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The History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
Des Moines: Union Hist. Co., 1880.

Pleasant Township
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BATES, S.H.—Pleasant Twp—pg 771. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 25, P.O. Montezuma. Was born in Neponset, Bureau county, Illinois, January 1, 1855, and was there educated and raised. His father, Thomas Bates, pursued the vocation of a farmer. The subject of this sketch came to Poweshiek county in the spring of 1877, and located where he now resides. He was married, December 25, 1877, to Miss Fannie E. Handraker of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson county, Illinois. She is a lady who devotes her time to making home comfortable and inviting. Their family consists of one son, Harry Lee (born October 19, 1878). Mr. Bates owns eighty acres of land, well stocked with cattle, horses, hogs, etc. He has begun life with a fair start, and being an industrious and persevering young man his success as an agriculturalist is certain.

BERNS, GEORGE T.—Pleasant Twp—pg 771-2. Shoemaker, Ewart. Was born in Philadelphia in 1838, and was there raised, educated and learned his trade. In 1865 he conceived the idea that the West offered better inducements for accomplished tradesmen than his native city, and so he came to Muscatine, Iowa, where he worked as journeyman for a while, from which place he went to Wilton Junction, in the same capacity. After remaining there for a short time, he made a tour through Missouri, but that country not proving congenial to his views he returned to Iowa and located at Montezuma, where he resided one year. Mr. Jonas Good, of Malcom, at this time secured Mr. Berns to manage a shop for him at that place, which he did, to his entire satisfaction for two years, at the end of which time, Mr. Good removed his establishment to Gilman, and Mr. Berns was called there in the same capacity. He came to Ewart in March, 1879, and has been engaged in trade since that time with a considerable degree of success.

CARPENTER, J.D.—Pleasant Twp—pg 772. Section 3, P.O. Malcom. Was born in Bennington county, Vermont, May, 1853, and moved with his parents to Bureau county, Illinois, in 1857, where he was educated and raised. Was married, June 10, 1875, to Miss M.E. Judd of that county. They have three children living: Sarah (born July 1, 1876), Eli (born September 12, 1877) and Flora (born January 22, 1880). Mr. Carpenter came to this county in January, 1878, and settled where he now resides; owns 280 acres of land, about all under cultivation, well stocked with cattle and horses. His buildings are good, and everything about his place indicates prosperity.

CLEALAND, W.C.—Pleasant Twp—pg 772. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 19, P.O. Ewart. Was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1841; was there raised and educated. He came to this county in 1860 and located in Rock Island county, Illinois, where he followed agricultural pursuits for eight years, from which place he removed to Poweshiek county and settled where he now resides. He was married December 28, 1867, to Miss Sarah McKeag, of Rock Island county, Illinois. Their family consists of five children: Elizabeth Jane, Maggie, James, Rose and William Garfield. Mr. Clealand is the founder of his competency, as he began life in very moderate circumstances, but by thrift and industry has reaped and reward that invariably follows, and he is now numbered among the leading farmers of Poweshiek county. His farm consists of four hundred acres, mostly under cultivation, well stocked. He also has a fine young orchard and his residence is pleasantly situated. He is and has been for a number of years one of the trustees of the town, and takes an active part in the educational interests of his district.

COOPER, JAMES—Pleasant Twp—pg 772-3. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 8, P.O. Malcom. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, July 18, 1845, and was there raised and educated. Came to this country in 1871 and located in Malcom township, where he resided for a time and then came to his present location in the spring of 1873. He was married May 31, 1871, to Miss Barbara Ann Anderson, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. From this union they have had three children: Jennie Ann, James Alexander and Ella. Mr. Cooper’s farm consists of 160 acres, mostly all under cultivation. His home is pleasantly situated and indicates comfort and prosperity. Himself and family are member of the Presbyterian Church of Malcom. He is numbered among the successful agriculturalists of Pleasant township.

COPELAND, J.C.—Pleasant Twp—pg 773. Section 7, P.O. Ewart. Was born in County Down, Ireland, May 11, 1842, and came to this country in 1853, and located in Otsego county, New York, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1868. In that year he formed the impression that Iowa was the State for an industrious agriculturist, so he came here and located in Pleasant township, where he has since resided. He has seventy-five acres of land under cultivation and well stocked. His home is surrounded by a fine grove and a young orchard that will compare favorably with any in the township. He was married in 1864 to Miss Annie E. Young, of Otsego county, New York. Their family consists of three children: William Ervin, Agnes Belle, J. Sheldon. Mr. Copeland came to Poweshiek county in fair circumstances, and by industry and attention to his legitimate pursuits is now numbered among the successful farmers of this township.

COTTON, W.B.—Pleasant Twp—pg 773. Physician, Ewart. Born in Zanesville, Muskingum county, Ohio, January 31, 1852. His father, Solomon C. Cotton, was general traveling agent for several of the leading fire insurance companies. In early life our subject attended the common schools until the age of fourteen, when he moved with his parents to Hartford City, Indiana, and attended the graded school at that place. At the age of eighteen, and while pursuing his studies at the Hartford City school, he turned his attention to studying medicine. At this time his parents returned to Ohio. Dr. Cotton, having obtained considerable knowledge of the profession that he had chosen to pursue through life, then attended the Cleveland Medical College one term, after which he practiced medicine in Nevada and Cumberland, Ohio, with considerable success. In March, 1876, he came to Keokuk, Iowa, and attended the medical college at that place one year. He then moved to Daytonville, Washington county, Iowa, where he remained eighteen months, from which place he came to Ewart, May 23, 1880. Although he has been in Ewart but a short time he is already known throughout Poweshiek county as a successful practitioner, and is numbered among the leading members of the medical fraternity in this section. He was married September 13, 1873, to Miss Maggie A. Wilkinson, of Fairview, Hancock county, West Virginia. She is a highly cultivated lady of considerable literary attainments. Their family consists of two children: Bertha May (aged five years) and Willie (age one year).

COUTTS, R.G.—Pleasant Twp—pg 773-4. Stone-mason, Ewart. Was born in Aberdeen county, Scotland, in 1856, and was there raised to manhood and educated. Came to this county in 1874 and learned the trade he now pursues. Has been a resident of Poweshiek county since his arrival in America. Mr. Coutts is considered as good a workman as there is in the county and his services are frequently demanded in the surrounding towns. He is an exemplary young man, an elder in the United Presbyterian Church of Ewart and is highly respected by a large circle of acquaintances.

CUMMINGS, JAMES—Pleasant Twp—pg 774. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 8, P.O. Ewart. Was born in Ashland county, Ohio, July 16, 1854, and moved with his parents, when quite young, to Cedar county, Iowa, where they resided about three years, from which point they moved to Poweshiek county, and for a time lived in Malcom township. His father, Alex. Cummings, moved upon section 9 of this township where he has since resided. In the spring of 1880 the subject of this sketch purchased the farm he now tills. It consists of eighty acres all under cultivation, well stocked. His residence is surrounded by a fine grove and a thrifty orchard. He was married, April 29, 1880, to Miss Alma D. Lutcham of Pleasant township. She takes an active part in general advancement of the household and makes home pleasant and attractive. Mr. Cummings is just starting in life, and being endowed with all the commendable traits that insure success, he, evidently, in the near future, will be classed among our leading farmers.

DAVIE, A.—Pleasant Twp—pg 774-5. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 16, P.O. Malcom. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 4, 1824; was there raised to manhood and educated. His father, Alexander Davie, was a stone-mason and contractor. The subject of this sketch came to this country in 1854, locating in Ashland county, Ohio, where he resided until 1863, when he enlisted in the Twelfth Ohio independent battery, participating in many of the bloody conflicts of the Rebellion, among which were Murfreesborough and Franklin. His horse was shot from under him while en route from Chattanooga to Nashville. He has honorably discharged at the close of the Rebellion, and returned to Ohio, where he remained until 1866, when he came to Poweshiek county and located on the Ingram farm in Pleasant township. He lived in different portions of the township until the spring of 1871, when he moved to his present location. He was married in 1846 to Miss Isabelle Duffies of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They have had a family of six children by this union, three of whom are living: Alexandria, William and Nora. Deceased are: Ann, Margaret and Jennie. Mr. Davie’s farm consists of 130 acres, all under cultivation and well stocked. Himself and family are members of the Presbyterian Church of Malcom, and are among its liberal patrons and supporters.

DAVIE, A.J.—Pleasant Twp—pg 775-6. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 14, P.O. Malcom, son of A. Davie. Born September 23, 1853, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He lived with his father until the spring of 1879, since that time himself and brother, W.G. Davie, have followed agricultural pursuits in partnership. Was married, March 6, 1879, to Miss Ida Moody of Pleasant township, formerly of Indiana.

DAVIE, W.G.—Pleasant Twp—pg 775. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 14, P.O. Malcom, son of A. Davie, and one of the firm of Davie Brothers. Born in Ohio, January 17, 1856, lived with his parents until the spring of 1879, since that time he has been in partnership with his brother, A.J. He was married, March 6, 1879, to Miss Ada A. Moody of Pleasant township, formerly of Indiana. The Davie Brothers are well and popularly known throughout the county, being industrious and enterprising young men. They are now cultivating 200 acres of land, and being experienced agriculturalists, their success in that line is very probable.

DODGE, WILLIAM—Pleasant Twp—pg 775. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 3, P.O. Malcom. Was born in Hillsboro county, New Hampshire, May 30, 1833; was there raised and educated. His father, Moody Dodge, was an agriculturalist in that State. In 1851 the family moved to Bureau county, Illinois, and in 1865, the subject of this sketch came to Poweshiek county, locating where he now resides. He was married, May 30, 1860, to Miss Mary E. Keller of Princeton, Bureau county, Illinois. By this union they have four children: Edward W., Ida E., Della M., William Worth. His farms consist of 320 acres in section 3, and 320 acres in section 22 of this township. Mr. Dodge makes a speciality of stock-raising, and has some of the finest breeds of stock in the county. He is closely identified with the educational interests of his district.

DONNAN, JAMES—Pleasant Twp—pg 775. Section 20, P.O. Ewart. Born in Rock Island county, Illinois, September 13, 1854. Was there raised to manhood and educated. He attended the Davenport Business College and secured a commercial education. In March, 1876, he came to Poweshiek county with his mother and sisters and located where he now resides. He was married October 20, 1879, to Miss Ella D. Cummings, of Pleasant township (formerly of Cedar county, Iowa). Mrs. Donnan makes a specialty of dairying, and her choice brand of butter has attained considerable reputation. Mr. Donnan has started in life under very favorable auspices, and being a man of tact and industry his success is inevitable. He is an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of Ewart and is one of its elders.

DRYDEN, JOHN F.—Pleasant Twp—pg 775-6. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 24, P.O. Montezuma. Was born in Adams county, Ohio, September 25, 1841. Was there, and in Highland county, raised and educated. His father, S.M. Dryden, followed the pursuits of agriculture. At his country’s call in 1863 Mr. Dryden tendered his services, enlisting in company A, Second Ohio heavy artillery, Col. Gibson commanding. He was honorably discharged May 12, 1865, on account of injuries sustained while discharging his duties. He returned to Ohio and remained two years, when he came to Poweshiek county, locating in Jackson township, where he engaged in farming. Came to his present location in 1870. His farm consists of eighty acres, well stocked. Mr. Dryden was married March 28, 1870, to Miss M.F. Hunnicutt, of Clinton county, Ohio, daughter of Abel and M.H. Hunnicutt. By this union they have had three children: Bertie C. (born February 12, 1871; now deceased), Eva D. (born January 1, 1872), and Fred. (born July 16, 1875).

DRYDEN, H.B.—Pleasant Twp—pg 776. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 36, P.O. Montezuma. Was born in Highland county, Ohio, July 13, 1841. His father, J.J. Dryden, was a farmer. The subject of this sketch was there raised, educated and resided until 1863, when he tendered his services to his county, enlisted in company G, Eleventh Ohio cavalry, participating in many of the leading skirmishes on the plains with the Indians. He was honorably discharge July 19, 1866, and returned to his home in Ohio, where he resided a few years, after which he made a tour of the western country, returning again to Ohio, where he resided until 1874. In that year he came to Iowa, locating in Poweshiek county, where he now resides. He was married January 27, 1876, to Miss Keziah A. Morisson, of Jackson township. By this union they have had three children: Anna B., Edna and an infant.

DUFFUS, ALEX., Sr.—Pleasant Twp—pg 776-7. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 2, P.O. Malcom. This enterprising citizen was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, December 26, 1818. Was raised on a farm and received his education at the common schools. He was married December 10, 1848, to Miss Elizabeth Henderson of the same place where he was raised. She is a lady of refined tastes who devotes her time to making home comfortable and attractive. They have raised a family of eight children: Alexander, Elizabeth, John, George, William, Gordon, Albert and Mary. He early conceived the idea that Iowa offered extra inducements to men of energy, more so than did the sunny fields of old Scotland. He left his native country in 1854 and came to Poweshiek county in 1855, and located in Union township, being among the first settlers. His debut as a pioneer was fraught with hardships, deprivations, etc., which are consequent upon the early settlement of a new country. But being a man of vigorous constitution, indomitable will and energy, he overcame those difficulties which looked insurmountable to many of the new-comers. He now owns a well-cultivated farm of 640 acres. His buildings are among the finest in the county; the furnishing of his house is suggestive of ease, luxury and taste, and is a striking contrast to the small dug-out without a window, which was his first abode in this county. His farm is also stocked with a large number of fine horses, cattle, hogs, etc. Mr. Duffus is the architect of his own fortune, as he accumulated what he now enjoys by industry, perseverance and honesty, and is a living illustration of what can be accomplished when there is a will to execute. He is no political aspirant, preferring the peace and quiet of his legitimate pursuits. He is a warm friend and contributor to all religious associations. Himself and wife are active members of the Presbyterian Church and are among its liberal supporters.

DUFFUS, ALEXANDER, Jr.—Pleasant Twp—pg 777. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 1, P.O. Malcom. Was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, September 12, 1849. Came to America with his parents in 1855, his father, Alex. Duffus, Sr., locating in Poweshiek county, where the subject of this sketch has since resided. He was married November 26, 1874, to Miss Margaret Conner, of Poweshiek county. By this union they have three children: Arthur L., Charlie A. and Olive Gertrude. Mr. Duffus’ farm consists of eighty acres.

DUFFUS, GEORGE—Pleasant Twp—pg 777. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 11, P.O. Malcom. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, March 19, 1826; was there raised and educated. Came to America in 1871, locating in Poweshiek county, where he has since resided, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was married December 26, 1847, to Miss Jane Benzie, of Scotland. By his union they have had seven children: Jane Ann, William, Margaret, Jessie (deceased), Mary, George, James. Mrs. Duffus died June 20, 1873. Mr. Duffus is among the enterprising and progressive agriculturalists of Pleasant township. He is an industrious farmer and promises in the near future to be numbered among the solid ones of the county.

EWART, MATT—Pleasant Twp—pg 777. Of the firm of Ewart Bros, agriculturists and stock-raisers. Was born in Morrow county, Ohio, in 1839, and came to this county in 1866. Himself and brother Robert own about 2,500 acres of land in Poweshiek county; the town of Ewart, on the Grinnell and Montezuma Railroad, was laid out by them, and their lands surround it. Ewart Bros. are well and popularly known throughout this district, and are numbered among the leading stock-men of the West.

FARLEY, JOSEPH—Pleasant Twp—pg 777-8. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 18, P.O. Ewart. Born in County Caven, Ireland, March 8, 1838, and came to this country in 1855, locating in Clinton county, New York, where he was engaged in various pursuits until 1869, when he came to Iowa, and located where he now resides. He married April 28, 1864, Jane Nelson, of Dutchess county, New York, and a native of Ireland, by whom he had five children, two of whom are living: Sarah Jane and Joseph Serilis. Deceased: Annie Mary, Thos. Corneilus and William Edgar. Mrs. Farley died June 3, 1877. Mr. Farley is numbered among the self-made men of the county, as he came here with very limited means; yet by untiring industry and a faithful attention to his legitimate pursuits he has secured a comfortable competency. He owns 333 acres of choice land, mostly under cultivation, and well stocked. His house is pleasantly situated, and surrounded by an orchard that will compare favorably with any in his township.

FARMER, A.M.—Pleasant Twp—pg 778. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 23, P.O. Montezuma. Son of J.W. Farmer, of the law firm of Redmond, Carr & Farmer, Montezuma. Was born in Kosciusko county, Ohio,[sic] April 23, 1856, and came to Poweshiek county with his parents that year, and has since resided in Iowa, with the exception of one year and a half spent in Indiana while his father was in the army. He secured a good education at the public school in Montezuma, and in 1875 took a course at the Commercial College at Davenport, graduating in 1876. Returning to Montezuma, he was appointed jailer under his father, who at that time was sheriff, which office he filled until January 8, 1878; he was then for a time in the abstract office of Redmond, Carr & Farmer, after which he was elected constable. The duties of this office he discharged creditably to himself and to the satisfaction of the public, until June 8, 1879, when he resigned and accepted a situation on the Grinnell and Montezuma Railroad as fireman. It took him but a short time to learn the mechanical workings of a locomotive, and in a few months he was promoted to engineer, and remained with the company until January 7, 1880, when he removed to his present location. He was married, December 5, 1877, to Ella M. Holcomb, of Washington, Washington county. They have one child, Blanche. Mr. Farmer superintends 240 acres, well stocked.

GRAY, R.G.—Pleasant Twp—pg 778-9. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 10, P.O. Malcom. Born in Delaware county, Ohio, June 7, 1839, and lived in Delaware and Morrow counties until thirteen years of age, when with his parents he came to Mahaska county, Iowa, where his father (Robert ) engaged in farming, and where the subject of this sketch resided until 1862, when he tendered his services to his country. He enlisted in company C, Fortieth Iowa volunteer infantry. His company was on guard duty at Columbus, Kentucky, and other points, the greater portion of the time. Mr. Gray was honorably discharged in March, 1863, on account of sickness contracted with discharging his duties. He returned to Mahaska county, where he resided one year, after which he came to Pleasant township, locating on section 9. In 1873 he located where he now lives. He married, August 25, 1862, Miss Mary E. Burns, of Mahaska county. They have one child living, Jennie Belle. Mr. Gray’s farm consists of forty acres, comparatively well stocked. He makes a specialty of raising hogs.

GREGSON, AMOS—Pleasant Twp—pg 779. Farmer, section 30, P.O. Ewart. Was born in Owen county, Indiana, in 1829. At an early age he moved with his parents to Morgan county, Indiana, where his father, Eli Gregson, engaged in agricultural pursuits, and where he was educated and raised. In 1854 the family moved to Pauffman county, Texas, and followed farming one season, from which place they came to Poweshiek county and located in Union township. In the fall of 1855 the subject of this sketch located where he now resides. He was married, December 14, 1856, to Miss Mary E. Harris of Poweshiek county, formerly of Warren county, Indiana. By this union they have four children, three of whom are living: Tillie (now Mrs. James S. Myers, Jr.), Sarah A., Eli William, Sylvia (deceased). Mr. Gregson’s land consists of 115 acres in Union township, and 160 acres in Pleasant township. He has a fine orchard on his home farm. Mr. Gregson is one of Poweshiek’s pioneers, and endured many of the hardships subsequent to the early settlement of a country. He has, however, overcome those obstacles, and in his ripe old age placed himself in comfortable circumstances. Himself and family are identified with the Baptist Church of Union township.

HAMETT, A.—Pleasant Twp—pg 779. Farmer and stock-raiser, P.O. Ewart. Born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania in 1838, moved with his parents, when quite young, to Ohio, where he was raised and educated, and then followed agricultural pursuits until he moved to Iowa in 1868. He first located at Grinnell, and was there engaged in the stage business between that place and Newton. After residing in Grinnell a short time he moved to Newton, as it was more convenient for his business. Becoming tired of the stage business, he went to Kellogg, Jasper county, and engaged in farming. He now owns there, eighty acres of choice land under cultivation. He moved to his present location the spring of 1880; is farming 120 acres of land well stocked, and has a fine orchard. He was married in 1860, to Miss Samantha Bonham of Jeromeville, Ohio. They have four children: Leroy, Ida May, Forrest R. and Charlie.

HARRIS, W.H.—Pleasant Twp—pg 779-80. Ewart. Born in Grinnell, Poweshiek county, in 1859; son of E.H. and R.H. Harris. Was raised and educated at Grinnell. In 1879 he attended the medical and electic college in Chicago. Came to Ewart the fall of 1879, and since that time, has been engaged in the drug business. Mr. Harris is preparing himself for the medical profession, and being a close student, and already well versed in medicine, his future is promising.

JONES, ALVIN—Pleasant Twp—pg 780. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 11, P.O. Malcom. Was born May 14, 1826, in Dorchester, Suffolk county, Massachusetts. Was there raised and educated. His father, Edwin Jones, followed farming in that county. In 1855 the subject of this sketch went to Vermont and engaged in agricultural pursuits until May 14, 1861, when, at his country’s call, he enlisted in company G, Third Vermont infantry, participating in most of the hardest engagements of the Rebellion, such as Lee’s Mills, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, St. Mary’s Heights, Antietam, Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness, Seven Days Fight at Richmond, Malvern Hill and many others. Was promoted to second lieutenant in November, 1863. Was honorably discharged July 27, 1864. In 1865 he came West, locating in Osceola, Stark county, Illinois, where he remained until 1867, when he came to Poweshiek county and located where he now resides. Was married May 14, 1851, to Miss Isabelle Blanchard, at Peacham, Caledonia county, Vermont. Mrs. Jones is a lady of refinement and officiates over the household affairs in a manner that indicates attention and experience. Their family consists of seven children: Nellie B. (now Mrs. Geo. Royce), Carrie D. (now Mrs. E.A. Wheeler), Edward H., Mary Josephine, Addie Boyd, Herbert Alvin, Elsie Belle. Mr. Jones cultivates eighty acres, comparatively well stocked. He is also treasurer of the county and district agricultural societies.

LUCAS, H.—Pleasant Twp—pg 780-1. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 28, P.O. Ewart. Was born in Washington county, Virginia, in February, 1811. Was born in slavery and was as a slave until 1848, when he bought himself free at the cost of $700. During the Mexican War he was a servant to Captain John Preston, and at the battle of Buena Vista was forced into the ranks. After securing his freedom he went to California and remained three years, after which he returned to Arkansas, where he had seen many of his slavery days. He was married in 1843 to Miss Lotta Smith of Virginia. By this union they have had four children: Walter, John Brown, Charles Theodore, Caine (now deceased). When Mr. Lucas returned from California his family were still in slavery. He bought them off at a cost of $1,900. He resided for about seven years at Helena, Arkansas, with his family, after which he came North, locating in Poweshiek county, a short distance from Montezuma. Moved to his present locating in 1866. He owns 320 acres of land in Pleasant township and twenty acres of timber in Union. He is numbered among the successful agriculturalists of the township.

McCORMICK, W.H.—Pleasant Twp—pg 781. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 23, P.O. Montezuma. The subject of this sketch was born in Virginia, November 27, 1854. Came to Poweshiek county in 1855 with his father, A. J. McCormick, who located in Montezuma, where W.H. was raised and educated. Mr. McCormick is an industrious, persevering young man, and in this respect he is a fac smile of his father, who, being one of the pioneers, had all the difficulties of a farm-opener to contend with, but being a man of an iron constitution and indomitable will these obstacles soon sank into oblivion. Mr. McCormick’s farm consists of 200 acres, well stocked. His son, W.H. lives with him. The McCormicks are numbered among the respected and successful farmers of Pleasant township.

McKEAG, JOHN—Pleasant Twp—pg 781. Section 19, P.O. Ewart. Born in County Down, Ireland, July 12, 1844; was there raised to manhood and educated. Came to this county in 1867 and followed agricultural pursuits in Rock Island county, Illinois, for a couple of years. In 1869 his father, Mr. James McKeag, and his mother, Mrs. Jane McKeag, of County Down, Ireland, came to this country, and the family, including John, came to Poweshiek county and located where they now reside. Mr. James McKeag owns eighty acres of land in Washington township, which is under cultivation. He is a resident of pleasant township, residing, with his wife, with their son, John. Mr. John McKeag farms 250 acres. His individual real estate is ninety acres, well stocked. He was married in November, 1879, to Margaret Jane Rutherford, of Pleasant township. From this union they have had one child, James.

MORRISON, W.R.—Pleasant Twp—pg 781. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 6, P.O. Grinnell. Was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, March 20, 1832. Moved with his parents, when four years of age, to Allen county, Ohio, where they resided for a time. Lived in different portions of the State for eighteen years. The subject of this sketch followed the trade of shoemaking. Came to Poweshiek county in 1854, locating near Montezuma, where he resided eight years, when he moved to his present location. Was married May 1, 1859, to Miss Catharine Barnes, of Pleasant township. By this union they had four children: Alonza, George, Emeline and Frank. Mrs. Morrison died in 1869. He was again married in 1871, to Miss Mary Ann Gross, of Jackson township. By the latter union they have two children: John and Margaret Jennette. Mr. Morrison’s farm consists of 215 acres, all under cultivation, well stocked. He has a fine orchard connected with his farm.

MUNGER, JOSEPH—Pleasant Twp—pg 782. Farmer and stock-raiser, Section 25, P.O. Montezuma. Was born in Chautauqua county, New York, April 4, 1825. Was there raised and educated. His father, Joseph Munger, Sr., was an agriculturalist in that county. In 1846, Mr. Munger came West, locating in Canton, Fulton county, Illinois, where he resided six years, when he came to Poweshiek county and located in Montezuma. After a residence in Montezuma of six years he moved onto section 28, Pleasant township, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and remained until 1864, when he returned to Montezuma and resided two years, at the end of which time he located where he now resides. He was married, April 15, 1851, to Miss Phoebe B. Risley, of Lake county, Illinois, formerly of New York. She is a lady of refined tastes, and makes home attractive. By this union they have three children: Milton (born August 14, 1853), Henry Clay (born June 12, 1856) and Lucy Ellen (born January 18, 1859). Mr. Munger’s farm consists of 400 acres, all under cultivation and well stocked. His orchard is one of the largest in the county, consisting of 1,100 apple tress, all bearing, and pears, plums, etc., in abundance. Mr. Munger is among the pioneers of the county; has seen its growth and general improvements from an early period. He is closely identified with many of the commendable enterprises of the county, being among the original members of the Central Agricultural Society, and was honored by being its president for ten years; has held various offices of trust, the duties of which he discharged creditably to himself and to the satisfaction of the public.

MURPHY, JAMES—Pleasant Twp—pg 782. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 5, P.O. Malcom. Was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick, October 11, 1850. He moved with his parents, at the age of five years, to Bureau county, Illinois, where they were engaged in agricultural pursuits five years, from which place they came to Iowa and located in Madison township, Poweshiek county, where they resided six years. In 1866 the family moved into Malcom township, where they have since resided. He was married on January 23, 1876, to Miss Ella Ford, of Washington township, this county. Mr. Murphy is an energetic worker, and has secured a fair start in life by a faithful application to his legitimate pursuits.

MEYERS, J.S. Jr.—Pleasant Twp—pg 782-3. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 28, P.O. Ewart. Born in Jefferson county, Ohio, October 27, 1855; was there educated and raised. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1869; his father, J.S. Meyers, Sr., locating in Pleasant township, section 21, where he still resides. The subject of this sketch was married, February 10, 1880, to Miss Stella Gregson of Pleasant township, a young lady of taste and refinement. Mr. Meyers cultivates 100 acres, comparatively well stocked. He is a hard working young man, and his success as a tiller of the soil is assured.

NUTTING, GEORGE L.—Pleasant Twp—pg 783. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 10, P.O. Malcom. Was born in Washington, New York, March 2, 1849. Came to Iowa with his parents in 1854. They located in Scott county, where the subject of this sketch resided until 1869, when he came to Poweshiek county. After residing in different parts of Pleasant and Malcom townships, he came to his present location in 1877. His farm consists of eighty acres, comparatively well stocked. Mr. Nutting makes a specialty of Jersey cattle, of which he has quite a number. He was married September 1, 1870, to Miss Nettie Royce of Pleasant township. By this union they have four children: Florence G., Amy M., Lucius R. and Bruce Lowell. Mr. Nutting is classed among the successful and enterprising agriculturalists of the township.

PORTER, J.A.—Pleasant Twp—pg 783. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 22, P.O. Ewart. Was born in Carroll county, Ohio, April 15, 1845; was there raised until he attained the age of nine years. In 1854 his father, Alex. Porter, came to Iowa with his family, among which was the subject of this sketch. They located in Poweshiek county, at Montezuma. Mr. Porter has been a resident of the county since that time. He came to his present location in the spring of 1863. He was married, October 15, 1874, to Miss Elizabeth Farmer, of Pleasant township. By this union they have one child, Ernest. Mr. Porter farms 160 acres of land well stocked. He is among the pioneers, and is identified with the growth and prosperity of the county.

ROYCE, H.B. Sr.—Pleasant Twp—pg 783. Farmer, section 4, P.O. Malcom. Born in Washington county, Vermont, May 7, 1806, where he resided until 1834, when he moved to Genesee county, New York, where he resided four years engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1838 he came West, locating in Racine county, Wisconsin, where he resided until 1845, when he located in Rock county, Wisconsin, and after five years of successful farming there, moved to Marquette county, where he resided until 1860, when he came to Poweshiek county. He was married, September 25, 1831, to Miss Sarah Judd, of Irasburgh, Vermont. By this union they have five children, who are all residents of Poweshiek county. H.B., Enoch Ladd, G.W., Leonidas and Nettie (now Mrs. George Nutting).

ROYCE, H.B. Jr.—Pleasant Twp—pg 783-4. Farmer, section 4, P.O. Malcom. Son of H.B. Royce, Sr. Was born in Irasburgh, Vermont, July 9, 1832; lived with his father in New York and Wisconsin, and came to Poweshiek county with the family in 1860; resided for a number of years in Sheridan township; moved to his present location in 1864. Mr. Royce’s farm consists of 310 acres, all under cultivation and well stocked. He married, January 1, 1866, Miss Mary S. Okey, of Arlington, Bureau county, Illinois. They have six children: Sidney, Ada, Caroline, Maria, Horace and Edna. Mr. Royce owes his success in life to untiring industry and perseverance.

ROYCE, L.—Pleasant Twp—pg 784. Farmer, section 4, P.O. Malcom. Son of H.B. Royce, Sr. Was born in Racine county, Wisconsin, January 26, 1841; moved with the family to Rock and Marquette counties, Wisconsin; came to Poweshiek county in 1860 with his parents. He married, July 2, 1873, Miss Phebe Coghlan, of Keokuk county, Iowa. By this union they have two children: Sarah Stella and Leon. Mr. Royce located on his present farm, which consists of 280 acres, in 1864. His home is pleasantly situated, and denotes comfort and prosperity; his orchard consists of 250 apple trees, and other fruits proportionately, and he is a successful tiller of the soil.

ROYCE, G.W.—Pleasant Twp—pg 784. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 4, P.O. Malcom. Son of H.B. Royce, Sr. Was born in Genesee county, New York, November 7, 1837; moved with his family to Racine county, Wisconsin, when quite young; was raised and educated in the Badger State; moved with his parents to Rock county, then to Marquette county, and came with them to Poweshiek county in 1860. He married, December 24, 1874, Miss Nellie B. Jones, of this county, formerly of Massachusetts. They have one daughter, Lillian M. Mr. Royce owns 256 acres of choice land, well stocked, and his buildings are comfortable, and his home attractive and inviting. He is an industrious, go-ahead farmer, and is a member of both the district and county agricultural societies, and takes an active part in their advancement.

ROYCE, E.L.—Pleasant Twp—pg 784. Farmer, section 4, P.O. Malcom. Son of H.B. Royce, Sr. The subject of this sketch was born in Irasburgh, Vermont, July 18, 1834. In his infancy his parents moved to New York, where they resided four years, after which they came to Racine county, Wisconsin, where they resided until 1845, when they located in Rock county, residing there five years; they then moved to Marquette county, and in 1860 came to Poweshiek county. The subject of this sketch resided in what is now Sheridan township for a number of years, and moved to his present location in 1864. He married January 8, 1873, Miss Mary G. Nutting, of Malcom township, a lady of taste and culture. By this union they have two children: Ida May and E. Ladd. E.L., like his brothers, is an architect of his own fortune, as he has accumulated what he now owns by industry and economy. His farm consists of 260 acres.

RUTHERFORD, JOHN—Pleasant Twp—pg 784-5. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 18, P.O. Ewart. Was born in County Down, Ireland, July 4, 1830; was there raised and educated; came to this country in 1857, and resided in Rock Island county, Illinois, for a number of years, engaged in agricultural pursuits. From Illinois he came direct to Poweshiek county, and located on section 19, Pleasant township, where he resided for five years, and then moved to his present location. Mr. Rutherford married, in 1863, Miss Sarah White, of Rock Island county, Illinois. Mrs. Rutherford is a lady of untiring industry, and through her instrumentality has assisted her husband in securing a competency. Their family consists of four children: Jennie, William, Annie and Clara. Mr. Rutherford came to this county poor in pocket, but with success imprinted on his character. As a result of his indomitable energy, economy and attention to his legitimate pursuits he is now numbered among the successful farmers. He owns 300 cares of choice land, well stocked.

SHEARER, J.S.—Pleasant Twp—pg 785. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 17, P.O. Ewart. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, October 23, 1820; was there raised and educated. His father (William) was a stone-mason and contractor in that country. The subject of this sketch came to this county in 1872, and located where he now resides. He farms 240 acres, 160 of which are under cultivation and well stocked. He married, October 6, 1852, Miss Ann Leslie, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. By this union they have nine children: Eliza (now Mrs. George Berry, resides in Scotland), William, Jennie, James, Mary Ann, Ellen, Johann, Maggie and Isabelle (deceased). Himself and family are member of the Presbyterian Church of Malcom, and are among its liberal patrons and supporters.

SMITH, SAMUEL—Pleasant Twp—pg 785. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 1, P.O. Malcom. Was born in Green county, Ohio, May 24, 1850; moved with his parents to Poweshiek county in 1850, his father, Thomas Smith, locating in Jackson township, where he still resides. The subject of this sketch lived with his father in Jackson township until the spring of 1880, when he moved to his present location. He married, October 23, 1875, Miss Maggie Linn of Malcom township, formerly of Newton, Iowa. From this union they have one son, Fred (born September 3, 1876). Mr. Smith farms 160 acres; he is just starting in on his own account, and being an industrious go-ahead young man, and an experienced agriculturist, he will undoubtedly make it a success.

STEWART, A.D.—Pleasant Twp—pg 785-6. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 36 P.O. Montezuma. Was born in Manchester, Dearborn county, Indiana, April 3, 1823; moved with his parents at an early age to Shelby county, where he resided until about the age of seventeen years; his father, John Stewart, was engaged in agricultural pursuits in that county. In 1840 the subject of this sketch went to LaPorte county and resided a few years, after which he returned to Shelby county and remained four years; he then moved to Clark county, Illinois, and after a residence there of three years returned to Shelby county, Indiana, where he resided until the autumn of 1868, when he came to Iowa locating in Poweshiek county. He was married, October 9, 1841, to Miss Susanna Metts of LaPorte county, Indiana, formerly of Champaign county, Ohio, daughter of Emmanuel and Elizabeth Metts. By this union they have eleven children: Mary Elizabeth, John Madison (deceased), Ellena, Quinvilla, Amsterdam (deceased), Monroe, Angeline, George Washing (deceased), Willis Clinton (deceased), Marion Francis and Magnolia. Mr. Stewart’s farm consists of one hundred and sixty acres of fine land.

WASSON, G.W.—Pleasant Twp—pg 786. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 24, P.O. Malcom. Was born in Bourbon county, Ky., February 16, 1825; was there partially raised. In 1840 his father, Samuel Wasson, moved to Montgomery county, Indiana, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and where our subject was educated, and during his sojourn there pursued various vocations. In 1847 he came to Poweshiek county and located at Montezuma, being one of the earliest settlers in the county; he brought the first load of pine lumber that came to the town, drawing it from Burlington. He erected and conducted the first blacksmith shop in the town; how he succeeded in this line may be inferred from the fact that he operated the same for seventeen years, commanding a trade for miles around. He then embarked in agricultural pursuits, his farm consists one hundred and twenty acres all under cultivation and well stocked; his home is pleasantly situated and indicates comfort. He was married in 1846, in Montezuma county, Indiana, to Miss Louann McIntire of that place, a lady of refinement and culture, by this union they have had four children: Newton (blacksmith at Ewart), Alvinera, Edwin, Susan Jane (deceased at the age of two and a half years). Being one of the early settlers, Mr. Wasson had many of the difficulties of the pioneer to contend with, but those he has overcome.

WASSON, NEWTON—Pleasant Twp—pg 786-7. Blacksmith, wagon maker and general repairer, P.O. Ewart. Born in Montgomery county, Indiana. In 1850 came to Iowa with his parents when quite young. His father, Geo. W. Wasson, pursued the profession that the subject of this sketch now follows. After coming to Iowa they followed farming for a while at Union Mills and for a time in Union township, from which place they removed to Montezuma, where Mr. Wasson was raised, educated and learned his trade. He has been in Ewart about two years, and being an accomplished and an industrious workman has built up a large trade. He was married July 23, 1875, to Miss Sarah Freeman of Crawfordsville, Indiana; from this union they have one girl, Bertha May (aged three years).

WELLS, CYRUS—Pleasant Twp—pg 975. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 34, P.O. Ewart. Was born in Medina county, New York, September 11, 1822; at the age of ten years came to Peoria, Illinois, with his parents, where he was raised to manhood, educated, and learned the carpenter trade. Came to Iowa in 1860, locating in Jackson township, where he resided four years; came to his present location in 1864. He was married, in 1850, to Miss E. A. Stewart. By this union they have nine children living: Delia N., Judson, Herbert, Marion, William, Dora Emma, Ida and Fred; they lost one, Minnie. Mr. Wells owns 400 acres of choice land; his home is pleasantly located and indicates comfort and prosperity.

WHEELER, O.M., Dr.—Pleasant Twp—pg 787. Farmer and stock-raiser, section 13, P.O. Malcom. Of the firm of Wheeler Bros. They own jointly 1,140 acres of land in Poweshiek county. The portion that O.M. has charge of consists of 520 acres. He was born in Windsor county, Vermont, February 7, 1842. Moved with his parents, in 1854, to Bureau county, Illinois, where he resided until the age of eighteen, at which time he commenced the study of medicine at the Keokuk Medical College, where he graduated in 1864. After graduating he returned to Bureau county, Illinois, and practiced his profession until 1875, when he came to Poweshiek county with his brother, and has since resided here. He was married August 18, 1864, to Miss Mary J. Kies, of Bureau county, Illinois, from which union there are six children: Charles, Allen, Angelo, Joey, Mary, Edna (Freddie deceased). Dr. Wheeler’s success as a practitioner in Illinois and in Poweshiek county is well known, as a result thereof has his share of the trade in this county. He is a Master Mason, belonging to the Montezuma Lodge and Hyssop Chapter, Malcom.

WOODS, A.B.—Pleasant Twp—pg 787. Merchant, Ewart. This enterprising citizen was born in Bowling Green, Indiana, August 20, 1847. Came to Iowa with his parents in 1856. Was raised and educated at Grinnell, and was for a time clerk in the post-office at that place. He embarked in trade at Ewart, January 6, 1876. Mr. Woods is the leading business man of the town, carrying a large and well selected stock of general merchandise. He also deals extensively in wheat, corn, etc., besides being postmaster and station agent. He owes his success in life to close attention to business and honorable dealing with his patrons. As a result thereof he is numbered among the solid business men of Poweshiek county. He was married August 28, 1876, to Miss Kate V. Dow, of Grinnell. She is a lady of refined tastes, who makes home a joy and a comfort. They have two children: Alma I. (aged three years) and Lena D. (aged fifteen months). Mr. Woods enlisted in company H, Eighth Iowa infantry, at Grinnell, in December 1864. His company attained considerable notoriety at the taking of Spanish Fort at Mobile Bay, they being in the midst of the affray. He was honorably discharged at Selma, Alabama, in June, 1865.