Guthrie County Reference in
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa

Part 3

Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company 1896
All references to Guthrie County found within the pages 601-800

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ABEL WOOD HOLLOWAY.-There are indeed few names that are more familiar to the people of Dallas county, Iowa, than the one which graces this sketch. He has for many years been a minister of the gospel, is now Mayor of Linden, and is recognized as a man of wealth as well as one of the most influential in the county.

Mr. Holloway was born in Highland county, Ohio, June 26, 1824, fourth In order of the ten children of Isaac and Nancy Agnes (Cherry) Holloway, the former a native of Virginia, born near Wheeling; the latter of Pennsylvania. Both the Cherry and the Holloway families moved to Ohio at a very early day, and it was in Highland county, about 1814, that the parents of our subject were married. In Highland county the father secured 100 acres of military land, which, a few years after the birth of Abel, he lost by an older right dispossessing him, and, by litigation trying to save it, was left in very straightened circumstances. He had just $20 left, and this amount he paid to a ·man to move his family to Randolph county, Indiana, where Mr. Holloway secured employment and where, when he had saved $50, he entered forty acres of land, upon which he managed to make somewhat more than a living. He cleared and improved it, and a few years later sold out at a profit and bought 120 acres in the same county. Although very young at the time, the subject of our sketch distinctly remembers many of the privations and trials through which he passed in those days, and he remembers, too, the first pair of pants which he ever wore. They were made from the sleeves of a dress his mother had discarded. He was four years old at that time, and his twin brother also had a pair made from the same kind of material. When he was nineteen Mr. Holloway left home and went to Illinois, where he worked about nine months then went to Missouri, and after six months spent in the latter State returned to his home in Indiana and remained under the parental roof until he attained his twenty-third year. Again he started out, this time going to live with ·an uncle in Ohio, with whom he remained one year, working on his uncle's farm part of the time and attending school in the intervals. Then until 1849 he was at his father's home in Indiana, and since 1864 has maintained his residence in Iowa. On his arrival here he purchased 240 acres near Linden. He now owns 131 acres, in two different farms, has fourteen acres in town lots in Linden, and besides owns one of the prettiest and most comfortable residences in the town.

When a young man Mr. Holloway united with the Christian Church, with which he was identified up to 1883, when he severed his connection with it and joined the Friends’ Church, with which he is now connected. For thirty seven years of this time he has been actively engaged in the work of the ministry, and has only recently, in 1894, retired from the pulpit, on account of afflictions. .He still loves Jesus, and rejoices in his love every day. During his ministerial career he has married 513 couples.

Mr. Holloway was married February 8, 1849, to Miss Louisa Jane Clevenger, a native of Highland county, Ohio, her parents having moved from there to Randolph county, Indiana, when she was four years old. It was in Randolph county that the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Holloway was consummated. They are the parents of a large family of children, brief record of whom is as follows: Edward Rounds, born December 15, 1849, is married, has four children, and is living on one of his father's farms; Louis C., born July 6, 1851, is married and has eight children, and resides in Guthrie county, Iowa; Madison C., born June 4, 1853, was killed by a wild bull, May 7, 1875; Finley E., born May 28, 1855, is married, has five children, and lives in Guthrie county; William C., born September 24, 1857, died November 18, 1878; Isaac, born October 28, 1859, is married, has two children, and resides in Linden; Henry M., born December, 1, 1861, resides near Linden, is married and has one child; Margaret E., born December 25, 1863, is married and resides in Chicago; Ida B., born June 11, 1866, is married and the mother of two children, her home being in Linden; Herschel, born July 4, 1872, died August 1, 1879; and Von F., born July 6, 1875, is a resident of Linden, Iowa.

Early in life Mr. Holloway voted the Freesoil ticket, from the organization of the Republican party up to 1893 was one of its stanch adherents, and since 1893 has given his support to the Prohibition party. He has served many years in various official positions. He was a Justice of the Peace four terms, a member of the School Board sixteen years, thirteen years of that time its President, Township Trustee two terms, and Road Supervisor for about fifteen years. At this writing, as already stated, he is Mayor of the town of Linden. During the Civil war he offered his services to the Government, in 1861, but was not accepted on account of his being afflicted with rheumatism: however, he did yeoman service by taking care of the widows and orphans. It is said that he did as much for them as any other one man in the State in which he lived.

ISAAC F. CROSBY, M. D., Menlo, Iowa, has for over six years been identified with the medical profession of this place, having located here May 22, 1889.

He is a native of the neighboring State of Illinois, born in Rock Island county, September 2, 1864, son of Isaac B. and Elizabeth (Marshall) Crosby, natives respectively of .New Hampshire and New Jersey. The Crosbys were residents of New Hampshire for many years. Grandfather John Crosby was born there. Isaac B. Crosby was born in 1819, the eldest of his father's children, and about 1841 came out to what was then considered the far West-Illinois-and on the banks of the Mississippi selected a place of location. Shortly afterward he was followed by the father and other members of the family. The venerable father spent his closing years with his children, and died in Illinois. On first coming West, Isaac B. purchased a tract of land, and for some years farmed and worked at the carpenter's trade. He was prospered in his undertakings, acquired other lands from time to time, and finally became the owner of a thousand acres, on which he was extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising and where he built a fine large residence. Here he died in 1873. He was well known throughout the county, was a Baptist and a prominent church and Sabbath-school worker, and had the respect of all who knew him. Indeed there were few men who stood higher in Rock Island county than did Isaac B. Crosby. His widow is still living and resides at the old home place. They were the parents of seven children, namely: Amos, a fruit-grower of Kansas; Clara, wife of Stephen Sprague, died in Polk county, Minnesota, and left three children; Horace, who has charge of the home farm; Ella, wife of Henry Fletcher, died at Riverside, California, in 1895; Dr. Isaac F., of this sketch; Hattie, who died at the age of twenty-one years; and Lottie.

Dr. Crosby was born and passed his boyhood days on the farm above mentioned. He attended the district schools until he was seventeen. Then he went to school at Fulton two years, where he took a commercial course and graduated. From the time he was nineteen until he was twenty-one he worked on the home farm, and after attaining his majority he commenced the study of medicine in the office of Dr. J. W. Morgan, of Port Byron. Later he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Chicago, where he graduated in due time, being a member of the class of 1889. Immediately after his graduation he came to Menlo, Iowa, and established himself in practice and here he has since remained, having built up a large and lucrative practice to which he gives his closest attention.. In 1894 he took a post-graduate course at Chicago, thus further fitting himself for his life work, and, judging the future by what he has already attained, it is fair to predict that his career will be one of great usefulness. He is a member of both the Guthrie District Medical Society and the Iowa State Medical Society, and is secretary of the former.

Dr. Crosby was married June 23, 1892, to Miss Lucy Mack, daughter of Mr. Platt Mack, of Menlo. She was born in Adair county, and not far from Menlo. They have one child, a son, Fory.

Dr. Crosby takes only enough interest in political matters to be an intelligent voter, and casts his franchise with the Republican party. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Presbyterian Church.

BENJAMIN DELANY, one of .the early settlers of Guthrie county, Iowa, belongs to that element of citizenship which had its origin in Pennsylvania and has formed an important factor in the progress and development of this State.

Mr. Delany was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, April 14, 1825, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Callen) Delany, both natives of Pennsylvania, the father born in 1798. The Callens, Mr. Delany's grandparents, were Irish, and Mrs. Delany was born near Philadelphia. She is still living and has attained the ripe old age of ninety-three years. Jonathan Delany died in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, at the age of seventy-five. He was by occupation a farmer, his religion was that of the Baptist Church, and his political views were those advocated by the Democratic party. This worthy couple were the parents of five children: Benjamin, Samuel C., Mary, Nathan, and John.

Benjamin Delany was reared in his native State, received a common-school education and learned the trade of shoemaker, which trade he followed for a number of years. In 1848 he came West to Illinois and located at Freeport, Stephenson county, where he worked at the trade of stone-mason and also as a teamster until 1855, and in the winter of that year came over into Iowa, crossing the Mississippi river on the ice. That winter was memorable for its severity. The following year he worked for Mr. Benjamin Lavan, making brick. In the meantime, on his first arrival here, he took claim to a tract of Government land, 160 acres in extent. The second year he settled on a farm west of where he now lives and continued to reside on it until 1864, when he came to his present place in Baker township, this farm comprising eighty acres of rich bottom land, as fine soil as there is to be found anywhere in Iowa. Among its improvements we note a comfortable residence, good barn and nice orchard, and it is well watered by springs and creek and also has a good well. Its location is five miles and a half west of Guthrie Center.

While in Illinois, in 1854, Mr. Delany wedded Miss Louisa S. May, a native of Canada, who died June 14, 1857, leaving an only child, Mary, who is now the wife of Lewis Winebrenner, of Baker township. March 10, 1859, Mr. Delany married for his second wife Miss Malinda Simmons, daughter of Reuben Simmons, one of the pioneer settlers of this county. She died March 13, 1888, leaving two children, namely: Erwin L., who owns a farm of eighty acres in this county; and Alma S., wife of John Cliperton, of Greene county, Iowa. Mrs. Delany was a member of the Free Methodist Church, of which Mr. Delany also is a member, he having been identified with it for a quarter of a century and having served as Steward and Trustee.

JAMES ALLCOTT.-Iowa has reason to be proud of many of her native sons, and among her valued citizens who were born within her territory is numbered the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch.

His birth occurred in Wapello county, April 25, 1865, and he is a son of George and Elizabeth (Murdock) Allcott, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of New England. In 1860 they came to Iowa, and near the city of Ottumwa the father passed away at the age of twenty-five years. His widow still survives and is now living in Fort Scott, Kansas, with one of her children. They were highly esteemed people, whose many excellencies of character won them the warm regard of all with whom they came in contact.

James Allcott was reared on the old homestead farm and was only five years of age when his father died. He then went to live with an uncle, with whom he remained until eleven years of age, after which he began working by the month as a farm hand, and was thus employed for a number of years. He has carried on agricultural pursuits throughout the greater part of his life, and is an energetic, practical and ·progressive farmer.

On the 5th of July, 1877, was celebrated the marriage of James Allcott and Miss Minerva Barto, one of the fair daughters of Dallas county. Her parents, John and Margaret (Stump) Barto, came from Indiana to Iowa in 1853 and cast their lot with the early settlers of the Hawkeye State. Mr. Barto was an honored pioneer hotel-keeper in this section, and was probably as widely and favorably known as any frontiersman in Iowa. He was a man of pleasant, genial manner, highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his circle of friends was indeed extensive. He was familiar with the entire development of this section of the country, aided in its upbuilding and took a commendable interest in its welfare. To Mr. and Mrs. Allcott were born five children, as follows: Fred B., John B., Harold C., Glenn S. and Lois G.

After his marriage, Mr. Allcott located on a part of the old Barto farm, which his wife's father had secured from the Government, transforming it from a tract of wild land into rich and fertile fields. He continued to rent that property for three years, after which he removed to Guthrie county, there purchasing eighty acres, which he cultivated until some years later, when he sold out and bought a tract of land in Van Meter township, Dallas county. This, in connection with what his wife received from her father's estate, constitutes their fine farm of 300 acres of choice land. Mr. Allcott is a Republican in politics and proudly cast his first vote for R. B. Hayes. The members of the family are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are well educated, refined and intelligent people, whose genuine worth and devotion to all that is calculated to uplift humanity has made them worthy the esteem of all.

AARON PARKHURST YORK.-On no class of citizens does the welfare of the entire country depend as greatly as upon the agriculturist, and the faithful performance of his labors has much to do with the national prosperity.

Mr. York is a representative farmer of Dallas county, living on section 21, Colfax township. He is numbered among the native sons of Iowa, being the first white child born in Guthrie county, the date of that event being March 17, 1852. He is the second in order of birth in a family of four children whose parents were John W. and Sarah Ann (Houghfam) York, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Indiana. The father was of English and German descent, and the mother was of Scotch and Irish lineage. She died when our subject was only four years of age, after which John York was twice married, and six sons and a daughter were added to the family. In the spring of 1851 Mr. York removed from his old home in Indiana to Guthrie county, Iowa, and has since been a resident of the State, his home being now in Wapello county, where he is living, at the age of seventy- one.

Under the parental roof, Aaron Parkhurst York spent the days of his childhood and to his father gave the benefit of his services until seventeen years of age, when he left home to make his own way in the world. Coming to Dallas county, Iowa, he was for one year employed as a farm hand in this locality, and then removed to Nevada, where for eight year he enjoyed the .pleasures and experienced the hardships of ranch life. During the succeeding four years he had charge of the wagon train engaged in freighting in the Western country. In 1882 Mr. York returned to Iowa, was married and then gave his attention to farming. He had visited Dallas county in January, 1878, and had here purchased 160 acres of land. To this he has added, as his financial resources have increased, until he now owns an excellent farm of 240 acres, valued at $50 per acre. The fields are well tilled; good improvements are seen upon the place and he raises a high grade of stock. He has always been a progressive agriculturist, constantly improving upon his own and others methods, and gaining fresh inspiration for his work from the faithful performance of each day's duty.

On the 16th of February, .1882, Mr. York married Miss Sarah Catherine Rail, a native of Van Buren county, Iowa, and to them have been born eight children: Flora M., born December 5, 1882; Joseph M., born January 8, 1884; Cora B., born February 7, 1885; Charles W., born June 2, 1887; Lueweltha, born January 10, 1889; Walter J, born March 31, 1890; Sarah, who was born February 9, 1892, and died the following day; and Fred Lee, born August 10, 1895.

Mr. York has traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, spending six months in California, and has seen much of this country, gaining from his experiences a knowledge of his native land that can never be secured from books. In politics he is an advocate of Republican principles, is now serving as Township Trustee, and for some time has been officially connected with the schools. He was reared in the faith of the Quaker Church, but he and his wife are now members of the Methodist Church.

JOHN H. DRISCOLL, Stuart, Iowa.-Of this gentleman it may be said that he belongs to a family of railroaders, his father and grandfather before him having spent many years in railroading, and he himself having attained prominence in the same line. He is a Iocomotive engineer for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, and is chairman of the general board of adjustment of the the Rock Island system, to which position he was elected in the spring of 1893. During his long experience·on the road, which covers a period of nearly thirty years, he· has made an extensive acquaintance, and by many will a sketch of his life be read with interest.

 John H. Driscoll was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, December 2, 1851, son of John and Ellen (Delaney) Driscoll, natives of Ireland, who came to America in early life and were· married in Springfield. John Driscoll, the grandfather of John H., left the Emerald Isle in 1883[sic] and came to America, being accompanied hither by his family, and settled in Massachusetts. For about forty years he was in the employ of the Hartford & New Haqen Railroad Company, Springfield being his headquarters. He died there at the advanced age of ninety-five years. He was twice married and had three children by each wife, the father of our subject being the youngest child of the first marriage, and nine years old at the time of their removal to America. As they were poor the youth had to begin work as soon as he was old enough, and for a number of years he was employed in the cotton factories of Massachusetts. He was married in Springfield, and about 1856 moved with his family to Iowa, locating first in Chickasaw county, where he purchased a farm and for two years was engaged in agricultural pursuits. Farming, however, was not his '"forte." He was sixty miles from market and he soon became discouraged, and at the end of the second year sold out. Then he moved to Davenport, where he secured a position as stationary engineer for the Mississippi & Missouri Railroad, now a part of the Rock Island system, and in this capacity he served until 1892, when he resigned. He is still a resident of Davenport. For some years he has dealt to a considerable extent in real estate, has accumulated a competency, and in his old age is comfortably situated. His wife died in May, 1891. Their family was composed of four sons, namely: John H., who forms the subject of this review; Lawrence, a farmer of Iowa county, Iowa, died in 1882; Dennis, a lawyer, died in Chicago, in June, 1884; and Jerry, a druggist of Davenport, Iowa,

At the time the Driscoll family came to Iowa John H. was about five years old. He attended the public schools of Davenport and also took a commercial course in the Bryant & Stratton Business College of that place, and in 1867 entered upon his railroad career. In August of that year he secured a position as fireman on the Rock Island road and served as such until October, 1870, when he was promoted engineer. In March, 1872, he resigned his position on this road and accepted one on the Union Pacific line. Later he was with the Central Pacific, with which he continued until March 27, 1881, when he returned to the Rock Island, and has since been in the employ of this company, with headquarters at Stuart. He became connected with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1874, has ever since been an active member of the same, and during the past six years has represented division No. 184. When a strike or difficulty of any kind arises he gives his whole time and attention to its adjustment. He has at all times had the confidence of his employers, and his business relations with the officers of the road have always been pleasant.

Mr. Driscoll was married January 23, 1882, to Stella M. Agnew, a native of Marengo, and a daughter of John Agnew, a farmer of Iowa county. Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll have had six children,-Mary, Rena, Stella, John, Miriam and Clement. All are living except Mary, who died at the age of three years.

Mr. Driscoll gives only enough time to political matters to be an intelligent voter. He is a Democrat. Religiously, he and his family are identified with the Roman Catholic Church and are devout members of the same. He is in every sense of the word a self-made man. He has made every dollar he has. From year to year he has saved some of his earnings, has wisely invested the same, and now has valuable property and money to loan. He owns one farm in Iowa county and has two in Guthrie county.

Thus briefly is sketched the life of a man who has through his own persevering energy and good management won an enviable position among his fellow citizens.

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