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Butler County >> 1883 Index

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


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

S. N. Jones, a son of Francis Jones, was born and reared in Columbia county, Georgia. About 1807 he, in company with six families of friends, emigrated to Miami county, Ohio. At that date that section of the State was one vast wilderness, and our new settlers were obliged, among other hardships of pioneer life, to burn and dig out mortars in stumps, with which to grind their corn. The subject of this sketch was born in Miami county, Ohio, January 7, 1821. During 1857 he removed to Indiana, and while in that State was married to Miss Elizabeth Foor, who died soon after. He was again married, this time choosing for a helpmeet Elizabeth Beals, who bore him two children - George W. and Adelia A. In 1857 Mr. Jones came to Bremer county, Iowa, and the following year removed to Franklin county, where he continued to live until 1863. At that date he returned to this county, locating on his present place in Jackson township. He owns 90 acres of good land, valued at $40 per acre.

Henry C. Krech, who is a native of the Prussian Province of Saxony, was born in 1819. He received a good common school education in his native language, and when twenty years old went to France, and during his residence there, mastered that language. In 1844 he returned to Prussia, and entered the army, as a private, in the artillery service; and, after some time, was promoted to the Assistant Surgeon's School, where he remained until he left the army, in 1847. The following year he was recalled to the army, and again served for some months. Upon receiving his dismissal, he immediately enlisted in the war of the rebellion, known as the rebellion of 1848. In the spring of 1849, he left his native country for the "Land of Liberty," and upon arriving here, settled in Westchester County, New York, where he remained for nine years, and then emigrated to Bremer County, Iowa. He settled in Jefferson township, and engaged in the occupation of painting and carpentering. In 1867 he purchased a steam saw mill, moved it to Jefferson City, and since has been engaged in the lumber business. Mr. Krech has been married four times. His first marriage was in 1853, to Rachel Grenning, a native of Germany, who bore him six children. His second wife was Katie McDonald, born in Scotland; the third, Lizzie A. Miller, born in Ohio. Mr. Krech's last marriage took place July 22, 1880, his wife's maiden name being Susannah Miller. He has held several of the local offices, in politics is a greenbacker.