Sac County

Early Settlers

Robert Quail

Robert Quail


He was one of the earliest settlers of Sac County, Iowa. He resided in Section 12 of Jackson Township. He settled there in June 1856. He was a master of two trades, those of stonemason and gunsmith. He married Rebecca Tepley, a native of Knox County, Ohio. Her parents were Jacob and Susan (Scritchfield) Tepley, natives of Pennsylvania.
     Mr. Quail was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., June 29, 1823, Erie County. In 1835 his family moved to Holmes County, Ohio. He lived there until he decided to move to the fine Western lands to secure a home for himself. He moved to Benton County, Iowa, and then to Sac County, Iowa, settling on Section 31 of Douglas Township on a farm of 436 acres.

     He was one of the first settlers in the northern part of Sac County and most of the country was wholly unsettled. At that time deer and elk were plentiful. It was so cold and the snow so deep that it became necessary to relieve the wants of the settlers. The settlers were not prepared to endure such intense weather. He was appointed to a commission to visit O’Brien, Cherokee, and Clay counties.
     The brave, kind-hearted men on the commission started with hand-sleds in the depth of winter, in a deep snow, with provisions for two days. It took 6 days to make the trip because of a snowstorm. They lost one of their party by freezing, but they rescued Martha Black and brought her back on the sled. This was a desperate time for many. As they traveled through O’Brien and Cherokee counties, many of the people were kept alive by partaking of a soup made from Elk skins, coon grease, and the buds of trees.
     In 1857, Robert was a soldier in the Indian expedition in pursuit of the Indians. The expedition lost the trail 15 miles from Spirit Lake, just 3 days before the massacre. He had joined a company of men who started with hand-sleds to protect the pioneers in Buena Vista county. They camped in the snow in the dead of winter, but had no fight with the Indians. He succeeded in doing much good to the scattered population of Buena Vista county.
     Mr. Quail took interest in thoroughbred Jersey cattle and his cow, Moxie, No. 9.711, was one of the best bred animals in western Iowa. He was county surveyor for one term, and the Justice of the Peace for 12 years.
     The name of Robert’s mother was Susan (Baker) Quail, and she was born in Essex County, New Jersey. John Quail was Robert’s father. John was a veteran of the War of 1812, and he was a school teacher. John was born in Fayette Co., Pa., in 1784, and his father’s name was Robert Quail (born in County Down, Ireland). The ancestry of the family can be traced as far back as the ancestors who lived on the Isle of Man. One of John & Susan’s sons, Samuel, was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in the Second Missouri Cavalry.

Schaller Herald—1 October 1896 Thursday


“In connection with a highly commendatory notice concerning Mr. P.P. White jr., of Holstein, who has located here for the practice of law, the A**ance of last week says:

‘Peter White Jr., who has been here for some months with his brother, Attorney M.M. White, left today for Schaller, where he will open a law office.   The people of our sister city will find in Mr. White a valuable addition to the circles of their burg.  He is a graduate of the college of Notra Dame one of the leading law schools of the United States; he is well read, a pleasant and ready talker, and a gentleman in every respect.  We hope to hear of his meeting with abundant success in his new home.’

Mr. White has secured the north rooms in the H.J. Hahne building on Main street, and is already located for business.  He holds certificates from both the supreme courts of Indiana and Iowa, and besides doing a general law business, will include real estate and insurance, and will give special attention to collections.  We heartily commend Mr. White to our people and those needing the services of a counselor.”


Schaller Herald—25 April 1901 Thursday


“Joseph Mattees, who is a candidate for representative, is a man well and favorable known, and really needs no introduction.  He has been in business at Odebolt for over a score of years, and has always been a leading factor in Sac county politics, and is a man of undoubted integrity and intelligence, positive and pronounced in his convictions, and withal a man to be depended upon.  As yet he has no declared contestant to the office.”


Schaller Herald—25 April 1901 Thursday

INGRAM, Alonzo

“Alonzo Ingram of Wall Lake township, announces himself as a candidate for the office of sheriff.  Mr. Ingram is a prosperous farmer of the township, locating there about nineteen years ago.  He has always been an active party worker.  He is also an old soldier, serving with credit during the war a member of Co. H, 11th Ill. Cav.  Mr. Ingram possesses the ability and necessary qualification to ably fill the office should he be the choice of the people, for if nominated there is no doubt of his election.”


Schaller Herald—17 September 1903 Thursday


“Just fifty years ago last Tuesday, Septermber 15, 1853, at Bellevne, Jackson county, Iowa, occurred the marriage of Allen H. McLaughlin to Miss Lavina J. Morford, under what was, in those early days, considered very favorable circumstances, but in this day and age would be considered by many to be a foolish undertaking.  But these young people were of the hardy, pioneer stock and entered upon their journey of life with high hopes, and that their lives have been prosperous and blessed with much of that which is good goes without question.

Fifty years of married life is a long time, not so long after the race is won and the victor looks back down the path, which he has traveled, but it was deemed of so much importance in the lives of these good people that their children thought is should be made a day of rejoicing and a bringing together of the family and other relatives.

There was quite a gathering at the old home just southwest of town Tuesday, in response to invitations sent out, and nearly seventy persons, all relatives, we believe with the exception of possible five or six, met there to do honor to the occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin raised a family of six children, of whom J.B., H.A., F.M. and B.H., and Mrs. J. B. Harris, are still living.  One son, Joseph, died several years ago, the only death that has entered this family during the fify years.  In this family also are numbered 23 grandchildren, and one great grand child, Mildred Harris, all of whom were present except Wm McLaughlin, who is employed at Sioux City and was unable to be present.  Herman McLaughlin, whose accidental death occurred so recently, was the only member of all the grand children of this couple who has been taken from them.  Truly their lives have been blessed, and as they have been permitted to live beyond the allotted time of man, ‘three score years and ten,’ and have seen their children, and children’s children grow up to be highly respected citizens, they have much to be thankful for.

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin, after their marriage, removed to Mercer county, Illinois, where they resided until the spring of 1877, when they returned to Iowa and took up their residence in Clinton county.  In 1879 they came west to seek a new home and located on the land which is yet their home, and here, surrounded by their children, have lived a contented life.

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin have gone hand in hand from the dawn of wedded life through the fierce sun of the noontime of active life, and now in their declining days the hope of all their friends is that they may yet enjoy many years as peaceful as an October afternoon when the haze of Indian summer vails the heat of the sun and every passing breeze whisper messages of hope for the future.

They were recipients of many handsome and useful presents from those present and also from friends at a distance who were unable to attend.

The following relatives from out of town were present at the festivities:  Messrs. And Mesdames George Fell, of Cherokee, Oklahoma:  Harvey Wise, Paton:  Chas. McLaughlin, and A.L. Hyzer and son, Storm Lake:  J.W. hartsell and son, E*** and C.L. McLaughlin, Memphis, M*** H. McLaughlin, Paton:  Jos. Downs, Manchester.” [Picture included with the biography.]


Schaller Herald—1 March 1906 Thursday


“Uncle Ben McLaughlin recently made out a few statistics of the family which are quite interesting, and shows the McLaughlin family to be a long-lifed family.

Henry and Jane McLaughlin, of Mercer county, Pa., raised a family of ten children nine boys and one girl, namely:  John L., Samuel P., Levi, David H., James R., Benjamine W., Josiah B., Margaret A., Allen H. and Silas S.  They resided in Pennsylvania until the children were all married excepting Allen H. and Silas S., who were married after coming west.  In April, 1854, they all came west and settled in Suez township, Mercer Co., Illinois, except Samuel P., who went to Jackson county, Iowa, and lived there a number of years, afterwards removing to Green county.  The father, mother, and five children have died and gone to their long home, all at a ripe old age—the father at the age of 87; the mother at 76; Samuel P. at 62; Levi at 78; Josiah B. at 70, Silas S. 66; Margaret A. 71.  The combined ages, 510; average 73 years.  Those living are John L., age 88, Viola, IL; David H., age 83, Alpha, ILL; James R., age 81, Alexis, ILL; Benj. W., age 79, and Allen H., age 75, Schaller, Iowa; combined ages of those living, 506; with an average of 81 years.”


Schaller Herald—15 July 1909 Thursday

WILLCUTT, Clarence E.

“Clarence E. Willcutt, who has but recently graduated from the medical department of the State University Iowa City, will begin the practice of medicine in Schaller and is having rooms fitted up for him in the H.J. Hahne building on Main street.  Dr. Willcutt is a Schallerite and is known to all as a young man of sterling worth and character, and we believe the people of this vicinity will have confidence in him.”


Schaller Herald—29 May 1913 Thursday


“***Jan. 8, 1842, DeKalb, N.Y. Enlisted at Ogedensburg, N>Y., in Co. A *** Vol. Infantry, July 23, 1862.  He participated in several skirmishes ***ly in the campaign and was ***htly wounded at the battle at ***olk, Va., in April, 1863.  With *** regiment he took part in the siege *** capture of Ft. Wagner, S.C.  In *** campain before Richmond on ***y 16, ’64, he received three wounds ***d was sent to the general hospital.  *** following September he returned *** his regiment and took part in the ***ttles before Richmond and Peters***rg up to Dec. 12, when they were ***dered to Ft. Fisher, N.C. and took ***rt in its capture on Jan. 15, 1865.  ***s company joined Sherman at Wil***ngton, and was with him in the march across North Carolina.  Was made 1st Lieutenant May 1, 1865, serving in this capacity until discharged with his regiment, June 7, 1865.”  [Picture included with the biography.]


Schaller Herald—29 May 1913 Thursday


“Was born near Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 10, 1836.  Enlisted at Prairie de Sac, Wis., Aug 13, 1862, in the 23rd Wis. Inf.  He participated in thirteen engagements, namely:  Chickasaw Bayou Dec. 12 to 25, ’62:  Ft. Hindman, Jan. 11, ’63;  Ft. Gibson and Champion Hills, May 1 and 16, repectively:  and Black River Bridge, the 17th.  Was in the seige before Vicksburg, being almost constantly under fire from May 19 until July 4, when the city capitulated.  Was later in the battle at Jackson, Miss., and at Carrion Crow, at which place he was wounded and captured, but the next day exchanged.  During April of this same year he took part in the engagements at Sabeine Cross Roads and at Cain River, and Jackson, on Oct. 5.  The last of his active engagements was at Mobile from March 26 to April 12, and was mustered out at his last named place July 4, 1865”  [Picture included with the biography.]


Schaller Herald—29 May 1913 Thursday

SHELEY, Martin

“Was born in Green county, Ohio, September 1, 1843.  He enlisted in the 28th Iowa Infantry, at Montezuma, February 14, 1864.  Although enlisting in the latter days of the conflict, his little more than a year of service took his company into some very warm contests, and they had excitement enough to satisfy them that Sherman fully understood what he was talking about when he remarked that ‘war was hell.’  He was in a seven days skirmish at Pleasant Hill, and also took part in engagements at Cane River, in the Shenandoah Valley Snicker’s Gap, Winchester and Cedar Creek.  These last two being especially hard fought battles.  At Cedar Creek he was a member of the color guard and after the battle he was one of three left of the nine composing the guard, and he was wounded.   He was discharged with his company on April 14, 1865.”  [Picture included with the biography.]


Schaller Herald—29 May 1913 Thursday


“Was born in Hardy county, W.Va., February 2, 1842.  He enlisted for service at Montecello, Platt county, Ill., in Co. E., 107th Ill. Inf.  He took active part in all the battles and skirmishes of his regiment in the Atlanta campaign, from Dalton to Atlanta.  After the fall of Atlanta his regiment was taken back to Nashville.  On Nov. 30, 1864, he took part in the battle of Franklin, Tenn.  This he considers one of the warmest battles in which his company participated.  Dec. 15 and 16 occurred the battle of Nashvill.  Following this fight the company was taken up the river to Cincinnati and on to Washinton, and from there down the coast, participating in the seige and capture of Ft. Fisher.  He was mustered out with his company at Saulsburry, N.C., June 21, 1865, and arrived at his home July 11, 1865.”  [Picture included with the biography.]


Schaller Herald—18 September 1913 Thursday


“CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY.  Mr. and Mrs. A.H. McLaughlin of This City, Married Sixty Years Last Monday.  Anniversary Duly Observed.

An event of no little importance *** week was the celebrating of the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. McLaughlin, on Monday September 15.  It is seldom a ***le are given such a privilege, and ***as deemed of sufficient importance ***ake it an occasion long to be remembered.

*** years age this worthy couple ***rated their fiftieth anniversary, ***all who were present at that *** were invited to do honor upon this occasion, together with a few ***s, old time neighbors and friends *** pioneer days, and fully one *** red gathered to do them honor ***stend congratulations, and to *** the table with them at a ***eous anniversary dinner, arran***r and planned by the children ***randchildren, and served in the *** room of the Methodist church, ***ong men members of the family ***ing as waiters.

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin were *** at Bellevue, Jackson county, *** September 15, 1853.  They have *** residents of Sac county nearly ***-five years, coming her in the *** of 1879, locating in this town ***n the farm just south west of *** and went through many of the ***hips incident to the early set***. A few years ago they gave up ***tivities of farm life and took up residence in town that the re***og years of their lives might be ***quite, and to enjoy the rest they ***l deserved.

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin have ***d a ripe old age, both will be 83 *** old this fall, and are the head ***rge and highly respected family, ***ering six children, one daughter ***ve sons, one of whom died seve***ars ago, twentysix grandchildren ***irteen greatgrandchildren.  Of ***mily of forty-seven there has ***ut two deaths in the sixty years, *** remarkable record, and it is no ***a pleasure for them to look back ***he three score years of their ***ed life and say as did the Psalm***urely goodness and mercy hath ***ed me all the days of my life.’  ***y years, almost the allotted time ***to man in which to live, is a ***me, and yet not so long to them *** for our yesterdays are but a ***ime removed as we look back***down the traveled pathway, and *** the evening time of their lives ***he hope of all their friends that **ay enjoy many peaceful days *** light of life flickers out.

Among the number who came to celebrate the event was J.S. . . .

. . . incident in connection with the dinner was the fact that Mrs. McLaughlin insisted upon making and furnishing the butter for the dinner.

Another incident, also worthy of mention, is the fact that of all those who attended their fiftieth anniversary not one of the number has died, and a large majority of them were present of this time.  Ten years ago Mildred Harris was the only great-grandchild, now twelve other share the honors with her.

In behalf of the relatives and friends, Rev. F.B. Nixon presented them with a couple of handsome easy chairs in which they may find rest and comfort in the days to come.

The following relatives from out of town were present to do honor to the event.

Messers and Mesdames J.B. Morford, Frank Morford, Mrs. Lillie Morford and Mrs. Sarah Bridger, Alexis, Ills: T.W. McLaughlin and wife and Jos. McLaughlin, Clearwater, Kansas: J.S. Downs and Miss Carrie Downs, Manchester:  Messrs and Mesdames E. Falconer, J.W. Hartsell, Chas. Hartsell, Miss Ruth Hartsell, Jas. Hartsell and Vernon Hartsell, of Early:  Messrs and Mesdames C.H. McLaughlin, C.H. McLaughlin, Storm Lake: C.L. McLaughlin, Marathon: Mrs. A. L. Hyzer, Hubbard: Allen McLaughlin, and wife, of Denison; F.M. McLaughlin and wife, of Albia, and Jennie Harris, Cedar Falls.

Aside from the immediate members of the family, the following Schaller people were present:  Messrs and Mesdames M. Bartlett, Geo. Collins, W.K. Whiteside, F.H. McCray, F.B. Nixon, and Mesdames Mary Gulliford, A.H. Jones, Jane Sipes, Miss J.E. Hamand, Jas. Hamand and E.D. Francisco.

The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are as follows:

J.B. McLaughlin and Children—W.L.: H. Allen, Herman (deceased): J. Marion, W.F., Mrs. Etta McQuigg and Mrs. Nina Woodke.  Grandchildren—Lucile, Jeanette, and Charles, Ruby and Irvin: and Lenore McQuigg.

Jos. McLaughlin (deceased)—Wm., and Mrs. Cora Hahne.   Grandchildren—Conley and Raymond: and Everett Hahne.

H.A. McLaughlin—Earl, Willard, Lyle, Kenneth and Mrs. Ethel Bristol.

F.M. McLaughlin—Maud, Amanda and Elmer.

B.H. McLaughlin—Hazel and Frances.

Mrs. J.B. Harris—A.J., Jas., Henry, John, Edward, Kate and Jennie.  Grandchildren—Mildred, Naomi Edna: and Willard Harris.” [Photo included with the biography.]


L.T. Quirk
Representative from Sac county, was born in Clinton county, Iowa, January 20, 1874, and moved with his parents, in the spring of 1876 to Sac county where he has since resided. He was educated in the rural schools, Sac institute and
Morningside College. He taught school for three years, then became actively engaged in farming in which he has remained ever since. Married Miss Fannie L. Fox of Sac county April 18, 1899, and to them was born one son, Edward L.,
August 20, 1913. Was president of the Sac county farm bureau four years. A member of the Methodist church, consistory, Shrine and O.E.S. Was elected representative in 1922, reelected in 1924 and 1926. A republican in politics.

source: Iowa Official Register 1927-1928; Biographies of State
Representatives; pg. 252



George P. Bradley, a well-known and well-to-do farmer of Lakeside township, Cottonwood county, proprietor of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres in the neighborhood of Bingham Lake, is a native of Iowa, born on a pioneer farm in Jones county, that state, April 19, 1869, son of Marshall B. and Ellen (Dowden) Bradley, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Indiana.
Marshall B. Bradley came West as a young man and settled in Jones county, Iowa, where he bought a farm and established his home and was there engaged in farming until 1879, in which year he moved to Boone county, in that state, where he farmed until 1882, when he moved to Calhoun county, same state, moving thence, in 1883, to Nebraska, where he spent the rest of his life. Marshall B. Bradley was twice married. On June 1, 1847, he married Matilda A. Lee, and to that union were born five children, Emily, Horace, Viola, Harvey and Myra, of whom Horace is now the only survivor. The mother of these children died on November 8, 1858, and on May 24, 1861, Mr. Bradley married Ellen Dowden, to which union were born eleven children, Benjamin, Ira, Emma, Alfred, George P., Ida, Letitia, Martha, Cora, Daisy and Clara, of whom Ira, Alfred, George and Martha are the only survivors.
George P. Bradley was reared in Jones county, Iowa, and grew up to the life of the farm. When eleven years of age he was compelled to discontinue his studies at school on account of failing eyes and his youth was devoted to assisting in the work of the home farm. As a young man he began farming on his own account in Sac county, in his native state, and after his marriage, in 1905, established his home there, continuing to make that place his residence until he came to Minnesota in 1913. Upon coming to this state. Mr. Bradley bought a quarter of a section of partly improved land in Lakeside township, Cottonwood county, the farm on which he has since made his home, and proceeded further to improve the place until now he has a well-improved and well-kept farm. Most of the buildings on the place he has erected and all the fences on the place have been built by him. In addition to his general farming, Mr. Bradley has given considerable attention to the raising of high-grade Shorthorn cattle and has done very well.
It was in 1905, in Iowa, that George P. Bradley was united in marriage to Ida Peck, and to this union two children have been born, Paul D. and Daisy I. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have a very pleasant home and take a proper part in the general social activities of their neighborhood. Mr. Bradley is a Republican and gives a good citizen's attention to local political affairs.


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