Parker has been a resident of Delaware county for over five decades and for
many years was actively engaged in farming but has now retired, although he
still owns two hundred and thirty acres in Oneida and Elk townships. He was born
December 31, 1835, in Sherbrooke county, province of Quebec, Canada, a son of
James Parker, whose life is mentioned more in detail in the sketch of Lemuel L.
Parker, of Oneida township.
George W. Parker received a good common-school
education in Canada and remained there until he was a young man, when in 1860 he
removed to Wisconsin. After remaining in the Badger state for a year he came to
Delaware county in 1861 and settled on a farm in Oneida township. He immediately
began the improvement of his land and as the years passed brought it to a high
state of cultivation. He was indefatigable in his labors and wise in the
management of his business affairs so that he now has a competence which enables
him to live retired from further financial care arid responsibility. His farm of
two hundred and thirty acres is situated partially on section 5, Oneida
township, and on section 32, Elk township, and is one of the valuable and
attractive properties in the township. Many years ago he planted a grove, which
is now one of the beautiful features of his place as the trees have grown to a
On the 10th of April, 1866, Mr. Parker married Miss
Mary J. Fosselman, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Dunlap)
Fosselman. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania and her mother of Ohio, where
she passed away. Mr. Fosselman, however, came to Iowa in 1852 and settled on a
farm in Delaware county, where he lived until his death in 1886. To their union
were born three children, two of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Parker are the
parents of two sons, E. H., living on his father's farm in Elk township; and
James H., a resident of Manchester.
Mrs. Parker is a member of the Christian church
and active in all good works. Mr. Parker is a republican in his political belief
and has served as school director and road supervisor. The years of his old age
are being passed in comfort and contentment and he is rich in the love and
respect of those who know him and in the consciousness of a life so spent that
not only has personal success been gained but the general good of the community
has been served as well.