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Biographies - 1891 History of Harrison County Iowa

Page Seventy Four

Scoular | Kidder | Rose | Chase | Jamison | Watson | Simmons | Sarvey

SCOULAR - Peter J. SCOULAR, a farmer living on section 11, of Raglan Township, came to the county in the fall of 1881, and located on eighty acres of his present farm, which at the time was partly improved. He completed the breaking, erected a house 16x24 feet, built a barn, dug wells, set out an orchard of four hundred and fifty trees, and planted out an artificial grove. His farm now comprises two hundred acres, one hundred and forty being under the plow, while the balance is in pasture and meadow land. The whole tract is surrounded with a substantial fence.

Our subject was born in Canada, May 28, 1850, the son of Thomas and Margaret SCOULER, natives of Scotland, who had a family of six children, as follows:--Jane, Sarah, Belle, deceased; Thomas, Peter, Isabelle. Three of these children live in America. Our subject remained in Canada until he was fourteen years of age, at which time the family moved to Illinois, where they farmed three years, and then came to Wayne County, Iowa. Here our subject remained until twenty years of age, at which time the family moved to Putnam County, Mo., where they engaged in farming and milling, continuing for three years in that locality. We next find the family in Appanoose County, Iowa, where they remained two years, then moved to Wayne County, and from there to Harrison County.

Our subject was united in marriage in the month of July 1869, to Rebecca DODDRILL, the daughter of William and Amanda DODDRILL, natives of Ohio, whose nine children were as follows--George, deceased; James, Emily, deceased; Rebecca, William, deceased; Reuben, deceased; Elizabeth, Daniel and Sarah.

Mr. and Mrs. SCOULAR have been blessed by seven children, in the following order:--Margaret, Isabel M., Thomas W., Amanda J., Anna B., Della, deceased, and James P.

Politically, our subject votes with the People's party. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 644
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KIDDER - Maj. H. P. KIDDER, a resident of Morgan Township, came to Harrison County, in 1875. He is a native of New York State, born October 13, 1844, and is a son of John and Mary A. (PAYNE) KIDDER, natives of the County of Kent, England, who came to America in 1842, and located in Pittsfield, Otsego County, N. Y., where the father engaged in farming. Our subject's early life was spent in the Empire State, where he obtained a common school education. The parents are both deceased. They reared a family of nine children, Salinie Elizabeth, born March 1, 1828, and died November 2, 1856; John S., born February 20, 1830, now a resident of New York City; George T., born June 2, 1831, killed in the battle of the Wilderness, during the Civil War, May 6, 1864; Francis A., born December 23, 1832, died February 9, 1877, now in Ono, Shasta County, Cal.; Mary A., born October 24, 1836, now married and living in Otsego County, N. Y.; Phillip Edward, born June 16, 1839, a resident of Little Sioux; Charlotte S. (STENSON), born October 24, 1841, now residing in Gilbertsville, N. Y. Our subject was born October 13, 1844.

When Mr. KIDDER was old enough to venture out into the world himself, he began the milling business, and was fireman in a saw mil for one year, and subsequently learned the carpenter's trade. He enlisted, during the Civil War, in New York City, as a member of Company E, Sixty-ninth Infantry, and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He participated in the following battles: Petersburg, Hatchie's Run, Jones Farm; Richmond, Appomattox; and was discharged June 5, 1865, and returned to Morris, N. Y., where he resumed carpenter work, which he still follows. In 1875, he came to Harrison County, Iowa, and located on the farm which is a part of section 25, Morgan Township. He owns one hundred and one acres, all well fenced and improved. He carries on general farming and stock raising.

He was married November 23, 1868, to Miss Emma Jannette MICKEL, the daughter of Ira and Mianda (JOHNSON) MICKEL, natives of New York State, but who now live in Mondamin, Iowa. Our subject and his wife are the parents of two children, Gertrude, born February 10, 1871, and Anna, born February 7, 1876.

Mr. KIDDER, in his political choice, affiliates with the Republican party, and has been assessor of his township for seven years. He is a member of Post No. 103, G. A. R., at Mondamin.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 645, 646
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ROSE - Archer C. ROSE, located on section 14, of Jackson Township, came to Harrison County in the fall of 1876, and first located at Missouri Valley. He hauled wood the first winter, and worked for his parents, farming for about four years, then bought the farm he now occupies in 1880. It was partly improved, and he paid $20 an acre for it. He removed the house to another location, and built an addition to it; also built a barn, granary and cribs. He set out an orchard of fifty trees, and a grove of shade trees.

He was born in Bradford County, Pa., November 1, 1853, and the son of Amos and Phoebe A. ROSE, natives of New York, who had a family of eight children--William N., Truman, deceased; Alice, Archer, Emaline, Melvin, Ellam and Clarence, deceased.

Our subject lived in Pennsylvania until he was two years of age, and then his parents moved to Illinois, and from there to Iowa, when he was fourteen years of age. They lived at Independence, one year and then moved to Dakota Territory, where they remained nine years, then came to Harrison County.

Our subject was united in marriage in April, 1878, to Matilda CLAPPER, daughter of Mathias and Diana CLAPPER, natives of Ohio and Illinois, respectively, who had a family of eight children--Oliver, Saphrona, Emma J., Matilda, Rebecca, Albert, Jeanette and Olinda.

Mr. and Mrs. ROSE are the parents of two children--Gertrude, born August 3, 1885; Clifton, November 3, 1887.

Mr. ROSE is a member of the Farmers' Alliance, and has been Constable and Road Supervisor of his township.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 646
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CHASE - Capt. George W. CHASE, Postmaster at River Sioux, has been identified with the interests of Harrison County people long enough to entitle him to a notice in this connection, coming as he did, to the county at the close of the Rebellion.

He is the son of John S. and Diantha (PALMER) CHASE, natives of New Hampshire. The grandfather was Isaac CHASE, and his wife was Mary (HUNT) CHASE, both natives of New Hampshire, but whose ancestors came from England. Our subject's mother's parents were Timothy and Elizabeth PALMER, whose ancestors lived in London. Mr. and Mrs. John CHASE are the parents of eleven children, our subject being the oldest. Eight of the family still survive. George W.'s early life was spent in the Old Granite State, noted for its rock-ribbed hills and fertile valleys. Here he received his education, which was completed at the High School. In August, 1861, when New England was responding to the President Lincoln's call for more troops, to put down the Civil War, which had just fastened itself upon the United States a few months previous, our subject enlisted in Company I, of the Fourth New Hampshire Infantry as a Private. He was discharged from that regiment, and in August, 1862, reenlisted in Company E, Tenth New Hampshire Infantry. Was elected Orderly Sergeant, was promoted to Second Lieutenant of Company A, then First Lieutenant of Company H, and finally Captain of Company F. Was first in the Army of the Potomac and later of the Army of the James. Among the engagements he took part in, may be mentioned Fredericksburg, Waterloo, Va.; the second fight at Fair Oaks, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Chapin's Farm, Proctor's Run and numerous other engagements, and was discharged June 21, 1865, at Richmond, Va., the capital and stronghold of the Southern Confederency. He returned to New Hampshire and in February, 1866 came to Chicago and to Harrison County the same year, and engaged at farming, which he followed for ten years. He was appointed Postmaster by President Arthur in February, 1883, and has held such position ever since.

He was united in marriage April 27, 1853 to Charlotte BEAN, daughter of Daniel and Mary (POWELL) BEAN. The POWELL family came over in the "Mayflower" and our subject's wife, is a second cousin of Daniel WEBSTER. Mr. and Mrs. CHASE have no children. Mr. CHASE is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his wife is an Adventist. Capt. CHASE is identified with the Republican party, casting his first ballot for John C. FREMONT.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 647, 648
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JAMISON - James Watson JAMISON, M. D. (deceased), was a native of Ireland, and first came to this county in 1871, locating in Mondamin, he being the first resident physician of the township.

He was born in the County of Armagh in the North of Ireland, May 13, 1845. He was the son of William and Anna (BAILEY) JAMISON, both deceased. The mother died January 21, 1860; the father October 26, 1864.

Dr. JAMISON, our subject, passed his earlier life in Ireland attending school there and finally graduated at Queen's College, Belfast, 1866. In October of the same year, the degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred on him at a public meeting of the Queen's University in Dublin. He also received a diploma from Belfast General Hospital, before coming to this country.

Soon after coming to this country in 1868, he began the practice of medicine in New York City, where he remained some time, and from there went to Columbia University, Kittanning, Pa., where he remained one year as professor in mathematics and natural science. At the close of the year he again took up his chosen profession and after receiving a diploma from Charity Hospital Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio came went to Yankton, S. D., and practiced one year, then came to Mondamin, where he remained, standing high as a physician, and highly respected as a citizen.

Dr. JAMISON was married March 11, 1872, to Miss Ruth A. WILLIAMSON, who died shortly after, and September 28, 1874, the Doctor was married to Miss Lou ROBINSON, of McConnelsville, Ohio, daughter of Thompson and Rebecca (LAHEW) ROBINSON, who were natives of Ohio and Virginia. Three children blessed this marriage union--H. Stuart, born January 25, 1875; Paul B., July 12, 1877, and Anna R., November 9, 1879.

The Doctor was a member of the Congregational Church, and belonged to the Masonic fraternity.

He died August 27, 1881, by accidental poisoning after conducting a post mortem examination at Mondamin.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 648
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WITT - John L. WITT, M. D., of Logan, came to the place in 1876, and by reason of his professional labors and general identification with Harrison County, will form the subject of this notice.

The Doctor was born in Knox County, Ill., March 4, 1854, and is the son of J. M. and Mary (HALL) WITT. Our subject's grandfather was Jesse WITT, whose wife was Ruth WHIT, and his grandparents on his mother's side were William H. and Susannah (MONDON) HALL. In the parental family there were eight children of whom our subject was the eldest. His father was a wagon-maker by trade, and both he and his wife are now residents of Logan. Our subject spent his early life in Illinois, and laid the foundation for his educational attainments in that State, in the common schools, and later began a course in the college at Galesburg. He began the study of medicine at Henderson, Ill., with Dr. E. S. COOPER, with whom he was associated six months, and then came to Logan, completing his studies with Dr. E. T. MCKENNEY, now of Washington. He then attended the Medical Department of the State University, at Iowa City, in 1878-9, and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at St. Louis, Mo., March 10, 1890, and is now building up a lucrative practice, in which he is more than usually successful.

Politically, Dr. WITT believes in the principles of the Democratic party.

He belongs to Masonic Lodge, No. 420, at Logan, and Royal Arch Chapter, No. 81, Missouri Valley, and is counted a bright, progressive member of the Masonic fraternity.

He was married November 30, 1881, to Miss Millie VANDERHOOF, daughter of T. F. and Jane (DUNGAN) VANDERHOOF, natives of Michigan and Indiana, respectively. Mrs. WITT is their only daughter. Mr. and Mrs. WITT are the parents of two children--Edwin M. and John V., who are bright, intelligent children, and are the idols of the household.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 649, 650
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SIMMONS - William R. SIMMONS, a farmer located on section 10, of Raglan Township, came to Harrison County in the spring of 1884, when he bought forty acres of partly improved land, to which he added other improvements including the building of a house 16x24 feet. He remained on this place three years and then bought the place he now occupies, consisting of one hundred and twenty acres, upon which he built suitable buildings and set out an orchard of two hundred trees.

Mr. SIMMONS was born in Appanoose County, Iowa in 1849, and is the son of William M. and Camellia SIMMONS, whose children were as follows: Charles, William R., Dock, Elizabeth, Janette, Sarah, Emma; and Perlina, deceased.

Our subject lived in Appanoose County until eighteen years of age, and then went to Missouri where he engaged in the manufacture of chairs. While digging a well which required the blasting of rock, he met with an accident, which caused blindness. He was united in marriage March, 1877, to Sarah DODDRILL, daughter of William and Amanda DODDRILL, natives of Ohio, who were the parents of ten children: George, and Emily, deceased; James, Rebecca; William, Mahulda, and Reuben, deceased; Elizabeth, Daniel and Sarah.

Our subject and his wife are the parents of the following children: Mahulda, Milton R., Emma J., Sarah R., Jessie L., William E., and Charles A. Mr. and Mrs. SIMMONS are acceptable members of the Christian Church.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 650
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SARVEY - Michael SARVEY, a farmer living on section 28, LaGrange Township, came to Harrison County in the spring of 1871, and bought a quarter section of land where he now lives. He then returned to Dubuque County, and removed his family out the following spring. He built a house 16x24 feet, one story and a half high, and broke about seventy acres of his land that year. He had a good barn, 28x30 feet, with twelve-foot posts. This was built in 1881, as was his granary which is 12x16 feet. Mr. SARVEY added to his original land, from time to time, until he had six hundred and eighty acres, but gave to his sons until he now owns only four hundred acres, one-third of which is under cultivation and all well stocked. He has been prospered in a good degree, though nothing has come to him by chance, as it was hard work and judicious investment which has brought him the handsome competency which he now possesses.

Our subject at this writing is just seventy years of age, as he was born in Ireland in 1821. In 1841 he came to America, just in the pride of his young manhood, and settled in New Jersey, and went to work at $10 per month, and remained there until 1849, then came to Dubuque, Iowa, where he conducted a grocery store for three years and also had two teams freighting. He finally sold out and rented a farm and worked the same as long as he lived in that county, never having owned a foot of land until he came to Harrison County. He had farmed in New Jersey for six years prior to coming to Dubuque County, and by prudence and hard work, he had accumulated $1,500 in money, and upon coming to Harrison County, he had $2,000, nine head of horses and twenty head of cattle, which he drove through from Dubuque.

Among the more important events of this man's life may be mentioned that of his marriage to Miss Margaret DOYLE, in 1844, in New Jersey. By this marriage union six children were born: James, John, Mary J., Katie E., Christopher, deceased, Margaret, deceased.

Margaret (DOYLE) SARVEY was born in Ireland, in the county of Mayo, in about 1823, and when she was fifteen years of age came to America, with her brother, and remained with him until the date of her marriage.

Politically, Mr. SARVEY believes in the general principles of the Democratic party, while he and his family are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 657
Family Researcher: NA
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