R. Jewell, a prosperous agriculturist and representative
citizen of Delaware county, owns, operates and resides upon a
farm of two hundred acres on section 11, Richland township.
His birth occurred in Jo Daviess county, Illinois, on the 9th of
October, 1860, his parents being John and Johannah (Richards)
Jewell, both of whom were natives of England. They emigrated to
the United States with their respective parents, settling in Jo
Daviess county, Illinois, while subsequently they took up their
abode at Strawberry Point, Clayton county, Iowa. There the mother
of our subject passed away October 28, 1900, but John Jewell
survives at the age of seventy two years and yet makes his home
at Strawberry Point. To them were born nine children, eight of
whom are still living.
T. R. Jewell attended the common schools in pursuit of an
education and remained under the parental roof until he had
attained his majority. Subsequently he was employed as a farm
hand for two years and then cultivated a rented farm for a
similar period, afterward purchasing a tract of land in Jo
Daviess county, Illinois, on which he resided for some years. In
the spring of 1900 he came to Delaware county, Iowa, and here
operated a rented farm for two years, on the expiration of which
period he purchased two hundred acres of land on section 11,
Richland township, which he has cultivated continuously since. In
association with his sons he likewise owns a tract of one hundred
and twenty acres in Clayton county, Iowa, and also owns a quarter
section of land in Stanley county, South Dakota, and a fruit farm
of eleven acres in Florida. His undertakings as an agriculturist
have been attended with a gratifying measure of success and he
has long been numbered among the substantial and enterprising
citizens of his community.
In 1881 Mr. Jewell was united in marriage to Miss Eliza A.
Treague, a native of Jo Daviess county, Illinois, and a daughter
of John J. and Agnes (Mallett) Treague, both of whom were born in
England. They emigrated to the United States in 1846 and spent
the remainder of their lives in Jo Daviess county, Illinois.
Their children were eight in number. To Mr. and Mrs. Jewell have
been born eight children, namely: Thomas R., who is now a
resident of Minnesota; John J.; Albert E.; Roy Harrison; Agnes
A.; Della May; William E.; and Edith J.
Mr. Jewell gives his political allegiances to the republican
party and has served in the capacity of school directed.
Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, belonging to York Lodge, No. 75. His religious faith is
indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to
which his wife and children also belong and in which he has
served as Sunday school superintendent for ten years. He is
interested in all that pertains to general progress and
cooperates in many movements for the promotion of the community
interests, being at all times a public spirited and loyal citizen
as well as a successful agriculturist.