Early Settlers


D. Carr Early

     D. Carr Early was born 21 April 1830 near the village of Freeburg, Brown County, Ohio, the son of Andrew Early, a native of Kentucky.   Mr. Early's ancestors came from Ireland in eighteenth century and settled in Hampshire County, Virginia.
     Mr. Early had a farm background and went on to many pursuits, attended college, taught school, became a lawyer and judge.
     In 1856 he started west, making the entire trip on foot.  He was determined to be the owner of a quarter section of government land, with the timber on it, if possible.  He found that tract of land in Sac County.  He went on foot to the lad office at Sioux 

City to file his pre-emption papers, while Andrew J. Taylor, his friend, remained and cut logs and made clapboards for a cabin, which was built on the line of two claims.
     He served as County Judge for one year and also as Mayor of Sac City.  He was director and President of the Sac County Bank, later known as Sac Co. State Bank.  He also had interest in the railroad lines from Sac City to Wall Lake.


Judge Samuel M. Elwood

     Samuel M. Elwood, ex-district judge and attorney of Sac City, Iowa, was born 17 September 1850 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.   His parents were Thomas and Jane (Henry) Elwood.  In 1881 Thomas Elwood moved to Sac City, where his death occurred on 9 March 1888, and his wife died 14 September of the same year.  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Elwood were the parents of seven children; Samuel M., 

 Nancy J. (Cowan), deceased; Mary Ellen (Martin), Asenath E. (Miller), deceased; Margaret I. (Campfield), Elizabeth M. (Newby), and Harriet M. (Hayden).    
Judge Elwood was reared on the farm and attended the schools of his home neighbor hood, after which he entered Iowa College at Grinnell, Iowa, at the age of sixteen.  After three years of study at Grinnell, he attended the Agricultural College at Ames, Iowa.  He studied law and later graduated from the Law School 24 June 1873.  After graduation he began the active practice of law at Trayer, Iowa, but after six months of experience he began to teach school for four months at McPherson, Kansas, after which he in the West for some time.  He then returned to Sac City on 1 November 1895.  He served as mayor of Sac City for two and has also been a member of the school board.  In 1895 he was elected district judge of the court and served eight years.  He served as director of the First State Bank and then as director and president of the Farmers Saving Bank.  He organized a lightning rod business with a Mr. Dodds in 1887 and manufactured lightning rods in Sac City for ten years.  He also started the Elwood Telephone Company on 1 January 1900 and in 1914 it had eight hundred telephones.
     Judge Elwood was married 10 September 1878 to Sadie J. Darling, and to this union four children were born; William Drennen, Margaret J., Charles Summer, and Thomas Milton, who died at the age of two years.


John Fox

     He was born in Alsace Lorraine, France, 4 November 1832.  In 1850, when John was eighteen years old, he came to the United States, with his grandfather, who at the time was ninety-six years old, and who believed in opportunities offered in the western world.
     John and his grandfather settled in New York state, where John married in 1859.  After his marriage, John came to Iowa, living in Waterloo and Waverly for a few years.  He came to Sac City, in 1864 and opened a hardware store under the name of Fox and Crosby Bros.  One year later it became the property of Mr. Fox.  He built a building on the southwest corner of main and Fifth Street.  He was assisted by his two sons, John J. and W.V. Fox.  He passed away on 11 February 1938 at the age of 102.


Curtis Orville Lee

     Curtis Orville Lee was a product of the pioneer life of Sac County and one of those who has taken high rank amount the citizens of Sac City.
     Curtis Orville was born 8 November 1860 in Sac City, the son of Melitus S. and Caroline Lee.
     He was educated in the Common Schools and Cornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa.  After completing his education he took care of one hundred and sixty acres of prairie land which his father gave him.  This farm was located in Douglas Township.  He added to it until the land totaled three hundred and thirty-sic acres.  On 2 august 1892, he purchased the grain elevators at Sac City and operated them for nine years, taking his family to Sac city in February 1893.  Mr. Lee was successful as an auctioneer and real estate operator.
     Curtis ended up the owner of one thousand and seventy acres of land in Sac county over which he exercised personal supervision.  He had a large stock farm northwest of Sac City on which he fed hundreds of cattle and hogs.  During the season of 1912 he shipped over thirty carloads of swine to Chicago markets.
     Mr. Lee was a member of the Republican Party, Mayor and a School Board member.  He was a member of the Baptist Church, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
     Mr. Lee was united in marriage to Celia Rogers on 16 March 1884.   Mrs. Lee was the daughter of Mrs. E.A. Knapp of Sac City.  They had two sons; LaVerne Lee, born 26 February 1887 and Ward Forrester Lee.


M.S. Lee

     M.S.Lee was born in Schoharie County, New York, 27 May 1821, the son of William Lee.  In 1853 he married Caroline.  He then traveled westward, stopping for a few months in the vicinity of Baraboo, Wisconsin, and then proceeding to Fayette County, Iowa.
     In 1854 he moved to Sac County.  He first resided in Sac City in a small log cabin.  The winter of 1854-1855 was a terrible one.  M.S. found it necessary to move his livestock to an improvised barn dug in a snow bank near Judge Criss's place for the remainder of the winter.  In the spring of 1861 he moved his family to his farm in Douglas Township where he erected a fine residence which later was known as the Schoharie post office.  He resided on the farm until 1894 when he retired to Sac City, dying 12 March 1898.  M.S. Lee was a large land owner.   M.S. had the following children; Cassina M. who died of diphtheria, Curtis Orville, Mrs. Leonra Keir, William Lamont, and Mrs. W.C. Wayt.



  Asa Platt was a pioneer of Sac County.  He was the oldest of nine children and was raised on his father's farm in Connecticut and western New York.  From there, the family moved to a farm in Erie county, Pennsylvania in the year 1850.
     Asa journeyed to Iowa in 1855, with the intention of locating in Sac county.  He gained control of 160 acres of government land.  The land was untamed prairie and neighbors were too few to mention.  The few settlements that there were existed along the river in the timber lands.
     Platt built a small house on his newly acquired land.  Upon doing so, he became one of the first settlers in the area.  Asa later purchased 320 acres which adjoined his other land.  He farmed there for thirty years.  The greater part of Sac City sits upon these original 320 acres.
     In 1893 Platt was no longer actively farming.  For the next forty years his interests shifted to raising livestock and banking.  For twenty-six years he was president of the Sac County State Bank.  The bank was considered a strong financial institution in western Iowa.
     Among his other business ventures was an interest in the mercantile business.  Platt also owned a restaurant where the Main Cafe used to be.   The citizen's Bank parking lot is there today.  In addition, Platt had control of many business and residence properties in Sac City.
     During the Civil War, Platt was one of numerous volunteers to ward off the Indians in case of an outbreak.  Platt's progressive attitude and flare for business brought him the respect and friendship of many.
     Platt was married to Adelaine Gray in 1851.  Asa and wife Adelaide raised four children; Elma (Criss), Virginia (Irwin), Milton and Rosalie (Hayge),


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