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Weatherly, John L.


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 7/25/2006 at 20:42:09


John L. Weatherly, the present recorder of Lyon County, and one of the most successful farmers of Doon Township, was born in Marshall County, Iowa, February 3, 1859, a son of Timothy and Catherine (Hauser) Weatherly. His father was an old pioneer settler of Marshall County, where he is still living at the age of seventy-four years. Frederick Hauser, the father of Mrs. Catherine Weatherly, followed farming, and was an ordained minister of the Christian Church for more than twenty years. When he died he closed a career of more than three-quarters of a century. The Hauser family is of English descent, her grandfather having been born in Yorkshire, England, and coming to this country early in life. He became a pioneer in the settlement of Indiana, and as he was a man of much education, broad spirit and patriotic purposes, he was elected to congress. He was a staunch member of the Christian Church, and in reply to the question if he would carry his Christian principles to congress said he would not advocate any principle or countenance any measure contrary to the law of God.

John L. Weatherly spent his early life at home, attending school and helping his father on the farm. When he reached his majority he rented a farm, and continued farming until 1885, when he removed to Lyon County, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of wild land. Here he settled and in six years had converted the wild prairie into a highly improved farm, with a good farmhouse, and a barn 36 by 74 feet, as well as other buildings needed to care for his stock and grain. In 1891 he removed his home to the village of Doon where he engaged in buying and selling grain, still retaining the farm. In 1894 he sold out his grain trade, which had become well established and profitable, and went on the road as a collector and salesman. Three years later he returned to the farm, and cultivated a half section of land until his election as county recorder in 1902. Public position is not strange to Mr. Weatherly, as previous to this he had been assessor of the township two terms and town clerk five terms. He had been justice of the peace two terms, and in the village of Doon had been president of the school board one term. In the Doon lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he has been very active, having passed through all the chairs. For eighteen years he has been a faithful and devoted member of the Christian Church. In November 1879 he was married to Miss Eliza, a daughter of John and Nancy Long, pioneer farmer people of Indiana. This union has been blessed by the birth of six children: Minnie, Elsie, Floyd, Coila, Laura and Royce.

Source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

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