IAGenWeb logo

Delaware County, Iowa


 Biography Directory

Edwin A. Segar


Oneida Twp.


     Edwin A. Seger, deceased, was numbered among the pioneer settlers of Delaware county, within the borders of which he made his home for more than forty-two years. He was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, on the 27th of March, 1836, and spent the greater part of his youth in the east, acquiring his education in the public schools. Attracted by the opportunities of the growing west, he came to Iowa in 1854, settling in Delaware county. He became identified with farming interests in Oneida township and for many years carried on general agricultural pursuits, his persistency, determination and energy being manifest in the excellent appearance of his place.
     Mr. Seger was not married at the time he came to the west but in 1857 wedded Miss Sylvia R. Cates, of Earlville. They traveled life's journey happily together for almost four decades but were separated by the hand of death on the 14th of November, 1896, at which time Mr. Seger was engaged in the insurance business. He passed away in Sioux City and was laid to rest in the Earlville cemetery. He was known in the county in connection with official service, having been constable for two years and also road supervisor for two years. He was always ready to further any movement for the public good, but he preferred that others should hold office and that his time and attention should be concentrated upon his business affairs. He united with the Congregational church in early life and for a number of years served as a deacon in the church at Almoral. Mrs. Seger is likewise a member of the Congregational church.
      Mr. and Mrs. Seger were numbered among the earliest settlers of Oneida township and they lived to witness many changes as the work of development and improvement was carried forward. They saw wild prairie land converted into productive fields and hamlets sprang up in the county. In the work of development they were much interested, and Mr. Seger ever bore his part as a public spirited citizen. His personal qualities, recognized as of sterling worth, gained for him the high regard of those with whom he came in contact and made his death a matter of deep regret to many friends.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 97-98.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


Return to Delaware County