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Appanoose County >> 1878 Index

The History of Appanoose County..., Iowa
Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1878.


Biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Caldwell, J. S.,  proprietor of Moulton Woolen-Mills; office and mills, foot of Fifth st.; residence, foot of Fourth street; born in Carroll Co., Ill., in 1850; removed to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1870; thence to Albia, Monroe Co., Iowa, in 1871; thence to Moulton, this county, in 1877; has a complete one-set mill, with a capacity of 350 to 400 yards per day, 240 spindles; the best custom roll card in Iowa; makes a specialty of jeans and yarn, with a dye-house all complete and as far as their capacity extends as complete as any Eastern manufacturing company's mill; his mill and residence are valued at $10,000.  Married Miss Madeline Edwards in 1875; she was born in Ohio in 1855; they have two children - John W., born in July, 1876, and Walter T., born in May, 1878.  Greenbacker; members of the Presbyterian Church.  Enlisted in the 154th Ind., V. I. in 1864, and, being but 14 years of age, was installed as Company Clerk, which position he held until mustered out, in October, 1865.  Mr. Caldwell wishes to mention, for the benefit of all whom it may concern, that he is breeding some fine Berkshire and Poland-China hogs, as well as buff Cochins and Brahma fowls.   

Condra, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Livingston; born in Crawford Co., Ind., March 20, 1816. At the age of 22, or in 1838, he married Miss Louisa Adams; she was born in Kentucky in 1820; her father, Aaron Adams, was a pioneer to Indiana from Massachusetts; her mother, whose maiden name was Anna Collens, married Charles Moore, who died; she then married Aaron Adams (now deceased), a carpenter by trade, and lived in Crawford Co., Ind.; her mother died in Washington Co. The year following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Condra came to Knox Co., Ill., where they engaged at farming on rented land, until 1844, when he bought a farm, on which he remained until 1850, when they came to Appanoose in the spring of that year, where he owned 360 acres of land, but has divided with his children until he has 175 acres, valued at $20 per acre. They have eight children - Wm. W., born in October, 1841; Isaac N., October, 1843; Rebecca, September, 1846; Leander F., February, 1849; Angeline, September, 1851; Lydia, December, 1854; John L., April, 1857; Louisa, April, 1863; all of whom can read, write and cypher; all married but one, and all settled in Iowa. She is a member of the Christian Church and he is a Universalist.

Condra, William M., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Livingston; born in Knox Co., Ill., Oct. 28, 1841; with his father, Jacob C., came to this county in 1850; remained at home until he enlisted in Co. I, 36th Iowa V. I., Capt. Gedney, in 1862; participated at Helena, Little Missouri, Saline River, Little Rock, Mark's Mill; then the regiment was captured and held at Tyler, Texas, for ten months; but he, having been detailed to guard prisoners, was not taken; mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1865. Married Miss Mary I. Green June 17, 1806; she was born in Washington Co., Ohio, in 1842; Died Feb. 13, 1873, leaving two children - Emma A., born in 1868, and Ollive O., born Sept. 20, 1871; her father, David Green, was a substantial farmer of Pleasant Tp.; born in New England; first settled in Ohio, and came to Appanoose Co. in 1852. Then married Miss Susanna C. Davis March 25, 1874; she was born in Adair Co., Ky., in 1853; they have two children - Jennie, born Dec. 21, 1874, and Minnie Bell, July 29, 1877. Republican; he is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and of A., F. & A. M., No. 133, Bellair, Iowa. Owns 105 acres of well- improved lands, all fenced except fifteen acres of timber, valued at $25 per acre. Mrs. Condra's father, John M. Davis, came to Davis Co., Iowa; there engaged in farming; his trade being that of a stonemason, he engaged in that whenever he found an opportunity; came to this county in 1863, and remained until August, 1877, when he removed to Kansas; was a man of excellent religious principles, at times preaching the Gospel. Her mother was of a similar character, and an ornament to the society in which she moved.