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.

Quackenbush, C. L., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Quinliran, John, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Quinn, John, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Quinn, R. H., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Quinn, Louis, retired; born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, Feb. 2, 1832; lived in Ohio until 11 years of age, then came with his parents and four brothers, by wagon, to Iowa; located at Muscatine in 1843, while the State was a territory; lived in Muscatine twelve years; went to Washington, in Washington Co., in 1855, and engaged in mercantile business for ten years, and was in business at Boonesboro two years; came to Vinton in 1867, and engaged in the grocery, provision and crockery trade, and did a large business; sold out his stock and business on account of his health, in November, 1877; he owns the store and property and other city property; is also stockholder and Director in the Farmers' Loan and Trust Company's Bank, and also loans money. Is a member of the School Board. Married Mary L. Harris, from this State, in 1861; they have five children - Charlie D., Kate, Birdie, George and Jessie. (1878 Taylor Township)

Quinn, Robert, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Rabbe, Detley, farmer, P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Radeke Ferdinand. (1878 Iowa Township)

Radeke, Henry A., farmer, P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Radeke, William A., farmer, P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rahn, Hans, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Ralston, James, harness maker. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ralyea, F. R., stationery and news. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ralyea, L., proprietor of the Ralyea House; born in Broome Co., N.Y., June 1, 1829; lived in New York State twenty-five years; was engaged in the dairy business and railroading; came to Davenport and then to Vinton in 1854; there was not much improvement here; only a few here now that were here then; has been engaged in buying and shipping grain, produce and game; in 1862, he kept the Tremont House, and was in the livery business some years; in 1874, he built the Ralyea House, and it is the largest and most complete hotel in Benton Co. Married Martha L. Roberts, from Binghampton, Broome Co., N.Y., August, 1858; they have one son - Frank R., and lost one son - Bertie, in infancy. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rambo, W. D., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Ramey J. E., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rammelsberg, H., retired farmer, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rampton, Anthony, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Rampton, E., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Ramstead, Charles, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Randall, Edward V., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garrison; born in Franklin Co., Me. in 1831; removed to Allamakee Co., Iowa, in 1854; thence to Benton Co. in 1870; owns $480 acres of land, worth $35 per acre. Married Sarah Allen in 1857; she was born in Franklin Co., Me., in 1832; have seven children -- Anna A., born April 27, 1859; Edward, born April 21, 1861; Caleb, born Aug. 3, 1864; Mary L., born Sept. 20, 1866; Eben, born June 14, 1869; Howard, born Aug 27, 1871; Bently, born July 25, 1874. Republican in politics; members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Randall, John, farmer; P. O. Brandon. (1878 Harrison Township)

Rank, J. A., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Blairstown; owns 280 acres of land; was born in Jefferson Co., Penn., Feb, 5, 1850; came to this county in 1867; in 1874, Mr. Rank was licensed traveling minister of the Evangelical Association, which avocation he continued in for three years, traveling principally in Benton, O'Brien, Osceola and Iowa Counties. He married Amanda M. Herring, in this county, Sept. 14, 1876; she was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio; they have one child -- Orena Z., born June 29, 1877. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Ransdell, Isaac J., farmer, Sec. 2; was born in Johnson Co., Ind., April 21, 1852; he lived there thirteen years, then came to Benton Co., with his parents, in 1865; he lives with his mother and sisters, and manages the home farm. (1878 Eden Township)

Ransdell, Margaret L., Mrs., Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton; was born in Indiana. She married Thomas C. Ransdell from the same State in 1848; they came to Benton Co. in 1865. He was killed by the falling of a tree in December, 1865, leaving six children -- Isaac J., Mary C., David, Anna E., Emma J. and Edith A.; lost six children. (1878 Eden Township)

Rathbun, S. H. G., teamster, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rathburn, J., shoemaker, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ravenscroft, J. E., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ravenscroft, J. T., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Ray, F. G., agricultural implements. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ray, Guy, money loaner. (1878 Taylor Township)

Raymond, J., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Monroe Township)

Read, D. W., loan and broker's office, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Read, H. A., engineer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Read, Leonard, stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Read, Richard, stone mason. (1878 Taylor Township)

Redfield, Merritt, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Redfield, Stephen D., boot and shoe maker; born in Claremont, N. H., Oct. 11, 1806; lived there about twenty-two years, and removed to Cazenovia, N.Y.; engaged in the boot and shoe business; lived there over thirty years; came to Vinton, Iowa, in 1856, and engaged in the boot and shoe trade. Was in the army during the war; enlisted as private in Co. A, 37th Iowa V.I., and was promoted to Lieutenant; was in service three years. Has been a member of the M. E. Church fifty-five years. Married Miss Rosanna Clark, from Connecticut, in May, 1834; they have two daughters - Sarah and Rosa, and have lost one son - Wilber Fisk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Redington, G. W., farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Redington, H. M. (1878 Cedar Township)

Redington, Henry H., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Paul; born in Lorraine Co., Ohio, in 1822; removed La Salle Co., Ill., in 1856; thence Henry Co., Ind., in 1866; thence Wayne Co., Ind., in 1868; merchandising; thence to Benton Co., in 1877; owns 154 ½ acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Mary E. Slater in 1850; she was born in Chautauqua Co. N. Y., in 1830; their children are Emily L., born Nov. 6, 1864; Edward C., born April 5, 1856; Leslie J., born Feb., 21, 1858; Elizabeth, born July 21, 1860, died June 5, 1875; Franklin E., born Sept. 17, 1862, an inmate of the Vinton Blind Asylum; Lucy, born Dec. 3, 1865; Harry, born March 5 1869. Republican; member of M. E. Church. (1878 Homer Township)

Redington, J., farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Redington, J. P., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Redington, J. T., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Redington, John, Sr., farmer; P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Redmond, J., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Redmond, M., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Reece, W. N., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Reed, G. W., farmer, Sec. 33. (1878 Taylor Township)

Reed, John, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Reeder, A. S., teamster. (1878 Taylor Township)

Reese, James, miller, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Reeve, J. B., miller, Garrison; born in Stark Co., Ohio, in 1834; came to Iowa in 1861, and located in Jackson Township; engaged in his present business in 1875. Married Sarah Allen in 1861; she was born in Ohio in 1841; have one child - Mary Ella, born in 1857. Are members of the M. E. Church; Republican. (1878 Jackson Township)

Reeve, M., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Reigart, J. W., farmer; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Reinhardt, Pastor of Lutheran Church, Sec. 9; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Reiser, Charles, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Reiser, H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Reiss, J. G., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Reiss, Jacob, farmer and blacksmith; P. O. Mt. Auburn. (1878 Cedar Township)

Remer, A. L., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Remington, J., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Repple, Jacob, brewer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Revel, J. I., farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Revel, William, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Vinton; owns 440 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born in Southampton Co., Va., in 1819; came to Iowa in 1849, and settled on his present farm. Married Amy A. Davis in 1843; she was born in Decatur Co., Ind., in 1826; have eleven children - Joseph L., John F., Harriette H., Sarah Jane, Philander, William C., Cynthia, David, Ann, Lottie and Elizabeth. Mrs. Revel is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Revel is a Republican. (1878 Harrison Township)

Reynolds, G. W., druggist, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Reynolds, Luke, butcher. (1878 Iowa Township)

Reynolds, W. B., Sr., Justice of the Peace. (1878 Taylor Township)

Reynolds, W. B., Jr., agricultural implements. (1878 Taylor Township)

Reynolds, William H., stock dealer, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Reynolds, William T., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Garrison; born in Louisiana May 24, 1834; has 480 acres of land, valued at $6,000. Married Martha E. Robinson; she was born in Indiana in March, 1842; is the mother of three children - Charles F., William T., Jr., and Mary E. His father was born in Bourbon Co., Ky.; his father went to Louisiana shortly after the purchase from France, where the subject of this sketch was born; from Louisiana he came to La Porte Co. Ind., thence to Michigan, where he lived about twenty years; thence to Benton Co., Iowa, where he has resided since; he raises on an average (yearly) 160 acres of corn, or 6,000 bushels; wheat, 800 bushels; oats, 600 bushels; turns off eighty head of hogs yearly; keeps fifty head of cattle. Mr. Reynolds came here with limited means, and has risen to be amongst the wealthiest farmers in the township. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Ribble, J. S., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Rice, A., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Rice, A., dry goods merchant, Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Rice, C., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Rice, E. A., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Rice, Freeman, farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Rice, James, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Vinton; born in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, Dec. 10, 1810; when 16 years of age, he went to Virginia, and served an apprenticeship in the tailoring business at Danville; in 1835, went to Tennessee, and lived there fourteen years; came to Benton Co., and located where he now lives April 18, 1849; bought the claims of Jesse Brody, and was one of the early settlers, only several living here now that were here when he came; carted his first crop of wheat to Muscatine, and sold it for 57 cents per bushel; at one time, he and F. Brison and A. Johnson, went together, and were gone two weeks. He was elected County Commissioner of this county in 1851; held the office of Supervisor of Roads, represented his town in the Board of Supervisors for eight years, and has held the office Justice of the Peace for fifteen or twenty years in all, and still fills that office; owns farm of 140 acres. He has been married three times; his first wife was Margaret Hunt, of Virginia; she died in Tennessee, leaving three children -- Mary Spencer, Sallie Gaylord and Nathan, who was in the army, having gone as First Lieutenant, and acted as Captain of Company C, 9 th Iowa V.I.; was shot and killed at the battle of Pea Ridge. His second wife was Lucinda Brison, daughter of Fielding Brison; she died Jan. 22, 1854, leaving five children -- Le Roy, Henry C., Elizabeth and Lucinda; lost one son, Fielding, in 28 th Iowa V.I., Company A.; he was killed in the battle of Cedar Creek, Va. He married his present wife, Mrs. Mary Floyd, from Ohio, in April, 1856; they have one son -- William O. (1878 Benton Township)

Rice, Moses W., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. La Porte City; born in Erie Col, N. Y., in 1838; removed to Benton Co., in 1858; has 160 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre, married Mrs. Mary J. Rodgers Sept. 20, 1865; she was born in Ohio in 1841, died October 14, 1867; he married Miss E. P. Cromer Dec. 25, 1872; she was born in Missouri in 1851; they have one child -- Franki M., born April 6, 1877. Republican in politics. Was Assessor in 1868; Township Trustee and Road Supervisor. Enlisted in the 13 th I.V.I., August, 1862; participated in battle of Vicksburg, although discharged; re-enlisted and in battle of Atlanta; there wounded and in hospital from July until the march following; mustered out in March, 1865. (1878 Bruce Township)

Rice, O. A., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Mooreville. (1878 Bruce Township)

Rice, Patrick, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Jackson Township)

Rich, editor of the Vinton Eagle. (1878 Taylor Township)

Richard, C. K., farmer; P. O. Florence. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Richards, J. C., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Richards, J. W., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Richards, R. R., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Richardson, R., of the firm of R. Richardson & Son, druggists, Blairstown; was born in Berkshire Co., Mass., July 27, 1831; he came to this State in 1867, and settled in this county in 1872; he came to this town and engaged in the grain trade, which business he continued in until 1873, when he established himself in the drug business, which business he still continues in. Though not an aspirant for political honors, he has held various township offices, and was the nominee of the Greenback party in this State for State Representative. He married Miss Mary F. Britton, in Wyoming Co., N. Y., Feb. 2. 1851; she was born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., March 23, 1832; they have two children - Cora L., born in Wyoming Co., N. Y., April 17,1854; she married John Van Metre; he was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio: March 16, 1846; he came to this State in 1855; in the year 1868, be commenced the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1870; he speedily came forward to a leading position at the bar; his success in the profession was almost without precedent; in January, 1874 he formed a co-partnership with John D. King, the firm being, known as Van Metre & King; this firm continued until a few days before his death, which occurred Jan. 31, 187 6; he was a fluent speaker, and his addresses to a jury were always effective, his intercourse with the bar was always marked with the utmost dignity and courtesy, and no man ever saw him betrayed into a wrangle with the opposing counsel or the court when trying a case be was never a promoter of litigation, never made the court of justice an engine of oppression or used it as a weapon to further his own ambition and gratify personal malice or spite; but, on the other hand, he endeavored whenever it was possible to harmonize disputes without resorting to courts. George A. Richardson was born in Wyoming Co., N. Y.; April 27, 1857; he entered into partnership with his father a short time ago; they keep a first- class drug store, and have a variety of drugs, medicines, paints, oils and everything to be found in a first class drug store. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Richart, J., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Richey, James, tailor. (1878 Taylor Township)

Richey, Milton, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Shellsburg; born in Tippecanoe Co., Ind., July 5, 1831; came to this county in 1854; has 185 acres of land, valued at $5,500. Married Angeline Bell in 1853; born in Clinton Co., Ind., Jan. 13, 1833; mother of four children - William, born March 14, 1855; Nellie M., born Aug. 11, 1859; Sherman, born in June, 1865; Siegel, born Jan. 1, 1869. Came through from Indiana with teams, and was eighteen days on the road; camped out and did their own cooking; had but one horse and run in debt for another; had but $15 in cash in his pocket; came here a poor man, but by industry and economy has made a good home. (1878 Canton Township)

Richey, W. A., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rickel, I. H., printer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ricker, R., M. E. clergyman, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rickert, J., laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Ridenour, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Ridge, G. W., carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ridge, Thomas, carpenter. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ridgway, Edward, farmer and agent for steam engines for threshing, shelling corn, etc., manufactured at Fishkill Landing, N. Y., Sec. 17; P. O. Belle Plaine; he was born in Ohio in Sept. 18, 1837. Married Hannah Van Dike in Ohio; she was born in Ohio in 1835; they have two children - William H. and Austa J. Has 320 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; he came to Iowa in 1870; took up the land he now owns, and returned to Ohio in 1875; was engaged in dealing in agricultural implements two years, and returned to Benton Co., Iowa, in April, 1878. Mr. Ridgway has followed running a threshing machine twenty-two years, and the last three years run a steam thresher; they proved so successful he took the agency to furnish them through the county. (1878 Kane Township)

Rieck, Frederick, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rieke, C., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Rife, J., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rife, S. M., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Riley, Alexander W., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Florence; born in Berkeley Co., Va., April 8, 1795. Married Nancy Houseworth in Virginia in 1816; she was born in Bucks Co., Penn.; they had eight children, seven are living -- George A., Isaac, John, Martha, Solomon, Sarah Jane and Tarlton; Leroy B. died at the age of 26 years; Mrs. Riley died Oct. 27, 1876. Mr. Riley moved to Ohio; lived there thirty-five years, and moved to Iowa Co., Iowa, and located in Benton Co. in 1874; has 176 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Helped to build some of the first school houses in Iowa Co. Mr. Riley enlisted in the war of 1812 in a private volunteer company of infantry, at Martinsburg, Va.; under Colonel Boyd and Captain Gregory; served three months, and mustered out with his company at the close of the war. Mr. Riley followed the stone mason and brick laying trades thirteen years in his early life. (1878 Florence Township)

Riley, Henry J., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Rinderknecht, C., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinderknecht, Carl, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinderknecht, F., farmer Sec. 27; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinderknecht, G., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinderknecht, J., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinderknecht, M., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinderknecht, W., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Robin. (1878 Fremont Township)

Rinehart, A. C., school teacher, Sec. 34; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Ring, Henry, retired, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rinker, John, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ripple, Charles, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. La Porte City. (1878 Bruce Township)

Ripple, John, farmer. (1878 Homer Township)

Ris, Vincil, railroad employee, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township

Ritter, F., barber and confectionery, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Roach, John D., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Vinton; was born in Cornwall, England, July 4, 1832; came to this county in March, 1870; has 120 acres of land, valued at $3,600. Politics, Republican. Married Elizabeth P. Rich; born in England Jan. 1839; mother of six children -- Elizabeth M. C., Blanch C., Sarah, John, Hellen S. and Thomas. Emigrated from England in 1844 to Mineral Point, Wisconsin; thence to Dodgeville; lived there twenty-three years; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since; has ninety acres under cultivation, and is in good circumstances. (1878 Eden Township)

Robbins, J., proprietor Sherman House, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Robbins, J. F., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Robbins, W. C., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Roberts, A., boiler maker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Roberts, B., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Roberts, C. A., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Irving. (1878 Kane Township)

Roberts, H. R., painter, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Roberts, J. F., Belle Plaine was born in Jefferson Co., Wis., Nov. 18, 1841. Aug. 15, 1862, he enlisted in Co. D, 29th W. V. I.; Was honorably discharged, July 5, 1865. The war being over and peace restored, he returned to Jefferson Co., Wis., remaining about one year, at the end of which time he moved to Belle Plaine; during his residence in this city, he has held various offices, among them being the offices of City Marshal two terms, Deputy Sheriff four years, Constable seven years, and Deputy County Treasurer in 1874. He married Miss Emeline Potter, in Jefferson Co., Wis., Aug. 28, 1862; she was born in New York, on the 1 st of Dec., 1841; they have four children living -- Blanche R., born in Jan., 1866; Claude A., born Sept. 16, 1867; Mary R. and Mabel R. (twins), born Sept. 24, 1877; lost one child, Rush J., born Feb. 1, 1869, died March 1, 1871. (1878 Iowa Township)

Roberts, R. L., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Kane Township)

Roberts, T. M., farmer, P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Robertson, A., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Robertson, J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Robertson, J., Sr., farmer, Sc. 20; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Robinson, A., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Robinson, E. D., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Cedar Township)

Robinson, Edwin, stock dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Robinson, J., retired farmer, P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Robinson, J. D., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Urbanna. (1878 Polk Township)

Robinson, Stimson. (1878 Taylor Township)

Robinson, W., restaurant, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Robison, R., retired farmer, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Robison, T. S., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Robyn, Edward; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Robyn, William, druggist, Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rock, A. H., hardware. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rock, G. T., hardware. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rocker, William, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Rodecap, J., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Benton Township)

Rodmond, T., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Dysart. (1878 Monroe Township)

Rogers, Albert M., carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rogers, Ashley D., carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rogers, C. M., carpenter and school teacher, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rogers, David, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rogers, H., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Kane Township)

Rogers, Harvey, carpenter, Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rogers, J. E., miller, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rohde, C., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Watkins. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Rolfs, J. L., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Roll, F., Sr., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Roll, F., Jr., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Roll, P., Sec. 33; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Benton Township)

Rollinson, Franklin, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Vinton; born in Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1847; came to Benton Co. in Sept., 1877; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Florence Berkhardt in 1878; she was born in Benton Co., in 1854. Republican in politics. Was supervisor of the township which he left. Members of the M. E. Church. (1878 Polk Township)

Roman, J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Rorster, John, P. O. Burk. (1878 Harrison Township)

Rosa, Frank, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Rosberg, Fred, carpenter, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rosburg, C., farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Rosburg, William, proprietor of wagon shop, Luzerne; was born in Germany in 1836 came to Davenport this State, in 1856 remained there one year, then went to Clayton Co., in which county he married Miss Mary Nieland in 1854; they moved to this town in the year 1868, since which time he has been engaged in his present business at this place, Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rosdail, David, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rosdail, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rosdail, Oree, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rose, A., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rose, A., janitor of schools. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rose, C., grocer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rose, J. W., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Rose, N. D., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Garrison; born in Otsego Co., N. Y., in 1838; removed to Benton Co. in 1868; has 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Sarah E. Herring; she was born in Cherry Valley, N. Y., in 1839; they have four children -- Adora, born in Feb., 1866; Ethelwyn, in May, 1871; Joseph E., in Aug., 1872, and Mary Esther, in March, 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Rose are members of no orthodox church, but Christians, worshiping as instructed by the Bible. (1878 Homer Township)

Rose, William G., farmer; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Roseburg, C. H., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Fremont Township)

Ross, G., clerk. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rost, C., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Rostennondt, Paul, farmer; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

Roswag, J., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Roszell, Hiram, farmer; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Harrison Township)

Roszell, J. S., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Rourk, James; P. O. Luzerne. (1878 Iowa Township)

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

Rowlands, J. (1878 Taylor Township)

Rowley, A. J., farmer, Sec. 8, P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Rowley, J. F., farmer, Sec. 8, P. O. Watkins. (1878 St. Clair Township)

Royce, Miles D., farmer; P. O. Irving. (1878 Iowa Township)

Royce, R., proprietor of the Benton Co. Nursery and successor of J. S. Budd & Co., Shellsburg; born in Sullivan Co., N. Y., Feb. 21, 1845; came to this county in 1868; belongs to the M. E. Church. Married Charlotte Devine in 1867; is the mother of three children, of whom one is living -- Edith, born Feb. 8, 1870; Carrie, born Jan. 7, 1872, died Sept. 7, 1872; Maud, born Dec. 8, 1874, died Aug. 26, 1875. Emigrated to Lee Co., Ill.; stopped a short time, and then came to this county, where he has followed the nursery business since; has done a business of about $4,000 a year; has one of the largest nurseries in Benton Co. (1878 Canton Township)

Rubenskey, J., farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, Charles, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, Cornelius, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, D., farmer P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, George W., farmer; P. O. Belle, Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, James, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, John, farmer; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, Noah, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rucker, William, farmer, Sec. 26: P. O. Belle Plaine; owns 280 acres of land; was born in Monroe Co., Ohio, in the year 1818; went to Missouri in 1841; remained in Missouri until 1845; be then returned to Ohio and remained until 1853, when he came West and located in this township, which has been his home since. He married Miss Nancy Blake in Ohio, her native State. Mr. Rucker was one of the Trustees appointed for the purpose of organizing Iowa Township, and was a member of the Board of Trustees elected at the organization; he has also held various school offices. (1878 Iowa Township)

Rumbaugh, F., boot and shoe dealer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Runyon, A., merchant and farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Runyon, E., farmer; P. O. Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Rupp, Henry, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Big Grove Township)

Rupp, Jacob, laborer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Rupp, John, retired farmer, Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Rush, Oscar, laborer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Russel, N. E., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Jackson Township)

Russel, W., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Vinton. (1878 Eldorado Township)

Russell, A., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 LeRoy Township)

Russell, Benjamin, farmer. (1878 Taylor Township)

Russell, William, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Russell, William, Jr., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Florence. (1878 Florence Township)

Rutan, E. R., blacksmith, Shellsburg. (1878 Canton Township)

Ryan, A. D., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Ryan, James, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Ryan, John, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Blairstown. (1878 Union Township)

Ryan, M., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Garrison. (1878 Homer Township)

Ryder, John, butter and eggs. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ryder, John, butter, eggs, hides and furs; born in Sandusky County, Ohio, August 22, 1831; lived in Ohio thirty-nine years; was extensively engaged in mercantile business, the sales amounting to $160,000 in one year; also had two elevators, bought and shipped grain largely; came to Vinton, Iowa, in 1870, and engaged in buying and shipping butter, eggs and country produce, and is doing very large business, the most extensive of any house in this State in the same line, except one, shipping to the markets of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Married Miss Mary J. Tyler, from Fremont, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1854. (1878 Taylor Township)

Ryson, John, cabinet. maker, Belle Plaine. (1878 Iowa Township)