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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 394.


civil war flags.jpg      “GENERAL S. MOORE was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, April 10, 1830. His father, Riley Moore, was a native of Virginia, of Irish parentage, and died in 1847, while in the service during the Mexican war. His grandfather, Riley Moore, was a soldier of the Revolution, and died in 1844, aged 101 years. His mother, Mary Ann (Dyer) Moore, was a native of Virginia. His parents had a family of eight children – Isaac W., Owen, Elizabeth, Andrew Jackson, General S., Sarah, John and Nancy. Mr. Moore resided in his native county until twelve years of age, then came to Moultrie County, Illinois, thence to Champaign County, where he lived about fifteen years. He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools and at home. He was married April 17, 1851, to Miss Elizabeth Johnson, a native of Indiana, daughter of James and Juriah Johnson. In September, 1855, Mr. Moore, with wife and one child, came to Iowa, locating in Monroe County, until April, 1856, when he came to Ringgold County, and settled in Lott’s Creek Township, on section 5. He improved the land and resided upon it until August, 1862. August 10, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry. While in the service he received a wound which fractured a knee joint, an injury from which he has never recovered. He was honorably discharged May 31, 1865, at Memphis, Tennessee, and returned to his home. A short time after his return he engaged in the mercantile trade at Caledonia, starting with a capital of $450, which he conducted in such a successful manner that in a few years the annual sales of the establishment were over $20,000. In 1867 he was appointed postmaster and served until 1882, when he resigned. In 1884 he closed out his business. He was elected county supervisor and took his seat January 1, 1882. He was one of the board that purchased the poor farm and erected the court-house. He has served in several township offices. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and one of the most liberal supporters. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are the parents of six children – Mary Helen, Brewer, Owen F., Isaac W., Florence and Cordelia. James H. and Frederick A. are deceased. Mr. Moore has a valuable residence in town, a one-and-a-half-story building, surrounded with shade and ornamental trees, and well furnished. He owns 144 acres of land adjoining the town, and twenty-seven town lots. He has given his children a good education, and they are well fitted to take part in the active duties of life. He commenced life without means; but by industry and good management he has acquired a fine property. Politically he is a Republican.”

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