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Farmer, P. O. Taylor Station, was born in the State of Maine in 1835. Before he was a year old, his parents moved to Knox County, Ill., and that was his home till he came to Iowa in 1871. The first two years he lived in Mills County, and then came into Pottawattamie County, living one year in Hardin Township, and since that he has lived in Washington Township, and at the time of coming there was but little settlement in the township, there being but about sixteen voters. When buying his farm, he went back from the main traveled road for some distance, thinking that he would always have all the range he wanted for his stock, but in six months other houses began to go up around him, and soon the entire prairie was inclosed. Mr. Annis was married, in Illinois, to Miss Drusilla A. Essex, in 1867. They have two children, both girls. He was educated in Illinois. He enlisted in the First Illinois Cavalry in 1861, Col. Thomas A. Marshall. In the same year, they were taken prisoners at Lexington, Mo., and were paroled, but not exchanged, and were again called into service, and were stationed at St. Louis most of the time, but were again mustered out in 1862. He is Republican in politics, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity, becoming one in Illinois, and still keeps his membership there. His farm consists of eighly acres, and he does general farming. By trade he is a mason, aud followed his trade for about fifteen years, and occasionally since. Mr. Annis has taken an active part in township affairs since coming here, and is now one of the Trustees of the township, and Justice of the Peace.


Farming and stock, P. O. Neola, was born in Ohio in 1837, son of Samuel Carter, who was born and raised in Maryland, and is still living and in good health, although seventy-eight years old. Mr. Carter's mother died when he was young. Mr. Carter was educated in Ohio, in common schools. He was raised on a farm, and such has been his occupation all his life. He was married, in Ohio, in 1860, to Miss Malinda Hartley, born in Ohio, in the same county as Mr. Carter - Guernsey County. They have ten children - seven boys and three girls - all at home but one daughter, and she is married, and living in New Sharon, Mahaska Co., Iowa. Mr. Carter first moved to Nodaway County, Mo., where he lived for three years, and then came to his present place, in Washington Township, getting here in December, 1869. He had bought the land, however, before he had moved from Ohio. There were no improvements on the farm when coming here, so Mr. Carter went to work to make him a home, planting out groves, orchards, and building farm buildings, till now he has a well-improved farm. His farm now consists of 360 acres - 160 in Section 3, and 200 in Section 4. Mr. Carter's business is raising corn and feeding stock, and has made a success of it. He is Republican in politics. In township affairs Mr. Carter has taken an active part always, and has held most of the township offices. When he first started on the place, there were no groves, but now has eight acres in cultivated forest trees, besides roads lined with trees. His orchard consists of about two acres, with trees in bearing. When he settled in the township, there was no settlement in sight, and no roads in this part of the township. Mr. Carter has also been land agent for a number of years. He was here where he could learn the corners of all pieces near him, and where such tracts lay, so was appointed agent. Although Mr. Carter is not a member of any church, yet his standard is morality. No one ever heard him utter an oath, or never was drunk. When he came to this place, in December, 1869, he had only $37 with which to begin building and improving. Of his farm, 270 acres are in cultivation, 225 in corn - the remainder in pasture and grass. His farm is splendidly watered - two fine springs, three wells and the Middle Silver Creek through the farm. Neola is the nearest town of importance, and he is nine miles south of that place, nearly the same distance west of Oakland, and eighteen miles northeast of Council Bluffs.

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