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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.

Samuel Saylor was born in Pennsylvania, in 1823. He received a common school education and remained on the homestead until he had reached his majority. At that time he began working at the carpenter trade, and continued to follow that occupation for twenty-seven years. In 1848 he was married to Miss Sarah Dull, a native of Somerset county, Pennsylvania. During the year 1860, with his family, he moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where he lived and followed his trade, for eleven years, at the expiration of which time, he came to Jefferson township, and engaged in farming. Mr. and Mrs. Saylor are members of the Methodist church. Nine children have been born to them, of whom six are now living - Amanda, Anna, Mabel, William, Charles and Albert.

Lewis M. Sholes, deputy postmaster and express agent, was born in Otsego county, New York, May 24, 1828. He is the son of Miner and Mary (Sheldon) Sholes. Lewis was educated in the common schools. In 1852, he married Miss Euphemia Tyler. In the spring of 1857, he left New York, with his family, for Bremer county, Iowa, and located in what is known as Summer township, where he engaged in farming. In January, 1867, he removed to Waverly. In May, 1870, he was appointed agent of the American Express Company. November, 1874, he was appointed as assistant postmaster, which offices he holds at the present time. Mr. and Mrs. Sholes are the parents of four children, three sons and one daughter. Mr. Sholes is a member of Tyrrell Lodge, No. 116. In politics, he is a republican.

Joshua Stufflebeam is a Kentuckian by birth, and was born October 10, 1821. In 1829 his parents moved to Fulton county, Illinois, and in 1852 he came to Bremer county and settled on section 34, Lafayette township, where he entered 320 acres of land. In 1861 he moved to his present location on section 23. He has held the office of trustee one term. He was married in 1840 to Polly Allsbury, a native of Indiana. They have seven children living - Thomas, Jeremiah, Charles Newton, Joshua, Joseph Lee, Angeline and Priscilla.