History of Page County,
E. D. Winter is a successful farmer of Valley township, operating a tract of two hundred and forty acres belonging to his father-in-law, and he is also the owner of two hundred and forty acres located in Taylor county, Iowa, from which he derives a good rental. Mr. Winter is a native of Page county, born July 30, 1870, a son of N. C. and Amelia (Moore) Winter, the former born in Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1829, while the latter claims Highland county, Ohio, as the place of her birth. The year 1857 witnessed the arrival of N. C. Winter in Page county, Iowa. He here purchased a tract of land, on which he erected a log cabin, in which the family made their home for a time, but later this crude dwelling was replaced by a more commodious frame residence. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Winter was blessed with nine children, all born in Page county, and seven of the number still survive. The father died in November, 1906, at the age of seventy-seven years, but the mother still survives at the age of sixty-eight years and yet makes her home in this county.
E. D. Winter remained under the parental roof until he attained his majority, during which time he was trained to the tasks of the home farm and acquired his education in the district schools and in Shenandoah schools, where he qualified for teaching. When starting out to make his own way in the world he engaged in teaching school five years but the life of the farm proving more congenial to him, he then rented land in Valley township, and cultivated the same for a number of years. This brought him the capital that enabled him to invest in land and accordingly he purchased property in Taylor county, Iowa, becoming owner of two hundred and forty acres. This is a finely improved but he now leases the land and is giving his attention to a farm of two hundred and forty acres located in Valley township, Page county, belonging to his father-in-law. In addition to general farming he also raises stock, making a specialty of the latter branch of business, in which he is meeting with success.
It was in February, 1895, that Mr. Winter was united in marriage to Miss Rose Depuey, who was born in Montgomery county, Iowa, a daughter of Chester and Minerva (Sullivan) Depuey, who are still living and make their home in Page county. Mrs. Winter is one of a family of four children and by her marriage has become the mother of three daughters and two sons: Ray C., Charles E., Maud V., Edna B. and Ethel M.
The parents attend
and support the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics Mr. Winter is
a democrat and at the present time is serving as trustee of the township,
while for four years he was township clerk. He is likewise a school
director and is now president of the school board. He belongs to that
class of representative young men who readily discern opportunities
of improvement and who are rapidly forging to the front. He is advancing
in the business world and is well and favorably known in both Taylor
and Page counties.