I. C. Bacon, living in Union township, was born December 2, 1841, in Marietta,
Washington county, Ohio. His father, Isaac Bacon, was a native of the state of
New York, born July 8, 1807, and, having arrived at years of manhood, he wedded
Ann Taylor, who was born in Lancashire, England, March 7, 1807. They became
parents of two sons, John Louis and I. C. The former, born September 4, 1836,
died in 1914, in Union township, in the home of his brother, I. C., with whom he
lived after the death of his wife, Hattie Andrews. He was married twice and had
children by both marriages, three of whom are now alive, Charles, Mary Flanagan
and Speda Rogers. It was in the year 1854 that Isaac Bacon removed from Ohio to
Iowa, settling in Union township, Delaware county, where he purchased one
hundred and sixty acres of land.
I. C. Bacon always remained at home
with his father and, being the only heir, inherited the estate, to which he has
since added one hundred and twenty acres, so that his farm now comprises two
hundred and eighty acres of rich and productive land. The father died December
5, 1879, and the mother passed away on the 23d of April, 1896.
On the 5th of October, 1865, Mr.
Bacon was united in marriage to Miss Eliza G. Hogg, who was born September 29,
1845, in Hawesville, Kentucky, a daughter of Robert and Charlotte (Woarley)
Hogg, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana. They were
married in the Hoosier state and, removing westward, reached Union township,
Delaware county, Iowa, April 16, 1846. They were the first settlers of the
township and Mrs. Bacon was at that time six months old. They took up their
abode in the timber and built a log house, Mr. Hogg keeping a store in one
corner of the building and conducting a gunsmith shop in another corner. He
manufactured guns at a period when they were largely needed both for the hunt
and for use against unfriendly Indians. In the Hogg family were twelve children,
of whom four died in infancy. The others were: Eliza, now Mrs. Bacon; Ann, who
by her first marriage to Edward Garrison had eleven children and since the death
of her first husband has become the wife of a Mr. Huygens; James Harvey,
proprietor of a restaurant in Kansas, who married Emma Berlin and has six
children; Milton, a farmer of Nebraska, who has been married twice and had two
children by his first marriage and eight by the second; Oren, who is working in
a vineyard in California and is married and has two children; Caroline, who
became the wife of Paul Berlin and died in 1909, while of her fourteen children
eight are now living; Verona, the wife of John Welch, a lawyer of Monticello,
Iowa, by whom she has three children; and Otis, a farmer who died in 1896.
Mr. and Mrs. Bacon became the parents of
eight children. Charlotte Ann, the eldest, born June 26, 1866, was married
September 17, 1884, to Edward Porter, a farmer of Deer Creek, Minnesota, and
they have become parents of fourteen children, of whom twelve are yet living.
They also have one grandchild, making Mr. and Mrs. Bacon great-grandparents.
Isaac Robert, born December 7, 1867, is operating his father's farm. Minnie,
born March 13, 1869, is the wife of Evan Dufoe, and they have three children and
one grandchild. Nellie, born January 14, 1871, is the wife of Melvin Dolley, a
cement worker at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and they have five children and two
grandchildren. James Milton, born December 19, 1874, and now cultivating a farm
adjoining his father's, married Miss Lillie Barker and they have three children.
Kitty Irene, born October 19, 1876, is the wife of William Myers, of Hopkinton,
and they had one child. Fanny, born January 14, 1882, is the wife of Byron
Smith, a farmer of Union township, and they have two children. Charles, born
March 10, 1887, is connected with his brother in operating the home farm. He
wedded Miss Eveline Orr and they have three children, Vera, Harvey and Neva,
aged eight, six and five years respectively.
Mr. Bacon has been school director and
township trustee. He has been a hard worker all his life and his industry,
determination and careful management have won him a place among the substantial
farmers of Union township. When Mrs. Bacon 's parents came here there was not a
house between their home and Delhi and on the trail to Anamosa there was but one
house. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bacon, therefore, are representatives of old pioneer
families and have themselves witnessed much of the development and progress of
the county leading to its present prosperity.