Jasper Co. IAGenWeb
Atlas Table of Contents

Standard Historical Atlas of Jasper County, Iowa

The Huebenger Survey and Map Publishing Co.,
Davenport, Iowa, 1901.

Biographical Sketches

~ Caldwell, Orson ~ Photo

Orson Caldwell was born in Jasper County August 1, 1873. He is the son of Milford and Sarah J. (Smith) Caldwell. His father was born in Indiana March 17, 1851, and his mother in New York March 31, 1851. They became the parents of four children: Maggie May, now Mrs. Martin Green, residing in Randolph County, Missouri, Orson Fay, our subject, Calista Selina, born August 2, 1878, and died October 17, 1881, and. Leo Onzlo, born October 15, 1887. Our subject is a young an enterprising farmer residing on Section 17, Newton Township. The Caldwell family have been residents of Jasper County, and identified with the business interests, since 1854. Page 28

~ Campbell, Curt ~

Curt Campbell, a stock dealer residing on Section 3, Clear Creek Township, is the son of Ira A. and Emily (Green) Campbell, natives at Ohio. His mother is deceased, and his father is living in Collins. Our subject was born in Jasper County December 27, 1869. Celia E. Tipton became his wife in 1891. She was born in the Hawkeye state in 1874. They are the parents of two children, Lloyd and an infant unnamed. They live in a comfortable home, which is the result of their own effort. Politically, Mr. Campbell is a Democrat. He and his wife attend the M. E. Church. Page 35

~ Campbell, Thomas R. ~ Photo

Thomas R. Campbell, an extensive landowner, stock grower and feeder, residing in Lynn Grove Township, Jasper County, has been prominently identified with the history and business interests of the county since the spring of 1845. He is the son of David Campbell, who with Wesley Stallings, came to Jasper County in the spring of 1844, broke some prairie, and after making other substantial improvements, returned to Illinois, and again to Jasper County the following spring. There were 10 children in his father's family, nine of whom came to the County at the same time as our subject. Their names are as follows: John F., born July 29, 1824; William B., March 26, 1826; Mathias A., April 11, 1828; James M., May 1, 1830; Carson H., February 7, 1833; Mary J., December 13, 1834; Lewis K., September 29; 1835; Thomas R., January 20, 1838; and George W., December 30, 1842. Elizabeth A. was born in Jasper County, August 30, 1848. Besides doing general farming, Mr. Campbell is quite an extensive stock raiser and feeder, and well and favorably known all over Jasper County in this line. Page 51

~ Campbell, William B. ~ Photo

William B. Campbell, an old and respected citizen of Lynn Grove Township, came to Jasper County with his father, David Campbell, April 19, 1845. He is a native of Tennessee, and was born March 26, 1826, and is the son of David and Sarah (Kimes) Campbell. David Campbell was born August 25, 1803. In 1830 the family moved to Illinois, locating near Springfield, later to Logan County. In 1844 his father took a claim in Lynn Grove Township, and during the summer broke 20 acres, sowing 10 acres in wheat. He then returned to Illinois, and the following spring returned with his family. Their first shelter was a pole cabin 10x14, in which they spent the first summer. David Campbell, before his death, became quite well to do, and resided in a much more comfortable home than the one in which he first lived. His death occurred November 3, 1865. He was 62 years old at the time of his death, his wife surviving him, and died January 6, 1892, in Marshall County, at the home of a daughter, at the advanced age of 89 years, the date of her birth being December 27, 1802. Our subject, William Campbell, remained under the parental roof until reaching his majority. He soon took up 320 acres of government land, and after improving it, sold it at a good profit. He has always been a shrewd businessman, and has secured a competency, which he enjoys during his declining years. The date of his marriage was January 31, 1850, to Emeline C. Talbott, a native of Virginia. Her parents came to Iowa in 1847, and located in Mahaska County, where the father died. Her mother died in Nebraska, where she had moved some years before. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living: Levina A., Margaret M., Isaac E., Mary E., Eveline, and Libbie R. Page 16

~ Carey, William T. ~ Photo

William T. Carey, whose comfortable farm residence is situated on Section 30, Malaka Township, is among the early settlers in Jasper County. Mr. Carey was born June 15, 1825, in the Keystone State. He is the son of John and Mary (McCarel) Carey. When Wm. was seven years old his parents removed to Ohio. Here our subject grew to manhood, and received a common school education; married Leah W. Schooley, and in 1852, accompanied by his parents, they started for Iowa, coming by boat to Keokuk, where they landed on Iowa soil. When they landed, our subject relates that his earthly possessions were a sick wife and boy and five cents in money. His first day's labor in the Hawkeye State was picking up chips, but he received $1.50 for his pay. They remained in Des Moines County until 1854, and pushed west, locating in Jasper County, where our subject has become one of its most well to do citizens. John Carey, father of our subject, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, January 5, 1806. In 1832, removed to Ohio, and in 1854 to Jasper County, Iowa. He became one of the County's well-to-do citizens, owning 385 acres of farmland and also property in the city of Newton. Our subject, William T., has been twice married. His present wife was Ann Dawson. The children are George, deceased; Amos, who resides near home; Mary, who married John Scott, and is now a widow; Lizzie, married Henry Nirk, and lives near Maxwell, this state; Amanda, deceased, and Alice, at home. Mr. Carey is a man of strong convictions, a mind entirely his own, and is not afraid to express himself as he feels the case demands. Page 20

~ Carpenter, Dr. L. J. ~Photo

Dr. L. J. Carpenter, a prominent physician, and surgeon of Galesburg, Elk Creek Township, has been a practicing physician in the county since the fall of 1877. He was born in Delaware County, Ohio, April 12, 1838, came west in 1840, and located at Quincy, Illinois. He attended college at Keokuk, and finished at St. Joe. He was united in marriage September 23, 1863, to Sarah E. Rood, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Rood. They are the parents of three sons: Oscar O., Lewis W. F., and Fred F., all practicing physicians. The farm on which our subject resides is pleasantly located, on which he has provided the necessary buildings, and is called the Diagonal Valley Farm. The parents of our subject were Daniel and Esther (Jimason) Carpenter, natives of Ohio. Page 27

~ Carrier, William A. ~

William A. Carrier, of A. Carrier & Sons, proprietors of the Green Meadow Stock Farm in Palo Alto Township, is the son of Abraham and Sarah (Anderson) Carrier, natives of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and Belmont County, Ohio, respectively. They came to Jasper County in 1857, and at that time had a family of three children. His father was a blacksmith by trade, which business he followed for 20 years. On his arrival here, however, he began as a stock dealer, and was engaged in this business for 20 years. In the spring of 1846 he commenced farming in Palo Alto Township. September 17, 1864, our subject was born. He received his education in the public schools of Jasper County, and since 21 years of age has been in partnership with his father in the stock business, his father having been prominently identified in the fancy stock business from 1868. For several years they have done an extensive business in this line. Our subject was married September 26, 1888, to Dillo Brown, a native of Jefferson County, Pa. Socially he is a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias fraternities. Page 51

~ Carver, Jabez B. ~

Jabez B. Carver, a farmer and stock feeder residing on Section 18, Clear Creek Township, has been a resident of Jasper County since 1882. He was born in Wisconsin May 23, 1863. In 1876 he came to this state with his parents, Jabez and Ellen (Jackson) Carver. They were natives of Pennsylvania, and are both deceased. February 1890, Mr. Carver was united in marriage to Ursula Hartung. She was born in Polk County, Iowa, July 2, 1871. They have two children, Floyd Earl and Faith Helen. Our subject started in life empty-handed, and by industry and careful management has secured a comfortable home, and now owns 346 acres of Jasper County soil. Politically, he is a Democrat. Socially, he and his wife are members of the M. E. Church. Page 35

~ Cary, H. C. ~Photo

H. C. Cary, son of Morris and Joanna (Butin) Cary, was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, July 29, 1843, and became a resident of Jasper County in 1849 while yet a small boy. He purchased his first land in 1860, part of his present farm. His father, Morris Cary, was a Congregational minister, a portrait of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Florence Joiner and H. C. Cary were united in marriage November 19, 1895. Page 28

~ Cary, James ~Photo

James Cary, of Section 26, Buena Vista Township, is among the earliest pioneers of Jasper County. He was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, December 21, 1845. His father, Maurice Cary, came to Iowa from Ohio in 1839, and settled in Des Moines County. Ten years later we find him in Jasper County. He was a Congregational minister, and was an old circuit rider in Jasper County. Many of his sermons were preached in private houses, and in most cases, walking from one place to another. The ministry was not very lucrative in those days, therefore he taught several terms of school in this and Marion Counties, and in this manner earned money enough to assist him in his good work. Maurice Cary was born in Massachusetts November 15, 1795, and died here September 22, 1882. His wife, Joanna (Butin) Cary, was born in 1811, and died here in 1879. James Cary was united in marriage to MissMary Dennis in 1876. They are the parents of the following children: Coral L., Viola, Earl L., Matilda,and Herbert R. Page 19

~ Castorf, Fred ~ Photo

Fred Castorf, an extensive land owner and stock feeder, whose comfortable farm residence is located on Section 2, Elk Creek Township, is the son of Carl and Hannah (Voss) Castorf, born March 1, 1843, in Prussia, Germany, and came to Jasper County with his parents in 1857, settling in Elk Creek Township. Our subject's first piece of land he bought in 1868, which was an 80-acre tract. He now owns 415 acres, which he has under a high state of cultivation. Augusta Andreas became his wife November 17, 1869. Two sons and three daughters have been born to them, four of whom are living, Lena W., Elda S., deceased, Maggie M., Fred W. and Edward C. The family are members of the Lutheran Church. Part III, page 7

~ Castorf, William ~

William Castorf, whose beautiful home graces Section 7, Lynn Grove Township, is the son of Carl and Hannah (Vaas) Castorf. Born in Germany September 3, 1845, and with his parents came to Jasper County in 1856, locating upon part of his present farm. March 18, 1874, he married Bertha Rohrdanz, daughter of John and Frederica Rohrdanz. By this union nine children have been born, four son and five daughters: Clara, John, William, Effie, Hettie, Minnie, Charles, Robert and Anna. Mr. Castorf is today one of the largest land owners in Jasper county, and his home farm is known throughout the county as the Clear Spring Stock Farm. Page 36

~ Cavett, John I. ~Photo of Residence

John I. Cavett, of Vandalia, Jasper County, is now engaged in general merchandising. He is a pioneer in Jasper County, coming here with his parents in the spring of 1854. He was born in Pennsylvania May 18, 1850, and is the son of Thomas and Jane (Reese) Cavett. There were nine children in the family, John I. being the fifth. He grew to manhood and received his education in the village of Vandalia. He began life empty-handed, working out by the month. In September 1891, he engaged in general merchandising in Vandalia, at which business he has been a marked success, and is recognized as a leading citizen in the town in which he has lived for so many years, and is now acting postmaster of Vandalia. Eliza Wallace, daughter of W. W. and Sarah (Pope) Wallace, became the wife of our subject in October 3, 1878. Three children have been born to them: James I., deceased, Roy E., born October 5, 1884, Katie M., born October 6, 1887. Page 36

~ Churchill, Howell L. ~Photo

Howell L. Churchill, proprietor of the Capital Prairie Stock Farm, was born in Wisconsin, May 13, 1849, and became a resident of Jasper County June 27, 1866. His parents were Levi M. and Eliza (Smith) Churchill. December 22, 1870, he was united in marriage to Emma Robinson, daughter of Cyrus and Harriet (Price) Robinson. They are the parents of five children, four sons and one daughter: Olo, Levi M., Harvey B., Roy A., and Guy W. Mr. Churchill has been an extensive cattle feeder for the past 20 years, and is considered very successful in that line. He is a stanch supporter of the Republican Party, and has taken an active part in politics for many years. The family are members of the Baptist Church. Page 20

~ Clarkson, Tufve K. ~Photo

Tufve K. Clarkson, a tailor in the city or Newton, was born in Sweden June 28, 1839. He is the son of Knut and Elna (Hanson) Nezson, who were born in 1782 and 1801, respectively. Our subject received his education in the public schools of his native country, and commenced learning his trade when 12 years or age. He became a master mechanic in Copenhagen in the fall or 1861. In 1865 he came to America, landing at Castle Garden, New York. From there he proceeded to Galesburg, Illinois, and worked at his trade in that place for about one year. We next find him in Peoria, where he remained until the fall of 1868. That fall he came to Belle Plaine and opened a shop for himself, and in the fall of 1871 opened a shop in Newton, and has been the leading tailor in this city since that date. However, from 1878 to 1880 he was in business in Marshalltown. Our subject was united in marriage in Peoria July 20, 1867, to Mary A. Anderson, a native of Sweden. They became the parents of five children: Frank A., deceased, William A., Charles A., deceased, Anna Elmyra, and John P. As a matter of history it should be stated that there were nine children in his father's family, he being the seventh born. He is in possession of an old Bible that has been handed down to him, and has been in the family since 1688. Socially, Mr. Clarkson is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Congregational Church. Page 28

~ Clippinger, John H. ~Photo

John H. Clippinger was born in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, March 18, 1875. He has grown to manhood in his native County, attending the district schools and the Newton public schools. He started in life with limited means, and for a number of years worked out by the month. October 5, 1898, Nellie M. Wilson became his wife. She was born in Jasper County, Iowa, October 7, 1875. They are the parents of one child, Bessie K. Besides doing a general farming business, our subject is quite an extensive dealer and feeder of livestock. His farm is situated two and one-half miles north of Colfax, on Section 25, Poweshiek Township. Part III, page 7

~ Clutter, Homer V. ~

Homer V. Clutter, Rock Creek Township, farmer, born in Knox County, Ohio, February 19, 1877. In 1878 he came to Newton Township, Jasper County, Iowa, with his parents, Troubador and Elizabeth A., nee Taft, Clutter. His paternal great-great-grandfather, William Clutter, was a native of Germany, and some time during the eighteenth century emigrated to New Jersey with his parents, and served in the War of the Revolution. He married in New Jersey, and died there. They had three children, two of whom grew up, Samuel and Jane, the last of whom married Mr. Karl and remained in New Jersey. Samuel married Rachel Demman, and about the year 1800 moved to Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1818, when he emigrated to Morgan Township, Knox County, Ohio, with his family, where he and his wife both died. They had ten children, viz: Mary, William Joseph, Jane, John, James (the grandfather of the subject of this sketch), Electa, David, Cornelia and Samuel. James remained in Morgan Township until he was twenty-eight years of age; then went to Bennington Township, Licking County, thence to Clay Township, Knox County, and in 1865 he removed to his farm in Milford Township, where he died in 1895. His first wife was Elizabeth Larson, daughter of Sylvester Larson, to whom he was married November 12, 1831. They had six children: Orlando, two infants, Sylvester, Elizabeth and Amanda. His wife died July 21, 1841. He was married to Roda Meyers August 18, 1842. They had nine children: Troubadore, the father of the subject of this sketch, born July 12, 1845; Emanuel, William, James, Orilla, Mary, Phila, Manceleta and Art. March 21, 1873, Troubador Clutter married Elizabeth A. Stoughton, nee Taft. They lived upon her farm in Knox County, Ohio, until 1878, when they moved to Newton Township, Jasper County, Iowa, where they purchased a tract of land comprising 120 acres. They remained there until December 18, 1900, when they moved to the city of Newton, where they now reside. They had three children: James Troubador, born in Knox County, Ohio, July 31, 1874, now living in St. Louis, Missouri; Homer Vasco, the subject of this sketch; Mary Elizabeth born in Newton Township, Jasper County, Iowa, January 30, 1880, now living in Malaka Township with her husband, Mr. Bert Stollings, to whom she was married June 21, 1899. Mr. Clutter remained with his father until the spring of 1898, when he enlisted in the 50th Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with whom he served until the regiment was mustered out of service November 30, 1898. The regiment was camped at Jacksonville, Florida. March 1, 1899, he was married to Lulu Turner, daughter of O. J. and Elizabeth A. (Rice) Turner. His wife was born June 11, 1879, and received a liberal education, graduating from Newton Normal College June 26, 1896, one year after her husband graduated from the same institution. Mr. Clutter remained in Newton Township until the spring of 1891, when he purchased 360 acres of land in Rock Creek Township, where he now resides. They have one child, Reba Elizabeth, born December 24, 1899. Page 51

~ Coe, W. V. ~

W. V. Coe, blacksmith in the town of Killduff, is a native of Ohio, and was born in 1840. He became a settler in Jasper County in 1883. He grew to manhood in the Buckeye State, where he learned his trade. His father, James G. Coe, was a tanner by trade. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and died in Monroe County in 1847. Part III, page 4

~ Colyn, Leonard ~< a href="http://iagenweb.org/jasper/history/1901/photos/page25/">Photo

Leonard Colyn, residing on Section 33, Fairview Township, was born in Marion County September 1, 1856. He is the son of Albert and Clara (Van Der Wald) Colyn. Gertrude De Yong became his wife February 15, 1884. She was the daughter of Floris and Mary (Thomason) De Yong. Nine children have been born to them, eight sons and one daughter: Albert, Floris, Charles, John, Leonard, Annie, Marie, Antonie, Jacob, James and Abraham I. Besides doing general farming, Mr. Colyn is quite a stock raiser, his farm being called the Calhoun Stock Farm, which he has operated since the spring of 1900. Page 27

~ Connett, Thomas E. ~

Thomas E. Connett, Section 32, Des Moines Township, is the son of J. F. and Margaret R. (McHone) Connett. They were natives of the Buckeye State, and came to Jasper County in the fall of 1854. His father was a carpenter by trade, which business he followed the most of his life. They were the parents of nine children, Thomas E. being the fourth born. His mother died in April 1901. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church. Thomas E. is yet a single man and remains on the old homestead with his father. The date of his birth was November 2, 1860. Part III, page 4

~ Conover, John R. ~

John R. Conover, a public spirited and enterprising farmer and stock feeder of Section 4, Lynn Grove Township, was born in Jasper County, August 29, 1857. His father, Levi Conover, was a settler of 1853, and figured extensively in the history of Jasper County. In the spring of 1849, Levi crossed the plains to California, and remained in the gold region until the fall of 1852, when he returned to Illinois, and the following spring migrated to this county. He became a large landowner, and the Conover farm was known to be one of the best improved in the county. March 1, 1855, he married Mary E. Mathews, and they became the parents of seven children. Both are now deceased, she dying in 1882 and he in 1897. John R., our subject, was the second child. May 22, 1890, John R. united in marriage to Hannah Osborn, daughter of Israel and Martha (White) Osborn, early settlers in this county. Two children have been born to them, Chase L., born May 22, 1894, and Vern W., born November 5, 1900. John R.'s early education in stock feeding has made him a success in that line. He now owns 427 acres of land, well improved, on which he raises abundant crops each year, and feeds about 60 head of cattle and over a hundred head of hogs annually. A view of his feed yards reminds one of South Omaha. Most of his improvements have been put on by his own hands. He is one of those men who has not found comfort sitting on a dry goods box. Part III, Page 3

~ Cornwell, Walter M. ~

Walter M. Cornwell, residing on Section 22, Washington Township, was born in Ohio January 4, 1868. Here he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the district schools. He started out for himself when 20 years of age, and worked out as a farm hand for two summers. He came to Jasper County in 1887, a single man, and without means. December 5, 1889, he was united in marriage to Eldora Dinsmore. She was a native of Jasper County. Two children have been born to them: Clarence M., and Elzie D. Mr. Cornwell may be termed a self-made man, starting in life with moderate means. He has accumulated a nice property, possessing 120 acres, which is well improved. His first purchase of land was near Newton, which he later disposed of and owned several different tracts, purchasing his present farm in February 1895. Page 19

~ Couch, D. A. ~ Photo

D. A. Couch, a successful agriculturalist residing on Section 21, Sherman Township, was born in Ohio May 15, 1853, and has been a resident of Jasper County since 1866. He came to the County with his parents, Rufus B. and Mary Marlow Couch. His father was a native of Ohio, and is now deceased. His mother is still living, and resides in Clear Creek Township. Margaret Morehead was born in Allamakee County, Iowa, January 25, 1864, and became the wife of our subject February 8, 1885. They are the parents of three children, Carl, Clara and Neva. Our subject remained on the old homestead with his parents until thirty-two years of age. He started for himself with limited means, and was possessor at that time of a team of horses. What he has accumulated, has been the result of his own efforts, and now possesses 80 acres of land, and is comfortably situated. Page 44

~ Couch, W. A. ~ Photo

W. A. Couch, residing on Section 28, Clear Creek Township, was born in Jasper County, March 8, 1872. His parents, Rufus B. and Mary (Marlow) Couch, were natives of Ohio, and became residents of Jasper County in 1867. His father died March 3, 1900. His mother is still living. Edith R. Borts became his wife April 25, 1897. She was also a native at Jasper County, born May 9, 1880. They became the parents of one child, Lloyd Arthur, deceased. Politically, our subject affiliates with the Republican Party. Page 35

~ Cowles, George M. ~

George M. Cowles was born in Summit County, Ohio, October 11, 1849, and with his father came to Monroe in 1855. Married Emma A. Foster January 2, 1872. By this happy union three children have been born: Fannie P., Hol O., and Bess F. Mr. Cowles commenced clerking for R. C. Anderson in Monroe when 12 years of age, and is still in the mercantile business. He is an enterprising businessman, and up-to-date on all subjects of the day. Page 28

~ Rev. B. F. W. Cozier ~

Rev. B. F. W. Cozier, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Colfax, was born in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pa., on the 24th of September 1836. The family of which he is an honored member originated in Germany, and the name was originally spelled Koser. His paternal grandparents were Christian and Esther Koser. His maternal grandfather, Henry Spangler, was a native of Adams County, Pa., and a descendant of one of three brothers who emigrated from Germany to America prior to the Revolutionary War. The family was represented in the Union army during the Civil War, and one of the historic spots of Gettysburg is "Spangler's Spring," where the Confederate and Union soldiers met for water under a suspension of hostilities. The father of our subject, Daniel Cozier, was born in Berks County, Pa., in 1801, and in his youth learned the trade of a cabinet-maker, which he followed throughout his entire active life. When a young man he removed to Adams County, and there in 1825 he married Miss Mary Spangler, who was born in that county in 1801. In 1836 he removed from the Keystone State to Ohio and located in Hardin County, near Kenton, the county seat, where he engaged at his trade for a short time. In 1837 he settled in Marseilles, Wyandotte County, Ohio, where he conducted an extensive business as a cabinet-maker until his death in 1855. In the family of Daniel and Mary Cozier there were four sons and four daughters, all of whom reached maturity, married and reared children. They are: Amelia A., the wife of James Lumbard; Theodore S., a resident of Ohio; John H. M., who was killed in West Virginia while serving in the Union army; Anna Mary, who is the wife of George Modd, a farmer living in Wyandotte County, Ohio; Jemima, Mrs. Knibloe, deceased; Paul E., who is engaged in carriage manufacturing at Bellefontaine, Ohio; B. F. W., of this sketch; and Hester Ann, wife of Carlton Livenspire, of Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio. The subject of this sketch is next to the youngest member of the parental family. He was reared in the Buckeye State and gained the rudiments of his education in the common schools. At the age of nineteen years he entered the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, and in 1857, at the age of twenty-one, entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, becoming a member of the Central Ohio Conference. His first charge was at Pleasantville (now McComb), Hancock County, and from there he was transferred to the church at Ft. Seneca, Seneca County. Later he accepted the pastorate of the church at Bluffton, Allen County. In the latter part of the year 1860, Rev. Mr. Cozier was united in marriage with Miss Zelore A. Carter, who was born in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, in 1838. She was the fourth among six children comprising the family of William and Anna (Van Orsdall) Carter, natives respectively of Connecticut and New York. After completing her education in the seminary at Norwalk, she engaged for a time in teaching school and met with success in that profession, being a proficient and thorough instructor. Mr. and Mrs. Cozier are the parents of four children: George E., a telegraph operator in the employ of the Rio Grande & Western Railroad; Emily H., Mrs. H. C. Shaver, an editor of Moscow, Idaho; Marshall, a railroad man living in Denver, Colo., and Robert V., who is a graduate of Simpson College and also of Washington Law School, St. Louis, Mo., and who is now an attorney residing in Blackfoot, Idaho. After his marriage Mr. Cozier resided in Arcadia, Ohio, until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he removed to Evansport, and from there went to Elmore. He enlisted in the Third Ohio Cavalry, which he served as Chaplain until three months after the close of the war. He participated in the Atlanta campaign and was for six weeks confined in the hospital at that place. He was with General Thomas in the battle of Nashville, and had some very narrow escapes both in that engagement and in other battles. He was mustered out of service at Columbus, Ohio, on the 5th of August 1865. The next pastorates held by Mr. Cozier were at Arcanum, Clarke County; De Graff, Logan County, and Wapakoneta, Auglaize County (all in Ohio). In 1870 he came to Iowa, where he accepted a charge at Atlantic, Cass County. From that city he removed to Sioux City, thence to Winterset, and then to Boone. Later he was appointed Presiding Elder to the Council Bluffs District, then transferred to the Corning District. After holding the pastorate of the church at Clarinda, Iowa, and at Chariton he became Presiding Elder of the Boone District, occupying that position for four years. Subsequently he officiated as pastor of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church at Des Moines for three years, and from that city came to Colfax in 1891. In his social connections, Rev. Mr. Cozier is identified with E. D. Duncan Post, G. A. R., of which he has served as Commander. He was Chaplain of Crocker Post at Des Moines for two years, and in every place he has resided has taken an active part in Grand Army affairs. In the Masonic order he has attained the Royal Arch degree and is a prominent worker in that organization. His attention is principally devoted to the welfare of his congregation, and as pastor he has gained a high place in the esteem of his parishioners. As a speaker he is earnest, eloquent and entertaining, and such has been his success in winning the hearts of his hearers to the claims of the Gospel that it may truly be said of him, as of Goldsmith's "Village Preacher" that "those who came to scoff, remained to pray."Page 374

~ Cragan, C. E. ~ Photo

C. E. Cragan was born in Appalachan, Tioga County, New York, and moved with his parents to Knox County, Illinois, in 1855, and in 1869 came to Colfax, Iowa, with his parents, where he has resided ever since. Since 1879 he has been a member of the law firm of Cragan Bros. Part III, page 7

~ Cragan, P. H. ~Photo

P. H. Cragan, the subject of this sketch, was born in Tioga County, New York, September 27, 1852. In 1855 his parents moved to Knox County, Illinois, and in 1869 came to Colfax, Jasper County, where our subject has since resided. He has filled the office of mayor four terms, was admitted to the Jasper County Bar in 1882, and is a member of the law firm of Cragan Bros., which was established in 1879. Part III, page 4

~ Craig, William A. ~

Craig, William A. William A. Craig, who resides on Section 33, Hickory Grove Township, has been a resident of Jasper County since 1870. He was born in Ireland June 25, 1848, and was the son of John G. and Hannah (Anderson) Craig. He resided in his native land until 1870, when he came to America and located in Jasper County, where he has resided since that date. August 16, 1871, Mary Getty became his wife. She was a daughter of James and Anna (Gordon) Getty. They are the parents of three children, two sons and a daughter: John G., James W., and Agnes M. Our subject may be termed a self-made man, having acquired his property entirely by his own efforts. He owns 384 acres in Hickory Grove Township, valued at $65.00 per acre. Page 20

~ Crawford, James R. ~

James R. Crawford, proprietor of the Meadow Lawn Stock Farm, situated in the north part of Newton Township, possesses one of the best-improved farms in the County. Mr. Crawford was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1832. When three years of age he removed with his parents to Ohio, locating in Steuaunt, near New Athens, Harrison County, and in a short time his mother died, and on account of this he remained with his aunt and received his education in the common schools of that locality, and Franklin College of New Athens. Mr. Crawford was yet a young man when he came to this county, starting life empty-handed. Jennie Vanlew became his wife February 20, 1862. She was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1841. They have five sons: Arthur M., W. M., Frank R., John W., and James C., all of whom have received good business educations. John W. is a graduate of Ames College. The Crawford family are well and favorably known throughout Jasper County. Mr. Crawford, with his sons, are carrying on an extensive stock business, which has netted him a good profit. They carry on a farm of 385 acres, and the condition of their buildings is evidence of a prosperous farmer. Page 28

~ Crawford, Joshua ~ Photo

Joshua Crawford, at present chief of the Newton Fire Department, and formerly a member of the council, is a carpenter by trade, working now for the Hawkeye Incubator Co. He was born in Morrow County, Ohio, December 7, 1858, and came to Palo Alto Township, Jasper County, Iowa, in 1865, with his parents. He attended the district schools of the county, and worked on the farm until 1883. He then learned the carpenter's trade in Newton, and has resided here ever since. He was married October 11, 1883; to Mary E. Beckholt. They have three children living at home, names, respectively: Grace, Blanch and Fred. Mr. Crawford's father was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in 1858. Went from there to Morrow County, Ohio, and then to Kansas. In 1865 he removed to Iowa. He was engaged at farming the greater part of his life, and now lives four miles south of Newton. His mother's maiden name was Anna Totton. She was born in Virginia in 1826, and removed from there to Knox County, Ohio, about 1830. She was there married. She died in 1874. There are four children in the family now living: Daniel Crawford, in Nebraska; Eliza Kuhns, in Marshall County, Iowa; Mary Wasson, in Jasper County, six miles south of Newton, and Joshua, in Newton. Mrs. Crawford's father, Peter Beckholt, was born November 20, 1827, in Germany, and came to Ohio, where he died August 6, 1899. Mrs. Crawford's mother, Hannah Totton, was born in Virginia May 30, 1824. She removed to Knox County, Ohio, where she died May 12, 1875. There are nine children in the family, five boys and four girls, all of whom, except Mrs. Crawford, reside in Ohio. She left Knoxville, Ohio, in 1881, and came to Jasper County December 20th, and has resided here ever since. Page 47

~ Crawford, William J. ~Photo

William J. Crawford, dealer in general merchandise in Ira, Iowa, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Knox County November 2, 1838. Later, moved to Leesburg, Kosciusko County, Indiana. June 6, 1870, he was united in marriage to Mary F. Armsworth. She was born in Leesburg, Indiana, December 6, 1854. They left Indiana and came to Jasper County, Iowa, where Mr. Crawford has been continuously engaged in the mercantile business at Ira, the pioneer merchant. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford are the parents of three children: Matie L., now Mrs. G. A. Hager; Clara F., now Mrs. J. H. Crawford, and Annie E., now Mrs. Jay Bossuot, of Maxwell, Iowa. Page 16

~ Cross, E. R. ~

E. R. Cross, residing on Section 3, Sherman Township, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, February 15, 1832. In 1859 he married Lovina Brandt. She was born in Wabash County, Indiana, November 30, 1841. Six children have been born to them: Lewis, Lincoln D., Minneapolis, Jessie W., John Q. A., and Garfield. Mrs. Cross departed this life May 21, 1897. Mr. Cross, coming to this section of the state in 1859, became one of the pioneers of Jasper County, and has been identified with its growth and development for nearly half a century. Page 20

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