Hazel Dell Township
BARRETT, O. L.
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
to the Independent Order of Good Templars, and is a Republican.
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
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.
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.