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Roy J. Duffey

Brookvale Stock Farm

Milo Township


     Roy J. Duffey, residing on section 8, Milo township, is the well known proprietor of the Brookvale Stock Farm of one hundred and sixty acres, and also owns ten acres of timber land east of the old homestead. This farm has remained his place of residence from his birth to the present time, his natal day being April 27, 1870. His parents, Henry Perry and Anna Mary (Proctor) Duffey, were natives of Cleveland, Ohio, and England, respectively. The father sailed on the Great Lakes until twenty two years of age and then took up general agricultural pursuits, coming to Delaware county, Iowa, in 1854, and taking up a quarter section of government land in Milo township. As time passed he augmented his holdings by purchase, accumulating about three hundred and twenty acres of improved land and also acquiring timber land and town property. In connection with the cultivation of cereals he Roy J. and Mattie M. (Durey) Duffey

raised blooded cattle until about 1884 and five years later put aside the active work of the fields, spending the remainder of his life in honorable retirement at Manchester, where he passed away on the 24th of October, 1902, at the end of forty-eight years residence in this county. He gave his political allegiance to the republican party and held all offices of consequence in his township. Following his demise, Mrs. Duffey returned to the home farm and resided thereon with her children until called to her final rest on April 1, 1904. To Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Duffey were born seven children, three of whom grew to maturity, namely: Cora J., who is the wife of W. H. Todd; Alva L.; and Roy J., of this review.

       The last named acquired his education in the local schools and also pursued a commercial course at Waterloo. As above stated, he has always maintained his residence on the old homestead farm in Milo township and general agricultural pursuits have claimed his attention throughout his entire business career. His property embraces one hundred and sixty acres on section 8 and is known as the Brookvale Stock Farm. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also raises shorthorn cattle and Duroc Jersey and Poland China hogs, this branch of his business adding materially to his annual income.

      On the 29th of April, 1891, Mr. Duffey was united in marriage to Miss Mattie M. Durey, a daughter of Alfred and Mary (Hicks) Durey. To them has been born a child, Avis Emily, whose natal day was September 11, 1904, and they have also two adopted children, Henry Alfred and Garnet Mabel, a nephew and niece.

       Mr. Duffey is a republican in his political views and is now serving in the capacity of township trustee, making a creditable record in that connection. In Delaware county, where his entire life has been spent, he enjoys the respect and confidence of all who come in contact with him, being regarded as an able agriculturist and a progressive and public spirited citizen



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 118-119.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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