MILLEN, STEPHEN W.
MILLEN, AMSDEN, RIST, SAWYER, HUMLONG, HIGLEY
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Date: 12/29/2004 at 12:57:33
Biography reproduced from page 447 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:
Stephen W. Millen was born in Norwich, Windham Co., Conn., Oct. 4, 1818. He remained there until 1833, then went to Massachusetts, being employed for ten years in the woolen factory. In 1837 he went to Grafton, Vt., and engaged in farming. In 1845 he returned to Massachusetts and worked in the mills. In 1855 he came to Kossuth county and purchased land on section 16, township 95, range 29, having 120 acres, fifty of which are under cultivation. He has good buildings and a fine orchard on his place, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. In the fall of 1858 he went to Albion, Marshall Co., Iowa. In the spring of 1860 Mr. Millen went across the country to Denver, Col., and California, returning the following fall. Mr. Millen was married Oct. 7, 1836, to Irene Amsden, daughter of Jonas and Hannah Amsden, of Grafton, Vt. Mrs. Millen died Aug. 14, 1871, leaving five children—George W.; Mary, wife of S. S. Rist, county treasurer of Kossuth county; William H., married to Lucinda Sawyer, living on section 16, township 95, range 29; Loantha, wife of George Humlong, of Marshalltown, Iowa; and Louis, married to Carrie Higley. Mr. Millen is a republican.
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