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Biographical Sketches
Wright Township
1883

ALBRIGHT, S. H.

Farmer, P. O. Lewis, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Crawford County, Ohio, November 12, 1845. He is the son of Joseph and Catharine (Darger) Albright. His father was born in Dauphin County, Penn., December 7, 1817, and is still living in Crawford County, Ohio. He is also a farmer. The mother of our subject was a native of Pennsylvania, born October 29, 1815, and died in 1862. Our subject received a common -school education, and began working out at the age of eleven. He worked in Ohio for about seven years, when, in 1864, he came to this State, and worked in Cedar County for over eight years. He then came to Mills County, where he farmed rented land for two years. He then purchased his present farm, which consists of 180 acres of land, situated in Section 5, Township 75, Range 38, where he moved in the fall of 1875. With the exception of his house, he has made all the improvements himself. He was married, at Malvern, Mills County, December 31, 1874, to Mary E. Snodgrass, born in York County, Penn., October 2, 1843. She is the daughter of William and Jane Ellen (Johnson) Snodgrass, both natives of Pennsylvania. Her father died in his native State, and her mother died near Burlington, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Albright have had two children - Alva and Alma, twins, born July 2, 1876. Alva died July 29, 1877. Our subject is an Odd Fellow, and in politics is a Republican.


BLACK, M. P.

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass County, was born in Franklin County, Ohio, December 29, 1820, son of John and Margaret (Petrie) Black, he a native of Virginia, and she of German descent. His father died in Union County, Ind., about 1862. The mother of our subject is now over eighty-three years of age, and resides in Indiana. She sent her son a quilt, which she pieced after she was eighty-two years old. Our subject received his education in a log schoolhouse. In 1842, he began farming for himself, on a little piece of rented land. He left Indiana and came to this State; wintered in Warren County, and then came to this county, locating in Waveland Township in 1853. He made improvements on Section 11, Township 74, Range 38, pre-empted the same, and entered it the following year. Here he lived until the spring of 1857, when he went to Buchanan County, Mo., raised a crop, and returned to Warren County, this State, in the fall of the same year. In 1861, he enlisted as First Sergeant, Company B, Tenth Iowa Infantry. He was in the engagements attending the expedition to open the Mississippi, under Rosecrans; was also with Sherman through Alabama and Georgia, and also in the siege of Vicksburg. His time having expired, he was mustered out at Kingston, Ga., in the fall of 1864. He returned home, sold his place and moved to Harrison County, this State, where he lived for three years, when he returned to this county, in October, 1869, and, after renting for three years, he purchased his present homestead. He was the first Justice of the Peace in Walnut. He was married to Elizabeth Moore, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he had three children - Climpson B., Margaret Jane and Mary Ann. The mother died in 1848. His second marriage was with Mary Highner, a native of Indiana; she died in 1853. By her he had two children - Rosalinda and John R. Our subject was married a third time, to Mrs. Tabitha Lipp, nee Pierson, a native of Kentucky. By her he had seven children - William, Leonard, Elizabeth, Rosa B., Cora, Susan and Frank. All of the twelve children are now living, out of a family of fourteen. In politics, our subject is a Democrat.


BLAKELY, John

Farmer, P. O. Lewis, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Peny County, Ohio, in 1843. He is the son of Andrew and Catharine (Gilchrist) Blakely. His father died in Pennsylvania when our subject was about ten years old. His mother is a native of Pennsylvania, and is now living in Pittsburgh of that State. Our subject lived with an uncle from the time he was six till he was twenty years of age. He then learned the carpenter's trade in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio, and worked at that trade for about eight years, part of the time in Ohio and the balance in Pennsylvania. He then went to Missouri and worked at his trade in that State for several years. In the spring of 1872, he settted down in Cass County, this State, where he purchased eighty acres of land. Here he lived until the spring of 1876, when he bought his present place of eighty acres, situated in Section 5, Township 75, Range 38. He was married, in Cass County, February 4, 1874, to Lucina Ingram, born in Hamilton County, N. Y., March 2, 1855. She is the daughter of Clark and Lucina (Grinnell) Ingram. Her father was born in Massachusetts about 1821. When a young man, he moved to New York, where he was married. Her mother was a native of Vermont, born March 2, 1825, and died in New York State January 19, 1862. Mrs. Blakely's father moved to Henderson County, Ill., in the spring of 1862. He came to Cass County, this State, February 25, 1870, and is still living about five miles from Griswold. Our subject has three children - Ettie Belle, born May 20, 1875; Lenora, born February 14, 1877; and Elizabeth Jane, born January 4, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Blakely are members of the Presbyterian Church of Griswold. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and in politics a Republican.


BOILER, James

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Pike County, Ohio, March 26, 1848. He is the son of William and Caroline (Umphreys) Boiler, both natives of Ohio, he born April 3, 1808, and she (his second wife) May 20, 1822. They moved from their native State to Iowa in 1850, locating in Muscatine County, where they lived till 1865, in that year removing to Marshall County, living there for four years. They returned to Muscatine County, where they remained until 1871. at which time they came to this county, locating on the place our subject now owns. It consists of 320 acres, the south half of Section 20, Township 75, Range 38. The parents are living, and reside at Walnut Station. Our subject received a common-school education, and lived with his father till he was twenty-one years of age. He began life for himself by working at carpentering in Marshall County, this State. He afterward went to Muscatine County, and there worked at farming with his brother for two years, after which he came to this county with his father, and worked the farm with him until the latter moved to Walnut, since which time he has ruu it himself. He was married, in Muscatine County, Iowa, January 25, 1876, to Sarah Jane Nolty, born in Jeflerson Connty, Ind., September 17, 1849. She is the daughter of Harmon H. and Sarah Maria (Padgitt) Nolty. Her father was born in Germany January 13, 1822. He came to the United States at the age of twenty, and, after stopping awhile in Pennsylvania, came to Indiana, where he was afterward married to Miss Padgitt, born near Cincinnati, Ohio, March 25, 1831. They came to Muscatine County in 1865, where they still reside. They have twelve children - seven sons and five daughters, all living. Our subject's parents have five children living, all sons. Mr. Boiler's children are two in number - Orphe L., born November 1, 1876; and Glen Ira, born May 22, 1878. Our subject is a member of the A. H. T. A., and in politics is a Democrat.



BURNHAM, Lorin A.

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, born in Oswego County, N. Y., September 23, 1834, son of Philo and Sarah (Rice) Burnham, he born in Greene County, N. Y., September 16, 1793; she a native of Connecticut, and died December 15, 1862, at the age of sixty-eight years. The father was a farmer, and followed that vocation until he was nineteen years of age, when he entered the service of the Government in the war of 1812. In 1818, he experienced religion, and, up to his death, was a devoted follower of Christ. He was married to his first wife March 4, 1818. They had six children - Alma, born July 9, 1820; Sarah M., born June 23, 1825; John R., born June 24, 1827; Philo H., born January 1, 1832; Lorin A., our subject; and Charles H., bom December 9, 1840. The three latter are living - Philo H. and Charles H. are living in Scriba, Oswego Co., N. Y. March 18. 1864, our subject's father united in marriage to his second wife, Lydia Miner, born in Berkshire County, Mass., November 22, 1800. He had four memberships in the American Bible Society, and bequeathed to them $250, aad also a like amount to the Home Missionary Society. For sixty years he had been a member of the Presbyterian or Congregational Church, and died in the faith February 7, 1878. Our subject received a common-school education and worked on his father's farm till the age of twenty-one. He came to this county in 1857, and, during the summer of that year, worked in Lewis, Cass County. In the fall he purchased 100 acres in Section 35, Township 75, Range 38. He added sixty acres the following year. He was among the first settlers of Wright Township. He was married, in Council Bluffs, in July, 1860, to Mrs. Caroline Burnham, n6e Miner, born in Delaware County, N. Y., March 15, 1882. She is the daughter of Isaac and Ann M. (Halleck) Miner, both natives of New York. Her mother was a niece of Gen. Halleck, and died in December, 1880. The father is still living in Greene County, N. Y.; is a miller, as are also his three sons. Our subject now owns 240 acres of land in Sections 34 and 35, Wright Township. He is a farmer of the first order; has good buildings on his place, and feeds most of the grain which he raises. He has been Town Trustee for several years. Has three children - Adelbert L., born December 9, 1861; Fred A., born December 29, 1863; and Carrie E., born July 23, 1876. Subject and wife are members of the Presbyterian Chxirch of Griswold, Cass County, of which he is an Elder. In politics, he is a Republican.


MILES, George L.

Farmer, P. O. Lewis, Cass County, was born in Steuben County, N. Y., April 15, 1857. He is the son of William and Nancy E. (Parker) Miles, both natives of Steuben County, N. Y., he bom in 1822 and she in 1829. His father has been engaged in the lumber business most of his life, part of the time in New York, and latterly in Princeton, Bureau Co., Ill., to which place he removed in 1866. Up to the last few years, he dealt extensively in lumber and lands in Michigan. He has now retired from active life, and is still living in Princeton, Ill. The mother of our subject is also living. Our subject's advantages for an education were good. He graduated from the Princeton (Ill.) High School in 1875. The following year, he came to this county to oversee his father's farm, and ran it in his father's interest up to 1881, since which time he and his brother have been operating it for themselves. Our subject owns 200 acres of land in Section 11, and, with his brother, has the management of 1,400 acres in Sections 11, 14 and 15, Township 75, Range 38. Their specialty is fine stock, which includes Cotswold sheep, Poland-China hogs, Short-Horn cattle, and the Percheron breed of Norman horses. They own the pure-breed Norman stallion Marquette, as it is their intention to breed draft horses also. Our subject was married, in Princeton, Ill., in May, 1881, to Flora M. Priestly, born in Princeton July 25, 1858. Her father is C. M. Priestly, a native of Cambria County, Penn. He once owned the land on which Johnstown, Penn.,* is now located. He has been in the lumber business most of his life, and is now engaged in the hardware business in Princeton, Ill. Mrs. Miles' mother was a Miss Crissy, a native of Ohio. She died about 1864. Our subject's parents had seven children - George L., Lucius P., William L., Edwin, James, Hattie M. (Mrs. Beach) and Louisa. Our subject is a member of the I. O. O. F., and in politics is a Republican. The following is the pedigree of Marquette as officially recorded: "Marquette (1657), gray, foaled 1880; got by Valiant (473), dam Julie (568), by Malbranche (293); second dam Jeanne (560), bred by W. H. Winter, Princeton, Ill., and sold by him, in the spring of 1882, to George L. Miles and Lewis Jones." It is claimed that Marquette is the only pure-breed Norman stallion in this section of the State.


MORFORD, William

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Ohio County, Ind., March 22, 1837. He is the son of Thomas and Sarah (Stoops) Morford, both natives of Greene County, Penn. His father was a farmer, born August 13, 1805. He moved to Indiana in 1835, and to this State in 1838, locating in Muscatine County. There he died December 12, 1868, on the same place that he first settled upon. The mother of our subject was born June 29, 1810, and is still living on the old homestead in Muscatine County. Our subject received a common-school education, and afterward attended the Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Linn County, this State, for one year and a half. At the age of twenty-one, he began life for himself as a farmer. February 23, 1860, he was married, in Muscatine County, this State, to Susan E. Rider, born in Virginia February 3, 1839. She is the daughter of William C. and Sarah (Callahan) Rider. Her father was born April 7, 1797. He was a farmer, and at present resides in St. Joseph, Mo. Her mother was a native of Virginia, and was born about 1802, and died in McHenry County, Ill., at the age of forty-eight years. After his marriage, our subject followed farming for four years, when he moved to Iowa City and was there engaged in the insurance business for a like period. For the next six years he was engaged in farming in Muscatine County, this State, and Knox County, Ill. In 1873, he came to this county, locating on his present farm, which now consists of 120 acres of land, situated in Section 15, Township 75, Range 38. His farming has been principally in grain. He has filled several town offices. He has five children living - William H., born December 21, 1860; Edward E., born May 10, 1862; Frank S., born March 5, 1864; Clara B., born November 19, 1867; and Mary C., born January 15, 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Morford are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., I. O. O. F. and A. H. T. A.


PASSMORE, Samuel B.

Farmer, P. O. Whipple, was born in West Nottingham Township, Chester Co., Penn., December 27, 1827. He is the son of John W. and Deborah (Brown) Passmore, both natives of Chester County, Penn., he born October 31, 1802, and died in his native county June 26, 1848; and she born January 12, 1801, and is still living. The parents were farmers, and had four children. The mother is now residing in Rising Sun, Cecil Co., Md. She visited her son in 1881, coming and returning by herself. Our subject received a district-school education, and worked on his father's farm till the age of twenty-one, when he began life for himself as a farmer. He was married, in New Garden Township, Chester Co., Penn., March 28, 1850, to Hannah M. Jackson, born in the same county March 19, 1829. She is the daughter of Joshua and Sarah C. (Cook) Jackson, both natives of Chester County, Penn. Her father was a physician, born in 1793, and died February 2, 1842. Her mother was born in 1794, and died September 17, 1850. Our subject left his native State and moved with his family to Bureau County, Ill., where he lived until 1870, when he came to this county, locating on his present place in Wright Township, having purchased the land the year previous. His farm now consists of 320 acres of land, in a good state of cultivation. It is situated in the east half of Section 21, Township 75, Range 38. Mr. and Mrs. Passmore have ten children - Amos C., born March 12, 1851; Ella D. (Mrs. Lipp), born September 17, 1852; Orlando C., born August 6, 1854; Ida A. (Mrs. Morris), born July 8, 1856; Elwood L., born January 13, 1858; Anna M. (Mrs. Nolta), born September 8, 1859; Ellis P., born July 29, 1860; William T., born July 8, 1863; Emma L., born January 6, 1866; and Lincoln G., born December 22, 1867. Our subject has been Town Trustee, and also a member of the School Board. He and wife are members of the Society of Friends. He is an A. H. T, A. , and in politics a Republican.


RAREY, Henry W.

Farmer, P. O. Whipple, was born in Franklin County, Ohio, June 2, 1839. He is the son of W. H. and  Eliza (Rine) Rarey. His father was born in Franklin County, Ohio, February 22, 1812. He was one of the originators of the Rarey system of training horses, and, according to the report of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture in 1855, owned more fine horse stock than any other man in the State. He commenced traveling in 1858, which he continued until 1870, visiting, during the time, a dozen or more States in the Union. He died in February, 1877, at his old home in Groveport, Franklin Co., Ohio, a town which he laid out himself. He was a brother of J. S. Rarey, the great American horse-trainer, but who traveled mostly in Europe. The mother of our subject was a native of Ohio, and died in 1844. Our subject received but a limited education, and, at the age of twenty-two, began life for himself as a farmer. He was married, in Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio, November 9, 1861, to Eliza McCoy, born in Ross County of the same State. After his marriage, our subject operated his uncle's (J. S. Rarey's) farm for four years. He came West in 1871, stopping in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, this State, till the spring of the following year, when he came to this county, locating on his present farm, in Wright Township, July 4 of that year. He has made all the improvements himself. He was one of the first Justices of the Peace of Wright Township. He has three children - Estella, William Elmer and Jennie May. Our subject joined the Cadets of Temperance at an early age, and throughout his life has lived up to its obligations. He is also an Odd Fellow. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is Republican.


SCHOFIELD, John R.

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, born in Yorkshire, England, in 1841, son of Joseph and Eleanora (Rhoades) Schofield, both natives of Yorkshire, England. His father was a farmer; left his native land and came to Racine, Wis., in July, 1842, where he died about five years after. The mother died shortly afterward, from a broken heart, caused by her husband's death. After the death of his parents, our subject lived with a Scotchman by the name of Stenhouse for twelve years, after which he worked out by the month for two years. He then enlisted in the First Wisconsin Infantry, Company C, Capt. Sheldon. Their principal engagement was at Perryville, Ky., October 8, 1862, where three-fourths of the company were either killed or wounded. He was also at Stone River and Chickamauga, at which latter place he was taken prisoner, together with C. S. Chapman, T. Anderson, L. McDonald and J. Leach, all of Company C. They were first taken to Libby Prison, where they remained about six weeks, during which time they were in the "Sugar raid." They were then removed to Danville, where they were kept until April 20, 1864, when they escaped. They were "shipped" from Richmond, Va., in grain cars, with three or four guards inside each car, and others on top. On the way, one "reb" lost his haversack, the contents of which the prisoners had shared. He began a search for it, and, while stooping over, our subject drew from his (the guard's) pocket a dirk, with a lock-spring, which was afterward of invaluable service in their effort to escape from prison. This dirk our subject managed to secrete, though the prisoners were carefully inspected several times. Once he avoided inspection by claiming to have the small-pox, which, at the time, was quite prevalent. During his imprisonment, he was detected in two "serious misdemeanors." One was stealing a loaf of bread, and the other was breaking into the Sutler's store, which joined the prison. For. each of these offenses he was "bucked" - that is, his wrists were tied together and his legs put up through his arms, and a stick put through under the knees, in which knotted condition he was rolled about for a long time. There were fifteen other prisoners who escaped at the time our subject did, including all who belonged to Company C. They dug a tunnel from the vault of the prison privy up into an old shop, from which they cut through by means of the stolen dirk. They made good their escape just a day or two before they were to be removed to that most cruel and uncivilized institution, Andersonville Prison. After his escape, our subject rejoined the Union army, and, at the end of his service, returned home for a short time. He then farmed a few years in Cass County, and, in March, 1868, bought and settled on his present farm, situated in Section 34, Township 75, Range 38, on which he has since resided. It now consists of 280 acres. Our subject was first married, August 6, 1867, in Racine County, Wis., to Almira Mead, born in Rochester, Racine Co., Wis., in April, 1849, and died in this county April 26, 1868. His second marriage occurred February 22, 1871, in Atlantic, Cass County, this State. He wedded Mary E. Bell, born in Madison County, this State, January 31, 1854, daughter of Elisha and Abigail (Watson) Bell, who were early settlers in Cass County. Mr. Bell was twice elected Judge of Cass County, but died before the expiration of his second term. Mrs. Bell is still living on a farm in Cass County. The parents were natives of Greene County, Ohio, and came to Wiuterset, this State, thirty-three years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Schofield have three children - Edgar A., born July 7, 1872; Almira B., born August 17, 1874; and Ralph F., born January 19, 1876. Our subject is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics is a Republican.


SMITH, William H.

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Vermillion County, Ill., May 16, 1842. He is the son of Hiram and Naomi (Dillon) Smith. His father was a native of Virginia. He came to this State in 1855, locating in Cass County, where be died in 1858, at the age of about fifty years. The mother of our subject was born in Clinton County, Ohio, in 1815, and is still living on the old homestead in Cass County. Our subject attended the common schools until he was twelve years old. July 28, 1862, he enlisted in the Twenty-third Iowa Infantry, Company I, Capt. Coe. He took part in many heavy engagements, including Vicksburg, Fort Gibson, Black River Bridge and Spanish Fort. He was mustered out of service at Davenport, this State, August 18, 1865. He was married, in Grove City, Cass Co., Iowa, March 18, 1868, to Amanda Mewhirter. born in Van Wert County, Ohio, in March, 1849. She is the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Walters) Mewhirter. Her parents left Ohio in 1854, aud came to this county, where they have lived ever since. After his marriage, our subject worked his mother's farm for one year, and afterward his brother's for two years. He then purchased his present place in Wright Township, where he now resides. It consists of 120 acres of land in Section 24, Township 75^ Range 38. Our subject has been School Director, Road Supervisor, and is at present Constable. He has six children - Edward A., born January 20, 1868; Mary E., born October 17, 1869; Franklin A., born January 11, 1872; Nora E., born March 19, 1875; Maggie M., born August  2, 1877; and Willie S., born March 5, 1880. Mr. Smith is an Odd Fellow, and in politics a Republican.


WEAVER, C. C.

Farmer, P. O. Lewis, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Franklin County, Ohio, July 18, 1840. He is the son of Giles and M. J. (Webster) Weaver, both natives of Franklin County. Ohio, he born in 1813 and she about 1820. Her father was a merchant, but has now retired, and resides in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, this State. Our subject received a common-school education, and afterward clerked in his father's dry goods store in Ohio, until he was married, in his native county, in 1862, to Miss S. J. Rarey, born in Franklin County, Ohio. She is the daughter of W. H. and Eliza (Rine) Rarey. (See sketch of Henry W. Rarey, of Wright Township.) After his marriage, our subject clerked for awhile. He was a Sutler in the army during most of our late war, after which he engaged in farming and gardening in Ohio, which occupation he followed for three years. He then came to this county, locating on his present farm, situated in Section 9, Township 75, Range 38. It consists of 108 acres, which has been brought to its present state of cultivation by his own labors. He raises principally grain. He has been Township Trustee for seven years, and at present fills that position. He has three children - M. G., born April 18, 1864; W. G., born March 3, 1879; and C. C. born March 16, 1880. Mr. Weaver is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also the Anti-Horse Thief Association. Politically, is Republican.



WORK, John M.

Farmer, P. O. Walnut, was born in Orange County, Vt., March 21, 1832. He is the son of Elias and Sarah (Tuffts) Work, both natives of Connecticut. His father died when he (subject) was fourteen years of age, and the mother died shortly afterward. The father was a cabinet-maker by trade. Our subject was educated in the schools of Williamstown, Orange Co., Vt. After the death of his parents, he worked with his brother in a wagon shop until he (subject) came West in 1855. He was married, the previous year, in Vermont, to Martha D. Conner, born in the same State April 25, 1832. She is the daughter of Gideon and Betsey (Tovmsend) Conner, both natives of Vermont, and both died in Bureau County, Ill. The year after his marriage, our subject moved to Sheffield, Bureau Co., Ill., where he started a wagon shop, which he operated for about fifteen years. In 1871, he came to this county, locating near Walnut, where he farmed till the spring of 1881, when he traded for his present place, which consists of 114 acres in Section 7, Wright Township, where he at present resides. He has six children living - Charles E., born May 30, 1855; Laura N., born August 18, 1858; Willie D., born October 18, 1860; Perley M., born August 21, 1863; Ella E., born November 12, 1869; and Henry T., born September 12, 1873. In politics, our subject is a Republican.


WRIGHT, Thurston S.

Farmer, P. O. Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, born in Noble County, Ind., September 1, 1855, son of Simeon and Emeline (Arnold) Wright. (See sketch of W. W. Wright, Wright Township.) His father, after whom this township takes its name, has been Justice of the Peace for ten years, and was also a member of the Board of Supervisors. Our subject received such an education as his limited advantages would admit. He worked with his father till he was eighteen years of age. Was married, at home, September 14, 1S73, to Jessie B. Van Riper, born in Wright Township May 22, 1858, daughter of William Van Riper. In November of the same year, our subject purchased his present place, and has resided on it ever since. It consists of eighty acres, situated on Section 26, Township 75, Range 38. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have two children - Viola Frances and Edith Pearl. In politics, our subject is a Republican.


WRIGHT, William W.

Farmer, P. O. Grriswold, Cass Co., Iowa, was born in Noble County, Ind., Sejjtember 9, 1860. He is the son of Simeon and Emeline (Arnold) Wright, he born in Massachusetts in 1827, she in Cattaraugus County, N. Y., in 1832. They moved to Indiana with their parents, and from there to this county in 1865, locating on Section 25, Township 75, Range 38, where they lived until the spring of 1882, when they went to Griswold, Cass County, three miles from their original location in this county, and here they at present reside. The father was Justice of the Peace for ten years, and has served one term on the Board of Supervisors. Our subject had a common school education, and worked at home till the age of twenty years. He was married, at the residence of William Deans, Wright Township, September 11, 1881, to Carrie E. Strandell, born in Sweden May 13, 1863, daughter of Louis A. and Catharine Christina Strandell, both natives of Sweden. They came to the United States about 1869, locating in Cass County, but are at present residing in Des Moines, this State. Our subject farms principally in grain. In politics, he is a Republican.


*Six years after the publication of this book, Johnstown was flooded when the South Fork Dam upstream from the town burst; over 2000 people were killed. See Wikipedia's article. David McCullough has written an excellent book on this flood.
From History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, published by O. L. Baskin & Co.; Libby Prison photo in the public domain
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