Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 502-03.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Lee Allen Campbell

Lee Allen Campbell, who is numbered among the enterprising and successful farmers and stock-raisers of Coon township, was born in Calhoun county, Iowa, April 2, 1879, his parents being Peter D. and Rosetta (Stormer) Campbell, the former a native of New York and the latter of Tennessee.  When a young man the father made the journey westward, locating first in Illinois, where he engaged in general agricultural pursuits, while subsequently he came to Iowa and entered government land.  For three years he served under Sherman as a loyal defender of the Union cause, never faltering in the performance of any task assigned him.  His political allegiance was given to the republican party, while his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the .Methodist Episcopal church, with which his wife was also identified.  He was in his sixty-fourth year when called to his final rest and seven years afterward his widow passed away.  The brothers and sisters of our subject are as follows:  Mary, the wife of Lucian Soper; William, who is a tiler [sic] residing in Humboldt County, Iowa; Mike and Benjamin, both of whom are engaged in farming; Hattie, the wife of Ned Sanquist; Arthur, who likewise follows the occupation of farming; Mortie, who is also engaged in agricultural pursuits; and Millie, twin sister of Mortie, who is the wife of Arthur Beach.


Lee Allen Campbell attended school in his native county until he had attained the age of fifteen years, when he secured employment on a farm.  At the age of twenty-three years he started out as a farmer on his own account, being well qualified for the work by previous experience and training.  In 1908 he took up his abode in Buena Vista county, Iowa, and purchased his present farm of eighty acres in Coon township, the land being well improved and highly cultivated.  He follows modern and progressive methods in the conduct of his agricultural interests and has already gained a place among the representative and prosperous farmers and stock-raisers of the community.


Mr. Campbell was joined in wedlock to Miss Carrie Malfeld, whose birth occurred in Marshall county, Iowa, in 1886.  By this union there are two children:  Ella Rosetta, whose natal day was November 27, 1905; and Melvin Roy, born April 5, 1908.


Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Campbell has given his political allegiance to the republican party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government.  A young man, he possesses the enterprising spirit of the west, which has been the dominant factor in producing the wonderful development of this section of the country.  Brooking no obstacles that honest effort can overcome, he has gradually advanced toward the goal of prosperity and his friends predict for him a bright future.