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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.


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 Grange.


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.

HOUGH, Denver

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Mutual Protectionists.


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 seventeenth year, 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.

From History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, published by O. L. Baskin & Co., 1883