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WHEELER, J.H. Vol. II. Pp. 727-28. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910


One of the most prosperous and intelligent agriculturists of Cerro Gordo county, Arthur H. Dean owns and occupies a valuable farm of three hundred and twenty acres in sections twenty-five and twenty-six, Mason township, where he is carrying on general farming after the most approved modern methods, exercising great skill and good judgment in his labors. A son of Richard Dean, he was born in 1862 in Winnebago county, Illinois, and was there brought up and educated.

A native of England, Richard Dean was born in Yorkshire, where they days of his boyhood and youth were spent. Emigrating to this country at the age of eighteen years, he was for some time employed in the Rhode Island woolen factories. When ready to start in life on his own account he migrated to Illinois, and was engaged in tilling the soil in Winnebago county until 1885. Coming in that year to Cerro Gordo county, he purchased two hundred and forty acres of land in Mason township, and having placed the larger part of it under culture bought eighty acres of adjoining land. Here he continued to live and labor until his death, in 1902, at the venerable age of four score or more years. He was an unswerving Republican in politics. He married Ann Saunderson, who was born in Manchester, England, their union being solemnized in Providence, Rhode Island. She was a member of the Episcopal church. She [preceded] him to the world beyond, passing away in 1898, aged seventy-six years. They reared three children, as follows: Frank, residing at Victoria, where he has large holdings; Arthur H.; and Mary, who died in 1903, aged thirty-seven years.

Brought up in Illinois, Arthur H. Dean received a common school education, and after coming with the family to Mason township, Cerro Gordo county, assisted his father in improving the large and valuable farm which he now owns and occupies. A gentleman in the prime of life, active, energetic, with a clear head for business, Mr. Dean has long been a prominent factor in the industrial interests of this part of the county and is everywhere respected as a man of honor and worth. Politically Mr. Dean is a stalwart Republican, and religiously he attends the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Dean married, in February, 1890, at Charles City, Iowa, Fidelia A. Elwell, who was born in La Salle county, Illinois, but was brought up and educated in Floyd county, Iowa. Of this union two children have been born, namely: Earl M., aged fifteen years; and Edna, aged thirteen years.

NOTE: Arthur H. Dean died on September 26, 1935. Fiedlia A. (Elwell) Dean died on January 31, 1952. Earl M. Dean was born on October 4, 1894, and died on January 18, 1966. They were interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City IA.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2014



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