Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 382.
ALPHEUS M. GUSTIN
"Alpheus M. GUSTIN, an old settler of Ringgold County, and an active and enterprising farmer
and stock-raiser of Jefferson Township, living on section 7, was born in Adams County, Ohio, February
25, 1844. His father, Jeremiah Gustin, brought his family to Iowa in 1855, when he located in Marion
County, coming to Ringgold County in the spring of 1857.
The family settled on wild land and the
first night camped on their new homestead, while the wolves howled all around them. Their house was
the first frame dwelling in Ringgold County, the frame-work being hewed from the timber, and the
siding, doors and flooring being hauled from Marion County, a distance of 100 miles. For two years
they went to Marion County for provisions, and their nearest mill was in Missouri, fifty miles from
their home. The father at one time was snow bound while going to mill, and was unable to return home
for three weeks.
They tramped their grain out, and sometimes flailed it out, on a dirt floor. Such
were some of their experiences of pioneer life, but their hardships and privations are over, and they
now enjoy the fruits of their years of toil.
Alpheus M. Gustin, the subject of this sketch, was
reared amid pioneer scenes, and his youth was spent assisting to clear and cultivate the home
farm. He was married June 4, 1865, to Miss Catherine T. Harvey, and of the six children born to this
union two are deceased - Emmitt and Oscar. The
names of those yet living are - William, Charles, Blanch and Fred. Mr. Gustin has met with success in
his agricultural pursuits, and has now a
well-cultivated farm, where he resides, containing 340 acres of valuable land, which is farmed by
himself with the assistance of his two sons,
besides which they thresh and shell corn for the neighborhood. He has the latest improved machinery
on his farm, and good farm buildings for the accommodation of his stock.
Mr. Gustin takes an
interest in any enterprise for the advancement of the cause of education or religion. He has taught
school himself, following that vocation during seven winters, and was president of the School Board
for two terms. He has held the office of justice of the peace one term, was township trustee two
terms, and has also served as road supervisor. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and
is superintendent of Mortimer Sabbath-school."
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