Luther Nichols, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Erie County, N.Y., on the 1st day of April, 1827, and was a son of Clark Nichols and Nancy, nee Howell, the former a native of Rhode Island, the latter of New York. They were married in Erie County, N.Y., where ten children were born, five living--Luther; Caroline, now the wife of John Weatherlow; Elmina, wife of S. F. Mann; Olive, wife of Frank Blood, and Alice. Mr. Nichols was a farmer, which occupation he followed until his death, which occurred in 1879. Mrs. Nichols died in 1880. Luther was reared on his father's farm, and received a liberal education. When twenty-one years of age he left his home and went to Mississippi and Tennessee, where he was engaged in teaching school for a number of years. In 1854 he came to Clayton County and bought the land where he now resides. In 1860 he married Eveline, daughter of David M. Woodmansee. She was born in Painesville, Lake County, O., Sept. 28, 1835. By this union there were seven children, four living--Elbert, Arthur, Alice and Estella. Mr. Nichols has 320 acres of land in Clayton County, valued at $40 per acre. He has held several local offices of trust in the gifts of the people, and has always taken an active interest in eduational matters. He can truly be classed with the pioneers of this county, having been identified with her interests over a quarter of a century.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1053
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney