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Chauncey S. Harvey


Oneida Twp.



     Chauncey S. Harvey was a farmer of Oneida township and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was born in Herkimer county, New York, April 18, 1841, a son of George W. and Mary (Brown) Harvey, both of whom were born in the Empire state. The family removed to Wisconsin, where the father passed away, and the mother died in Chicago. In their family were twelve children. Chauncey S. Harvey remained at home until his marriage, which occurred in 1862 when he was a young man of twenty-one years. In 1867 he removed to Wisconsin, where he lived for a year, after which he came to this county and settled upon a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 28, Oneida township, which remained his home until his death on the 22d of March, 1914. He devoted his time to the cultivation of his land and the improvement of his farm, which became one of the best agricultural properties of the county. He was always alert and ready to use any methods which promised to secure better results. His well directed labor was amply rewarded by excellent crops, and, as he watched the market carefully, he was able to realize a handsome profit from the sale of his grain and stock.
     When the farm came into his possession it was raw prairie, and its splendid condition at the time of his death was the silent testimony to the energy and good management which he displayed in all of his work. In addition to the excellent buildings which he erected, he made many improvements upon the place and planted a fine grove, which adds much to the attractiveness and value of the farm. About 1884 he started a sorghum mill and conducted the same for twenty years, its output being about two thousand gallons per season. This was a most important adjunct to his business. In his death Delaware county lost a valued citizen and his many friends mourned the passing of a man whom they had always found upright and honorable in his dealings with his fellowmen. He was laid to rest in the Delaware cemetery.
     Mr. Harvey was married in 1862 to Miss Elmira L. Holdredge, who was born in Herkimer county, New York, a daughter of Samuel and Lucina (Harvey) Holdredge, also natives of that state. They passed their entire lives in New York and were there laid to rest. To their union were born eleven children, two of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey became the parents of seven children: W. H.. now residing in Dawson, North Dakota; Burton C., who lives in Pasadena, California; Ella L., the wife of Alva Snow, a resident of Oakes, North Dakota; Jennie C., deceased; Floyd H., who lives in Burnstad, North Dakota; and Mabel L., the wife of Frank Zirtzman, of Kettle Falls, Washington. The youngest of the family, Roy C., operates the home farm, which he owns in partnership with his mother and carries on general farming and stock raising. He married Miss Nellie B. Paris, a native of  this county and a daughter of J. M. and Mattie J. (Grommon) Paris, both of whom were born in New York but removed to this county about 1868. They continued to make their home here until called to the home beyond. To Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Harvey have been born four children: Glenn L., deceased; Mildred L.; Mabel A.; and Alice S.
     Chauncey S. Harvey, the subject of this review, was a republican in his political belief and was a member of the Baptist church. His widow belongs to that denomination and takes a lively interest in everything affecting the welfare of the church and the community.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 112-113.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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