from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 307
Peter GLEASON, a practical farmer and breeder of fine short-horn cattle, residing on section 13, Poe Township,
is a native of New York, forn in Tioga County, in January, 1833. His parents, Jesse and Didama (AYRES) GLEASON,
were also natives of the State of Nnew York. Both are now deceased.
Peter was reared on the home farm in his native
county where he received the benefits of a good common-school education. At the age of twenty-one years he went to Ohio,
and soon married a lady (Mary A. JONES) who died a year after her marriage, leaving one son.
From Ohio he moved to the
State of Wisconsin, where he remained some twelve years. He was married in Wisconsin to Miss Margaret McCLYMAN, and to this
union have been born six children - one son and five daughters, of whom one daughter is deceased.
In the fall of 1868 Mr.
GLEASON went to Idaho and Oregon where he remained about three years, when he came to Ringgold County. He resided in
Ringgold County until 1880, when he took a trip to California, and engaged in the mercantile business for four
years, and then on his return trip stopped a short time in Ohio. He then returned to his farm in Poe Township
where he has since been engaged in general farming and stock-raising, in which enterprise he is meeting with
In politics Mr. GLEASON affiliates with the Republican party. He has never aspired for official position,
devoting his entire time to the duties of his farm and business.
Both Mr. and Mrs. GLEASON are worthy members of
the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been quite a pioneer, crossing the plains and mountains eight times to the
Pacific coast; was in the country and on the plains during the great Indian war of 1864-'5, which caused him
much trouble and anxiety. He lost a large lot of stock at one time by Indians, and their pursuit and punishment
ended in the Modoc war*.
NOTE: Peter GLEASON died at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 13 days on November 23, 1906.
Margaret GLEASON died at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 29 days. Peter and Margaret were interred at
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.
* The Modoc War was also known as the Lava Beds War, and was an armed conflict between the Modoc
Tribe and the United States Army, fought in southern Oregon and northern California between 1872 and 1873. It was
the last of the Indian Wars to break out in either Oregon and California.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 307, 1887.
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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
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