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HAIGHT, Oscar F.


Posted By: Norma Jennings (email)
Date: 10/25/2011 at 23:47:40

OSCAR F. HAIGHT, dealer in sewing-machines at Washington, was born in Tioga County, N.Y., Jan. 27, 1840, and is the son of Thomas G. and Lutheria (Reed) Haight, both of whom were also natives of the same State. The family consisted of twelve children, nine of whom lived to be adults: Edgar now resides in Henry County, Iowa, and during the Rebellion served as a soldier in one of the Iowa regiments; Oscar F. is the subject of this sketch; Noyes enlisted in the 57th Illinois Infantry, and died from disease contracted while in the service; Laura resides in Denver, Col., and is the wife of Henry Blake; Frank resides in Appleton, Wis.; Emily is the wife of William Smith, and resides in Jacksonville, Mo.; George, when a boy of sixteen enlisted in the War of the Rebellion and served three years; he now resides in Cedar Rapids. Charles has not been heard from for years; Kate is the wife of Charles Gamble; of Henry County, Iowa; Eudora is the wife of Charles A. Swafford, of Johnson County, the same State. In 1858 the family came to Iowa and settled in Jackson County, where the mother died in 1859, and the father in 1860. She was a member of the Universalist Church.

The subject of this sketch came with his parents to Iowa in 1858, and when the war broke out offered his services to his country, but was rejected by the examining surgeon. In 1868 he located at Jessup, Buchanan County, Iowa, where he engaged in the harness trade. In 1870 he was married, in Black Hawk County, Iowa to Miss Henrietta Church, and the following year came to Washington and commenced his present business, in which he has been quite successful. He is a member of Hawkeye Lodge No. 1, A.O.U.W., and of the United Brethren Church, of which body his wife is also a member.

In politics Mr. Haight is a stanch Republican, and is at present one of he Aldermen of the city. Mr. and Mrs. Haight are the parents of two childrenóWalter and T.G.

Portrait and Biographical Album, Washington, Iowa pp.191


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