ECKERMAN, VAN DYKE, ANDERSON, MC COY
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Date: 10/30/2020 at 11:21:59
Daniel Eckerman, farmer and stock-raiser, resides on section 22, Washington Township, where he owns 160 acres of fine land, all under a high state of cultivation, in addition to which he has sixty acres on section 27, also cultivated. He was born in Franklin County, Pa., Oct. 6, 1839, and is the son of David and Sarah (Van Dyke) Eckerman, both of whom are natives of Pennsylvania, the former being of German descent. They came to this county in 1856, settling in Marion Township, where they resided until their death. The former died in 1885, at the age of seventy years, and the latter in 1881, aged sixty-six years. They reared a family of seven children, six of whom are now living: Daniel; Eliza J., who resides with the subject of our sketch; William, residing in Nebraska; Isaac, living in Ringgold County, Iowa; Ezra, residing in Nebraska; Frances E., wife of Talbot Russel, of Ashland, Neb.; George W., also of Ashland, and D. F., deceased. In the death of David and Sarah Eckerman, Washington County lost two of its best citizens, and the family, kind and affectionate parents, whose memory will ever be cherished by one and all.
The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and has successfully followed that occupation through life. He was but seventeen years old when the family removed to this county, and in the thirty-one years in which he has resided here he has witnessed many great and important changes. He has seen the change from the wild state of nature into one of the best and most productive counties in the State of Iowa. Possessing the drive of the Yankee, with the conservatism of the German race, from which he has descended, he has been prosperous in all his business affairs, and is now numbered among the best farmers in the county. In 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza J. Anderson, a daughter of James B. and Elizabeth (Mc Coy) Anderson, who were among the pioneers of Washington County. She was born in this county in 1849. They have had four children – Charles H., Alva L., Otis C. and Roy G.
In 1862, Mr. Eckerman enlisted in Co. H, 2d Iowa Vol. Inf., and served till the close of the war. As is well known, the 2d Iowa was one of the best regiments in the service. Its record for bravery and heroic service is second to none. Its history would fill a volume, even one the size of the ALBUM. It had six Colonels, two of whom were killed, one promoted to Major General, and two to Brigadier Generals. In all the engagements in which his regiment participated Mr. Eckerman was found with his company, and with the regiment he marched with Sherman to the sea through Rome and Savannah, Ga., and was in the grand review at Washington. With the regiment he was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., and discharged at Davenport. Immediately on receiving his discharge, he returned to his home in Washington County, where he has since pursued the peaceful vocation of a farmer, and in which as already stated, he has been eminently successful. Politically, he is a stanch Republican.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of Daniel Eckerman, pages 324-325.
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