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Webb, John H.


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 7/25/2006 at 20:48:22


John H. Webb, who is now the proprietor of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres in section 34, Lyon County, where he located in March 1904, first settled in 1883, in section 27, of the same township. His nearest neighbors being at that time David Bruner, Benjamin Whitmore and Washington Lyon. Mr. Webb was born in Grant County, Wisconsin, December 2, 1847, a son of Thomas F. and Martha (Anderson) Webb, natives respectively of Kentucky and Virginia. The father was a miner in early life and later became a farmer. During the Blackhawk War he served as a soldier. When he died in 1887 he was eighty-three years; his wife being sixty-four at the time of her demise in 1882. They were the parents of a family of thirteen children: James M., deceased, county auditor four years, and deputy treasurer of Lyon County for two years. He served four years in the Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War; Rebecca, the widow of James Green, of Delaware County, Iowa; Thomas J., a pioneer of Plymouth County, served two years in the Third Iowa Battery during the Civil War; John H.; LaFayette, a jeweler at Edgewood, Iowa; Mary, the wife of Seymour Shryock, of Oregon; William H. deceased; Isabelle, a resident of Washington; Isaac A., an editor in Denver Colorado; Charles F., a farmer of Colorado; George E., a farmer in Nebraska; Laura, the wife of Mr. Hamilton, of Pasadena, California; Matthew G. deceased.

Mr. Webb secured his education beyond the common schools in a college at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and also at a school in Iowa. Removing from Wisconsin to Delaware County, Iowa, he made his home in that county until 1873 when he came to Beloit, Lyon County, where he spent the summer in plastering. For several years thereafter he worked at farming and threshing in Delaware County, but in 1879 went to South Dakota, where he followed farming for some two years. His next move was to return to Beloit, where he engaged in the grain business for some two years, also farming on section 27, of Lyon Township. In March 1904 he removed to his present home, where the promise of a large success is very flattering. He is working rapidly into stock raising, having now on hand a hundred heads of cattle, fifteen horses and a hundred hogs.

Mr. Webb was married February 22, 1884 to Miss Rose D. Tisdale of Delaware County, Iowa, and a daughter of Leonard and Electa (Hanchett) Tisdale, both of whom were natives of New York. Her father was a machinist by trade, and later became a farmer. He died in 1888, at the age of seventy-five years; his widow surviving until 1893 when she passed away at the age of seventy-six years. They were the parents of a family of four children: Adaline, Marie, Oscar and Rose D.,--all of whom are now dead with the exception of Mrs. Webb. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have had born to them the following children: Charles L., a farmer in Lincoln County, South Dakota, he married Miss Edith Baning, and has two children: Eugene T., married Miss Lue Campbell, and has one child: Minnie, deceased; Eva, at home; Harrison, deceased; Verny, deceased; and Bernice at home.

Mr. Webb holds a prominent position in local and county affairs, and is now county supervisor. For twelve years he was school director, township trustee for four years, and justice of the peace two years.

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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