Biographical History of Page County, Iowa, 1890
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|NICHOLAS C. WINTER, one of the well-known citizens of Douglas Township, arrived in Page County January 14, 1859. He is a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania, born September 16, 1829. His parents, Daniel and Eliza (Simmons) Winter, were also natives of Pennsylvania and of German ancestry. They reared three children; the mother died when Nicholas C. was but seven years old, and the father was married again in later years to Susannah Beabont, of Washington, Pennsylvania, and removed to Licking County, Ohio; there the family resided for several years, the wife died, and afterward the father removed to La Salle County, Illinois, and lived with [page 629] his son J. J. Winter, where the father died, at the age of eighty years.
Mr. Winter received more than ordinary educational advantages in his youth, and after leaving school engaged in teaching.   In 1856 he went to Fulton County, Illinois, and remained there three years; during this period he was engaged in the art of photography, and also taught singing-school.   On coming to Page County he settled on a tract of land in Douglas Township, and for many years was the most extensive sheep-raiser in south-western Iowa.   He contributed very much to the pleasure of the young people of this section by teaching a singing class, a popular institution in pioneer days.   In 1860-'61 he was Captain of the Home Guards, numbering sixty men, of whom James Arbuckle was First Lieutenant and John Harris, Drum Major. In 1864 he located on section 4 Douglas Township, and in 1871 came to his present farm.   He has done a general farming and stock-raising business, and has also been extensively engaged in the manufacture of sorghum molasses, in which he has been very successful.
Mr. Winter was united in marriage December 4, 1862, to Miss Amelia Moore, a native of Adams County, Ohio, and a daughter of John and Sarah (Bowman) Moore, also natives of Ohio. Eight children have been born of this union: Laura M., one of Page County's successful teachers; Frank L., George H., John W., Ed D , Nettie A., Sarah E. and Earl C; one child, Nicholas C, died in infancy. The family have always striven to elevate the moral tone of the community, and have actively participated in every enterprise having for its object the moral and intellectual improvement of the people.
In politics Mr. Winter was formerly a Whig and later a Republican, but is also independent and a strong temperance man. He has served as Justice of the Peace for twenty five years, dispencing justice with itn partiality. He is a member of the Christian Church, of which he is at the present time one of the elders.


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and followed the occupation of his father, farming. He was married in the State of Illinois to Miss Fannie Starrett, March 1, 1866. Mrs. Jones was a daughter of James and Jane (Bogart) Starrett. Mr. and Mrs. Jones resided in Logan County until 1869, when they decided to seek a home in the far West; accordingly they emigrated to Iowa, and settled in Page County, where they have since ranked among the leading citizens. Mr. Jones bought 160 acres of land, which he has redeemed from the wild state in which nature and the " Red Man" left it, arid has converted it into a fine, fertile farm. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party. During the late civil war he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company C, and was a faithful soldier in the struggle to perpetuate this nation.
James Starrett, the father of Mrs. Jones, was a cabinet-maker in Logansville, Ohio. He married Jane Bogart, and to them were born eight children: William H., Joshua, Josephine, Zachariah, James, Francis J. and Maria. The father lived in Logan County, and followed his trade many years. He was an honorable, upright man, and was in comfortable circumstances. Joshua Starret, his son, was a soldier in the Rebellion, enlisting in the Forty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He participated in several battles, and was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville; later he was tranferred to a prison in Georgia, where he died. And thus perished another of America's brave sons!


JOHN T. WALKER, one of the leading agriculturists of Page County, was born in Essex County, New Jersey, and is of Scotch descent. He is an adopted son of William G. Walker, a carpenter by trade and
a native of Essex County, New Jersey. His father's name was Francis Naville, a native of Paris, France, who came to America at the age of twenty-two years and married Jane Gilland, a daughter of John and Sarah (Jones) Gilland. John Gilland was a cooper by trade and served as a soldier in the war of the Revolution. He was captured by the Mohawk Indians and held five years. He was a man of considerable property and owned the land where Trinity Church now stands, sixteen acres; during the great fire in New York city the papers were destroyed, and some of the heirs sold their interest to the Trinity Church corporation thirty years ago. Mr. Walker's mother settled in Quincy, Illinois, and refused to sell her claim, which is undoubtedly good. In 1852 Mrs. Naville married William G. Walker, a separation having taken place between her and Mr. Haville.
In 1833 John T. Walker came west with his mother and step-father, and lived in Peoria, Illinois, two years. May 10,1836, he started to Iowa, crossed the Mississippi River at Fort Madison, and settled in Lee County, Iowa, two and a half miles from West Point. Black Hawk, the celebrated Indian chief, was encamped with a band of Indians a quarter of a mile distant on the same creek; but they were not hostile and gave no trouble. The education of young Walker was limited to that acquired before he left New Jersey, as in the rough, frontier life, there were few opportunities for study. He grew up accustomed to the hardships and privations of pioneer life, and belongs to that sturdy type of men to whom we are so deeply indebted for the comforts and luxuries of today.
Mr. Walker was united in marriage March 23, 1845, to Lydia A. Jeffers, a daughter of Benjamin Jeffers. Her mother's maiden name was Catharine Hartraan, and the Hartmans were from Germany.   John Hartman [page 632] came to America before the Revolution and settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He served all through that terrible struggle for liberty, and suffered many bitter privations. Benjamin Jeffers was in the war of 1812; he was a son of Dennis Jeffers, of Scotch-Irish descent; he married Elizabeth Trimble, and they had ten children, all of whom lived to maturity except one. Their names are: Susan, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Christena, Drusilla, William, John, Dennis, Samuel, Benjamin, Catherine, Lydia A. and Abraham. In 1889 Mr. Jeffers removed to Iowa and settled on a farm of raw prairie. His wife died in 1843, and he married for his second wife Lydia Stutman; three children were born of this union: Clara J., Rachel and Daniel, making seventeen children of whom Benjamin Jeffers was the father.
John T. Walker and his wife Lydia have had born to them three children: William R., John T. and George H. After his marriage he lived in the town of West Point, where he carried on the business of teaming until 1850; he then crossed the plains to California and engaged in mining for one year, at the end of which time he returned to Iowa; in 1853 he went to Mahaska County, Iowa, and followed agricultural pursuits for three years; he then settled in Nodaway County, Missouri, and entered a farm, on which he resided for ten years.
In 1862, March 20, Mr. Walker enlisted in Company C, Fourth Cavalry, Missouri Volunteers, and served twenty-seven months; he participated in some hard-fought battles, and in a fight with the bushwhackers his horse fell under him; it sprang up suddenly before he could free his right foot from the stirrup, and dragged him 200 yards into the enemy's ranks, suddenly wheeled and ran back at full speed; the stirrup came off and Mr. Walker tell to .the ground senseless, and did not regain consciousness until the following day. He was very badly injured, and was taken to Neosho, where he remained four months and then returned to the service. He was honorably discharged at Sedalia, Missouri, in 1864. In 1865 he bought his present farm, on which he located in 1866. He has been prosperous in his agricultural enterprises and now owns 208 acres of land. He has earned his money by energetic effort, and is a thoroughly self-made man. Politically he adheres to the principles of the Republican party.
Mrs. Walker was born in Preston County, West Virginia, in 1828, where she lived until ten years of age. Her parents then removed to Lee County, Iowa, where they passed the remainder of their days. Both Mr. and Mrs. Walker are consistent members of the Free Methodist Church.

A. T. CLEMENT, dealer in furniture, Clarinda, has been a resident of Page County since March, 1869. He was born in Allegany County, New York, August 21, 1832, and is a son of Stillman and Mary (Taylor) Clement, natives of Vermont and New York respectively. The father was born in 1800, and the mother in 1807. The father of Stillman Clement was a soldier in the war of 1812 and was killed at Burlington, Vermont, before his discharge. His widow took her three children and removed to western New York when all that section belonged to the Allegheny Indians. She located in Allegany County and there Stillman grew to manhood and was married in 1828. In 1852 he removed to Wisconsin and taught school for many years. His wife died in 1851, and he passed away in 1873.
Our subject passed his early youth in the [page 633] county of his birth and received his education in the common schools. He emigrated to Michigan, where he remained one year and then returned to New York. In 1852 he went to Kentucky and took a contract to get out ties for the Covington & Lexington Railroad, which was then being built. He afterward purchased an interest in a boat on which he freighted wood to Cincinnati.
Mr. Clement was married in Cincinnati, in 1854, to Miss Eliza Costello, a native of Dublin, Ireland. One year later he returned to the State of New York, residing there one year, at the end of which time he came West and located in Grant County, Wisconsin. There he improved three farms, selling them as fast as they were placed under good cultivation. In 1866 he moved to Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa, and embarked in the furniture business; this he continued three years and then came to Clarinda, where he has since conducted the same business. He purchased the stock of Daniel Clevenger, who was located on the south side of the square. In 1882 he erected his large and substantial store room and manufactory, 23 x 130 feet, and he carries a finely selected stock of goods, such as would give credit to a more pretentious city than Clarinda.
Mr. and Mrs. Clement are the parents of five children: Stillman, born January 17, 1856, in New York; Mary E., born December 7, 1857, in Wisconsin; Eliza J., born September 10, 1859, in Wisconsin; Alice E, born March 21,1862, in Wisconsin, and Minnie B., born April 1, 1871, in Clarinda, Iowa. Stillman was drowned in the Nodaway River; Mary is the wife of A. B. Robertson, editor of the Page County Democrat; Jennie is deceased; she was the wife of Mr. Loy, the druggist; Alice is the wife of W. L. Lundy, and Minnie resides at home with her parents. Mr. Clements is an honored member of
Nodaway Lodge, No. 140, A. F. and A. M., of Clarinda Chapter, No. 29, R. A. M., and of Pilgrimage Commandery, No. 20, K. T. He also belongs to the A. O. U. W., Union Lodge, No. 38. Politically he identified with the Republican party. He has served as a member of the city council and was a member of the school board when the south school-house was erected.



WILLIAM H. WAGGONER, who has been a resident of Page County since 1871, is a native of Oneida County, New York, born April 14, 1826. His parents, Henry and Aurelia (Matteson) Waggoner, were natives of New York and Vermont respectively, and were descended from German ancestors on one side and English on the other.
William grew to manhood in his native State and early became inured to the hard labor of a farm. He remained under the parental roof until the family removed in 1850 to Warren County, Illinois. There he purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own responsibility.
He was married March 22, 1852, to Miss Margery Strawbridge, a daughter of William and Mary Strawbridge, natives of Pennsylvania. She was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, September 28, 1828. After their marriage they continued to live in Illinois for a number of years. In 1859 Mr. Waggoner decided to try his fortune in California, and accordingly set out for the " Golden State." He made the trip overland, consuming five months lacking six days. He was engaged in mining gold and prospecting, and while there owned four different claims. In 1867 he returned to Illinois, this time making the journey by water, which required [page 634] one month. They remained in Illinois until 1871, when, as before stated, he came with his family to Page County. They located on a farm which had been bought the fall of 1870; there were eighty acres, lying in Morton Township, and excepting ten acres had not been broken. It is no small task to undertake the cultivation of raw prairie land, and we can but admire the courage of those hardy pioneers who faced all the hardships and trials with so much bravery.
Mr. Waggoner erected a small house the first year of his residence here and has since added to it; he has planted an orchard of three and a half acres, and a grove of three acres, which add not alone to the beauty of the place but also to its value.
Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner are the parents of four children: Delia, the wife of L. B, Howard; William B., Arthur, and Inez, wife of Horace Ely. The children have been reared in paths of rectitude and right and are a credit and comfort to their parents. The family have been leaders in all social movements, and are highly esteemed in the community.
Politically Mr. Waggoner affiliates with the Republican party, and has represented his township as trustee, fulfilling the duties of the office with much ability.


CAPTAIN HENRY WIAR, one of the intelligent farmers who cultivates the rich soil of Washington Township, came to the county in April, 1868. He is a native of Pennsylvania, born June 1, 1836, and is a son of George Wiar, also a native of the " Keystone " State. The family easily trace their origin back to Holland, but their forefathers landed in America prior to the Revolutionary war.    The great-great-grandfather came with the British army, but joined the American soldiers in maintaining their independence. The mother of Henry Wiar was Barbara Eppersoll, a native of Pennsylvania, of German extraction. She was the mother of three children, and died when our subject was but four years old. The family removed to central Ohio and later to Lucas County, where the father died, at the age of sixty-five years. In 1856 they came to Illinois and settled in Marshall County, where they were among the pioneers. Henry was reared to farm life and received a common school education. When there was a call for 300,000 more men to come to the defense of the old flag, he enlisted, August 16, 1861, in Company G, Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, He participated in many hotly contested battles, namely: New Madrid, Island No. 10, Farmington, Corinth, Iuka, Jackson, Yicksburg, Satarsha, Mechanicsburg, Richmond, Society Hill, Fort Deransha, Henderson Hill, Pleasant Hill, Natchitoches, Old River, Clonterville, Cane River, Fourteen-Mile Bridge, Morse Plantation, Bayou Buff, Marksville, Ward's Plantation, Yellow Bayou, Lake Shicat, Tupelo, Abbyville, Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely. The Captain was honorably discharged February 7, 1866, having been promoted to the position of Captain. He returned to Stark County, Illinois, and February 11, 1868, he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Wheeler, a native of Peoria County, Illinois. Her parents, Joseph and Lucy (Leigh) Wheeler, were natives of Indiana and Ohio respectively.
In the spring of 1868 Mr. Wiar came to Page County, Iowa, and settled on wild land; here he led a truly pioneer life, there being only fourteen voters in the township. He has been improving his farm from year to year; he has provided a neat dwelling, good barns, a thrifty orchard and an artificial grove. [page 635]

Mr. and Mrs. Wiar are the parents of six children: Charles Wheeler, Ellis Leigh, Royal B., Lewis Henry, Glenn E. and Lucy P.
Politically the Captain is a Republican of no uncertain type. He has held the various township offices with credit to himself and the best interests of the voters. He is a member of Gettysburg Post, No. 241, G. A. R., at Northboro, Iowa. He and his good wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Northboro. He is a popular citizen and has ever done his share in the upbuilding of the churches, schools and other public institutions. In his manner he is frank, candid, and genial. His army record is one of the finest, and one of which he and his posterity may well be proud.

L.B. HOWARD was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, August 28, 1847, and is the son of Arthur and Sarah (White) Howard, natives of New York and Ohio respectively. When he was eighteen months old the greatest misfortune of his life befell him in the death of his mother; but the next best fortune of life came to him when his grandparents took him to their home, where he was reared and educated. His grandfather was Josiah White, a resident of Ashtabula County, Ohio, and he remained with him until he had attained his seventeenth year; he then started out to seek his own living. For six months he worked on a farm, and then was employed in a saw-mill as engineer, following this occupation for three years. At the expiration of this time he went to Winnebago County, Illinois, and for four years rented a farm near the town of Rockford. In the meantime he had made a trip to Iowa, driving through with a team; he traded his team for a tract of eighty acres in Morton Township, Page County, and having secured the land returned to Illinois. In the spring of 1874 he came back to Page County and located on his land, which was raw prairie with no improvements whatever. There were only a few improved farms in sight, and when he had traded for the land there was nothing to be seen for miles around but a wild expanse of unbroken prairie; two houses stood between his farm and Shenandoah, and two or three between the land and the present site of Coin.
For three years Mr. Howard labored early and late, cultivating the land and making improvements in the way of buildings; he then purchased an adjoining tract of forty acres, which was partially improved. A year later he disposed of the farm and purchased eighty acres on section 30, Morton Township, which had a small house and other improvements. Since that time he has made this his home, bringing the place to an advanced state of cultivation. In 1885 he added eighty acres to the first purchase, and now has one of the best farms in the township.
When Mr. Howard started out in life he had nothing but pluck and energy to carry him through, and it is needless to add that this capital has served him well. He has made a success financially and socially and occupies an enviable position in the community. Politically he is a stanch Democrat, taking an active interest in party issues; he is now serving his second term as township trustee, filling the office with much ability.
He was married November 1, 1877, to Miss Delia Waggoner, a daughter of William and Margery (Strawbridge) Waggoner, whose biography will be found elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Howard was born in Warren County, Illinois, January 6, 1853. Three [page 636] children have been born of this union: Bertha, Arthur and Stella.


ANDREW JACKSON WELTY was born in Adams County, Illinois, February 17, 1834, his parents being Samuel and Matilda (Johnson) Welty, natives of Kentucky and Ohio respectively.   Richard Johnson, grandfather of Andrew J., came at an early day from Ohio to Morgan County, Illinois, where he was an influential citizen. His paternal grandfather emigrated from Germany and settled in the State of Kentucky. When he was two years old the family removed to Warren County, Illinois, and he remained under the parental roof until he was twenty years old, when he began to farm in the same county. He remained there until 1865, when he went to Prairie City and formed a partnership with A. Burr in the lumber and hardware business; this firm continued to transact business for four years.   In the fall of 1855 Mr. Welty's parents had come to Iowa and located in Fremont County; in 1869 he came to Iowa and invested in land near Locust Grove, Fremont County, and for one year lived in Sidney, improving his farm in the meantime.   In the fall of 1870 he bought one half section one mile from Shenandoah, which he at once began to improve.   He lived on this place for three years and then removed to Shenandoah, where he had built a home.
Mr. Welty opened a lumber-yard in partnership with Mr. Barlow, which existed three years; during this time he divided his attention between the farm and the lumber business. He now owns 240 acres in one tract and 400 acres of excellent farm land adjoining Bingham; he hires two men to each farm and keeps from 150 to 200 head of cattle, selling from 100 to 150 annually.
His residence is a very comfortable one, being roomy and well arranged.
Mr. Welty was united in marriage February 16, 1854, to Miss Ann F. Watkins, who was born in Warren County, Kentucky. She is a daughter of Murdock and Elizabeth (Almond) Watkins, natives of Virginia; her father died when she was seven years old, but her mother is still living, making her home with her.
Mr. and Mrs. Welty's family consists of the following: Ella was born February 6, 1855, and died March 31, 1879, unmarried; Christopher B., born September 7, 1857; Mary, born March 19, 1860, wife of George L. Smith; Melvin died at the age of two years; Emma was born July 22,1864; she is a graduate of the musical department of the Western Normal College. Christopher B. completed a course at Bryant's Business College at St. Joseph, Missouri, in the twenty-first year of his age, married the next year Miss Lydia Carey, and is now living on his farm a mile east of Shenandoah. Mary is a graduate of Indianola (Iowa) College and also of the Western Normal College at Shenandoah.
Mrs. Welty is a member of the Congregational Church. Mr. Welty is not a church member but is a believer in an eternal future. He lives an upright life, is a careful business man and his word is considered as good as his bond.


SILAS W. STOTLER, deceased, was born in Knox County, Ohio, November 21, 1831, and was a son of Matthias and Nancy Stotler. He was reared in his native State, being trained to the occupation of a farmer. In those early days the opportunities offered for an education were meager indeed, compared with the present day, but [page 637] he availed himself of every chance of self-improvement.
When Mr. Stotler had attained his majority he made a trip overlaud to California, where he engaged in gold-mining for six years. In the fall of 1858 he returned to Ohio, and at the end of one year he went to Pike's Peak, remaining there one summer. He again returned to the home of his youth and engaged in farming in Defiance County.
September 25, 1862, occurred the marriage of Mr. Stotler to Miss Matilda Koons, a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Koons. Mrs. Stotler was born in Defiance County, Ohio, September 14, 1841; her parents were natives of the State of Pennsylvania.
After his marriage Mr. Stotler resided in Defiance County until the spring of 1863, when he removed to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and settled near La Fayette. In December, 1863, he enlisted as a recruit: first, in the Seventy-second Mounted Infantry Indiana Volunteers and served until June, 1865; secondly, in the Forty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Inlantrv and served until September 14, 1865. He was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tennessee and immediately returned to his home in Indiana. He at once removed with his family to Wayne County, Iowa, in which place he owned a farm; there he resided two years, and in the spring of 1868 came to Page County, locating on a farm of 140 acres, which is the present home of his family. No improvements had been made at that time, but the place has since undergone a complete transformation, and is now one of the finest farms in Page County; forty acres have been added to the original purchase, and ten acres of timber in Taylor County.
Mr. Stotler was quiet and unassuming in his manners, temperate in all things, and a lover of law and order.   He had a large circle of friends that he had won by his honesty and integrity.
In all his undertakings he was ably assisted by his worthy wife, who survives him.
Mr. Stotler died February 3, 1881. He and his wife had born to them eight children, six of whom are still living: Florence, wife of L B. Cavender, residing at Imogene, Iowa; Willis F., Frank M., Charles, deceased; Edwin, Harry, Cora, and one who died in infancy.
The farm on which the Stotler family reside is known as the old Shannon farm, and is one of the best improved in the county.
Willis F. Stotler has been attending Shenandoah College, preparatory to entering one of the professions. He was only fourteen years of age when his father died and the responsibility of the farm fell largely to him. The other members of the family have given him much help, and he has been very successful.
The Stotler family are stanch Republicans.


ROBERT C. HOWSER was born in Clermont County, Ohio, in February 1849, and is a son of Jonathan and Margaret Jane (Dillman) Howser. The paternal grandfather was Christopher Howser, a native of Maryland, and his father came from Germany; the mother's father was Conrad Dillman, of German ancestry. Jonathan Howser was married in Clermont County, Ohio, and in 1860 he removed to Champaign County, Illinois. He had five children, of whom Robert C. is the third. He was twelve years of age when his parents removed to Illinois, and there he grew to manhood; he was trained to the occupation of a farmer [page 638] and attended the common schools and was a student at a college at Merom, Indiana.
In September, 1874, he came to Page County and settled on section 13, Washington Township, where he purchased 240 acres of wild land; he has placed this under excellent cultivation, and has since added 160 acres to it, making it a farm of 400 acres; he has made many valuable improvements. In 1887 he bought the eighty acres on which he now lives, and where he has made a most desirable home, where he is surrounded with many of the comforts and luxuries of life; he has a neat farm residence, a line orchard and a beautiful grove. He rents the land on sections 13 and 24, and gives his personal attention to his home farm, making a specialty of stock-raising and feeding.
Mr. Howser was united in marriage April 2, 1879, to Miss Priscilla E. Hahn, born in Knox County, Illinois, a daughter of Edward and Abby (Dean) Hahn. Mr. and Mrs. Howser are the parents of three children: Orr C, born February 19,1880; Roy E., born July 9, 1881, and an infant daughter, Olive Jessie, born March 2, 1890.
Politically Mr. Howser is an independent, but he has usually voted the Republican ticket. He has been a member of the school board, and in his religious belief he is a Methodist, and is a local minister of that denomination. Both he and his estimable wife are devout members of that church and are ardent co-workers in their Master's vineyard.


JOSEPH M. DARBY is a representative man of Washington Township, where he has resided since May, 1870. He was born in Peoria County, Illinois, November 7, 1847, and is a son  of Jacob and Lucy (Sprague) Darby; the father was a son of John Darby, who was a soldier in the war of 1812, and came from the Carolinas, and his father was Samuel Darby, who fought in the Revolutionary war under General Anthony Wayne. Lucy Sprague Darby was a native of Delaware County, New York, and the daughter of Reuben and Mary (Reed) Sprague, also natives of Delaware County, New York. Jacob Darby married his wife in Peoria County, Illinois, August 20, 1841, and they had four children born to them, three of whom died in infancy. The father died October 14, 1856, and his widow afterward married O. P. Artman, of Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois.
Joseph M. was reared in Illinois, and received his education in the common schools. He was married January 4,1872, to Miss Ida L. Greene, a native of Peoria County, Illinois, and a daughter of Calvin P. and Emeline J. (Dodge) Greene, natives of New York and New Hampshire respectively. Mrs. Darby was reared in Peoria and Marshall counties, Illinois, and was educated there and in the State of New York.
When Mr. Darby settled on his place in Page County it was new and all the improvements have been made by him, and are first-class in every respect; he has planted a fine grove, an orchard, and evergreen trees, and has been engaged in general farming. He and his estimable wife are the parents of two children: Perry C, born June 25, 1876, and Alice E., born September 28, 1879.
In politics Mr. Darby is a stanch Democrat; he has held the office of Justice of the Peace, discharging his duties to the satisfaction of all concerned. He was reared in the Methodist faith, while his wife is a Baptist.
The Darby family is counted among the leading families of Washington Township; they have ever worked in the interest of [page 639] good society and for the general up building of the community in which they reside.

CARL HENN  one of the most painstaking farmers of Washington Township, will form the subject of this personal notice.   He came to Page County in 1873, when the hand of civilization had made little   impression   upon   the  far stretching prairie.   He was born in the famous Rhine Province, Germany, April 23, 1848, and is a son of Philip and Philip Bena Henn. There were ten children in the family, of whom he is the third.   When he was eight years old his parents sailed from Havre de Grace, France, for America, landing at Castle Garden; thence they continued their journey to Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin. There the father died, and the mother still resides there.   Karl was reared after the usual fashion of farmers' sons and received his education in the common schools of Wisconsin. In 1873, in company with his brother Philip, he drove a team through to Page County, Iowa, and   settled   near  Braddyville, Buchanan Township; but shortly after he saw a better location and removed to Washington Township, where he purchased eighty acres of wild land in 1876.   He now owns one of the best improved farms in this section, having a comfortable dwelling, barns, sheds, a windmill, and many modern conveniences for the pursuit of agriculture.   The land lies along the West Tarkio River and is as rich soil as can be found in Page County.   He pays special attention to the raising of live-stock, for which branch of farming his place is particularly adapted.   He has added to the beauty and value of his farm by planting a fine variety of fruit trees.
Mr. Henn was married January 23, 1881, in Green County, Wisconsin, to Miss Clarissa E. Swartz, a native of Center County, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Philip and Anna M. (Dutwhiler) Swartz, also natives of the "Keystone" State. Mr. and Mrs. Henn have three children: Anna Bena, Martha Belle and Franklin Orlando. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Northboro, Iowa. Politically Mr. Henn is a Democrat. He is a man firm in his convictions of right and wrong, and stands in the front ranks of the leading men in his township, and is in every way worthy of the esteem in which he is held by all who know him.


GEORGE CATO, Sr., one of the early settlers of Page County, now a resident of Washington Township, was born in Scotland, January 1, 1832, and is a son of John and Mary (Baird) Cato. When he was twenty three years of age he emigrated to America, settling in Hamilton, Ontario. Thirteen years later, in 1868, he came to Page County, Iowa, first locating on section 20, Washington Township; the land was wild with no improvements, and the family were compelled to undergo many of the privations of pioneer life. Mr. Cato now owns 320 acres of well-improved land in Page County, and 240 acres in Atchison County, Missouri. He is a carpenter by trade, and has been prominently identified with the building interests of Page and adjoining counties since his residence there; he has erected five school-houses in Page County, three in Fremont County, and three in Atchison County, Missouri.
Our worthy subject was united in marriage in his twenty-fourth year in London, Ontario, to Miss Mary Eliza Mason, a native of Scot-[page 640] land. Four children were born of this union: John, a resident of Wyoming Territory; George, a notice of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume; Lizzie, Robert, and Mary and James, both deceased.
Politically Mr. Cato is a Republican. He has represented the people of his township as a member of the school board, and has been treasurer of the township for four years. He was reared in the Presbyterian faith, and is numbered among the representative men of the township.

GEORGE CATO, Jr., owns a fine farm of 360 acres in Washington Township, where he is one of the prosperous and well-to-do farmers. He was born October 23, 1860, in Kanaka, Canada, and is a son of George and Mary E. (Mason) Cato. He is the second son living, and when he was eight years of age his parents removed from the Dominion of Canada to the United States. His youth was spent in assisting on the farm and in attending the district school, and was not more eventful than that of most western lads. The first tract of land he owned was forty acres in Page County; as his means increased he invested in land until he has the handsome total of 360 acres; it is as good land as can be found in southwestern Iowa, and is finely improved; it is watered by the West Tarkio Creek, and is thus especially adapted to the raising of livestock, to which branch of agriculture Mr Cato gives particular attention, aud in which he has been remarkably successful.
Mr. Cato was united in marriage February 28, 1886, to Miss Effie A. McGogy, of Fremont County, Iowa. She is the daughter of Daniel Harper and Cordelia Arietta McGogy, who came from Indiana and settled in Iowa.

Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cato: Bessie Nattalia and Arietta. Politically our subject is identified with the Republican party, to which he gives his undivided support. He is a young man of excellent business qualifications, industrious and economical, and has attained a position of financial independence. His methods of dealing are strictly upright, and has won the confidence and respect of a wide circle of acquaintance.


THOMAS J. RICHARDS, now a resident of section 28, Washington Township, came to Page County in 1866. He was born in Cecil County, Maryland, August 28, 1815, and is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Morgan) Richards. Thomas J. is one of a family of seven children, and when he was six years of age his parents removed to Chester County, Pennsylvania, and later to Delaware. When he was twenty years of age he decided to try his fortunes in the great West, and accordingly emigrated to Edgar County, Illinois, where he remained one year. At the end of this time he returned to Pennsylvania.
Mr. Richards was united in marriage, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, January, 1847, to Miss Elizabeth Supplee. She was born, reared and married in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and is the daughter of John and Eliza (Hovan) Supplee. In 1862 Mr. Richards removed to Olmsted County, Minnesota, where he resided three years and a half. He then came to Page County and took up wild land, which he has converted into one of the most charming and productive farms in the community. He has planted a grove of two acres and has a fine bearing orchard with an abundance of small fruits.
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