History of Page County,
Transcribed by Jenny Kehm
SEARCY, A., farmer, section 18, P. O. College Springs; born October 10, 1823 , in Kentucky . He reached the age of manhood in his native state, but in 1850 moved with his parents to Clay county, Missouri . In April, 1854, he came from the latter state to Iowa , settling in Amity, and is the oldest living settler in the township. He was married in Clay county, Missouri , in 1851, to Miss Jane Scoggan, a native of Indiana, by whom he became the father of eight children, six of whom are now living: Alex A., Lillian, Francis R., William P., Cora L., and George G. This wife dying in May 18__, he was again married, to Miss Maggie S. Yates, a native of Wisconsin , June 7, 1876 . Mr. Searcy has a fine farm of 220 acres of land, all under cultivation or pasturage. He has a fine orchard of 150 apple trees, all bearing choice fruits.
STANTON, A., farmer, nurseryman and dairyman, P. O. College Springs. Born October 13, 1832 , in the state of Ohio . Came with his mother to Lee county in 1848, remaining one year. He then went to Appanoose county, Iowa , living there the following five years. In 1863 he came to Amity, of which he has since been a continuous resident. He has been twice married; first, in 1856, to Miss Mary Woodmanse, a native of Ohio . This wife died in October, 1859. Was again married in 1863 to Bell S. Boyles, a native of Ohio , by which union they are the parents of four children: Harlan W., Mary J. Bimsey and Jennie. Mr. Stanton's portrait shows him to be a man of character and worthy of confidence. As a business man he has won many friends; as a man of strict morals and sterling integrity he enjoys the utmost esteem of those who know him.
SMITH, AMMI, farmer and minister, P. O. College Springs; born in Maine on the 6 th of March, 1803 . He there grew to manhood as a farmer, his education being received at the common school. In 1839 moved to Boone county, Illinois , remaining there until 1856, when he came to Iowa , locating in Amity township. In 1865 moved to Andrew county, Missouri , thence, in 1872, to Colorado , and finally returned to Amity in 1878. Has been twice married. Was first married to Miss Cyrene Bisbee, a native of Maine , by whom he had eleven children, two of whom are now living: Clark and Wesley. This wife died in May, 1878, at Fort Collins , Colorado . On May 5, 1879 , he married Miss Lucy A. Smith, a native of New York . Mr. Smith has been a minister of the gospel since 1831. For fifteen years he was a minister in the M. E. church, from which he withdrew in 1846 to enter the Wesleyan church. His years have been those of usefulness, and his record as a pastor is one of which he may justly be proud.
STANTON, I. N., farmer and manufacturer of sorghum, P. O. College Springs; born in Ohio , May 17, 1834 . In 1850 he, with his mother, moved to Lee county, remaining until 1879, when he came to Page, locating where he now resides. Married July 10, 1856 , to Elizabeth Elliott, a native of Pennsylvania , by whom he had three children, Mila , Jessie and Mabel. This wife died July 27, 1863 . He was again married February 16, 1867 , to Eleanor Elliott, a native of Pennsylvania . By this union they have seven children, Edward, Asa, Elizabeth, Olive, Joseph, Charity and Eleanor. Manufactures sorghum on a large scale. A genial and estimable man.
THRALL, A. A., farmer, section 24, 160 acres, P. O. Braddyville; born in Montgomery county, Ohio, March 26, 1817. In 1840 moved to Boone county, Indiana, and to Page county, Iowa , in 1861. Was married to Miss Mariah Green in Preble county, Ohio , February 26, 1840 . Is the father of two children by this wife, ___ Annie E. and Mary C. His wife died in 1847. Married for his second wife Miss Lyda Johns, by whom he has six children, George W., John H., Rachel A., Arthur A., Sarah J., and Minnie B. Mr. Thralls retains the vigor of manhood in a wonderful degree, though now 63 years of age. A lifetime of usefulness is crowned with a happy old age.
WHITE, W. B., teacher, P. O. College Springs; was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania , September 12, 1822 . His father and mother (the parents of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters,) emigrated to Muskingum county, O., in the spring of 1826. He was a farmer and Willison B. White, his third son, labored on the farm until the age of sixteen, then entered Muskingum College in 1843, receiving an education that qualified him for a professional teacher. Obtained his scholarship by his own personal effort, teaching in winter and attending college during the remainder of the year. On the 14 th of April, 1847 , he was united in marriage to Rachel W. McClenahan of Oxford township, Guernsey county, Ohio , by Rev. Hugh Forsythe of Fairview . He still continued in the business of teaching, taught in all grades of schools from the rural district up to the college; taught as an assistant with Rev. J. E. Alexander, in the Miller Academy at Washington , Ohio , then superintended the Barnesville Union schools in Belmont county, Ohio . Also New Concord schools and the schools of Quaker City , Guernsey county, Ohio . Commenced teaching in 1842 and taught in Ohio until 1870, then removed to Page county, Iowa , purchased a farm in Amity township, erected comfortable buildings and put it under cultivation. Continued teaching until 1875, having taught in all sixty terms. During the late war he served four years and four months. Enlisted at New Concord, Muskingum county, Ohio, on the 9 th of August, 1861 in the 15 th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three years, and at the expiration of this time reenlisted at Strawberry Plains, East Tenn., for three years longer, during which time he served as hospital steward for the regiment, caring for the sick and wounded in the field, hospital and on the battle-ground, and marched with the army, and had to be up to the line of battle in the hour of danger, and assist in dressing the wounded. Was under Rosecrans; then under Gen. Wm. Sherman, and at the siege of Nashville and the two days battle there, under Gen. Thomas. Was in the battles of Chickamauga , Chattanooga , Look-Out Mountain , Missionary Ridge , and 120 days in the Atlanta campaign, and at the siege and taking of that place. He also participated in the battle of Franklin and the demoralizing of Hood's army, at Nashville; and after the surrender of Lee and other departments of the rebel army, his regiment, with some others, was ordered to Texas; landed on the 8 th of July, marched to Green Lake, and went into camp for a few days. Then took up their line of march to the Gulf, and reached Columbus , Ohio , December 25 th , 1865 , and received pay and discharge, and arrived home to greet dear friends. The subject of this sketch had the pleasure of the companionship of his wife until January 12 th , 1880 , when she was taken with paralysis on Saturday, and died Monday, 9 A. M., in her fifty-seventh year. In July following he was married to Emily Walker Merritt, who was born of Yankee parentage, on the Western Reserve, in Ohio, and grew up on a farm, surrounded by such influences as sent the old war-horse, J. R. Giddings, to Congress for twenty-five years. Completed her education in Oberlin, Ohio, and, after teaching several terms in Cleveland and the country schools on the Reserve, becoming initiated into all the mysteries of “boarding around”, was married in 1861, at the age of 23, to Jerome Merritt, and, after teaching with him for 18 months in southern Indiana, went to his home, at the head of Lake Superior. In 1873, feeling that a farming country would be better suited to the development of the five boys that had been born to them, they came, with these and one daughter, to make for themselves a home in Page county. No family ever entered the Kingdom of Page with higher hopes and fonder anticipations than did they when they settled on a piece of railroad land, five miles west of Clarinda; the husband working on the farm during the week, and preaching on the Sabbath. Teaching during the winter, thus using every endeavor to improve his own condition and that of others, only to see one reverse after another waste away the accumulations of years. In 1878 a naturally strong frame yielded to quick consumption, and, after three months' sickness, at the age of 46, he passed to the other side, giving as his last testimony, “I shall not wear a starless crown,” leaving his wife with small means to provide for herself and children the comforts of life, which she did until her marriage with the subject of this sketch, and by herself and deceased husband in reference to the more liberal education of her fatherless children.
WOODMANSEE, THOMAS, farmer, section 29, P. O. College Springs; born in Ohio , September 22, 1830 . He passed 18 years of his life in his native county, but in 1848 came to Iowa , and settled in Lee county. At the end of eight years he went to Lucas county, where he remained one year. In 1857 he came to Page county, of which he has since been a continuous resident, honored and esteemed by all who know him. He was married to Miss M. L. Scoggan, a native of Clay county, Missouri , in 1861, by whom he had two children, one of whom is now living, Charles H. They are members of the Baptist church.
WHITE, JAMES H., farmer, section 14, owns 140 acres of land P. O. College Springs; born July 27, 1829 , in Muskingum county, Ohio . Came to Iowa April, 1863, and located in Clinton county. In October of 1867 came to Page, of which he has since been a continuous resident. In 1864 enlisted in company B, Fifteenth Iowa, and was with Sherman in his “march to the sea.” Was married May 19, 1854 , to Miss Elizabeth Campbell, of Guernsey county, Ohio , by whom he had eight children, of whom five are living: Venora A., Clarence C., Horace A., Robert C. and Louisa A. Mr. And Mrs. White have been members of the U. P. faith for thirty-five years.
WOODMANSEE, JAS. S., farmer, section 13, owns 132 acres of land, P. O. College Springs; born March 21, 1829 , in Clairmont county, Ohio . In March, 1846, moved with his father's family to Lee county, Iowa , and eleven years later came to Page county, where he has since resided. He was married October 13, 1850 , to Miss Ann B. Trescott, of Lee county, Iowa , by whom he has five children; three living: Clara E., Arthur L. and Cassius O. Mr. W. is an energetic man, full of the vigor of youth, and with the promise of many years of usefulness.
NELSON, FREDERICK, farmer and stock-raiser, section 7, P. O. College Springs; born in Sweden in 1835, lived through the usual vicissitudes of a farmer boy's life until 1853, when emigrated to America, employing his time for a sustenance in day labor. In 1856 he came to Amity, went to school at that place and learned to read English. During the seven years, from 1863 to 1870, he was the agent of the American Emigrant Company, the relations of which to the county are fully set forth in the chapter on “The Swamp Land Troubles,” –the historical portion of the work. While acting in this capacity he crossed the ocean ten times. His farm, of 560 acres, attests his economy and faithfulness, since when he came to America he came penniless. He was married in 1861 to Miss Julia M. Johnson, a native of Pennsylvania , by whom he is the father of two children; one living: Emma W.
YAFLE, GEORGE W., farmer, owner of 200 acres of land, P. O. Braddyville; born July 15, 1832 , in Cass county, Illinois . Came to Page county in April, 1865, was married November 12, 1857 , to Miss Mary W. Lacy, a native of England . They are the parents of ten children, nine of whom are now living: Leonard, Edward B., Mary J., John L., Geo. L., William J., Rebecca L., Albert, and Willard. Mr. Yafle has been a member of the M. E. Church for 26 years, and is in high standing in his community. Coming here a poor man, he has by industry and perseverance succeeded in establishing himself on a firm business basis.
ADAMS, W. E., grocer, P. O. College Springs; born in Putnam county, Illinois , July 19, 1853 . His parents moved to Du Page county, Illinois , while he was still a child. Came here in 1870, with his parents, settling in Amity township. Married February11, 1874, to Miss Annie K. Kempton, a native of Michigan , by whom he is the parent of two children; one living: Roswell E. Begun his present business in February, 1880. As a business man he possesses excellent qualifications, and merits the large patronage he receives. A man of integrity, and of strong character, he enjoys the esteem of his fellow townsmen.
AXTELL, NATHAN, farmer, section 25 and 26, P. O. Braddyville; born in Washington county, Pennsylvania , September 13, 1818 . Came to Page county in September, 1865, and has since been a continuous resident of the county. He was married May 18, 1841 , to Miss Johanna Dodd, of Washington county, Pennsylvania , by whom he is the father of six children: Mary E., C. Clay, Oliver W., and James M., living, and two deceased. His wife died on May 25, 1871 . Mr. Axtell was married to Clarissa Dodd, June 25, 1872 . He is a devout member of the Presbyterian church, and to him more than to any other individual is the establishment of that church in College Springs due. He is a fine old gentleman of 62, full of years and the wisdom gained from that harsh old task-master, experience.
BUTLER , JOHN R., farmer, section 1, P. O. Shambaugh; born in Adams county, Indiana, February 12, 1832 . Here grew to manhood and received his education in the common schools of the county. Came to Page county in August, 1854, where he has since resided. He is one of those enterprising, energetic men who have helped to make Page county the garden spot it now is. He is a member of the Baptist church. Was married November 6, 1856 , to Miss Rhoda Clevenger, of East River township. They have three children, Sarah A., Lillie A. and Miriam M.
BODWELL, W. S., farmer, section 8, P. O. College Springs; born in New Hampshire in 1836, where he lived until he was 18 years of age. The years from 1854 to 1858 he spent in Illinois , Indiana and Iowa in building bridges. Enlisted in Company K, 4 th Iowa Infantry, in September, 1861, and served for three years. Was in the battles of Pea Ridge , Arkansas Post, and present at Sherman 's defeat before Vicksburg . He was mustered out in 1864. In 1866 was married to Miss N. M. Pierce, a native of Pennsylvania , by whom he has six children: Dean M., I. Lama, Ross C., Horace G. Mel. P. and Jessie. His standing is most excellent, as is attested by the fact that he is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W.
BAGNALL, C., Proprietor of Bagnall House, P. O. College Springs; born in England , 1821. At the age of 7, came with his parents, George and Sidonia Bagnall, to America , and located in Mercer county, Pennsylvania , in the spring of 1828. Young Bagnall matured to manhood, following the occupation of a farmer, receiving his first education in the common school. In 1867 he came to College Springs, where he has since resided. Two years later he commenced keeping hotel in the north portion of the city. In December, of 1873, his hotel was burned to the ground; there have been completely discouraging to a man less energetic and persevering. Married Miss Annie Ibbs, a native of England , in 1845, by whom he had eleven children, five of whom are living: Sadie E., now Mrs. Dr. Lymer, John I., C. Barker, George W. and Davie . Mr. Bagnall and his estimable lady keep an excellent hotel, and are most amiable as host and hostess. They enjoy the esteem and respect of the people with whom they are associated.
BERRY , WILLIAM F., farmer, section 12, P. O. Clarinda; born in Fairfield county, Ohio , August 28, 1843 . Went to Indiana, Adams county, when four years old, with his parents. In March, 1861, came to Page county, where he has since continuously resided. Married November 10, 1867 , to Miss Rachel Kunkel, of Page county, by whom he became the father of five children, all living: Martha L., Effie S., Johanna, Clara E. and Sarah E. During the late war was a member of the home guards, and rendered excellent service on the border.
BIRCHARD, JAMES, farmer, section 5, P. O. College Springs; born April 10, 1837, in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in the common schools of the county and in Meadville Academy . Mr. Birchard enlisted, September 2, 1861 , in company E, Eighty-third regiment Pennsylvania volunteer infantry. He was in the battle of Gaines' Mill. On June 27, 1862 , he was wounded, taken prisoner and sent to Libby Prison; on July 25 was exchanged and on October 25, same year, was discharged from Chester hospital, on account of his wound. In April, 1865, he moved to Hancock , Illinois , where he remained until 1876, when he came to Page county and located on the farm where he now resides. Was married April 25, 1865 , to Miss Louisa Grubb, who died December 25, 1867 . On April 18, 1869 , he married Miss Alice Ingersol, of Lee county, Iowa , by whom he has two children: James D. and Louisa.
CORNFORTH, L. C.. farmer, lot No. 16, P. O. College Springs; born in Maine, April 26, 1829; passed his youth on a farm, received a liberal education at Waterville Classical Institute and in Colby University. Came to Iowa and to Page county in the fall of 1855, being among the first settlers in this township. Mr. Cornforth is a man of singular industry and noble character. He came here without means, but frugality and care have brought out of his labor a pleasant home and a beautiful farm of 107 acres. He married Miss Elizabeth M. Phelts, a native of Ohio , September 3, 1863 . He is the father of two children: Carroll C. and Martelle L. A communicant of the Congregational church.
CROSS, JOHN, merchant, P. O. College Springs; born in Massachusetts , June 1, 1797 . When he was eight years of age his parents moved to New York , in which state he resided until 1839. He then removed to Illinois , remaining until the year 1857, when he became a resident of Amity. His interest in and connection with the college of learning at, and colonization of College Springs is quite fully given in the history of Amity College, to which Mr. Cross has sustained official relations for a number of years. When thirty-six years of age Mr. Cross entered the ministry of the Congregational church, and has had charge of a congregation the greater portion of the time since until within five years ago. During the war Mr. Cross united with the Wesleyan church. He was a strenuous anti-slavery advocate, spending many years in propagating his views; he enforced them in an active manner, since he was connected with the famous “underground railway,” and aided many fugitives to reach the north. He was married on January 1, 1818 , to Miss Lucinda Hulbert, of Pittsfield , Massachusetts , who was born in the year 1800. They are the parents of seven children, of whom two are now living: Mary A., wife of J. H. Beach, and John A. Mr. Cross lost his wife by death, October 8, 1875 , after a long and happy married life of fifty-eight years. Mr. Cross is a man of influence and worth, a genial gentleman and a firm friend.
DONALDSON, J. P., farmer, section 9, P. O. College Springs; born January 1, 1861, in Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood, following both the occupation of a farmer and teacher. He came to Iowa , locating at College Springs April 11, 1856 . Mr. Donaldson is one of the very oldest residents of Amity township. When he came to his present home College Springs existed only on paper, and with an entirely different name. He was the first settler in the colony, and built the first house ever built in Amity. Ida, his second child, was the first child born in Amity, which event occurred October 15, 1856 . Mr. Donaldson was married to Miss Sarah J. Eckles, a native of Pennsylvania , September 11, 1853 , by whom he is the father of six children living: Irving M., Ida T., Arthur F., Luella N., Annetta E., and James H. He owns a fine farm of 173 acres, 13 of which are timber. The rise and growth of his township have been carefully and gladly observed by Mr. Donaldson, who, having tested all that the word “pioneer” implied, welcomed civilization and progress when it came to his very door. An energetic, faithful man, he is eminently deserving of all the confidence his friends and neighbors unhesitatingly place him in.
DUNCAN, JOHN, farmer and stone-mason, section 14, 90 acres of land, P. O. College Springs; born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1807. In April, 1867, he came to Page county with his family. Volunteered June 27, 1863 , in Company H, Sixty-second Pennsylvania Volunteers. Was one of the company which captured the famous Morgan, at Liverpool , Ohio . He was married to Miss Lettie Ried, of Alleghany county, Pennsylvania , in February, 1832, by whom he has eight children, of whom only two are living: Belle and John R. His wife died February 20, 1867 . He married Miss Mary A. Duncan, of Clarinda, September 14, 1869 ; this wife died on February 27, 1879 . For fifty-three years of his life Mr. Duncan has been a member of the U. P. church. His integrity has never been questioned, and his genial qualities are worthy of all imitation.
DAVISON, GEORGE, farmer, section 23, P. O. College Springs; born in Derby county, Ireland , November 17, 1823 . Remained in his native land until 25 years of age, when he came to Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , in July, 1848, engaging in gardening. Came to Page county in March, 1870. Was married to Miss Mary J. McElwin in December, 1850. They are the parents of ten children, of whom six are now living; Joseph, James, Mary, Fanny, Thomas, and Annie. His wife died in November, 1869. In March of the following year he was married to Miss Margaret Fulton. Mr. Davison is a member of the M. E. church and has been since coming to America .
FINNEY, JOSEPH, farmer, section 15, 160 acres of land, P. O. College Springs; born in Hamilton county, Ohio , December 4, 1822 . Forty-four years later moved from the home of his boyhood to Clarke county, Ohio , and in March of 1880, came to Page county, Iowa . Mr. Finney and wife have been members of the United Presbyterian church for forty years. He married his wife, Miss Susan O. McMahan, of Hancock county, Illinois , on the 15 th day of October, 1859. They are the parents of six children: Edith S., Willie A., Venora O., Ida May, Mary E., and Edna Gracie.
HOAG, HON. E. B., farmer, section 29, P. O. and residence College Springs; born in New York, March 23, 1830. At the age of 15 his parents moved to Knox county, Illinois , in 1845. Here young Hoag grew to manhood a farmer, receiving his education in the common schools of that state and at Knox college, in which latter school he remained 18 months. In June, 1867, he came to Iowa , and to Page county, locating in Colfax township. He improved a farm in that township, residing there until 1874, when he purchased his present farm in Amity. Mr. Hoag has twice been representative of his county, having been first elected in 1876, and re-elected in 1878. This attests not only the esteem in which he is held, but his personal worth and ability as well. He was married September 24, 1854 , to Miss Rachel A. Newman, a native of Ohio , by whom he has one child: Casius O., a member of the class of 1881, Amity college.
HILL, JAMES H., farmer, section 13, owns 90 acres of choice land, P. O. Shambaugh; born in Highland count;y, Ohio , January 16, 1841 . Came to Page county in October, 1877, bringing with him his mother and his family. In October, 1861, he enlisted in company F., 60 th Ohio Infantry, and served in Virginia under General Fremont. Was discharged in November, 1862. Re-enlisted in February, 1864 in company H., 1 st Ohio cavalry. Mr. Hill was in numerous battles and skirmishes, in every one of which he acquitted himself as a soldier and a brave man. Was finally discharged at Hilton Head, South Carolina , September 13, 1865 . Mr. Hill was married December 31, 1868 , to Miss Emma Morledge, of Clarinda , Iowa , by whom he has six children, four of whom are now living: Charlie T., William R., Mamie M, and Edward.
HENRY, THOMAS, farmer, section 23, 218 acres of land, P. O. Braddyville; born in Down, Ireland in December, 1827. In 1853 came to America , locating in Boone county, Indiana, and six years later in 1859, moving to Johnson county, Kansas . In 1861 came to Page county, of which he has since been a continuous resident. Was married December 5, 1854 , to Miss Rachel E. McIntosh, by whom he is the father of thirteen children, all but four now living: John, Thomas, William, Annie E., Andrew J., Robert, Sarah, Rebecca J. and Maggie M. Mr. Henry has been a member of the United Presbyterian church for 13 years. He enjoys the esteem and confidence of his neighbors, as it is fit a man of strict integrity of motive and act should.
HENDERSON, JOHN, merchant, of the form of Henderson Bros. & Cobb, hardware and groceries; born in Pennsylvania , 1840, November 26, where he grew to manhood, a farmer. Enlisted July 4, 1861 , in company D, 62d Penn. Infantry volunteers, serving for three years. He participated in the battles of Yorktown , Gaines Mill, where he was wounded, Fredericksburg , Chambersville, the second battle of Bull's Run, the battle of Gettysberg, where he was again wounded, in the battle of the Wilderness, again wounded, in North Arm and Coal Harbor . He was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service. In the spring of 1865 came to Page county, where he has since resided. He was married 1868 to Miss Mary H. Wright, a native of Illinois , by whom he has two children, one living: Samuel R. Member of the United Presbyterian Church. He has been postmaster since 1878. Is honored and respected as few men are by whose intimate friend he is.
JOHNSON, C. M., manufacturer of and dealer in sadlery, harness, etc., P. O. College Springs; born December 1, 1847 , state of Pennsylvania , Erie county. When two years old his parents moved to Boone county, Illinois . The family lived there until 1858, when he, with his parents, moved to this county, where he has grown to manhood on a farm. He commenced his present business in 1868 in this place, and has followed it to the present day. He was married September 6, 1868 , to Miss L. T. Bullock, a native of Pennsylvania . Four living children: Mahlon D., James B., Hollis M. and Gracy M. Lost two: Jesse May died when three years old; one died in infancy. Members of Congregational church.
JOHNSON, WM., pastor of the United Presbyterian church in College Springs , Iowa , was born in Belmont county, Ohio , March 18, 1831 . Entered Madison college, Antrim , Ohio , at twelve years of age, and after working his way through, mainly by his own exertions, graduated in 1850. Spent two years in teaching, one year of the time as a professor in the college where he graduated. Entered the theological seminary of the Associate Reformed church in Alleghany City , Pennsylvania , in the fall of 1852, and completed the prescribed course in the spring of 1856. Immediately on leaving the seminary he settled as a pastor of the Associate Reformed churches of Washington and North Salem , in Guernsey county, Ohio . With his congregations entered the union, which in 1848 formed the United Presbyterian church, and remained pastor of these congregations until the 1 st of April, 1866 . In July, 1866, by appointment of the general assembly he was sent to Des Moines , Iowa , as a supply to that mission, but during the following winter received a call to Monroe, Jasper county, Iowa, where he settled in April 1867. In the spring of 1871 he received a call to Spring Hill , Indiana , where he settled, remaining until January 1, 1877 . His wife having died, and his own health being somewhat impaired, he removed to his present field, beginning his labors in the month of May, 1877, and being installed as pastor in the month of August.
JOHNSON, CHARLES T., farmer, section 7, P. O. College Springs; born in Sweden in 1833. Grew to manhood as a farmer and mechanic, in his native country. In 1868 came to America , finding his way to Page county in September of that year. Married in Sweden in 1855, to Miss Charlotta Johnson. They have a family of four children: Charles F., Sophia, Anna and Emma. He has a fine farm of seventy acres of land. They are members of the Lutheran church.
KUNKEL, HENRY, farmer, section 12, 130 acres of land, P. O. Shambaugh; born in Knox county, Ohio , August 28, 1844 . Moved to Page county, June 8, 1855 , of which he has since been an honored citizen. Married September 26, 1867 , to Miss Mahala Beery, of this county. They are the parents of four children: Sarah M., James M. and Jesse L, living, one deceased. Mr. Kunkel has been a resident of the county for twenty-five years, and has not only noted its remarkable growth and prosperity, but has largely contributed to the same. A stirring, active man, to whom appeal was never made in vain; kind, charitable, and strictly honorable.
LYMER, R. H., physician and surgeon, P. O. College Springs; born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania , April 13, 1844 . He resided in the county of his birth until 1867, when he came to Iowa , locating in Page county. In August, 1861, he enlisted in company G, 100 th Pennsylvania infantry volunteers, serving with that regiment for fifteen months. He was discharged for disability, but re-enlisted in June, 1863, in company A, 139 th Pennsylvania volunteers, which he served until the close of the war. He served as assistant surgeon nine months at Fort Wayne , then at Winchester , and finally at Cedar Creek. He began the study of medicine in 1862, and graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in March, 1866. In 1867 he commenced to practice in College Springs, and enjoys a most successful practice. He was married in Pennsylvania , to Miss Sarah A. Bagnall, April 29, 1867 , by whom he is the father of six children: Anna E., Mary A., Sarah F., John C., George H. and Sidonia J. Dr. Lymer is also engaged in the drug business, and is an honored member of the I. O. O. F. lodge No. 228, and is doing his share in disseminating the grand doctrines of fraternity among men.
LAUGHLIN, J. G., farmer and pomologist, section 7, P. O. College Springs; born in Anderson county, North Carolina , in 1805. When still a child his parents moved to Brown county, Ohio . In 1819 his parents moved to Bond county, Illinois , where they remained ten years; thence they moved to Putnam county, same state, in which county the subject of this sketch lived for twenty-nine years. In the fall of 1858 he came to this county and settled on the farm he now owns. He was married in 1829, October 1, to Miss Ruth Russell, a native of Ohio , by whom he is the father of three children: William R. and James b., living, and John J., deceased. The last named was a member of company K, Fourth Iowa Infantry. Died at Halance hospital December 14, 1862 . His remains now rest at Rolla , Tennessee , in the national cemetery. As a fruit grower Mr. L. has been most successful, and has been instrumental in securing to the people of this county some of the best varieties of fruit to be found in the whole state of Iowa . He commenced the nursery business at an early day, and to him the is indebted for whatever advance it has made in this direction.
McLARMAN, WILLIAM, farmer and stock-dealer, section 9, P. O. College Springs; born in Antrim county, Ireland , March 25, 1825. Learned the trade of a linen-finisher, and mechanic. In August, 1857, was married to Miss Jane Mehaffey, a native of Antrim county, Ireland . They are the parents of six children: Hugh, Maggie, William, Sarah J., George and Annie. Came to America in 1857, settling on his present farm in July of that year. He has been interested, to a large extent, in the growth of the township and county. He is a man of industry and great perseverance; of integrity and singleness of character. Himself and wife are members of the United Presbyterian church.
McKINNLEY, J. W., farmer, section 8, P. O. College Springs; born in Pennsylvania , October 6, 1825 . He there grew to manhood a farmer. At the age of twenty-one went to learn the plaster's trade, following that and teaching for about seventeen years. In 1853 he moved to Columbus , Ohio , remaining five years. In 1858 came to Amity township, and the following year was elected justice of the peace, which office ha has held ever since, with the exception of four years. He has been a trustee and treasurer of the colony since 1864. Married in 1856 to Miss M. A. Maughlin, a native of Pennsylvania , by whom he has four children; M. Eva, Joseph A., Maggie L., and James M. They are members of the United Presbyterian church.
McLAIN, WILLIAM, farmer and stock-raiser, section 6, P. O. College Springs; born in Ireland , in February, 1821, in Antrim county. His education was received in his native country. Immigrated in the spring of 1845, settling in Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania , remaining for two years. He then moved to Montgomery county, residing there until 1857, when he came to Iowa , and to Page county. Was married in Ireland in the spring of 1845, to Miss Rachael Clark. They are the parents of seven children: Samuel C., William, Thomas, James F., Isaac, Robert J., and Joseph W. They are members of the United Presbyterian church, and Mr. McLain is at present treasurer of the school board. His fine farm of 509 acres is all under cultivation.
McGREGOR, ALEXANDER, merchant, P. O. College Springs; born in Glasgow , Scotland in the year 1838. When he was three years of age his parents immigrated to Canada West, where he grew to manhood as a farmer, which occupation he followed for about ten years. In 1862 he went to California , in which state he remained seven years, engaging for a portion of that period in the mining business. Came to Page county and to College Springs in 1870. He entered upon his present business in 1875. Mr. McGregor was married in November, 1878 to Miss Loya Bridges of Mahaska county, Iowa . They are the parents of two children, Walter D. and an infant unnamed. Members of the United Presbyterian church.
McKEE, WILLIAM, farmer, section 24, 191 acres, P. O. Braddyville; born in Todd county, Kentucky, June 29, 1819, Ten years later moved with his father's family to Preble county, Ohio. In 1847 moved to Scott county, Indiana, and in 1864 came to Page. He was married in Scott county, Indiana , on the 2d of March, _____ to Miss Martha Murphy, by whom he had seven children: John, Jennett, James M., George W., Matthew G., Nannie C. and Samuel K. This wife died June 30, 1862 . He was married to Eliza Hall, June 30, 1863 , by whom he became the father of six children: Flora J., Frank, Maggie, Joseph H., Mollie E., and Martha A. For more than 40 years he has been a consistent member of the United Presbyterian church. Is a most successful farmer, and a genial whole-souled gentleman, respected and venerated by all who know him.
McCULLOUGH, GEORGE, farmer, section 26, P. O. College Springs; owner of 482 acres of land. Born in Chester District , South Carolina , July 3, 1826 . Moved with his father's family in October, 1830, to Scott county, Indiana . Came to Page county in 1858, bringing besides his own family his parents. Was married October 15, 1850 , to Miss Sarah A. McKee, at her home in Preble county, Ohio . They are the parents of nine children, of whom eight are living; John M., Margaret I., George A., Nannie J., Martha E., James W., Joseph, and Mary. During the war Mr. McCullough was orderly sergeant of a company of volunteer militia. He was elected justice of the peace in 1861, serving for fifteen years succession—a record of which he may well be proud. He is a member of the United Presbyterian church and a ruling elder of the same.
NICHOLAS, J. J., farmer, section 25, P. O. Braddyville; born in Piketon, Pike county, Ohio, May 28, 1823. In 1826 moved with his father's family to Vermillion county, Indiana, encountering extreme hardships on the journey, there being no wagon roads at that early day, and many swamps to be crossed. His father, John Nicholas, helped build the first cabin in Perryville , Indiana . In 1855, moved to Vermillion county, Illinois , with his mother, his father having died; here he reached manhood. In 1844 went to Greene county, Wisconsin, and ten years later, in 1854, came to Page county, in which he has since continuously resided. As will be seen by the date last above mentioned Mr. Nicolas is one of the earliest settlers in the county, and has endured privations such as but few of us know anything of. He was married March 2, 1848 , to Lucinda Lewis, by whom he has eight children; Catherine, John A., Alice , Marian, Mary, Nannie, Oscar, and Charles M. His wife died in March, 1868. In March, 1870, he married to Eliza Jett; by this marriage he has one child, Joseph A.
POLLOCK, D. R., merchant, P. O. College Springs; born in the state of Ohio , in the year 1823. He attained the age of manhood on a farm, living in that state until 1848, when he removed to Warren county, Illinois , remaining about four years. From here he removed to Oregon, and continued to reside in that state for seven years, at the end of which period he returned to Warren county, Illinois, where he remained until the spring of 1861. He then became a resident of Iowa , and of Amity township, Page county. In the fall of 1863 he commenced his present business, in which he has been since continuously engaged. He was married in Illinois to Miss A. E. Harper, a native of Ohio , on July 22, 1859 . They are the parents of six children, four of whom—Annie A., wife of Wm. A. Leslie, Ida May, William H. and Edgar A.—are living. Mr. Pollock is one of the early settlers of this township, and has witnessed almost the entire growth of the township and city. All the church edifices and college buildings have been built since he came to the place. He has just closed his business, preparatory to removal to Coin; a fact that, while a loss to his former home, is a decided gain in point of business energy and integrity for his newly-adopted city. Mr. Pollock and his companion are respected members of the United Presbyterian church.
PREST, T. A., farmer and stock-raiser, section 9, P. O. College Springs; born in England , in 1823. He reached maturity in that country, and following the occupation of a mechanic until 1849. His education was received at night-schools, after the labor of the day had ended. He came to America with his parents in 1849, settling first in Massachusetts ; after a year's residence in that state he went to Connecticut . He again moved to the Bay State in 1852, entering the employ of the Boston & Albany R. R. Company, with whom he remained two years. He then went to Worchester county, Massachusetts , engaging in the cotton manufacturing business for six years. At the expiration of that time he came to Iowa , locating at College Springs in 1862. Mr. Prest is an active worker in the interest of education. He has been identified with the interests of Amity College for nine years as a member of the board of trustees, and is at present secretary of the board. His commendable zeal in the interests of mental training is finding a rich return in the prosperity of the college in which he takes so great an interest. He was married in 1851, to Miss Harriet A. Ransom, a native of Connecticut , by whom he has two children, one living: John R. Mr. Prest is a member of the Baptist church.
REID, JOSEPH A., farmer, section 19, owns 220 acres, P. O. College Springs; born in Ohio , May 1, 1823 . Grew to manhood and was educated in the common schools of that state. In April, 1857, he purchased his present farm, finely improved, and with fine buildings, fruit orchard and all the evidences of frugality and prosperity. Mr. Reid was married April 9, 1852 , to Miss Margaret Long, a native of Ohio . They are the parents of seven children, all living: James H., John F., Annie L., Edward H., Julia E., William L. and Jesse W. Mr. Reid has been a resident of the county from a very early day, and has marked with interest its rapid growth. Indeed, he has contributed to the same in no small degree. He and his family are members of the United Presbyterian church.