Posted By: Daniel K. Higginbottom (email)
Date: 11/14/2014 at 15:49:38
HELPMAN, SIMON-Undertaker and mayor, Polk City (Madison Twp.). Is a native of Fairfield county, Ohio. Born on the 11th day of November, 1831, and when five years of age his parents emigrated to Hancock county, that State. At nineteen years of age he learned the carpenter's trade, and has made mechanism his principal vocation during life. As early as the fall of 1856 he came to this State and located in Allamakee county, where he remained for six years, and then removed to Kossuth county, remaining there up to the time of his coming to his present location, the July of 1870. He enlisted as a recruit in the late war in company B, Twenty-seventh Iowa infantry, in September, 1864, and served till its close. Was married in Ohio, December 21, 1854, to Miss Ruth Hall, a native of that State. They have by this union a family of one son living, J. B., and have lost one daughter, E. L. He is the present incumbent of the office of city mayor, and is also a justice of the peace, the latter he has held for seven years of the time that he has been a resident of this place. Mr. Helpman is a man always participating freely in such matters as will most benefit the community in which he lives. strongly upholding the right, and on the other hand vigorously opposing what he knows to be wrong.
Source: "The History of Polk County, Iowa," p. 1029-30. Des Moines, Union Historical Company, 1880.
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