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Out Among The Farmers - Feb 26, 1903

CROUCH, REPP, COADY, WINSLOW, ROACH, JUDGE, ROAN, CONLEY, CUMMINS, LUTTRELL, KELLEHER, RYAN, KNOWLES, BROTHERS, KIRBY, MORRISON

Posted By: DJ Scieszinski
Date: 4/23/2016 at 19:02:05

Monroe County News
February 26, 1903

Out Among The Farmers

PIERCE COADY owned and operated a farm of 820 acres before dividing it with his children. Mr. Coady located here in 1857 and is now 80 years of age. Mr. Coady in the prime of life bought and sold a large amount of stock and at that time knew almost every man in the county. He seldom shipped other stock than those he fed himself and he thinks three load of cattle the most he ever fed in one year. At that time his boys were all at home and he always raised his own corn. We were all night visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Coady and find them very pleasant people. They have 9 children, 4 sons and 5 girls. Mr. Coady thinks that he has raised one of the healthiest and most robust families to be found in the county, the average weight of the boys is 225 pounds. The 4 boys are all starting out well and have their share of the world's goods and own an average of about 280 acres of land apiece. The five girls are Mrs. Bridge Winslow of Grinnell, Mary Roach of Nebraska, Ellen Judge and Anna Roan of Gilford township. Miss Katie is still at home.
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JAMES E. COADY now resides on his Father's farm but owns a good place of his own. We notice a load of very fine coming 3 year old steers under full feed in Mr. Coady's yards. He does not feel satisfied with the present prices of cattle and will feed till May or till prices go to $5 per hundred. Mrs. Coady was Miss Mary Conley. They have seven children, 5 boys and 2 girls, their ages ranging from 14 down to 2 years.
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J. B. ROAN residing two and one half miles southwest of Georgetown on his father's farm, has resided there all his life and is connected in business with his father. They keep the farm well stocked and equipped. Their principal stock is cattle and they keep them well graded up, and have now on hand about 60 head of good cattle. Mrs. Roan was Miss Annie Cummins. They have been married 8 years, have one child, Margaret. Mr. and Mrs. Roan senior have recently celebrated their golden wedding. On account of the inclement weather they could not carry out their plans as they desired. Mr. Roan is 72 years old and Mrs. Roan is 74. They have 5 children, 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. ​
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THOMAS LUTTRELL was born and raised near where he now resides. He owns and operates a fine farm with beautiful surroundings. The farm consists of 240 acres and he keeps it well stocked up. His wife was Miss Rosie Judge of the well known Judge family who has resided in this vicinity for a long time. They have three children, Thomas is 13 years old, Catharine is 10 and little Edward is 7 past. Mr. Luttrell is not feeding any cattle this winter and thinks himself lucky and so do we.
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JAMES KELLEHER one mile north of Georgetown owns 240 acres of land, 6 head of horses and 60 head of cattle. They are feeding 13 head of coming three-year-old steers at this time and don't feel very much enthused over the matter of high prices. They report the raising of 2,500 bushels of good corn the past season and about 130 ton of fine hay. Mr. and Mrs. Kelleher believe in educating their children. The oldest son Daniel has attended the Cedar Falls Normal school and has taught two terms of school in the county. The second son Patrick, has attended the Creighton University at Omaha, Neb. At the time of my visit Mrs. D. J. Ryan, a sister of Mrs. Kelleher, was making them a three weeks visit. Miss Margaret Kelleher had returned with her from ​a two weeks visit in Omaha.
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JOHN KNOWLES
I had the pleasure of stopping over night with the Knowles family and can assure you it was a pleasure indeed. I find Mr. Knowles one of these jolly fellows that I delight in meeting and is also a good conversationalist and his talk proved interesting to me. He owns a 240 acre farm and has built himself a cozy little cottage in the past two years. Mr. Knowles informed me that he spent 11 years of the best part of his life railroading before settling down. His wife was Miss Katie Brothers. They have been married 13 years and have a family of four children. The two oldest Mike and Willie are good boys, aged 10 and 12 years. The two younger, Annie and James are the most loving children I ever knew. It is no unusual thing to see little tots like them kiss their parents good night, but when they extend their little affections to strangers that is something unusual and really touched my heart. The little girl is five years old and little Jimmy is but two. Such kind hearted children are bound to make benevolent men and women.
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F. W. CROUCH the present county surveyor is now serving his second term and is a gentleman in every sense. Mr. Crouch feels thankful to the people for their favors but says it is not a very desirable position after all, as his work takes him away from home, but adds that it is a lazy manís job and thinks that it just suits him on this account. We find Mrs. Crouch a neat, attractive little lady, born and raised in Vermont and has only lived in Iowa six years. She showed us a number of the potatoes of her own production. Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have one child, Miss Rosamond, 8 years of age.
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A. X. REPP
12 miles southwest of Albia owns and operates a farm of 282 acres and has resided on it 22 years. He has at present 9 head of horses, 70 head of cattle and about 80 head of hogs. We found him preparing to build an addition to his barn that will make 33x40. He is also building a small house for his son who is now renting the farm. Mr. Repp served 2 years in the Civil war in Co. K. 36th Iowa.
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THE KIRBY FAMILY
The father and mother of this family were among the pioneer settlers of the county and the father was a member of the Irish colony spoken of last week. The parents are both dead, the mother 15 years and the father 11. They own 200 acres of land and the boys are engaged in farming and stock raising, and all are at home yet. There are three boys and five girls in the family. Two of the girls are married, Mrs. Cathrine Morrison of Albia and Mrs. M.E. Judge of Boon county. Miss Mary has always lived at home and deserves great credit for caring for the younger members of the family. Miss Agnes is now housekeeping while the older sister is away visiting. Miss Ella is an accomplished school teacher and taught 7 years in Monroe county schools with the best of success. I was an all night visitor at the Kirby home and find them pleasant people. Z .T. P.


 

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