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Farmer, P. O. Snapp, was born October I8, 1820, in Hnntsville, Ala., and is the son of Timothy and Elizabeth (Daniel) Barnard. Both of his parents were born in Massachusetts. Father died in 1829; mother in 1856. The family consisted of four brothers, one of whom was killed in the army. Mr. Barnard was educated in the common schools of Illinois. Began life with farming, and has followed it most of the time since; however, he has been in the mercantile business for a short while at different times. He has voted the Republican ticket ever since Fort Sumter was fired on. In l854, he was married to Miss Abbie Sanford, who was bom in Michigan, and is the daughter of Joel H. and Anna M. (Ragan) Sanford; father born in New York State, but mother came across the water from Ireland when she was a baby. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard both joined the Methodist Church in Warren, Ill., about the year 1856. Mr. Barnard is a member of the Masonic order, Lodge No. 36, Illinois; became a member in 1850. In 1821, he moved to Illinois with his parents. They settled in Franklin County, and lived there till he was about twenty-five years old, and then went to the north part of the State, settling in Jo Daviess County; bought about nine hundred acres of land, which had just been opened to the public. Here he followed fanning, with the exception of a year or two, in which he was in business in Warren, Ill., till he came to his present farm in Hardin Township in 1865. Here he farmed till in the fall of 1877 then rented his place and went into the harness business in Avoca, Pottawattamie County. Here he built up a good trade, having several men in his employ, but the health of family required a change, so, in the spring of 1881, he closed out business and spent the year in Colorado, and then returned to his farm. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard's lives have been saddened by the loss of five of their children. The oldest son, Albert, born December 16, 1855, resides now at Avoca, Iowa, where he has been in the photograph business, but which, on account of ill health, he has had to give up; Charlie, born in 1860, died at four months old; Delia, born in 1863, died at six months old; Gracie, born in 1875, died at four years old; Frank Barnard, after reaching the age of twenty-one years, died June 23, 1879; and Clara Bell died April 22, 1880, in her seventeenth year. Frank and Clara Bell were both members of the Methodist Church at Avoca, as is also Eva, who was bom in 1871, and is now at home with her parents. It has always been Mr. Barnard's aim to give his children a good education, and in this he would have succeeded if death had not intercepted. Mr. Barnard has a farm of 240 acres, well improved, an orchard of 600 apple trees, besides other fruits, all in bearing. Some of the apple trees have been bearing about nine years. Mr. Barnard started in life with but little property, but, by hard work and economy, he has accumulated quite a property, but is not in sufficient health to take charge of his farm, so he rents it. Mr. Barnard has had seven children born to him. two of whom are living - Albert L. and Eva; those dead are Frank, Charles, Clara Bell, Delia and Grace.

BOLLMEIER, Frederick

Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs, was born in Prussia in 1850. Is the son of Frederick W. and Charlotte (Mahler) Bollmeier, who were farmers, and lived and died in Germany, his mother dying in 1861, and father in 1880. Mr. Bollmeier has one brother and two sisters, one sister being in Pennsylvania, while the others remain in the old country. He was educated in his native country, and worked at diiferent employments till he came to America in 1868; then worked three years in the rolling-mills in Pittsburgh, Penn. In 1871, he came to Cedar County, Iowa, and worked on a farm for some time, and then to Mills County, farming there for over a year, then to Pottawattamie County in 1873; worked on a farm by the month. In 1875, he bought a farm of eighty acres, and moved onto the same in 1876, and added to his farm till now he has 140 acres. Mr. Bollmeier does not take much interest in political affairs; has never voted for President but once, but then voted the Democratic ticket. In 1871, he was married to Miss Caroline Luker, who came from near his old home in 1868. Her parents are living in this country; also she has two brothers and one sister living in America. They have two boys and one daughter. Mr. Bollmeier and wife were brought up in the Lutheran Church, and are members of the same church now. When they came to their farm in 1876, it was open prairie, but now the whole farm is under cultivation, and considerable improvements have been made. Mr. Bollmeier is doing general farming, and has made all he has by his own industry.


Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs, was born in 1836 in Ohio, and is the son of John and Ann E. (Baldwin) Carlisle, who were also born in Ohio. He is the son of a farmer, and has two brothers and two sisters, all living in this county. He was educated in the common schools of his native State, and began life as a farmer. In 1861, Mr. Carlisle enlisted with the Fifty-fourth Ohio Regiment, Second Brigade, Second Division of Fifteenth Army Corps. He continued in the army till 1865, when peace was again established. He had one brother in the army for some time. Both came out with scarcely a scratch. He has always voted the Republican ticket. In the year 1860, he was first married, to Cecilia Stuart, who was born in Ohio in 1838. Both of her parents died while she was quite small. His wife died in 1872. They have two children, both living in Pottawattamie County. Iowa. In 1868, he moved from Ohio to this State, and stayed here till 1879, farming most of the time. Then he went to Ohio, sold his farm on Silver Creek, this county, and stayed in Ohio till 1881, when he was again married, to Miss Louisa Standish, of Ohio, and came here to live, farming for the season on Mr. Barnard's farm, in Hardin Township. Mr. Carlisle's life has been one of quiet, it being spent mostly on a farm. In 1859 he took a trip to Pike's Peak, but soon returned.


Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs. One of the most successful young men in Hardin Township is Mr. H. A. Doner, who was born in Wayne County, Ohio, in 1850. He is the son of Henry and Amanda (Johnson) Doner. He is one of six brothers and three sisters, one brother and one sister being dead. In August, 1851, his father moved from Ohio to Northeastern Indiana, then, after a stay of eleven years, moved back to Ohio, going to Defiance County; lived there three years, then sold out and came to Jasper County, Iowa, and lived there till his death, in 1868. On account of these changes, Mr. Doner attended the common schools in Indiana, Ohio and Iowa. He has always followed his father's occupation - that of farming - and is a Republican in politics. His mother is now living in Mills County, Iowa. In 1871, he went to Bureau County, Ill. where he worked on a farm for about six years, and then came to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and bought, in partnership with his brother, a quarter-section of land, part of which was improved to some extent. They then divided the land, each taking an eighty-acre lot. Since that time, Mr. H. A. Doner has added to his farm, till now it consists of 320 acres, all under cultivation, well stocked and considerably improved. In 1882, he was married to Laura Swarts, of Pottawattamie County. Her mother is dead, but her father lives in Mills County. She has one brother living, and one dead. Mr. Doner attributes his success in life to hard work, early and late, and a fixed determination to succeed.


Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs, was born in Germany in 1842, son of Frederick and Mary (Lietsmith) Harting: he, a farmer and laborer, born in Germany, moved to this country about 1845, lived at York, Penn., till 1867, when he came to this county, and died August 17, 1878; she, also born in Germany, is still living in this township, and was the mother of three sons and two daughters. Subject received his education in the common schools of York, Penn.; commenced life as a blacksmith, and married, in York, Penn., September 10, 1865, Rebecca Fahs, bom in York County, Penn., daughter of John and Mary Fahs, of York, Penn. Mr. and Mrs. Harting are the parents of the following children, viz. : Mary Jane, born April 20. 1866; Clara H., February 17, 1868; Charles Henry, December 10, 1869; Fannie F., July 20, 1878. Subject is a Democrat; worked for some time in a blacksmith shop; one year in the rolling-mills; seven years inthe boiler shops; leaving the shop, he came here in 1870, and has followed farming since 1871. He came to America with his parents when about two and a half years old; lived in York, Penn,, until he came to this State to see his parents, who had come here some time before. In the following year, he brought his family out, farmed on his mother's place until 1877, when he removed to his present place, which, at that time, consisted cf eighty acres, since adding to it until now he has a farm of 280 acres, all under fence, and over half in cultivation. He has improved his farm, and has a small apple orchard and other fruits.


Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs, was born in Vermont December 25, 1835; is the son of Jonathan D. and Christina (Mathewson) Heywood. His father was born in Massachvisetts. He was a farmer on the side of the Green Mountains, but is now living in Pottawattamie County. His mother is dead. Father joined the Mormons in Vermont, but mother's people were Quakers, and shewould not join the Mormons. But his father sold out and followed the Mormons to Nauvoo, Ill., although it was against the will of his mother. There they had a farm and town property, and were living here at the time of the uprising of the mob which drove them out. One evening, while his father and mother were standing on the porch, two Mormons rode by armed, a strap by which the gun was carried broke and let the gun fall to the ground; in striking, it was discharged; one buckshot struck his mother in the neck, while another struck her in the back and glanced to the side. For some time they despaired of her life, but she finally recovered. Soon after this accident, the mob surrounded their house, took Mr. Haywood's father and sent him across the river to the Iowa side, and gave him warning that if he returned they would kill him. He did return, however, was captured, taken to the temple, and, while one was sent for a warrant for his arrest, others watched him, but, before the warrant was procured, he escaped and crossed the river. One night, a few days after this, he again returned, to try and persuade his wife to go to Council Bluffs with the Mormons, but she refused to follow them any farther, so he returned, but afterward sent a neighbor's boy over to the Illinois side, and this boy induced Mr. G. A. Heywood and his two brothers to go down to the river, and there was a man in a skiff who asked them to take a ride, which they did; he rowed them across to the Iowa side, and there they found their father waiting for them. He took them in a wagon and drove off some distance, and left them with a Mormon family. A short time after this, he went back one night and got his little daughter, who was about six months old at that time. She was soon afterward returned to her mother, however. The father and three sons came to Western Iowa with the Mormons. Mr. Heywood remembers seeing the Mormons make chain shot and fire it at the mob, with a cannon made from a cast-iron steamboat shaft, being cut in two and one end filled up. His mother, after recovering from the wound, still lived in Nauvoo for about five years; was then married, and moved to Eastern Iowa, and lived there till her death, about fifteen years after the time of the mob. Her daughter, who had been with her all the time, was now almost woman grown, but did not know that she had any brothers. The mother had kept the place of her residence a secret from Mr. Heywood's father, for fear that he would try to get their daughter. Just before Mr. Heywood's mother's death, she told her daughter of her father and brothers, and told her where they were, and where some letters were which she had received from her sons through their aunt in Vermont. Laura, the daughter, then made herself known to her father and brothers, and, soon after this, the father and youngest brother went to see her, and soon afterward she came to her father's, but did not live there long till she was married to John Kelley, of Jasper Coimty, Iowa, and is now living there. Thus the family circle was broken up on account of religious beliefs; on all other subjects, there was perfect harmony. But Mr. Heywood's father thought it his duty to follow the church in its varied changes, while his mother could not think the same. His father was afterward cut off from the church because he called Taylor* a rascal, so he did not follow them to Salt Lake. The family came here about 1847. (It was in the fall, after the first Mormon emigration in the spring.) They settled on land which Mr. Heywood's father now owns. In the settlement, there were about eighty families, on as many acres. All the houses were log huts, and they called it Springville. They had their schools and churches, but, when the Mormons moved to Salt Lake, the Heywood family was all that was left in the place. The first year they had to live mostly on coru-meal and game. Everything cost a high price, and there was no money and no work; but, after the first crop, which was good, they got along without any trouble. With a few exceptions, Mr. Heywood is as old a settler as is in the county. He was married, in 1857, to Miss Martha J. Allen, daughter of Russell and Sarah (Ray) Allen; she was bom in Indiana; parents both dead. They have three sons and seven daughters. Mr. Heywood has not as large a farm as many, but there are few farms in Hardin Township which show more care than his does. He has been on his present place for twelve years; has an apple orchard of 250 trees in bearing, besides various other kinds of fruits. His orchards and shade trees have been out ten years, and some of them measure in diameter as much as eighteen inches.


Farmer, P. O. Weston, was born in Des Moines County, this State. March 3, 1840, son of William and Catharine (Cothran) Morris, she a widow, he a native of New York; was a farmer, and one of the pioneers of Iowa, coming in 1836; he died in 1867, at the age of eighty-four years. The mother died in 1843. Our subject was their only child, but he had a half-brother and a half-sister, the result of his father's subsequent marriage. Our subject received a common-school education in this State, and started in life as a farmer. He was married in his native county, April 13, 1861, to Isabella Allison, born in Ireland March 17, 1840. daughter of John and Elizabeth (Barr) Allison, natives also of Ireland, he still living; she died June 30, 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Morris have had five children - Sarah Jane, Elizabeth Catharine (deceased), William Leslie, Elbert Garner and Van Rensselaer. Our subject enlisted, in 1864, in the Fifteenth Iowa Infantrv, and served till the close of the war. He served on detached duty with Sherman in his march to the sea, and was mustered out at Louisville, Ky. He came to his present place in 1873, previous to which, however, he had traveled for some two years in Missouri and elsewhere. He purchased 160 acres of unimproved land, on which he lived for two years, when he moved to Council Bluffs on account of family sickness, there being no physicians in the surrounding country at that time. He remained in the latter city for three years, and then returned to his farm, on which he has since remained. He has formerly raised grain principally, but is now giving extensive attention to stock. Mr. Morris has held several township and school offices. In politics, he is a Republican, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.

PLATNER, Charles C.

Farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Council Bluffs, born in Council Bluffs, this State, February 3, 1856, son of Ira and Elizabeth (Blair) Platner, both still living in Council Bluffs, he born in New York, she in this State. Subject has one full brother, two half-brothers and one half-sister; was educated in Council Blufifs; commenced life as a farmer in 1878; married, in Council Bluffs, September 21, 1881. Miss Anna B. Smith, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, daughter of H. A. and Maria (Kistler) Smith. Subject came to his mother's farm of 320 acres in 1878, and has since been farming and stock-raising, dealing in cattle and thoroughbred horses; has Lottie Moon, four of her colts, and other thoroughbred horses. He has improved the farm, which is one of the finest in the township.

PLUNKET, William F.

Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs. In the fall of 1870, when Mr. William F. Plunket became a resident of Hardin Township, the country was settled by but a few farmers and stock men. Choosing one of the finest locations in the township, Mr. Plunket has devoted his time and energy to the development of a fine farm, and he has succeeded admirably. He first bought 200 acres, but has since added forty acres to his original purchase, and now has what is generally conceded to be the finest farm in Hardin Township. For four years after purchasing the farm, he lived in a small hut, occupied by the original owner, Mr. E. A. Huber. He then erected his present residence, the main part of which is 16x26 feet and two stories, with a sixteen-foot post. The L, or wing, is 11x16 feet. A fine cellar, walled with brick, is under the main building. His barn, which is the finest in the township, is an old-fashioned frame, and is solid and substantial. This he built in the spring of 1882. It is 36x50 feet, with sixteen-foot posts. Both buildings cost him $3,000. Hardin Township doos not boast a finer orchard than is to be found on the farm of Mr. Plunket. It consists of nearly six hundred fine trees, all of which have been reared by himself. Mr. Plunket is a native of Mason County, Ill., where he was born in 1833. His parents moved from there to Hemy County, Iowa, while there were plenty of Indians to be had for neighbors, if they so desired. There the early life of William F. was spent. In 1854. he went to Colorado, where he remained for three years, mining and prospecting. Returning to Iowa, he bought a farm in Henry County, and resided there until he sold out and came to his present home. In 1858, he married Miss Nancy Coy, of Henry County, Iowa. Her people became residents of that county as early as 1855. Six boys have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Plunket, but no girls have blessed their union. Politically, Mr. Plunket is a Democrat, though he is governed more by principle than party ties when casting his vote.

PRICE, Rees D.

Farmer, P. O. Snapp. The oldest settler now in Hardin Township is Rees D. Price, who was born in Wales in 1813, and is the son of Daniel and Mary (Hopkins) Price. His father was a mason, and died in 1835, and buried on Christmas Day; his mother died in 1827. In the family there were five sons and four daughters, of whom Mr. Rees D. Price is the only one now living. Mr. Price was educated in Wales, in his native language. He started in life as a miner, and continued in the same till he came to America, and has since followed farming most of the time. Was first married in 1834, and had one daughter by first wife, who is now living in Omaha, Neb. In 1839, his wife died, but Mr. Price was married a second time, in 1840, to Miss Jane Jones, of Wales. They have had nine children, seven of whom are still alive. February 13, 1849, Mr Price and family left Wales and went to Liverpool; from there they embarked about March 1. After seven weeks and two days on the ocean, they arrived at New Orleans, and there took a boat on the Mississippi River to St. Louis. A little son, who had taken sick on the ocean, died at landing in St. Louis; they buried him there, and took a boat for Council Bluffs, Iowa, at which place they landed May 17, 1849. During the trip from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, the cholera had been raging on board, and out of the 240 Welsh emigrants on board, forty-seven died, besides many others of different nationality. They remained that year at Council Point, where they landed. The fall of 1849, there being no work to be done here, Mr. Price went to St. Louis on the last boat from Upper Missouri; worked at St. Louis till, in the winter, word came that one of his children was sick, and, as there was no other way of traveling, he, with two of his friends, walked all the distance from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, making the trip in twenty days. June 8, 1850, Mr. Price moved with his family to Hardin Township, buying a claim and settling in what was called Log City, it being a colony of Mormons, and in the city there were thirteen log huts. This was on Section 28, and on Section 32 there was another settlement of eleven huts. Besides these two settlements, there were only two more huts in the township in 1850, and, in the summer of this year, most all of the Mormons moved to Salt Lake, and Mr. Price's family was the only one remaining in the township. In the year 1854, Mr. Price moved to his present farm, one mile south of his first place. Here he entered 200 acres of Government land at that time. In 1863, he went to Pike's Peak, but remained but a short time, when he returned home, and has been on the farm ever since. Mr. Price came here with a Mormon colony, but, after getting here, he found that their practices were different from what they preached in Wales, so he forsook them, and, when they went to Salt Lake, he remained behind. Mrs. Price has two brothers still living - one in Wales, while the other, John E. Jones, is now in Rosedale, Kan. In 1879, he paid his sister a visit, it being the first time he had seen her for over thirty-three years, and her other brother she has never seen since leaving Wales. John E. Jones had been in Scotland for several years before his sister came to America, but he came to America about 1863, and has since lived in Chicago, Ill., Pittsburgh, Penn., Topeka and Rosedale, Kan., being in rolling-mills. Mr. Price's daughters are all married, but none of the sons. The oldest son, Evan J., lives at Fort Benton, Mon., and is in the stock business. The second, John A., was the first child born in Hardin Township, and is now Township Assessor, and owns the land on which he was born, the old log city. Rees A., the third, is now in Denver, Colo., but has a farm in Hardin Township, William E. is the youngest, and is farming at home. Together, Mr. Price and sons have 480 acres or land, and are farming and stock-raising. When Mr. Price came to Pottawattamie County, Indians were of common occurrence, although they had been removed over the river the year before; and the best house at Council Bluffs was made of logs. When first coming here, Mr. Price had no hogs, or nothing of any kind to make meat of, so they had to depend upon game, but prairie chickens were so thick that it was not much trouble to trap them; catching more than they could use at the time, they salted and dried the breasts for use in the spring. There being a mill near Council Bluffs, their grain was taken to it to be ground, but it had been built for the Indians, so, if a white man had his grist in grinding, and an Indian brought his, the mill had to stop, and the corn taken out of the hopper, and give the Indian the preference. One time, after high waters, and what bridges there were were washed away, their meal gave out, and they resorted to grinding corn in a coffee-mill, and found that it could be done quite well, at least fast enough to keep off hunger. At Mr. Price's we find two old relics, one, a hand-board, or waiter, used in the time of Queen Elizabeth, is made of solid mahogany, and is about eighteen inches in diameter; the other, a Welsh Bible, "Published in London by John Bill, Christopher Barker, Thomas Newcomb and Henry Hills, printers to His Royal Highness the King, and sold by John Hancock, under the sign of the three Bibles, in Pope-Head alley, in Cornhill, 1678." This Bible contained the prayers and all the ceremonies of the Church of England at that time.


Farmer, P. O. Weston, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, June 6, 1837, son of Lewis and Lockey (Adams) Sherwood, natives of New Haven County, Conn., he, a farmer, born November 1, 1794, and is still living with his only daughter, Sarah, in Clinton County, this State; she, born December 13, 1798, and died September 15, 1867. They were the parents of nine children - seven sons and two daughters - of whom six are living. Our subject received a common school education in his native State, and has followed farming all of his life. In 1857, he came to Clinton County, this State, where he lived for seventeen years, after which he moved to Harrison County, this State, living in that county for four and a half years, when he came to this county and settled in Norwalk Township, where he stayed until 1880, in which year he purchased his present farm of 160 acres of improved land, on which he has since remained. He was married, in his native county in Ohio, April 4, 1865, to Isabella E. Johnson, born in the same county August 3, 1843, daughter of Harvey and Julia Jane (Haskins) Johnson, natives also of Delaware County, Ohio, he born October 27, 1810, and is still living in his native county; she born in 1813, and died October 21, 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood have four children - Dellie C, Jennie O., Sarah H. and Harvey Lewis. The Sherwood family are descendants from three brothers who came to this country about one hundred years ago. Our subject's father was one of the earliest settlers in Berlin Township, Clinton County, this State, at which time he entered land at $1.25 per acre. He was in the war of 1812, and now draws a pension. Although eigthy-nine years old, his life has been one of hard work. Our subject is a member of the Methodist Church, and his wife of the Baptist Church. He is a strong Republican, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.

THOMAS, Herbert M.

Farmer, Council Bluffs, was born February 24, 1847, at Jacksonville, Vt., and is the son of R C. and Mary Ann (Bassett) Thomas. He had three brothers and three sisters. Coming to Hardin Township while quite young, most of his education was obtained in the common schools of Hardin Township. His whole life has been spent on a farm. In 1857, he moved with his parents from their home in Vermont to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, his father settling on the farm where he has lived ever since. Mr. Thomas lived on the old farm till in November, 1869, when he was married to Mary L. Smith, the daughter of John Godfrey and Johanna Christina Smith. Her parents moved from Germany to Indiana; from there moved to Iowa, and are still living, and follow farming. After getting married, Mr. Thomas moved to his present home, where he has a farm of 240 acres, made by his own industry. He also has three sons. Mr. Thomas is. as his father, a Republican in politics. The father of Herbert M. Thomas, R. C. Thomas, is one of the oldest citizens in Hardin Township, being born in Wilmington, Vt., in 1809, and is the son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Cummings) Thomas. His father was born in Salem, Mass., and mother in Vermont. Mr. R. C. Thomas, when only nine years old, was sent from his home in Vermont back to Massachusetts, where he learned the boot and shoe trade. He remained there till he was twenty-one years old, when he returned to Vermont and worked at his trade there till he came to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in 1857, and has been on the place he first improved ever since. In the year 1844 or 1845, he was married to Mary Ann Bassett, daughter of Jonathan and Amy (Moore) Bassett, and was born in Vermont. Their family consisted of four sons and three daughters, of whom two sons and one daughter are still living; also his wife is still alive. When they first settled in Hardin Township, there were only one or two houses between Keg Creek and Council Bluffs, a distance of about twelve miles, except now and then a log hut along some of the streams, belonging to the Mormons.

*Possibly John Taylor who was third president of the LDS church, from 1880 to 1887
From History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, published by O. L. Baskin & Co.