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History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Springfield: Union Publishing Company, 1883.


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Daniel Dean, a liveryman of Waverly, was born in Otsego county, New York, July 7, 1836. He was reared, and also received his education in his native county. In 1852, he emigrated to McHenry county, Illinois. Four years later, he came to Waverly, but did not immediately locate; first, spending some time looking over the northwest. Subsequently, he engaged in speculating in land and horses. He brought the first plows to the county that were sold in this market. In 1875, he was married to Miss Lucretia D., daughter of Eli Eggleston, who bore him three children - Harry, William and Silas. Mr. Dean is at present engaged in the livery business, the firm being Dean & Jewell, and they keep a stable of twelve horses, with first class turn-outs. He takes an active part in the politics of his county, always supporting the best man. During the years of 1856-7-8, he was deputy sheriff under James Ellis.

E. J. Dean

The Waverly Tribune

This representative of the Press of Bremer county, was established in 1882, by E. J. Dean, the first issue making it a appearance on Friday, the 17th day of February, as a seven-column folio, well printed, and the editorials showing the mark of a mind well stored with reading and education. There is probably a good deal of interesting history connected with the foundation of this paper, and from what the project sprung. In taking the editorial pen, Mr. Dean, in his salutatory, addresses his readers as follows:

"In this, the first number of the Tribune, it may be well enough to outline, to some extent, its character. I propose to publish, during the ensuing year, a newspaper devoted to such interests as will conduce to the public weal - local notices, general news boiled down to a minimum, accurate market reports, facts rather than opinions. Fairness and impartiality will characterize its treatment of men and events. Personalities will be excluded, but principles affecting the public welfare, and reflecting shades of opinion, however diverse, will be welcomed to its columns. To interpret the spirit that ought to actuate an American, will be my aim, and to reflect it will by my object. The Press is the greatest power in the land; it helps to mould or reflect public opinion, which, right or wrong, when chrystalized, is irresistable. A blessing or a scourge, it is always something of a force in society. It exposes the sophistries of demagogues, turns the calcium light of truth upon the dark recesses of depravity; it helps to eliminate error, and to hold up that for emulation which is only worthy of it. To tell the truth, defend the right, expose the wrong, convey the news, and to do what it can to make one better in the world for having lived in it, gives some idea of the scope and object of the Tribune." E. J. Dean.

The Tribune is still thriving, and has worked up the largest circulation of any newspaper between Dubuque and Ackley in the counties of Bremer, Chickasaw, Howard and Butler, amounting in all to 1,920; and Mr. Dean declared upon affidavit, that 1,904 of them were in Bremer county.

Hon. E. J. Dean, editor and proprietor of the Tribune, was born in New York State, in April, 1833. His early life was spent upon a farm and in teaching school several winters. When nineteen years of age he went to Kentucky, and after remaining in the west for a few years, went back to New York, where he prepared for and entered the Central College, in that State, from which he graduated June 23, 1858, at which the degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred upon him, and later the degree of Master of Arts. He then came west and spent several years in teaching school in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. In 1863, he came to Bremer county for the purpose of making it his home, having previously been here and purchased about 500 acres of land. He has been here ever since, and was for many years one of the most wealthy men of the county. He was Representative of this district in the Lower House of the General Assembly, and made one of the best Representatives the county has ever had. He is also noted in connection with the chapter upon National, State and County Representation.

... The Eighteenth General Assembly convened at Des Moines January, 1880 ... In the House, E. J. Dean, represented Bremer county.

George R. Dean was Mr. Sayles' successor [as County Superintendent of Schools], and entered upon his duties on the 1st of January, 1862. In 1863, he was re-elected, and served until January, 1866, making a most capable and satisfactory officer.

George R. Dean is a native of Saratoga county, New York, and was born April 18, 1832. He is a son of George and Phoebe (Hooker) Dean, who immigrated to the United States about 1825, settling in Saratoga county. When George R. was a child the family removed to Otsego county, where he received his early education. Subsequently he graduated from the State Normal School at Albany. During the spring of 1856 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Helen V. Chamberlin, who was born in Otsego county, New York, October 24, 1837, and is a daughter of Henry and Emily (Edson) Chamberlin. In the spring of 1857 he, with his family, removed to Bremer county, Iowa, and settled in Waverly. In 1863 he was elected mayor of Waverly and has also held other offices of trust.