Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa.
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Polly Eckles.
In almost all American communities there may be found quiet, retiring men, who never ask for public office or appear prominent in public affairs, yet who, nevertheless, exert a wide-felt influence in the community in which they live and help to construct the proper foundation upon which the social and political world is built. Such a man is Samuel Elder, who throughout his entire life has been an honored and respected citizen of Monroe county.
He was born on the farm on which he still resides, ten miles northeast of Albia, four miles north of Avery and three miles from Chisholm, the latter being his postoffice address, and the date of his birth was January 26, 1853. His paternal grandfather, John Elder, came to this country from Ireland when twenty years of age, and his death occurred in Ohio, while on the maternal side our subject is descended from old Pennsylvania ancestry. He is a son of Matthew and Jane ( Lower ) Elder, the former of whom was born in Coshocton county, Ohio. In 1850 Matthew Elder came to Iowa, locating on our subject's present homestead, where he passed away in death at the age of sixty-eight years and one month. His wife, who was born near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, died at the home of a son of Albia, when she had passed the age of eighty-one years. Ten children were the result of this union, nine of whom are still living, and the deceased daughter left a family of five children.
Samuel Elder received his early education in the schools of Monroe county, while later he attended the educational institutions of Eddyville, Iowa, and Monmouth, Illinois. After his marriage he located in Ringgold county, Iowa, where he farmed on rented land for two years, after which he purchased and removed to a place in Wayne county, this state. After a residence there of one year he sold his possessions and purchased the three hundred acres which constitute his present valuable homestead. The farm is located in Pleasant township, and at the time of purchase was only partially improved, but he has since placed the entire tract under cultivation, and it is now one of the valuable farms of the county. He devotes his attention to general farming and stock raising, and in both lines of industry his efforts are being rewarded with a high and well merited degree of success.
The marriage of Mr. Elder was celebrated on the 14 th of March, 1878, when Miss Anna Chisholm became his wife. She was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, and is a member of an old and prominent family of Monroe county, Iowa, the village of Chisholm, located therein, having been named in honor of her father. She is a daughter of William and Mary ( McQueen ) Chisholm. The father, also of Columbiana county, Ohio, came to Iowa in 1860, and his death occurred in this state at the age of sixty years. His mother, Janet, reached the remarkable age of one hundred and one years, and she was from Scotland. The mother of Mrs. Elder, who was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, also spent her last days in this locality, passing away in death at the age of sixty years. By her marriage Mrs. Elder has become the mother of three children, the two eldest of whom, Charles M. and Mary E., are attending Penn College of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and the youngest, Janet, is at home.
In political matters Mr. Elder has been a life-long Republican, his first vote having been cast for R.B. Hayes in his race for the presidency, and in 1899 he was elected to the position of supervisor and he was made chairman of the board. The family are members of the United Presbyterian church, and Mr. Elder assisted materially in the erection of the house of worship of that denomination in this locality.
During a residence at Albia of some fourteen years, the gentleman above named has impressed himself quite favorably upon the community both as a man and a physician. Before coming from the east he obtained an excellent education, both literary and professional, and this has been so improved upon by subsequent study and observation, to say nothing of his practical experience, that it may truthfully be said that Dr. Eschbach is now one of the best informed men in his profession. If proof of this were needed, it is furnished by the fact of his membership in so many prominent medical associations, and the active part he takes in their deliberations.
Dr. Eschbach's grandparents were natives of the German Palatinate and after their emigration to the United States located in Pennsylvania, where they spent the remainder of their days. The Doctor's parents were David and Sarah Eschbach, both natives of Pennsylvania, who spent their lives in agricultural pursuits, and died at the respective ages of seventy-eight and sixty-nine years. They had eight children, of whom four are living.
H. C. Eschbach, one of the younger of his father's surviving children, was born October 23, 1856, in that part of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, known as “Paradise.” He was reared on the farm, and in addition to the attendance at the public school had the benefit of courses at the Limestoneville and Turbutville Academies, and Franklin and Marshall Colleges at Lancaster. He was graduated at the last mentioned institution in 1880 and shortly after entered the medical department of the Pennsylvania University, where he was graduated with the class of 1883. Equipped with a diploma from the famous college, Dr. Eschbach turned his face toward the setting sun and sought in the boundless west opportunities for rising in the profession he had chosen for his life's work.
He located first at Des Moines, where he practiced two years, and from there went to Monroe the capital of Jasper county. Three years were devoted to practice at this place and in January, 1888, Dr. Eschbach selected what proved to be his final location at Albia and here has remained up to the present time in general practice as a physician and a surgeon. He is an esteemed member of nearly all of the more prominent organizations devoted to the advancement or the promotion of the welfare of individual practitioners. Included in this last are the Des Moines and Iowa State Medical Association, and the Tri-State Medical Association.
Dr. Eschbach is surgeon for the Iowa Central Railroad Company, and his professional work in that position has given entire satisfaction to his employers. In 1892 Dr. Eschbach was united in marriage with Miss Augusta Coe, by whom he has three children. He holds membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is as popular in social circles as he is esteemed in the professional world.
The world, and America in particular, will never grow tired of praising the “self-made” man, one who begins life with none of the often fictitious helps, such as wealth, position or a family name, and by consistent and hard “plugging” forges forward to a position in the front rank; when this man has won the contest he often bears none of the signs of the struggles and disappointments through which he has passed, but to those who know his whole life he seems deserving of his success and well worthy a place among the leaders of men. The popular young lawyer of Albia, Iowa, Fred D. Everett, is one of this class, and in the long future which is before him a highly prosperous career seems to be marked out for him.
Mr. Everett comes from a good mingling of nationalities, the progressiveness of his English father being supplemented with the sturdy qualities of a Swiss mother; he is the son of John and Bertha ( Demuth ) Everett, the former born in England and the latter in Switzerland, both coming to America in childhood. They were married in Davis county, Iowa, where Mr. Everett followed the occupation of a miller and died in 1900; his wife still survives and resides in Bloomfield, Iowa. There were only two children, a son and a daughter, Fred D. and Frances M.
Fred D. Everett was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, April 18, 1876, and there grew up to manhood. In 1892 he graduated from the high school and the following year taught school in Monroe county. The next two years he engaged in farming in Monroe county, and having from these occupations saved some money and being filled with the ambition to enter the profession of the law, in the fall of 1895 he began his studies in the law department of the State University at Iowa City, from which he graduated in the spring of 1897 and was immediately admitted to the bar.
He selected Albia as the place to begin his legal career and formed a partnership with D. M. Anderson, which has continued to the present time. In the enthusiasm consequent upon the breaking out of the Spanish-American war in 1898 he became a private in Company D, Fifty-first Iowa Infantry, and served in the Philippines up to November, 1899.
Since this time he has engaged actively in the practice of the law. As an evidence of his growing popularity and his ability, in the fall of 1900 he was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of attorney of Monroe county and in the fall of 1902 received a renomination and election for second term. Fraternally Mr. Everett belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen; he is a man of much public spirit, and his enterprising character is evidenced in the record of his public career.