Jasper County >> 1878 Index

The History of Jasper County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1878.

Newton Township (H-P)
Transcribed by Joan Achille, submitted by Shelley Arri


HARRAH, A. L.; Co-0perative store, south side public square. he was born 2 Jan 1843 in Harrison Co., OH. In 1854 he went to Scott Co., IA, and in 1856 to Newton, Iowa. He first engaged in farming and owns 160 acres in Malaka Twp. He also owns $3000 in stock in this store. He enlisted in 1864 in Co. B, 46th I. V. I, served about eight months and was honorably discharged. He married A. B. DODGE in 1867. She was born in 1847 in Sullivan Co., NY. They have two children, Mary E., and George D. They are members of the Universalist Church.

HASKIT, Thomas; Retired. he was born 21 Sep 1807 in Warren Co, OH. He went to Indiana in 1824, and to Jasper County in 1854. He owns 95 acres in Palo Alto Twp, and also property in this city. He married Sarah PICKERING in 1829. She was born in OH. They have had seven children, three of whom are now living---W. I., Emily J. (now Mrs. ELLIOT), living in CA., and Lydia (now Mrs. STOVER.) His son, Jonas P. enlisted in 1862 in Co. K., 28th I. V. I., and was killed at the battle of Champion Hills 16 May 1863. Mr. H. has always been prominently identified with the Agricultural Society since its organization. He has been County Superintendent and Township Clerk. He is a Republican.

HIATT, John W.; Carpenter and joiner, shop in the rear of the bank of Newton. He was born 21 Mar 1819, in Taylor Co., VA. In 1829 he went to Shelby Co., OH and in 1844 to Aurora, IN. In 1852 he removed to Boone Co, KY and to Newton, IA in 1854, where he has since resided. He owns the bank property occupied by William VAUGHN, also a house and lot in the city. He married Catherine IKE 24 Feb 1842. She was born 2 Feb 1821 in Shelby Co., OH. They had one child who died in Indiana. He is a Republican.

HOUGH, John B.; Firm of MILLER & HOUGH, lumber and grain, resides on Mulberry street. He was born 25 Feb 1823 in Loudoun Co., VA. He came to Newton, IA in 1854. In 1855 was appointed Deputy of the District Court, was afterward elected Clerk the first time the Republican ticket was in the field. He held this position two terms. Was in the Provost Marshall's office during the war, under Capt. James MATTHEWS. In Jan 1866, he returned to Newton and engaged in the lumber trade. In 1876 they added grain to their business. Has been a member of the city Council, was President of the School board in 1862 and also taught for one term. He married Elizabeth HOUGH in 1846. She was born Aug 1822 in Loudoun Co., VA. They had seven children, six living---Josephine, Evelyn is a graduate of Iowa College, now teaching school in CA. Ella V., Emerson, now attending the State Univ. at Iowa City, in his junior year. He was one of three who formed the first graduating class of the Newton High School; and Edward C. who was one of the three who graduated in the 2nd graduating class at Newton, IA. He is now employed at the office of Miller and Hough. Norman Hamlin, now attending the High School, room No. 8. They are members of the Congregational Church. He is a Republican

HOUSEL, C. J.; Jeweler and watchmaker, corner Main and Spring streets, residence south half of sub-lot 18, between Spring and Olive streets. He was born 1 Sep 1818, in Milton, PA, and in 1854 came to Newton, Iowa. He first engaged in daguerrean and jewelry business, but after a few years sold out the daguerrean business and added dentistry to his jewelry which he continued till about two years ago. He owns his residence and two and quarter acres in the city, also his store and other property in the city. He married Elizabeth MCCALMONT in 1843. She was born 1825 in PA, died in 1861 in Newton, Iowa. They had nine children, four living---Phebe, Emma, Isabella and William. Thomas H. enlisted in 1861 and died in the hospital in St. Louis.

HUGHES, E. E.; Firm of Hughes & Son, dentists, office over Clark's Bank. He was b. 16 Oct 1850 in Toronto, Canada. In 1852 he came with his parents to Grand Rapids, and in 1870 came to Davis Co, Iowa. In 1877 he removed to Newton, Iowa. He commenced practice with his father in 1870. He is recording Secretary and Treasurer of the Iowa State Dental Society, and held this position the past two years. He has just been elected to a third term. He married Mary M. MCILVAIN in Dec 1875. She was born in St. Louis

(next listing--no biography--is Hughes P., Dentist)

HUNTER, George B.; Postmaster, residence corner Race and South streets. He was born 14 June 1840 in OH. In 1837 he came to Newton, Iowa, arriving here on May 7. He enlisted in 1861, in Co. B, 13th Iowa V. I. He served three years and was honorably discharged. His first promotion was to Eighth Corporal, then to Fifth Sergeant, then to First Sergeant, and in 1862 was made 2nd Lieutenant. He received his appointment to his present position in 1869. He married Susan A. DUNKLEE in May 1867. She was born 4 Feb 1843 in Pittsford, VT. They had two children; lost Frank T. in Jan 1877, aged 6 years. Their second child, not named, was born 2 Apr 1878. Mrs. H. is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is a Republican.

KELLY, Dennis; Farmer, Sec. 19, owns ninety nine acres valued at $2,500. He was born in the parish of South Killmurry, West Muskrey, Cork Co., Ireland in 1811. He came to America in 1848, worked on the Harlem and New Haven R. R. one year then on the New York and Erie R. R., commencing at Canisteo and working to the lake. he then returned to Cattaraugus, where he remained fifteen years in the employ of Weston Brothers, lumber dealers, and in Jul 1867, came to Iowa and soon settled where he now resides. He married Margaret DUNLAY in N.Y. City 20 Feb 1849. She was born in Mount Catherine, parish of Water Grass Hill, Cork Co., Ireland. Their children are John (now residing in Waukee, Dallas Co.) Nora, Mary and Baxter (twins), and Denis. He is a Greenbacker and Catholic.

KENNEDY, L. L. D.; Retired, resides Farmer street. he was born 28 Dec 1825, in Wayne Co., KY. When an infant, he came with his parents to Hendricks Co. IN. In 1850 he removed to Newton, Iowa. He first followed the carpenter and joiner trade till 1860, then commenced the furniture trade, then resumed the carpenter trade. He owns forty acres of land, also various property in the city, consisting of the Clifton House, the Brick store occupied by Ray & Axtell, and several other stores, and his residence. He married Nancy MORGANSON in 1853. She was born in 1827 in Clark Co, KY. They have three children---Anna, Arthur and Fred. He has been a member of the Council, and is a Democrat.

LAMB, Caleb; Born in Randolph Co., NC 6 May 1822, and in 1829 went with his father to Washington Co. IN near the present town of Slem. He then removed in 1831 to his grandfather's in Highland Co. OH. Soon after this his father died leaving a widow with limited means and and four children, Caleb being the second. In 1833 his mother returned to IN and located on a farm in Hendricks Co. The two older boys worked the farm but attended school during the three winter months whenever opportunity afforded. On the 2nd day of June 1842, Mr. Lamb was married to Miss Olive Jane KENNEDY and for eight years lived in Indiana teaching school in Winter and working at the trade of a carpenter. In October 1850 he came to Newton, Jasper Co., where has since resided. For four years he kept an hotel. He was appointed Postmaster by President Lincoln in 1861, and in 1862 went to war as Chaplain of the 37th I.V.I., which position he held until the end of the war. On his return home, was again commissioned Postmaster and held the office until 1869 when he was agent for U.S. Express Co, at Newton. He was initiated into Masonry in Newton Lodge, U.D., afterward No. 59 He held many offices after that. He is a Baptist and in 1854, with his wife, he helped organize the church in Newton., Captain Lamb has been the father of three sons, two of whom are living. The eldest resides in Chicago, and the second with the father. The third and youngest, died in Newton on 25 May 1872, aged 22 years.

LAMB, Richard; Farmer, Sec. 33, owns 240 acres valued at $12,000. He was born in Randolph Co., N.C. 12 Sept. 1828, and moved with his parents to Highland Co., OH when about 1 1/2 years old. Thence to Hendricks Co., IN in 1832. Here he remained till 1852 when he moved to this county, settleing in Newton village. He remained three years and returned to Hendricks Co, and returned to this county and lived in the village till Apr 1865 when he moved to his present residence. Married Nancy E. THOMPSON in Clinton Co., IA 25 Feb 1855. She was born in Wayne Co. KY, 3 Sep 1834, and moved with parents to Hendricks Co., IN when about 1 year old, where she remained until 1854 and moved to Clinton Co IA. They have one daughter-- Frances J. who was born 16 Apr 1856. She resided with her parents. Mrs. and Miss Lamb are members of the Baptist Church.

LEDYARD, George R.; County Auditor, res. McDonald Street. He was born 30 Nov 1834, in Orleans Co. NY in 1854. He went to Columbia Co., WI the same year and removed to IL. In 1855 he came to Marion Co. IA. He enlisted in 1862 in co. G., 33rd I. V. I. and served to the end of the war. In 1865 he came to Jasper Co IA. In 1869 he was elected County Auditor and removed to Newton. He married S. A. WHITTAKER 30 Oct 1856. She was born in Muskingum Co., OH 15 Apr 1836. They had four children, three living-- George W., Ella E., and William R. Mr. L. has been Justice of the Peace. Mrs. L. is a member of the Congregational Church.

LISTER, James; Butcher, Main St., residence same. He was born 9 Feb 1830 in Yorkshire, England. In 1856 he came to Newton, IA. He first engaged with Mushon & Bros. milling business and in 1857 he commenced his present business. He had followed this business seven years in Bradford, Eng. He is supposed to be the first butcher in Bradford. He married Mrs. Ann FASTER, daughter of George INGLE in 1851. She was born 3 Jul 1825 in Yorkshire, Eng. She had one child by a former marriage-- Dinah (now Mrs. NEEDHAM), has one son William T.

LISTER, John F.; Boots and shoes, McDonald St.. He was born 24 Nov 1829 in Yorkshire, England. In 1860 he came to Newton, IA. He enlisted in 1862 as musician in the 4th Brigade, and detailed to Gen. Dodge's headquarters, Left Wing, 16th Army Corps. He mustered out the first muster at the close of the war. He married Ann CHIPPENDALE in 1851. She was born in England and died in 1865. They had five children, two living-- Smith and Sarah. Second marriage to Lucretia M. CLARK in 1871. She was born in OH, they have two children: Mary and Lura. He is a Republican.

LITTLE, William T.; Clothing and gents furnishing, goods, northest corner of square. He was born in Philadelphia 8 Dec 1835, and in Aug 1849 went to Richmond, IN, in 1855 he came to Jasper Co IA, and in 1865 to Newton. He married Emily, daughter of James GRAY of Lynnville. They were married in Dec 1860. She was born in Greensboro, IN in 1841. They have three children-- Ida, Oscar, and William. He has been Township Clerk, and Trustee. He is a Republican.

LOOMIS, Wm. A.; Farmer, Sec 29, owns 120 acres of land valued at $4,800. He was born in Portage Co., OH 15 Sept 1830. He moved to Henry Co., OH with his parents when about 10 years of age. He spent three years in Tiffin, OH and in 1860 went to Pike's Peak, remaining in the mountains for nine years, engaged in mining most of the time. In 1869 he moved to this County, where he now resides. He married in Bowlder City to Miss Anna PENMAN in Sept 1867. She was born in Columbia Co., PA in 1838. Their children are Mary, Lizzie and Catherine. He is a Republican.

LYTLE, D. Y.; Pump manufacturer. He was born 1 Apr 1836 in Washington Co., VA, and in 1851 came to Highland Co., OH. In 1871 he removed to Jasper Co Iowa. He married Sarah J. OREBAUGH in 1859. She was born in 1840 in Highland Co., OH. They have one son-- John A., aged 18 years. He enlisted in 1861, in Co C, 81st Ohio V. I. and served three years and eight months, He was honorably discharged. He is a Greenbacker.

McCORD, Thomas T.; Dealer in livestock, firm of M. A. McCord & Co. He was born 27 Sep 1833 in Johnson Co., IN. When an infant, he came with parents to Edgar Co. Il, and on 17 Oct 1855 came to Jasper Co., Iowa. He engaged in farming and stock raising. He enlisted in 1862 in Co. K, 28th Iowa V. I. He served in that regiment fourteen months, then was promoted to Captain in the 93 Colored Infantry, and served till the end of the war. He was in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Vicksburg and others. He married Margaret HILL March 12 1857. She was born 22 Jun 1834 in Hamilton Co., OH, and died 24 Apr 1864. They have four children--Mary E. (now Mrs. George FAILOR), Edgar E., Lillie J., and Emma E. Second marriage to Elizabeth CAMPBELL 14 Dec 1865. She was born 28 Dec 1833 in Orange Co., IN. They have one child--Hiber C. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a Republican.

McKINLEY, Robert; Of the firm of McKinley Bros., agricultural implements. He was born 6 Aug 1846 in Crawford Co., PA, went to Wisconsin in 1865, and in 1868 to Jasper Co., Iowa. They commenced their present business in 1872. He owns two lots and residence in the city. He is now City Treasurer. He married N. E. WILLIAMSON in 1867. She was born 13 Jul 1847 an Crawford Co., PA. They have two children--Cora and Robert A.

MANN, W. M.; Firm of Mann & Son, carriage and wagon manufacturing. He was born 6 Sep 1846 in Augusta, OH. He married Lucy BAILEY 24 Nov 1870. She was born 2 Nov 1850 in Fulton Co., OH. They have one child---William D., born 8 Apr 1874. His grandfather, John J. Mann was born 1 Jul 1824 in Muskingum Co., OH. In 1850 he came to Jasper Co., Iowa, and in 1856 commenced his present business. He was Clerk of Clear Creek Twp. from 1850 to 1853. He married Mary MANFULL in 1845. She was born 1826 in Carroll Co., OH. They have five children William M., W. G., W. C., E. S., and Bertha J. William M., enlisted in 1861, Co C, 22nd I.V.I. and served three years. He was honorably discharged. He was engaged at Port Gibson, Jacksonville, and Black River. On 22 May 1862 he lost the middle finger of his left hand at the charge of Vicksburg. He was also at the battles at Fisher Hill, Cedar Creek, Winchester, Brownstown and Athens.

MANNING, William R.; Lumber and grain, residence corner of Spring and Cherry streets. He was born 11 Feb 1841 in Nashville, TN. When an infant he went with parents to New Jersey, in 1849 to Illinois, and in 1854 to Jasper Co, Iowa. He first engaged in the bakery business with his father. In 1861 he enlisted in Co I, 10th I. V. I. He served about three years and was in the battles of Corinth, Iuka and others on the Mississippi under command of Gen. Grant. In 1864 he retired to Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa and engaged in the boot and shoe business until 1868, when he commenced his present business. He has been a member of the Council the past three years. He married Emma D.WOOD 4 Sep 1865. She was born in 1845, in Cincinnati, OH. He is a Republican.

MARTIN, R. J.; Deputy Sheriff. He was born 14 Dec 1841 in Mercer Co., PA. On 19 Jun 1861 he came to Jasper Co., Iowa. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. I, 31st Iowa V. I. He served about eighteen months, then returned to Pennsylvania, remained there till the Fall of 1864, when he returned to Iowa. He attended the State University two terms, then returned to PA. In 1870 he came to Newton, Iowa. He was appointed to his present position in 1874. He married Lizzie L. FOX 25 Sep 1866. She was born 17 Jul 1845, in Lawrence Co., PA. They had five children, two living---Kittie, born 1869, and Sadie A., born in 1873. They are members of the Presbyterian Church and he is a Republican.

MAYFIELD, Mrs. M. A.; She is the daughter of J. PAYTON and wife of N. B. Mayfield, Lynnville. She was elected in Oct 1877 to Superintendent of Schools of Jasper Co., Iowa. She was born in Morgan Co., IN. He was born 16 Oct 1844 in Lynn Grove Twp.. He is supposed to be the first white child born in Jasper Co. They were married 8 Mar 1868, and have two adopted children--Emma BUTRUM and Billy HUGHES. Mrs. M. came to Jasper with her parents in 1835. They are Members of the Church of Christ.

MILLER, J. M.; Farmer, Sec. 35. He owns 160 acres of land, valued at $10,400. He was born in Jefferson Co., W.VA on 24 Sep 1830, and moved to Burlington, Iowa in June 1855. He remained there one year and then removed to Newton Village, where he resided (with the exception of one year on the "Hammer Farm") till 1865 when he moved to his present farm on which he raises wheat, corn, rye, oats, hay, etc. He married Mary F. BLAKE in Newton on 6 May 1861. She is a native of Indiana. Their children are Lydia G., William H., Robert E., Birdie and Freddie. He is a Democrat.

MONTIS, S. A.; Farmer, Sec. 22, owns forty acres valued at $3000. He was born in Richland Co., OH on 3 Jan 1847, and came to this county in 1868. he lived in Newton Village one year, then moved to this township where he has since resided. He married E. M. DREW 2 Jan 1872. She is also a resident of Richland Co., OH. Mr. M. is a Republican.

MOORE, A. L.; Capitalist. He was born 17 Mar 1817 in Chittendon Co., VT. In 1845 he went to Freeport, Illinois. In 1856 he came to Newton, Iowa, and first engaged in brick making. In 1857 he commenced the brokerage and loan business. He married Lavenia C. MORSE, 1 Mar 1854. She was born 30 Apr 1832 in Underhill, VT. They have three children---Mary M., Lois A., and Marcia B. Mrs. M. is a member of the Congregational Church. He is a Republican.

NEAL, Charles F.; (the Wild Irishman) He was born in Madison Co., OH on 7 Jun 1856, and named for Gen. Fremont, then a candidate for the Presidency. While he was a small boy his father thought to better his condition by coming to the Far West, which he did. He settled in Benton Co., in this state, where he resided until the breaking-out of the war, when he enlisted, and the family returned to Ohio, where the subject resided and went to school until 11 years of age, when he left the "paternal mansion." Going to Carlyle, IL, he apprenticed himself for three years service to learn the printing trade. After this he read law in his father's office and then traveled as a journeyman printer for four years, always carrying a "card" with him, and being one of the youngest men ever admitted to the Typographical Union in America. He also ran on the river two seasons and traveled several months with a circus and menagerie through the Eastern States. He came to Iowa in 1871, and engaged in the newspaper business, although he had been in the business previous to this in Pennsylvania. The People's Friend, was the first Anti-Monopoly paper stated in Iowa, and Mr. Neal, then the youngest editor in the State, controlled it. Afterward, he started the Plow and Anvil at Marshalltown, in the interest of the National Greenback Party, and was for two years after, city editor of the Daily Times of that place, which position he resigned in order to do more for the political party he had identified himself with. He came to Jasper co., and started the Iowa National, 1 Feb 1878. The paper is edited with care and is a picture of typographical neatness. It is a twenty-eight-column paper and is published every Friday morning at the low rate of $1 per year, thus giving it a large and growing circulation in the town and adjoining counties. Mr. Neal was for several years the youngest editor in Iowa, and commenced the publication business at age 14.

O'NEALL, J. B.; Dry goods, boots, shoes and clothing, east side square. He was born 22 Jul 1829 in Salem, Indiana. He went to Dubuque, IA in 1851, to Monroe, Wisc. in 1854, and in 1857 came to Newton, Iowa. He has been engaged as a civil engineer, and Government Surveyor until coming to Newton. He commenced his present business in 1865. He married Eliza HELM in May 1858. She was born in 1837 in Indiana. They have two children---Carol and Cora. He is a Republican

PEER, Thomas; Retired. He was born in Oct 1812 in Pickaway Co., OH. On 16 Aug 1852 he came to Jasper Co., Iowa, Lynn Grove. In 1869 he came to Newton, Iowa and owns his residence and 3 1/4 acres in the city. When in Rock Creek, he was Justice of the Peace about six years. He was Supervisor one term, also School Treasurer and Director. His son, William I., enlisted in 1862 in Co B, 13th I. V. I, and served until the end of the war. He married Sophia IKE in May 1832. She was born in 1813 in Pennsylvania. They had ten children, six living---Sarah A., Harriet E., John W., William I., J.C. and Lafayette E. He is a Republican.

PFEIFFER, Godfrey; Gristmill. He was born 14 May 1837 in Bavaria, Germany. In 1846 he came to New York City and remained there about seven months, then removed to Butler, Co., OH. In 1860 he came to Keokuk Co., Iowa and in 1874 to Jasper County. In 1877 he commenced his present business. He married Sarah FAIR 15 Oct 1861. She was born in 1839 in Carroll Co., Maryland. They have five children---Laura B., Louisa J., Emma M., Rebecca K., and Estella.

PIPER, D. D.; Retired. He was born 10 June 1810 in Herkimer Co., New York. In 1837 he went to Lenawee Co., Mich., first engaged in the drug business, which he continued about two years, then engaged in the foundry and plow business till 1865 when he removed to Newton, Iowa. He was a member of the Legislature in Michigan from 1861 to 1865. He is one of the stockholders of the Bank of Newton. He was elected Mayor in 1867 and re-elected in 1875. He married Anna FABRICK in 1829. She was born 1810 in Herkimer Co., NY. They had seven children, two living---Albert and Cornelia. Oscar enlisted in 1861, 5th I. V. I., served two years and was killed at the battle of Iuka in Sept. 1863. They lost Mary in 1877, aged 27 years; and Charlotte died in 1877 aged 34 years.