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Date: 11/1/2004 at 14:08:00

Biography reproduced from page 470 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

William Peck, one of the most thriving and prosperous farmers of Fenton township, is the son of Joseph and Elenor Peck, natives of St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. He was born Oct. 21, 1840, and came to Dane Co., Wis., with his parents in 1845. In 1849 his father went by team to California and returned in 1852, having heard from his family but once during that time. In 1860 Mr. Peck started out in the world for himself, and worked on a farm for $13 per month. He enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, in company K, 2d regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. His company was sent to Washington, and transferred to battery A, 1st Wisconsin Artillery, and were stationed during the winter of 1862, in Fort Cass, on Gen. Lee’s farm. In the spring of 1863 they removed to Fort Ellsworth, Va., and remained there five months, then went to Fort Worth (near Fairfax cemetery), thence to Alexandria, Va. In the fall of 1864 they were on a march in the Shenandoah Valley, with Gen. Sheridan; they then returned to Alexandria. Mr. Peck was wounded in this march, by the recoil of a gun, which broke three of his ribs. He was discharged from service April 27, 1865, and returned to his home in Jefferson Co., Wis. In 1866 he went to Dane Co., Wis., and remained there until 1872, when he removed with his family to Kossuth Co., Iowa, and took up a homestead on section 26, township 97, range 30, Fenton township. His present farm has 130 acres under cultivation. He has a good house and barn on the same. He was twice married. His first wife was Louis Tubbs, to whom he was married Oct. 23, 1861, and by whom he had three children—Ella, Alma and Edith. Mr. Peck married Hannah Moore, Feb. 8, 1870, daughter of John and Loretta Moore, natives of Ohio. Mrs. Peck was born Oct. 21, 1852. The have four children—Alida T., Stella, Mabel and William J. Mr. Peck is a member of the Algona Lodge of I. O. O. F., also of the Grange, No. 19. He votes the republican ticket, and is engaged to some extent in stock raising.


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