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Delaware County, Iowa


 Biography Directory

William Hulbert

Farmer and Cattleman

Oneida Township



    William Hulbert lived retired for a few years previous to his death, but during his active life was a progressive and successful farmer, and also engaged in cattle raising. He was born June 4, 1821, in Genesee county, New York, a son of Ira and Lucinda (Davis) Hulbert, who were the parents of three sons and three daughters, all of whom have now passed away. The father died in New York state but the mother subsequently took her children to Illinois, where she passed away.

    When the subject of this review was a young man eighteen years of age he walked most of the way from New York to Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois. In 1853 he came to Delaware county, Iowa, and began farming in Colony township, where he owned one hundred and sixty acres of fertile land. Later he disposed of this farm and purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land in Oneida township, where he resided for seven years, when he retired from active work.  In addition to cultivating the fields he raised graded cattle and both lines of business returned to him good profits. In the evening of life he retired to Greeley, where he lived at ease, as he was assured of a competence for the remainder of his days. He passed away on the 31st of December, 1891, and is laid to rest in Earlville.

       Mr. Hulbert was married on the 23rd of December, 1847, in Stephenson County, Illinois, to Miss Alsina Phelps, who was born March 2, 1829, in Genesee county, New York, a daughter of Daniel and Eliza (Anthony) Phelps. To Mr. and Mrs. Hulbert were born six children: Harmi, who resides at Bennett, Nebraska; Eugene, of Manchester, Iowa; Orsavella, now Mrs. LaFayette Mathews, of Manchester; William Nelson, of Primghar, Iowa; Eva Lucinda, who died young; and Fannie, a resident of Manchester. The first two children were born in Illinois and the others in Iowa.

       Mr. Hulbert was a republican and served as school director in Colony township. He was not active in politics, however, nor was he a member of any fraternal organizations, as he found

that the cultivation of his fields and the care of his stock demanded his undivided attention. He found his greatest pleasure in the enjoyment of his home and the companionship of his family, to whom he was devoted. In improving and developing his farm he contributed to the prosperity of the county and his uprightness of life gained him the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens. In 1905 his family removed to Manchester, where they now live, although they still own their land near Oneida. Mrs. Hulbert is remarkably well preserved for her years, retaining all her faculties and taking a deep interest in current events.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 206-209. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.