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John Everall

John Everall.-There is no need for puzzling or indirection in determining the sterling value of the life services of this venerable and honored pioneer citizen of Clayton county, for he has marked the passing years with earnest and effective endeavor, has shown a high sense of personal stewardship and has held the unequivocal confidence and esteem of those whom his benignant influence has touched in the varied relations of his long and useful career. Mr. Everall was born in Shropshire, England, on the 20th of April, 1839, and in that same section of the "right little isle" were born and reared his parents, Richard and Elizabeth (Liversage) Everall, folk of superior mentality and fine attributes of character. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this review was one of the pioneer clergymen of the Congregational church in England, and it is worthy of note that all of his children, seven in number, were residents of the United States at the time of their death. In 1851 Richard Everall came with his family to Clayton county, Iowa, and became one of the pioneer farmers in Farmersburg township, where his well directed labors brought to him a generous measure of prosperity, as gauged by the standards of the locality and period. Both he and his wife passed the closing years of their life in the village of Farmersburg and both were venerable in years at the time of their death. They were zealous members of the Congregational church, instant in human sympathy and kindliness and in good deeds. They became the parents of three children, and the only survivor is the honored citizen to whom this sketch is dedicated, he being the eldest of the number; Elizabeth was a resident of Farmershurg at the time of her death; and Mrs. Martha Ann (Everall) Sutton died at Bloomington, Wisconsin. John Everall gained his rudimentary education in his native land and supplemented this by attending the pioneer schools of Clayton county, as well as by individual application ,vhich, with his naturally studious tendencies, effectively broadened his intellectual horizon. In Clayton county he gained in his youth a close fellowship with the work of the pioneer farm of his father, and during many years of his active career he continued his close allegiance to the basic industry of agriculture, through the medium of which he gained substantial success. He has long been one of the prominent and influential citizens of Clayton county and special distinction is his for the valiant service which he rendered as a soldier of the Union in the Civil war. From 1858 to 1862 he was a successful and popular teacher in the schools of this county, and he abandoned his pedagogic services only to respond to the call of higher duty, for in August, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company E, Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he proceeded to the front and took part in the various engagements that marked the record of this gallant Iowa regiment. He lived up to the full tension of the great conflict between the states of the North and the South, was wounded in action in July, 1864, but was not long incapacitated for service, as he continued with his regiment until the close of the war, rose from the rank of first sergeant to that of first Lieutenant of his company, and received his honorable discharge in June, 1865. In later years he has vitalized the more gracious memories and associations of his military career by his appreciative affiliation with the Grand Army of the Republic. After the war Mr. Everall resumed his association with farming in Farmersburg township, and his ability and unqualified popularity have brought to him many official preferments in the public service. He has filled nearly all township offices, and for a period of four years he was county superintendent of schools. He was for six years the incumbent of the office of county auditor, and for eight years he represented Clayton county in the upper house of the Iowa Legislature. In every public office to which he has been called he has proved a faithful, loyal and efficient incumbent, and he has shown himself well fortified in his opinions concerning matters of economic and governmental polity. He is now living virtually retired in his attractive home at Farmersburg, and finds that his lines are cast in pleasant places, for he is surrounded by a host of friends who are tried and true, and is revered alike by old and young. In a basic way he has ever given stalwart allegiance to the Democratic party, but in local affairs he has not been constrained by strict partisan lines, as he has given his support to men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment. Mr. Everall has been long and appreciatively affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and for eight or nine years he held the office of master of the lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons at Farmersburg. In this village, on the 25th of October, 1865, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Everall, then a youthful veteran of the Civil war, to Miss Vallonia Renshaw, who was born at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on the 9th of April, 1841. Of the seven children of this union, five are living. Richard, the firstborn, died in boyhood; Martha remains with her parents; John is successfully established in the practice of law in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota; Dr. George L. became a representative physician and surgeon in the city of Clinton, Iowa, but was at the old home in Farmersburg at the time of his death; Bruce B., M. D., is engaged in the practice of his profession at Monona, Clayton county; Dr. Benjamin C. was engaged in the practice of medicine in the city of Waterloo, this state, until the border troubles with Mexico, in the summer of 1916, led to his going to Texas as captain and surgeon of the hospital corps of the First Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in which capacity he is serving at the time of this writing; Bessie E., the youngest of the children, is now an efficient and popular teacher in the public schools of Lake City, Minnesota. Senator Everall was one of the leaders of his party while in the Iowa Senate and was known for his quiet, but forceful support of wise measures for the benefit of the people. He still takes an active interest in the bank at Farmersburg and is known and loved throughout the county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 114-115
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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