Page County >> 1880 Index

History of Page County, Iowa
Des Moines: Iowa Hist. Co., 1880.

Nodaway Township
Transcribed by Jenny Kehm


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STAFFORD, MRS. RACHEL, farmer, section eight, P. O. Clarinda; born in Ohio, in 1820, where she resided until 1855, when she came to Page county, Iowa. Married May 25, 1860 , to R. W. Stafford, a native of Virginia , born in 1803, who died November 18, 1879 . She is the owner of 160 acres of well improved land. In religion she is a Universalist.

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SHAWL, G. S., farmer and steward of the county poor farm, section 36; born in Knox county, Missouri in October, 1846. When he was three months old his parents came to Iowa , locating in Wapello county. He came to Page county in 1876, and assumed the conduct of the poor farm. His first term giving general satisfaction, he was retained for a term of three years. He is a successful farmer and a good financier.

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STAKE, ELI, farmer, section 19, P. O. Clarinda; born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania , October 31, 1839 . Came to Iowa in March, 1874. Enlisted in company E, 202d Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, in 1864, serving until the close of the war. Married Miss. S. A. Ray, October 28, 1862 . They have a family of eight children living: Amanda J., Josiah, Albert, Ella, Mary, Annie, Bertha and Adelia. Mr. Stake has his father living with him, an old gentleman of seventy-four years. He has a farm of 520 acres of excellent land, every rod of which attests his skill and care as a farmer.

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VINSANT, JAMES; born in Campbell county, Tennessee , in 1820. Married Miss Elizabeth Douglass in 1849. They came to Page county five years later, and located on their present place of residence. They are the parents of seven children, three boys and four girls.

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WALKER, A. J., farmer, section 29, P. O. Clarinda; born in the state of Maine , October 5, 1833 . When he was two years old his parents moved to Richland county, Ohio , where he grew to manhood and was educated in the common schools, and at Delaware College . In 1855 he came to Iowa , locating for one year at Muscatine . Came to Page county in April of 1857, where he has since lived. He enlisted in company F, Twenty-third Iowa Infantry in January, 1864, serving until the close of the war. Married to Miss Martha E. King, October 5, 1859 . They have four children: Lucy, Dora, George I. and Mary M. He is a member of Clarinda Lodge I. O. O. F. Owns 160 acres of land.

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WIDNEY, W. H., farmer, section 17, P. O. Clarinda; born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania , in 1837. When he was eighteen years of age his parents moved to Carroll county, Illinois , then to Henry county, same state, remaining for three years. In the fall of 1871 he settled in Page county. Mr. Widney has been twice married. In August, 1860, he married Miss Harriet Payton, by whom he had five children: Mary A., William A., Martha E., Maggie O. and Martin L. This wife died March 8, 1875 . Was again married September 20, 1876 , to Miss R. M. Barrett, a native of Maine , by whom he has one child: Lena A. He is a member of Clarinda Lodge A. F. & A. M. No. 140. Owns 160 acres of land.

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ANNAN, JOHN, farmer, section 29, P. O. Clarinda; born February 22, 1839 , in Hamilton county, Ohio . While he was still a child his parents moved to Jackson county, Indiana. In the spring of 1855 he came to Page county, growing to manhood and receiving his education in the common school. Married December, 1862, to Miss Annie Myers, a native of Bartholomew county, Indiana. They have four children, all boys: Lewis, Henry, George and William. Mr. A. owns 757 acres of land.

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BURWELL, JOSEPH, farmer, section 22, P. O. Clarinda; born in Crawford county, Ohio , August 18, 1834 . Lived there until the spring of 1866, when he moved to Linn county, Iowa . Lived there one year, and then came to Page county in the spring of 1867, and has lived in this county ever since. Has always been a farmer. He was married to Miss Sarah Eby, December 5, 1856 . They are the parents of eight children, all living: The oldest, a son, William A., now married to Miss Ellen Heniger, and living in this county; Ida R., (now Mrs. Andrew J. Heniger, of this county); Elmer M., Emma May, Carrie E., Wesley L., John Orlando and Clarence A. The last six are now living at home. Owns 80 acres of land, all well improved.

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BEEZLEY, J., farmer, section 34, P. O. Clarinda; was born in Fulton county, Illinois , January 24, 1836 , and moved to Clark county, Missouri in 1845. Lived there three years and moved to Hancock county, Illinois , and remained there until 1865, then moved to Henderson county, Illinois . Moved to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1875 and has lived there ever since. His father, John Beezly was born in Ohio , February 13, 1803 and married to Rachael Miner, a native of Kentucky , September 2, 1830 . He died, July 2, 1880 , leaving his wife and seven children. The subject of this sketch now lives with his mother on the home place. The farm contains 175 acres and is one of the best stock and grain farms in the county.

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CAMPBELL, MRS. ELIZABETH A.; was born in the city of New York , May 13, 1823 . Her parents came from the north of Ireland . Mrs. Campbell married her husband—Mr. Solomon Campbell— July 12, 1842 . Her husband died June 28, 1870 at Newberg-on-the-Hudson, N. Y., leaving his wife to care for a family of seventeen children. The oldest son, John B., now practices medicine in New York; Charlotte E., the wife of the Rev. A. G. Stewart, of Greensborough, New York; of the remaining children, Frances, Samuel, Oliva and Solomon W. are now living at home. The farm contains 240 acres, well watered and for the major part under an excellent system of cultivation.

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CREE, ROBERT, farmer, section 1, P. O. Clarinda; born in Warren county, Ohio , February 28, 1826 . Lived in that county until 1859; went thence to Henry county, Illinois , and moved to Page county in the spring of 1867, purchasing and improving 141 acres of excellent farming land. Mr. Cree was married to Miss Mary E. Piper, of Franklin county, Pennsylvania , February 20, 1862 . They are the parents of five children, three of whom are living: Anna May, Robert D. and Olepha E. Mr. Cree is deeply interested in the common schools of his township, and is at present one of the board of directors. His worth as a man and bearing as a gentleman have won for him the unlimited confidence of his fellows.

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DYSART, W. B., farmer, section 23, P. O. Clarinda; was born in Belmont county, Ohio, June 14, 1838, and lived there until he moved to Washington county, Iowa, in the spring of 1870. Lived there four years, and then rented his farm for two years. From there he moved to Page county, Iowa, in the spring of 1876, where he has since resided. He was married to Miss Jennie More, a native of Belmont county, Ohio , February 2, 1870 . She died October 16, 1874 , leaving two children: Anna E. and John C. Mr. Dysart was married the second time June 14, 1876 , at College Springs , Iowa , to Miss Elenore Simpson, a native of Pennsylvania . They are the parents of two children: Boyd, deceased, and Thomas McBride, living. He owns 160 acres of well-improved land. Mustered into service in fall of 1861, in company E, Fifteenth Ohio infantry, and served two years.

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EDMONDS , A., farmer, section 20, P. O. Clarinda; born in Clermont county, Ohio , April 12, 1830 . At the age of ten he went with his parents to Clay county, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. Came to Page county in 1856. Was married in September of the same year, to Miss P. F. Sampson, a native of Virginia . They have four children: Seth W., Amanda, Almira and Charlie. He now owns a farm of 193 acres, accumulated from nothing when he came to this county.

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EDMONDS , THOS. A., farmer, section 21, P. O. Clarinda; born October 30, 1838 , in Ohio . Came to Page county when eighteen years of age. He grew to manhood a farmer, receiving his education in the common schools. When thirty years of age he was married to Miss Sarah J. Wallace. They have four children: Florence M., Joy B., Effie B. and Della. Owns 160 acres of land, all under cultivation.

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FISHER, FREDERICK, farmer, section 24, P. O. Clarinda; born in the Kingdom of Baden, Germany, November 20, 1820 . When he was eight years of age his parents came to this country, finding a home in Northampton county, Pennsylvania . When thirteen years of age he was apprenticed to a gunsmith for a period of five years, remaining in the employ of his patron until the expiration of his term of service. He went to Tuscarawas county, Ohio , following various occupations until 1846, when , becoming convinced that “a rolling stone gathers on moss,” came from Crawford county, Ohio , to Page county in 1854. He has been an honored resident of Nodaway township ever since he came to Iowa , save some three years in Hepburn, following, while there, the mercantile business. When Mr. Fisher came to this county, he came under the pressure of a four thousand dollar debt. By sterling integrity he has cleared the debt, and owns two of the finest farms in the township. Mr. Fisher was married to Miss Elizabeth Palmer, a native of England . From this marriage there has resulted a family of seven children, of whom all but two are now living: George F., Mary E. (now Mrs. John Mudge), William A., Laura (now Mrs. Knox Alexander, of Clarinda) and Charles, still living at home.

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GORDON, SAMUEL, farmer, section 20, P. O. Clarinda; born in England in 1821, where he grew to manhood, following the occupation of a miner. He came to America in 1849, leaving behind him his wife and children. In 1851 he returned to England , remaining until 1852, when he again came to America , bringing with him his family, and locating in Pennsylvania . In 1853 he moved to Ohio , where he remained until 1855. He then went to Illinois , in which state he resided until coming to this township in 1874. He was married in England to Miss Mary Wandless. They have eleven children living: James, Joseph, Elizabeth, John, Isabell, William, Thomas, Samuel, George, Margaret, and Mary J.

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HULL , GEORGE, farmer, section27, P. O. Nodaway; born in Adams county, Pennsylvania , November 30, 1835 . He moved to Knox county, Illinois , at the age of thirty-two years, and lived there four years; from there to Taylor county, Iowa , and lived six years, and then moved to Page county, Iowa , where he has resided since. He was married to Miss Nancy C. Larvar, August 4, 1858 . They are the parents of six children, the oldest a daughter: Sallie E., Fannie L., Elmer M., Lida; the other two deceased. He was mustered into the service of the United States in the fall of 1861, in company C, 209 th Pennsylvania infantry, and mustered out in the winter of 1862. Mustered in second time in the spring of 1863 for three years or during the war, in company C, 211 th Pennsylvania infantry, and mustered out at the close of the war. Fought in the battles of Petersburg and in all the battles of the regiment.

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HOOPER, L. H., farmer, section 13, P. O. Clarinda; born in Athens county, Ohio, February 13, 1840, following the business in which he is now engaged until the fall of 1859. Mr. Hooper then came to Page county, became the owner of forty acres of excellent land, of which he has made a comfortable homestead. He was married June 17, 1862 , to Miss Mary E. Tucker, of Des Moines county, Iowa . They are the parents of six children: Celestia, Richard, Belle, Calvin, Scott, and Cora, all at home. Mr. Hooper has had excellent success as a grower of small fruits, one of his three fine orchard being almost solely devoted to this class.

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KILE, W. E., farmer, P. O. Clarinda; born in Franklin county, Ohio, July 6, 1837, and moved at the age of fifteen years, to Mount Pleasant with his father, and then to Jones county, and from there back to Mount Pleasant, where they lived three years and a half. Then his father moved to Ohio, and he came to Page county, Iowa, March 27, 1856, and settled in Clarinda, and has lived here ever since, following farming, and has resided on this farm ever since the year 1868. He was married to Miss Parmelia R. Britt, a native of Canada West, January 1, 1861 . They are the parents of two children, Alice L. and Hattie N. He owns 160 acres of well improved land, two houses with nice groves and springs, one barn and two orchards. Mr. Kile came to this county with less that $50, and has built himself up to his present standing.

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LAPORT, E. J., farmer, section 16, P. O. Clarinda; born in Logan county, Ohio , November 9, 1843 . In 1846 he moved with his parents to Knox county, Illinois , and from there he went to Indiana in 1851; thence again to Ohio , and finally again to Indiana , settling in Jay county. Subsequently he went to Michigan , locating in Cass county. He came to Iowa , Taylor county, in 1868, and in 1871 came to Page county. He married Miss Eliza Laport in November, 1873.

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LOY, HENRY, farmer, section 33, P. O. Clarinda; born in Ohio , October 1, 1828 . He there grew to manhood as a farmer and received his education in the common schools of that state. In the fall of 1853 came to Page county where he has since lived. He located on his present farm in the spring of 1857. He was married February 3, 1866 , to Miss Louisa C. Reasoner, a native of Ohio , but an old resident of this county. They have three living children: Martha A., George H. and Lillie E. Mr. Loy owns a farm of 120 acres on section 33.

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OWEN, E., farmer, section 8, P. O. Clarinda; born in Brown county, Ohio, April 2, 1817, in which county he married, and followed the business of farming until 1855; he then removed his family to Madison county, Indiana, living there until 1861. The following four years were spent in Bureau county, Illinois , or until the fall of 1865, when he came to this county. In his twenty-second year Mr. Owen was married to Miss Margaret Landon, of Kentucky . Mrs. Owen died in 1863, leaving a family of twelve children. He again married, this time to Miss C. Hosie, in 1864, his second wife being a native of Rush county, Indiana. He is the father of ten children by his second wife. Of the entire family eleven are now living, all residents of this county: George W., America , James R., Sarah Ann, Nehemiah, Sherman , Idella, Alice , Belle, Peter and Clyde .

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OWEN, G. W., farmer, section 12, P. O. Clarinda; born in Brown county, Ohio , July22, 1843. In 1855 went to Madison county, Indiana. In the fall of 1865 came to Page county, of which he has since been an esteemed citizen. Enlisted July 22, 1862 , in company G, Seventy-fifth Indiana infantry; mustered out January 22, 1865 . Was engaged in many of the severest battles of the war, and participated in Sherman 's memorable march to the sea. He was married on September 22, 1867 , to Miss Mary A. Edmond, of Brown county, Ohio . Their's has been a life of wedded bliss; five children have been born to them, of whom four are now living: Thomas G., James M., Harvey and Ida May. For fifteen years Mr. Owen has been an honored citizen of this township, and has been an active worker in all projects calculated to promote the interest of his community.

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OWEN, J. R., farmer, section 12, P. O. Clarinda; born in Brown county, Ohio, December 10, 1845; in 1855 moved with his parents to Madison county, Indiana, living in that county until 1863, when his parents moved to Bureau county, Illinois, and two years later came to Page county, Iowa. In the spring of 1865 he enlisted “for one years or during the war” in company A, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Illinois infantry; was mustered out in the fall of the same year. Mr. Owen was married to Miss Mary Welch, on the 14 th of March, 1866 , and the second time to Miss Febia M. Hosier, of Madison county, Indiana, on March 14, 1872 . Mr. Owen is the father of four children: Olive, Perry W., James M. and Eugene. On his farm is one of the most approved sorghum manufactories in the county. As a man and neighbor, as well as in his business relations, Mr. Owen stands among the first in this township.

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PFANDER, JACOB, farmer, section 27, P. O. Clarinda; born in Ohio , December 28, 1845 . Moved to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1853, and has lived here ever since, engaging in farming. Was married to Miss Ida Ruchel, a native of Wisconsin , on the 9 th of September, 1874 . They are the parents of three children: Minnie May, Charles and William. He owns seventy-six acres of land, well improved and in a good state of cultivation.

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PFANDER, JOHN, farmer, section 36, P. O. Clarinda; born in Miami county, Ohio , October 25, 1835 . Moved at the age of eighteen years to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1853. Was married to Miss Elenore Loy, a native of Dark county, Ohio , April 21, 1859 . Are the parents of two children: William F. and Martha M. He came to this county with nothing, and has built himself up to his present standing.

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ROSS, ROBERT, farmer, section 24, P. O. Clarinda; born in Belmont county, Ohio . February 22, 1845 , and reached his majority in the place of his birth. His early years were divided between farming and attending school. The opportunity to attend the latter was given him only in the winter, and his education confined to that given by the common schools. Came to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1874, and settled upon the farm he now owns. There is an abundance of small fruit on his farm—a business to which Mr. Ross has given the closest attention. He was married to Miss Mary A. Duff, a native of Belmont county, Ohio , on the 2d of October, 1868 . they are the parents of seven children, of whom six are now living: Lula D., Mary B., Maggie J., Anna B., Eliza M. and an infant. Mr. Ross is held in the highest esteem in his community, is a liberal-minded, open-hearted man.