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

~ Gagle, William ~Photo

William Gagle, residing on Section 20, Poweshiek Township, was born in Germany April 16, 1835, and there grew to his majority. In 1854 he came to the United States, landing at New York. From there he proceeded to Indiana, and in 1857 came to Jasper County. He is a blacksmith by trade, which occupation he followed for many years. He came to the state without money, but by careful management has accumulated a competency and now owns 925 acres of Iowa land. November 10, 1859, Syrena Poling became his wife. She was born in Ohio November 5, 1841. They are the parents of three children: Frank M., William, and Vinnie M. Socially, our subject is a devoted member of the Lutheran Church, and his wife of the M. E. Church.Page 24

~ Gardner, William S. ~Photo

William S. Gardner, a farmer and sorghum manufacturer, residing on Section 18, Clear Creek Township, was born in Noble County, Indiana, September 18, 1851, and dates his settlement in Jasper County from 1863. He came here with his parents, David and Betsy A. (Smith) Gardner. They were natives of Ohio, both of whom are deceased. Our subject was united in marriage to Elizabeth Tomlinson in May 1874. She was born in Indiana August 10, 1850. Five children have blessed this union: Stephen H., John William, Everett S., L. May, and Mary Eva. When he was married he possessed a span of colts and one cow, but by industry and good management, by both he and his wife, they have secured a comfortable home. Page 32

~ Gause, J. H. ~

J. H. Gause, proprietor of the Gause House, and a hustling merchant of Lynnville, Iowa, was born in Indiana in 1848, and with his father, E. C. Gause, came to Jasper County in 1855. One of the first stores in the village of Lynnville was on the site of the one now owned by our subject. E. C. Gause & Sons started a store here in 1876. In 1881 the firm was changed to L. B. Gause & Co., and in 1900 the firm became J. H. Gause & Co. Page 11

~ Gibford, D. L. ~

D. L. Gibford, a prosperous and enterprising farmer, of Section 15, Palo Alto Township, was born in Indiana February 2, 1841. When a small boy his parents removed from the Hoosier State to Ohio, later to Wisconsin, and in 1854, came to Jasper County, Iowa, and were therefore pioneers in the Hawkeye State. Our subject is the son of William and Sarah (Ritter) Gibford, who were both natives of Ohio. His father was a carpenter by trade, which profession he followed until 1860, when he located on a farm in Palo Alto Township, where he now resides with our subject, at the advanced age of 81 years, his good wife having passed away in 1895 at the age of 75 years. August 5, 1862, D. L. Gibford enlisted in Company K, 28th Iowa Infantry. During his service he participated in thirteen different engagements, some of which were the bloodiest battles in the history of the war. He was at Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hill, Vicksburg, Jackson, Mississippi, and the Red River Expedition, and was with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley; wounded September 19, 1864, at Winchester, Georgia. He was mustered out at Savannah, Georgia, receiving his discharge at Davenport in the fall of 1865. Mr. Gibford has been twice married. His first wife was Nancy A. Wadkins, who he married in 1867. They are the parents of three children: E. Sheridan, Sarah A., and Howard T. Mrs. Gibford died in August 1879. In November 1881, he was again united in marriage to Elizabeth Bates, a native of Illinois. Three children have been born to them: Edna A., Raymond B., and Karl Bates. Mr. Gibford has succeeded well for a man that started in life empty-handed. He purchased his present farm January 12, 1867, without a dollar to pay on it, and was obliged to borrow $2.00 to pay for the revenue stamp that was to be placed upon the deed. Page 27

~ Gibson, David ~Photo

David Gibson, deceased, was born in Virginia in 1819, where he grew to manhood, and in 1838 removed to Indiana, becoming one of the pioneers of that state, and engaged in farming. In the fall of 1864 he removed to Peoria City, Polk County, Iowa, and from there to Jasper County, until 1866, He was identified with the interests of this county from that date until 1891, when he removed to Maxwell, Story County, where he died in 1894, in his seventy-fifth year. Page 39

~ Gibson, Elsworth ~Photo

Elsworth Gibson, residing on Section 9, Clear Creek Township, is a farmer and stock dealer, and has been a resident of Jasper County since 1866. Mr. Gibson was born October 5, 1862, and came to Jasper County with his parents, David and Emily M. (Hardenbrook) Gibson. His father is deceased, and his mother is still living. Elsworth received his education in the common schools of Jasper County and the Iowa Business College at Des Moines. He started in life empty-handed, and today possesses one of the best-equipped farms in the County. Lolah Smith was born in Jasper County, Iowa, August 8, 1865, and became the wife of our subject September 8, 1891. Politically, our subject is a Republican, and takes an active interest in party politics. Socially, both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. Page 16

~ Gifford, Daniel H. ~Photo

Daniel H. Gifford, who resides on Section 28, Buena Vista Township, was born in Connecticut in 1830, and when a mere boy came with his parents to Champaign County, Ohio. In 1854 he came to Mahaska County, Iowa, and was located in Oskaloosa for about one year. He then returned to Ohio, and with his brother-in-law, Frank Jackson, again returned to the Hawkeye State, coming all the way overland. Our subject was a single man, and for a time carried on farming on rented land, making his home with Mr. Jackson. In 1863 he purchased his first tract of land in Mahaska County, which he sold the following year and removed to Jasper County, arriving here in March 1864. October 14, 1857, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Case, the marriage ceremony taking place in Grandville, Mahaska County. They became the parents of five children, all of whom are living. Mrs. Gifford departed this life November 1, 1899. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gifford were Katie M., who married Arthur Scoville, and resides in Saunders County, Nebraska; Susan W., widow of Frank Fenner, deceased; Myra E., wife of Alvin Compton; B. Frank, and Riley J. Part III, page 8

~ Gilbert, J. M. ~Photo

J. M. Gilbert, a prosperous farmer of Washington Township was born in Virginia, Nov. 13, 1817. His father, John Gilbert, was a soldier in the War of 1812, removing west at an early date. Mr. Gilbert removed to Jasper County in the spring of 1865. He at that time bought an 80-acre tract to which he has added since. He was married Nov. 11, 1852, to Sarah Offil, the daughter of E. and Martha Everman Offil. There were six children in the family: John B., Martha J., William H., Amanda M., Allen and Sarah. Mr. Gilbert is one of the oldest members of the Old Settlers' Association, having now reached the age of 84 years and is still hale and hearty. Page 51

~ Goodhue, Geo. Clinton ~Photo

Geo. Clinton Goodhue was born in Groton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, May 22, 1834, and with his parents came to Jasper County in 1856. The family had located in Iowa County, this state, in 1854. Here our subject has resided since that early date, and has been prominently identified with the business interests of the County. Lefea S. Thomas and our subject were united in marriage April 11, 1865. She was born in East Wheatland, Will County, Illinois, March 31, 1847, and departed this life August 17, 1885. They were the parents of four children, Mary E., Elmer C., Franklin E., and Edward F. His good mother is still living in her 91st year. Politically, our subject supports the Republican Party, and is probably the oldest landowner in Malaka Township. Socially, he affiliates with the Congregational Church. Part III, page 7

~ Graber, Jules A. ~Photo

Jules A. Graber, a well to do and prosp3rous farmer of Section 2, Palo Alto Township, came to Jasper County in the spring of 1877. Mr. Graber was born in Ohio October 3, 1850. Son of Frederick August and Julia (Fallet) Graber, natives of Switzerland and France, respectively. They were married in Switzerland, and came to America in 1850, and located in Wayne County, Ohio, and engaged in farming, which they followed until their death. There were ten children in this family, our subject being the second. When 19 years of age, young Graber started for himself. He was ambitious, and was bent on earning a fortune on his own, and how well he has succeeded, the people of his neighborhood well know. He owns 390 acres of Jasper County soil, and is considered one of its most well to do citizens. Miss Amelia Heisch became his wife in March 1878. She was a native of Iowa. They have been blessed with two children: Ida May and Elmer E., both of whom are at home. Page 23

~ Gray, Dr. Howard D. ~Photo

Dr. Howard D. Gray, a practicing physician of Newton, was born in Newton, March 5, 1876. He is the son of De Vir and Celinda E. (Hay) Gray, natives of New York, of Scotch descent. His parents became residents of Jasper County in 1874, and from that date his father was prominently identified with the business interests of the county and was engaged in the stock business. His father died here August 21, 1899. His mother is still a resident of Newton. There were four children in the family, our subject being the oldest. He received his education in the public schools and Hazel Del Academy, Newton, and the Iowa State University, where he graduated March 29, 1900, and the following June was recommended and endorsed for a position of the surgical staff of the Anamosa penitentiary. As a matter of history it should be further stated that in the Gray family for the past one hundred and eight years there has been sixty-four physicians and surgeons, that have acquitted themselves creditably. Socially the doctor is a member of Newton Lodge No. 59 A. F. & A., Gebel Chapter No. 12, Oriental Commandery No. 22, and O. E. S. No. 100. Page 39

~ Green, David O. ~

David O. Green, of Hickory Grove Township, was born in Jasper County February 5, 1878. He is the son of Henry and Lauriaetta (Daily) Green, natives of Pennsylvania. There were ten children in his father's family, seven of whom are living, three boys and four girls: Frank H., born October 3, 1857; Ida M., born April 15, 1858; Florence G., born November 12, 1864; Cappitola H., born February 26, 1869; Ola B., born December 7, 1872; Pearley H., born December 19, 1874, and David. His parents located in Jasper County in 1865, and purchased 80 acres of land, on which our subject now resides. His father died October 8, 1878. Tobitha Ashing and our subject were united in marriage October 10, 1900. She was the daughter of Hiram and Melissa (Burrows) Ashing, natives of Indiana. Mr. Green received his education in the district schools of Jasper County, and believes in the principles of the Democratic Party. Page 32

~ Griebeling, Christian ~Photo

Christian Griebeling, one of Jasper County's most successful and well-to-do business men, has been a resident of Jasper County since 1856, and is therefore counted among the pioneers, and is justly entitled to a biographical notice in the atlas of Jasper County. Mr. Griebeling was born in Province Nassau, Germany, near the Rhine, April 6, 1832, where he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the schools of his native country. He came to America in 1854. He lived two years in Ohio. On his arrival in Newton, he started a wagon shop, which business he conducted until 1878, and then opened a hardware store on the north side of the square, which is now carried on by his son Charlie. Miss Lena Burmeister became the wife of our subject in 1858. They are the parents of three children, two daughters and one son. Mr. Griebeling for many years has taken an active part in the affairs of the county and the city of Newton. Has held various Township offices, was township trustee for several years and is at present treasurer of the Jasper County Fair Association and school director, and has always been an active Democrat. Mr. Griebeling has been a leading member of the Masonic orders of Newton, and has been treasurer of the Blue Lodge Chapter, and Knights Templar for many years. Page 36

~ Gulling, Peter ~Photo

Peter Gulling, residing on Section 19, Das Moines Township, has been a resident of Jasper County since the spring of 1870. His parents were Celestine and Sarah (Maudre) Gulling, natives of France and Ohio, respectively. Our subject was born in Indiana March 13, 1869, and the following year came to Jasper County with his parents. He received his education in the district schools of Jasper County. Emma Trader was the daughter of Herman and Amelia (Schwetfeger) Trader, and was born in Germany, and became the wife of our subject in January 1894. Their children are Fern, Nellie and Dessie. Our subject operates a farm of 74 acres, and is interesting himself quite extensively in Barred Plymouth Rock chickens, which business proves quite lucrative, as he has poultry and eggs for sale the year round. Page 24

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