BOREN, I. A.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Hancock County, Ill., January
6, 1842; his father, J. B. Boren, was born in Illinois April 6, 1817,
and married Nancy Mcintosh, \yho was born in Kentucky December 2, 1811,
and died April 14, 1867. She was the mother of seven children, five of
whom are living. I. A., with his parents, left Illinois and came to
Davis County, Iowa, in 1846, and, in 1847, came to Pottawattamie
County; at that time neighbors were few and far between. Mr. Boren
attended the common schools, and, at an early age, adopted farming as
his avocation, in which business he was successful. He married, in
Crescent City, Iowa, January 14, 1877, Mary Smith, who was born in
Michigan October 24, 1854, daughter of William and Eunice (Lacy) Smith,
both of New York. Mrs. Boren died in 1881, leaving one child, Frances
M.; Mr. Boren has also lost one child. In politics he is a Democrat,
having been elected a number of times to offices on that ticket; he is
a member of the I. O. of G. T.. and also of the M. P. Society.
CORBALY, Enos P.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Marion County, Ind., May 30,
1851; his father, J. B. Corbaly, was born in the same county August 18,
1828; he married Eliza Pendergast, who was born in Bedford County, and
died in 1858. Mr. Corbaly spent his childhood days attending the common
schools, where he received his education; coming to the age of manhood,
he was for a time a salesman; his mind being of a mechanical turn, he
learned the carpenter's trade, but afterward adopted farming, of which
business he makes a success. September 13, 1870, he came to
Pottawattamie County, Iowa; August 30, 1874, at Crescent City, he
married Mazie A. Dunkle, who was born in Center County, Penn., August
19, 1856; her parents were L. K. Dunkle, born in 1828, and Elizabeth
(Myers) Dunkle, born December 25, 1834. Mr. and Mrs. Corbaly have two
children - Harry G. and John L. In politics, Mr. Corbaly is a
Republican; he belongs to the societies of I. O. of G. T. and the
HAMPTON, G. B.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Cumberland County, N. J.,
January 14, 1856; his father, George Hampton, was born in Cumberland
County April 1, 1830, and married Ruth Butcher, who was born in
Cumberland County in September, 1832; G. B. Hampton was their only
child. In 1863, he with his parents came West, and settled in Hastings,
Minn.; he received his education in the common schools, and afterward
in the University of Minnesota. He began life by teaching school, and
for awhile was employed as traveling salesman until 1875, when he came
to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and has since resided here, excepting a
few months spent at his father's home. He is now a practical farmer and
stock-raiser, and has, by his own industry and integrity, attained an
enviable position among his neighbors. In politics, he is a Democrat;
he is also a Good Templar.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Deloit, Crawford Co., Iowa,
June 1, 1859, and is a son of S. M. and Eliza J. (Allen) Hough. S. M.
Hough was born in Oswego County, N. Y., January 6, 1818, and died
November 9, 1881; he was a blacksmith by trade; his wife was born April
15, 1823; they had ten children, six of whom are living. Subject came
to this township with his parents in 1866, and has since resided here.
He received his education in the common schools, and began life as a
farmer, which occupation he has since followed. He was married in
Crescent City, Iowa, March 15, 1882, to Miss Allie Alexander, a native
of Pottawattamie County, born February 1, 1862, daughter of Charles and
Catharine (Scott) Alexander. Mr. Hough has held some township offices;
he is a Good Templar, and in politics a Greenbacker. He is a good
musician, and has furnished the music for a great number of balls.
HOUGH, Milton C.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Denison, Crawford Co., Iowa,
August 3, 1863, and came to Pottawattamie County in 1866, with his
father, Mortimer A. Hough. The latter was born in Lee County, Iowa,
December 18, 1841; came to Pottawattamie County in 1846. and married
Naomi Barrett, who was born at New Boston, Mercer Co., Ill., July 13,
1842, and to them five children were born. Milton C. received his
education in the common schools, and is a natural penman, and also a
musician. His father died November 25, 1874, since which he has worked
at farming to maintain and educate himself, and assisted his mother in
doing the same for her younger sons; he is a trusted employe; he joined
the I. O. G. T. in 1877.
HOUGH, Warren M.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Pottawattamie County, Iowa,
April 24, 1849; his father, S. M. Hough, having come to Iowa in 1841,
from Oswego County, N. Y., where he was born January 6. 1818, and where
he learned the blacksmith's trade. He married Eliza J. Allen, who was
born in Oswego County, N. Y., April 15, 1823; they raised a family of
ten children, six of whom survive. The father died November 9, 1881; at
the age of ten, Mr. Hough with his parents, removed to Crawford County,
Iowa,where he spent seven years,
and came back to this township in 1866. Here he has resided since, and
has, by his industry and enterprise, gained the confidence of his
neighbors, and has, at various times, filled township offices. At
present he is a successful farmer and stockraiser. In politics, he is a
Greenbacker, having been converted to that party in 1876; since then he
has also been a member of the I. O. G. T. He was married, in Crescent
City, to Rebecca E. Dunkle, November 28, 1872. She came to
Pottawattamie County in 1870, with her parents, from Center County,
Penn.; she was born October 19, 1856. Her father, L. K. Dunkle, was
born in 1828, and married Elizabeth Myers, who was born in same county
December 25, 1834. Mr. and Mrs. Hough have had three children, of whom
but one, Walter, survives.
KEITH, Rev. H.
Nursery and fruit grower, Crescent City, was born in Logan County,
Ohio, June 8, 1826, son of Jacob Keith, who was born in Mason County,
Ky., in February, 1793, and was engaged in farming and stock-raising
until he died, February 13, 1869. He married Amelia Steward, of Mason
County, Ky., born December, 1793, by whom he had thirteen children,
only four of whom are living. When the subject of this sketch was
fourteen years of age, he, with his parents, came to Indiana; thence to
Linn County, Mo., in 1837, where he remained until 1844. His childhood
days were nearly devoid of school advantages, nevertheless he is a
self-educated man. From Linn County he went to Mercer County, Mo., and
remained until 1848. He married in Grundy County, Mo., October 7, 1846,
Elizabeth H. Sutton, of Boone County, Mo., born March 6, 1826; her
parents were John Sutton, born in 1795 in Garrett County, Ky., and
Elizabeth (Davis) Sutton, of Madison County, Ky., born in 1801. Mr.
Keith came from Missouri to Dallas County, Iowa, where he remained
until 1852, engaged in farming and cabinet work. He then removed to
Mills County, Iowa, and remained until 1855, engaged in farming and
stock-raising. From there he went to Leavenworth, Kan., where he was
principally engaged in farming. In 1856, he went to Dallas County,
Iowa; remained a year, employed in farming, and then came to Grundy
County, Mo., and followed farming until 1861, when he sold out and came
to Wayne Couuty, Iowa, where he remained six years. August 20, 1862, he
enlisted in the Thirty-fourth Iowa Volunteers, Company F, Capt.
McClanahan, and was under command of Grant and Sherman. He was at the
capture of Vicksburg and Arkansas Post, and was sent to Chicago with
prisoners captured at Arkansas Post; he went to St. Louis; then to Iron
Mountain; then back to St. Louis, where he was crippled in Benton
Barracks, from which he was discharged March 27, 1863, when he returned
to Wayne County, Iowa. There he was appointed missionary for East Des
Moines Conference until 1867 when he was sent to Union County, Dak., by
the Missionary Board. There he resided for six years, and was sent from
that district to the Legislature of Dakota. In 1873, he went to
Antelope County, Neb., and in 1874 to Cass County, where he engaged in
merchandising. In 1875, he came to Avoca, this county, as a missionary;
in 1876, went to Shelby County; 1877, to St. John, Harrison County; in
1878, to Washington County, Neb., and the same year to Furnas County,
where he remained until 1880, then removed to Blue Spring, Gage County,
Neb. In 1881. he came to Crescent City, Iowa, and has since resided
here; he is engaged at present in nursery and fruit growing. At an
early age, he became a Methodist Protestant, which has been his faith
since. He has had eight children, six of whom are living. In politics,
he is a Republican; he was first a Whig, then a Free-Soiler, and took
an active part in the Kansas struggles; he is at present a member of
the Grand Army Republic.
MATLACK, J. B.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Union County, Ind., December
15, 1844; son of David H. Matlack, who was born in Pennsylvania April
21, 1819, was a harness-maker by trade, and died in 1880; he married
Elizabeth Milward, who was born in Pennsylvania August 6, 1826, and
died April 29, 1845. J. B. was one of seven children, five of whom are
still living. His mother having died when he was but a few months old,
he was taken care of by his grandmother, who gave him a common school
education, and afterward apprenticed him to learn saddlery and
harnessmaking. When the rebellion broke out, he enlisted at the age of
seventeen, as a private, in the Fifteenth Indiana Battery, Capt. A. D.
Harvey, and took part in many engagements; was a prisoner of war four
months, and was mustered out June 30, 1865. Returning to his home in
Marion County, Ind., he was married, February 9, 1867, to Martha J.
Swaford, who was born in Marion County, Ind., August 16, 1851, daughter
of Wesley and Catharine (Marts) Swaford, both of Wayne County, Ind. In
1868, Mr. Matlack came to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where he has
since resided, excepting three years' residence at Big Grove. Since his
residence in this township, he has engaged in farming and
stock-raising. Mr. and Mrs. Matlack have four children - George A.,
Laura B., Willie A. and Pearl I. In politics. Mr. Matlack is a
Republican, and has taken an active part in that party's actions, both
local and otherwise; he has frequently been elected to office, and was
a candidate for membership in the Board of Supervisors of Pottawattamie
County in 1881, his successful competitor being S. G. Underwood.
MENERAY, R. C.
Nursery, Crescent City, was born in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, July 6,
1855, son of William Meneray, who was born in Canada in 1822, and
married Sophia A. Packard, who was born in Ohio October 1, 1828; he
died March 10, 1880. To the parents eleven children were born, ten are
now living, of whom R. C. Meneray is the fifth. At the age of three
years he, with his father, came to Crescent City, Iowa, where the
latter bought an interest in the Crescent Saw-Mill, and continued in
that business until 1864, when he commenced fruit-growing and a
nursery, which he continued until his death, when the business fell
into the hands of our subject,
who has since supplied the trade in his line of business, having now a
nursery of forty acres, in which 3,000 trees are bearing at the present
time. In politics, Mr. Meneray is a Republican, having been elected to
fill township offices on that ticket in a township that is
three-quarters Democratic. He is also a Good Templar.
NUSUM, M. D., J. W.
Crescent City, came to Crescent City four years ago, and began the
practice of medicine, though previous to this he had practiced some
time in Spring Hill, Warren County, Iowa. The Doctor was born in
Waynesburg, Greene Co., Penn., in 1848, though his people moved to
Virginia when he was four years old; there the early years of his life
were spent. In 1866, when he was nineteen years old, he removed to Des
Moines, Iowa, with his people. He began the study of medicine in Des
Moines, under Dr. J. Grimes, and then studied with Dr. James T.
Wakefield, of Spring Hill, Iowa, after which he took a course at Rush
Medical College, Chicago, where he graduated in 1868. He then returned
to Spring Hill, where he spent two years in partnership with his old
preceptor, Dr. Wakefield. In 1872, at Indianola, Iowa, the Doctor
married Miss Emma Armstrong, a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, born in
1852. Five children have been born to them, three of whom are now
living, viz., Georgie G., Maggie E. and Ivy F. The genealogy of his
family the Doctor is able to trace back to an honorable ancestry. His
grandfather and grandmother were both natives of England, and born a
short distance north of London. In their early settlement in the United
States, his grandfather joined the Americans in the Indian war, and
while fighting under St. Clair, was taken prisoner by the Indians and
held a captive for three years. His father, George G. (who spelled his
name Neusum), was born in Virginia in 1822, and lives in Iowa; his
mother, Eliza J. (Kimball) Nusum, was born in Greene County, Penn., in
1826, and died in 1861. During the war of the rebellion, the Doctor
spent some time in the Confederate service, under command of Gen.
Morgan; he was wounded three times during his service; he has now a
good and lucrative practice established, and has gained a place in four
years which many physicians struggle ten years to attain.
PRATT, C. F.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born October 19, 1824, in Abbeville
County, S. C; son of W. Pratt, who was born in Abbeville County, S. C,
September 27, 1798, and was engaged in farming, when he married Martha
Murdock, born in Newberry County, S. C, July 30, 1803; he died January
26, 1863, but his wife survives, and is now seventy-nine years old. To
her seven children were born; five survive, of whom Mr. C. F. Pratt is
one. He spent his earlier years on the farm of his father, receiving a
common school education. At the age of twenty, at his home, July 2,
1845, he married Gabrilla Callaham, who was born in the same county
July 30, 1823; her parents were John and Nancy (Stephenson) Callaham,
who were born respectively in Virginia and South Carolina. In 1845, Mr.
Pratt removed to Chattooga County, Ga., and engaged in farming and
school teaching; he enlisted as a volunteer September 2, 1861, in
Company I, Thirty-fifth Georgia, Hill's corps of Lee's army; took part
in a number of engagements, and surrendered at Kingston, Ga., May 17,
1865. In 1869, he came West, and stopped a few months at Omaha, Neb.,
then came to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and engaged in saw-milling
until 1879, when he changed to farming, in which business he still
continues. Mr. and Mrs. Pratt had nine children, one of whom is dead.
Their names are John W., Nancy E., James A., Sylvester V., Martha Ann
(dead), Emma M., Phebe J., Charles F. and Frances L. Mr. Pratt belongs
to the Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons; he is a Greenbacker in politics,
having been a candidate several times for county otlices on that
ticket. He joined the Masonic fraternity in 1863, and is also a member
of the Mutual Protectionists.
PRATT, S. V.
Farming, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Cliattooga County, Ga., April
10, 1852, son of C. F. Pratt, born in Abbeville County, S. C, October
19, 1824, and Gabrilla (Callaham) Pratt, born in Abbeville County, S.
C., which place the parents left and came to Chattooga County, Ga.,
where S. V. was born and spent his childhood days, attending the common
schools; he was one of nine children, eight of whom are living. In
1869, he with his parents, came West, stopped at Omaha a short time,
and the same year came to Pottawattamie County, and engaged in
lumbering and sawmilling until 1880, when he changed to farming, which
he is still pursuing. Mr. Pratt married Maggie T. Currie, in Crescent
City, Iowa, December 10, 1878; she was born in Utah September 6, 1860,
daughter of John Currier, born in Scotland in 1836, and Elizabeth A.
(Filcher) Currie, born in England in 1837. Mr. Pratt belongs to the
church of Latter-Day Saints. In politics, he is a Greenbacker, having
been elected to township offices on that ticket; he is a member of the
M. P. Society.
SWANSON, J. H.
Crescent City, brother of William and N. Swanson, was born in Crescent
City, Iowa, August 20, 1859. His boyhood and youth were spent on his
father's farm. At the age of nineteen years, he obtained a position as
teacher in a country school, and continued for two years subsequently
to teach in his own and adjoining townships; then went to Iowa College,
Grinnell; thence to Griswold College, Davenport, where he has since
been though he still makes Crescent City his home. His parents are
Nelson and Johannah (Jensen) Swanson, natives of Sweden, he, born
August 14, 1821, was a farmer by occupation, and died January 12, 1881;
she, born December 27, 1824, died October 11, 1874. They had eleven
children, four of whom are dead. He is a member of the I. 0. G. T., and
in politics is a Republican.
Merchant and Postmaster, Crescent City, was born June 29, 1857, in
Douglas County, Neb., in what was known then as "Winter Quarters," now
Florence. His parents came to this country in 1855, residing for two
years in St. Louis, Mo., and in the spring of 1857 coming to the
"Winter Quarters" with a company of Mormons, to which denomination they
belonged; on account of their financial condition they did not continue
on their way to Utah. They came to Crescent City July 15, 1882, after
which they withdrew from Mormonism. Mrs. Swanson's early life was spent
on the farm; his parents being in limited circumstances, his education
was confined mostly to the common schools, which in after years, he was
able to attend in winter by working on the farm during the summer
months. It was here that he attained that promptness and attention to
business that characterized him in after years. Having qualified
himself for a teacher, he began that vocationin 1878, and pursued it
until October 22, 1879, when he was appointed Postmaster at Crescent
City, Iowa; at that time he also engaged in the mercantile trade, and
stock and grain buying which he continues at the present time. In
politics, he is a Republican, and works for that party's interests. He
was a candidate for the office of County Supermtendent of Schools in
the Republican convention held in Council Bluffs, Iowa, September 9,
1881, in which Miss Smith received the nomination. He joined the I. O.
of G. T. December 12, 1874, and has continued an active member since.
January 21, 1881, he joined the I. O. O. F. Mr. Swanson's parents were
N. and Johannah (Jensen) Swanson, natives of Sweden, he, born August
14, 1821, died January 12, 1881; she, born December 27, 1824, died
October 11, 1874.
SWANSON, W. S.
Farming, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Sturopokra, Sweden, January
25, 1850, and with his parents came to America in 1855, landing at St.
Louis, Mo., March 22, 1855, where he resided two years, and came to
Florence, Neb., May 25, 1857, thence to Crescent City, Iowa, July 15,
the same year. There he attended the common schools and received his
education, working in summer on the farm, and attending school in
winter. His fathcr, Nelson Swanson, was born in Sweden August 14, 1821,
and died January 12, 1881; his mother, Johannah (Jensen) Swanson, was
born in Sweden December 27, 1824, and died October 11, 1874. In 1869,
our subject went to Council Bluffs and worked at cabinet-making a year,
then to Illinois for several months. May 23. 1872, he went to Montana,
and followed mining and prospecting for two years and six months,
returning in November, 1874. May 16, 1876, he went to California, where
he was for six months employed by the Southern Pacific Railway, as
express messenger, which position he resigned for a position as foreman
on a ranch. While there, he married Augusta Buckman, November 15, 1879;
she was born in Sweden June 27, 1847. Mr. Swanson came to Pottawattamie
County April 6, 1880, and the same year he was called upon to mourn the
loss of his wife, who died from consumption, contracted some time
before. Mr. Swanson was married again, November 23, 1881, to Annie
Johnson, born in Sweden April 28, 1856, and he has since his return
from California resided here, and turned his attention to farming and
stockraising. He is a carpenter by trade. He joined the I. O. of G. T.
in 1869. Mrs. Annie Swanson's parents are John and Stina (Magnuson)
Olsen, natives of Sweden, where he was born September 20, 1824, and she
October 16, 1822.
Blacksmith. Crescent City, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1830.
At the age of sixteen years, he began an apprenticeship of four years
at blacksmithing; after serving his full term, he began working at his
trade, and spent the time until 1869 in Greene County, Ill.,
Springfield, Ohio, Louisville. Ky., Columbus, Ind., and Council Bluffs,
Iowa, spending one year in the latter place and then moving to Cresceut
City, where he has since resided; he has been a hard and industrious
worker, and is well established in business. In 1859, he married Miss
Mary Wilson, a native of Tennessee, but a resident of Missouri at the
time of their marriage. They have but one child, Charles, who is now in
his eighteenth year, and is a sober, steady and industrious young man.
Mr. Smith is a Democrat, but not a politician. He is able to trace the
genealogy of his family back to his grandfather Smith, who was a native
of Ireland; his parents were John and Elizabeth (Bellville) Smith, the
latter a native of Brandywine, Del.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Crescent Township,
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, November 27, 1858; his father, W. Strang,
was born June 23, 1816, and married Jane Meur, who was born in 1825;
they were both natives of Scotland, from which country they emigrated
in 1853 to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where the father carried on
farming and stock-raising till his death, which occurred November 1,
1881. Mr. Strang attended the common schools, and at maturity adopted
farming as his avocation. He is one of four children now living, six
having died. Mr. Strang is a member of the church of Latter-Day Saints.
In politics he is a Democrat; he also belongs to the society of the
TERRY, H. A.
Nurseryman, Crescent City, has been a resident of Pottawattamie County
since 1847; he was among the first white settlers of the county, aud
has remained a resident of it during the greater portion of the time
since he first strayed so far from the older settled country of the
East and became a resident of the frontier. He is a native of Cortland
County, N. Y., where he was born in 1826. When he was ten years of age,
his people removed to Oakland County, Mich. He remained there until his
and then went to Knox County, Ill., where he resided until 1846. In
1848, he was married to Miss Rachel T. Sinine, widow of M. Sinine; sis
children were born to them, of whom Henry S. was the first white child
born iu Crescent Township. Mr. Terry's second marriage, after the death
of his lirst wife, was to Esther J., daughter of S. M. and Eliza J.
Hough. Three children have been born of this marriage. When Mr. Terry
first came to Pottawattamie County, he engaged in the seed business, he
being for many years the first and only seed merchant on the Missouri
River. He combined with his seed trade the sales of small fruit nursery
stock. In the fall of 1855, he began the nursery business, and his
sales began in 1856; since that time, he has been steadily engaged in
the business. For the first twenty years, his sales were all made at
the nursery. He then established local agents, and now he is doing an
exclusive wholesale business. Fifty acres of his farm of 120 acres are
devoted exclusively to nursery. He is the oldest and most thoroughly
posted dealer in his line in the county. In 1855. when the first
agricultural society in the county was organized, he was elected
Secretary. Politically, he is a Democrat, and as a citizen and
honorable, upright member of the community, Mr. Terry stands without a
superior in Crescent Township.
TERRY, Henry S.
Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was the first white child born in Crescent
Township. His parents, H. A. and Rachel T. (Sinine) Terry, were among
the first settlers of the township, and a more complete sketch of them
will be found elsewhere in this work. Henry S. was born September 2,
1849, in the village of Crescent, and has spent most of his life in the
township. He had the advantages of the public schools of his native
village, and then spent some time at Notre Dame College of South Bend,
Ind. January 2, 1870, he married Miss Matilda Thompson, a native of
Knox County, Mo., though her people had been residents of Crescent
Township for many years prior to her marriage. Starting in business for
himself after his marriage, Mr. Terry now has a nicely improved farm
about two miles north of Crescent City. Mr. and Mrs. Terry have one
child, born January 2, 1879.