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Delaware County, Iowa


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William H. Todd


Milo Township


      William H. Todd, a prominent and successful agriculturist of Delaware county, owns three hundred and sixty acres of land on sections 7 and 18, comprising one of the finest farms in Milo township. His birth occurred in that township on the 8th of June, 1858, his parents being J. T. and Carolina (Procter) Todd, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of England. They came to Iowa in the early '50s and took up their abode on the farm which is now in the possession of our subject.
      William H. Todd attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and on attaining his majority took charge of the old home farm, which he has operated continuously and successfully since. He has erected substantial and commodious buildings on the property, has planted a fine grove and has enhanced its value and attractiveness to a considerable extent. His place comprises three hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land on sections 7 and 18, Milo township, and, as above stated, is one of the best improved and most valuable farms in the township. The prosperity which has attended his labors is attributable entirely to his own efforts, and he may well lay claim to the proud American title of a self made man.
      In 1886 Mr. Todd was united in marriage to Miss Cora Duffey, a native of Milo township and a daughter of H. P. and Anna Duffey. The father was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and the mother in England. She emigrated to the United States in company with her parents. To Mr. and Mrs. Todd have been born seven children, as follows: Wita May, born March 16, 1888, who is a graduate of Hahnemann Hospital and is now a trained nurse in Chicago; Roy James, whose birth occurred January 10, 1890, and who is a high school graduate; Eva H., born May 22, 1891, who follows the profession of teaching; Laura Mabel, who was born May 20, 1893, and also engages in teaching; Freda Fern, born November 3, 1897, who is a high school student; Lillian M., whose natal day was May 28, 1900, and who is now attending high school; and Zella Ruby, born May 9, 1904, who is in the seventh grade of grammar school.
      Mr. Todd gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has ably served as school director and road superintendent. He is identified fraternally with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Manchester, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. They are well known in Delaware county, where they have always resided and where their personal worth and excellent qualities of mind and character have gained them many friends.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 116-117. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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