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Date: 6/22/2004 at 14:44:38

Biography reproduced from page 483 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

Elias Tallman was born in Castile, Wyoming Co., N. Y., June 1, 1829. When fourteen years of age he removed with his parents to Racine Co., Wis. After living there two years they removed to Dodge county, remaining eight years. They then lived two years in Sauk county, and from there went to Columbia county. In 1867 Mr. Tallman came to Kossuth Co., Iowa, taking a homestead claim on Buffalo Forks, Portland township, where he was one of the pioneer settlers. Mr. Tallman was postmaster at Buffalo Forks for seven years. In June, 1881, Mr. Tallman, with his son, F. D. Tallman, took a contract for grading the Chicago & Northwestern railraod, commencing work that summer. In 1882 he built the Globe House at Bancroft, being now proprietor of the same. Politically Mr. Tallman is a greenbacker. He was married, in 1855, to Harriet J., daughter of Samuel and Louise Stahl, of Wisconsin. They have three children—Firman D., Willis B. and Frank G. His eldest son, Firman D., was born in Lodi, Columbia Co., Wis., in 1857. He removed to Iowa with his father, and lived with him until 1881, when he came to Bancroft and engaged with this father in grading the road. He afterwards ran a livery stable for six months, and the engaged in farming, during which time he invented a sulky plow and a ditching machine. Both are patented. He formed a partnership with his father for the manufacture of the implements and erected a factory, 20x32 feet, where they are engaged in making plows and ditching machines. In 1876 he married Mary Stockwell, daughter of William Stockwell. They have two children—Afton C. and Bertha. He is a republican in politics.


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