1881: MONTGOMERY CO. BIOS OF PEOPLE FROM SCOTT COUNTY IOWA.

The following piece was submitted by Dixie A. Laire.

History of Montgomery County, Iowa; Des Moines:
Iowa Hist. and Biographical Co., 1881

I live in Montgomery Co., Iowa (Red Oak). I have several relatives that I'm researching that moved from Scott Co.,Iowa to Montgomery Co., and have noticed that neighbors of theirs seemed to come from Scott & Muscatine Counties as well...sort of a mass migration to Montgomery Co.

Other names that I "know of" that;moved to Montgomery Co. from Scott Co. area would be Benshoof, Logan, Stennett, Light, Mount, Packard, and more.

1.BECKNELL, A., farmer and shipper of stock, section 34, P. O. Stennett; was born in Washington County, Indiana, January 20, 1839, where he resided until nine years of age, when he moved with his parents to Scott County, Iowa, on a farm; there he lived until he moved to Montgomery County, Iowa, in August, 1854, where he has lived ever since on a farm of 190 acres of well improved land, with a good house and barn, good orchard of 200 trees and good running water. He was married February 12, 1861, to Miss Nancy Stennett, daughter of Daniel and Mary Stennett, who now live in Villisca. His father's name was William and his mother's name was Mary Becknell. His mother is deceased and his father lives with his children. They are the parents of six children: Josephine, Henry M., Maggie J., Anna May, Edwin E., and Ida Viola, all living at home. Mr. Becknell is one of the foremost and most reliable men of his township, and is liked and respected by all who know him.

2.LOGAN, JOHN P., butcher, P. O. Elliott; was born July 27, 1858, at McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania; lived there until eight years of age; then moved to Scott County, Iowa, in 1866; then to Monroe in 1873, there learned the harness trade, and in 1874, back to Blue Grass, Scott County; here was accidentally shot in the side by a man engaged in a row; then went to Linn County, in 1875, engaged in milling; returned to Scott County, engaged in milling, and in 1880 came to Montgomery County and engaged in butchering business. He was married May 1, 1880, to Miss Ona Hooper of Blue Grass, Iowa. His father was born February 12, 1832, at McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania; then came to Iowa in 1866; died April 1, 1872, in Scott County. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. His mother was born June 20, 1834, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania; she is still living in Scott County, Iowa.His sister, Melinda, died in Scott County April 12, at the age of two years; his brother, F. T. Logan, is a soldier in the regular army, company I, fifth cavalry United States, now stationed at Fort Laramie; he was in the charge under Gen. Mills at the White River massacre. Mrs. Logan was born September 30, 1865, at Blue Grass, Iowa.

3.MURER, JOHN, banker and lumber dealer, P. O. Elliott; he was born in Scott County, Iowa, September 29, 1855, and lived there twenty-three years. He was engaged in the lumber business at Buffalo, Iowa. Came to Elliott August, 1879, where he is now engaged in the banking and lumber business. He was married September 1, 1877, to Miss Emma Stevens, of Scott County, aged seventeen. She was born October 26, 1860. Mr. Murer's father was born in Bavaria, Germany, August 1, 1828, and came to Iowa in 1853. His mother is now forty-five years old. Mr. Murer has one child, Grace E., born January 26, 1879.

4.ALLARD, ALONZO, P. O. Grant; resides on section twenty-seven, Douglas township. Born in Franklin County, New York, May 6, 1845, and moved with his parents to Scott County, Iowa, living there on a farm two and a half miles from Davenport; moved to Montgomery County,in June, 1861, locating in Douglas Township. Mr. Allard has two hundred and six acres of good land as can be found in the county; on his farm is the old Indian burying ground, and many evidences of it still exist, such as beads and otherarticles prized by that peculiar race of human beings. Was married March 5, 1866, to Shilata Sprague, a native of Indiana; they have three children: Laura Rosalia, George W., Mary Elizabeth, all living. Mr. And Mrs. Allard are both members of the M.E. Church at Milford, and are regarded as consistent, Christian people by their neighbors.

5.KERRIHARD, THOMAS F., farmer and miller, section 1, P. O. Red Oak, born in Davenport, Iowa, August 10, 1856. His father, W. H. Kerrihard, moved to Montgomery County, Iowa, in 1857, and settled near where Wayne Stennett now lives, building a small mill and it is believed manufactured the first flour ever manufactured in Montgomery County; he afterward lived a year at what is known as Manker's Mill. In 1860 he located in Red Oak and built the steam flouring mills. Thomas commenced to learn the milling trade when he was quite young and took charge of the engine when he was fifteen years old. In February, 1876, he with his brother took the entire control of the mill, their father retiring; they yet control the mills. Thomas moved to his present location in March, 1880, where he owns an improved farm of eighty-five acres, containing a small young orchard; he also owns city property in Red Oak. Mr. K. was married October 30, 1874, to Miss Eva Baker, a native of Iowa.They have three children, one son and two daughters: Emma, Willie and Coozie.

6.KNAPP, JOHN W., farmer, section 10, P. O. Red Oak; born in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 10, 1827; his parents moved to Muscatine, Iowa, when he was three years old; move to Moscow in 1846, remained there a number of years. In 1848 he learned the milling trade, worked three years for Burrows & Prettyman; then farmed for about four years, and in the fall of 1855 came to Red Oak. In the spring of 1856 he commenced to work for Mr. Kerrihard in the Keys mill, afterward in the Silkett mill, then worked in the steam mill at Red Oak; he worked for Mr. Kerrihard in all perhaps about twelve years or more. In 1868 he moved on the farm where he now resides; owns forty acres of land. Mr.Knapp was married November 1, 1860, to Phoebe Ann Burris, a native of Indiana. They are both members of the Methodist Protestant church;Mr. K. is also a member of the Masonic order. They have one son: Andy B.

7.MANNING, JOHN W., farmer, section 6, P. O. Red Oak; born in Indiana, 1849. His parents moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in the fall of 1855, where they remained until February, 1865. when his father moved his family to Linn County; John's mother having died in 1864. He remained in Linn County until March, 1871, and returned to Muscatine County, there he remained a little over one year. In May, 1872, he came to Red Oak, broke prairie that summer, and during the winter of 1872-3 worked for Mr. Otto; and the following summer for Mr. Mason, in the same neighborhood. In July, 1873, he moved to Nebraska, remained one year and returned to Montgomery County;lived on Mr. Otto's farm about three years, then lived in Boone County, Iowa, one year. In 1878 he returned to Montgomery County, and soon settled where he now resides. He was married, July 1873, to Miss Mary F. Otto, a native of Iowa. They are members of the Baptist Church.

8. DEEMER, HORACE E., of the firm of Junkin & Deemer, attorneys at law, Red Oak; Mr. Deemer was born September24, 1858, in Marshal County, Indiana, and when eight years old moved to Cedar County, Iowa. About the year 1867 he removed to Muscatine County, Iowa, where he made his home until 1879. He was educated at the Iowa State University and graduated from the law department of that institution in June, 1879, and in the fall of the same year located in Red Oak and engaged in the practice of law in connection with his present partner. Mr. Deemer is a son of John A. Deemer, of West Liberty, Iowa, who was born in Ohio about 1832. He is Secretary of the Agricultural Society of Montgomery County.

9.THORNTON, AMOS G., farmer, section 10, P. O. Red Oak; was born in Canada, April 25, 1841. April 4, 1865, he removed to Detroit, Michigan, remaining there but a short time; finally located at Muscatine, Iowa; there he followed farming until the year 1870, when he removed to this county, locating on his present farm. After four years he returned to Muscatine, remaining there about three years, when he returned to his farm in this county, where he has since lived. He was married March 31, 1869, to Margaret A. Rogers, also a native of Canada, and who at that time lived near Muscatine. They are the parents of three children: William A., born January 21, 1872; David W., born February 15, '74; Ida May, born March 8, '78. Mr. Thornton bought his farm when it was all wild land; he now has a farm of 160 acres of well improved land, a good farm-house, and a fine orchard of 130 apple trees, together with an abundance of other fruits, such as cherries, crabs, grapes, etc. His house and orchard are surrounded by a fine walnut grove. His farm is fenced on all sides with a good hedge fence.