Des Moines County >> 1879 Index

History of Des Moines County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1879.

Franklin Township
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ABLE, D., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Dodgeville
ALLEN, Robert, far., Sec. 23; P. O. Dodgeville
ALEXANDER, J., carp., S. --; P. O. Dodgeville
ARCHER, R., far., Sec. 25; P. O. Latty
AREL, P., far., Sec. 10; P. O. Sperry
ARNOLD, J., far., S. 18; P. O. Dodgeville
BACKENBURG, P., far., Sec. 20; P. O. Dodgeville

BACHER, M., wine maker, S. 17; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Germany in 1820; came to Des Moines Co. in 1856. Married Mary Brow in 1842; she was born in Germany in 1822, and died in 1874; has five children: Christina, Jonas, Philip, Siernon, Freeman. Mr. Bacher is a member of the Lutheran Church; in politics, Liberal

BALLARD, L. D., far., S. 35; P. O. Franklin Mills
BALLARD, S., Sec. 35; P. O. Franklin Mills

BARCLAY, J., Dr., Dodgeville; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1836; in 1859, commenced the study of medicine, under Dr. R. Brown, at Greensburgh, Penn.; attended lectures at the Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia; graduated in 1861; commenced practice in partnership with Dr. Brown; was with him until 1862, then came to Dodgeville, where he has since enjoyed a large practice and good success. The Doctor is a Mason of twenty years' standing; strong Republican

BARTON, J., far., Sec. 34; P. O. Franklin Mills
BECKMAN, C., far., S. 9; P. O. Sperry
BECKMAN, J., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Dodgeville
BECKMAN, Theo., far., S. 32; P. O. Dodgeville
BECKMAN, Wm., far., S. 17; P. O. Dodgeville
BEERS, J., far., Sec. 11; P. O. Sperry
BENKERT, C., far., S. 36; P. O. Burlington

BENNAGE, A. G., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Franklin Mills; born in Union Co., Penn., in 1818; came to Des Moines Co. in 1870; since been engaged in farming. Married Miss Catherine Miller; she was born in Germany in 1827; they have two children: Susan and John; owns 98 1/2 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Members of the M. E. Church; Mr. B. is a strong Republican.

BERGSTEN, shoemaker, Sperry
BERRY, W. C., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Franklin Mills
BLAKE, W. E., far., S. 12; P. O. Sperry
BLOOM, J. C., far., Sec. 28; P. O. Dodgeville
BORMASTER, E., far., S. 11; P. O. Sperry
BORMASTER, F. & E., farmers, Sec. 11; P. O. Sperry
BORSE, F., far., Sec. 36; P. O. Burlington
BREWER, H., Jr., farmer, S. 24; P. O. Dodgeville
BURRUS, T. F., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Franklin Mills
BURSCHER, H., far., S. 1; P. O. Sperry
CALLOWAY, A., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Sperry
CARRIGAN, C., far., S. 26; P. O. Dodgeville
CHAPPEL, R., clerk, Dodgeville
CHRISTENSON, N., farmer., S. 31; P. O. Franklin Mills
CLARK, C., far., S. 15; P. O. Dodgeville

CLARK, Wm., farmer, S. 12; P. O. Sperry; born in Highland Co., Ohio, in 1814; came to Des Moines Co. in 1839, and has since been engaged in farming. Married Mary J. Umphreys in 1834; she was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., in 1819; they have eight children: Cynthia A., Nancy J., David U., Mary E., Sarah M., Nathaniel W., Martha E., John F. Mr. Clark owns 210 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Members of the Christian Church; Greenbacker.

COCKAYNE, H., far., S. 13; P. O. Sperry
CROSS, D., far., S. 4; P. O. Sperry
CROSS, J., far., S. 9; P. O. Sperry
CRAWFORD, D., farmer, S. 3; P. O. Dodgeville
DEEN, S., far., S. 13; P. O. Sperry

DEEN, Geo., farmer, S. 13; P. O. Sperry; born in Upshur Co., Va., in 1824; came to Des Moines Co. in 1845, remained here one year; returned to Virginia and remained until 1854, when he located permanently in Des Moines Co., and has since engaged in farming. Married Miss D. Foster in 1848; she was born in Virginia in 1830; has eight children: Jacob, Judy A., Mary S., Dan. W., George W., Lafayette, Matilda, Kittie. Mr. D. owns 278 acres of land valued at $25 an acre. Democrat.

DEEN, W. L., merchant, Sperry
DEPPERMAN, F., far., Sec. 31; P. O. Latty
DOWNER, H., saloon keeper, Dodgeville
DOWNER, J. B., carpenter, Sperry
DRECKMIRE, C., far., S. 25; P. O. Sperry
DUNN, Z. F., far., Sec. 24; P. O. Sperry
FARLEY, H., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Burlington
FELDMAN, J., farmer, S. 25; P. O. Franklin Mills
FENK, Wm., far., S. 32; P. O. Dodgeville
GARGAN, H., farmer, Sec, 33; P. O. Franklin Mills

GARRELS, Joseph, was born in Hanover, Germany in 1856; has worked on his father's farm until 1877; then he commenced farming for himself. In politics he is a Greenbacker.

GARRELS, W., far., kS. 8; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Germany in 1820; came to Des Moines Co. in 1876; has been farming since. Married Sarah Werden in 1856; she was born in Germany in 1823; has four children: Joe, Albert, Williard, Harm.; they have one child by adoption - Annie. Owns seventy five acres of land valued at $25 per acre. Members of the Lutheran Church; Greenbacker

GERKE, A., wagon maker, Dodgeville
GERLINGER, C., far., S. 7; P. O. Pleasant Grove
GRANNAMAN, H., far., S. 10; P. O. Dodgeville
HAMMIN, J., far., S. 1; P. O. Sperry
HANNUM, T. E. & W. J., fars., S. 1; P. O. Sperry
HARMER, D. G., far. S. 30; P. O. Burlington
HARRIS, M. C., far., S. 35; P. O. Franklin Mills
HARTZELL, A., far., S. 34; P. O. Dodgeville
HAYNES, G., far., S. 10; P. O. Sperry
HEITMEIN, H., far., S. 7; P. O. Dodgeville
HESS, H., far., S. 31; P. O. Burlington
HESS, W., far., S. 31; P. O. Burlington
HILL, F., far., S. 12; P. O. Sperry
HILL, J., far., S. 12; P. O. Sperry
HILL, L., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Sperry

HIXSON, Geo. W., far., Sec. 10; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Des Moines Co., in 1852. Married Miss Kate Neley in 1873; she was born in Des Moines Co. in 1854. In politics, Mr. Hixson is a Republican.

HIXSON, J., far., Sec. 10; P. O. Dodgeville
HOUSMAN, A., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Burlington
HUCKE, C., far., Sec. 33; P. O. Burlington
HUSTON, Geo., far., Sec. 26; P. O. Dodgeville
HUSTON, U., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Dodgeville
JACKSON, E., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Sperry

JACKSON, E. F., far., Sec. 26; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Des Moines Co. in 1849. Married Mary Allen in 1870; she was born in Des Moines Co. in 1849; they have three children: Nettie, Jessie and Mattie. Members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Jackson has held the office of Township Assessor two terms and Township Clerk two terms. Republican.

JACKSON, J., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Sperry
JACKSON, G., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Sperry
JACKSON, W., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Sperry
JOHANSIMIRER, C., far., Sec. 22. 22; P. O. Dodgeville
JOHNSON, F., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Pleasant Grove
JONES, E., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Sperry
JONES, J., far., S. 3; P. O. Sperry
KASSING, H., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Sperry
KASSING, S., P. O. Sperry
KLINE, A., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Dodgeville

KLINE, C. B., P. O. Dodgeville; first son of Jacob and Mary Kline; was born in Luzerne Co., Penn., in 1836; came to Iowa in 1844; lost his left arm by a threshing machine in 1850; after leaving school, he spent one year as a traveling daguerrean artist; subsequently, he engaged in farming; in 1858, he started for the mountains, returned after a short absence; in 1859, he with four others went to the mountains, engaged in exploring, cattle dealing, etc.; in 1863, he held the position of policeman in the city of Denver, Colo.; afterward was engaged in transportation and grocery business; he has crossed the plains altogether eight times; is now settled in good circumstances at Dodgeville, engaged in mercantile, hotel and farming business. In Feb. 1864, he married Lavina Jackson; has had five children, all now living. Mr. K. is a gentleman of culture and refinement.

KLINE, J., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Dodgeville
KLINE, S., far., Sec. 21; P. O. Dodgeville
KOLBE, J., blacksmith, Dodgeville

KOPP, J. M., Hon., S. 28; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1836; in 1846 came to Washington county, Wis.; engaged in farming until 1866; then he removed to this county, and has since engaged in farming. In 1860, he married Miss Mary Wagner; she was born in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1838; they have six children: Charles, William, John, Edward, Annie and Lizzie. In 1877, Mr. Kopp was elected Representative for the Burlington District; has held all the township offices, and enjoys the full confidence of the people. Mr. K. owns 130 acres of land valued at $55 per acre. Enlisted in 1863 in Co. I, 45th Regular Volunteers; was in the battle of Nashville and several others; mustered out in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Kopp are members of the M. E. Church; Mr. K. is a Republican.

KORFF, A., far., S. 9; P. O. Dodgeville
KORFF, H., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Dodgeville
KROEGER, H., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Dodgeville
LOGAN, J., far., S. 7; P. O. Dodgeville
LOGAN, R., far., S. 5; P. O. Dodgeville
LOGAN, Wm., far., S. 5; P. O. Dodgeville
LOUX, H., far., S. 33; P. O. Burlington
LOWE, J. D., wagon maker; P. O. Dodgeville
LOWE, Robt., far., S. 24; P. O. Latty
LINES, A., far., S. 15; P. O. Dodgeville
LINES, J. R., far., S. 20; P. O. Dodgeville
LINES, M., far., S. 20; P. O. Dodgeville
LUTZ, N., far., S. 36; P. O. Franklin Mills
McCALLON, D., Sr., far., S. 27; P. O. Dodgeville
McCARTY, W., far., S. 25; P. O. Dodgeville

McCULLOUGH, J., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1836; came to Des Moines Co. in 1854, and has since been engaged in farming. Married Emma Gregory in 1864; she was born in Des Moines Co., Iowa, in 1846. Members of the Baptist Church. Mr. M. has held several township offices; owns 222 acres of land valued at $50 per acre. He is a staunch Republican.

McDONALD, Jno., far., S. 4; P. O. Dodgeville
McDONALD, J., Jr., far., S. 9; P. O. Dodgeville
McDONALD, Wm., far. S. 4; P. O. Dodgeville
McLAUGHLIN, C., far., s. 22; P. O. Dodgeville
MARSHALL, B. M., far., Sec. 35; P. O. Franklin Mills
MARSHALL, H., far., S. 26; P. O. Franklin Mills
MILLER, C., far., Sec. 17; P. O. Dodgeville
MILLER, L. D., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Dodgeville
MILLER, L. M., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Sperry
MOORE, J. B., far., S. 9; P. O. Dodgeville
MUMME, J. A., far, Sec. 32; P. O. Burlington
MURPHY, J., far., Sec. 15; P. O. Dodgeville
MYER, W., far., S. 29; P. O. Dodgeville
MYERS, S., far., Sec. 13; P. O. Sperry

NEYHART, A., far., Sec. 8; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Luzerne Co., Penn., in 1808; came to Des Moines Co. in 1857; farming since. Married Catharine Smith in 1856; she was born in Luzerne Co., also; they have one child: Andrew; Mr. N. has eight children by a former marriage: Sylvester, Silas, John, Washington, Phineas, Joseph, Mary A., Sallie A; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Members of Presbyterian Church; Democrat.

NEWCOMB, Wm. S., far., Sec. 13; P. O. Sperry
NEYHART, Jno., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Dodgeville
OGE, F., far., Sec. 33; P. O. Burlington
OLEANDER, O., far., S. 12; P. O. Sperry
ORNDORFF, F., miller, Franklin Mills
ORR, P., Sec. 9; P. O. Dodgeville
OSBORN, H., Sec. 1; P. O. Sperry
PING, B. G., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Sperry

PENNY, T. J. Rev., Sec. 2; P. O. Sperry; born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1827; came to Des Moines Co., in 1844; returned to Pennsylvania in 1852; came again to this county in 1870. Married Martha E. Weaver in 1856; she was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1835; they hae four children: Mattie r., John W., Lucy, Thomas C., Mr. Penny owns ninety acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; Republican.

PING, M., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Sperry
PITCHARD, Jno., lab., Sperry
RATCLIFF, T., far., Sec. 7; P. O. Pleasant Grove

REED, S., far., Sec. 16; P. O. Sperry; born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1824; came to Des Moines Co. in 1855; has farmed since. Married Sarah Blake in 1848; she was born in Indiana Co., Penn., in 1825; they have nine children; the living are Lydia(now Mrs. Galino), John, Mattie, William, Susan (now Mrs. Shurts), Elizabeth and Joseph S.; Mary J. died in 1854 and an infant unnamed. Mr. Reed enlisted in 1862, in Co. G, 39th I.V.I.; was in several battles; mustered out in 1865; owns fifty acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Republican.

REIF, P., far., S. 28; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Pike Co., Ohio, in 1840; came to Des Moines Co. in 1851. Married Henrietta Winters in 1866; she was born in Germany in 1849; has two children: Minnie and Edward. Mr. R. owns seventy acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. R. are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. R. enlisted in 1865, in the 17th I.V.I.; was in several battles; mustered out in 1865. Republican

REIF, Wm., far. , S. 28; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Des Moines Co. in 1853. Married Miss Kate Wagner in 1878; she was born in Germany in 1854; they have one child: Mary, born 1878. Mr. R. owns seventy six acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. Reif are members of the M. E. Church; Mr. R. is a Republican.

RIEPE, H., Sr., far., S. 17; P. O. Sperry; born in Prussia in 1818; came to Des Moines Co. in 1855; has farmed since. Married Rosena Smith in 1863; she was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1831. Mr. Riepe has four children by a former marriage: Fred, John H., Harmon and Wm.; by present marriage five: Lydia, Caroline, Mary, Annie and August. Mr. R. owns 100 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; has held the offices of Township Trustee, Road Supervisor and School Director. Members of the Lutheran Church; Democrat.

RIFE, Geo., far., S. 28; P. O. Dodgeville
RIFFLE, G. W., far., Sec. 30; P. O. Dodgeville
ROBBINS. J., far., S. 15; P. O. Dodgeville
ROBBINS, R. G., far., S. 26; P. O. Dodgeville
ROBINSON, D., blacksmith, Dodgeville
RUNDORFF, A., far., S. 32; P. O. Burlington
SCHELB, H., far., S. 33; P. O. Dodgeville
SCHLATER, H., far., S. 33; P. O. Burlington

SCHNITTGER, F., far., s. 32; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Prussia in 1825; came to Des Moines Co. in 1849. Married Miss F. Nagel in 1847; she was born in Prussia in 1825; they have six children: Dorotha, Caroline, Minnie, Emma, Theodore and Harmon. Mr. S. owns 110 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; enlisted in 1861 in the 57th Ill. V. I.; mustered out in 1862; reenlisted in 1863 in the 8th Iowa V. C.; was in the battles of Shiloh, Ft. Donelson, etc., etc.; Mr. S. was in about one hundred engagements, taken prisoner and confined in prison seven months; mustered out in 1865. Members of the Lutheran Evangelical Church; Democrat.

SCHRAEDER, C., far., S. 19; P. O. Dodgeville

SCHRAEDER, Wm., far., S. 19; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Germany in 1835; came to Des Moines Co. in 1850; has engaged in farming since. Married Louisa Rascha in 1862; she was born in Germany in 1843; they have eight children: Lena, Louisa, Annie, Matilda, Charles, William, Emma and Frederick. Mr. S. owns 99 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; has held the office of School Director four years, Road Supervisor one year. Members of the M. E. Church; Democrat

SCHWARTZ, Henry, far., S. 34; P. O. Pleasant Grove.
SCHWARTZ, J., far., Sec. 19; P. O. Pleasant Grove
SEGTEMIRE, H., far., S. 29; P. O. Dodgeville
SHUCK, Wm., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Sperry
SULERMAN, F., far., Sec. 13; P. O. Sperry
SLAVEN, J., far., Sec. 6; P. O. Pleasant kGrove
SMITH, T., far., S. 21; P. O. Dodgeville.

SOMMERVILLE, Wm. M., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Greencastle, Penn., in 1804; came to Des Moines Co. in 1847, where he has since engaged in farming (except for four years, when he kept store in Dodgeville). Married Temperance Bond in 1831; she was born in Tyler Co., W. Va., in 1807; have had seven children: The living are Helen M., Sophronia, Almarine, Ada, Catherine W.; Palermo died in 1855, and Frances in 1838; Mr. Sommerville's grandson, Jesse S. Elting, lives with him; two of his daughters are married: Helen, now Mrs. Churchman, and Ada, now Mrs. Elting. Mr. S. has held the office of Justice of the Peace one term; owns 132 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; part of his land is divided into twenty-three town lots. During Mr. Sommerville's life he has been taxed to build four court houses, and he hopes, when his time comes to die, "he may go where court houses and lawyers are unknown." Is a Democrat of fifty years standing.

SPERRY, J. M., groceries, Sperry
STROTHMAN, H., far., S. 31; P. O. Burlington
STOUT, A. J., far., Sec. 30; P. O. Pleasant Grove
SUTCLIFF, H. & J., fars., Sec. 34; P. O. Franklin Mills
THIE, H., far., Sec. 27; P. O. Dodgeville

THOMAS, A., farmer, S. 5; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Des Moines Co. in 1855. Married Hattie Sutcliffe in 1878; she was born in Des Moines Co. in 1860. Mr. T. is a Republican.

THOMAS, David, far., Sec. 5; P. O. Dodgeville

THOMAS, John, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Des Moines Co. in 1846. Married Amelia Talbott in 1876; she was born in Des Moines Co., in 1850; they have two children: Edward E. and David F. Mr. Thomas owns 110 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Members of the M. E. Church; Mr. T. is a Republican

THOMAS, S., far., S. 6; P. O. Dodgeville
TOME, D., far., S. 31; P. O. Burlington
TRUE, E., far., S. 30; P. O. Dodgeville
VANDEMARK, P., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Dodgeville

VANDEMARK, E., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Luzerne Co., Penn., in 1814; came to Des Moines Co. in 1859; has farmed since. Married Margaret Bellis in 1839; she was born in Luzerne Co., also; have eleven children: Melinda, Zura, Ellen, Philip, Sarah, Adam, Maria, Geo. P., Maggie, Kate, Elijah. Mr. T. owns 130 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; held the office of Road Supervisor seven years. Members of the M. E. Church; Democrat.

VANDEMARK, Z., far., S. 17; P. O. Dodgeville

VOLLMER, H., far., S. 17; P. O. Dodgeville; born in Prussia in 1833; came to Des Moines Co. in 1855. Married Christina Hoffman in 1855; she was born in Prussia in 1833; have four children: Louisa, Henry, William and Harmon. Members of the Lutheran Church. Owns 74 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. Liberal

VOLLMER, H., Jr., far., S. 25; P. O. Dodgeville
WAGNER, L., far., S. 34; P. O. Franklin Mills
WAGNER, W., far., S. 19; P. O. Dodgeville
WARREN, E., far., S. 34; P. O. Franklin Mills
WASSOM, J., far., S. 14; P. O. Dodgeville
WEHOGE, H., far., S. 32; P. O. Dodgeville
WEICH, P., far., S. 31; P. O. Burlington

WENZEL, Karl, farmer and wine-maker, S. 30; P. O. Latty; born in Lobenstein, Austria, in 1821; came to Des Moines Co. in 1873. Married Treasa Bronche in 1847; she was born in German Lebaugh, Austria, in 1832; they have two children: Charles and Eva. Owns 200 acres of land. Mr. W. was in the Austrian army five years; he has had an extensive vineyard, and makes a superior quality of wine. Republican.

WILKENSON, J., far., S. 18; P. O. Pleasant Grove
WILSON, W. S., far., S. 7; P. O. Pleasant Grove
WIRT, A. M., far., S. 29; P. O. Burlington
WITMERHAUS, D., far., S. 30; P. O. Burlington
WRIGHT, J., far., S. 16; P. O. Dodgeville
YOUNG, P., blacksmith, Sperry
ZION, J., far., S. 29; P. O. Dodgeville
ZURMULLEN, John, far., S. 28; P. O. Dodgeville