Haskell Nichols, farmer, Monona Township, was born in Essex County, N.Y., Dec. 20, 1823, and was a son of Ezra and Polly (Brown) Nichols. His grandfather, Edmund Brown, was a soldier in the war of 1812; also in the Revolutionary war. Haskell was reared on a farm and received a common school education. When twenty-one years of age he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, which he followed for ten years. In 1852 he went to California, where he engaged in mining for six years. In 1859 he came to Clayton County, Ia., where he purchased speculator's land, paying $10 per acre. In February, in 1862, he married Dexalana Wallace, who was born in Westport, Essex County, N.Y., Dec. 15, 1834. By this union there were four children, two living-- Marian C. and Leora. Mr. Nichols has ninety-five acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. In politics he is an old line Whig, and at the time of the organization of the Republican party joined them, and has affiliated with them since. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1053-1054
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney