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Biographical Sketches
Minden Township
1883

ALBERCHT, Robert

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Kolleda, Germany, May 22, 1839. He is the son of Christian and Elizabeth (Hartroth) Albercht, both natives of Germany. His father was born in 1802, and was Mayor of Kolleda, Germany. He died in 1863, in Sauk County, Wis. The mother was born in 1805, and died in the same place as her husband, in 1865. They had six children - two boys and four girls. Our subject received his education in his native town and Wisconsin, to which latter State he went in 1849. In the fall of 1864, he enlisted in the Forty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Company K, Capt. Lashe. He fought at Nashville, and was afterward assigned to railroad duties between Lookout Mountain and Louisville, Ky. He was promoted March 1, 1865, after which he did officer's duty till the close of the war. He came to this county in 1876, and bought eighty acres of land, paying $10 and $11 per acre. In 1879, he purchased forty acres more, at $11 per acre. The land was all wild, but is now in a good state of cultivation. He engages in general farming. He was married, in Sauk County, Wis., September 3, 1866, to Caroline Meyer, born in Clearfield County, Penn., December 10, 1846. She is the daughter of George Hemy and Christina (Ehrhart) Meyer, both natives of Germany. Her father was born in 1820, and her mother in 1826. They are both now living in Thayer County, Neb. Mr. and Mrs. Albercht have five children - Clara, Daisy, William, Henry and Fred. In politics, oiu- subject is Independent.


AVERY, A. S.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was born in Orange County, Vt.. in August, 1841. His father, Christopher Avery, was a farmer, born in Vermont in April, 1805, and has lived in his native State all of his life. The mother of our subject was born in Vermont in June, 1805. They have lived together for fifty-five years, and are the parents of nine children, four of whom are living. The old folks are still living in their native State. Our subject is the only one of the children living in this State. After receiving a common-school education, he was admitted to the New Hampton College, in New Hampshire, which he attended for two years and a half. In the fall of 1867, he started West, stopping in Wheatland, Clinton County, this State. He was book-keeper in the dry goods house of M. S. Rogers & Co. until the following spring, when he went to Missouri Valley Junction, Harrison County. He was then appointed agent for the American Mercantile Union Express Company, which position he held for five years. He next engaged in the general merchandise business, which he followed until 1878, when he closed business and went to Colorado on account of ill health. He came to this county in the spring of 1880, and purchased 200 acres of land east of and adjoining the town of Neola. The land was new, but is now in a good state of cultivation, well fenced, with a fine house, which our subject erected. He is at present giving his attention to stock-raising. During our late civil war, our subject was Second Lieutenant of the Fifteenth Vermont Volunteer Infantry, but, owing to ill health, was compelled to return after serving nine months. He was married, in Missouri Valley, Harrison County, this State, in 1872, to Mary Mann, born in New York in September, 1852. She is the daughter of Calvin and Sylvia (Newell) Mann. Her father is a mechanic, born in New York in 1815; moved to Michigan, and then to Wisconsin, and finally to Missouri Valley, where he settled in 1867, and followed his trade till about 1872, when he went to Nebraska, where he now lives. Her mother was born in Vermont about 1820. She was mamed in 1843, and has raised five children, three of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Avery have one child, Hazen L., born in June, 1876. Our subject was Recorder and a member of the Council of Missouri Valley Junction. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is at present Worshipful Master of the lodge at Neola. He is a non-professor in religion, and in politics is a Republican.


BENNETT, G.

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., July 11, 1844. He is the son of Bartlett and Mary Louisa Bennett. His father was a shoemaker; moved to Sauk County, Wis., in 1846, and died there the following year. The mother of our subject married Mr. Albertus, of Wisconsin, after the death of her first husband. She had three children by her first and four by her second husband. She died in Honey Creek, Walworth Co., Wis., in 1862. Our subject went to school in Sauk City and Honey Creek, Wis., till he was fifteen years old. He left home at the age of nineteen, and has since been a farmer. He came to Minden Township June 16, 1874, and purchased eighty acres of wild land at $9.50 per acre. He commenced improvements at once - built a house and other buildings, set out a number of trees, and, in 1878, bought forty acres more, at $13 per acre. This was also wild land, but is now in a good state of cultivation. He engages in general farming. Our subject had a brother in the late civil war, who died at Memphis, Tenn. He (subject) was married, in Minden Township, this county, March 28, 1876, to Susannah Nippert, born October 15, 1854. She is the daughtef of George and Sarah (Hershinger) Nippert, both natives of Alsace, France, he born in 1818. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have one child, Charles Ray, born February 4, 1881. In politics, our subject is an . Independent.


BITTNER, M.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was born in Bohemia, Austria, September 29, 1843. He is the son of Mike and Anna (Nagelsehmidt) Bittner, both natives of Bohemia, Austria. His father was a farmer, born in 1816, and died in the old country in 1879. The mother of our subject was born in 1822, and died in the place of her birth in 1863. They had three children - two boys and one girl - of whom our subject is the only one living. He began life as a farmer. In February, 1867, he was married to Theresa Baumgarten, born in Bohemia, Austria, in 1843. She is the daughter of Casper and Catherina (Bochm) Baumgarten. Mr. and !Mrs. Bittner have nine children - Francis, Anna, Elizabeth, Theresa, Wenzel, Mary, Joseph, Franzeska and Johan. Our subject came to Minden Township in 1875, and, in August of that year, purchased eighty acres of land at $11 per acre, afterward disposing of forty acres at the same price. He made a subsequent purchase of forty acres at S12 per acre, and, a little later another forty acres at $10 per acre. He now has 100 acres in good cultivation, and he engages in general farming. He is a member of the Catholic Church, and, in politics, is an Independent.


BLUMER, Frederick

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Canton Glarus, Switzerland, April 15, 1833. He is the son of Johannes and Susanna Blumer, both natives of Canton Glarus, Switzerland. His father was a miner, born in 1802, and died in Davenport, this State, in 1853. His mother died in the same place in 1860. They had three children, all boys. Our subject received his education in his native land, and afterward worked in a slate mine in the same country. He came to Davenport, Scott Couhty, this State, in 1850, and was engaged in shaving shingles by hand in a factory in that city. He was married, in the same city, November 17, 1857, to Mary C. Frost, born in Germany in February, 1842. She is the daughter of Peter Frost, who was born in Germany in I800. In 1864, our subject enlisted in the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, Company C, Army of the Cumberland. He came to Minden Township, this county, in 1880, and purchased 200 acres of wild land at $12 per acre, all of which are now under cultivation. He afterward bought 120 acres at $13 per acre, fifty acres of which are now improved. His place contains a fine lot of buildings, and he engages in general farming. He has five children - Lena, Friedrich, Johannes, Peter and Heinrich - all of whom were born in this State. Our subject is a member of the United Workmen, and of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In politics, he is an Independent.



BLUMER, S.

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Canton Glarus, Switzerland, March12, 1827. He is the son of Johannes and Susanna Blumer (see sketch of F. Blumer, of Minden Township). Our subject received his education in his native country. He came to the United States in 1852, coming to Davenport, this State, where he lived until 1882. He was engaged in the saw-mill and shingle manufacturing business. During the late civil war, he enlisted in the Jager (Hunters) Regiment, Infantry, Battalion Thirty. He was married, in his native town, September 12, 1849, to Elizabeth Tis, born in the same place in 1828. She is the daughter of Jacob and Susanna Tis, both natives of Canton Glarus, Switzerland. Mr. and Mrs. Blumer have ten children - John, Fritz, Jacob, Kasper, Samuel, Heinrich, Frank, Sabina, Anna and Susana. When our subject came to this county, he purchased 385 acres of land, 210 acres of which are in a state of cultivation. He has made many improvements on his place and engages in general farming.


BUTLER, J. M.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., September 8, 1847. He is the son of J. M. and Ruth (Gates) Butler. His father was a farmer and stock-dealer, born in New York December 17, 1808, and died in Harrison County, October 5, 1866. The mother of our subject was born in Ohio June 19, 1812, and died in Council Bluffs April 16, 1869. She was a relative of Gen. Gates, of Revolutionary fame. The parents had five children - two boys and three girls. Our subject received his education mostly in J. B. Rue's select school in Council Bluffs. He came to this coimty in 1857. In 1862, he went to Idaho, where he was engaged in herding, freighting and butchering up to August, 1864, when he returned and settled in Harrison County. He was one of the "Pony Express" in Idaho, which freighted across the mountains. He was also engaged in mining, railroading and farming. Upon his return, he pmxhased twenty acres of wild land at $5 per acre. He built on it and otherwise improved it. In 1871, he bought forty acres more, and has made subsequent additions of twenty, fifteen and forty acres, all of which was raw land, but is now in a good state of cultivation. He engages in general farming. He has been Justice of the Peace for ten years, Township Clerk for six years, and Township Treasurer. He was married, in Harrison County, this State. November 22, 1860, to Mary E. Wood, born in this county July 11, 1848. She is the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Merrill) Wood, both natives of Ohio, he born in May, 1817, and she April 16, 1815. Mr. and Mrs. Butler have had two children - Jeremiah Mayhew, deceased; and William H. Our subject is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics he is an Independent.


CARSON, R. W.

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1827. He is the son of James and Martha (Williamson) Carson, both natives of Ireland. His father died in Canada in 1864, and his mother in the same country in 1836. They had eight children - three sons and five daughters. Our subject began life as a farmer. He came to Canada in 1841, and clerked in Kingston, Canada, for six years. In January, 1877, he weut to city of Paris, Lamar Co., Texas, where he lived until January, 1879, when he came to this county and bought 120 acres of improved land. He was married, in Canada, .April 2, 1852, to Harriett Russell, born in Canada August 23, 1832. She is the daughter of Timothy and Eliza (Tate) Russell. Her father was born in Utica, N. Y., in 1805. He is a farmer, and is still living, in De Kalb County, Ill. Her mother was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1803, and lives in Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Carson have had eight children - Sarah Louisa, Ann Eliza, Robert Williamson, George Russell, James David, Mary Harriett, Ernest Edwin and Charles Russell. Ann Eliza, their second child, died in Texas in September, 1877. Our subject was a magistrate in Canada, and is a member of the Royal Orange Institution of British North America. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church, and in politics is an Independent. He is engaged in general farming.


CROW, James

Real estate, Minden, was born in Licking County, Ohio, March 14, 1819. He is the son of James and Anna (Atkinson) Crow, both natives of Virginia. His father was a farmer, and died in 1839. His mother died in 1869. They had ten children - live sons and five daughters. Our subject received his education in Granville, Ohio. He began life for himself as a surveyor in Mercer County, Ohio. He came to this State in the spring of 1852, and followed surveying. He commenced studying law. and was admitted to the bar in June, 1857, and practiced in Cerro Gordo, Hancock and Winnebago Counties. He has many times filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and County Surveyor, both in Ohio and this State. He was married, August 19, 1847, to Margaret  Bonifield, born in Mercer County, Ohio, April 6, 1831. She is the daughter of William and Hannah Bonifield, both natives of Ohio. Our subject came to this county in 1872, locating in Neola. He came to Minden in 1875, and has since been connected with this town, and helped build it up. He also assisted in starting the Sunday rchool. He has seven children - Hannah A., John W., Francis M., L. G., Benton, James R., Maggie and Ida May. Our subject has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He belongs to the Good Templars, and in politics is a firm Democrat.


DORN, E. D.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was born in Oneida County, N. Y., May 19, 1847. He is the son of Andrew and Mary Ann (Kilts) Dorn. His father was a farmer, born October 19, 1819, and died in Boonville, Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1857. The mother of our subject was born in Baden, Germany, July 24, 1823, and died in the same place as her husband December 26, 1873. They had six children - three sons and three daughters. Our subject attended school in his native town, and afterward the Utica Academy, and the Commercial College at Rome, N, Y. He first started in business for himself at manufacturing cheese in Muscatine County, Iowa, where he ran a factory for some time. He came to this county in April, 1875, and purchased 120 acres of raw land. He afterward added 235 acres more. All of his farm is now under cultivation, which, with good buildings, which he put up himself, gives him a pleasant and comfortable home. He engages in general farming, and also dairying. He was married, in Boonville, Oneida I Co., N. Y., December 25, 1871, to Elvira A. Jones, born in Boonville September 11, 1853. She is the daughter of David W. and Francil L. (Nelson) Jones, he born in Wales, England, in 1829, and she in Boonville, N. Y., in 1831. Mr. and Mrs. Dorn have one child, Arthur E. They are members of the Evangelical Association. He has been Inspector of Elections and Road Supervisor. In politics, he is Republican.



DOTY, P. J.

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Ashland County, Ohio, November 12, 1841. He is the son of James and Sarah (Croninger) Doty. His father was a fanner, born in Brooke County, Va., in 1805, and died in Richland County, Ohio, in February, 1878. His mother died in Ashland County of the same State. They had nine children - six sons and three daughters. Our subject received his education in the schools of Ashland and Richland Counties, Ohio, and began life as a farmer. He came to this county in June, 1878, and purchased 160 acres of wild land at $9 per acre. He improved and fenced ninety acres, and built a house, afterward selling at $33 per acre. He came to Minden Township in 1880, and bought eighty acres at $19 per acre, all of which are under cultivation. He is engaged in general farming. He was married, in 1870, in Mansfield, Ohio, to Arvilla Parsen, bom in Richland County of the same State in 1850. They have four children- Calvin, William, Rolden and Harry. Our subject is a member of the I. O. O. F., Plymouth Lodge, Richland County, Ohio. In politics, he is a Democrat.


EHLERS, Peter

Grain-dealer, Minden, was born in Oldenburg, Holstein, Germany, April 4, 1838. He is the son of Jorgen and Dores (Landt) Ehlers, both natives of Oldenburg, Germany. His father is a farmer, and is still living. His mother died in June, 1879. They had five children - three boys and two girls. Our subject received a good education in his native country, and started for America in 1852. He came at once to Davenport, this State. In 1858, he went to St. Louis, Mo., and from there to Mississippi and Louisiana, returning to Davenport in 1860. He came to Minden Township in the spring of 1874, and built a house, into which he, with his family, moved the following year. Oui- subject began life as a farmer; was in the stock business for a number of years, and has been a grain-dealer for about twenty years. He has been Township Treasurer and Township Trustee, which latter office he holds still. His efforts in the interests of the town of Minden have been no small factors in the growth and prosperity of that thriving little place. He was married, in Davenport, this State, in 1867, to Mary Louis, born in Germany, near Hamburg. Her parents were born in the same place. Mr. and Mrs. Ehlers have had nine children - six sons and three daughters - of whom three of the boys are dead. The names of the remaining children are August, Adolph, Louis, Sophia, Minnie and Emma. Our subject belongs to the Knights of Pythias, and in politics he is a Republican.


ELLITHORPE, L. J.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was bom in Canada February 13, 1842. He is the son of O. H. and Adeline E. Ellithorpe. His parents had four children - two sous and two daughters. Our subject received his education in Elgin, Kane Co., Ill. He began life as a carpenter, at which occupation he worked till 1860, after which he was engaged in farming. He was a Government Recruiting Officer during the late civil war. He came to Iowa in 1875, and, after looking at lands in the northern part of this State, settled in this county. He purchased eighty acres of railroad land at $10 per acre, and sold out in 1880 at twice that figure. He also bought 120 acres of wild land at $12.50 per acre, which is now all under cultivation. He has secured all that he has by his hard labor for many years. He is at present engaged in general farming. He was Road Supervisor and School Director in Illinois for several years. He was married, in Franklin Grove, Lee Co., Ill., on May 11, 1871, to Carrie Gallaher, born in Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Jane (Fullerton) Gallaher, both natives of the latter State, he born in 1809, and she in 1808. Both are living in Minden Township. They had eleven children - seven sons and four daughters. Mrs. Ellithorpe is a sister to D. W. Gallaher of Minden Township. Our subject has four children - Oliver Wilmot, Newton G., Myrtle and Alonzo Garfield. In politics, Mr. Ellithorpe is a Republican.


ENGLER, Jacob

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Switzerland, June 15, 1834. He is the son of Ulrecht and Elsbetha (Rutz) Engler, both natives of Switzerland. His father was a carpenter, born in July, 1790, and died in Davenport, this State, in July, 1856. The mother of our subject was born February 11, 1802, and died in the same place as her husband, in November, 1881. They had seven children - five boys and two girls. Our subject began life as a farmer, after receiving his schooling in his native country. He was a soldier in Switzerland for two years. He came to Iowa in 1856, and farmed with his brother eighty acres of land, which they had prchased together. He afterward sold his interest to his brother, and, in 1862, bought eighty acres for himself. He sold this in the fall of 1878, and came to Minden Township, where he purchased 240 acres of land, moving his family in the spring of the following year. He now has a good farm, with good buildings, and engages in general farming. He was married, October 29, 1859, in Long Grove, Scott County, this State, to Margaretta Marte, born in Switzerland March 17, 1843. She is the daughter of Bartholomaus and Anna B. (Schlager) Marte, both natives of Switzerland. Her father was born in 1819, and her mother March 13, 1823. Mr. and Mrs. Engler have had six children, two of whom are now living - Bartholomaus and Anna Barbara. Our subject is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In politics, he is an Independent.


FULLERTON, George L.

Farmer P. O. Minden, was born in Pike Township, Clearfield Co., Penn., April 6, 1829. He is the son of John and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Fullerton. His father was a farmer, born in Cumberland County, Penn., December 15, 1778, and died in Clearfield County, Penn., April 13, 1851. The mother of our subject was born in Lancaster County, Penn., February 14, 1785, and died in Clearfield County August 28, 1848. The parents had eleven children - five boys and six girls. Our subject received a good education in the schools of his native State. He left Pennsylvania in1868, and came to Illinois, where he rented and farmed for seven years. He came to Minden Township in 1875, and purchased 120 acres of land. In the following spring, the family came also. The land was raw and uncultivated, but now is all improved, with good buildings, etc. He afterward bought forty acres, which he now uses for a pasture. He is engaged in general farming. He was married, in Clearfield County, Penn., February 21, 1850, to Hannah L. Moore, born in Center County, Penn., June 26, 1827. She is the daughter of Robert and Diana (Smith) Moore, both natives of Pennsylvania, he born November 12, 1785, she born November 12, 1795. Mr. and Mrs. Fullerton have ten children - Diana E., Hattie E., Margaret E., John C., Hardman P., Benjamin F., Sarah J., George A., Robert L. and Richard I. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics. Mr. Fullerton is a Republican.


GALLAHER, D. W.

Farmer. P. O. Neola, was born in Ogle County, Ill., August 16, 1851. He is the son of Benjamin and Jane (Fullerton) Gallaher, both natives of Pennsylvania. His father was born in 1809, and his mother in 1808, and are both living in Minden Township. They had eleven children - seven sons and four daughters. Our subject received his education in Ogle County, Ill., and began life as a farmer. He came to this county in 1875, and, in 1879, purchased fifty-nine acres of improved land. In 1881, he bought forty acres more, and, in 1882, added eighty acres of wild land. He engaged in general farming. He was married, in Pierceville, De Kalb Co., Ill., November 12, 1873, to Frances E. Wilcox, born in Courtland, Ill., in 1857. She is the daughter of James O. and Welthy (Matteson) Wilcox, both natives of New York State. Mr. and Mrs. Gallaher have had three children - Benjamin Franklin (now dead), James Oscar and Nellie Amelia. In politics, Mr. Gallaher is a Republican. He was at one time School Director.


MARTENS, Claus

Farmer. P. O. Minden, was born in Holstein, Germany, October 17, 1844. He is the son of Hans and Dorothea (Sebelin) Martens, both natives of Holstein, Germany. His father was a mason, born in 1782 and died in 1860, in his native land. The mother of our subject was born in 1802, and also died in her native country, in 1876. They had seven children, five of whom are now living - three sons and two daughters. Our subject began life as a farmer. He came to this country in 1866, coming to Rock Island, Ill., where he worked in a saw-mill. He moved to Davenport, this State, in the same year, and engaged in farming. He came to this county March 20, 1875, and purchased eighty acres of wild land in Section 9, Minden Township, at $9 per acre. He bought forty acres of wild land in each of the years 1877, 1880 and 1882, making in all 200 acres, which is now in good cultivation. In 1881, he built a bouse and several other good buildings, and set out 100 cottonwood trees and thirty fruit trees during the same year. He now engages in general farming. In religion, he is Lutheran, and in politics a Republican.


PURCELL, W. M.

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio, October 10, 1835. His father was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1791, and died in Iowa City, this State, in 1868. He was a farmer. The mother of our subject was Rachel McDonald, born near Columbus, Ohio, in 1806, and is still living, in Iowa City. The parents had nine children. Our subject received his education in the schools of Columbus, Ohio, and Iowa City, this State. In 1859, he went across the plains to California, driving an ox team. He returned in 1863. In the spring of 1873, he went to California, second time, this time by rail, and returned in the fall of the same year. For a time he was engaged in mining in the northern part of that State. Ho came to Minden Township in the spring of 1876, and purchased 160 acres of raw land, all of which is now under cultivation. He engages in general farming. He has tilled the offices of Township Trustee and Supervisor. July 16, 1874, he was married, in Iowa City, this State, to Mary Colwell, born in Jefferson County, Ind., November 29, 1852. She is the daughter of David B. and Mary Ann (Hicks) Colwell, he born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she born in Monmouthshire, England, in 1823. Mr. and Mrs. Purcell have five children - Minnie, Edwin, Georgie W., Norman and Rachel. In politics, Mr. Purcell is a Republican.


REIMERS, Claus

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Feddering, Holstein, Germany, December 30, 1835. He is the son of Hans and Cathrina (Voss) Reimers. Our subject received his education in his native land. He came to America in 1865, and came at once to Davenport, this State; from there he went to Grinnell, Iowa, where he farmed a short time, and then came to Council Bluffs in 1871, living at the latter place for eight years. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad Company as transferman and watchman. In 1879, he came to Minden Township and purchased eighty acres of land of Barton Brown, for which he paid $15 per acre. He is at present engaged in general farming. He was married, in Grinnell, Iowa, April 1, 1868, to Mary Brockentin, bom in Lehe, Holstein, Germany, February 9, 1840. She is the daughter of John and Mary (Ludde) Brockentin, both natives of Germany, he born in November, 1795, and she born April 18, 1800. Mr. and Mrs. Reimers have three children - Katharine M., Mary M. and Friedchen C. The parents are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics, Mr. Reimers is a Republican.


SOPPE, H. H.

Farmer, P. O. Neola. was born in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany, August 14, 1833. He is the son of Hermann and Catharine (Calker) Soppe, both natives of Hanover, Germany. His father was born in 1803; came to America in 1861, and was engaged in farming till his death, which occurred in May, 1869. The mother of our subject died in her native country in 1858. They have had six children. Our subject attended school both in Germany and this country. He worked as a day laborer for five years, when he went to California, and worked in the mines of that State, Nevada and Central America for seven years. He came to Lee County, this State, in 1869, and was married, on November 23 of that year, to Miss Catharine Oststdick, born in Lee County in 1849. She is the daughter of Ferdinand and Catharine (Schneker) Oststdick, both natives of Germany. Her father was born in 1815, and came to America in 1846, and died in October, 1873. Her mother was born in 1819, and came to America with her husband. After his marriage, our subject purchased forty acres of land, upon which he built a brick house, costing $700. He fanned here for five years, when he sold the place for $2,000. He then bought eighty acres for $3,500, which he sold and came to this county. He purchased eighty acres where he now lives, and has since added eighty acres more. He has four children living - Ferdinand, Katie, George and John. In religion our subject is a Catholic, and in politics a Democrat.


SPEARS, William

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Mercer County, Penn., September 3, 1836. He is the son of George and Sarah Ann (Churchfield) Spears. His father was a blacksmith, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1801, and died in Florence, Neb., in 1846. The mother of our subject was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., in 1812, and died in this county. The parents had eight children - four sons and four daughters. Our subject received his education in Illinois, Nebraska and this county. He left his native State and went to Illinois in 1839, with his parents. He lived in that State till 1846, when he went to Nebraska, where he lived till he came to this county, in 1848. In 1865, he purchased land in Harrison County, this State, and sold the same in 1871. He now has 320 acres, part of which is under cultivation. He has one of the finest homes in the county, and engaged in general farming. He has been Justice of the Peace, Township Clerk and Township Trustee. He was married, in Garner Township, this county, May 27, 1863, to Luvinia Stoker, born in this county November 20, 1846. She is the daughter of Eller and Margaret (Judd) Stoker. Mr. and Mrs. Spears have had the following children, of whom there are five living - Andrew, Agnes J., Lucretia, Mary Jane, Daisy Ann, Frank, Lizzie, Myrtle, Louisa and William H. Our subject is a Granger, and in politics a Greenbacker.


STRAHL, J. F.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was born in Cedar County, Iowa, February 14, 1848. He is the son of Eli and Sarah A. (Edwards) Strahl, both natives of Ohio, he born in 1815 and she in 1822. Both the parents are at present living near Iowa City, Johnson County, this State. They had seven children - three boys and four girls. The father was a farmer. Our subject began life at farming. When only sixteen years old, he went into the army, and remained till the close of the war. He afterward contracted for the carrying of the United States mail, from Albany, Mo., to Leon, Decatur County, ihis State. He has also been in the livery business in Iowa City, and the grocery business in Walnut, this county. He was married, in Cedar County, this State, March 6, 1870, to Eliza Crook, born in Indiana October 18, 1852. She is the daughter of Michael and Mary (Hollingsworth) Crook, he born in Virginia in 1823, and she in Ohio in 1820. Mr. and Mrs. Strahl have had four children - Florence (deceased), Walter, Nellie (deceased) and Bertie. Our subject came to this county in 1871, and settled near Walnut. He bought eighty acres of wild land at $7.25 per acre. He improved this, and afterward sold it for $20 per acre. He then purchased eighty acres of improved land, paying $18 per acre, in the same township (Layton). He sold this at the same price that he paid for it. He then bought land in Harrison County, this State, and at one time owned three farms in that county. He also owned a place in Kansas, and one in Linn County, this State. He came to Minden Township in 1882, and purchased 120 acres at $21 per acre, and has since made many improvements. He is engaged in general farming. He belongs to the Good Templars, and also to the Grand Army of the Republic. In politics, he is a Republican.


STUHR, Jochim

Farmer, P. O. Minden, was born in Holstein, Germany, July 23, 1831. He is the son of Jochim and G. (Plagmann) Stuhr, both natives of Holstein, Germany. His father was a farmer, born March 24, 1791, and died in his native town in November, 1866. The mother of our subject was born January 27, 1793, and died in her birth-place in February, 1876. They had five children - two boys and three girls - of whom our subject is the only one living. He received his education in Germany, and has been a tiller of the soil since 1852. He was married, in Holstein, Germany, October 13, 1852, to Miss A. Arp, born in that place. She is the daughter of Hans and Becke (Ladehoff) Arp, both natives of Holstein, Germany, he born January 8, 1804, and she in 1806. In 1850, our subject enlisted in the Schleswig-Holstein army, artillery, and was at the battle of Idstadt. He came to Minden Township July 24, 1881, and, in the fall of the same year, purchased 280 acres of land at $24 per acre. It is in a good state of cultivation. He engages in general farming. His children are twelve in number - Edward, Emma, Agnes, Johannes, Anansy, Hugo, Gustav, Anna, William, Charles, Gretchen and Minnie. Mr. Stuhr is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and in politics is a Democrat. Mr. Stuhr has held the offices of Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner, Assessor of Insurance, besides several minor offices.


STUHR, John P.

Merchant, Minden, was born in Schleswig, Germany, January 12, 1844. He is the son of John and Anna (Carstensen) Stuhr, both natives of Schleswig, Germany. His father was born in 1813, and is a farmer. His mother was born in 1815. Both the parents are at present living in Harrison County, this State. They had eight children - four sons and four daughters. Our subject received a good education in his native country, and also attended school in Blue Grass, Scott County, this State. He began life as a farmer, and was engaged a short time in that occupation near Davenport, this State, to which place he came September 12, 1863 He went to St. Louis in the following year, but returned shortly afterward. September 6, 1864, he enlisted in the Eighth Iowa Infantry, Company B, under Gens. J. A. Smith and Canby. He fought in the battles of Spanish Fort, Mobile, and was wounded in the knee by a bayonet in an engagement in Arkansas, near Island No. 13. He came to Minden in 1875, and, August 1, 1881, he bought the store of Bartell & Co., and started in the general merchandise business, in which he has since been engaged. He has been a Township Assessor in this county, and a Road Supervisor in Scott County, this State. He was married, in Davenport, May 26, 1806, to Amelia Cornelius, born in Germany October 28, 1846. She is the daughter of Marcus and Anna (Muller) Cornelius, both natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Stuhr have six children - four boys and two girls - Alvina A., Julius, John M. R., Adelia H., William and Walter. Our subject is a member of the Lutheran Church, and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias. In politics, he is a Republican.


TATE, James

Farming, P. O. Minden, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, on the 13th of July, 1814; his father, John Tate, born in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1758, and removing to Ireland in 1770, was married to Ann Erwin in 1794. In 1817, our subject, then a boy of three summers, came to Canada with his parents, who settled in Newcastle District, Clark Township. His early education was much neglected. The school was very poor, "the master having more whip than brains." But the active mind of the youth drew a wonderful culture from nature itself, and a seemingly immaculate inspiration was drawn even from that old spelling book in the log-cabin schoolhouse. Mr. Tate remained with his parents till his father's death, in 1834, and spending two more years on the farm, then entered the army, under Capt. Wilmot, to put down Papineau and Mackenzie's rebellion. He remained there but three months, when he took his leave, and moving to Haldimand County, was engaged in the lumber business for the next four years. On the 18th of March, 1840, James Tate was married to Ann Evans. She was the daughter of Edward and R. J. Evans, and niece to the founder of Evansville, Ind., on the Ohio, and was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, May 17, 1815. Mr. Tate prosecuted his industries as lumberman and farmer in Canada until 1856, when he removed with his wife and six children to the United States and settled in Winneshiek County. Iowa, where he again resumed his occupation as a farmer. There he labored on judiciously in his little home as fortune looked with favor upon them. Two more children were added to the number as time went on, and the little home improved. The clay fields gave forth their reward for his diligent labor. He met with no reverse of fortune until about 1869, when his barn was burned. On the 23d of March, 1871, his wife died, after a long sickness, and broke the union of a happy home. But heavy as was the blow, it did not break that spirit which had a hope in heaven. The ties of friendship and love which had been woven in the home held together. At Postville, December 15, 1872, Mr. Tate was married to his second wife - Miss B. Cooper. She is the daughter of John and Mary Cooper, and was born in Canada on the 23d of December, 1847. The following winter, Mr. Tate met with a heavy loss by the burning of his house and some considerable household goods. This was repaired as best it could be. He remained there till the spring of 1874, when he removed with his wife and family to his present home, in Pottawattamie County, having obtained a location the previous year. His buildings were the first erected in the fertile valley of the Middle Silver, which winds its way through happy fields toward the southwest.


WHITE, W. S.

Farmer, P. O. Neola, was born in Kentucky in 1829; he came to this State in 1871, settling where he now lives; he cultivates about seventy-five acres of land, which was, at the time of his purchasing it, unimproved, and cost about $10.75 per acre. He is the son of Joseph and Mary (Jones) White; his father was a farmer, born in Delaware in 1803, moved to Missouri in 1849 and died in 1854. The mother of our subject was born in Kentucky in 1802, and was the mother of eight children - five sons and three daughters. She died in Missouri in 1854, within twenty-five days of her husband's death. Our subject received his education in the common schools of Indiana. He went to Missouri and began life for himself by taking up a claim and farming it. He afterward sold it, and went to Nebraska, where he lived for six years. He returned to Missouri and from there to this State. He married his first wife - Alice Linville - in Missouri in 1853. His second marriage occurred in the same State in 1862, when he was wedded to Sarah J. McDowell, born in Missouri in March, 1843. She is the daughter of Matthew and Jane (Hughes) McDowell. Our subject has six children - Maggie, Joseph, John, Dolly, Nora and Iva Myrtle. He votes the Democratic ticket.


YODER, J. H.

Postmaster and merchant, Minden, was born in Somerset County, Penn., September 6, 1853; he is the son of Benedict and Sarah (Miller) Yoder, both natives of Somerset County, Penn., he born August 20, 1817, she born November 20, 1825. Both of the parents are now living in their native county. They had twelve children - six boys and six girls. Our subject received a good education in the common schools, and afterward attended the Commercial College at Pittsburgh, Penn., after which be taught school in several places in Pennsylvania and this State. From 1875 to 1880, he, with his brother, kept a store in Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa. In the latter year, he came to Minden and opened a general store, which he has kept ever since. He is now Postmaster at Minden, which office he has filled since February 2, 1882. He was formerly Assistant Postmaster at Amish. He was married, in Council Bluffs, June 9, 1881, to Septima I. Shaff, born in Pleasant Hill, Johnson Co., Iowa, April 10, 1854; she is the daughter of H. N. and Anna Shaff, he a native of Canada and she of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Yoder are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In politics, he is a Republican.


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