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Delaware County, Iowa


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Lemuel L. Parker

Dairy & Stock Raising

Oneida Township


     Lemuel L. Parker, successfully engaged in stock-raising and the dairy business on his fine farm of two hundred and eighty acres on sections 3 and 4, Oneida township, was born in Sherbrooke county, province of Quebec, Canada, February 28, 1838, his parents being James and Harriett Lowell Parker, natives of Massachusetts and Vermont respectively. He comes of good old Revolutionary stock, his paternal great grandfather, Aaron Parker, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, having enlisted at the age of fourteen to fight for the independence of the colonies. While on board a privateer he was captured and for a time was confined in a British prison at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He finally made his escape and returned to Marblehead. He lived to the extreme old age of ninety-nine years and our subject recalls him distinctly. He and his family accompanied a colony on their removal to Quebec, Canada, at an early day. Our subject's maternal great grandfather was also a Revolutionary soldier, being under the direct command of General Washington. James Parker, the father of our subject, died in Canada, but the mother afterward came to Iowa and passed away in Wright county. Of their seven children only two now survive; Lemuel L.; and George W., who is represented on another page of this volume.
    Lemuel L. Parker was reared and educated in Canada, remaining there until twenty-three years of age, when in the fall of 1861 he came to Iowa and settled in Delaware county. He purchased a farm on sections 3 and 4, Oneida township, where he still resides, and during the half century that has since passed has made many improvements, converting the land into one of the best farms of Delaware county. Everything is kept in good repair, the buildings are substantial and of pleasing design and a fine grove greatly enhances the beauty of the property. Mr. Parker devotes considerable attention to dairying and stock-raising and as he thoroughly understands the business has met with most gratifying success.
     In February, 1861, Mr. Parker was united in marriage to Miss Julia D. Rider, a native of Canada and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Rider, both of whom are deceased. Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Parker, Ida and Willard H. have passed away. A. J. is living on the home farm and C. H. is engaged in the automobile business in Winthrop, Iowa.
     The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church and contribute of their means to its support. Mr. Parker believes that the platform of the republican party is best adapted to secure the continued prosperity of the country and supports its candidates at the polls. For many years he has been a director of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and has filled the offices of school director and trustee. He is a man of commendable public spirit and has the confidence of those with whom he is brought in contact.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 491-492. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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