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Fayette County, Iowa
Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910
Author: G. Blessin
B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Vol. I, Biographical Sketches
Elias Hewitt Appelman
Specific mention is made of many of the worthy citizens of Fayette county within the pages of this work, citizens who have figured in the growth and development of this favored locality and whose interests have been identified with its every phase of progress, each contributing in his sphere of action to the well-being of the community in which he resides and to the advancement of its normal and legitimate growth. Among this number is he whose name appears above, particular interests attaching to his career from the fact that his entire life has been spent within the borders of this county.
Elias H. Appelman was born on May 7, 1858, in Clermont township, this county, on the farm on which his father settled. The latter, Gustavus Adolphus Appelman, is mentioned at length elsewhere in this work and the reader is referred to that sketch for further details as to the subject's genealogical record. The subject was reared on the paternal farmstead and secured his education in the public schools, finishing in the high school at Clermont. Upon completing his school days he took up the occupation of teaching, but the call to the free and wholesome outdoor life of the farm was strong and he has since applied his energies to agriculture. He is a thoroughly practical farmer, keeping in close touch with advanced ideas relating to the science of husbandry and he has met with pronounced success in his labors. He is the owner of three hundred acres of land in the home place in Clermont township, and also owns several hundred acres of land elsewhere. He follows diversified farming, raising all the crops common to this section of the country, and he also gives considerable attention to the raising of livestock, particularly cattle, in which he has met with good results. Mr. Appelman's farm is maintained at a high standard of efficiency and therefore its productiveness is kept at the highest possible point. The attractive residence, commodious and well arranged barns and outbuildings indicate the owner to be a man of sound ideas and good taste.
Politically a Republican, Mr. Appelman has given due attention to local public affairs and has rendered appreciative service for many years as a member of the school board, and is now serving acceptably as the assessor of the township. He is liberal in his religious views, giving his support without reserve to all movements having for their object the betterment of the community in general.
On November 30, 1887, Mr. Appelman married Mabel Stewart, who was born in this county on October 17, 1866, the daughter of John W. and Emma (Hale) Stewart, the former born in Columbus, New York, on January 11, 1836, and the latter born in Chulmleigh, England, on May 4, 1845. To Mr. and Mrs. Appelman have been born six children, namely: Charles Stewart, an infant deceased, Mabel Winifred, Franz Alan, Lucian Hewitt and Ruth Elizabeth.
Mr. Appelman is a man of broad ideas and up-to-date methods and because of his persistent industry, sturdy integrity, good management and genial disposition, he has won and retains to a marked degree the esteem and good will of the entire community in which he lives.
~ transcribed by Mary Fobian for Fayette County IAGenWeb