Mary Shellenbarger, in Michigan; she was born in Ohio; they have four children -- Robert J. Traverse, Sarah, Charles and Elmer. (1878 Iowa Township)

Treanor, George, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Mooreville; born in the city of New York Jan. 28, 1816; removed to Benton Co. June 1857; has 390 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Lucy S. Allen Jan. 6, 1836; she was born in Massachusetts Sept. 3, 1846; died March 25, 1856, leaving two children - Harriet M., born July 3, 1844; Lucy A., born Dec. 24, 1848. Married Sarah L. Rice Nov. 9, 1856; she was born in Erie Co., N. Y., 1835; they have two children - George S., born Oct. 24, 1859; Belle A., born Oct. 3, 1862. Republican in politics. Has held the offices of the Township Clerk, Trustee, School Director and County Supervisor, the first elected in the town. Is a member of the I. O. O. F. (1878 Bruce Township)

Treptow, W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Treptow, W. C. A., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tripp, J. M., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Troutman, Daniel, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 33; P. O. Blairstown; born in Somerset Co., Penn., Oct. 3, 1837. Married Miss N. J. Thompson in Iowa, 1867; she was born in Richland Co., Ohio, 1848; they have four children -- Royal W., Effa F., Harvey E. and Reldey U. Mrs. Troutman died Nov., 1875, in Iowa, and Mr. Troutman married Mrs. J. A. Whiting in Linn Co., Iowa, Dec. 11, 1877; she was born in New York, in 1834. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Mr. Troutman is a member of the Evangelical Association, and Mrs. Troutman is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Troutman came to Iowa Oct., 1855. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Troutman, J., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Trowbridge, John, painter, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Troy, Charles, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Troy, J. W., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Trueblood, Elijah, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Trueblood, Milton A., farmer; P. O. Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Truesdell, H. F., carpenter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Truesdell, Henry F., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Trumbauer, B. F., merchant, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Trumbull, Amos Q., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Tucker, Gabriel F., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Florence; born in Collins, N. Y., June 6, 1836. Married Sarah A. Smith in New York; she was born in Brant, N. Y., in 1837; they had one child -- Jason C., born in 1859. Mrs. Tucker died in 1866. Mr. Tucker has eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; is a member of the Friends' Society. Mr. Tucker was in the U. S. Mail Service at Buffalo, N. Y., for nine years; came to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1863. (1878 Florence Township)

Tucker, John, farmer, P. O. Watkins. (1878 Florence Township)

Tucker, R. R., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Tucker, William D., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins; born in Carroll Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1847. Married Mary Ellen Jackson in Tama Co., Iowa, in 1870; she was born in Iowa, Aug. 6, 1853; have had three children, one living -- Dallas Berton, born in Eldorado, Iowa, April, 1877. Has forty acres of land valued at $25 per acre; moved to Iowa in 1859; moved to Kansas in 1871; returned to Tama Co., Iowa in 1874; located in Benton Co., in 1876. Held the office of School Director in Kansas. Edward, William and Arthur died in infancy. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Turner, A. R., carpenter and builder, Watkins; born in Pennsylvania Aug. 18, 1837. Married Elizabeth Bosley in Pennsylvania in 1856; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1832; they have five children -- Charles, Thomas, William, Clara Bell and Ora. Owns a house and lot, valued at $500; came to Iowa in the Spring of 1857. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Turner, C. G., Notary Public and Conveyancer, Watkins; born in Virginia Nov. 28, 1809. Married Eliza Rose in Pennsylvania in 1832; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1812; they have nine children -- Nancy Jane, Joseph, Alpheus, Sarah, Clarissa, Edward and Charles (twins), Martha and William. Mr. Turner moved to Pennsylvania in 1831; moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1860; followed carpentering thirty years in the early part of his life; entered a farm of 320 acres in 1854. The village of Watkins was built on the farm of Mr. Turner; he gave the railroad company seven acres of land for a depot and the right of way; he raised over $5,000 by subscription to establish the depot at Watkins years before the depot was located, and spent a large sum of money to establish the post office, and Mr. Turner was the first Postmaster; helped to establish the first Masonic Lodge in this Sec. . Mr. Turner has 300 acres of land, valued at $11,000, and town lots valued at $4,000. Mr. Turner has held the offices of Justice of the Peace, School Director, and other town offices. Is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Lodge. Mr. Turner made his property himself, and does not owe a dollar. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Turner, Edward, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Watkins; born in Pennsylvania May 15, 1846. Married Mary A. Skiles in Iowa Co., Iowa, in January, 1866; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1847; they have four children -- Frank Lee, Effa May, Willie Arthur, Mary Emma. Has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,800; came to Iowa in 1861. Is a son of C. G. Turner. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Turner, Joseph W., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins; born in Fayette Co., Penn., Sept. 27, 1835. Married Rachel Leonard in Illinois in January, 1857 she was born in Ohio July 29, 1839; they have five children -- Albert Henry, Ann Eliza, Oren Wilmer, Martha Jane, Richard William. Has 156 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; moved to Illinois in 1855; stayed till January, 1859, and moved to Benton Co., Iowa. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Turner, Timothy, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Tuttle, O., Jr., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Tuttle, Osman, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Florence; born in Norway, Europe, in January, 1798. Married Melinda in 1826 in Norway; they had nine children, three are living -- Annie, Betsey and Osman. Mrs. Tuttle died in 1852. Mr. Tuttle married his second wife -- Helena Sophia in Norway, in October, 1855; she was born in Norway in 1822; they had five children, two are living -- Henry and Osman Edward. Mr. Tuttle has 640 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre and some town property; he came to America in 1836, went back to Norway in 1855, and returned to America in 1856; located in Benton Co. in 1859. Mr. Tuttle located the town of Norway, Iowa; he gave eleven acres of land to the Chicago & North-Western Railway Company to locate the depot and railroad; he helped to build the first school house in Norway. Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Tuttle has a good property, made by his energy and economy. (1878 Florence Township)

Twogood, Charles, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Belle Plaine; born in Delphi Co., N. Y., Feb. 24, 1825; removed to Onondaga Co., N. Y., in 1828; thence to Jackson Co., Mich., in 1849; thence to Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1851; thence to Benton Co. in 1856; has seventy-eight acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Juliet Stebbins, July 19, 1848; she was born in Syracuse, N. Y., June 15, 1826; their children are Sarah A., born June 15, 1849; Harriet A., Nov. 15, 1851; Willie E., Feb. 2, 1856; Milo C., Sept. 11, 1858; Alva C., Aug. 9, 1861, died Oct. 23, 1873; Augustus, born March 24, 1868. Republican in politics for thirty years; Road Supervisor for twelve years; Township Trustee one year. Members of the Baptist Church since 1852. (1878 Homer Township)

Twogood, W. E., farmer. (1878 Homer Township)

Tyler, Fred, butter and egg dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Tyron, Jesse, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ulleraig, William, tenant farmer; P. O. Florence. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Ullom, W. T., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Underwood, E., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Unger, Charles, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Unger, H., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Urice, George, merchant, Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Urice, W. J., livery, Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Urmy, J. F., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Urmy, Jonathan, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Urmy, William, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Indiana in 1833; came to Benton Co. in 1852. Has eighty acres, valued at $25 per acre. Married Mary J. Clarrilse in 1856; she was born in Illinois in 1840; three children -- Nancy J., Charles L., Anna E. Democratic. Constable six years. Member of the Christian Church. (1878 Monroe Township)

Usher, G. S., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Uthe, A., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Uthe, F., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Utley, J. E., hotel, Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Utley, M. S., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Uttley, P. L., Assistant Postmaster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Vail, C., attorney, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Valentine, W. H., foreman of Round House of N. W. Railroad, Belle Plaine; was born in Clinton Co., N.Y., 1830, in which place he remained until 1863, when he went to Chicago, Ill., entered the employ of the N. W. Railroad and has been in their employ since; he remained in Chicago two years, then went upon the Peninsula, where he remained until 1867; he then came to Clinton, this State. While there he married Miss Sarah E. Hinkley in 1868; she was born in Clinton Co., this State; they lived in Clinton until September, 1875, when they moved to Belle Plaine; they own a nice property in Clinton, valued at about $2,000. (1878 Iowa Township)

Van Brocklin, W. R., Sec. 17; P. O. La Porte City; owns 190 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Jefferson Co., N.Y., in 1833; came to Iowa in 1875, and settled on his present farm; was a resident of Stephenson Co., Ill., twenty-three years. Married Loretta Bolton in 1861; she was born in Green Co., N.Y., in 1840; have three children - Orton, Emma and Ora. Mrs. Van Brocklin is a member of the M. E. Church. (1878 Cedar Township)

Van Buskirk, J., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Van Deusen, M. B., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 17; P. O. La Porte City; born in Medina Co., Ohio, in 1835; removed to Benton Co. in 1858; has 400 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Harriet Treenor in 1859; she was born in Erie Co., N. Y., in 1844; they have one child -- Orpha, born in Nov., 1864. Republican in politics. Has held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Assessor, School Director and others. Mr. Van Deusen was among the early settlers, and has made all he has by his own industry, working for wages the first year of his life in Iowa, at $12 per month. (1878 Bruce Township)

Van Dike, H. W., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 19; P. O. Irving; owns the farm known as the "Lone Tree Farm:" it derives its name from the tree that now stands near Mr. Van Dike's house; that was the only tree or shrub in the township of Kane at the time. Mr. Van Dike settled on the land. He was born in Ohio April 24, 1829, and married Sarah Ashby in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1868; she was born in Ohio in 1824; they have four children - Ophelia, Amelia, Lawrence and Elba; Seymore died in infancy; Ida May died at the age of 6 years. Has 345 acres of land valued at $40 per acre. He came to Iowa in 1855; he has a good farm, and one of the grandest houses in the county, well furnished with all the comforts of life. Is a member of the A. F.& A. M. Lodge at Belle Plain, and Hope Lodge, No. 175. Has held the offices of Justice of the Peace and Township Clerk four years, and several other township offices; was an early pioneer, and one of the first to help to organize the township, schools, etc.; has held several school offices, and given much aid to the schools. (1878 Kane Township)

Van Dike, J. P., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Van Dike, S. P., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 18; P. O. Irving; born in Delaware Co., Ohio, June 21, 1843. Married Mary E. Rusk in Tama Co., Iowa, May 6, 1875; she was born in Warren Co., Ohio, Feb. 15, 1852; they have two children - Flora Elizabeth and Gilbert Rusk. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Mr. Van Dike enlisted in Co. D., 28th I.V.I, in August 1962; was disabled while in the service. Is a member of the A. F & A. M., Hope Lodge at Belle Plaine, and a member of the I.O.O.F., West Lodge, No. 283. Holds the office of Township Assessor; has held the same five years. Came to Iowa in October 1861. Mr. Van Dike followed school teaching several years in Ohio; dealt in agricultural implements two years in Ohio, and returned to Iowa in 1870. (1878 Kane Township)

Van Dugan, G. L., Farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Van Duyn, James W., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 11; P. O. La Porte City; born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., in 1824; came to Benton Co. in 1858; has 165 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre. Married Mary J. Sayles in 1846; she was born in Cayuga Co., N.Y., in 1825; they have three children - Charles L., born Aug. 27, 1850; George L., born Oct. 6, 1852, and Ella J., in Jan. 6, 1862. Republican. Has held the offices of Assessor, Justice of the Peace, Township Clerk, Road Supervisor and School Director. Member of the Trowel Lodge, 216, La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Van Vechten, Giles, Sec. 27. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Van Winkle, A. A., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Van Winkle, Isaac I., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Dysart; born in Bergen Co., N. J., 1811; removed to Oakland Co., Mich., in 1855; thence to Benton Co., in 1861; owns 200 acres, worth $35 per acre. Married Anna D. Brown in 1837; she was born in Essex Co., N. J., in 1841; they have five children –- Phebe, born March 31, 1838, Hester, Jan. 25, 1840; Anna E., Feb. 5, 1844; Isaac, Jr., May 5, 1846; Cornelia, March 11, 1853. Republican. School Director, Justice of the Peace, Township Trustee. He is a member of the Presbyterian and she of the Methodist Church. (1878 Monroe Township)

Van de Venter, W. H., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Vandresen, F. D., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Van Horn, Ben S., farmer, P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Van Horn, W. B., grain buyer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Van Kirk, Randal, drayman, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Vanmeter, H. C., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Vannice, A. V., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 2: P. O. Vinton; born in Shelby Co., Ky., Aug. 8, 1821; came to this county in 1853; has 585 acres land, valued at $17,550. Married Rachel Kerlin; she was born in Henry Co., Ky., Jan. 14, 1827; mother of eight living children -- Mary, Henry C., George A., Katie C., Edmund H., Leah R., James A., Isaac W. Emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana in 1822, where he resided until 1853, when he came to Benton Co., where he has resided since; was here at the organization of the town; at the first election also; helped to organize the first school district; was Secretary of the Board and levied the first tax and collected the same; the first school house was built in District No. 1; Mr. Vannice donated the land, and also for the Presbyterian cemetery and Presbyterian Church and parsonage; gave eight acres of land in all; all it cost the township and District was the making-out of the deeds. Mr. Vannice was raised an Old School Presbyterian; his belief at the present is Calvanistic Baptist. When he came here there were only two houses or shanties between him and Vinton, or a house between him and Shellsburg; came here when the prairies were wild, and has seem them developed into one of the finest farming counties in the State; has a fine farm and good home, and is one of the enterprising farmers of the county. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Vannice, J. N., retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Vanscoyee, Aaron K., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Van Skike, N., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Burk; owns 400 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1825; came to Iowa in 1851, and settled on his present farm in 1859. Married Sarah E. Thompson in 1864; she was born in Indiana in 1847; they have two children - Akbar and William. Republican. (1878 Harrison Township)

Varney, N. H., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Verharen, Frank T., of the firm of Verharen & Ray, dealers in agricultural machinery and farm implements; born in Prussia Nov. 1, 1843; came to America in 1850; lived in Illinois for some years, in Galena and in Whiteside county; lived in Dubuque three years; came to Vinton in 1870, and engaged in his present business. Married Miss Lottie B. Drake, from Massachusetts, in July, 1871; they have two daughters - Lena and Lula. (1878 Taylor Township)

Verharen, H., harness makers. (1878 Taylor Township)

Viles, J. G., laborer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Viles, J. G., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Decatur Co., Ind., Feb. 27, 1827; came to this county in 1853; has 175 acres of land, valued at $6,000. Married for his first wife Charlotte Taylor; she was born in 1828; mother of two children -- Malissa A. and Nancy E.; for his second wife, he married Elizabeth A. Parker; she was born in Kentucky Aug 20, 1826; mother of one child -- James A., born Oct. 9, 1860; emigrated from Indiana to Benton Co., Iowa, where he resided since; when he first came to this county, he located on 240 acres of land, where there was nothing but the wild prairie, and has made as fine a farm as there is in this township; came here poor and had nothing but his own hands to make him a home; when he first came here, he could see but one shanty on all the prairie. (1878 Canton Township)

Viles, J. S., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Vinton, D. D., painter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Vogt, Hans, saloon, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Volentine, J., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Volz, C., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Voozark, John, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Vorhies, A. J., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Voris, David E., Vinton, Iowa; although a young man, he has by industry and a careful and systematic course of legal training, developed into one of the most reliable attorneys in the State; Mr. Voris is a native of Indiana, born in Johnson Co. Sept. 17, 1850; emigrated to Benton Co., Iowa in Aug., 1864, with his father and family, and worked on the paternal acres for several years; like most men who carve out an enviable reputation for themselves, Mr. Voris, has almost, it might be said, worked his own way upward in the path of knowledge, as he had but few education advantages beyond some three months in each year at the district school, until he was 17 years old, when he attended Rev. J. S. Dunning's select school, some eighteen months, and one term at Tilford's Academy, under charge of Rev. T. Tobin, in Vinton, Iowa; Mr. Voris' chosen profession was the law, upon the study of which, he commenced with Traer & Gilchrist, in Vinton, Iowa, defraying all incidental expenses by teaching school; in due time he was admitted to the bar in Vinton, March 1874, and in April of that year, commenced the practice of his profession at Sac City, Iowa; in Nov. of 1874, he decided to return to Vinton, at which place he has vigorously followed the practice of law ever since; first, in partnership with H. Jones, afterward, with Robert St. Clair; but in Jan. 29, 1877, he purchased the interests of Mr. St. Clair, and has since been running the office alone. By strict integrity and close application to the interest of his clients, aided by his private irreproachable character, Mr. Voris had admirably succeeded in building up a large and lucrative practice, which is annually increasing, and his service sought for by parties’ litigant throughout the State, from Davenport to Council Bluffs. Mr. Voris was married Aug. 26, 1875, to Miss Mary Olivia Dukes, an estimable young lady, by Rev. Stephen Phelps; time has developed this atrimonial venture to be a wise one for both parties; there being at this time no more cozier, happier or cheerful home than that of Mr. and Mrs. David E. Voris, in the State of Iowa; and add to this, a flourishing practice, the subject of this sketch is to be envied for his deserved success in business and personal popularity as a private citizen. (1878 Taylor Township)

Voris, Fielding R., born July 10, 1810, in Mercer Co., Ky. Inheriting an iron will and untiring perseverance, at the early age of 18, for the purpose of making a home for his parents, he plunged into the woods of Indiana, then the border of civilization, and almost within hearing of the red man's war whoop, and purchased for his father an eighty acre tract of land, and, after returning for his father's family, cleared up the land and prepared a farm by cutting out the dense and heavy forest growing thereon. Taking these things into consideration, young Voris had undertaken no small task; but with filial affection he struggled to get a home for his parents. He enlisted in the United States service, in 1832, in the Black Hawk war; a part of his army life in that year was spent on the grounds where the city of Chicago now stands, which, at the time mentioned, was but a mere trading point, with some five or six rude buildings and right here it may be added that when the guns of Fort Sumter proclaimed the morn of the rebellion at hand, although surrounded by relatives and neighbors unfriendly to the Union, Mr. Voris fearlessly and manfully unfurled the flag and boldly proclaimed that, as for him and his, they were for the Union; and to show his faith by his works, notwithstanding the infirmities of age were creeping upon him, when John Morgan crossed the line into Indiana, he left family and property and rushed to the front to meet the invader, and was color-bearer under Colonel Lamberson for Captain A. C. Woods until his discharge became necessitated on account of sickness. In politics, Mr. Voris may be classed as a thorough Republican, he has affiliated with that party in its organization, and has ever since earnestly and vigorously supported its principles. He married June 22, 1835, Miss Sarah Smock, who died Jan. 9, 1844; was again married June 23, 1845, to Mrs. Ann Smock, who is still living, and the name of "Mother Voris" is a synonym of matronly goodness; his family, which consists at present of three boys and two girls, all of whom have been finely educated and teachers of the highest type; two of his sons have adopted the law, the other, mercantile pursuits; the young ladies have won a reputation second to none as practical teachers. Mr. Voris moved from Indiana to Benton Co., Iowa in August 1864, and purchased a farm of 160 acres from A. W. Boggs, upon which himself and family resided for eight years; and in 1872, he purchased a fine home in the city of Vinton and retired from active life, and is now a member of the City Council, and brings to bear all his energies in transacting official business, in consequence of which has been constantly re- elected in his ward. (1878 Taylor Township)

Voris, S. H., farmer, Sec. 32 P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Voris, Samuel, retired farmer; Sec. 32; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Mason Co., Ky., March 13, 1805; came to this county in 1865; has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,400. Member of the Presbyterian Church. Married Sarah A. Pogue in 1832; she was born in Mason Co., Ky., Nov. 15; is the mother of seven living children -- Mary J., born Oct. 7, 1833; Elizabeth M., Sept. 17, 1898; Harris A., March 29,1841; S. Abbie, Feb. 9, 1843; John C., Aug. 11, 1849; Bell, Sept. 14, 1853; Samuel H., Feb. 1, 1856; emigrated from Kentucky to Brown Co., Ohio, when he was 4 years old; lived there forty-four years; then came to Mercer Co., Ill.; lived there twelve years; thence to this county. Mrs. Voris died Nov. 13, 1876; his son, William M., enlisted the 17th Ill. Vol. Inf., Co. F; enlisted as private; was transferred to a colored regiment as Second Lieutenant was in the battles of Fredericktown Siege, Fort Donelson and Shiloh; he died at Meliken's Bend July 2,1863. (1878 Canton Township)

Voss, H., restaurant, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Vottler, John, shoemaker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Vottler, M., shoemaker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Waddington, Richard, teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Waddle, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Wagner, C., merchant tailor. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wagner, Frank, P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wagner, Fred, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Wagner, J. K., M. D.. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wagner, Otto, farmer; Sec. 5; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Wagner, W. B., M.D., Blairstown; was born in Dauphin Co., Penn., Feb. 5, 1818; he worked on a farm near Harrisburg, Penn., until his 19th year; during this time, he attended school in the Winter, but the grade of school being low, be derived but little benefit; at the age of 21, he began preparing for the ministry, and in the year 1841; he entered the Conference of the United Brethren Church as traveling minister, and in that capacity, labored for seventeen years, preaching principally in Pennsylvania; in 1856, he moved to this State, and successfully labored in Muscatine County; during his ministry, he devoted much of his time to the study of medicine and preparing himself for practice; in 1857, he removed to Linn Co., Iowa, where he engaged in his new profession, which profession he has since continued in; he has a fine library of over 600 volumes, from which he has gathered a store of knowledge; he still retains an abiding interest in his religious denomination, and has always been an ardent supporter of Western College, their denominational school, and served as one of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as President of the Board a number of years; he removed to this place in April, 1876. He married Barbary Rank in 1842, and has the following family -- J. K. Wagner, born Oct. 23, 1843, is now a practicing physician at this place; was in the 2nd Iowa Cav., during the war of the rebellion; he married Miss Jenny Swiney in 1871; Anna M., born April 29, 1845, died Aug. 5, 1845; Emma C., born Sept 6, 1846, she married William P. Henderson; George M., born Nov. 4, 1848; William A., born Nov. 6, 1850; John W., born Feb. 24, 1852; Benjamin F., born April 28, 1854; Edward C., born Aug. 1, 1856; James H. S., born April 21, 1858. Mr. Wagner is to be truly termed a self-made man; beginning without education, he has, by his own unaided industry and perseverance, fitted himself for a life that has been useful to others as well as himself. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wahl, Anthony, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Urbanna; born in France in 1820; emigrated to America to Erie Co., N. Y., in 1848; thence to Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1852 thence to Benton Co. in 1864; has 145 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mary A. Aman in 1842; she was born in France Sept. 3, 1817; they have three children -- Lana, born in France in 1843; Catharine, born in France in 1846, and Charles, born in Erie Co., N. Y., in 1850. Democrat. Mr. And Mrs. Wahl, and all their children, are members of the Catholic Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Wahl, James, farmer, P. O. Dryden. (1878 Homer Township)

Waite, E. G., minister. (1878 Taylor Township)

Waitman, J. G., Sr., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Wakefield, Ira C., farmer, Sec. 14. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wakefield, M. A., Farmer, Sec. 14. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wakefield, William L., farmer, Sec. 10. (1878 Taylor Township)

Walden, Freeman W., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Walker, A. L., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Walker, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Walker, C. T., dealer in drugs, boots and shoes, groceries, etc.; Mt. Auburn; born in England in 1832; came to America in 1842, and located in Lenawee Co., Mich.; removed to Iowa in 1855, and settled in Muscatine Co., and in 1861, came to Benton Co.; engaged in his present business in 1874. Married Eliza A. Westgate in 1854; she was born in Michigan in 1834; have two children - Eugene and George. Are members of the M. E. Church; Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Walker, E., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Walker, Ed C., Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Walker, George H., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Walker, N. T., farmer and stock raiser and dairyman, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins; born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., March 24, 1825. Married Nancy Arbuckle in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1856; she was born in Juniata Co., Penn., in 1838; they have two children -- Nettie J. and Frank W.; they were born in Benton Co., Iowa. Has 240 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Mr. Walker moved to Benton Co., Iowa, in 1856. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Wallace, D. M., Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton; owns 300 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Morrow Co., in Ohio, 1832; came to Iowa in 1851, and located in Harrison Township. Married Martha J. Berry in 1860; she was born in Boone Co., Ind., in 1839; they have five children - Marion, Frank, Sherman, Willis, Anna. Are members of the M.E. Church. Republican. (1878 Harrison Township)

Wallace, J., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wallace, J. P., editor and proprietor of the Blairstown Independent; was born in Caldwell Co., Mo., May 20, 1843; come to Madison Co., this State, in 1855, and to this county in 1868. Married Miss M. A. Guthrie, in Dallas Co., this State, in 1866; she was born in Richland Co., Ohio. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wallace, James R., Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Brooke Co. W.Va., in 1837; came to Iowa in 1859, and located in Vinton; removed to his present farm in 1868. Married Alice Bickett in 1877; she was born in Green Co., Ohio; Mr. Wallace has two children by a former marriage - Ella M. and John W. Are members of the U. P. Church; Republican. Mr. Wallace enlisted in Co. G, 13th I.V.I., in 1861, and was discharged in 1864; was in all the battles that regiment participated in; the most prominent battles were Shiloh, Corinth, Siege of Vicksburg and Atlanta. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wallace, L. M., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wallace, M. E., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wallace, M. M., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Wallace, R., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Wallace, W. A., Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton; owns 180 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1840; came to Iowa in 1851, and settled in Harrison Township. Married Juanna Williams in 1863; she was born in Randolph Co., Ind., in 1840; they have six children - Edgar F., Stephen W., George, Effie M., Minnie and Nina (twins). Are members of M.E. Church. Republican. (1878 Harrison Township)

Wallace, William, retired farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton; was born in Genesee Co., N.Y., Aug. 18, 1805; when 13 years of age, moved to Richland Co., Ohio, in March, 1818, they being among the earliest settlers there; he learned the blacksmith trade. He held the office of Postmaster of Barcelona; appointed under Jackson's Administration; he held it under Van Buren and Harrison's Administrations; also held the office of Town Treasurer. He married Elizabeth Pitt, from Westmoreland Co., Penn., Oct. 21, 1830; they came with their own conveyance to Benton Co., and were six weeks on the way; arrived in July, 1851, and located near where he now lives, and entered 600 acres of land; they were among the early settlers, only a very few being here then; used to go to Dubuque for groceries. In 1864, he was commissioned by Governor Stone to go South and take the vote of the 27th Iowa V.I., and of all soldiers in the hospitals in Memphis; he has held office of County Supervisor for four years, and Justice of the Peace four years; also town and school offices; he has disposed of most of his land, and only owns about seventy acres. They have five children - David M., William A., Electa A., Marinda J. and Elizabeth; lost four children. (1878 Harrison Township)

Waller, J. P., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Waller, Robert, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Waller, W. H., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Wallery, T. B., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Walterdorf, F., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Walters, J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Walton, J. H., retired. (1878 Taylor Township)

Walton, P. R., farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wandro, J., farmer, Sec. 29 P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Wandschneider, F., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Ward, F. M., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Ward, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison; born in Licking Co., Ohio, May 16, 1831; came to this county in 1866; has 320 acres of land, valued at $10,000. Married Mary Hayes; she was born in Licking Co., Ohio; she is mother of six children -- Frances M., Martha R., William E., Albert C., Elizabeth and John. Emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ogle Co., Ill.; lived there fifteen years; thence to Benton Co., Iowa, where he has resided since; raises on an average, eighty acres corn, 4,000 bushels; wheat, 300 bushels; oats, 500 bushels; turns of 60 head of hogs, and two car loads of cattle. Mr. Ward has a fine farm of one-half of a Sec. , situated in a fine county and is one of the solid farmers of the county. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Ward, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 34. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ward, William, shoemaker, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Wareham, D. H., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Dryden; born in Lawrence Co.; Penn., in 1842; removed to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1864; thence to Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1865; thence to Benton Co. in 1870; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Sarah C. Criswel, Feb. 15, 1866; she was born in Blair Co., Penn., in 1844; they have two children -- Mary Alice, born in March, 1867, and Mertie, in Aug., 1877. Democratic in politics. School Director four years; Supervisor one year. Members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Wareham enlisted in July, 1862, for nine moths in the 134th Penn. V. I.; participated in the battles of South Mountain, Fredericksburg and the Wilderness; mustered out in March, 1863. (1878 Homer Township)

Wareham, Stephen, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Homer Township)

Warfield, James M., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Warfield, W. H., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wariner, J. G., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Burk. (1878 Polk Township)

Warner, H., farmer; Sec. 16 P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Warner, H. E., Clerk of District and Circuit Courts; born in Lake Co., Ohio, Jan. 10, 1839, went to Rock Co., Wis., at an early age. Was in the army; enlisted in the 22d Regt. Wis. Inf., Co. E; was wounded in the battle of Resaca, Ga.; was taken prisoner at Brentwood; taken to Richmond, and afterward exchanged. Held the office of Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in Rock Co., Wis., two years; was elected to his present office in 1874, and was re-elected in 1876. Married Miss Anna J. Riggs, from Beloit, Wis., in October 1870; they have three children - Majora, Arthur H. H., and baby. (1878 Taylor Township)

Warner, N. S., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Bruce Township)

Warwick, William, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Wasmand, C., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Wass, H. N., merch. tailor, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Waterson, J., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Watkins, A. C., proprietor of Howard House; born in Genesee Co., N.Y., July 28, 1826; lived in that State about seventeen years, and removed to Ohio; went to California and was there four years, and returned to Ohio; removed to Illinois, and was in the hotel business at Plainfield, Will Co.; kept hotel at Cortland, Trumbull Co., five years; came to Vinton in March, 1869, and has been engaged in hotel business here the past nine years. Was in the army; enlisted in the 8th I.V.C., Co. K; was elected First Lieutenant of Co. K, and was obliged to resign on account of ill health. Married Marion E. Oviatt, from Summit Co., Ohio May 2, 1851; they have seven children - Edwin F., Ida May, Mona M., Broderick E., Almeron, Daisy and Burt; lost two - Frank and Lily. (1878 Taylor Township)

Watson, A. K., speculator. (1878 Taylor Township)

Watson, Henry, grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Watson, P. W., of the firm of S. H. Watson & Sons, bankers; born in Harrison Co., Ohio, Dec. 17, 1852; came with his parents to Iowa at an early age, and has been engaged in banking business with his father for the past six years; is also engaged in the grocery and provision business, the firm of P. W. Watson & Co. Married Miss Blance V. Hewes, from New York State, May 14, 1873; they have one son - Samuel H. Watson, Jr. (1878 Taylor Township)

Watson, Samuel H., of the firm of Samuel H. Watson & Sons, bankers, born in Ohio Co., W. Va., July 3, 1828; when 6 years of age, moved to Harrison Co., Ohio; came to Vinton, Iowa, Oct. 14, 1856, and engaged in the banking business with Judge Douglass; he retired from the business in 1861, and Mr. Watson continued it until 1866, when he organized a national bank and continued for four years; then the organization was dissolved; Mr. Watson continuing the business, his sons becoming interested with him. He has held town and school offices; has held the office of treasurer and one of the Trustees of the State College for the Blind about ten years. Married Miss Emeline Perrine, from Belmont Co., Ohio, Nov. 21, 1849; they have seven children - William P., Peter W., Clara, Clifford, Frank, Lillie and Estella. (1878 Taylor Township)

Watson, W. P., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Waychoff, J., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Waychoff, John D., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins; born in Pennsylvania in 1839. Married Catherine Hunt in Pennsylvania in 1859; she was born in Virginia in 1839; they have eight children -- Morgan J., Mary Ellen, John E., Lewis J., Frank C., William J., George H. and Oliver L.; has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,400. Mr. Waychoff enlisted in the 15th Penn. Vol. Cav., in 1862; was in all the engagements with his regiment; was mounted Orderly for General Thomas, commanding 14th Army Corps, three months, and discharged with the regiment at the close of the war. Is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Mr. Waychoff and wife are members of the Baptist Church. They came to Iowa in 1873. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Warner, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 29. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wayner, Philip, carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Wean, G. E., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Wean, S., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Weatherwax, A. T., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weatherwax, C., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Cedar Rapids. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weatherwax, J., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Cedar Rapids. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weatherwax, J. C., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weatherwax, L. P., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weatherwax, M., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Cedar. Rapids. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weatherwax, T., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Cedar Rapids. (1878 Fremont Township)

Weaver, Amos, minister. (1878 Taylor Township)

Weaver, William H., mechanic; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Weba, George, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Webb, A. K., plasterer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webb, E. C., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webb, G. W., stock buyer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webb, J. R., retired. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webb, J. W. O., boot and shoe dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webb, M. D. L., retired; born in Woodford Co., Ky., April 2, 1824; when 15 years old, moved to Franklin, Ind.; lived there eleven years and came to Iowa; his father's family came by wagon, and he came by stage and arrived at Vinton Oct. 19, 1851; he was one of the earliest settlers - Mr. Tilford, Dr. Traer and James Wood, the only ones here now that were here then. He married Miss Mary J. Beckett April 5, 1853; she was born in Danville, Hendricks Co., Ind., and came with her parents to this county in 1847; they were the first couple married in Vinton; they commenced housekeeping and have only moved once since then. Mr. Webb has been engaged in the farming, stock and mercantile business and says that for several years after he came, that he, or Dr. Traer, Russell Jones or Dr. Stanberry, when they needed, could get all the money there was in the town in twenty minutes. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have two sons - Elliot C., born April 9, 1855; Wilbert W., born Oct. 4, 1857. Mrs. Ruth Webb, mother of Mr. Webb, is 86 years of age and is living here; her husband died in 1852. Mrs. Melinda M. Beckett, Mother of Mrs. Webb was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., she came here in 1849, one of the earliest settlers; she is 78 years of age, and is very active, and has a wonderful clear memory of the incidents of her early life here; she has three children - James R. Webb, of Chicago, Mrs. Eliza Sanders, and Mrs. Webb; her husband died in 1851. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webster, A. B., horse dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Webster, H. B., Sec. 4; P. O. La Porte City; owns 487 acres of land, valued at $10,000; born in Monroe Co., N. Y.; came to Iowa in 1854, and settled on his present farm. Married Mary Dillon in 1846; she was born in Ontario Co. N.Y., in 1826; have eight children - Charles H., Helen J., Alzina J., Willia W., Frank E., Addie F., Belle I. and Carrie. Mr. Webster has held the office of Justice, and other town offices. Enlisted in Co. D, 31st , V.I., in 1863, and held a commission as Second Lieutenant; discharged in 1864. (1878 Cedar Township)

Weddle, G. D., miller. (1878 Taylor Township)

Weed, William, carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Weeler, P., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Weger, Chris, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Wehr, S., retired farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wehrman, Augustus, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Weil, Frederick, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Weise, Claus, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dryden. (1878 Kane Township)

Weise, Peter, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Weland, Ole, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Welch, P., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Welch, T. J., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, April 16, 1816. Married Jane Cranston in Benton Co., Iowa, in 1858; she was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio. March 13, 1821; has two children -- Azubah and Leonard Haney. Has 324 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; moved to Illinois in 1854, and moved to Iowa in 1859. Mr. Welch has held the offices of Supervisor, Trustee and Justice of the Peace a long time; has a good property, made by his energy, and is free from debt; Mr. Welch followed carpentering and building several years. Mr. and Mrs. Welch are members of the Presbyterian Church. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Wells, C. N., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wells, C. T., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wells, E. J., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Welsh, John, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wence, A., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Wence, J. H., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Wendel, Conrad, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Wengert, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Wenner, C., Sr., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Wentz, Arthur A., farmer and raiser of fine stock; born in Chester Co., Penn., Oct. 8, 1846; he lived there twenty years, and came to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1866, and engaged in the book business; came to Vinton in 1867 and engaged in the abstract business for some years; he made the present abstract books; on account of his health he sold the abstract books to Mr. Knapp, and bought the farm where he now lives, just out of the city limits, and engaged in raising fine stock; he held office of Town Clerk for some years; holds office of Supervisor of this county; was appointed in June, 1876, and was elected to fill the same office in the Fall of same year. Married Miss Clara Blackman, from Marion, Linn Co., Iowa April 23, 1868; they have two children - George E. and John T.; they have lost three sons - Harry, Charley and Allen. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wentz, C., of the firm of C. & S. Wentz, dealers in groceries and provisions, etc., Belle Plaine. Mr. C. Wentz was born in Germany in 1838; came to this country in 1855, and stopped in Kendall Co., Ill.; while in that county, be enlisted in Co. 1, 36th 111. Vol. Inf., in July, 1861; served four years and four months, and was honorably discharged; he was in many severe battles, the principal ones being the battles of Pea Ridge, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, and all through the Atlanta campaign, and also at the battle of Franklin, Tenn. The war being over and peace restored, he returned to Kendall Co., Ill.; after remaining there a short time, he came to Belle Plaine; he engaged in his present business in the Fall of 1870. He married Miss E. Beek, in Vinton, this county; he was born in Germany. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wentz, Samuel, merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Werhman, Henry, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Werner, H., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Werning, C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Werning, M., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Wernnay, J. F., grain dealer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wertley, J., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wertley, John., Sr., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wertley, John W., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wescoatt, O. P., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wessel, Hartwig, retired, Belle Plaine; was born in Holstein, Prussia, in 1835; came to Davenport, this State, in 1852, where he remained until the Fall of 1868; the four years prior to 1868 he was engaged in the agricultural implements business in Davenport; he came to Belle Plaine in 1868, and engaged in dealing in agricultural implements, which business he continued in until the Fall of 1873, when he sold to Mr. Junge. He married Maggie C. Nagel, in Davenport; she was born in Holstein, Prussia; they have five children living. Mr. Wessel has held the offices of Assessor, member of City Council, and various school offices. He owns 350 acres of land; resides at corner of 4th and Beech Sts., Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

West, N. N. T., farmer and herder, proprietor of livery stable; P. O. Watkins; born in Albany Co., N. Y., in December, 1847; moved to Iowa in 1873; holds the office of Township Constable; owns eight horses, barn and farm utensils, valued at $1,000. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Weston, John, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Westover, William, stock dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Westyshal, C. F. A., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Wetz, Jacob, pension agent. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wetz, Wit., laborer (1878 Taylor Township)

Weyand, Daniel. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wheeler, Charles H., carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Wheeler, George W., Constable, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Wheeler, J., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Wheeler, J. A., farmer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Wheeler, P. V., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Wheeler, W. H., Justice of the Peace, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Wheeler, W. H., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Wheton, H. F., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Whipple, Cyrenius T., farmer; born in Licking Co., Ohio, Oct. 11, 1827; lived in Ohio until 11 years of age, and moved with his parents to Logansport, Ind.; lived in Indiana fifteen years; in 1850, in company with three other young men, came by wagon to Iowa, to this county, and selected land here and entered it; there was only one log house here at that time; returned to Indiana and came here again in 1852; in 1854, he came with his parents to reside permanently; located on his land and built a house costing about $1,000, the best one around here then; engaged in farming; in 1860, he bought where he now lives and paid $50 an acre for it; he owns about 350 acres of land, most of it adjoining the city and very valuable. Married Nancy J. Cline March 6, 1856; she was born in Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind., and came here in October, 1850, and was one of the earliest settlers here; they have three sons and one daughter - William P., Miles E., Selmon T., and Cora Jane; they lost one daughter - Callie. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whipple, L .B., farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Whitcomb, O. B., Sec. 23; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 250 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Merrimack Co., N. H., in 1820; came to Iowa in 1856, and located on his present farm. Married L. H. Boyd in 1850; she was born in Hillsborough Co., N. H.., in 1826; have two children - Maria F. and Emma L.; lost one - George H., died at the age of 14 months. Are members of the M. E. Church; Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

White, Alexander, butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

White, B. H., proprietor Fremont House, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

White, C. L., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

White, Charles G., carpenter and builder; born in Rutland, Vt., Nov. 29, 1830; moved to New York State in infancy and when 5 years of age came with his parents to Davenport, Iowa, being forty days on the way; they were among the earliest settlers; there was not a house in Davenport except a ferry shanty; the government soldiers were on the island and most of the inhabitants were Indians; they were among the earliest settlers in the State; learned the trade of carpenter and joiner in Le Claire; came to Vinton in 1857 and engaged in building, and has built and has helped to build some of the best buildings here. Has held office of City Marshal and Collector in Le Claire, Iowa. Married Evelina Miller, from Allegheny City, Penn., Dec. 5, 1850; they have four children - Clarence L., William, Mary M. and Bessie; they have lost two sons. (1878 Taylor Township)

White, David H., carpenter and builder; born in Albany Co., N.Y., Sept. 7, 1818; learned the trade of carpenter and joiner; was engaged in building there until 1865, when he came to Vinton and since then has been engaged in building here. Married Miss Catharine Walley, from Albany Co., N.Y., in September, 1837; they have ten children, six sons and four daughters, and lost two children. His son Jesse was in the army, 44th Regt. New York Vols., and was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. Andrew was in the 91st Regt. New York Vol. Inf., James E. was Captain in Co. G., 13th Regt. Iowa Inf., and is now Superintendent of the Railway Mail Service, Sixth Division, with headquarters in Chicago. (1878 Taylor Township)

White, Ed, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

White, Enoch, retired farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Carroll Co., Ohio, Sept. 7, 1821; has 120 acres of land, valued at $4,800; came to this county in the Fall of 1849; held the office of Constable; belongs to the M. E. Church. For his first wife he married Eva Rice, who is the mother of two children -- John, born Sept. 6, 1842; Lizzie, born Feb. 12, 1847. For his second wife, Adeline Shipman, born in New York State, Jan. 9, 1828; she has had three children -- Hattie, born Oct. 19, 1856; Alice, Dec. 22, 1860; Lucy, March 29, 1863. Mrs. White married for her first husband, William Waller; she had three children by him -- William, Ella and Fannie. When Mr. White came to this county Cedar Rapids was a very small place. He had a son in the Union Army. (1878 Canton Township)

White, Gilman, carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

White, J., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

White, J. C., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

White, John A., laborer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

White, John J., retired farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Shellsburg; born in West Virginia Aug. 31, 1797; came to this county in 1849; has 270 acres of land, valued at $10,000. Married Sarah Deitz; she was born in Erie Co., Penn., Aug., 1800; is the mother of thirteen children, four deceased -- Enoch, William, Mary, Rachel, John, Isaac, Hannah, Harriet and Debias. Emigrated from Virginia when he was a boy; came to Pennsylvania; lived there sixteen years; from there went to Ohio; lived there thirty- one years, then came to this county; when he first came here there were only three families in Vinton; there was not a house in Shellsburg; came here before the organization of the county. Mr. White is probably the oldest settler living in the county; when he came here he was a poor man, and by hard work has made a fine home and a good property. (1878 Canton Township)

White, Robert, clerk, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

White, S., clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

White, W. H., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

White, William J., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Carroll Co., Ohio, April 20, 1824; came to this county in 1849; has 232 acres of land, valued at $7,000. Married Elizabeth McDole; she was born May 4, 1826; is the mother of one child -- Abraham, born Sept. 20, 1848. Mrs. White died March 28, 1849. For his second wife he married Sarah Ann Elson, born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1831; is the mother of three children -- Willis B., born Jan. 1, 1855; Archibald, June 15, 1856; Lucy A., Aug. 16, 1860; emigrated from Ohio to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in the Spring of 1849; stayed there until the Fall and then came to this county; entered 200 acres of land and has made himself a good farm; was at an election when there were only three precincts in the county and only polled nine votes. Mr. White was amongst the earliest settlers of the county. (1878 Canton Township)

Whitehead, Alex, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whitehead, J. S., teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whitlock, A. S., dairyman. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whitlock, J. A., retired. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whitney, H. E., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg.. (1878 Benton Township)

Whitney, M. G., teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whitney, S. H., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Whitson, C. W., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Whitson, Harry, farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Whitus, U. B., physician, Sec. 22; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Wicks, Lars, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Wieneke, C., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Wiese, Henry, Sec. 19; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 260 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born in Germany in 1838; came to America in 1852, and settled in Moline, Ill.; removed to his present farm in 1874. Married Catherine Kahlar, in 1865; she was born in Germany in 1844; have one child - Johnny, born July 7, 1876; lost three - Anna, Charles and Lena; died within six days, with diphtheria. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wikre, J., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Wilcox, D. L. W., laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wilcox, S. A., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Belle Plaine; was born in Oneida Co., N.. Y., in 1822; he remained in New York until 1843; he then went to Bureau Co., Ut., and remained until. 1854; he then moved to Tama Co., this State, thus becoming one of the pioneer settlers of the Northwest; he resided in Tama Co. until the year 1857; he then moved on to his present farm in this township; Mr. Wilcox owns 129 acres of land. He is one of the present Board of Township Trustees, which office he has held three terms previous to this; has also held various school and township offices; he was one of the Delegates to the Convention held in Tama Co. for the purpose of organizing the Republican party; this was the first Republican Convention held in that county, and we believe the first in this State. He married Miss P. M. Rogers, in Now York, in 1845; she was born in Otsego Co., N. Y., in 1828; they have four children living -- Daniel O., Ann Eliza (she married Charles R. Barnett), Miron C. and Sherman H. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilcox, W., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Wilcox, Warren M., jeweler, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Wilcox, William, druggist, Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Wilcoxon, George I., mason, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilcoxon, I., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilder, Henry, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 18; P. O. Belle Plaine; born in New York Jan. 18, 1833. Married Mary E. Zimmer in Illinois, in 1862; she was born in Oswego Co., N. Y., in 1840; they have two children - Charles B., born in Illinois Dec. 12, 1862; William R., born in Illinois Feb. 3, 1864. They have 160 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Mr. Wilder moved into Illinois in 1855, and followed carpentering and farming until 1866; he then moved to Benton Co., Iowa, where he now carries on farming. Mr. and Mrs. Wilder are members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Kane Township)

Wiley, J. J., Railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilford, Samuel, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wilkerson, John, farmer, Sec. 31. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wilkinson, C. R., editor People's Journal; born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, Aug. 25, 1844; lived there twelve years, and came to Iowa in 1856; was in the army during the rebellion; went out as Adjutant 18th Ohio V.I., and served on staff duty; was in battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and Nashville; came to Vinton in 1866; was local editor Vinton Eagle, and was connected with the Daily Observer at Cedar Rapids; became connected with the Journal in 1872, and is editor and manager. Married Miss Nette Cooledge, of N.Y. State, May 14, 1872; they have one daughter - Stella. (1878 Taylor Township)

Will, D., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Will, Henry, farmer, Sec., 10; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Will, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Willet, D., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Willett, William C., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, in 1824; removed to Fairfield Co., Ohio in 1827; thence to Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1833; thence to Benton Co. in 1854; has 270 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth Sherman, a descendant from General Stark, of the American Revolution, in 1849; she was born in Salina, N.Y., 1828, and died in 1852, leaving two children - Mary Helen and Francis M. Then he married Miss Margaret Blackledge in 1854; she was born in Carroll Co., Ohio, in 1825; they have three children - Corydon E., Sherman and Missoura I. Republican in politics. Mr. and Mrs. Willett and their children are members of the M.E. Church, and Mr. Willett has held all the school offices except Treasurer; Township Assessor five years, Trustee, President of the Agricultural Society, and member of the I.O.O.F. at Marysville. (1878 Harrison Township)

Willford, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Williams, A. C., retired; born in Wayne Co., Ind., Sept. 18, 1832; he received his education through his own efforts, and prepared himself for teaching, and taught school some years; he was Superintendent Schools Cambridge City, Wayne Co., Ind., for some years, and also in Plymouth, Ind.; he was Professor Penmanship and Bookkeeping in White Water College, Wayne Co., Ind.; came to Benton Co. in 1856, and engaged in teaching school, and taught penmanship; went to Chicago and was in the commission business four years, then was engaged in selling goods on the road for ten years; having bought land here in 1865, he engaged in raising fine stock, principally hogs; he was the first to introduce Poland hogs in this Sec. ; on account of his health, he sold his farm, except eighty acres near town; he made the largest public sale of hogs ever held in Benton County, Feb. 20, 1878; in March, April and May, of 1877, he answered over one thousand letters. Married Miss Inez E. Dwelle, from Michigan, in Jan. 1873; they have one son - Lewis Clifford, born Sept. 13, 1877. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, B. F., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Williams, C., Sec. 36; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Williams, E., Sec. 36; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Williams, H. H., merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Williams, I. Z., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Williams, J. G. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, J. I., farmer, Sec. 4. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, J. N. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, N. L., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, Stephen, minister. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, T., Sec. 36; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Williams, T. J., shoemaker, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Williams, W. E., retired (1878 Taylor Township)

Williams, W. F., banker; born in Lancaster, Fairfield Co., Ohio, May 22, 1830; lived there nineteen years, and went to California by way of Panama, in 1849, and engaged in mercantile business in Marysville, and in the mountains; in 1856, he came to this county and entered 500 acres of land, and spent the Summer in making improvements, and in the Fall returned to the Pacific coast; he spent seventeen years in California; he returned to Vinton, Iowa, in April, 1867, and engaged in banking business with Traer & Co., afterward, engaged in banking and dealing in lands, extensively; he has done more building, and probably made more improvements here, than any man in Vinton, or in Benton Co. Married Miss Frances E. Fielding, from Lancaster, Ohio, Jan. 26, 1860; they have four daughters - Mae Ella, Lizzie, Maud and Jennie. (1878 Taylor Township)

Williamson, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 26. (1878 Taylor Township)

Willmore, J., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Wills, G. W., engineer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wills, O. F., Teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Willson, John. (1878 Jackson Township)

Wilmirth, Charles, laborer, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Wilson, A., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Wilson, Andrew. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wilson, Andrew, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilson, D. L., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilson, G. W., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Wilson, George, Tinner. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wilson, Henry, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Wilson, Henry M., Capt., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30; born in Scott Co., Ind., Dec. 18, 1841; lived there until 14 years of age; then came with his parents to Vinton, in April, 1855; they were among the early settlers. Enlisted as private in the 28th I.V.I., Co. D.; was elected Orderly Sergeant; was in the battles of Magnolia Hill, Champion Hill, siege of Vicksburg, Pleasant Hill, Winchester, Cedar Creek and a number of others, twenty-three in all; he was promoted, and commissioned Lieutenant, and then to Captain and commander of Co. D, 28th regiment. Was elected Sheriff of Benton Co., in 1868; re-elected in 1870, and again re-elected in 1872; served six years. T hen engaged in farming and stock raising; owns farm of 150 acres. Married Miss C. J. Cline, from Johnson Co., Ind., in Sept., 1868; they have four children - Callie E., Evert May, Charles S. and Baby. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wilson, Hugh, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wilson, J. D., lumber dealer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilson, J. E. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wilson, J. Q., laborer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Wilson, Mitchell, Sec. 34; P. O. Vinton; owns 160 acres of land valued at $5,000; born in Allegheny Co., Penn., in 1822; came to Iowa in 1854, and settled on his present farm in 1860. Married Elizabeth Moore in 1858; she was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1830; have four children - John H., Rebecca A., Martha E. and Maggie A. Are members of the U. P. Church. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wilson, R. C., printer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilson, R. H., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Vinton; born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Nov. 9, 1827; came to this county Oct. 6, 1856; has 485 acres of land, valued at $14,550. Politics, Democrat; belongs to the Presbyterian Church; been a member twenty-five years. Married Isabelle J. Evans; born in Brown Co., Ohio, Jan. 27, 1835; mother of seven living children -- Elmer E., born June 27, 1859; Jerome E., April 2, 1861; James P., July 14, 1863; Margaret A., Sept. 27, 1865; Archibald F., Aug. 30, 1868; Annie R., Dec. 11, 1870; Phoebe A., Jan. 3, 1872. Emigrated in June, 1836, to Hadcock Co., Ohio; lived there twenty years, then came to Benton Co. Raises from 5,000 to 6,000 bushels of corn, 1,000 bushels of oats, and 1,000 bushels of wheat yearly, on an average. (1878 Eden Township)

Wilson, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garrison; born in North of Ireland in 1827 emigrated to Upper Canada in 1842, thence to Benton Co. in 1872; owns 280 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Elizabeth Arnt in 1852; she was born in Ottawa, Canada; they have eight children -- Adam H., James, John, Jane, Mathew, Edward, Albert and William Henry. Members of the Presbyterian Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Wilson, Thomas (1878 Taylor Township)

Wilson, Truman, Sec. 5; P. O. La Porte City; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Canada West; came to Iowa in 1855. Married Anna Atwood in 1854; she was born in Canada; have seven children - Andrew, Mary E., William A., John, Charlie, Ella M. and Patton Albert. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wilson, W. J., teamster, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wilson, W. R., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Wilson, Walter, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wilson, William, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wilt, J. W., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Wing, John, teamster, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Winter, A., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Wise, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Belle Plaine; owns 1371 acres of land; was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, 1825, in which State he remained until 1851; he then went to California, and followed mining three years, at the end of which time he returned to Ohio; remained a short time, and came to Vinton, this county, in 1864. Married Miss E. Potter, in Marion, Linn Co. this State, in 1857; she was born in New York; they have seven children living - Alice Z., Effie G., Willard A., Blanche E., Caroline E., John Vincent and Maude E. Mr. Wise and family resided in Vinton until 1865, when they moved to this Township, on their farm, which is only one-fourth mile from the city of Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wise, J. K., lumber merchant, Blairstown; was born in Union Co., Penn., April 30, 1829; he came to this State in 1839, with his parents; they settled in Cedar County, in which county he remained until 1850; he then went to Muscatine, and remained there three years; returned to Cedar County, and after remaining some time, he again went to Muscatine, and remained three years; he came to this town in the Fall of 1865, and engaged in his present business (lumber merchant); he is the only lumber dealer in the town. He has held the office of Mayor one term. Married Miss Emma Hanslip in Muscatine, this State, in Sept., 1858; she was born in Leeds England, in 1834; they have three children living - Charley H., born June 17, 1859; Emma J., born Oct. 3 1870; Jennie May, born in 1873. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Withrow, David M., merchant tailor; born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, Feb. 3, 1830; lived in Ohio about twenty-six years; learned the tailor's trade; came to Vinton in March, 1857, and has lived here twenty-one years; he was the first merchant tailor in Vinton, and the oldest one in Benton Co., having been in business longest. Married Miss Mary S. Watson, from Harrison Co., Ohio, March 16, 1853; they have five children - Virginia, Frank, Anna, Carl and Clifford; lost two sons - William and Joshua. (1878 Taylor Township)

Witrouck, W., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Witt, Karson, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Witt, M., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Homer Township)

Witterreck, H., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Wittrock, Henry, retired farmer, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wittie, G. D., Shoemaker (1878 Taylor Township)

Wodstreil, W., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Florence. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Wolf, J. H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Wolf, James, farmer; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wolf, William, Sr., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wolf, William, Jr., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wolfe, James, Sec. 19; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns ninety-five acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Bradford Co., Penn., in 1830; came to Iowa in 1852, and settled in Cedar Township. Married Diantha Livermore in 1852; she was born in Knox Co., Ill., in 1836; have one child - Edith H., born in 1867. Are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Wolfe enlisted in Co. D, 28th Iowa V.I., in 1863, and was discharged in 1865; was in all the battles that regiment participated in. Republican. (1878 Cedar Township)

Wonderlich, E. A., farmer; P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wood, A. M. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wood, Henry, carpenter, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wood, James, Hon., was born March 28, 1822, at Barnesley, England, and was educated at the Grammar school located in his native town and founded by Queen Elizabeth, which he attended until he was 13 years of age, when he was apprenticed to the machinist trade, serving seven years, at Leeds, England. In May, 1842, he came to this country, locating first near Steubenville, Ohio, where he remained only a short time; he worked at his trade for some time at New Philadelphia, Ohio, where he was married in October, 1843; he also worked at Wheeling, W. Va., and Pittsburgh, Penn., removing to Iowa in the Spring of 1850, and located at Fremont, now Vinton, where he has since resided, having been thoroughly identified with the growth and progress of the town and county; he opened the first blacksmith shop, which he carried on for about three years, when he engaged in real estate business, which he followed for some time. In 1854, he was appointed Postmaster of Vinton, which office he held for nine years; elected Justice of the Peace in 1862, and has since continuously held the office by re- election, performing its responsible yet unpleasant duties to the satisfaction of the general public. He commenced reading law when in New Philadelphia, which he kept up by himself as he had time or opportunity, and was admitted to the bar in 1865. He is the author of several books of reference for attorneys, which are regarded by competent judges as among the most valuable works of the kind ever published. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wood, Nicholas, farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Wood, P. J., carpenter, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Wood, Robert, farmer, Sec. 24; born in Canada in 1811, and lived there forty-five years; they came with their team, and were six weeks and five days on the way, and arrived in Aug., 1856; they were among the early settlers here, and have lived here twenty-two years, engaged in farming; used to haul grain to Cedar Rapids, and has sold wheat at 40 cents per bushel; owns the farm where he now lives. Married Miss Eliza Taultner, from Lower Canada, in the fall of 1842; they have nine children - Mrs. Mary A. Barton, Mrs. Hannah Nichols, Mrs. Dorcas Ten Eyck, Mrs. Lucy Ditch, Mrs. Hattie Rhoades, Mrs. Amanda Owens, Maggie, William, and Hiram; lost two sons - Wellington and James; Wellington was in Co. C, 47th I.V.I., and died at Helena, Ark., from disease, and his mother now draws a pension; William was in the same regiment, and is now in Washington Territory; Mr. Wood had beside two sons, four sons-in-law, Mr. Barton, Mr. Nichols, Mr. Ten Eyck and Mr. Ditch, all in the army. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wood, W. H., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Garrison; born in Ohio in 1843; came to Benton Co. in 1849; owns forty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Harriet Wilson in 1866; she was born in Indiana in 1846; two children -- Stewart, born in 1869; Charles, born in 1871. Republican. (1878 Monroe Township)

Wood, W. H., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wood, W. T., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wood, William, dairyman. (1878 Taylor Township)

Woodard, James, carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Woodburn, William, barber. (1878 Taylor Township)

Woodley, A., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Woodley, J., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Woodley, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. La Porte City; born in Lycoming Co., Penn., in 1823; thence to Medina Co., Ohio, in 1838, and to Benton Co. in 1856; has eighty- five acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Melinda Treanor in 1848; she was born in New York in 1830; they have one child - Ann, born in 1849. Republican in politics. Township Trustee. (1878 Bruce Township)

Woodrow, S., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Woodruff, J., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Woods, H. D., blacksmith, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Woods, John C., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Shellsburg; born Aug. 12, 1843; came to this county in 1839. Married Jane L. Bennett; she was born Nov. 5, 1855; is the mother of two children -- Magnolia and May Bell. Enlisted in the 31st Regt. Iowa V. I., Co. 1; was in the battles of Arkansas Post, Chickasaw Bayou, siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, with Sherman on the march to the sea, and at the surrender of Johnston; was in twenty-two regular battles; was mustered out at Savannah, Ga., and discharged at Davenport, Iowa. (1878 Fremont Township)

Woodward, L. H., retired grocer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Worley, J., physician, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Worrall, C. D., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Shellsburg; was born in Linn Co., Iowa, June 1, 1848; has ninety acres of land, valued at $3,000. Republican. Held the office of School Director. Married Margaret E. Youel;. she was born in Montgomery Co., Ind., Aug. 29, 1849; mother of three children -- William Y., born Aug. 9, 1871; Harry E., born March 30, 1874; James W., born July 21, 1875. His father emigrated to Cedar Rapids when there was only one store, they being among the earliest settlers of Linn Co. The subject of this sketch was the first white male child who was born in Cedar Rapids; has lived in Linn and Benton Counties ever since. (1878 Canton Township)

Wortcel, G., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Worthen, Joseph H., firm of Tewksbury & Worthen, attorneys; born in Thetford, Orange Co. Vt., Sept. 12, 1848; entered Dartmouth College, and graduated there in the class of 1873; went to Nebraska City in 1874; was Superintendent of Schools there two years. Studied law, and was admitted to the bar there in April, 1876; practiced his profession in Sidney, Fremont Co., two years, and came to Vinton in Jan. 1878, and associated with Mr. Tewksbury. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wortzel, N., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Wright, E. B., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Belle Plaine; was born in Meigs Co., Ohio, in 1824; while he was a child his parents moved to Indiana, in which State they remained until 1842; they then moved to Winnebago Co., Ill., in which the subject of this sketch married Miss Elizabeth Cormaness; she was born in Stark Co., Ohio; they moved to this county in 1854, and located on the farm on which they now reside; they own 200 acres of land. Mr. Wright is the present Secretary of School District; he has also held the office of School Treasurer several terms. His father, J. Wright, was born in Ohio, and married Miss L. Smith, who was born in Vermont; they moved to this county in 1854; he died four years after coming to this county, aged 58; his wife still resides in this county. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wright, Enos, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wright, Franklin, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wright, G. H., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Wright, H. H., laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wright, Henry, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Vinton; was born in England June 9, 1821; came to this country in 1842, and to this county in 1872; has 364 acres land, valued at $10,900. Republican; held the office of Township Trustee two years. Married Elizabeth Thomas; she was born in Wales Sept. 14, 1831; mother of three living children - George H., born July 5, 1851; John W., Dec. 22, 1855; Angeline, Nov. 30, 1857. Emigrated from England to Posey Co., Ind.; lived there two years; thence to Iowa Co., Wis.; lived there twenty six years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; raises on average, 90 to 100 acres corn 4,000 bushels; wheat, 1,500 bushels; oats, 400 bushels; flax, 166 bushels; barley, 400 bushels; turns off about 60 head of hogs yearly. Mr. Wright has a good home, plenty of fruit of the choicest varieties, such as strawberries, raspberries, grapes, etc.; is one of the sound farmers of the township. Mr. Wright has just returned from his native country, perfectly willing to make America his home. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Wright, J. A., farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wright, J. M., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Wright, Leroy S., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wright, Thomas, of Traer & Wright, fine stock raisers; born in England Aug. 5, 1833; came to Wisconsin and lived there eleven years, and came to Vinton, Iowa, in 1864; has been engaged in raising fine stock for the past five years; went to England and imported Yorkshire hogs, also raised Poland-China hogs and Short-Horned cattle. Married Miss Mary Ann Gray, from Yorkshire, England, Nov. 1, 1855; they have eight children - Matilda (she married Thomas L. Manwell April 4, 1878), Sarah, Annie, Minine, Mary, Ella, Leonard and Elsie; they have lost two sons. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wright, W. J., farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Wyant, Emory, clerk, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Wyckoff, A. J., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 33; P. O. Urbanna; born in Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1821; came to Benton Co. in 1840; has 277 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Rebecca Permenter in 1847; she was born in Hopkins Co., Ky., in 1831; they have six children -- Richard A., John W., Harriet P., Robert E., Nancy J. and Edmond E. Greenbacker in politics. Has held the township offices; also County Supervisor. Mr. Wyckoff and son, John, are members of Altar Lodge, No. 362; Mr. Wyckoff, wife, two boys and daughters are members of Cedar Ridge Grange; he is a member of the State Grange. (1878 Polk Township)

Wyckoff, Elijah, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna; born in Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1826; came to Benton Co. in 1850; has 278 acres of land valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Mary Bryson in 1852; she was born in Sumner Co., Tenn., in 1836; they have eight children -- Lenora A., John F., Nathaniel G., Mary E., Charles H., Samuel F., George L. and Eugene F. An Old Line Whig; now a Republican; has held the offices of Assessor, Trustee and Treasurer. Mrs. Wyckoff has been a life-long member of the M. E. Church. He is a member of Altar Lodge, No. 362, Marysville; Treasurer; was Warden until last meeting. While District Treasurer, he held from $17,000 to $18,000; paid for every school house in his township. (1878 Polk Township)

Wycoff, P. B., teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Wyman, T. F., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Yerger, J. F., Evangelist minister, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Yerkes, Howard, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Yerkes, John H., farmer, Sec. 25. (1878 Taylor Township)

Yerkes, S. A., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton; born in Dearborn Co., Ind., in 1837; removed to Benton Co. in 1855; has eighty acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Catherine Hite in 1860; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1842; they have six children - Ollive V., Eldora, Cora B., Lulu May, Ostrum H. and Thomas E. Republican. Sub-School Director. Have been members of the United Brethren Church for five years. Mr. Yerkes is among the early settlers; came to Bruce Township in 1869. (1878 Bruce Township)

Yerkes, Thomas J., farmer, Sec. 26; born in Dearborn Co., Ind., Nov. 30, 1842; lived there until 12 years old, and came with his parents to Benton Co., in 1856; located in the timber and has lived here twenty-two years; is engaged in farming, and own farm of sixty-two acres of land. Married Mary J. Ferguson, from this county, in April 1866; they have four children - Mattie A., Harrison Edward, Elba S. and Clara A. (1878 Taylor Township)

Yocom, D. S., of the firm of Yocom Bros. & Millhouse, dealers in lumber, doors, sash, blinds, grain, standard farm machinery, etc., Luzerne. Mr. D. S. Yocom was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, Jan. 10, 1834; when he was 10 years of age, he moved to Morgan Co., Ohio, with his parents; he remained in Morgan Co. until 1869, when he came to Mahaska Co., this State; came from there to this county in 1871, and engaged in his present business. During the war of the rebellion he enlisted in Company D, 97th Ohio V. I.; was in several skirmishes and in the battle of Perryville; he was honorably discharged in February, 1863. His wife was Miss Emily A. Hamilton; they were married in Bad Axe, Wis., in 1856; she was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1835; she died in this town June 29, 1876; they had two children -- N. H. Yocom, born June 15, 1859, and Mary Lincoln Yocom, born April 14, 1865. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Yocom, W. W., of the firm of Yocom Bros. & Millhouse, dealers in lumber, doors, sash, blinds, grain, standard farm machinery, etc., Luzerne. W. W. Yocom was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1848; came this town (Luzerne) in 1869, and engaged in business with present firm in 1874. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Yocum, William W. (1878 Iowa Township)

York, E. R., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

York, L. T., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

York, P., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

York, S. I., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Youel, J. L., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 4; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Montgomery County, Ind., Feb. 26, 1835; came to this county in 1864; has 160 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Township Collector, Township Treasurer and Assessor. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. For his first wife, married Rachel Chambers; she was born in Virginia Jan. 28, 1841; is the mother of two children -- Jane E., born Sept. 3, 1860; William C., born Oct. 18th, 1862; for his second wife, married Ruth A. Tarpenning; she was born in Ohio April 17, 1844; has five living children -- James M., born July 6, 1867; Addie, born Sept. 24, 1869; Blair T., born Oct. 8, 1871; John E., born Sept. 13, 1874; Charles D., born Jan. 5, 1877. Emigrated to Benton Co. with his father, where he has lived since; when he came here fourteen years ago there was any amount of wild prairie; thought it wouldn't be settled up for years, and could have a cattle range as long as he wanted. Mrs. Youel came to the county in 1852, and settled in Parker's Grove with her parents; at that time there was not a family in Fremont Township, and in the time she has been here has seen the prairies developed into one of the finest of farming countries. (1878 Fremont Township)

Youel, J. W. B., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 3; P. O. Shellsburg; was born in Rockbridge Co., Va., Dec. 8, 1816; came to this county in the Spring of 1860; has 174 acres of land, valued at $7,000. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Assessor and Township Trustee. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Married Hannah S. Pogue of Mason Co., Ky.; she was born April 17, 1817; mother of ten children, eight of whom are living -- Elizabeth J., Amanda E., Dixon, Mary S., Charlotte A., Margaret E., Fannie S., William H. and John C. Mr. Youel emigrated from Virginia in 1830, to Indiana; lived there thirty, years, then came to Benton Co., where he has resided since; when he first came here, there were but few people in the township; and at the first election he attended, there were only eighteen votes polled; assessed the township in 1862; did it in two days and a half; raises on an average yearly, 2,500 bushels of corn, 1,000 bushels of wheat, and 800 bushels, of oats; has a good prairie farm, and is one of the sound farmers of the township. (1878 Fremont Township)

Young, A. L. F., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. La Porte City; born in Pennsylvania in 1822; came to Benton Co. in 1861; has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Lavinna Goodwin in 1844; she was born in Ohio in 1822; they have three children - - Clarence V., Eugene C. and Mary C. Republican in politics. Township Clerk for four years; Justice of the Peace four years, and Township Trustee four years. (1878 Bruce Township)

Young, A. S., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Young, B. D. (1878 Jackson Township)

Young, Christian, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Young, Clarence V., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. La Porte City; born in Hinckley, Medina Co., Ohio, in 1845; came to Benton Co. in 1861; has eighty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Anna Woodley in 1865; she was born in Ohio in 1849. Republican. Constable four years, Road Supervisor nine years, and Township Trustee. Is a member of the Fire Company at La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Young, E. C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Young, E. C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Young, Enos, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Young, J., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Young, J., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Young, J. G., furniture maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Young, J. G., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Young, James. (1878 Monroe Township)

Young, James F., proprietor of City Mills; born in Johnson Co., Ind. April 26, 1825; lived there twenty-three years; four of them came to Iowa by team, in 1848; he spent the Winter in Cedar Rapids, and came to Benton Co., in Dec., 1849; located at Big Grove; there was not a person living in that township when he came; is one of the earliest settlers in the county; there were plenty of Indians there; engaged in farming; in 1855, he came to Vinton, and built a grist-mill; the first mill built in this county that would grind wheat; he is also engaged in the furniture business; firm of J. F. Young & Co. Has held town and school offices. Married Mary Bergen from Indiana in 1849; she died in 1855. Married Lucelia Fellows, from New York, April 17, 1857; they have four children - Joseph G., Clara M., Carrie G. and James W.; lost one son - Bethuel M. (1878 Taylor Township)

Young, Jeremiah, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Young, John, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 7; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., June 31, 1838; came to this county in 1856; has 640 acres land, valued at $92,460. Married Christiana Webb Aug. 9, 1858; mother of three children living -- Mary, born Dec. 21, 1859; Dempster, born Dec. 8, 1868; Minnie, born Nov. 14, 1870. Emigrated to La Porte Co., Ind., when he was 3 years old; lived there eighteen years, thence to this county where he has resided since; Mr. Young's principal business is stock; keeps on hand 115 head of steers and turns off that number yearly; in 1877, turned off $5,000 worth of cattle; has on hand 200 head of hogs, his average number of hogs yearly; sold, in 1877, over $1,500 worth; Mr. Young has a fine residence and a beautiful farm of a Sec. , and is one of the solid farmers of the county. (1878 Canton Township)

Young, John L., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Shellsburg (1878 Canton Township)

Young, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Young, Joseph, Sr., retired (1878 Taylor Township)

Young, R. N., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Young, Thomas, farmer, stock raiser and shipper, Sec. 25; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., Sept. 30, 1822; came to this county in 1854; has 1,300 acres of land, valued at $45,000. Married Charlotte Hutchins in 1857; she was born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., May 3, 1840; mother of eight children -- John, born April 8, 1859; Eleanor, born Oct. 12, 1860; Charlie, born Sept. 22, 1862; Frank, born July 17, 1863; Edward, Aug. 22, 1867; Orvil, born April 8, 1869; Katie, born Aug. 18,1871; Thomas, Jr., born Feb. 20, 1874. Emigrated from New York to Indiana, and lived there fourteen years; then came to this county; Mr. Young is the king stock man of the county; has on hand 254 head of cattle; sold in 1877, 300 head, which brought him the snug little sum of $12,000; keeps on average twenty-four head of horses; Mr. Young is amongst the wealthiest men in the county. (1878 Canton Township)

Young, W. H., grain elevator. (1878 Taylor Township)

Younglove, Isaac, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Yount, E., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Irving; was born in Miami Co., Ohio, on the 10th of April, 1840; came West with his parents and settled in Iowa Township, this county, in 1856. He married Miss Emily Sink, in Iowa County, this State, Nov. 8, 1868; she was born in Miami Co., Ohio. Mr. E. Yount's father (John M. Yount, now deceased), was a native of Ohio; he moved to this county, bringing his family with him in 1856, thus becoming one of the early settlers of this county; his widow (Mrs. Yount), still resides in this county. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zaleska, F. E., butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zaleska, F., Sr., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zaleska, Joseph, butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zaleska, Vincel, butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zeka, Joseph, butcher, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zeller, John, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zimmerman, F. R., cabinet maker, Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Zlibcick, John T., Catholic priest P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Zoring, Fred, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Zoring, Henry, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)


Transcribed, 2006, by Tierney Ratti.



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