SAMUEL E. RAILSBACK, son of John Railsback of Shellsburg, mentioned above, owns the fine stock farm in Taylor township which has been known as the Railsback farm for the past sixteen years. The three hundred and twenty acres comprising the farm lie in sections 25 and 36, his comfortable residence being in section 25. He engages in general farming and the raising of graded stock. Another farm, of one hundred and sixty acres, which he owns, is located in section 13, Eden township, and he leases this for tenant farming. He also owns one hundred and fifty-seven acres adjoining his present home, which he purchased in the fall of 1909.
He was born in Linn county, Iowa, on his father's farm between Palo and Shellsburg, in 1858, being one of ten children. He was reared and lived in Linn county to the age of twenty-five, being educated in the public schools, and then for several years was engaged in farming in Fremont township, Benton county. In 1894 he bought his present homestead and has since been engaged in its improvement and cultivation. In politics he is independent, and affiliates with the Knights of Pythias at Vinton, which is his market and postoffice town.
While living in Fremont township he married Miss Mattie Hite. She was born in Benton county, a daughter of Jacob Hite, mentioned below. Mr. and Mrs. Railsback have five children, all born in this county: Lucile, for the past two years a teacher in Newhall; Grace, who has taught in Manchester; Marguerite, in school at Manchester; and Charles and Stanley, at home.