Evan S. Dufoe is a resident of Union township
and one of its native sons. He was born April 23, 1860, his parents being Oliver
and Cassandra (Lyon) Dufoe. The father was born at Three Rivers, near Montreal,
Canada, and after removing to Rockford, Illinois, worked at the baker's trade,
which he had previously learned in his native country. He married Lucinda Dyer
and to them were born nine children. About 1858 he arrived with his family in
Union township, Delaware county, Iowa, where he purchased land, and the
following year his first wife died. It was at the end of the same year that he
wedded Cassandra Lyon and they became the parents of five children, while nine
children had been born of the first marriage. Mary, his eldest daughter, became
the wife of Henry Guiles, a farmer, and died in Nebraska, leaving five children.
Esther Ann is the wife of John D. Smith, a farmer, and they had five children.
Watson Orr, who was a soldier of the Civil war and has followed farming as a
life work, wedded Margaret Perky and they had six children. Isabel is the wife
of John McDowell, a farmer, and they had two children. Lorenzo P., also a
farmer, married Lovina Reardon, and they became parents of four children. Phoebe
E. is the wife of Benjamin McBride, who also carries on agricultural pursuits,
and they had seven children. Levi, who follows farming, is married with two
children. Amanda L. became the wife of Elisha Fordham and had one child. John E.
married Almira Lyon, by whom he has three children, and for their support he
follows farming. Evan S. is the next younger. Sarah is the wife of Leroy Ney, a
farmer of Nebraska. Lucy E. is the wife of Jacob Waites. Charles H., a mail
carrier, married Eva Sheppard. Jane became the wife of John Green and died
leaving five children.
Evan S. Dufoe was educated in the public schools and
worked upon his father's farm until 1883, when, at the age of twenty three
years, he went to Boone county, Nebraska, and in the fall of 1885 removed to
Perkins county, Nebraska, where he secured a homestead claim of one hundred and
sixty acres. He devoted two years to the cultivation of that place, put up a sod
house and in 1887 proved up, after which he returned to Boone county, there
remaining until January, 1888. He then returned to Delaware county and for four
years worked on his father's farm, at the end of which time he completed
arrangements for having a home of his own in his marriage, on the 7th of
November, 1889, to Miss Minnie Bacon, a daughter of Curtis and Eliza (Hogg)
Bacon. On the 1st of March, 1892, he purchased his present farm, which comprises
one hundred and twenty acres of cultivable land and ten acres of timber land.
Mr. and Mrs. Dufoe have three children. Floyd E., the eldest,
born February 16, 1892, was graduated from the Hopkinton high school and in 1912
he married Miss Catherine Nietert, who was born April 12, 1891. They are now
residing upon a farm near Kimball, South Dakota, and they have one child, Howard
A., born December 17, 1913. Olive C., born February 23, 1898, was graduated from
the Hopkinton high school with the class of 1914. Mildred E., born August 21,
1902, is a pupil in the public schools.
The family are members of the Buck Creek Methodist Episcopal
church and its teachings guide them in all the relations of life. Mr. Dufoe has
ever been an honorable, upright man, worthy the esteem in which he is uniformly
held, and the success which he has achieved is the direct result of his earnest,