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Thomas C. Dexter

My grandfather, Thomas C. Dexter,  settled in Willow, IA in 1868 with his wife Mary Ann (Noyes) Dexter.. My Aunt Marie, his daughter, told me that he lived in a sod hut and went to town once every 6 months. He and his adopted son, Charles Haughui, one day went into town for supplies and were caught in a snow storm. They hitched the horses to a tree, climbed into the wagon between the straw and hay and pulled blankets over them and survived the storm..Thomas later moved to Little Rock , Lyon Co, IA and homesteaded there for many years. 

Submitted by grand daughter Barbara Dexter Schwartz

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