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James Phillipps

Farmer & Stock Raising

Delhi Township


    Few men reach the advanced age of eighty-seven and those who by reason of strength survive until that age are deserving of honor, especially when, as in the case of James Phillipps, their lives have been uniformly upright and honorable and filled with useful activity. He was born on the 10th of September, 1827, a son of Martin and Lucy (Tubbs) Phillipps. In that early day schools in the middle west were scarce and those that did exist offered but a meager education. Because of these conditions Mr. Phillipps had very limited schooling, but his native intelligence and his powers of observation have enabled him to become a man of much practical wisdom. He followed farming throughout his active life and, as he possessed unflagging industry and as he practiced efficient methods of agriculture, he prospered and acquired a competence. He is now living retired in Delhi, enjoying the ease that should belong to a man of his years.
     On November 1, 1855, Mr. Phillipps was united in marriage to Miss Nancy C. Dahlrymple, a daughter of John E. and Nancy Dahlrymple. To them five children were born: Almira; Lilly, the wife of Swan Moline; Esther; Jennie and Nellie. Mrs. Phillipps passed away in November, 1904, and was buried in Delhi cemetery.
     Mr. Phillipps has never been active in politics, although he served as school director for a few terms. He did his share for the agricultural development of Delaware county as a farmer and stock raiser and richly deserves the rest which is now his. His son-in-law, Mr. Moline, lives with him. Mr. Phillipps can remember many happenings and many conditions of life that to the present generation are as but vague stories of a day that is passed and gone, and his reminiscences serve as a link to connect the present time with the early days of the county when its destiny was being shaped by a generation that has gone to its reward. He survives, rich in the honor and esteem which are accorded him by all who know him, and which are but the fit accompaniment of a serene old age.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 415-416. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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