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Biographies - 1891 History of Harrison County Iowa

Page Seventy Nine

H Hauff | Jennings | F Hauff | MacKenzie | Thompson | Kirkpatrick | Lockling | Wilson | Hicks

HAUFF - Henry HAUFF, (retired), at the village of Magnolia, came to Harrison County, in March, 1867. He bought a farm in Magnolia Township, on section 3, the same being partly improved. He remained on this place until 1886, since which time he has been living a retired life in Magnolia.

Our subject was born in August, 1820, and remained there until 1853, and then sailed for New York, and from there went to Lancaster, Pa., where he worked at the tailor's trade until 1867, and then came to Harrison County, Iowa. He was married in his native country, in March, 1849, to Miss Margaret HUNAMAN. Both our subject and his wife are members of the German Lutheran Church

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 515
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JENNINGS - Henry JENNINGS, the son of Levi and Emily JENNINGS, was born in La Salle County, Ill., July 22, 1835, and was the first white child born in Brookfield, La Salle County. He was educated in the public schools, which were of the most primitive order at that time. He was brought up to farm life, and when the War of the Rebellion broke out, his spirit of patriotism was such that he forsook his home and enlisted October 12, 1862, in Company A, Fifty-third Illinois Infantry, with which company he was for thirteen months. He was discharged at Keokuk, Iowa, and re-enlisted January 5, 1864, in Company I, of the same regiment, and was discharged August 2, 1865, at Chicago. When he first went into the service he was Eighth Corporal, and when he re-enlisted he entered the Company as First Duty Sergeant. July of the same year he was promoted to Orderly Sergeant and had command of a company until he was commissioned January 2, 1855, as Second Lieutenant. He served as a valiant soldier, and at the march into Savannah, Ga., was wounded by the explosion of a shell, which killed six men and wounded eleven. His wound was but slight, but the effect of the explosion caused him to be unconscious for over an hour. He participated in the following battles, which are well known on the pages of war history: Pittsburg Landing, Rome (Georgia), and at the fortifications of Altoona Pass, Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Ga., where they fought for eleven days continuously, without sleep or rest, also followed HOOD on his retreat from Atlanta, and went with SHERMAN on his famous march to the sea. Aside from a vast amount of skirmishes and minor engagements, he traversed the great scope of country, endured much hardship, but stood all faithfully, deeming the protection of his country, but the duty of a true American citizen. It is such veterans as our subject, who love to gather at soldiers' reunions, and sing "Marching through Georgia," and Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," which songs will echo and re-echo in the ears of every old soldier, until their last earthly march is ended. After that emblem of peace�the flag of truce�made its appearance, and the rebel forces had surrendered, our subject returned to La Salle County, Ill., and there remained until 1881, when he came to Harrison County and purchased one hundred and one hundred and twenty-acre tract of land on section 34, Harrison Township, where he at once converted the wild prairie land into what has come to be a well tilled farm. He erected a good residence, provided good barns for stock, set out a grove and an orchard of two acres, and made many other necessary improvements. His farmhouse stands upon a high elevation affording a natural building site, as it overlooks the famous Boyer Valley from Logan to Dunlap. The Picayune Valley skirts his farm on the east.

His household is presided over by his sister, Miss Lucy A. JENNINGS. He is a stanch Republican, "voting as he shot," and has represented his township in various official capacities, and is its present Treasurer. He is member of SHIELD'S Post G.A.R., and also belongs to the Odd Fellows fraternity.

Miss JENNINGS is a member of the Farmers' Wives Society, and has presided over her brother's home ever since they came to the county, and is a partner of her brother in his business affairs. She belongs to the Congregational Church.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 514-515
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HAUFF - Frederick W. HAUFF, Jr., a farmer living on section 27, Magnolia Township, came to Harrison County in March 1857, and stayed a short time on the farm of his uncle, Henry HANNAMAN, and then went to Council Bluffs, where he worked at brick masonry and plastering. The following autumn he worked in a saw-mill on Horseshoe Lake, in Harrison County, remaining there two months, and in November went to New Orleans, intending to go to Germany after his parents and sister, but took sick in that city, and sent power of attorney to his father to sell the property that his mother had left him, and came to Harrison County, Iowa. As soon as he was well, our subject took the first job that presented itself, that of fireman on a steamboat running on the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers. He plied the Missouri as far north as Sioux City, the Mississippi as far as St. Paul, and the Ohio to Pittsburgh. He followed this occupation for four years, and then came to Harrison County, in the fall of 1861, settling in BIGLER'' Grove, Magnolia Township, where he rented a farm four years, and then bought the farm he now lives on, moving to the same in the autumn of 1865. In the spring of 1865 he bought one hundred and twenty acres of wild land, and in February, 1866, he built a log house upon this land and moved into it during the month of March, and is still living in the same house. It has under gone alterations, including weather-boarding and two additions. The roof has been replaced three times on the log house, but the floor is yet in good shape, being of oak, which was sawed by CHATBURN & MAHONEY when they first started their saw-mill. His barn was built in 1873, and was 24x42 feet; in 1888 he built another barn, 40x42 feet. He has added to his land until he has two hundred and sixty-one acres, over one-half of which is now under the plow, and the balance in pasture and meadowland.

Our subject is a native of the German Empire, and was born in Geinsheim, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, may 22, 1836, where he remained with his parents until July, 1852, when he sailed for America with his grandmother, Elizabeth HAUFF. They were thirty days on the ocean, and after landing, came to Lancaster County, Pa., he being only sixteen years of age at the time. His father did not want him to come to this country, as he was an only son, so Frederick borrowed money with which to pay his passage, which he paid out of his first year's wages, working in Pennsylvania at $5 per month. He remained in the Keystone State one year and then went to Indianapolis, where he worked in an insane asylum at $20 per month until the spring of 1857, when he came to Harrison County, Iowa.

Among the important events of this man's life was his marriage, which occurred October 10, 1861, at Quincy, Ill., he marrying Miss Christina Breitwieser. They are the parents of nine children�John C., Frederick W., Conrad C., Katie E., Daniel H., Albert W., a daughter stillborn, Anna M., and a son stillborn.

The family met with a sad bereavement in the death of their son Frederick, who was born in Harrison County, December 17, 1865. When about eighteen years of age something like a cancer appeared on his shin-bone, and the same year it was found necessary to amputate his limb above the knee, which operation was performed in Omaha. Soon after coming home he began to complain of his head, when it was found hat a lump was growing thereon. He was taken to many of the eminent physicians of this country, but nothing could be done for him, and October 7, 1884, he died, his last words being, "I am not afraid to die, for I know the Lord is with me." He was a member of the Evangelical Church at Magnolia.

Mrs. HAUFF was born at Quincy, Ill., September 25, 1847, where she remained with her parents until the date of her marriage.

Casper HAUFF, father of our subject, was born May 28, 1808, in Geinsheim, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, where he was married to Mary HANNAMANN, August 13, 1835. She died there March 28, 1841. They were the parents of Frederick W. and his twin brother, stillborn.

Mr. HAUFF married again in Germany, in October, 1842, Elizabeth STEFFAN, by whom two children were born. They came to America in the fall of 1858, landing at New Orleans, where Frederick W. was at the time his parents left Germany, but he had gone to St. Louis, so his father took the boat "Old Penn," which blew up at Memphis, causing the loss of sixty-five lives, but in some way none of the HAUFF family were injured. He came on to St. Louis and searched for Frederick two weeks, without success, although he and his family boarded on the same street that Frederick did. While there his daughter took sick, and while on the boat for Council Bluffs, the poor girl died. They took her off the boat but the family could not stop to see her buried. When the boat on the Lower Mississippi was burned, they lost all of their effects, except their money. Upon coming to Harrison County, he bought five acres of land of his brother, Frederick W., Sr., where he lived from 1859 to 1865, when he moved to twenty acres of land given him by Frederick W., Jr., where the family lived until 1874, when Mrs. HUFF died, after which Mr. HAUFF went to live with Frederick W., and died there May 28, 1884, on his seventy-sixth birthday.

The grandmother, with whom Frederick came over, Elizabeth HAUFF, was born in Germany in 1790, and died at Henry HANNEMANN'S, in November, 1857, and was the first German ever buried in Magnolia Cemetery, there being but few of any nationality buried there at that time.

The grandfather, Daniel HAUFF, was born in Germany in 1779, and 1807married Elizabeth RINNER, by whom three sons and five daughters were born, Casper being the eldest child. The grandfather died in the land of his nativity, at the home of his son, Casper, April 7, 1853.

Frederick W. HAUFF, our subject, has been a Republican ever since the close of the Rebellion. He is a member of Blue Lodge No. 126, A. F. & A. M., at Magnolia, as well as of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, No. 177, at Magnolia. Mr. HAUFF is a member of the Evangelical Church.

Mr. HAUFF IS THE FIRST German that ever read the Declaration of Independence at Magnolia. This was purely a German celebration, and the Declaration was translated into German by him. He has served in the capacity of the Justice of the Peace for two terms. At one trial all parties were German and he had to translate the proceedings, and write them in English on the court docket. He was also the first German Assessor, elected in the fall of 1890. For twenty-two years he was Sub-director of the School Board, and for thirteen years and six months Treasurer of the same Board. He was also Road Commissioner for nine years in succession, and was the first German ever elected to an office in Magnolia Township, which usually gives about thirty-five Democratic majority. He has never been a candidate for an office in which he was not successful.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 521-522
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MACKENZIE - Major Charles MACKENZIE, a practicing Attorney at-Law of Dunlap, Iowa, will form the subject of this notice:

He is a native of New York City, born September 6, 1844, and is the son of D. A. and Mary A. (O'CONNOR) MACKENZIE, and is of scotch-Irish extraction. In 1855 he accompanied his parents to Dubuque, Iowa, where he received his early education; but subsequently attended the Beloit, Wisconsin, college, from which institution he graduated in 1861. He studied law under D. E. LYON, of Dubuque, and was admitted to the bar in 1866, and practiced his profession for one year in Dubuque and in 1869 removed to Eldora, Hardin county, where he remained one year, and then went to Mason City, Iowa, where he remained five years, and in 1875 located in Sioux City. He remained there until 1882, and then came to Dunlap. His practice is especially confined to Harrison, Crawford, and Monona Counties, and in the Supreme and United States Courts. By hard study and natural ability he has built up a large practice, and ranks high in the bar of the State.

Politically he was a Republican in the past, but not being in harmony with some of the principles of that party during the past few years, he has been identified with the Union Labor Party.

He is a member of Shields Post, No. 89, of the Grand Army of the Republic. He enlisted in 1862 in Company H, Ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged in April, 1865. He entered the service as Sergeant, was then made Adjutant, and was discharged as a Major. He was slightly wounded at the fall of Atlanta, as also he was at Pea Ridge. He was a brave soldier, always true to the Union cause. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also of the Loyal Legion. He has never been married, only to his chosen profession, in which he has been an untiring worker, and a successful practitioner.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 520-521
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THOMPSON - John THOMPSON, one of the pioneer band of 1853, is now residing on section 13, of Taylor Township. It was in the month of February, above named year, that he bought a claim in Magnolia Township, upon which there had been ten acres of breaking done. He built a hewed log house sixteen feet square, and remained on that place until the spring of 1855, when he sold and went to Nebraska, taking up a claim eight miles south of Omaha, on the old Indian farm. It was all improved, and had been farmed two or three years. One year later he sold this place, which consisted on one hundred and sixty acres, for $800, and bought another claim a mile and a half from that, giving $3000 for the same. After six months he disposed of this claim, receiving $2,850 for it.

During the time he had located there, Omaha sprang into existence. In 1857 our subject located in the village of Calhoun, Harrison County, where he bought a lot and built a house and lived there one year; then sold and went to Shelby County. He bought forty town lots in Shelbyville, which at that time was the county seat. He erected a house and bought a new saw-mill, which he located in Galland's Grove, about two miles from Shelbyville. This enterprise did not prove a financial success, and resulted in "swamping" our subject. He disposed of what property he had left, and in the autumn of 1859 went to Colorado by ox-team. He took one hundred and sixty acres of land, on half mile from where the city of Denver then stood, but now is in the heart of that great city. He had a partner in this land, who owned one half interest, and while THOMPSON was back to Council Bluffs after a load of flour, his partner sold the claim and left for parts unknown. Consequently Mr. THOMPSON never realized one cent on his investment. He visited Denver in 1880 and viewed the land he had thus early claimed, which is now covered with beautiful buildings. In 1861 he returned to Harrison County, and bought the farm he now occupies. It was one hundred and twenty acres of wild land, upon which he built a small frame house, and broke out twelve acres the first year. This was at the commencement of the Civil War, and he made one of the three hundred and forty-seven soldiers who enlisted from Harrison County. The date of his enlistment was August 18, 1862, becoming a member of Company C, Twenty-Ninth Iowa Infantry; went South, and July 4, 1863, was in the battle of Helena, Ark., and also participated in the Saline fight, battle of Little Rock, when they captured the city; battle of Shell Mound, Miss., with smaller engagements. He was discharged at New Orleans, August 18, 1865, and was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, September 3 of the same year, and returned to this county.

Mr. THOMPSON was born in Edgar County, Ill., October 26, 1827. His father died when our subject was four years of age, and his mother three years later, after which he lived at different places among relatives until he was nineteen years old, when he came to Mahaska County, Iowa. This was in 1845; one year before Iowa was admitted into the Union. He worked on a farm a short time in that locality and then came to Polk County and operated a blacksmith's shop, fourteen miles from the old fort, and know as the "Half-way House," now Mitchellville. He remained there eighteen months, went up to what was known as Four-mile Creek and took up a claim of one hundred and sixty acres. He improved this place and remained two years, and then went to California, remained one year, came back to Polk County and sold out his land, which is situated one-half mile east of the Fair grounds. He then started back to California, with his family. This was in the spring of 1850, but upon arriving at Council Bluffs he concluded to remain there, which he did until February, 1853, and then came to Harrison County, as above related.

Our subject was married in Polk County, to Miss Jane Earnest, and by this marriage union six children were born�Harvey, Martha, Margaret (deceased), Mary, William, and John.

His wife died in 1867, and he was again married in March 1881, to Miss Agnes THOMPSON, in Grinnell, Iowa. By this marriage one child was born�Agnes.

Mrs. THOMPSON IS A MEMBER OF THE United Presbyterian Church.

He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic at Missouri Valley. Politically, he affiliates with the Republican Party. In 1853 he was elected to the office of School Fund Commissioner, holding the same two terms. At the time he was elected he had to go to Judge KING'S, where Logan is now situated, on the east side of the Boyer River, in company with two or three other, that they might be sworn into office. The stream was out of its banks, so they tied their horses on the west bank of the stream, threw a part of their wearing apparel off, and swam the Boyer.

Mr. THOMPSON built the first school house in the county. It was near where W. E. CUTLER now lives, in Magnolia Township. He had to go to Pottawattamie County for the lumber, swimming his trusty oxen across the Boyer, as there was not a bridge in the county at the time. This schoolhouse was built in the spring of 1853.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp.519-520
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KIRKPATRICK - John W. KIRKPATRICK, farmer and stock-raiser, residing on section 5, of Washington Township, came to Harrison County just a third of a century ago. He settled on section 18, of this township, which was then a part of Union, in the spring of 1858; at a time when their nearest market was Council Bluffs. Public lands not being for sale at that time, he rented of a man by the name of BARNEY, who had taken a claim and broken some of the ground. Here Mr. KIRKPATRICK farmed for two years, and then went to WALKER'S Grove and rented land of Thomas SHERE, for two years more, after which he went to Union Grove in Union Township, where he rented of Thomas SELLERS, for three years, which brought him to October 1867, at which time he moved back to Clay County, Ind., and remained until August, 1870, when he returned to Harrison County, Iowa, and settled at Plum Grove, in Union Township, where he rented for two years, and then bought forty acres of wild land, on section 6, of Washington Township, which he improved and lived upon from July 10, 1873, to April 1876, when he sold and removed to section 8, of Washington Township, where he had purchased a forty-acre tract, which he improved and lived upon until July, 1883, at which time he sold, and bought forty acres of wild land on section 5, which he improved and has lived upon ever since. When he first came to the county he drove an ox-team, and it required a long two days' drive to make a trip to Council Bluffs and return, that being his post-office and trading post. During the "hard winter" of 1856-57 he was living in Beaver Township, Monona County. The snow commenced falling on the 1st of December, and caught our subject eighteen miles from home, with three cows to drive; he started for home at just sunrise, facing the storm all the way, and arrived home at ten o'clock in the evening, when the snow was waist deep on the level, and it kept snowing and blowing for three days and nights. There had been no crop raised in the country the year previous, except that raised upon sod. Corn was very high, and wheat out of question. He had no corn of his own, and had to go a mile and a half, and then pay $1 a bushel; carrying it home on his back, with the snow nearly up to his arms, and after arriving home, shelled the corn, and the next day carried it a mile and a half, to a little hand mill, paying ten cents per bushel to have it ground. Meat was plenty, such as it was, as plenty of deer could be captured without much trouble. Stock suffered greatly during that winter, many starving to death. April 16, 1857, he went to Magnolia with an ox-team and crossed a snow-drift that was twelve feet deep.

To learn something of the parentage and early career of our subject it may be stated that he was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, February 9, 1832. He is the son of William KIRKPATRICK who was born in Virginia January 1, 1808, and in 1827 went to Guernsey County, Ohio, and remained there until 1849, when he came to Lee County, Iowa, remained several years and then went to Adams County, Ill., where he spent the remainder of his days. His wife, Susanna (BALL) KIRKPATRICK, was a native of Ohio, born May 19, 1812, and when a small child removed with her parents to Guernsey County, Ohio. They were the parents of eleven children, our subject being the second child.

John W., of whom we write this sketch, accompanied his parents to Lee County, Iowa, where he remained until January, 1851, and then started for Council bluffs, going in a boat via St. Louis. He remained in Pottawattamie County until the autumn of 1856, and then moved to Monona County, Iowa, and lived until the spring of 1858, and then came to Harrison County.

He was united in marriage January 18, 1851, in Lee County, Iowa, to Miss Elizabeth JONES, by whom nine children were born: William H., Francis M., Wilson G., John R., David H., Mar E., Jasen E., Clara E., Rebecca J. William H. died May 8, 1853; Mary E. died January 29, 1890, in Kansas.

Elizabeth (JONES) KIRKPATRICK, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, August 19, 1830, and when a year old, her parents removed to Illinois, remained a short time and went to Jackson County, Mo., were there two years, spent a short time in Clay County, and from there to Caldwell County, where they lived about five years, and from there went to Adams County, Ill. Her father was one of the Mormons, who was driven out of Missouri, first from one county to another, and finally to Illinois, At one time he was hiding in the rocks for three days and three nights. They remained in Adams County until 1839, and then went to Nauvoo, Ill., where they remained until 1845, and then came to Wapello County, Iowa, halted two years, and then came to Lee County. In 1853 the family moved to Council Bluffs, having lived some time at St. Joseph, after leaving Lee County. We next find them in Monona County, where they remained until 1858, and then settled at Union Grove, Harrison County. In 1866 they returned to Clay County, Ind., remained two years, and then located at Little Sioux, Harrison County, Iowa, where the mother died, January 20, 1869, and the father in the spring of 1876, went to Minnesota, where he died June 7, 1878. His name was David JONES, and he was born in Pennsylvania August 20, 1799. His wife was Mercy (AYRS) JONES, born in Maryland July 19, 1806. They were the parents of fourteen children, Mrs. KIRKPATRICK being the fifth child. This venerable old couple embraced the faith of the Latter Day Saints, and had been identified with them since 1831, while our subject's wife united with the church in 1838.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 517-518
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LOCKLING - Henry H. LOCKLING, a farmer of section 7, Magnolia Township, ranks among the earliest vanguards to Harrison Count, coming as he did in the fall of 1851, which was two years prior to the organization of the count. The first winter he spent in Raglan Township, and in the spring of 1852, moved to Magnolia Township.

Mr.LOCKLING was born in Lyndon Caledonia County, Vt., January 17, 1833, and accompanied his parents to St. Joseph, Mo., in the autumn of 1849, where they remained until spring, and came to Council Bluffs, and there remained until the fall of 1851, and then, as above stated, came to Harrison County. In the fall of 1850 our subject come up into Harrison County, along the Little Sioux River, bringing a herd of cattle from Pottawattamie County to a point in the rush beds along the Missouri River, west of Magnolia. They spent some six weeks in hunting deer and wild turkeys, the party consisting of his father, grandfather and uncle, and a man by the name of NILES. They were taken to the locality by Mr. MERCHANT, who stayed with them a few days.

Our subject was married in Council Bluffs, in 1856, to Miss Eliza J. PATE, who was a resident of Harrison County at the time. She was born in Indiana, April 29,1840, and when quite small her parents came to Keokuk, Iowa, and in 1852 started for California, but upon reaching Council Bluffs, where they remained a short time, they abandoned their trip and came to Harrison County, where our subject's wife made her home until she was married. Mr. and Mrs. LOCKLING are the parents of five children�Lyman A., deceased, Harrison D., Eva C., an infant deceased, and Edna M.

The father of our subject, a. W. LOCKLING, was born in Vermont, and remained in the Green Mountain State until the spring of 1849, when he came to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and in the autumn of 1851 came to Harrison County, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying in June, 1889, aged eighty-three years. His wife, Thirsa (STREETER) LOCKLING, was born in Massachusetts and is now in this county.

The father of our subject bought a claim, which is a part of his present farm (our subject's); twenty-five acres had been broken, and two log cabins had been erected. He got a half section in all, but it was before any survey had been made; it cost him $1.25 per acre. When the survey was made he found he had only two hundred and forty acres of land. Here the family lived in the log cabin until the autumn of 1856, when they put up a frame house, one story and a half high, 19x26 feet. Our subject remained with his parents on this farm until the spring of 1856, and then went to Blair, Neb., or rather two miles north of where that place was afterward platted, and with a party of men laid out the town of Cummings City. The place never amounted to much. It had a boom in 1856, and claims were sold for $15 per acre around it, but finally became defunct. In the autumn of 1856, our subject returned to Harrison County, settled in Raglan Township, where he had taken a claim as soon as he was old enough. He was only able to get forty acres, as most of the land had been taken before he was twenty-one years of age. This "forty" was on section 24, and he lived on this place for several years, then bought a part of his father's farm, where he now lives.

Mr. LOCKLING is a carpenter by trade and at an early day followed this at Magnolia, helping to build the first house that was erected in that village. He has eighty acres in his home farm, and one hundred and sixty acres in the Missouri Valley, and another of one hundred and twenty acres.

Politically our subject is identified with the Alliance party, and in religious matters he and his wife believe in the final salvation of all, but that we will be punished and rewarded according to the deeds done in the body.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 515-516
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WILSON - Moses W. WILSON, a son of Lowrey WILSON, who was a pioneer of Harrison County, was born in this county March 23, 1856, and is the third of a family of six children. (A sketch of his father's family appears elsewhere.)

He was married September 26, 1880, to Emma Mourer, at which time he started in life for himself. He farmed his mother-in-law's farm one year, and in March, 1882, moved to his present farm, on section 10, of Jefferson Township, where he is now in possession of a comfortable home. Mr. and Mrs. WILSON are the parents of two children�Laura M., born April 28, 1883; and Louis A., May 25, 1886.

Politically Mr. Wilson is a Republican.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp.518-519
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HICKS - E. S. HICKS, merchant tailor at Dunlap, came to that place September 24, 1883. He is a native of Cornwall, England, where he was reared and spent his early life. He lived on a farm and was educated in the public schools until he was thirteen years of age, when he was thrown form a horse, receiving an injury on his right leg, which caused him to seek other employment, so he chose the tailor's trade, serving an apprenticeship of five years, after which he came to America with his parents, who settled at DeWitt, Iowa. Our subject worked for three months at Maquoketa, Iowa, and from there went to Davenport, where he engaged with Thomas McCULLOUGH, and remained six months, when he received a position as cutter for W. H. TAYLOR, of Iowa City, with whom he was employed for six years and a half, and then went to Council Bluffs and worked at his trade two years, which perhaps proved a providential trip to him, for it was there that he met Miss Belle BROWN, whom he married February 16, 1882. She is the daughter of Hugh and Ann E. (LYNCH) BROWN. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., May 28, 1860. Her father fought during the entire Civil War period, and now, though aged sixty-four years, he is known as the best stair-builder and contractor of fine work at Council Bluffs.

After leaving Council Bluffs, our subject went to St. Joseph, Mo., where he worked a year, and at Creston, Iowa, eighteen months, and then came to Dunlap, and went to work for M. BARRETT & SONS, with whom he was associated two years and six months, when he went to Marshalltown, Iowa, where he was laid up one year by reason of sickness. After he recovered he returned to Dunlap, and worked for BARRETT & SONS until February 5, 1891, when he had another mishap, breaking his limb, and as soon as he was able to get around he opened up a tailor shop of his own in the CHAMBERLAIN building, on Iowa Avenue. His first month's business amounted to $1,100, and he now enjoys the best trade of any one in his line in the county. He is on the road part of the time soliciting orders, and is what may be termed a "hustler."

Politically, Mr. HICKS is a stanch Republican, believing that party works for the interests of the masses of American citizens, including the laboring man.

Mrs. HICKS is a lady of refinement and culture, with rare accomplishments in both vocal and instrumental music, and is one of the leading spirits in the social element of Dunlap. She gives instructions in music and is a gent for a large line of musical instruments; gives musical entertainment's for the benefit of the church and benevolent societies, and is a lady of whom the world has none too many.

Our subject is a great admirer of horses, and is interested in some very good animals, and generally speaking, is a wide-awake businessman. His taste for fine horses comes in a natural way, as his father was a great horseman, and during twenty-five years of his life owned some of the best running horses in England.

His father died in Clinton County in 1872, at the age of fifty-eight years. The mother still lives in that county, at the age of seventy-three years. They reared a family of eleven children�James A., a farmer in Clinton County; David, a farmer in Clinton County; Susan, wife of Richard BENTON, a farmer of Clinton county; Amelia, wife of James T. WALKER, a farmer of Clinton County; Escott S., our subject; Sarah, wife of Robert BAACCHUS, a farmer of Clinton county; Caroline, wife of Prof. W. F. HANSON, of Fulton, Ill.; John M., a farmer of Clinton County; Ralph C., of the same county; and Mary, the oldest of the family, who died when twenty-one years of age.

Source: 1891 Harrison County Iowa History, pp.536-537
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