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Date: 1/7/2005 at 13:41:37

Biography reproduced from page 442 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

About the same time Joseph D. McDonald opened a lumber yard in Burt, which he yet is running. He handles, also, hardware, lime, salt, coal, and buys grain and stock. He is the owner of a hay press which he is operating, which has a capacity of eight tons per day.

Joseph D. McDonald, son of William and Mary (Shanor) McDonald, was born in Butler Co., Penn. When ten years of age he went with his parents to Grundy Co., Ill., where his father was engaged in farming. In 1862 he enlisted in company B, 129th Illinois Infantry, being mustered in at Pontiac. He participated in the battles of Pensacola, Lookout Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, July 20, 21 and 22, with Sherman on his march to the sea and back to Washington, where he was mustered out in June, 1865. He then went to Dwight, Livingston Co., Ill., where he engaged in farming. In the spring of 1866 he came to Kossuth Co., Iowa, settling on a homestead of eighty acres in Portland township. In 1881 he moved to Burt and engaged in the lumber business. He owns one acre of land and a good house. Mr. McDonald was married March 9, 1871, to Nancy I. Young, of Dwight, Ill. They have five children—William E., Eugene M., Everett E., Lulu O. and Henry J., all living at home. Mr. McDonald has been trustee of Portland township for ten years, and is now one of the supervisors of Kossuth county. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a democrat.

(Transcriptionist’s note: The above biography begins “About the same time. . “ which refers to the year 1881).


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