A well improved farm on section 11, Honey Creek township, is the
property of R. M. C. Way, and he stands as an exponent of
all that is most progressive in agricultural methods. He was born
in Pennsylvania, May 17, 1853, and is a son of Elias and Sarah
(Wolfe) Way, both of whom were natives of the Keystone state.
Removing westward, they settled in Delaware county, Iowa, taking
up their abode at Colesburg, where the father, who had learned
blacksmithing in the east, worked at his trade. He was thus
employed for a number of years, and he is now a resident of Cass
county, Iowa. He has reached the advanced age of eighty five
years, but his wife has passed away.
R. M. C. Way was one of a family of eight children, of
whom four yet survive. Born in the east, he came with his parents
to Iowa and has since been identified with the interests of
Delaware county. He worked in the fields upon the old homestead
until he attained his majority and acquired his education by
attendance at the public schools. He later purchased land and
eventually bought the farm whereon he now resides. Many changes
in the appearance of the place have been wrought since it came
into his possession. He has erected good buildings and all the
modern equipments and accessories of a model farm are there
In 1876 Mr. Way was united in marriage to Miss Jennie
Smith, a native of this county and a daughter of Jacob and Mary
(Knapp) Smith, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of
New York. Coming to Iowa in the '40s, they settled in Delaware
county, where their remaining days were passed. Mrs. Way was one
of a family of five children, of whom three are yet living. By
her marriage she has become the mother of five children: Frank M.
C.; Blanch, the wife of C. T. Hurd; Leora and Lee, twins, at
home; and Bertie, deceased.
Mr. Way exercises his right of franchise in support of the
men and measures of the republican party and has served as a
school director, but has held no political positions. He belongs
to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and to the Modern Woodmen
of America, and both he and his wife hold membership in the
Christian church. Sterling traits of character are manifest in
all their relations and Mr. Way is accounted one of the
substantial business men and progressive farmers of his township
a man whose business affairs have won him trust and confidence
and whose well spent life has gained for him high regard.