Moline was for many years actively engaged in agricultural work but is now
living in Dehli. He was born near Stockholm, Sweden,
January 23, 1852, a son of John Olson and Mary (Nelson) Moline, both of whom
passed their entire lives in Sweden and are buried in that country. He received
his education in his native land and remained there until he was twenty-one
years of age, when, in 1873, he came to the United States. He at once made his
way west to Earlville, Delaware county, Iowa, and for
several years was employed by others as a farm hand.
marriage, which occurred in 1879, Mr. Moline followed the trade of a cooper for
a year and a half, after which he began farming on his own account. He purchased
thirty acres of timber land in Delhi township and
later added to his property as he could until he became the owner of three
hundred and sixty-five acres. He did general farming and raised considerable
stock, including graded cattle and Jersey White hogs. He was a practical and
enterprising farmer, and his labors secured him more than a competence. When he
came to the United States he not only had no capital but was seventy dollars in
debt, and it is due entirely to his own industry and good judgment that he is
today regarded as one of the most substantial farmers of Delaware
county. In April, 1914, he removed to Delhi and makes
his home with his father-in-law, James N. Phillips.
Moline was married on the 16th of July, 1879, to Miss Lilly
Phillips, a daughter of James N. and Nancy (Dahlrymple)
Phillips. Mr. and Mrs. Moline are parents of twelve
children, eight boys and four girls, namely: Elsie, Doran, James, Victor, John,
Willis, Ross, Iris, Nellie, Donald, Russell and Winona. All of the boys are
farmers by occupation.
Moline is a republican in politics and is interested in public affairs, although
he has never held office. The family attend the
Methodist church and are a force in all things looking toward the betterment of
the community. Mr. Moline holds to the fullest extent the confidence and
good-will of those who know him, as he is at all times and under all
circumstances a man of stalwart integrity.