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Date: 10/14/2004 at 13:55:45

Biography reproduced from page 471 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

Francis L. Ranney is the son of Philo and Sally Ranney, natives of New York. He was born Dec. 16, 1846, and lived with his parents until his eighteenth year. On Feb. 21, 1865, he enlisted in company G, 49th Wisconsin Volunteers, for one year. His regiment was stationed in Rolla, Mo., where they did provost duty for five months. They then removed to Schofield Barracks, No. 1, in St. Louis, and did provost duty there until Nov. 8, 1865, when he was discharged and sent home. He was married Jan. 1, 1868, to Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Elenor Peck. Mrs. Ranney was born Aug. 19, 1849. In the fall of 1872, he came with his family to Kossuth Co., Iowa, and settled on section 35, township 97, range 30, in Fenton township, college land grant. He paid $5.40 per acre, cash. Since then he has bought eighty acres in Lott’s Creek township. He has about 100 acres under plow, with good house and improvements on the same. They have eight children—Frank E., Mary Jane, John W., Orvis J., Hulda E., Joseph P., Josephine E. and Daniel E. Mr. Ranney was a member of the Grange for a number of years. They are both members of the M. E. Church. He votes the republican ticket, and is a strong prohibitionist.


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