Benton County >> 1878 Index

The History of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878

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Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Tierney Ratti.

Faena, Chois, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Fairbanks, J. W., pump manufacturer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fallon, John, blacksmith, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fanron, Clark D., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Farnsworth, D. S., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 21; P. O. Dysart; born in Clearfield Co., Penn., in 1839; removed to Indiana Co., Penn., in 1860; thence to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1866; thence to Benton Co. in 1868; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Jane McCartney in 1861; she was born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1837; they had two children - Mary and John; Jane died in 1865. Married Salena E. McComb in 1868; she died in March, 1869. Married Jennie McAlister in 1873; she was born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1848; they have three children -- Ambrose, Jay and Salena. Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth are members of the Baptist Church. He is a member of the A., O. U. W. Mr. Farnsworth is among the early settlers in his neighborhood; stopped in the prairie grass with no settlement near with the exception of a few, and has made his fine improvements by his own industry. (1878 Monroe Township)

Farnsworth, Henry, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Farrall, J., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Farrall, T., farmer, See 2; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Farrar, James, hardware merchant, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Farrel, John, farmer, Sec. 20, P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Farrington, Sereno S., Belle Plaine; born June 25, 1840, near Bucyrus, Crawford Co, Ohio; he was the eighth child and fourth son of Moses and Armelia Farrington, who emigrated to that county in 1828, and settled upon eighty acres of land bought from the Government; the father died Aug. 20, 1840, when the subject of this sketch was two months old, leaving a widow and eight helpless children, the eldest being only thirteen years old; in 1856, Mr. Farrington left the scenes of his childhood, and came to Springdale, this (Cedar) county, when be went to work by the month, in the nursery of G. T. Wood, where he remained until Nov., 1857; he then went to Marshall Co., to visit relatives; on the 10th day of Dec., 1857, he commenced to learn the printer's trade in the Express office at Marietta, which was then the county seat of Marshall Co.; in Nov., 1859, the Express was discontinued; Mr. Farrington next worked for Mrs. Edwards, editress of the Marengo Citizen; in March, 1860, he went to Morrison, Ill., and finished his trade in the Sentinel office, where he gave his first vote for Abraham Lincoln; in June, 1861, he left Morrison for Iowa, and worked at the printing business at Des Moines until Aug. 15, 1862. He enlisted from the Register office in Co. I, 39th I. V. I., H. J. B. Cummings, Colonel; he served until the close of the war. He returned to Des Moines, and worked in the Register office until Sept., 1867, when he came to Belle Plaine and bought the Transcript of Dickson & Campbell; he sold the same to D. H. Frost, in Feb., 1869; in Oct., 1874, Mr. Farrington started the Belle Plaine Review, and remains at present its proprietor and editor; the Review is now the leading newspaper published in Belle Plaine, and enjoying the largest home circulation and is the official paper of the city. (1878 Iowa Township)

Farris, J. W., Sec. 17; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; born in Boone Co., Ind., in 1829; came to Iowa in 1855, and located on his present farm. Married Rhoda C. Potts in 1861; she was born in Will Co., Ill., in 1837; have four children - James M., Cornelia, William and Bertha; lost two - Arthur and Leonard. Democrat. (1878 Cedar Township)

Fashold, Henry, P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Faucett, Alvin, mason, Shellsburg.

Fawcett, A. H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Shellsburg; was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, April 30, 1842; came to this county in the Spring of 1856; has 175 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Has held the office of Township Assessor, etc. Married Charlotte Porter; she was born in Montgomery Co., Ind., Oct. 21, 1845; mother of three children -- William A., born Nov. 13, 1867; Albert L., born Dec. 21, 1869; Myrtia A., born Sept. 13, 1875. Mr. Fawcett emigrated to this county with his parents when he was 14 years old; his father, Jonathan Fawcett, George F., John Sharp, Taylor F. Farmer, Samuel Piggott and Andrew Gibbons were the first settlers in the township; the first election ever held in the township, was held at his father's house, in 1857; the town was organized by the above- named men; the town was named by Jonathan Fawcett the year that Fremont run for president; had some trouble in getting it through, as there was a majority of Democrats in the township. Mr. Fawcett came here when the country was wild, and has seen it developed into one of the finest counties in the State; has a good farm a comfortable home. (1878 Fremont Township)

Fawcett, George, retired farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Belmont Co., Ohio, Jan. 18, 1813; came to this county in 1855; has forty acres of land, valued at $2,000; has held nearly all the town offices. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Married Mary A. Hains; she was born in Belmont Co., Ohio; mother of seven living children -- Sarah (now Mrs. T. G. Armstrong), William H., Ellen (now Mrs. Caldwell), Isoriah (now Mrs. L. P. Weatherwax), Rachel (now Mrs. A. T. Weatherwax), Mary (now Mrs. C. W. Taylor) and George H. Emigrated from Ohio to Linn Co., Iowa; lived there one year thence to Benton Co.; when he came to the township there were only three families in the township; was one of the six men who organized the town, and was the man who proposed its name; was at the first election, when there were only between six and eight votes polled. Had two sons in the Union army -- John and William H.; John was in the 100-day service; served his time out, but died on his way home; William H. enlisted in the 13 th I. V. I., Co. G; was in the battles of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, siege of Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, Iuka, Jackson, siege of Atlanta; was under fire forty days, when he was taken prisoner July 22, 1864, taken to Andersonville prison, kept there four months, then taken to Florence, S. C., and endured all the privations a man could and live. Mr. Fawcett located 760 acres of land when he came here, and has handled more or less ever since he came. (1878 Fremont Township)

Fawcett, W. H., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Fawer, Samuel, farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Feblekorn, Christian, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eden Township)

Fechner, Gustave. (1878 Iowa Township)

Feenay, Henry, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine(1878 Iowa Township)

Felker, E. B., plasterer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Felker, O. (1878 Taylor Township)

Felker, Valentine; P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Felkner, W. H., school teacher; P. O. Garrison; born in Iowa in 1843; came to Benton Co., in 1860. (1878 Monroe Township)

Feller, D., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Fellows, E. G., photographer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fellows, J., farmer, Sec. 30: P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fellows, J. L., school teacher. (1878 Taylor Township)

Felt, G. W., stock dealer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Femay, John, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fergurson, A. J., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Fergurson, J., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Ferman, Robert, farmer, Sec 11; P. O. Blairstown; owns 580 acres of land; was born in Lancaster Co. Penn., on the 20 th of Jan., 1835; in the year 1847, he went to Ohio, where he remained until the Fall of 1851, when he went to Henry Co., Ill., where he remained until the breaking-out of the rebellion. He enlisted in 112th I. V. I., Co. A, on the 9 th f Aug., 1862, and was honorably discharged on the 20 th of June, 1865; he was in many severe engagements; the principal ones being the battle of Atlanta, siege of Knoxville, Resaca, Allatoona, Nashville, Wilmington and Raleigh. After the war was over, he came to this county, and has since made it his home. Is one of the Township Trustees at present writing, and also is the present incumbent of the office of School Treasurer. He married Miss Rebecca Hayden, in Henry Co., Ill., on the 10 th of April, 1864; she was born in Indiana, in 1841, on the 16 th of February; they have four children -- Frederick William, born in this county on 15 th of Aug., 1866; Lora Louise, born in this county March 28, 1869; Corwin Kent, born in this county Dec. 27, 1872; Cordie Estelle, born in this county May 5, 1877. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fermir, L. M.; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Ferree, S. R., carpenter, Belle Plaine(1878 Iowa Township)

Fetherkile, A. A., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Fetherkile, Adam F., Sec. 27; P. O. Urbanna; born in Nelson Co., Ky., April 1, 1812; came to Benton Co. in Oct., 1852; has 314 ½ acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Jemima Bailey in June, 1832; she was born in Phillips Co., Ark., in 1817; died July 4, 1837; then married Miss Sidney Bailey in Dec., 1837; she died Aug. 27, 1841, leaving one child -- Lucinda M., born Jan. 2, 1840; died March 22, 1860; Mr. Fetherkile married Amelia J. Holley in 1843; she was born in Indiana in 1820; divorced from Amelia in 1849; she left one child -- George M., born March 17, 1844; Mr. Fetherkile married Nancy Pawley in 1849; she was born in Kentucky in 1819; died Oct. 5, 1850; he then married Sarah M. Weysong April 19, 1851; she was born in North Carolina Dec. 26, 1825; they have eight children -- Adam A., Polly, John F., Abraham W., Sarah J., Mary E., Nancy C., Julia I. F. Democrat. Has held the office of Township Trustee. He is a member of the Dunkard Church. His son, George M., now a resident of Kansas, enlisted in the 28 th I. V. I. in 1862; participated in the battles of Red River, Vicksburg, all through the Shenandoah Valley, Va., with Sheridan. Was a prisoner three months; taken foraging; mustered out at close of the war. Mr. Fetherkile is among the early settlers, and has made all he has, with his fine improvements, since coming to this State, by his untiring energy and perseverance. (1878 Polk Township)

Fett, F., tenant farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fick, Hans, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Fiebelkorn, J., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Field John T., drayman, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fielman, J., farmer, Sec. 20; P. 0 Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Fike, C. C.; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Fike, C. J.; farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Waterloo. (1878 Homer Township)

Fike, John C., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1825; removed to Benton Co. in 1866; owns 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre. Married Elizabeth Bear in 1848; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., 1824; they had eight children - Susanna, Barbara, Anna, Elizabeth, Juda, Jacob, John and Christian; Elizabeth died Sept. 12, 1873. Married Mrs. Julia Ann Robinson in 1873. Republican in politics. Members of the River Brethren Church. (1878 Monroe Township)

Fike, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1843; removed to Benton co. in 1856; owns 120 acres of land valued at $25 per acre. Married Anna Lichty in 1863; she was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., June 11, 1843; their children are Peter L., born Nov. 14, 1866; Ellen, Dec. 12, 1867; Jeremiah, Sept. 5, 1869; Abel, April 19, 1871; Eneas, June 23, 1872, died Nov. 1, 1872; Mary L., born Jan. 20, 1874; Andrew L., April 21, 1875, died July 22, 1877; Benjamin and Joseph, born Aug. 24, 1876; Magdaline, Sept. 14, 1877. Republican. Has been the farrier of the county since 1857. Elected to the ministry on 1865; ordained to the eldership in 1871 of the River Brethren Church, organized in 1858. Mr. Fike has organized two churches in Kansas, one at Clay Center and one at Hamlin. (1878 Homer Township)

Fike, Manuel, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1823; removed to Ashland Co., Ohio in 1856; thence to Benton Co., in 1864; owns forty acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary A. Miller in 1844; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1827; their children are Josiah M., born March 20, 1845; Daniel W., born June 2, 1846; Rosa A., Aug. 21, 1847; Susanna, Feb. 24, 1849, died Feb. 18, 1869; Jacob, Aug. 27, 1852; Mary A., Feb. 8, 1856, died Feb. 14, 1856. Independent in politics. Members of River Brethren Church. (1878 Monroe Township)

Fike, Moses, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart; born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1836; removed to Benton Co. in 1856; owns 200 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Emaline Yager in 1863; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1841; six children -- Caroline, Laura, Samuel, Franklin, George and Edwin; Emeline died Sept. 17, 1871. Married Catherine Rampton in 1872; she was born in England in 1835; came to America in 1854; two children - Albert and Mariah. Republican. Members of the River Brethren Church. Mr. Fike is among the earliest settlers, and has made the improvements on his farm by his own industry. (1878 Monroe Township)

Fike, Peter, farmer, Sec. 33, P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Files, G. A., hotel, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Filkens, J. W., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine; was born in Winslow Co., N. Y., Nov., 1823, where he remained until 1840; he then went to Wisconsin, where he remained a few years; he came to Benton Co. in 1850; was elected Treasurer of this county in 1855, which office he occupied five years; previous to being elected County Treasurer, he was elected to the office of County Surveyor, which position he held two years; he was also appointed Deputy State Secretary in 1854. He married Miss Rachel Kupid, in this county, in 1857; she was born in Troy, N. Y.; they have four children - Douglas C., Clara, Fannie and Daniel G. Mr. Filkins has been very successful in life, and has acquired a large property; he lives a few rods outside the corporation of the city, Belle Plaine, but has always taken an active interest in the advancement of that place. (1878 Iowa Township)

Finellay, James, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Paul. (1878 Homer Township)

Fintel, H., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Firbaugh, John, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Fisbaugh, Philip, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Union Township)

Fish, Titus, farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fisher, J. M., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fisher, James, carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fisher, W. S., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fiss, John G., farmer, Sec 35; P. O. Garrison; born in Union Co. Penn., in 1830; removed to Benton Co. in 1868; has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Nancy Gaman in 1868; she was born in Franklin Co., Maryland, in 1838, died July 30, 1871, leaving one child - Anna K., born in 1871. Then married Mrs. Blanchard, widow of Charles C. Blanchard, April, 1872; she was born in Knox Co., Ohio, in 1835; they have three children -- Margaret M., born March, 1873; Mary J., born May, 1876; Ira T., born Feb., 1878. School Director. Enlisted in the 1 st Ill., Light Artillery, Co. F, Captain Cheeny, in 1861; participated in the battles of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing and Corinth, thence to Memphis, Tenn., raid to Jackson, Miss., Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge; with Sherman to Moscow, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta; thence to Nashville; mustered out at Springfield, Ill., 1864. (1878 Monroe Township)

Fitzgerald E. C., harness maker; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fitzgerald, Ed, Railroad laborer, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fitzgerald, M., druggist, Blairstown; was born in Winnebago Co., Ill., Sept. 29, 1854; came to Boone Co., this State, in May, 1866, and to this town in September, 1875. Mr. Fitzgerald is undoubtedly as good a druggist as there is in the county; he keeps reliable drugs, medicines and chemicals, and everything necessary to complete a neat, tasty, and at the same time, a large and finished stock. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fitzgerald, P. C., harness maker; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fix, Jacob, farmer, Sec., 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Flatt, W. K., physician. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fletcher, James J., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fletcher, Joseph, Sec. 16; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Flichlich, M., laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Flickinger, J. G., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Flickinger, Michael, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Flickinger, W., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Floid, D. C., P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Flygler, John L., farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fogg, E. H., merchant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Folbricht, J., M. D., Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Foot, L. A., printer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Foot, M. V., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Forbes, James, P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Ford, Augustus, laborer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, C. M., laborer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, E. H., Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, J. A., Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, J. F., Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, J. H., Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, Thomas K., nurseryman and farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Baltimore Co., Md., July 21, 1819; came to this county in 1855; has 270 acres of land, valued at $10,000. Member of the M. E. Church. Married Elizabeth Stephenson; born in Champaign Co. Oct. 3, in 1829; mother of nine children -- John H., born Aug. 15, 1849; James F., born Nov. 5, 1851; Enos H., born Oct. 20, 1852; Joseph, born March 4, 1856; Sarah A., born Nov. 22, 1859; Mary F., born June 18, 1861; Lettitia, born Dec. 21, 1864; Charles W., born June 21, 1867; Lillie May, born Nov. 5, 1870. Emigrated from Maryland in 1827, to Harrison Co., Ohio; lived there ten years, then went to Hardin Co.; lived there fifteen years, then came to this county. (1878 Canton Township)

Ford, W., laborer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Foresyth, M. W., P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Forney, P., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Forrester, Asa B., manufacturer of barrels and firkins; born in Lockport, N.Y., Dec. 13, 1837; lived there until 17 years of age, and learned the cooper's trade; came with his father to Benton Co. April 24, 1855; engaged in farming in Cedar Township, and were among the early settlers; was in the army in the 8th Ill. V.I.; afterward worked at his trade four years, and farmed for six years; came to Vinton in 1869, and engaged in his present business. Married Miss Antoinette Wallace, from Indiana, in June, 1864; they have four children - Frank W., Edith, Bessie and Jay. (1878 Taylor Township)

Forrester, E. D., machinist. (1878 Taylor Township)

Forsythe, W. O., farmer, Sec. 23. (1878 Taylor Township)

Foster, B. F., Blairstown; was born in Sandusky Co., Ohio, Sept. 6, 1833; one of the earliest settlers of this county, and erected the first frame building in this part of the county; carpenter and joiner. First wife was Martha Morford; present wife was Jane Davis; they were married in Iowa Co., this State - she was born in Illinois in 1834. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fouest, Win. K., blacksmith, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fouts, I. M., P. O. Brandon. (1878 Harrison Township)

Fowler, A. C., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fowler, E. M., farmer, Sec. 25, P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fowler, J. O., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fowler, L., Professor of Music, Sec. 25; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Fowlie, J. W., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Fowlie, W., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Fox, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Francenburg, Claus, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Francis, A. W., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Francis, I. R., cheese maker; Sec. 18; P. O. Mt. Vernon. (1878 Cedar Township)

Francis, J. S., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Francis, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Francis, W. W., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Frank, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Frank, John, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Frank, P., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Frantz, A. D., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Frantz, N. N., butcher, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Frantz, Samuel G., farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Frantz, Wane, renter, Sec. 9; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Frantzman, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fraser, Alex, retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fraulick, M. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fraze, George, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Frazee, Leroy, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Freeman, A. H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Freeman, G. W., mechanic. (1878 Taylor Township)

Freeman, George C., P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Freeman, George, farmer and fruit grower, Sec. 27; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Broome Co., N. Y., Feb. 8, 1820; came to this county in 1857, in the Spring; has 180 acres of land, valued at $3,600. Politics, Republican. Held the offices of Town Trustee, Town Clerk and Treasurer; belongs to the Christian church. Married Mary E. Keeler in 1848; mother of five living children -- Ella H., born Aug. 20, 1850; Mary B., born Aug. 24, 1852; Stacey H., born Aug. 22, 1856; Ida F., born March 2, 1863; Alice E., born March 5, 1870. Emigrated to Bradford Co., Penn., where he lived for three years, thence to Luzerne Co.; taught school three years; run a canal boat at the time of the epidemic in the Wyoming Valley in 1844; thence to Bradford Co., where he was married; thence to Burlington, N.J.; lived there two years; thence to Broome Co., N.Y.; bought a farm and built a saw-mill, stayed there three years and lost $500 in the undertaking; thence to Bradford Co., Penn., to Mrs. Freeman 's old home; lived there three years, and then came to Linn Co., Iowa, and from there to Benton Co. Mr. Freeman has one orchard of 450 trees of the choicest fruit. Mr. Freeman takes a great interest in the township, and is one of its leading spirits. (1878 Benton Township)

Freeman, Ira L., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Dysart; born in Broome Co., N.Y., Nov. 7, 1822; removed to Benton Co. March, 1859; has 174 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Lucy E. Wilton March 19, 1846; she was born in Broome Co., N. Y., June 9, 1823; they have four children - Charles E., born Aug. 19, 1848; Martin E., July 19, 1851; Lyman E., Aug. 24, 1857; Roxy J., May 19, 1861. Republican. School Director, Township Trustee, Road Supervisor, and Justice of the Peace at the present time. Members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Freeman says there are no manufacturing interests in the county, and thinks the farmers should interest themselves in the matter and contribute a certain sum according to their means, to be used for that purpose. (1878 Bruce Township)

Freeman, Patrick, saloon; Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Freese, Christian, carpenter, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Freese, H., farmer, P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Freese, J., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Fremml, Joseph, laborer, Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

French, M., wood sawyer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Frenzel, H., baker, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Fricke, George, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Friesman, H., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Fritz, H., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Fritz, John, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Fritz, Peter, farmer, Sec. __; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Fritz, William C., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. La Porte City; born in Pennsylvania in 1836; removed to Benton Co. in 1867; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Cordelia M. Agnew in 1862; she was born in Bureau Co., Ill., in 1843; five children - Lizzie B., Mary A., Henry F., Mertie M. and Claude W. Greenbacker; School Director and Road Supervisor; member of the I. O. O. F. (1878 Bruce Township)

Frost, Daniel H., Editor of Belle Plaine Union and Postmaster, Belle Plaine; D. H. Frost is a native of Augusta, Oneida Co., N. Y.; removed with his father's family, in 1836, to Stockbridge, Madison Co., N. Y. attended school in Augusta and Stockbridge Academies graduated at Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y., in 1844; engaged in farming for the first few years thereafter. Married June 28, 1848, to Miss Caroline Eaton, of Stockbridge. In 1851, sold his land in Stockbridge and moved to Oneida, Madison Co., N. Y., where, in October of that year, he established the Oneida Telegraph, the first newspaper published in that town; the Telegraph alone, of the papers in that Congressional District, advocated the principles of the "Free Soil" or "Free Democratic" party; in 1852, it aided in the election of Gerrit Smith to Congress, in opposition to the Democratic and Whig parties; Mr. Frost continued the publication of the Telegraph till 1854, when he sold the office to John Crawford, who changed the name of the paper to the Dispatch, still published at that place. In 1855, Mr. Frost took part in the organization of the Republican party, as a member of the first Republican State Convention held in that State. In 1856, he removed to the Territory of Minnesota, having purchased an interest in certain mill property at Northfield, Minn., from the founder of the town, Hon. John W. North; after a few months, he disposed of the property; served two or three years, at Northfield, as Justice of the Peace, and was admitted to practice as an attorney; elected, in 1858, to the State Senate for a term of two years, and served in the first Republican Legislature of Minnesota; Appointed Postmaster at Northfield, under President Lincoln, in 1861, and served four years; established the same year the Northfield Telegraph, but sold the same to C. H. Mann, before the close of the year. Elected, in 1861, Judge of Probate for Rice Co., re-elected in 1863, thus years; was also, at different times, a member of the State Normal Board and the Board of Trustees of the Deaf Dumb and Blind Asylum of Minnesota. In 1865, removed to Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa, and purchased a half-interest in the Vinton Eagle, of W. W. Hanford, then sole proprietor, and became its editor, so continuing until October, 1868, when he sold his interest in the Eagle to A. C. Holt; in February, 1869, bought the Belle Plaine Transcript published in the same county, which had been in existence a little over a year, under three or four different proprietors; changed its name to the Belle Plaine Union, and has been its editor and proprietor ever since. Appointed in December, 1872, Postmaster at Belle Plaine, and re-appointed, in January, 1877, for a term of four years. Is at this time the editor of longest service in Benton County. (1878 Iowa Township)

Frost, Henry A., printer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Fry, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Fry, David, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Fry, E., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Fry, J. H., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Fry, James, Sec. 23; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Fry, John, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Fry, Uria, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Fry, W., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Fuller, C. H., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Fuller, C. S., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Fuller, G., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Fuller, S., Farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Bruce Township)

Fuller, William, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Fulton, C. D., hardware. (1878 Taylor Township)

Fulton, F. J., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Fulton, S. J. A., Sec. 17; P. O. Mt. Auburn; owns 140 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born in Crawford Co., Penn., in 1832; came to Iowa in 1866, and settled on his present farm. Married E. H. Beatty, in 1867; she was born in Mercer Co., Penn., in 1836; have five children - John, Francis, Edith, Mary and Sarah. Are members of the U. P. church. (1878 Cedar Township)

Funk, Joseph, farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Funk, Phillip, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Funk, William, farmer; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Furnace, H. S., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Furnace, James, laborer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Furnace, S. H., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Furnas, J. M., M. D., Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Furnes, C. C., broker, Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Furry, John L., restaurant, bakery and confectionery; born in Wabash Co., Ind., Sept. 17, 1844; lived in Indiana eighteen years; came to Benton Co. in 1862; worked at mason's trade for eight years; engaged in the restaurant, bakery and confectionery business in 1877, and is now manufacturing crackers; furnishes bread for the College of the Blind. Married Miss Mary J. Newell, from New York State, in Sept., 1866; has three children - Mary A., Frankie and Charlie. (1878 Taylor Township)

Furry, John, retired farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Furry, M., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Furstinberg, Anton, saloon, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)