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Past and Present of Dallas County, Iowa
Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907.


Anthony Mabbitt, one of the leading and prosperous business men of Redfield, was born in Madison county, Iowa, November 17, 1866, a son of William and Samantha E. (Boner) Mabbitt. The father was born in Indiana on September 6, 1833, being reared and engaging in farming in that state until 1864, when he went to Madison county, Iowa. Here he purchased about three hundred and thirty acres of land, which he successfully operated until 1893, after which he came to Redfield, Dallas county, and in partnership with W. S. Eppard purchased the Redfield grist and sawmill. He gave his attention to the management of this enterprise for a short time. After the firm of Mabbitt & Eppard became owners of the mill it was completely remodeled and refitted with modern machinery and all the equipments necessary for the successful conduct of the business. William Mabbitt lived largely retired in Redfield, although his attention was more or less given to business affairs in which he had made investments. He was a man of sterling integrity and was endeared to all who knew him by reason of his genuine personal worth and upright life. Mr. Mabbitt was also prominent in local political circles, serving for one term as mayor of Redfield and always giving his aid in every way possible for the growth and material prosperity of the town. In religious belief he was a devoted member of the Christian church and in his daily life exemplified the teachings of this denomination. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Susannah Carroll, by whom he had five children, two of whom are still living: Emery, a resident of Wyoming; and Columbus, living in South Dakota. By his second marriage Mr. Mabbitt became the father of eleven children, six of whom survive: Marcus L., of Madison county, Iowa; Anthony, of this review; John W., also living in Madison county, Iowa; Lydia, the widow of H. A. Leeper, of Redfield, Iowa; Charles and Arthur, both residing in Redfield, Iowa. William Mabbitt had sixteen children, twenty-one grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Anthony Mabbitt was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the common schools. After he had attained his majority he carried on agricultural pursuits on the home farm for three years, receiving a share of the crops. He afterward rented other farms which he conducted for two years and in 1893 came to Redfield in company with his father. For the following two years he worked in the mill as a helper, thereby becoming familiar with the business in principle and detail. In 1895 he was made manager of the mills and in 1897 took entire charge of them, conducting the business and operating the mills for a percentage of the profits. He is still successfully engaged in this enterprise, which under his capable management has become a prosperous concern. He is also connected with the draying business in Redfield and thus his interests extend over a wide field, making him a representative and leading business man of the community.

On June 24, 1890, Mr. Mabbitt was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. F. Epper, a daughter of William Smith Epper, of Madison county, Iowa, who came to that county from Virginia. He felt that he would be pressed into the Confederate service if he remained in the south, and as his sympathies were with the northern cause he left his estate in Virginia and came to Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Mabbitt became the parents of three children who are yet living: Ethel Florence, Clarence Willard and Harry. One child died in infancy. The mother is a member of the Christian church, and presides with gracious hospitality over her pleasant home.

Mr. Mabbitt votes with the democratic party and has frequently served as a member of the town council and also as a member of the school board for one term. Fraternally he is connected with Redfield lodge, No. 135, I. O. O. F.; Redfield lodge, No. 346, K. P.; and Redfield camp, No. 3498, M. W. A. He is public spirited, giving his co-operation to every movement which tends to promote the moral, intellectual and material welfare of the community.

Jeremiah J. Mahoney, well known in financial circles of Dallas county as cashier of the Redfield Savings Bank, was born in Muscatine county, Iowa, February 10, 1867, a son of Michael and Ellen (O'Connor) Mahoney, both of whom were natives of County Cork, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in young manhood and womanhood. They took up their abode in Muscatine county, Iowa, and were there married, the father later purchasing a farm near Wilton Junction in Muscatine county, on which he resided up to the time of his demise in 1888, when he had reached the age of seventy-one years. His wife survived him until January 1, 1900, passing away at the age of seventy-four years. Mr. Mahoney was a democrat in his political views but never an office seeker, and both he and his wife were devout members of the Catholic church. Their family numbered eleven children, four of when; yet survive: William, of Muscatine county, Iowa, who is one of the largest cattle feeders in the state; Jeremiah J., of this review; Bridget, the wife of Edward McSwiggin, living in Muscatine county, Iowa; and Katherine, of Chicago, who as a Sister of Charity is known as Sister Mary Charitina.

Jeremiah J. Mahoney was reared on the home farm, acquiring his education in the country schools and at Professor J. B. Harris Commercial College at Wilton Junction. On the completion of his studies, in 1886, he engaged in the live-stock business at Wilton Junction, being identified with his brother, William Mahoney in this enterprise for fifteen years. In 1900 Mr. Mahoney embarked in the furniture business at Marengo, Iowa, being identified with mercantile pursuits, however, for only about eighteen months, when he removed to Davenport, Iowa., and purchased an interest in the Pecan Oil Manufacturing Company, also going upon the road as traveling representative for the house. This business is incorporated, Mr. Mahoney becoming one of its first officers. He still retains a financial interest in the company and is at present a member of the board of directors. In February, 1903, he became cashier of the Redfield Savings Bank and is still acting in this capacity. His duties are capably and honorably conducted. Tireless energy, keen perception, honesty of purpose, a genius for devising and executing the right thing at the right time, joined to everyday common sense, guided by resistless will power, are the chief characteristics of the man.

Mr. Mahoney was married, in 1896, to Miss Nellie Ryan, of Muscatine county, Iowa., and they are now the parents of two children, Leo and Catherine. Mr. Mahoney was formerly a democrat in politics but at present is not identified with any party although he has voted the republican ticket since free silver was an issue and is at present serving as city treasurer of Redfield. The cause of education finds in him a stanch friend and active worker, as he is also a member of the school board. His sterling characteristics are recognized by all with whom he comes in contact, and he is therefore justly numbered among the representative and enterprising business men and citizens of Dallas county.

E. H. Mallory, M. D.

Dr. E. H. Mallory

Dr. E. H. Mallory, who is prominent in his profession in the village of Linden and through the surrounding district, was born in Delaware county, New York, on the 13th of September, 1855, his parents being David M. and Sarah M. (McDonald) Mallory, of whose family of three children two are yet living, the brother of our subject being John A. Mallory, now engaged in the drug business in Linden. The father was born in Delaware county New York, in 1828, and was there reared and married. In 1854 he came to the middle west, settling at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He found a pioneer district, and as much of the land still belonged to the government he pre-empted a claim of a quarter of a section.  In the spring of 1856, however, he returned to New York where he remained until the fall of 1857 when he again went to Fort Dodge.  In the Empire state he had learned the millwright trade and had followed it in the east, but after coming to Iowa he prepared himself for the work of the Methodist Episcopal  ministry  and  for  years  filled pulpits throughout the central part of Iowa..  In the latter '70s he took up the study of medicine and in 1880 began the practice of his chosen profession in Linden.  The town was organized about that time and he was one of its first physicians.  He was an indefatigable worker and an earnest student and became one of the well known men in his profession in this part of the state.  He was equally well known as a preacher and able speaker, and thus he ministered to the spiritual as well as to the physical welfare of his fellowmen. His life was indeed one of usefulness and at all times was actuated by an honorable purpose that commanded for him the esteem and confidence of those who knew him. He engaged in preaching the gospel for fifteen years and was said to have been one of the ablest ministers in the upper Iowa conference. It was in 1866 that he took up the study of medicine and began practicing in 1870. He then located in Rippey, Greene county, Iowa, where he successfully practiced until 1880 when he removed to Linden, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in 1885.  He was offered the presiding eldership of his church but refused to accept it. Entirely free from ostentation or display and entirely without egotism, his life was given to service for his fellowmen and his memory is now enshrined in the hearts of all who knew him. In politics he was a stalwart republican until 1880 when he joined the ranks of the greenback party and in 1884 supported Grover Cleveland.  He served for two years, from 1860 to 1862, as county superintendent of schools of Greene county, but otherwise has never sought or desired office.  His wife survived him for many years, passing away on the 27th of March, 1904. She was born in Delaware county, New York, February 29, 1832, and was thus seventy-two years of age at the time of her demise. 

Dr. Mallory, whose name introduces this review, was reared amid the refining influences of a good home and in the public schools of central Iowa acquired his education.   The school system of the state, now unsurpassed by that of any state in the Union, was then in its primitive condition and many of the schools were built of logs and seated with slab benches. Amid such surroundings, however, he mastered the elementary branches of learning and later he attended Albion College in Marshall county, Iowa.  His father's profession attracted him and at an early age he began reading medicine under his father while at intervals he became familiar with the drug business, securing a certificate as a pharmacist when the pharmacy law went into effect. On the 1st of April, 1880, he came to Linden and established himself in the drug business.  His knowledge of medicine was such that his fellow townsmen practically forced him to attend them professionally, he being called upon for such service when his father was absent from the town. This led him to prepare more fully for the practice of medicine and in 1880 he attended medical lectures at the Iowa College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, from which institution he was graduated in the spring of 1882. He then returned to Linden and was immediately accorded an extensive  practice.   In the winter of 1890 and 1891 he attended the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia and was there graduated in the class of 1891. He then returned to Linden and has continued his practice here with excellent success, being one of the well known and capable members of his profession in Dallas county.  He is a member of the Dallas and Guthrie Medical Society and of the Iowa State Medical Society and an examiner for six or seven of the leading life insurance companies. 

On the 23d of April, 1883, Dr. Mallory was married to Miss Jennie Lair, of Greene county, who died December 26, 1900. In June, 1902, he married Miss Hattie Gander, of Guthrie county.  By the first marriage there were two children: Morris W., born January 6, 1896, and Mary R., born November 29, 1900. 

Dr. Mallory is a member of Linden lodge, No. 428, I. O. O. F., and has also taken degrees in the encampment and in the Rebekah lodges.  He is a Modern Woodman and also belongs to the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, and for forty-two years has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Dr. Mallory has been identified with the interests of Linden since the village was founded and is one of the best known citizens in this part of the county. His life has been actuated at all times by high and honorable principles, manifested in his professional labors and in his private life. Anything which tends to bring to man the key to that complex mystery which we call life is of interest to him, and he has been a close and discriminating student of the science of medicine, realizing fully the obligations that devolve upon him in the practice of his chosen calling.

Wheeler M. Mapes, a representative and enterprising agriculturist of Union township, Dallas county, was born in Laporte, Indiana, March 5, 1849, a son of G. W. and Martha (Dennison) Mapes, both natives of New York, the former born in 1828 and the latter in 1830. The parents went to Illinois in 1853, locating near Walnut, Bureau county, where they purchased a farm. The father was a minister of the Christian church and followed his holy calling for forty years. He passed away in Des Moines in 1898, while his wife survived him until 1900. He was one of nature's noblemen, actuated in all that he did by the spirit of Christian charity, kindliness and helpfulness. As a preacher he was earnest, if not eloquent, and in the various pastorates which he filled his work was always effective. He taught as largely by example perhaps as by precept and his memory is yet enshrined in the hearts of the great majority who knew him. His wife assisted him in all his work and shared with him in the warm regard in which he was everywhere held. They were the parents of six children, five of whom are still living: Wheeler M., of this review; Chettie, the wife of M. A. Hitchcock, living at Des Moines, Iowa; G. G. and Charles, both residents of Kansas City, Missouri; Frank H., who lives in Macomb, Illinois; and Ella, deceased.

When Wheeler M. Mapes attained young manhood he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits in Bureau county, Illinois, where he remained for two years and then took up his abode in Nebraska in 1870, homesteading a tract of government land which he cultivated for four years, or until the grasshoppers became so numerous and annoying that he was obliged to leave the state. Our subject also has a creditable military record, having enlisted in 1864, in Company I, Thirtieth Illinois Infantry, as a soldier in the Civil War. He marched with Sherman from the Atlantic to Washington, D. C., and was there mustered out.

After his return from Nebraska, in 1875, Mr. Mapes removed to Des Moines, Iowa, engaging with the Rock Island Railroad Company as a brakeman, in which capacity he served for three years. He was then promoted to the position of conductor, in which he remained for fourteen years, his long retention in the service of the railroad company being proof of the able and efficient manner in which he discharged his duties. He was conductor on the first vestibule train that went out of Council Bluffs. After his retirement from the railroad service Mr. Mapes again took up agricultural pursuits near Redfield, Dallas county, while in 1901 he purchased the farm of one hundred and twenty-three acres on section 10, Union township, Dallas county, on which he now resides. He has brought this land under a high state of cultivation, his unabating industry and sound business judgment being resultant factors in the prosperity which he now enjoys.

On March 5, 1868, Mr. Mapes was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Winter, a daughter of William and Lydia (Yonker) Winter, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Winter were the parents of four children, two of whom yet survive: O. O., a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Mrs. Mapes. Unto our subject and his wife were born four children: Cora L., the wife of W. F. Hartman, a resident of Chicago, Illinois; Chettie I., the wife of I. T. Stanley, living in Adams township, Dallas county; Georgia E., a graduate of the Redfield high school, who has been a teacher for five years; and Charles G., of Fort Williams, Ontario, Canada.

Wheeler M. Mapes is a republican in politics and has served as assessor of Union township. Fraternally he is connected with Wiscotta lodge, No. 158, A. F. & A. M., at Redfield; and Redfield lodge, No. 3498, M. W. A. He has ever discharged his duties with marked ability and fairness, for he is a most loyal, public-spirited citizen. His life has been one of continuous activity, in which has been accorded due recognition of labor and today he is numbered among the substantial citizens of his community. His interests are thoroughly identified with those of Dallas county and at all times he is ready to lend his aid and cooperation to any movement calculated to benefit this section of the country or advance its wonderful development.

John S. Mark, the efficient and popular agent for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company at Adel, is one of.the native sons of Dallas county, his birth having occurred in Van Meter township, February 15, 1873. His parents were James A. and Sarah J. (Mitchell) Mark. The father was born in Van Wert county, Ohio, April 30, 1840, and was a son of John and Maria (Jones) Mark.

John Mark was a native of Pennsylvania. He followed the occupation of farming as a life work and was also a preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church. About 1854 he removed from Indiana to Missouri, locating in Grundy county among the pioneer settlers. He entered one hundred and twenty acres of government land, upon which he built a log house, and then set to work to break the wild prairie, turning the furrows with ox teams. He spent a number of years there, after which he removed to Mercer county, Missouri, near the Iowa state line. He took up government land lying in both states but built his cabin home in Missouri. Again he broke the wild prairie with ox teams and carried on the work of cultivating the fields but some time afterward traded this farm for a sawmill, which he removed to Livingston, Missouri. He was residing there when the Civil war broke out and, being a strong Union man, he felt that it would be better for him to return to Iowa. Accordingly he sold his mill and went back to Decatur county, Iowa, where he remained until 1867. He then removed to Kansas, preaching and farming in Labette county near Oswego. He was a man whose upright life, warm sympathy and kindly spirit endeared him to all with whom he came in contact and he exerted a widely felt influence for good. After his death the people placed a memorial window in the Methodist Episcopal church in Oswego in his honor. His political allegiance was given to the republican party. He passed away at the age of sixty-eight years, while his wife, who was born in Pennsylvania, died in Indiana during the early childhood of their son, James A. Mark. In the family were six children, namely: Martha Ann, the wife of Thomas A. Preston of Gallatin, Missouri; John M., who is living in Oregon; Mary J., the wife of Daniel Francis of Los Angeles, California; William A., who wedded Mary C. Harper, and is living on a farm near De Soto, Iowa; James A., of Adel, Iowa; and Maria A., the wife of Stephen Crouse of Leon, Iowa.

James A. Mark was a lad in his teens at the time of his parents' removal west of the Mississippi. He assisted his father during the period of his boyhood and youth and after arriving at years of maturity he was married on the 23d of March, 1868, to Miss Sarah J. Mitchell, whose birth occurred in Vermilion county, Illinois, March 20, 1850. Her parents were John H. and Caroline (Baldwin) Mitchell. Her father was born in Ohio and died in 1898, at the advanced age of eighty-two years, passing away in Madison county, Iowa. His wife was born in Indiana and died in Madison county, September 29, 1891, at the age of seventy-five years. They were married in Ohio and Mr. Mitchell was a cooper and also a ship carpenter by trade. He was likewise skilled in other industrial arts, including blacksmithing. He went to Illinois in the '40s, locating in Vermilion county, becoming one of the pioneer farmers of that locality, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1853. He then came to Dallas county, Iowa, at a time when few settlements had been made within its borders. He entered land, however, in Madison county, where he built a log house and broke the wild prairie with ox teams, turning the first furrows in the fields. His nearest neighbors were John Atkins and his family. Mr. Mitchell spent his remaining days upon the farm which he developed and improved. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and an earnest Christian man. His political allegiance was given to the whig party. In his family were six children, of whom five are now living: George S., who married Mahala J. Payton and lives in Pomona, California; Darius B., who married Isabelle Hester and is living in Adel; Rachel A., the wife of Alvin Bever, of Dallas county; John J., who married Ruth Foley and makes his home in Adel; Mrs. Sarah J. Mark; and William D. The last two were twins and William D. Mitchell died November 5, 1896. He had married Samantha M. Richards, who is now living in Dallas county.

Prior to his marriage James A. Mark had served his country as a soldier in the Civil war. On the 13th of June, 1861, he enlisted as a member of Company H, First Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, and was discharged on the 3d of January, 1864, at Little Rock, Arkansas, by reason of the fact that he would re-enlist as a veteran. After again entering the army he remained at the front until he was discharged as sergeant of Company H on the 16th day of November, 1865, in the city of New Orleans. He was with the army for four years and five months and was a most loyal defender of the stars and stripes. He participated in the battle of Prairie Grove and was with his regiment in all of the engagements in which it participated.

After his return home from the war James A. Mark located in Dallas county, settling in Van Meter township, where he successfully and energetically followed the occupation of farming until the spring of 1882. He then removed to Washington township, where he lived until the spring of 1901. He then took up his abode in Adel, where he has been working at the carpenter's trade, which he had followed to a greater or less extent throughout his previous life. He has served as trustee in Van Meter township and has always stood for good citizenship, giving his support and cooperation to many movements that have been of direct benefit to the community. His life has ever been honorable and upright, actuated by high principles and guided by commendable methods. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his interest in the temperance cause is indicated by his affiliation with the Good Templars society. He is also a member of Colonel Mills post, No. 45, G. A. R., and in politics he is a stanch republican.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. James Mark have been born five sons and a daughter: Mary F., the wife of R. D. Lancaster, a resident of Des Moines; John S., of this review; William O., who married Minnie Switzer and is living in North Dakota; James H., of Sanborn, Iowa; Otto R., who married Gertrude Beaver and lives in North Dakota; and Thomas C., of Adel.

In taking up the personal history of John S. Mark we present to our readers the life record of one who is widely and favorably known in this locality. At the usual age he began attending the public schools and was a student in the Adel high school from 1892 to 1894. He lived upon the home farm until the latter year, when he started out in life on his own account, being then twenty-one years of age. He entered the employ of the Des Moines Northern & Western Railroad in June, 1894, and in November of same year he was appointed agent for the company at Kennedy, Iowa, having charge of the station there for two and a half years. He was then appointed extra station agent and telegraph operator at different stations for one year or more and subsequently was made agent at Granger, Iowa, where he remained from October, 1898, until the 30th of April, 1904. At the latter date he was transferred to Adel, Iowa, and has since been agent for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad at this place. He is always courteous and considerate in his treatment of the patrons of the road and his ability and fidelity to the interests of the corporation which he represents have made him a valuable official to the company and a popular one with the general public.

On the 24th of June, 1903, Mr. Mark was married to Miss Orpha Walker, whose birth occurred in Adams township, this county, March 29, 1877, her parents being John W. and Elizabeth (Bothwell) Walker. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mark has been born a daughter, Frances L., whose natal day was June 3, 1905. The parents are highly esteemed here, having gained many friends in Adel during their residence at this place. Mr. Mark is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and of the Railroad Telegraph Association, while his political views are in harmony with the principles of the republican party.

Calvin Marshall, who was formerly extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Dallas county but is now living retired in the enjoyment of the fruits of his industry, was born in Wayne county, Indiana; August 22, 1824, a son of Miles and Martha (Jones) Marshall. The father was born, reared and married in Tennessee, and in the year 1813, soon after his marriage, went to Wayne county, Indiana. The country was in a wild and unsettled condition and the Indians made it so unpleasant for Mr. Marshall that after a year he returned to Tennessee. In 1815, however, he again ventured into the border country, the red men having by this time been somewhat subdued, and he made his home in Wayne county until 1856. In the latter year Miles Marshall came to Iowa and located in Guthrie county, purchasing a farm in what is now Penn township. Here he successfully carried on agricultural pursuits for ten years, retiring at the end of that time and making his home with his children until the time of his demise. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall were the parents of ten children, two of whom survive: Calvin, of this review; and Martha J., the widow of John Lank, formerly a resident of Kansas City, Missouri.

Calvin Marshall was reared in Wayne county on the home farm and at the usual age began attending a little log schoolhouse--characteristic of those pioneer times--and acquired an education which at that early period was considered entirely adequate. In early manhood he served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade and followed that calling for seven years. In the spring of 1854 he started for the west and arrived in Dallas county, Iowa on April 15th of that year. On the same day there arrived in this county a Mr. Lemuel Maulsby, of Porter county, Indiana, with whom our subject was destined to come into closer relationship. These gentlemen came into possession of the first land entered from the government in Union township south of Coon river. Mr. Marshall entered the west half of section 19 and built a cabin of hewed buckeye logs, its dimensions being nineteen by twenty feet. Later he built an addition to this pioneer structure and made his home therein until 1871, when he erected a substantial frame residence. He successfully carried on farming at this location until 1882, when he removed to his present place on section 7, Union township. To a lover of nature this is a veritable Eden, being situated in the valley of the Coon river directly at the base of the bluff and surrounded by dense foliage. The quiet seclusion and peaceful atmosphere make it a haven of rest to one entering from the busy, outside world. The home is known as Marshall Springs by reason of the bounteous supply of cool, sparkling water which flows from an artesian well three hundred feet in depth. An analysis of this water showed it to possess the same health-giving qualities as that of the famous Colfax Springs water, and on this account Mr. Marshall was persuaded, some time ago, to build a temporary bathhouse at the Springs. Many persons found the water highly beneficial but as the enterprise required too much labor for a man of his years Mr. Marshall abandoned it.

In 1856 Calvin Marshall was united in marriage to Miss Cynthia Maulsby, a daughter of Lemuel Maulsby, and to this union six children have been born, three of whom are living: Ira, Burchard H. and May, at home, the sons being active in the management of the farm.

Mr. Marshall is a republican in his political views and has been a prominent factor in local politics in Dallas county. He was the first town·ship clerk of Union and Linn townships, which at that time were controlled under the same officers, and held that position for many years. He also served as justice of the peace for many years and held court in both townships. In the year 1857 he married his first couple, their names being Pleasant Parker and Amanda Joy. The cause of education has always found in him a stanch champion and for fifteen or twenty years he served as school director. In religious matters he gives his support to the Friends church. When Mr. Marshall first located here on the open prairie he was the object of not a little ridicule by the pioneers who had settled in the bottom lands, for it was thought that the prairie would never be settled. Time has proven Mr. Marshall's wonderful foresight, and he is now recognized throughout Dallas county as one of the sturdy, persevering pioneers who blazed the way for the present splendid development and prosperity of the country.

Macy B. Maulsby, M. D.

Macy B. Maulsby, M.D.

Dr. Macy B. Maulsby, possessed of broad humanitarian principles and kindly spirit, in the practice of his profession won the love and gratitude of many to whom he ministered. He was one of the first physicians in Dallas county and for many years figured prominently in this section of the state, being widely and favorably known, while an excellent patronage was accorded him up to the time of his retirement.

Dr. Maulsby was born in Tennessee, February 12, 1817, and died at Redfield, Iowa, September 26, 1899. When he was a small boy his parents removed with their family to Indiana, where the father, David Maulsby, died. The Doctor began his education in the public schools and prepared for his profession in the Cincinnati Medical College, from which he was graduated with the degree of M. D. He then practiced for a short time in Wayne county, Indiana, but in the year 1853 he came to Dallas county, Iowa, settling in Linden township, purchasing a tract of land near where the village of Linden now stands. He had intended to retire from his profession and devote himself to farming, but the members of the medical profession in this locality were so few and their services were so much in demand that he was forced to resume the active work of his calling. Therefore the following year he sold his land and took up his abode in Redfield, Union township, establishing an office on the corner where the State Bank of Redfield now stands. He continued in active practice for a.third of a century or until 1887 when he sold his business and spent his remaining days in honorable retirement. He always kept in touch with the onward march of the profession as research, investigation and experiment broadened knowledge and promoted proficiency among the members of the medical fraternity.

His early practice was fraught with many hardships and discomforts such as come to the pioneer physician. At the time he removed to Dallas county it wad very sparsely settled by white men but Indians were numerous in this part of the state. The Doctor was a fine horseman and always kept good saddle horses. He would frequently go thirty or forty miles on horseback to visit his patients, fording streams and enduring all the trials and difficulties experienced by the physician on the frontier. After coming to Redfield he occupied the same building for an office and residence for some time but afterward removed to the northwestern part of the village, where he and his wife made their home until they moved to the dwelling now occupied by Mrs. Maulsby. Aside from his profession Dr. Maulsby was at various times extensively interested in farm land, owning at the time of his death between four and five hundred acres, as well as city property.

Dr. Maulsby was married three times. He first wedded Miss Sally Price, who died in Indiana. His second wife, Mrs. Martha Jane Webster, whom he also married in Indiana, died after their removal to this state. On the 12th of October, 1870, Dr. Maulsby was joined in wedlock to Mrs. Mary H. Jameson, the widow of R. R. Jameson, and a daughter of Charles Walters, who was born and died in Ohio. His widow still survives. By his second marriage Dr. Maulsby had a son that died in infancy.

In his political views Dr. Maulsby was a stanch republican, firm in his opinions but not an office seeker. He belonged to the Christian church and took a very active and helpful part in its work. In his will he provided that the income from his estate should go to his widow and upon her death the entire property is to go to Drake University to be turned into a fund to provide for the education of men and women for foreign missionary work. Thus the usefulness and good work of Dr.Maulsby continues after his death. His memory remains as a blessed benediction to many who knew him and will long be cherished by those who came under the influence of his kindly spirit and upright life.

Milton Maulsby, who owns two hundred and ninety acres of fine farming land in Linn township, is therefore numbered among the representative and prosperous agriculturists of Dallas county. He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, February 19, 1841, a son of William and Zerelda (Mills) Maulsby, both of whom were natives of Tennessee, the former born in 1810 and the latter in 1813. The father always followed farming as a life work. He went to Indians with his parents in 1817 and in 1857 came to Dallas county, Iowa, where he purchased the farm on which his son Milton now resides. Mr. and Mrs. Maulsby both passed away in 1893 and at the time of his death the father was the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land in Dallas county, a part of which Milton Maulsby now owns. In the family of this worthy couple were three children, two of whom are still living. Irwin resides in Des Moines but has an interest in a general mercantile store with his son at Redfield, Iowa.

Milton Maulsby acquired his education in the common schools and the occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work, having always followed agricultural pursuits on the farm which his father purchased in this county in the year 1857. He helped his father improve this tract of land and still owns and operates it, having brought the place under a high state of cultivation through the use of modern methods of farming and sound business judgment. He is also engaged in the stock business and likewise finds this a profitable undertaking. In connection with his son Edwin Mr. Maulsby now owns four hundred and ninety acres on section 26, Linn township, being widely recognized as one of the extensive and up-to-date agriculturists of Dallas county.

In 1863 Mr. Maulsby was united in marriage to Miss Mahala R. Towns, who was born in Indiana in 1846, being a daughter of Cyrus and Rachel (Duck) Towns, the former a native of Maine and the latter of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Towns first removed to Indiana and in 1855 came to Dallas county, Iowa, entering a tract of land from the government. Mrs. Towns is still living on this same farm, having now attained the age of eighty-one years. She became the mother of nine children, five of whom are still living, as follows: Mrs. Maulsby; Marion, a resident of Dallas county; Ira, also living in this county; Irwin, living in North Dakota; John, who makes his home in this county; Jesse, a resident of North Dakota; and Albert, Milo and Mary, all deceased. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Maulsby has been born one son, Edwin, who is now married and operates the home farm. The wife of our subject has been an invalid for some years but bears her affliction with noble resignation, her kindly nature and generous spirit having won her the warm regard of all with whom she has come in contact.

In his political views Mr. Maulsby is a republican and has held several of the minor township offices for a number of years. Fraternally he is connected with Redfield lodge, No. 158, A.F. & A.M., while both he and his wife are members of the Quaker church, in the work of which they are active and helpful. Mr. Maulsby thoroughly enjoys home life and takes great pleasure in the society of his family and friends. He is always courteous, kindly and affable and those who know him personally have for him warm regard.

Fremont McClatchey, an enterprising agriculturist of Dallas county, owns and operates a well improved tract of land comprising two hundred and fifty-six acres, situated on section 7, Lincoln township, and in addition to the home place also owns an eighty-acre tract in Guthrie county. He was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, March 10, 1856, a son of William and Margaret (Foster) McClatchey, both of whom were likewise natives of the Keystone state, their parents having been early settlers of that state. The father was a farmer by occupation and in 1866 removed westward to Illinois, settling on a farm in Knox county. His last years were passed in Galesburg, his death there occurring in 1897. His wife survived him for a few years and passed away in 1903.

Fremont McClatchey is one of a family of three sons and five daughters, of whom two sons and four daughters still survive. He was reared on the home farm in Knox county and his school advantages were somewhat limited. He remained under the parental roof until he had reached mature years and then in 1881 made his way to Dallas county, where he purchased one hundred and seventy-six acres of land. On the place stood a small house but there were few other improvements.

After living alone upon his farm for one year Mr. McClatchey was here married on April 11, 1882, to Miss Nellie Rose, who was born, reared and educated in Lucas county, Iowa, and prior to her marriage successfully engaged in teaching school in Guthrie and Dallas counties. Seven children bless this union, four sons and three daughters, namely: Glen R., Charles, Rex, Bert, Rose, Ruth and Faith.

Mr. and Mrs. McClatchey began their domestic life upon his farm in Lincoln township and later he erected a good residence, two barns and substantial outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. He also added to his property a tract of one hundred and sixty acres and now has two hundred and fifty-six acres in his home farm and another eighty acres in Guthrie county. He devotes considerable attention to the raising and feeding of high grade stock and usually ships from two to three carloads of fat steers and a carload of fat hogs to the city markets. He is a progressive, up-to-date farmer, who thoroughly understands his business and has met with most gratifying success in his undertakings. For twenty-six years he has now made his home in Dallas county and has aided materially in its development and upbuilding, doing all in his power for the improvement of his locality. Mr. McClatchey gives his political support to the republican party and has served one term township trustee, but has never cared for political honors, preferring to devote his attention to his business interests. His wife is an earnest member of the Christian church and both are held in high regard by all who know them.

J. H. McClintock is the owner of four hundred and eighty acres of rich farming land on sections 25 and 26 Adams township. It is a valuable property, well improved, and in its further development the owner is giving evidence of a thorough understanding of the most modern and progressive methods of agriculture.

Mr. McClintock is one of Iowa's native sons, born on the 10th of February, 1857, his parents being Eston and Huldah (Rush) McClintock, both of whom were natives of Somerset county, Pennsylvania. They came to this state in the year 1853 and are still residents of DeSoto, having for more than a half century been identified with the interests of the commonwealth. The father served for one year in the Civil war as a member of the Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry and after the close of hostilities he removed to Jasper county, where he purchased a farm, giving his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits for many years. In 1902, however, he removed to DeSoto, Dallas county, where he now makes his home in honorable retirement from further labor. Unto him and his wife have been born six children: Mary, the wife of C. Taylor, who lives in Jasper county, Iowa; Jennie, the wife of Clinton Taylor, who makes his home in DeSoto; J. H., of this review; Jessie, living in Missouri; Grant, who is located in South Dakota; and Minnie, the wife of Charles Hummel, of Madison county, Iowa.

In taking up the personal history of J. H. McClintock we present to our readers the life record of one who is well known in Dallas county as an energetic agriculturist and a man of determined spirit. He was reared to the occupation of farming and has always followed that pursuit in its various phases. In addition to the tilling of the soil he also makes a specialty of raising stock and this proves a profit able source of income to him. His place of four hundred and eighty acres constitutes a large and valuable farm of Adams township, the soil being arable and responding readily to the care and labor bestowed upon it. The place is well kept in every particular, the buildings are modern and the stock raised is of good grades.

In 1884 Mr. McClintock was united in marriage to Miss Delphia Montgomery, who was born in Jasper county, Iowa, in the year 1860, and is a daughter of William and Delena J. (Rein) Montgomery. Her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother in Ohio. They were married in Jasper county, Iowa, where they lived for many years, and the mother still makes her home there, but the father died in the year 1891. At the time of his demise he was the owner of valuable farming land, amounting to five hundred acres, and was accounted one of the prosperous agriculturists of his community. His family numbered thirteen children, including Mrs. McClintock, who by her marriage has become the mother of four children: Maud and Jennie, who are graduates of the DeSoto high school; Ross, who is a student in the high school; and Esther, who is yet in the grammar school.

Mr. and Mrs. McClintock are members of the Christian church and Mr. McClintock gives his political support to the democracy. He has served as school director for several years and his influence is given for the furtherance of educational and other interests which he deems essential to the welfare and upbuilding of the county.

Anthony M. McColl

The business interests of Woodward find a worthy representative in Anthony M. McColl, of the firm of McColl Brothers, who have been actively associated with the commercial interests of the town for seventeen years. Moreover, he is well known in political circles and has an official record over which there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil. He served for three consecutive terms as county clerk of Dallas county, and his re-election stands as incontrovertible evidence of his ability and faithfulness in office. He came to Dallas county in 1877, being then a young man of nineteen years, his birth having occurred in Caledonia, New York, on the 19th of May, 1858. His father, the Hon. Hugh D. McColl, was also born in New York where he grew to manhood and was married there to Miss Jane A. Wooster whose birth occurred in Schenectady, New York, and who was from an old Massachusetts family. Hugh D. McColl was a farmer and successful business man in New York, well known in his home community and throughout the state by reason of his prominence as a politician. He was elected and served for two terms in the general assembly of the Empire state and had a wide acquaintance among the law-makers of the commonwealth. With his family he removed to the west in 1877, settling in Dallas county, Iowa. He purchased a tract of land in Des Moines township which he broke and cultivated, transforming it from a wild tract into a good farm. Upon that place he spent his remaining days, his death being occasioned by an accident in 1887. His wife survived him a number of years and passed away on the 16th of January, 1906, at the age of eighty years.

Anthony M. McColl was reared to manhood in Caledonia, New York, and the common school afforded him his educational advantages. His knowledge, however, has largely been acquired by self training since coming to years of maturity, and he is today a well informed man, having a good knowledge of all subjects of general interest, while in his home is a well selected library with the contents of which he is largely familiar. He and his brother assisted in opening up, developing and carrying on the home farm and remained with their father until his death. As stated, they have always been associated in their business enterprises, but before entering upon his present mercantile interests in Woodward Anthony M. McColl had varied experience as a public official. He has always been a stalwart republican in politics and was nominated and elected county clerk of Dallas county in 1890. He served for four years and was re-elected in 1894. Toward the close of his second term of office he received the nomination and was reelected, so that his incumbency in the office covered a period of six rears. During that time he made a special study of probate business. His duties were discharged promptly and ably and the public gave him endorsement for what he did. He retired from the office as he had entered it--with the confidence and good will of all concerned and upon the expiration of his third term removed to Woodward where he joined his twin brother, who had bought out a grain and lumber business here. Anthony M. McColl then took charge of the interests at Woodward while Donald D. McColl remained in Perry in charge of the grain and lumber business which they purchased at that point.

Anthony M. McColl was united in marriage in Woodward, Iowa, on the 15th of October, 1903, to Miss Bess Craft, who was born and reared in Woodward and is a daughter of W.S. Craft, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume.

Homer McConnell, whose progressive spirit is manifest in the excellent condition of his farm on section 9, Boone township, has a valuable tract of land of one hundred and twenty acres. It is a neat and well improved place, equipped with many accessories of the model farm property of the twentieth century. Mr. McConnell not only displays a progressive spirit in its control but has in matters of citizenship manifested the same fidelity to the public interest. He is a native son of Iowa, having been born in Mahaska county on the 17th of May, 1853, his father being Robert Henry McConnell, who was born in Posey county, Indiana, while the grandfather was Robert McConnell, Sr., who removed with the family with the family to this state and settled in Mahaska county among its earliest settlers. There he opened up a new farm, his son Robert Henry assisting him to develop and cultivate the property. At a later date Robert Henry McConnell came to Dallas county, where he was married in 1851, in Boone township, to Miss Melinda Knight, a native of Randolph county, Indiana, and a daughter of George Knight, who on coming to Iowa settled first in Mahaska county but later removed to Dallas county. He was the inventor of the fast-riding sulky plow, which he placed upon the market about 1865 or 1866. Following his marriage Mr. McConnell purchased land and opened up a farm in Jasper county, near Colfax, and there he continued to reside until his last labors were ended in death. He passed away March 30, 1864, and his wife died in August, 1856. The father afterward married again.

Homer McConnell was one of two children born of his father's first marriage and is the only one now living. He was brought to Dallas county when a lad of twelve years and was reared in Boone township by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Knight. The common schools of Jasper and Dallas counties afforded him his educational privilege and when he was not busy with his textbooks he was largely occupied with the work of the farm. Arriving at mature years he was married on the 11th of September, 1879, to Miss Melvina Jane Hutchins, a native of Dallas county, born in Boone township on the 16th of March, 1856. Her father, John Hutchins, was a native of North Carolina and was reared in Indiana. In that state he married Miss Mary Cook, a native of Maryland, who was reared, however, in Indiana. In the fall of 1850 they removed to Dallas county, Iowa. Subsequent to their marriage Mr. McConnell operated his grandfather Knight's farm and also improved the property where he now resides. He first purchased eighty acres of the place upon which he settled in 1885, after which he broke and fenced the fields, also building a good house. Later he added to and remodeled this dwelling and now has an attractive farm residence. He has put up good barns and outbuildings and has set out an orchard which is in bearing. He has likewise planted many shade trees which add to the value and attractive appearance of the farm and altogether he has made a very desirable home here. In 1893 he purchased forty acres adjoining the original tract and with the cultivation of grain he now raises pure-blooded Poland China hogs and high grade shorthorn cattle and good horses. He fattens and feeds the hogs for the market and his stock-raising interests constitute a profitable element in his business.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. McConnell were born four children but they lost their eldest, Clarence, who died June 8, 1896, at the age of fifteen years. The others are Mabel, Harry and Horace. In his political views Mr. McConnell has been a life long republican and for two terms he has served as township clerk, to which office he was called by the vote of his fellow townsmen. He has likewise been township trustee for three years and has been secretary of the school board for seven years. He served as a delegate to various county and congressional conventions and is one of the active men of his party in Boone township. He belongs to Van Meter lodge of the Masonic fraternity, in which he has held office, and he likewise affiliates with both the subordinate lodge and the encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has filled all of the offices of the former and has represented the local lodge in the grand lodge for two years. In the encampment he served as high priest for one term. Mr. McConnell is well known in Adel and Dallas county as a prosperous farmer while in his business relations he has awakened that confidence and warm regard which are always given in acknowledgement of honorable methods and of unfaltering reliability.

Richard McCormick

Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCormick

Richard McCormick is the owner of extensive landed possessions in Dallas county, having on section 11, Dallas township, a tract of three hundred and fifty-five acres, on which are two complete sets of farm buildings, and here he carries on general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising.  Mr. McCormick was born in Oneida county, New York, June 3, 1842, a son of James McCormick, who died when the son was but a small child. The mother was again married about 1847 and removed to a farm in Cook county, near Chicago, Illinois. Mr. McCormick was reared to farm life in Cook county and was there educated.  He helped to clear a farm of eighty acres and remained in that county until he had reached the age of twenty-one years. He then removed to Champaign county, Illinois, and it was during his residence there that he enlisted for service in the Civil war, in July, 1861, becoming a member of Company F, Twenty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He went south with the regiment and participated in more than fifty battles and skirmishes, among the number being the famous battles of Corinth, Iuka, Black River, Vicksburg and others.  He veteranized at Scottsboro, Alabama, and returned home on a furlough, having been ill in a hospital after the battle at Black River.  He was mustered out of service at Springfield, in June, 1865, returning home with a most honorable military record. Mr. McCormick was promoted to first lieutenant and was discharged with that rank.

Following his return from the war he was employed at the Rock Island station in Chicago for a time and later went to Champaign county, where in 1867, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lida Brownfield, a widow, who had one daughter by her former marriage, Nancy Ann, now the wife of George Hawn, a resident of Dallas county.  Following his marriage Mr. McCormick located on a farm in Champaign and from time to time added to his landed possessions until he owned one hundred and twenty-six acres, on which he resided until 1891, when he traded that property for his present property in Dallas county.  When he removed here he remodeled the house which stood on the place and has since erected a second residence and two sets of farm buildings.  He has three hundred and fifty-five acres of well improved land, which is devoted to general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising and feeding.  He has beautified his place by many ornamental and shade trees and has also set out much fruit. He has tiled and fenced the land and altogether has a valuable property.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. McCormick has been blessed with four sons and four daughters, namely: Robert R., who is a resident farmer of Dallas township, is married and has four children--Mabel, Clarence, Myrtle and Ethel. Daniel, who is married and resides on a part of his father's farm, also has four children.  George, who is married and follows farming in Boone county, this state, has two children. James is a student at Champaign, Illinois. Mrs. Anna Johnson, a widow, resides in Champaign. Sarah Ellen is the wife of Charles Stewart, a farmer of Greene county, and they have one child, Earl.  Mrs. Julia M. Nation resides on a farm in Dallas township. Mary Louise is the wife of Burt Collins, also a farmer of this township, and has one child, Cecil.

Mr. McCormick is a stanch believer in the principles and policy of the republican party but is not active as an office seeker, his private business interests making full claim upon his time and attention.  He has, however, served as a member of the schoolboard.  Both he and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, while Mr. McCormick belongs to Redfield post, G.A. R., at Perry.

The family home is pleasantly situated within one and a half miles of Dawson and it is noted for its gracious hospitality.  Although Mr. McCormick is one of the later arrivals in the county he is numbered among the substantial citizens of this section of the state and through his honorable business dealings has won the goodwill of all with whom he is brought in contact.

Cornelius McKean

The subject of this biography was born July 18, 1834. His parents at that time were living in Washington county, Missouri. His father's name was Nathaniel McKean. He was born about the year 1797, in Belfast, Maine, came west and enlisted in the United States Regular Army in 1820, and was assigned to Captain Riley's Company of Colonel Leavenworth's regiment of infantry of General Atkinson's command. Soon after they were ordered to Council Bluffs (Nebraska side of the river) and built a fort and called it Fort Atkinson; this was on the grounds where Fort Omaha now stands. This was in the year 1820-1 and was the most western post of the government at that time. He served five years and was honorably discharged. He married Miss Mary Ann McGlothlin (originally MacLachlan), who was born in Madison county, Kentucky. Her father, Cornelius McGlothlin, was a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner, having served under General Harmon of South Carolina.

Cornelius McKean came to Dallas county with his father and family in the spring of 1848, his mother having died before they came. At that time the land had not been surveyed in this part of the state, and therefore was not subject to private entry, but each settler blazed and staked out his or her claim of timber and prairie and settled down, building cabins, breaking prairie and other work. The following winter of 1848-9 will always be remembered by the old settlers as "the winter of the deep snow." It commenced to snow the 7th of November and reached a depth of three feet on a level and much deeper in some places. The family settled on the west side of Panther creek, in what is now Adams township. Cornelius McKean married Miss Nancy Ann McCulley, May 8, 1852. She was a daughter of Samuel and Catherine McCulley, of Highland county, Ohio. Her great grandmother was an early settler of Kentucky and is the person mentioned in the history of the early settlement of the state that carried her pewter dish with her when she fled to the neighborhood fort a few minutes before it was attacked by Indians. The dish was moulded into balls by the woman when the lead had all been used up, and the pewter bullets were what saved the garrison. They removed to Greene county, bought land near the grounds of the Old Settlers' Picnic Society, sold out and entered one hundred and twenty acres of land in section 5, township No. 81, R. 28, now Spring Valley township, built a cabin and moved on the farm in 1853. At that time it was a part of Buena Vista precinct, later that of Dallas township precinct until 1858, when Spring Valley township was organized.

The first step taken in connection with the organization was an impromptu meeting intended to be held at the residence of John H. Roberts, a leading and influential settler, but when the neighbors assembled there, his estimable wife informed them Mr. Roberts was at work in the timber and indicated the direction where he could be found, so to the woods they went, and easily found him by the sound of his maul, at work making rails in regular pioneer style. After making known their business in few words, the meeting was organized by the election of Mr. Roberts as chairman and Cornelius McKean as secretary, after which the worthy chairman laid aside his maul and called the meeting to order, when the following proceedings were had and taken: 1st, that congressional township No. 81, R. 28 now attached to and forming part of the precinct of Dallas, be organized into a separate precinct to be known as Spring Valley township; 2nd, that we petition the proper authorities of the county, in accordance with the above resolution, and requesting early attention be given the matter before the regular fall election. Whereupon Secretary McKean made out the necessary papers in harmony with the foregoing resolutions, which were signed by all present, and in due time presented to county Judge Lloyd D. Burns at Adel. The request was granted in accord with the wishes of the settlers and the first election for township officers was held at the residence of Jonathan Chiles in November, 1858. The officers elected were: justices of the peace, Justus McCarrell and E. J. Waldron; clerk, Cornelius McKean; trustees, Anson D. Morgan and Sylvenus Palmer.

Mr. Nelson Miner, one of the early settlers, suggested the name of Spring Valley, as appropriate on account of the many springs along the banks of the Coon, south of Dr. P. A. Mowrer's farm; at that time the main traveled road passed near these springs and afforded fine camping grounds for emigrants.

Mr. McKean was also the first secretary of the township school board, and served continuously for several consecutive terms. He was also elected to the office of justice of the peace and served several terms, was postmaster of Alton, Iowa, school director and captain in the Iowa Militia.

He is the compiler of a work entitled McKean Genealogies, being a genealogy of the family from the settlement in America in 1718 up to 1902. The family is descended from the Island Kings and Lords of the Isles of Scotland.

The children of Cornelius and Nancy Ann McKean are: Sedora; Mary Jane; Eva; John, who was captain of Company B, Fifty-second Iowa Infantry, Spanish war; Albert; Jasper W.; Anna; Evan; and Roscoe.

Mrs. McKean died in Perry, March 2, 1903, and is buried on the family lot in Violet Hill cemetery. Mr. McKean is a member of the Christian church, also of the Grand Army of the Republic and Ladies of the G. A. R. of Perry, by reason of service in Company E, Fourth Iowa Infantry.

George W. McKean is one of the honored pioneer settlers of Dallas county, having resided within its borders since 1848. He is now a retired fanner, having in previous years been closely associated with agricultural interests. Mr. McKean was born in Cole county, Missouri, October 24, 1843, and is a son of Nathaniel J. and Mary M. McKean.  He was only five years of age when brought by his parents to Dallas  county in 1848  and here  he was reared to farm life, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturists.  In the winter seasons he attended school and at the age of twenty years he started out in life on his own account as a farmer.  On the 23d of May, 1864, several months before he attained his majority, he offered his services to the government, enlisting as a member of Company C, Forty-sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in defense of the Union cause.  He was enrolled at Adel and mustered in at Davenport, whence he went to Memphis, Tennessee.  He was engaged in guarding railroad most of the time and was honorably discharged on the 24th of October, 1864, upon the expiration of his term of enlistment.  He is now a member of Redfield post, No. 26, G. A. R., and thus maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades. 

For a year after his return from the war Mr. McKean was ill and then gave his attention to the stock business, which he followed for two years or more.  He next engaged in farming upon eighty acres of land, to which he added until he and his wife owned two hundred and fifty acres in Boone and Dallas counties.   Farming was his real life work and he continued actively in that pursuit until 1887, when he removed to Perry, where he has since lived retired. 

On the 4th of April, 1875, Mr. McKean was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Howard, who was born in Yorkshire, England, at Halifax, January 18, 1838, a daughter of Charles and Marie (Harnaise) Howard.  The father was also a native of Halifax, born February 9,  1809,  and died at the age of seventy-six years.   The mother, who was born in Burlington, Yorkshire, England, died at the age of thirty-six years.  They were married March 13, 1830, and in their family were five children, of whom three survive: Emily, the widow of George Reeves and a resident of St. Lawrence,  South  Dakota; Sarah,  now  Mrs. McKean; and Ida, who is living in Perry. Mr. Howard was an auctioneer in early life and later followed farming.  He came to this country by sailing ship in 1844, being six weeks upon the water, after which he landed at Staten Island in New York harbor.  He made his way to Buffalo by canal and by the lakes to Chicago, where he secured lodging in a log hotel.  There he hired a team to take him and his family to St. Charles, Illinois, about thirty-five miles west of Chicago.  He remained at St. Charles for about a month, after which he purchased a farm fourteen miles from that place. He paid one hundred dollars for a tract of eighty acres upon which two log houses had been built.  He received his patent from the United States government signed by President Polk.  Later he added forty acres to that tract. He was one of the pioneers of the locality and in early days cooperated in many movements which led to general progress and improvement.  His wife was a member of the Baptist church  and he contributed to its support.  While in England he was a supporter of the liberal party and after coming to the United States he voted with the republican party. 

Mr. McKean has never cared for public office, but exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party.  He belongs to the Baptist church and is one of the esteemed and worthy citizens of this section of Iowa.  Few have longer resided in Dallas county than has Mr. McKean, who has lived here for almost six decades.  There were yet many evidences of Indian occupancy at the time of the arrival of the family. Wild game of all kinds was plentiful and the prairie was largely covered with its native grasses and wild flowers.  The timber, too, was uncut and there was little to show that the seeds of civilization had been planted, but other settlers soon came and, like the McKean family, bore their part in the work of general improvement.  George W. McKean can relate many interesting incidents of the early clays and the modes of life which were then pursued and which are in startling contrast to the habits and customs of the people at the present day, when invention has largely revolutionized the mode of living and the ways of the business world.

G. S. McKibben is the owner of one hundred and three acres of land on sections 28 and 21, Adams township, once a part of the old homestead which has been in possession of the family for more than a half century. He is a representative of one of the oldest families of this part of the state, having spent almost his entire life here, although his birth occurred in Brown county, Ohio, on the 4th of January, 1855, his parents being Samuel S. and Mary (Laymon) McKibben. The father, also a native of the Buckeye state, was reared and married there and in 1854 came to Dallas county, Iowa, entering and purchasing between three and four hundred acres of land in Adam township. He then returned to Ohio for his family, whom he brought to his new home in the spring of 1855, the dwelling being a log cabin on the farm, to which he afterward built an addition, occupying that house for a number of years. He resided upon the farm up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1891, and was a very successful agriculturist, being also widely known as a breeder of fine horses, in which connection he did much to improve the grade of stock raised in this part of the state. He was ever a man of action rather than theory and accomplished things while others were stopping to formulate plans. He was a leader in every forward, progressive movement and became one of the county's prominent men. In the Methodist Episcopal church he was accounted a worthy member and active worker and at all times his life was honorable and upright. While in early life he advocated democratic principles he became an advocate of abolition and in later life was independent of party ties in his political belief. He held various township offices to which he was called by the vote of his fellow citizens who recognized his worth and knew that he would be faithful to every trust.

In the family of S.S. McKibben were twelve children of whom seven are yet living: John, a resident of Mossy Rock, Washington; Jane, the widow of William Beasley and a resident of Des Moines; William, living in Madison county, Iowa; Harvey S., of Stuart, Iowa; Elizabeth, the wife of Sylvanus Compton, of Earlham, Iowa; G.S., of this review; and Spencer S., of Adams township.

Brought to Dallas county in his infancy G.S. McKibben was reared amid the wild scenes and environments of pioneer life and with the family endured such hardships as are always to be met with in a recently developed district. His education was acquired in the district schools and the schoolhouse of his early youth was a log building with greased paper windows and slab benches, while the methods of instruction were most primitive as compared to those of the present day. Between the work of the farm and the duties of the schoolroom his youth was passed. When he had attained adult age he was married, in July, 1876, to Miss Jennie Marks, a daughter of William Marks, of Adams township.

From his nineteenth year Mr. McKibben, in company with his brother, S.S. McKibben, had had the management of the home farm and continued in control until his father's death. Then in connection with two of his brothers he purchased the farm from the estate, acquiring personally one hundred and three acres of land which he still owns and which constitutes a rich and productive farm that is now well developed according to the most modern ideas of progress agriculture.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. McKibben has been blessed with eleven children, of whom ten survive: Lute Edward, Pearl, the wife of Alva Wright, of Adams township; Everett, living in the same township; Wilda, the wife of Lea Morris, of Adams township; Myrtle, at home; Harry, a resident farmer of Adams township; Leo, Esther, Dean, Dewey and Neita, all yet under the parental roof.

Mr. McKibben votes with the republican party and has served for a number of years as township trustee and as constable, while for two terms he was a member of the school board. He belongs to the United Brethren church and has been a most active worker in the church and Sunday-school, serving for some years as superintendent of the latter, while he does all in his power to promote the growth of the church and extend its influence as a force for righteousness and morality in the community. He is honored as a citizen of upright life and one well worthy the regard which is uniformly accorded him.

Samuel S. McKibben, Jr., a resident farmer of Adams township, born on the place which is now his home, his natal day being February 15, 1859, is a son of Samuel S. McKibben, Sr., and further mention of the family history is made in connection with the sketch of his brother, G. S. McKibben, on another page of this work. His boyhood and youth were spent at home and his education was acquired in the district schools. He was a student in one of the typical pioneer log schoolhouses of the period, with its greased paper windows, slab benches and huge fireplace. The curriculum was not extensive but it brought to the student a good knowledge of the fundamental principles of English learning. At an early age, almost as soon as he could hold a plow, Mr. McKibben was at work in the fields, and long before he had attained his majority he and his brother, G. S. McKibben, were operating the farm for the father, who for years was in poor health. After his death the brothers continued the management of the property for the mother and subsequent to her demise the estate was divided, Samuel McKibben receiving as his share of the estate one hundred and six acres of the home farm. He has made agriculture his life work and has prospered in the undertaking. In December, 1896, he purchased of the railroad an adjoining forty acre tract, so that the place now comprises one hundred and forty-six acres of rich and productive land. The farm is well tilled and everything about the place indicates his careful supervision and practical, progressive methods. The fields bring forth rich crops and the latest improved machinery is used to facilitate the farm work. In 1903 Mr. McKibben erected one of the handsome and modern farm residences of Adams township, supplied with hot and cold water, bath, and all conveniences known to the model home of the present day. This residence is built on the site of the old home of the family and is one of the attractive features of the landscape. The place in all its departments shows the work of the master farmer, the improvements being the best, attracting the attention and admiration of all who pass by.

On Christmas day of 1878 Mr. McKibben was united in marriage to Miss Lillie A. Mark, a daughter of William A. Marks, one of the pioneer settlers of Adams township and a veteran of the Civil war, who is yet one of the old and respected citizens of this locality. Unto Mr. and Mrs. McKibben have been born six children, three sons and three daughters: Evalina Dell, the wife of Leonard H. Cook, a resident farmer of Union township; Byron B., living in Adams township; L. Scott, who is a graduate of the Highland Park College, at Des Moines, and is at home; Samuel C., Lulu May and Veta Loyone, all yet at home.

At the polls Mr. McKibben exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and has held the office of justice of the peace. He and his family are members of the United Brethren church and are interested in its work and the extension of its influence. He is regarded as one of the substantial and highly esteemed residents of Dallas county. His entire life has been spent upon the farm which is yet his home and his time and energies have ever been given to agricultural pursuits with the result that has unabating labor and unremitting diligence have brought him a goodly measure of prosperity. He is a worthy representative of an old pioneer family and his honorable record adds further luster to an untarnished family name.

William Lucas McKissick is the president of the Dallas County Brick & Tile Works, manufacturers of brick, drain tile and hollow building blocks at Adel. This is one of the leading productive industries of the state and in its establishment and control Mr. McKissick has displayed excellent business ability, keen discernment and executive force. He is prominent among the energetic, far-sighted and successful business men of Dallas county and in his life record has shown a strength of purpose that has enabled him to overcome all difficulties and obstacles in his path and proved that prosperity and an honored name may be won simultaneously.

Mr. McKissick is a native of Indiana county, Pennsylvania , born on the 27th of August, 1853 . The McKissick family is of Scotch-Irish extraction and was founded in America at an early day. Thomas McKissick, the father of our subject, was also a native of the Keystone state, born in Indiana county, and for many years he was a pilot on the Susquehanna river . When not engaged in that work his time and energies were given to general farming. While in the east he married Miss Betsy Garman, who was born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania . In the month of June, 1864, they came to Iowa , settling on a farm nine miles south of Des Moines , where they lived for two years. They afterward became residents of Norwalk, Warren county, Iowa, and Thomas McKissick spent his last days in Atlantic , Iowa , where he died in 1903, at the age of seventy-three years. His widow still survives him and is now seventy-seven years of age. In their family were three sons and seven daughters and five of the number are yet living, namely: William L.; Sadie, the wife of Elmer Cassidy, living in Salt Lake City, Utah; Callie, the wife of Thomas Prall, who resides near Atlantic, Iowa; Cora, who is engaged in the millinery business at Adair, Iowa; and John, a resident of Omaha, Nebraska.

William L. McKissick was a youth of eleven years when brought by his parents to Iowa , where he was reared to agricultural pursuits. When nineteen years of age he returned to Pennsylvania and there learned the bricklayer's trade. After mastering the business he returned to this state in 1875, settling first at Des Moines , where he worked at his trade, while later he was employed in a similar capacity in Indianola for two years or more. In 1878 he began the manufacture of brick between the towns of Van Meter and De Soto , where he conducted the business for two years. He also took contracts for furnishing the brick for many buildings in the two towns and he erected twenty-one brick buildings in the city of Adel . In 1880 he sold his plant and removed to Adel, where he began the manufacture of brick on a more extensive scale, also added a tile manufacturing department and did business as a contractor and builder. The new enterprise prospered and, needing more capital in the business, he entered into partnership relations with R. M. Kerns and A. C. Hubbard under the firm style of R. M. Kerns & Company. The plant was then enlarged and the facilities for manufacture increased. It was at this time that they took up the work of manufacturing drain tile. Mr. McKissick continued to act as manager of the business and owing to his ability and enterprise the new concern proved a very profitable one. In 1885 he sold his interest to his partners and returned to De Soto , where he built what is now the De Soto Brick & Tile plant. He made this complete in every department and in a short time was conducting a very extensive and prosperous enterprise here. In the fall of 1888 he sold a half interest to J. W. Blackman, who in 1892 disposed of his share to his brother, E. D. Blackman, so that for some time operations were conducted under the firm name of McKissick & Blackman. Their plant covered about six acres and in addition to the manufacture of brick and tile they handled grain, lime, coal, lumber, paints and oils. In March, 1904, Mr. McKissick established a brick and tile manufactory in Adel, where he is now doing business at the present time. In 1906 his shipments amounted to seven hundred and sixty carloads, his tile being used extensively throughout the state of Iowa . The plant is conducted with two eighty horse power boilers of high pressure, giving them one hundred and sixty horse power. They have a hundred and fifty horse power engine and the most modern machinery is used in all departments. Mr. McKissick has been engaged in the manufacture of tile for the past twenty-eight years and has superintended the building of five different plants, all still running. At the Adel plant he employs from thirty to thirty-four men throughout the year. There is about one mile of railroad track over which the clay is hauled to the plant and the business is constantly increasing along substantial and satisfactory lines. His son, Ernest R. McKissick, is now manager of the plant at De Soto .

On the 4th of July, 1877 , Mr. McKissick was married to Miss Mary Stephens, who was born in Warren county, near Springhill , Iowa , February 21, 1861 , a daughter of Edward D. and Lavisa (Fisher) Stephens. Her father, who was born in England , died in his eightieth year, while the mother, who was born in Madison county, Indiana, passed away at the age of sixty-four years. Mr. Stephens became a farmer of Warren county, Iowa , where he settled in pioneer days. He owned there a good farm of two hundred acres and was extensively engaged in the breeding of fine horses. All who knew him respected him, for he was a man of genuine personal worth. His life was in harmony with his professions as a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his political allegiance was given to the republican party. In his family were ten children, of whom eight are now living.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. McKissick have been born two sons and a daughter: Ernest R., who was born June 2, 1879 , and now has charge of the plant at De Soto ; J. A., who is secretary of the company at Adel and was born November 7, 1882 ; and Gertrude, born June 13, 1884 . Mr. and Mrs. McKissick attend the Methodist church and he exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party but he has never sought or desired public office, preferring to give his time and attention to his business interests, in which he has met with signal success. He is a gentleman of genuine personal worth, well informed on the questions of the day and keeping in touch with the trend of current thought and modern progress. As a business man he has displayed many sterling traits, not the least of which are close application and unfaltering industry. He early came to a realization of the fact that there is no excellence without labor and to this end he has put forth earnest effort, advancing from a comparatively humble position in the business world to a place of leadership as one of the prominent tile and brick manufacturers of the state.

Hans Meier is a prosperous farmer and stockraiser of Beaver township, owning a well improved farm of one hundred and seventy-four acres on section 4, pleasantly located near Bouton. In addition to his home farm he likewise owns farm land in Boone county, Iowa, which he leases. Mr. Meier is a native of Holstein, Germany, born January 23, 1864, a son of Herman and Anna (Rahn) Meier, both of whom were natives of the fatherland, where the father carried on farming. In 1874 he emigrated with his family, consisting of wife, six sons and one daughter, to the United States, making his way at once to Jackson county, Iowa, where he spent one year, and in 1875 came to Dallas county, where he first purchased one hundred and seventy-five acres of land. He became one of the extensive landowners of this section of the state, having at the time of his death fifteen hundred acres of well improved land. He spent his remaining days in this county, passing away here in 1899, when he had reached the age of seventy-one years. His wife still survives and now makes her home with the subject of this review. Their children were: Herman, born April 2, 1854; Henry, August 25, 1856; Peter, September 9, 1858; John, January 13, 1861; Hans, January 23, 1864; Anna D., now Mrs. Lorenzen, March 15, 1867; and Jerry, June 19, 1869.

Mr. Meier was a youth of eleven years at the time of the emigration of the family to the new world. He was educated in the common schools of Dallas county and during the period of his boyhood and youth assisted his father in the operation of the home farm. In 1892 he established a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Christina Frahn, who was burn April 22, 1872, in Germany, where she was reared.

Following his marriage Mr. Meier located upon the farm where he now resides. He improved the place by the erection of a good country residence, a barn, granary, tool house, sheds and all outbuildings which are usually found upon a model farm of the twentieth century. He likewise drained his land by the use of tiling, built fences and now has a good property. He is here engaged in cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and in addition to tilling the soil is engaged in raising cattle and hogs, fattening a carload of each for the city markets each year. In addition to his home place, Mr. Meier also owns a tract of land in Boone county, which he rents. He is one of the substantial farmers of this section of the state and his success has come to him by reason of his capable management and honorable business methods.

On the 26th of October, 1899, Mrs. Meier passed away, leaving three children, John H., Anna D. and Christina C. In his political views Mr. Meier is a democrat but has never been active as an office-seeker, preferring to give his undivided time and attention to his private business interests, in which he is meeting with gratifying success. He is a member of the German Lutheran church at Bouton, and there is no citizen of Dallas county who is held in higher regard than Mr. Meier.

Mrs. Sarah Mercer, living in Adel, Iowa, is the owner of an excellent farm of two hundred acres on section 2, Adams township.  She was born in Indiana, on the 6th of September, 1830, and is a daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth (Palmer) Mercer.  The father was a native of Maryland, while the mother's birth occurred in South Carolina. At an early day they removed to Indiana, making the journey across the country with teams and both died in that state.  Their daughter Sarah was reared on the old home farm in Indiana and was trained to the duties of the household, so that she was well qualified to take charge of a home of her own at the time of her marriage, which was celebrated in 1847.  In that year she became the wife of Valentine Mercer, who was born in Ohio, July 22, 1822.  He acquired his education in the common schools and in early  manhood  engaged  in  teaching  for several years.  After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Mercer continued to reside in Indiana for eight years, or until 1855, when they disposed of their business interests in that state, bade adieu to their friends and journeyed westward to Iowa, their destination being Dallas county.  Here Mr. Mercer purchased a farm and with characteristic energy began its development and improvement. As the years went by he brought his fields under a state of rich fertility and annually gathered good crops.  He also placed substantial buildings upon his farm and became recognized as one of the leading and prominent agriculturists of the community.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mercer were born ten children: Henry, a resident of Arkansas; Nancy Jane, the wife of Darius Francis, who is living in Adel, Iowa; Eliza, the wife of J. P. College, whose home is in Adel township; Robert, deceased; William, who is now living in Madison county, Iowa; Sarah, the wife of  J. H. Alexander, a farmer of Adams township; Mary, the wife of Julian Overton, who is now living in North Dakota; Valentine, who makes his home in this state; Emma, the widow of T. R. Davis, and a resident of Adel; and Clinton, who is living in California. The death of the husband and father occurred on the 28th of December, 1883, and his loss was greatly regretted by many friends as well as by his immediate family.  He was a democrat in politics and a citizen of progressive spirit who was much interested in all that pertains to the public welfare. His business insight, energy and perseverance brought to him a goodly measure of success and Mrs. Mercer is now the owner of an excellent farm property of two hundred acres on section 2, Adams township, from which she derives a good income. She also has a fine residence in Adel, where she is now living and thus is comfortably situated in life.  She belongs to the United Brethren church and is a lady of many good traits of heart and mind, her life being in harmony with her Christian professions.  She has lived in the county for more than a half century and has a wide acquaintance among the older settlers as well as among those who have arrived at a later  day.  She  has so  long witnessed the growth and development of this part of the state that she has intimate knowledge of the history of Dallas county and relates many interesting instances of pioneer times.

Henry S. Merical

Pioneer life in its various phases is familiar to Henry S. Merical of Dallas Center, who has lived in this county since 1852.  He came here when a youth of six years and has since been an interested witness of the changes which have occurred as, the county has taken on all of the evidences of a modern civilization known to the older east. There were still many proofs of Indian occupancy here at that early day and many kinds of wild game were yet to be found.  One could ride for miles over the prairie without coming to a habitation or fence to impede his progress.  The timber land was uncut and it was only here and there that a settlement had been made to show that the seeds of modern development had been planted upon the frontier of the west.

Mr. Merical, a native of Warren county, Indiana, was born January 29, 1846. His father, Benjamin M. Merical, was a native of Ulster county, New York, and when a young man removed to Ross county, Ohio, where he followed farming. He was married there to Miss Magdalen Smith, who was born in Montgomery county, Virginia.  After living in Indiana for some time they made the trip by wagon to Iowa, being five weeks en route.  He entered land from the government, securing two hundred and seventy-five acres in Adel township.  His death occurred in Adel township in 1898, when he had reached the venerable age of eighty-six years, while his wife passed away in 1893. In the family were nine children, of whom Henry was the fourth born. He was only six years of age at the time of the arrival of the family in this county, where he has since resided.  He was reared in the usual manner of farm lads and had but common-school advantages.  He remained under the parental roof until his twenty-first year, when he started out in life on his own account. The occupation with which he had become familiar in his boyhood he has made his life work.  He rented his father's place for fifteen years and then rented and farmed in the northern part of Adel township, where he lived for several years.

On the 27th of March, 1867, Henry S. Merical was married to Miss Johanna Mary Becker, a native of La Salle county, Illinois, and a daughter of George P. Becker, who was born in Germany but became a pioneer of Iowa. In 1890 Mr. Merical came to Walnut township and bought eighty-six acres, which he began to further improve and develop.  In the midst of this farm he erected a good two-story residence and also a substantial barn and outbuildings.  Since that time he has bought fifty-three acres and he now has one hundred and thirty-nine acres of valuable and well improved land equipped with all modern accessories and conveniences.  He has laid many rods of tile and thus has drained the place, making the soil very productive.  He has also fenced the fields and he uses the latest improved machinery to facilitate his crop raising.  He also has good graded stock upon his farm and his stock-raising interests constitute an element in his success.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Merical have been born eight children:  Maggie, the wife of Charles Lanning, of Waukee, and the mother of six children; Jennie, Earl, Ada, Flossie, Carl and Theodore; Ada, the wife of Ed Hooper, a resident farmer of Adel township, by whom she has two children, Mary Elizabeth and Charles Henry; Carrie, the wife of John K. Hawbaker, a farmer of Boone county, Iowa, by whom she has three children, Lennie and Leona, twins, and Ray B.; Ella, the wife of Levi Hawbaker, a resident farmer of Van Meter township, by whom she has four children, Boyd Henry, Bryan Lee, Verne C. and Mary; Nellie, the wife of John Johnson, a farmer of Washington township, by whom she has one son, John Henry; Weaver H., who operates his father's farm, and who married Susan A. Kellar, a native of Pennsylvania, but she died April 26, 1907; Grover C., who follows the barber's trade; and Benjamin H., who assists in the improvement of the home farm.

Mr. Merical has served as road supervisor for two terms and as school director for several years.  He has never sought or desired office, however, preferring to leave that to others, while he has given his attention to his business affairs with the result that his labors are proving very profitable. He belongs to the Odd Fellows society at Dallas Center, and both he and his wife are members of the Christian church and are much esteemed in the community, receiving the warm regard of many friends by reason of their genuine personal worth and devotion to high and lofty principles. Mr. Merical has engaged in breaking prairie and thus aiding in the development of the county, and has noted the advance in land values, while the farms have been improved from a raw state to a high grade of development.

Frank Middlekoff, who for a quarter of a century has been the leading contractor and builder of Adel, has contributed in very large measure to the improvement of the city, having more than one hundred residences and business houses to his credit here. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1857, his parents being Christian and Jane (Keedy) Middlekoff, who were likewise natives of Maryland. The father died in Adel seven years ago, while the mother is still living in this city with her son Charles.

Frank Middlekoff was only a year old when his parents left Maryland and removed to Ogle county, Illinois, settling on a farm there which remained their home until 1880, when they came to Adel. The son was therefore reared to agricultural life, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors of the fields, while in the public schools of the neighborhood he acquired his education. Two years after the removal to Adel he began contracting and building and for twenty-five years has been the leading representative of this line of business in the city. He had little experience when he started out to make his own way in the world but he possessed natural mechanical genius and his ready adaptability led to excellent workmanship, while his thorough reliability has secured to him trust and the patronage of the public. Many of the finest structures of the city stand as monuments to his thrift and labor. He is always true to the terms of a contract and is prompt and faithful in the execution of the duties which devolve upon him in this connection.

Mr. Middlekoff was married to Miss Mattie Sutton, who was born in Polk county, Iowa, a daughter of Branson and Nancy Ann Sutton, both of whom are now deceased. They came to Iowa at an early day and were closely associated with pioneer development. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Middlekoff have been born nine children, namely: Guy, who is married and is living in Adel, where he is employed by his father; Golda, the wife of Fred C. Drake, an attorney and abstract agent of Mitchell, South Dakota; Urbana, at home; Bernice, the wife of Del Paul at Dallas Center; Lavonne, at home; Park, who died at the age of eleven years; Doyle and Trent, both at home; and Naomi, who died when only six months old.

The parents and children are members of the Christian church and Mr. Middlekoff is interested in its work and generous in its support. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the republican party but has never sought or desired office. His life has been one of continuous activity, in which has been accorded due recognition of labor and today he is numbered among the substantial citizens of his county. As a business man he has been conspicuous among his associates, not only for his success but for his probity, fairness and honorable methods. In everything he has been eminently practical and this has been manifest not only in his business undertakings but also in social and private life.

Frederick Miller is one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil war and the wounds which he received in battle attest his splendid defense of the old flag and the cause it represented. For a quarter of a century he has been numbered among the active and public-spirited citizens of Woodward, where he is well known in business circles.  He dates his residence in Iowa from 1869, first locating in Boone county, whence he came to Dallas county in 1881. 

Mr. Miller is a native of Sweden, his birth having occurred in that land on the 1st of December, 1835. His father, Adolph Miller, was also born in Sweden, where he was reared to manhood and he there married Elizabeth Lundberg, of the same country.  Her death occurred there and Mr. Miller afterward emigrated to the new world, settling first in Kane county, Illinois, remaining five years and then removed to Minnesota, where he died in 1863. In the family were six children, of whom Frederick Miller is the youngest. Five of the number were sons and all reached adult age.  The eldest, the Hen. John Miller, was a pioneer  and  prominent  farmer of Goodhue county, Minnesota, and represented his district in the state legislature.  His son, G. O. Miller, is a leading business man, who established and built up the town of White Rock, Minnesota, where he opened a creamery and engaged in the manufacture of butter and cheese, oftentimes shipping his products by the carloads.  He now has a wholesale house in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. He has developed his business to mammoth proportions and is well known as a most prosperous, enterprising, reliable and successful business man.  Another brother of Frederick Miller is Louis Miller, a prosperous farmer of Goodhue county, Minnesota.  A sister, Mrs. Sophia Donaldson, is a widow and resides in Goodhue county.   Gustave Miller makes his home in Sweden. He was for years in the government employ, being connected with the arsenal at Eskelstuna, and one of his sons is now superintendent of the arsenal of that place. August Miller, another brother, was a blacksmith and carried on business in Sweden until his death, which occurred in the winter of 1907. 

Frederick Miller, whose name introduces this record, spent the first seventeen years of his life in Sweden. He came to the new world in 1852 and located in Chicago, where he was in the employ of the McCormick Harvester Company.  Subsequently he worked for the Danford and Whitaker Reaper Companies in Geneva and in St. Charles, Illinois, and in 1858 he removed to Goodhue county, Minnesota, where he settled upon government land, securing a claim which he improved, continuing its cultivation for three years.  In 1860 President Buchanan ordered the land sold and Mr. Miller being unable to buy traded his interest for a span of horses, a wagon and twenty-five dollars in gold.  It was not long after this that in response to the country's call for aid he offered his services in defense of the Union, enlisting in October, 1861, as a member of Company D, Third Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.  He went to the south and was under command of General Buell in Kentucky. Subsequently the regiment proceeded to Nashville, where they guarded Governor Johnson for a time and were afterward sent to Murfreesboro.  Mr. Miller participated in the battle of Stone River, where he was captured, but a few days later he was paroled and sent to Benton Barracks, St. Louis.  Not long after, his command was ordered to the plains against the Indians and he was wounded at Wood Lake, Minnesota, by a gunshot in the arm, which disabled him for a time.  In the spring of 1863 he rejoined the regiment in Tennessee and went into the Vicksburg campaign, participating in the capture of the rebel stronghold.  The troops then proceeded to Helena, Arkansas, and later to Little Rock, taking part in the battle of that place. The regiment lost more men there from illness than in the engagement, eleven members of Company D dying and about the same proportion throughout the entire command. At the close of his term of service Mr. Miller was mustered out and was honorably discharged at Duvall's Bluff, Arkansas.  While he was at the front the government had confiscated his horses for use in the Indian campaign but later he was reimbursed. 

Returning to Minnesota after his discharge from the army, Mr. Miller purchased forty acres of land there, which he broke and brought under cultivation.  He also bought another forty-acre tract, on which he made some improvements, but in 1869 he removed from Minnesota to Iowa, settling in Peoples township, Boone county, where he secured one hundred acres of land, which he improved and cultivated for a number of years, successfully carrying on his farm work. During that period he was also postmaster at the Prairie Hill post office for eight years.   In 1881 he came to Woodward and built a business house which he stocked with a line of general merchandise. He also formed a partnership with Mr. Chandler, with whom he engaged in the implement and hardware business. After two years he sold out his interest in the general store and has since given his time to the hardware and implement business.  His present partner, L. W. Saker, is a man of enterprise and good executive ability and the firm is therefore a strong one, for Mr. Miller possesses those qualities which go to make up the successful merchant. They carry a large stock of heavy hardware and implements and a fine line of buggies, windpumps, etc.  They have built up a good trade, receiving now a liberal share of the public patronage.  Mr. Miller has also aided materially in building up the town, has erected two good business houses and owns three.   He also has a comfortable residence here and in addition he owns a well improved farm near Woodward.  His investments have been carefully made and have brought to him a good return. 

Mr. Miller has been married twice. His last marriage was celebrated in Beloit, Wisconsin, in September, 1869, Miss Julia E. Steves, a native of New York, becoming his wife.  He has no children by either marriage but adopted an infant son, Charles E. Miller, whom he and his wife have reared and who is now a young man. 

Mr. Miller's position upon political questions is never an equivocal one. It is well known that he is a stanch republican where national issues are involved but at local elections he does not consider himself bound by party ties.  He believes in the principle of prohibition and is a strong temperance man, while his influence is always given on the side of right, improvement and progress.  He has never sought nor desired office but served as president of the first school board of Woodward.  Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist church and Mr. Miller was the largest contributor to the erection of the new house of worship.  He also gave generously toward the construction of the Christian and Methodist Episcopal churches and to the Baptist church in Boone county near his old home, of which he was a member before his removal to Woodward.   He is well known in Boone, Dallas and Polk counties and his worth as a business man and individual is widely acknowledged.  He has gained a goodly fortune but moreover he has won an honored name in the land of his adoption and is one of the most valued and respected citizens of Woodward.  He deserves much credit for what he has accomplished and all through his life -- as a citizen, as a soldier and as a merchant -- he has displayed sterling traits of character.

Charles C. Mills

In the matter of progressive farming this county has always been in the front rank. Prominent among the men who have helped to put it there is Charles C. Mills, who was born in Dallas county, Iowa, January 1, 1867. He is a son of Jehu M. and Hannah (Flint) Mills, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter a native of Indiana. Mr. Mills went to Indiana when he was a lad of eight years and was married in that state. In 1856 he removed to Dallas county, Iowa, where he located on a farm in Colfax township. He took much interest in bringing this farm to a state of perfection where it would yield abundant crops, and here he lived until the time of his, death in 1891. His wife survived him for three years. There were eleven children born to this worthy couple, of whom nine are still living. Robert J., of Spring Valley township; Mary J., the wife of J. K. Jenkins, who lives in Colfax township; Joseph William, of the same township, Jacob H., a resident of Lake Park, Iowa; Jehu M., Jr., of Colfax; Middleton M., of Washington township; Charles C., the subject of this review; Ella S., the wife of Dr. N. M. Repp, of Perry, Iowa; and Emma J., who lives with her brother on the old homestead.

Mr. Mills acquired his early education in the public schools and devoted his hours outside of school to assisting his father on the farm. Considering the fact that he has since followed the pursuit of agriculture this practical training that he received under the supervision of so competent an agriculturist as his father was of great benefit to him. In fact he remained upon the home farm until he had attained his twenty-second year. With the money which he had saved he then bought the farm in Washington township where he now lives. So successfully has he operated this land and so thoroughly has he studied the details of farming that he has been able to add to his original purchase. He now owns one hundred acres of land on section 35, Washington township, and operates four hundred and forty-three acres. In addition to the business of a general farmer he has added that of stockraising and has for several years made a specialty of thoroughbred horses, which has proved his most successful venture and is now bringing him large financial returns.

Politically Mr. Mills is affiliated with the democratic party and for six years held the office of constable. He is a member of the Masonic lodge, No. 356, at Dallas Center, Iowa. His finely improved farm speaks well for the industry and enterprise of its owner. He has added all the modern equipments so necessary to the management of a farm in this age and has kept the buildings not only in good repair but has added many accommodations to them for his stock and for his grain.

Middleton McClellan Mills

Carlisle has said that history is the essence of innumerable biographies, and Macauly has added in a like vein, "the history of a nation is best told in the lives of its people." Perhaps this is truer of America than of any other country, for it is upon the modest, retired life of its private citizens and chiefly its agriculturists that the United States has built up its present status. It is on this account that one is always interested in agriculture and we are glad to mention Middleton McClellan Mills as a citizen of this type.

He was born in Colfax township, Dallas county, on July 19, 1864, and throughout life has been interested in every enterprise that would promote the progress of the county. He is a son of Jehu Middleton and Hannah (Flint) Mills, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Indiana. These good people were the parents of eleven children, of whom the following survive: Robert J., of Spring Valley township, this county; Mary J., the wife of J. K. Jenkins, of Colfax township, this county; Joseph William, of the same township; Jacob H., a resident of Dickinson county, Iowa; Jehu M., of Colfax township; Middleton M., the subject of this review; Charles C., of Washington township, this county; Ellen, who married Noah M. Repp, a resident of Perry, Iowa, and Emma, who is living with her brother John.

Middleton McClellan Mills was educated in the district schools of this county, devoting his hours outside of the schoolroom to his work in the fields on his father's farm. It was in this way that he passed his years until he had attained his majority, when he felt that it was time for him to do something on his own account. With his preparation as an agriculturist, he naturally selected this field of activity. For some ten or eleven years he rented land, which he farmed as conscientiously as though it had belonged to him. In 1894 he had saved enough money to purchase the north half of the northeast quarter of section 35, Washington township, Dallas county, but he continued to farm as a renter up to the fall of 1896. He then removed to his present home.

Mr. Mills was married in 1893 to Miss Emma J. Stever, of Bureau county, Illinois, who passed away in 1896. He was married a second time to the sister of his first wife, Ida L. Stever, who died June 2, 1903, leaving one child, Hazel May.

Mr. Mills is independent in his political affiliations, preferring to vote for the man rather than the party. He is conscientious in everything that he undertakes and follows the motto, "be sure you are right and then go ahead." With this principle of living he has carefully studied the modern farm problems and has worked out a great many on his own account. To these methods he may attribute his successful work in the agricultural world. He is surrounded by a large circle of friends, who hold him in the highest esteem.

Frank Mleynek, a wide-awake and progressive farmer living on section 28, Adams township, is a western man by birth, training and preference. His natal day was December 15, 1863, and he first opened his eyes to the light in Jackson county, Iowa. His parents, Wesley and Helen (Motsick) Mleynek, were both born across the water, being natives of Bohemia. In the year 1860 the father came to the United States, and making his way into the interior of the country, settled in Jackson county, Iowa, where he purchased land and began the development of a farm. There he carried on active agricultural pursuits for many years and the success which he enjoyed was gained through his own labors. Frank Mleynek went to Guthrie county, with his parents, in
1872. The father there secured a farm whereon he resided until his death.  Two of his sons, Joseph and George, still own the place. He died in the year 1899, having for about four years survived his wife, whose death
occurred in 1895. They were the parents of ten children, of whom seven are living: Mary, the wife of Charles Schloupka, a resident of Yale, Iowa; Wesley, who is living in Oklahoma; Frank, of this review; Henry, who is
located in Battle Creek, Nebraska; George, a resident of Guthrie county, Iowa; Albert, of Linn county, Iowa; and Joseph, also of Guthrie county.

Frank Mleynek was a pupil in the common schools near his father's home in his boyhood days, his time being divided between the pleasures of the playground, the duties of the schoolroom and the work of the fields. He
assisted in carrying on the home farm as time passed by and has always continued in agricultural pursuits. Frank Mleynek resided in Guthrie county until March, 1894, when he removed to Dallas county and that fall purchased his present farm. The careful husbanding of his resources has enabled him to become the owner of a good farm property and he now has one hundred and forty-five and a half acres on section 28, Adams township. He has improved the same by the building of a nice residence, large barns and other structures for the shelter of grain and stock, and in fact the farm is very complete in its equipments, everything about his place being indicative of his care and supervision.

Mr. Mleynek was married to Miss Mary Prohaska, who was born in Bohemia in 1865, and is a daughter of Paul and Antonia Prohaska. He came to America in 1868 and first located in Iowa City. Subsequently they removed to Madison county, Iowa, where the father purchased land and continued to engage in farming up to the time of his death. His widow still resides on the old homestead. Mrs. Mleynek is one of a family of ten children and by her marriage has become the mother of two daughters and a son: Mabel M., who is now attending the high school at Earlham; Charles P., who is also a student in the same school; and Blanche, at home.

Mr. Mleynek has served as school director and believes in education, giving his children good opportunities in that direction. In addition to his farming interests he is treasurer of the Adams Mutual Telephone Company. Politically he is a republican and socially is connected with the Odd Fellows lodge, No. 546, at Earlham. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian church and are much esteemed by many friends, who recognize their worth. Mr. Mleynek has lived a life of activity and has depended upon his own labors to win success in face of the competition which is always to be met with in the business world, and which constitutes the stimulus of every activity.

Hanford C. Modlin, who is engaged in the coal and lumber business in Perry, was born in Henry county, Indiana, November 12, 1866. His parents were Joseph and Lydia (Osborne) Modlin and the father was born in Henry county, Indiana, March 1, 1829, while the mother's birth occurred in Tennessee. In 1831 they moved to Henry county, Indiana, and the father followed the occupation of farming in that state. He came to Iowa in 1870, settling first in Marshall county, where he worked at the carpenter's trade which he had learned in early life. He was recognized as a valued factor in the community and held a number of offices, including that of justice of the peace and constable. He became a member of the Odd Fellows society in Indiana and his life has been in harmony with the principles and teachings of that order. His early political support was given to the whig party, and upon its dissolution he joined the ranks of the new republican party which he has since continued to support. He was of Quaker parentage. He now makes his home in Des Moines, at the age of seventy-eight years, and his record has been such as has made him a valued citizen and a man worthy of the respect of all with whom he has come in contact. His wife died at the age of forty-five years. They were the parents of five children, of whom four are yet living: Richard C., who married Eva L. Ingledue; Anna M., the wife of John M. Spear; Charles M., who married Belle Grider; and Hanford C.

In taking up the present history of Hanford C. Modlin, we present to our readers the life record of one who is widely and favorably known in Perry. He was educated in the Marshall county schools, having been brought to this state by his parents when but four years of age. When a young man of eighteen he went to work for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company at Arcadia, Iowa, in the capacity of telegraph operator. He was afterwards stationed at many places in the west and in Iowa, remaining with the company for six years, when he resigned and entered the service of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad at Manning, Iowa. He was again operator and later was made station agent for the company at Templeton, Iowa. Subsequently he went to Neola, where he continued for three years, when he came to Perry as station agent in which position he continued for seven years. He made a competent railroad official, owing to the courtesy extended to the patrons of the road and the faithfulness with which he discharged the duties devolving upon him.

At length he resigned, turning his attention to the coal and lumber business in which he is now engaged. He has secured a liberal patronage in this line and his annual sales now bring him a good financial return.

Mr. Modlin was married September 25, 1889, to Miss Gertrude Bell, who was born in Brownsville, Minnesota, November 14, 1870, a daughter of Henry and Asenath (Benton) Bell. Her father was born near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1832, and the mother's birth occurred there in 1838. They were married in Davenport, Iowa, and are now residing in Norwich, Kingman county, Kansas. The father was captain of a boat on the Erie canal when only eighteen years of age, being the youngest captain in the service. He came west through Chicago in 1854 and located first at Brownsville, Minnesota, becoming one of the pioneer grain merchants there. He shipped his grain to Prairie du Chien by boat and by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. He was also agent for the Diamond Joe Steamboat Company for years. Later he removed to Arcadia, Carroll county, Iowa, and afterwards to Manning, and conducted the grain business at both places. In 1891 he removed to Norwich, Kingman County, Kansas, where he again engaged in the grain business. He has become an expert in the grading of grain and has done an excellent business as a grain merchant, his opinion being largely received as authority on such subjects. He was made a Mason in Brownsville, Minnesota, and in politics is a stanch republican. For many years he has been a member of the Presbyterian church in which he is now serving as a deacon. Unto him and his wife have been born nine children, eight daughters and one son, of whom six are now living: Alice B., Effie, Gertrude, Sadie M., Maud and Grace.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Modlin has been blessed with four children but only two are living, Wade H. and Earl H. Leon H. died at eleven months old and one died in early infancy. Mr. Modlin is a member of Crystal lodge, No. 128, K. P., at Neola, Iowa. He also belongs to Perry lodge, No. 407, B.P.O.E., and is secretary at the present time. He has also been its leading officer for two years and he was grand representative to the grand lodge at Salt Lake, Utah, and at Baltimore, Maryland. He was also elected to attend the grand lodge at Cincinnati but round it impossible to do so. He has been grand representative in all for eight years and is one of the most prominent and valued members of this organization. In politics Mr. Modlin is a very earnest and stanch republican, his opinion carrying weight to its local councils, and he has twice been a delegate to the republican state conventions. On the 1st of April, 1907, he was elected mayor of Perry which office he is now filling, for his party felt no hesitancy in endorsing him for the position of chief magistrate of the city. He had proven his worth in business life and had shown those sterling traits of character which go to make up honorable and progressive citizenship. Whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his own labors. He started out in life without financial aid or the assistance of influential friends and he is now one of the successful merchants of Perry and moreover is esteemed as a man of genuine personal worth, enjoying in a large measure the confidence and good-will of all who know him.

John H. Moore, for many years a resident of Dallas county, passed away at his home in Perry on the 26th of February, 1907, when in the eighty-first year of his age. He was born in Sidney, Shelby county, Ohio, November 20, 1826, his parents being Douglas and Sarah (Davis) Moore, both of whom were natives of Maryland. Removing to Ohio, the father cast in his lot with the pioneer settlers of that state and there followed the occupation of farming. His political endorsement was given to the whig party and his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. Unto him and his wife were born five children, four sons and a daughter.

In his boyhood days John H. Moore left Ohio to become a resident of Vermilion county, Illinois, and he was there connected with pioneer life, sharing in the hardships and trials incident to the establishment of a home on the frontier. In Tippecanoe county, Indiana, on the 9th of July, 1849, he was married to Miss Martha Padgitt, whose birth occurred in Mason county, Kentucky, March 29, 1829, her parents being Alfred and Elizabeth (Bell) Padgitt, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. Her father died at the age of forty-five years and her mother when fifty-three years of age. He followed farming in Indiana and aided in reclaiming a wild and unimproved region there, taking part in its pioneer development and upbuilding. He, too, was a whig in his political views. In his family were twelve children, of whom four are now living: Martha, now Mrs. Moore; William W., who wedded Mary Hughes and lives in Vermilion county, Illinois; John, who married Miss Fields and resides in Danville, Illinois; and Mrs. Minerva Shinton, a resident of Georgetown, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore began their domestic life in Illinois and while still residents of that state their elder son, Alfred, was born. In 1854 he brought his family to Iowa, settling in Boone county, where he entered from the government a claim of one hundred and fifty acres. He took up the arduous task of converting the new land into cultivable and productive fields and continued to live upon that place until 1860, when, attracted by the discovery of gold in Colorado, Mr. Moore drove a herd of cattle to Denver and the family lived at Pike's Peak for a few years. But Iowa possessed charms for him and he returned with his family to this state. He then purchased what is now known as the James Peddicord place and for two years he kept the stage station at Beaver. He afterward went to Denison, where he also kept the stage station. In 1873 he came to Dallas county and purchased a farm. Soon after Perry was laid out he removed to the new town, opened a hotel and also established a livery barn. The hotel was located on Third avenue on the present site of the W. H. McCamon home. Tiring of city life Mr. Moore afterward purchased a farm south of town, where he lived for some time and when he again took up his abode in Perry he turned his attention to the business of buying hogs and grain. He was one of the heaviest shippers of Perry and there conducted a very extensive business, which brought him a large profit. He retired from active trade in 1898 and his remaining days were spent in the enjoyment of well earned rest.

Mr. Moore gave his political allegiance to the republican party and held various township offices. While in Perry he served as a member of the council and was regarded as one of the most capable incumbents in office. He stood for advancement and improvement in municipal affairs and exercised his official prerogatives in such a way as to produce good results for the city. In early manhood he joined the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was ever afterward a loyal advocate and he contributed liberally of his means to its support.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Moore were born two sons and a daughter, Alfred, Belle and Fred L. The daughter became the wife of J.P. Pattee, president of the First National Bank, and died about five years ago. The death of Mr. Moore occurred on the 26th of February, 1907, and was deeply deplored by all who knew him. There are few men who had as many friends as Mr. Moore and he was held in highest esteem by all. He had a friendly greeting for every one and his courtesy and kindly spirit came from the heart. In all life's relations he was honorable and upright and he left to his family not only a goodly measure of prosperity but also an untarnished name, which is rather to be chosen than great riches.

W. P. Moore, manager for Brenton Brothers Lumber Company at Van Meter, was born July 1, 1868, at Rockvlle Park, Indiana, his parents being T. W. and Malinda (Swain) Moore, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana. The father came to Iowa with his family in 1881 and located on a farm near Minburn. Later he removed to the village, where he embarked in merchandising, carrying on the business with success until his life's labors were ended in death in 1892. His wife passed away in 1897.

W. P. Moore was a youth of thirteen years when he came with his parents to Iowa. He acquired a common-school education in his native state and in this state and remained at home with his father until he had attained his majority, when he started out in life on his own account. He then went to southwestern Nebraska, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land and there for five years lived the happy-go-lucky life of a frontiersman. After proving up his claim he returned to Iowa, settling at Waukee, where he engaged in merchandising, and in connection with the conduct of the store also acted as postmaster during the administration of President Cleveland. Later he turned his attention to the lumber business and was also a dealer in grain and all kinds of building material. Subsequently he came to Van Meter and accepted the position of local manager of Brenton Brothers Lumber Company, dealers in grain, lumber and building material. He still carries on the business here and is a most trusted and trustworthy representative of the firm.

Mr. Moore belongs to the Knights of Pythias lodge at Waukee, in which he has passed through all the chairs, being now past chancellor. He has also been representative to the grand lodge and belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp at Van Meter. He owns a fine residence in the village of Van Meter and is regarded as one of the popular citizens as well as enterprising business men of the village, displaying those sterling traits of character which in every land and dime awaken respect and admiration.

Peter A. Mowrer, M. D.

Dr. Peter A. Mowrer has long since passed the age when many men retire from business, believing that their active life work is done, but he still engages in the practice of his profession, his labors proving of benefit to his fellowmen. He has long ministered to the sick and suffering, becoming the loved family physician in many a household. Esteemed, well liked, and respected wherever he is known, his life history cannot fail to prove of interest to many readers of this volume.

Dr. Mowrer was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, October 30, 1830, his parents being Peter and Catherine (Posey) Mowrer, also natives of Pennsylvania, in which state they were married. The father followed the occupation of farming in the east and in 1856 came to the west with his family, settling in Buffalo Grove, Boone county, Iowa, where he carried on general farming and stock-raising until his death. In the family were five sons and three daughters, of whom four are yet living, Dr. Mowrer being the first born. The others are: Sarah, the wife of Andrew Rhodes: Nathan, who married Laura Vernon and is living in Boone; and Ella, the wife of Albert Miller of Perry.

Dr. Mowrer was educated in an academy in Chester county, Pennsylvania, and took up the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Dickenshad. To further prepare himself for the profession he became a student in the old University of Pennsylvania in 1849 and was graduated from that institution on the completion of a course in the medical department with the class of 1851. The 7th of April of that year was the day of graduation. Soon afterward he located at East Vincent, Pennsylvania, where he remained for three years and in 1854 removed to Kansas. In October, 1855, after a brief residence in Keokuk, Iowa, he came to Dallas county, and settled near the city of Perry. He was the only physician in this locality at the time. His nearest fellow practitioner was at Adel. while others were at Boone and Jefferson, Iowa. Up to eight years ago he maintained his office on his farm, just outside the city limits, but in 1899, he established an office in town, in connection with his son, Dr. William P. Mowrer. He still lives upon the farm, however, and expects to make it his home throughout his remaining days.

In the years which have come and gone since his arrival he has ever maintained a foremost place as a leading member of the medical profession in this part of the county and has been accorded a most liberal patronage, while by study and investigation he has kept in touch with the trend of modern thought and scientific research. He is a member of the Perry Medical Society and has been medical pension examiner for the United States for about eighteen years.

Dr. Mowrer was married December 10, 1863, to Miss Margaret L. Fagen, who was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, August 10, 1838, a daughter of Hezekiah and Hannah (Neil) Fagen. Her father was born in Pennsylvania, November 1, 1812, and died in Iowa, November 8, 1865. His wife, who was born in Ohio, passed away during the early girlhood of Mrs. Mowrer, who was one of a family of four daughters and two sons, and is the only one now living. Her father was a farmer and miller and in 1848 became a resident of Polk county, Iowa, settling there among its early citizens.

Unto Dr. and Mrs. Mowrer have been born seven children: Lettie, wife of Archibald Newport, a resident of Brisby, Arkansas; Kate, wife of George Donohue; Mona A.; Edna A., wife of Ed. Mullen; William P., who is practicing in connection with his father; Hezekiah, who died on the 23d of October, 1891, being sixteen years old at the time of his death; and Genie Brahan, living at home.

Dr. Mowrer has voted the republican ticket since the organization of the party but, while he has been most loyal to its interests, has never sought or desired office for himself, preferring to give his undivided attention to his professional duties, which he has discharged with a sense of conscientious obligation and in strict conformity to a high standard of professional ethics. His life has indeed been one of signal usefulness to his fellowmen and has not only brought the satisfaction that comes from duty well performed but has also gained for him a comfortable competence.


W. H. Murphy owns and cultivates a large farm in this county. He is a native son of Warren county, Illinois, where he was born January 31, 1839. His parents were Seth C. and Irene (Davidson) Murphy, both natives of Kentucky, who removed to Illinois before the Black Hawk war. They spent the remainder of their lives in that state and passed away upon their home place. To their union were born five children, of whom three are now living: Mrs. Lou Ann Reynolds, who is living in Nebraska with her son, H. P.; W. H., the subject of this review; and S. S., at present in California.

Mr. Murphy received his elementary education in the common schools but acquired a far more valuable training in the practical details of his father's farm. Here he displayed courage, energy and thrift. With a character made up of such qualities we are not surprised to find that his patriotism was aroused when the south attempted to overthrow the Union. He accordingly enlisted in the Sixty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1861, and re-enlisted in December, 1863, in the same company and regiment. On the farm he never tried to shirk his work and in the army he displayed the same characteristic. Not once did he shun a hard battle but took part in sixteen engagements, where the fighting was very severe, and came off without a scratch. Be was considered a valuable soldier and received his honorable discharge in July, 1865. He then returned to Illinois, where he remained six months, removing thence to Dallas county, Iowa, where he has since lived. He is the owner of one hundred and thirty-eight acres and his wife has three hundred and ten acres, which she inherited from her first husband, D. M. Starbuck, one of the pioneers of the county. This is among the finest farm land in Washington township, known as the Green Valley Stock Farm. Mr. Murphy is now renting his land but still living upon his farm.

Mr. Murphy has been twice married. His first wife bore the maiden name of Mary Parish and to their union was born one child, Ira Vester, who is now living in this county. The wife and mother died August 19, 1863, and Mr. Murphy was afterward married to Mrs. Martha (Warford) Arington, on the 20th of December, 1870. Mrs. Murphy has been married three times. Her first husband was D. M. Starbuck and her second husband was T. J. Arington, who died three months after their marriage. Mrs. Murphy was a correspondent for the Perry Chief for several years and sketches of her parents appear in another part of this volume. There were no children born to Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, but they have adopted one and partly reared two other children, for whom they have taken great pains, both in making them a good home and in giving them the necessary advantages.

In his political convictions Mr. Murphy is prohibitionist and has given much time and attention to the cause of this party. He and his wife are members of the Christian church in which they are both active workers. For twenty-nine years Mrs. Murphy was a Sunday school teacher and Mr. Murphy is at present one of the church elders. It will be readily seen that this worthy couple have not confined themselves to their four walls or to the limits of their farm but have taken an active interest in the affairs of their township and county and have always been ready to assist in any measures which could promote the growth of the same. The 17th of October, 1906, was the fiftieth anniversary of Mrs. Murphy's arrival on the old homestead and the day was fittingly celebrated, proving a most interesting occasion to all who were present. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy are indeed worthy pioneers of the county, having watched its development from an early period in its progress, while at all times he has borne his full share in the work that has transformed this from a wild region into one of the leading counties of the state.


B. F. Myers, an extensive agriculturist and stock-raiser living on section 32, Union township, Dallas county, Iowa, was born in Polk county, Iowa, April 29, 1849, being a son of J.G. and Eliza J. (Saylor) Myers.  The father was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, in 1822, while the mother's birth occurred in 1833.  In the year 1844 J.G. Myers removed to Des Moines, Iowa, where he remained until 1852, when he took up his abode in Washington county, Iowa, where he purchased a farm, which he conducted successfully up to the time of his death in 1901.  Mrs. Myers, whose father went to Van Buren county, Iowa, about 1838, later removing to Des Moines, where he built one of the first houses and hotels, is still living, making her home in Kansas.  This worthy couple were the parents of sixteen children, of whom the following are still living:   B.F., of this review; George, who makes his home in Iola, Kansas; Mary; E.S.; Alexander A.; John G.; Charles, Jessie; Ada; and Martha.

B.F. Myers was reared on the home farm, acquired a common-school education and then took up the pursuit to which he had given his earlier years and which he has followed to the present time.  He is now the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of as fine land as can be found in Union township, situated on sections 32 and 33.  He has brought it under a high state of cultivation and has added all modern improvements.  Mr. Myers makes a specialty of the feeding of cattle and hogs, feeding and selling stock to the amount of twenty thousand dollars annually.  He has gained his present enviable position of prosperity through his own labors and the exercise of indomitable perseverance and energy, guided by sound business judgment and practical common sense.

In 1889 Mr. Myers was married to Miss Mary A. King, who was born in Madison county, Iowa, in 1866, a daughter of N.M. and Mary E. (Close) King, who had a family of twelve children.   Both Mr. and Mrs. King were natives of Illinois.  The father served his country in the Civil war in the Second Illinois Cavalry, participating in several hard battles, in one of which he was shot through the wrist.  After the close of hostilities, he removed, in the spring of 1866, to Madison county, Iowa, where he lived for five years, after which he went to Adams county, Iowa, and from there went to Texas, where he and his wife are now living.  Mr. and Mrs. Myers are the parents of five children:  Florence, who is now attending the high school at Dexter, Iowa,; Ada, who is also attending the same institution; Helen; William McKinley; and Lenore Irene.

In his political affiliations Mr. Myers gives his support to the men and measures of the republican party and has served as school director for twelve years.  Fraternally he is connected with the Dexter lodge, No. 215, I.O.O.F.  Mrs. Myers is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Dexter.  Mr. Myers is widely known as an enterprising and representative agriculturist of the county and one who has always followed business methods which are above reproach, brining to him an honorable and gratifying prosperity.