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Council Bluffs, was born in Delaware County, Iowa, August 3, 1848, son of Lemuel and Mary Ann (Blue) Barrett; he, born August 10, 1821, in Green Castle, Ind, died December 7, 1855, and was a farmer by occupation; she, born in Ohio June 20, 1822, lives with our subject. The parents had ten children, seven of whom - four boys and three girls - are living. The father of our subject left Indiana when eighteen years of age, and settled in De Kalb County, Ill., in 1839, There he followed farming with his father till after marriage, which occurred in Pontiac, Ill,, February 12, 1836, He then bought a farm in Delaware County, Iowa, where he remained about five years, thence moved to Pottawattamie County and located on the farm where he died, and where our subject now lives. Mr. Barrett was educated in the common schools of this township, and has always been a close reader, He takes pride in assisting in every good work, and is a strong temperance man. He carries on his farm in a thorough, scientific manner, having all the late appliances with which to work. His maternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving his time in full and being honorably discharged. Mr. Barrett was married, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 31, 1872, to Emma Caroline Stoffanson, born in Sweden October 19, 1851, daughter of Peter and Cecelia (Strickerson) Stoffanson, natives of Sweden, he born November 22, 1823, she born January 8, 1827, Mr. and Mrs. Barrett have six children - William Oliver, Benjamin Franklin, Burlie Clayton, Lulu May, Isaac Everett and C. Mr. Barrett has been Road Supervisor, Constable, School Director, President of the School Board, and is now Secretary of the board, which office he has held three years. He belongs to the Independent Order of Good Templars, and is a Republican.

McMULLEN, Solomon

Farmer, P. O. Crescent City, was born in Ohio June 6, 1832, son of William and Catharine (Myers) McMullen; he, born in Virginia March 15, 1783, died October 8, 1878, was a farmer; she was born in Ohio February 10, 1776, and died November 10, 1848, in Missouri, near Springheld; they had eleven children, six of whom were boys and five girls. When our Subject was nine years of age, he removed with his parents to Lawrence County, Mo. After remaining there eleven years, they emigrated
to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in 1852. There the father died, and there our subject has since been employed in farming. Mr. McMullen has a farm of about four hundred acres, a good portion of which is timber; he grows the ordinary farm crops, and raises considerable stock. Mr. McMullen was married, in Iowa, December 2, 1852, to Ellen Dunkle, born in Ohio March 10, 1835, daughter of William and Mary (McMullen) Dunkle; he, born in Virginia January 10, 1781, died December 30, 1873; she, born in Ohio January 20, 1777, died September 20, 1831. Mr. and Mrs. McMullen have been blessed with six children - Mary Catharine, born September 30, 1853; Amanda Jane, December 30, 1855; John William, October 16, 1859; Daniel Boone, June 3, 1863; Anna Laura, September 18, 1867; and Reuben Lee, January 18, 1876. Mr. McMullen is a Democrat, but believes in home protection.

MUSSER, Charles O.

Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs, was born in Millwood, Knox Co., Ohio, July 17, 1842, son of John and Caroline A. (Souls) Musser, natives of Pennsylvania; he, born May 21, 1817, in Somerset County, Ohio, was a cabinet-maker by trade, and died in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in October, 1868; she, born near Gettysburg April 11, 1822, is the mother of nine children. Mr. Musser came to Pottawattamie County with his parents in May, 1854, and was engaged in farming till twenty-one years of age, when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-ninth Iowa Volunteers, and served till the close of the war. He was present at the battles of Helena and Little Rock, Ark.; was in the Camden campaign, and at the siege of Mobile; he was also actively engaged in the Yazoo Pass expedition. He was mustered out as Sergeant August 10, 1865, and returned home August 29. Mr. Musser was married, in this county, November 26, 1867, to Emily J. Triplett, born in Ohio April 15, 1849, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Pollock) Triplett, he born in Virginia in 1827, she born in Pennsylvania in 1829. Mr. and Mrs. Musser have four children - John Thomas, Sarah C, Charles F. and Jessie M. Mr. Musser is engaged in general farming and fruit-growing. He has held the various offices of his township, and was census-taker of 1880. He is a Presbyterian, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a Republican.

OSBORN, James W.

Farmer, P. O. Council Bluffs, was born in Virginia February 2, 1827, son of George and Millanda (Goodwin) Osborn. natives of Virginia; he, born April 13, 1780, was a farmer by occupation, and died at his home near Winchester, Va., during the latter part of the late war, and whilst a battle was being fought near his house. Our subject's mother was born December 3, 1789, and died October 11,1845, near Winchester, Va. The parents had seven children, five of whom are living. Mr. Osborn received his early education in the subscription schools of his native place. He is a man well posted in the general affairs of the day. He first rented the old homestead, which he farmed for five years. The farm then being sold for the benefit of the heirs, our subject removed to Missouri, and settled near St. Joe, where he remained till the spring of 1865, when he came to Pottawattamie County. He first saw his present farm the morning after the assassination of President Lincoln. At that time the farm was unimproved, and but one small house upon it. Mr. Osborn now owns 500 acres in this county. He was married, in Virginia, May 21, 1857, to Margaret Ester, born in Baltimore, Md., February 23, 1834, daughter of John and Susan Byard (Perkins) Ester, he, born in Ireland about 1802, died in 1864; she, born in 1802, died in 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Osborn have nine children - Olin (married), James H., Charles E., William A., Susan M., Lillian, Margetta M., George H. and Hunter. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Osborn is a Democrat.

REEL, Perry

Farmer, P. O. Honey Creek Station. William A. Reel was a native of Virginia, but moved to Indiana about 1822, settling in Putnam County. In 1850. he came to Iowa, and, liking the country, purchased two claims, one for himself and one for his son-in-law, Edmond Latham. Mr. Latham and a Mr. Cox came in the fall of 1851, and then Mr. Reel in the spring of 1852, and through Mr. Reel's influence, almost all the settlers that came from Putnam and Clay Covmties. Ind., came to this part of the county. Mr. William Reel bought the mill on Pigeon Creek when first coming in 1852, and resided near the same till his death, in 1859. Mr. Reel did as much or more than any one to make this part of the county what it is - a community filled up with energetic and successful farmers. Mr. William Reel had two sons - W. R., who is now in Montana in the mining business; and Perry Reel, the subject of this sketch. Mr. Perry Reel was born in Putnam County, Ind., in 1838, and came to this county with his parents in 1852, and since that time Pottawattamie County has been his home. Mr. Reel's education was obtained in the subscription schools of Indiana. When coming here, they did not have any schools, so his chances for an education depended on himself. Mr. Reel's main business has been that of farming. His politics have always been those of his father - Democratic. Previous to 1867, Mr. Reel had served five years as a member of the Board of Supervisors from his township. In 1867, he was elected Sheriff of Pottawattamie County, and again re-elected in 1869, going out of office January, 1872. He then was on the farm till the fall of 1873; he was elected County Treasurer and served two years, and again, in 1877, he was elected Sheriff, and held the office two terms, going out January, 1882. Mr Reel's election to office so many times in a county where his support had to come from Republicans, as well as his own party, tells more of his personal character and uprightness than any other words can, and he feels indebted to both parties for the honor. Mr. Reel was married, in 1862, to Miss Millie Branson, who was also born in Indiana. She came to Pottawattamie County in the spring of 1860, with her father, Jonathan Branson. They have five children living - two boys and three girls - all at home. Mr. Reel also has his fair share of this world's goods, having quite a large body of land, most of it, however, being grass land and pasture. Still, his home farm of 160 acres is well improved, fine forest groves, convenient farm buildings, fruit, etc. Mr. Reel has water works on a small scale on his farm. A wind-mill pumps water into a tank or reservoir on a bluff about seventy feet above the level of his building grounds, and from this pipes are laid belowfrost depth to different places around his grounds where he has hydrants. Other things are made convenient in proportion. The place tirst settled by William A. Reel is now owned by H. B. Paris. When Mr. William A. Reel built his house on the old home place, it was probably the finest house in the county at the time, and, with lumber and everything else so expensive, the house cost about $8,000. At Mr. Reel's close of office, January, 1882, the Council Bluffs bar presented him with a fine gold-headed cane, in token of their good will.

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