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Biographies of Carroll County

Transcriptions by Mona Sarratt Knight;  placed on this site with her permission, 27 Feb 2003.

Source:  History of Carroll County Iowa, Volume I & II, by Paul MacLean, Illustrated, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company (1912) Chicago

Volume II, Page 48:
DR. J. A. DOWNS, a well known representative of the medical fraternity in Carroll county, has maintained his office at Glidden since May, 1899, and has built up a large practice in surgery. His birth occurred in Mercer County, Illinois, on the 8th of July, 1869, his parents being Isaac and Samantha J. (Knox) Downs, both of whom were natives of Illinois. His paternal grandfather, Joshua Downs, was a native of Maine and became a pioneer agriculturist of Mercer County, Illinois. He died in early manhood, leaving three children, namely: Isaac; Ellen, who first married a Mr. White and subsequently became the wife of a Mr. Langston; and Parthena, who wedded a Mr. Mumey. The widow of Joshua Downs married Jefferson Fuller, by whom she had five children, as follows: William, Jefferson, Thomas, Rosana and Mary Ann. George W. Knox, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Maine and followed farming throughout his active business career, becoming a pioneer settler of Mercer county, Illinois. He and his wife lived to attain a ripe old age and reared a large family of children, including Samantha J., Ellen, Lydia, George W., Jr., and Joseph Benjamin.
    Isaac Downs, the father of Dr. Downs, was a farmer by occupation and served as a soldier of the Civil war from 1862 until 1865. He belonged to Company G, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was later transferred to the Thirty-third. His demise occurred in November 1889, when he had attained the age of forty-seven years. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and also of the Methodist church, to which his widow likewise belongs. Mrs. Downs, who still survives, makes her home with her daughter at Joy, Illinois. Isaac and Samantha J. (Knox) Downs had two children: J. A. of this review; and Irena M., the wife of William Robinson, of Joy, Illinois.
    J. A. Downs spent the first twenty years of his life in his native county and in the acquirement of an education attended the public schools at Joy, Illinois. He next entered the Iowa Commercial College at Davenport and subsequently became superintendent of its actual business and banking interests, serving as vice president of the institution until his father's demise. At that time he left the college to settle his father's business and also took up the duties of tax collector, which office his father had held. Later, he was employed for two years as a draftsman by G. A. Hanson, an architect of Davenport. Having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he took up the study of that profession in the State University of Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1897. Locating for practice at Oxford Junction, he there remained for a year and a half or until the town was destroyed by fire. Removing to Des Moines, he continued his studies in the Highland Park College of Pharmacy, which institution conferred upon him the degree of Ph. G. In May 1900, he opened an office at Glidden and has here remained to the present time, enjoying a practice that has steadily grown as his skill and ability have become recognized. He did not cease to be a student when he left college but by reading and investigation has broadened his knowledge and promoted his efficiency, also keeping in touch with the onward march of the profession through the inter-change of ideas in the Carroll County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
    On the 21st of December, 1892, Dr. Downs was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Ida Baldwin, a native of Jones county, Iowa, and a daughter of Theoran J. and Eliza A. (Smith) Baldwin, both of whom were born in Ohio. They are now residents of Salina, Kansas. Their children were ten in number, as follows: Marcellus Osceola; Frank J.; Lyman; Fred; Harvey C. and Charles, both of whom are deceased; Jennie; Gertrude; Alma; and Mary Ida. Dr. Downs and his wife have three sons: Leslie E., William E. and Lawrence J.
    In politics Dr. Downs is a republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs. His fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen. Genial in disposition, unobtrusive and unassuming, he is patient under adverse criticism and in his expressions concerning brother practitioners is friendly and indulgent. (END)


Volume II, Page 107:
CRATON CORTICE COLCLO,  Among the representative and honored citizens of Iowa is Craton Cortice Colclo, former editor and publisher of the Carroll Sentinel. He is a native of Putnam County, Ohio, born November 2, 1851, a son of James H. and Hannah J. (Cretsinger) Colclo, the former of whom was born in Ohio and the latter in West Virginia. The father came to Carroll County in 1856 and took up a claim of one hundred and sixty acres just east of Coon Rapids in Union township, being one of the pioneers of the county. He continued upon his farm until 1865 and then removed to Carrollton, the old county seat, where he engaged in the hotel business. After three years he settled at Carroll and followed the same line of business until his death, which occurred in 1884. His wife died ten years later. They were both consistent members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Colclo was quite prominent in politics and was sheriff of the county when the county seat was moved to Carroll, serving most acceptably for two terms. In the early days he carried mail by stage between Panora and Sioux City and acquired quite a reputation as a mail carrier. There were seven children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Colclo, six of whom grew to maturity: Lodema, who became the wife of Dr. H. H. Hoagland and is now deceased; Eliza, who married Boone Hampton and is also deceased; Craton Cortice, the subject of this review; Anna, now the wife of W. F. Steigerwalt, of Ames, Iowa; June, the wife of A. U. Quint, of Chicago; and Flora, who married Carl Caswell and is now deceased.
Craton Cortice Colclo was born in a log cabin in Putnam County, Ohio, and was two years old when he came with his parents to Madison County, Iowa. Two years later the family moved to Carroll County where he grew to manhood. Living in Carroll since 1869, he has made his home in this city longer than any other resident. He attended the public schools and graduated in 1870, after which he went to work for J. B. Cook and received an injury to his left hand that caused him to lose the use of that member. In the spring of 1874 he entered the State Agricultural College at Ames, graduating in the same class with John B. Hungerford, in 1877. Having made a thorough preparation for a useful life, he became assistant principal of the Carroll public schools, continuing in this position two years.   He was then elected county superintendent, holding this office until 1885, when he was appointed postmaster of Carroll and for four years served in that position. In the fall of 1889 he was again elected county superintendent but retired from this line of work two years later, having purchased a half-interest in the Carroll Sentinel and being associated with J. L. Powers, who is now connected with the Cedar Rapids Republican. They were together until 1889 when Mr. Colclo was elected a member of the legislature from Carroll County and served four years, being present at three sessions of that body. On the 1st of July 1906, he bought the entire plant of the Sentinel and conducted the same until August 1, 1911, as editor and publisher. Under his management the paper grew in circulation and influence and was one of the well-established democratic organs of the state.
    On the 24th day of November 1889, Mr. Colclo was united in marriage to Mrs. Sadie E. (Kail) Snyder, widow of James Snyder, and a daughter of John and Margaret Kail. She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, November 9, 1862, her parents being natives of that state. They came to Carroll about 1887. The father died in 1891 and the mother in 1908, having then arrived at the age of seventy-four years. Of their children seven are now living: Thomas B.; John F.; Inga, the wife of Harry Johnson, of Terre Haute; Virginia, the wife of J. F. Ford, of Des Moines, Iowa; Sadie E., now Mrs. Craton C. Colclo; Mrs. Wanita Wagner of Minneapolis; and Grace, the wife of E. C. Kempton, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Mr. Colclo is not identified with any religious denomination but his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He belongs to Signet Lodge No. 264, A. F. & A. M., and to Copestone Chapter, No. 78, R. A. M., of Carroll. He is active in Masonic work and also in other lines, serving at the present time as president of the Citizens' Commercial Club. Ever since arriving at the age of manhood he has been an earnest supporter of the Democratic Party and was a delegate to the democratic national convention at Chicago in 1896, which nominated William Jennings Bryan for president. His record is one of which he and his friends may justly be proud as it has been marked by progress and free from the errors into which many public men fall. Born in a log cabin, he has won recognition as a safe leader in a wide section of one of the most advanced states of the Union and that is honor enough for any ordinary individual. (END)


Volume II, Page 141:
JOHN H. CHEASEBRO, who is now living at Carroll, has reached the patriarch's three score and ten years in the journey of life and is worthy of special mention in a history of Carroll county. He was for almost forty-four years engaged in railway service and a large part of the time in the responsible position of locomotive engineer. On account of his faithfulness he was retired on a pension October 1, 1908, and is now enjoying a well earned rest. He was born in Erie County, New York, February 17, 1841, a son of James and Eliza (Sherman) Cheasebro, both of whom were natives of New York. The father was reared in Erie County and learned the shoemaker's trade. While still a young man he bought a farm, intending to devote himself to agricultural pursuits, but lost the farm by going security for a friend. He then engaged for ten years in the sawmill business near the village of Alden, New York. In 1856 he removed with his family to De Kalb County, Illinois, and followed farming a few years, then becoming a veterinarian and continuing in this vocation during the remainder of his life. He died in De Kalb County in the spring of 1880 at the age of sixty-three. The beloved wife and mother passed away in December 1879, having reached the age of sixty-five years. In religious belief they were earnest members of the Universalist church. There were eleven children in their family, seven sons and four daughters, five of whom are now living: John H., of this review; Marvin D., of Wyoming; Charles D., of California; Rosette, the wife of J. M. Wheeler, of Clinton, Iowa; and Mary, now Mrs. William King, of Perry, Iowa. James L. Cheasebro, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was also a native of New York state and was of English descent. He engaged in farming but left his farm in 1812 and served in the army against England. There were five children in his family, Ira, Aurilla, James, Darwin and Horace. Grandfather Sherman on the maternal side was a native of New York state and was also of English descent. He was connected with the shoe manufacturing business and died in middle life. In his family were four children, Eliza, Euphemia, Ruth Ann and Hugh.
    John H. Cheasebro lived in Erie County until fourteen years of age and received a common school education. He removed with his parents to Illinois and continued on the home farm until he arrived at the age of twenty. He worked on a farm two seasons for an uncle and then entered the United States marine service, in which he continued one year, when the organization to which he belonged was disbanded. Being attracted to the railway service he became a locomotive fireman on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway and two and one-half years later had made such advancement that he was promoted to the position of engineer. He continued in the railway service for about forty-four years, being retired on a pension October 1, 1908. He has been a resident of Carroll more than twenty-three years and has built a fine home at No. 702 North Main Street in which he now resides. He also owns two hundred acres of good land in Calhoun County, Iowa.
    On the 8th day of October 1866, Mr. Cheasebro was united in marriage to Miss Mary Elizabeth Ingersoll, a native of Warsaw, New York, a daughter of Byron and Anna Ingersoll, both of whom were natives of the Empire state. The mother died at Commerce, Michigan, in her young womanhood and the father was afterwards twice married. Samuel Ingersoll, the paternal grandfather, was a native of New York state and removed to Michigan where he died well advanced in years. He was by trade a tanner and in 1812 served in the army of the United States. His wife was Sallie Chase and they had a family of eleven children. The maternal grandfather, Stephen C. Chase, was three times married. His first wife was Betsy Hogle. They were married July 15, 1821. He was married November 1, 1841, to Sally Price and on October 27, 1844, to Nancy Ingersoll. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cheasebro: Jabez Byron, of Carroll, who married Nancy Skinner and has three children, Florence, Byron and Blanche; Ada Louise, of Stratford, Iowa, who married Dr. M. A. Beach and has two children, John Myron and Chester; and Frank and John, both of whom live at home.
    Mrs. Mary E. Cheasebro, the beloved wife and mother, was called away in May, 1909, at the age of sixty-three years. She was a member of the Baptist church and a lady of many beautiful qualities of character which greatly endeared her to those with whom she was associated. Mr. Cheasebro is a man of unusual intelligence and discrimination and in the course of a busy life has never lost his interest in literature. He has a fine library and his books are his constant solace and delight. On account of his genial qualities and high character he is greatly esteemed by a wide circle of friends. He is a valued member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, with which he has been identified for many years, and politically has always been a republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States. (END)


Volume II, Page 135:
WILLIAM D. COYKENDALL,  A good farming property of one hundred and sixty acres in Union township engages the attention of William D. Coykendall, who was born in Clinton county, Iowa, on the 26th of December, 1859. He is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Scott) Coykendall, both natives of the state of New York. Daniel Coykendall was a son of Joel and Betsy (Driggs) Coykendall, the father a native of the Empire state. The mother was a daughter of Daniel Dow Driggs, a distinguished lieutenant of the war of 1812 who was wounded at Sacket Harbor. He married Minerva Steel whose father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Both Mr. and Mrs. Joel Coykendall attained a ripe old age, making their home in the state of New York where he followed farming. To them were born seven children: Daniel, Joseph, Jane, Melvina, Elizabeth, Cyrus and Morris, three of whom, the first and the last two were volunteers in the Civil war. Daniel Coykendall was reared to manhood in the state of his birth, from whence he moved to Illinois, locating in the vicinity of Canton, Fulton County, where he engaged in farming. From there he removed to Iowa about 1857, settling in Clinton County, where he was residing at the breaking out of the war. He enlisted as a private in Company D, Twenty-sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and went to the front. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Scott Coykendall, was a daughter of Nathan Scott, in whose family were eleven children: William, George, Nathan B., Emily and Elizabeth, while the others died in infancy. To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Coykendall were born eight children, five of whom attained maturity: Nathan, who is a resident of Harper, Kansas; Alice, the deceased wife of A. E. White; Edwin, who is living in Alexandria, Minnesota; William D., our subject; and Flora, the wife of S. J. Alger. The mother passed away in 1874, at the age of forty-nine years, following which the father made his home with his son William D. and his daughter, Mrs. Alger, until his demise, which occurred at the age of eighty-six years, on the 11th of December 1910.
    The early years in the life of William D. Coykendall were spent on the homestead where he was born in Clinton County, whose district schools provided him with an education. As the mother passed away when he was only fourteen years old, he knew little of home life during his youth, very soon thereafter going to work by the month as a farm hand. After he had acquired the capital and experience to enable him to begin to work for himself, he rented some land in Clinton County, which he cultivated for two years. In 1883 he came to Carroll County, locating within a mile of his present homestead. He first bought fifty-three acres which he operated for two years, with such success that he was able to add to his tract another fifty-three acres. At the present time he owns one hundred and sixty acres, upon which he has placed a number of improvements.
    On the 19th of October 1881, Mr. Coykendall was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Bottomly, a daughter of John and Emma (Gaddis) Bottomly. Mrs. Coykendall was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and is of English extraction, her parents having emigrated from the mother country in childhood. They were married in Massachusetts, whence they migrated to Martin County, Minnesota, where they bought stock and intended to take up a claim, but located in Illinois instead. Mr. Bottomly passed away in Missouri in 1897, at the age of about seventy-one years, while the demise of his wife occurred in Kansas City in 1886, after she had passed the fifty-eighth anniversary of her birth. The paternal grandfather, John Bottomly, who was a farmer in England, took for his wife Sarah Tetlow, and to them were born thirteen children. Those who attained maturity were as follows: John, Seth, Robert, James, Mary, Elizabeth and Hannah. The maternal grandfather, Joseph Gaddis, was a native of Scotland, as the name would suggest, his vocation being that of a sailor. He married Mary Gill and to them were also born thirteen children, eleven of whom reached maturity, namely: William, Joseph, James, Hannah, Mary, Isabel, Eleanor, Margaret, Emma, Jane and Sarah. Mr. Gaddis passed away in Providence, Rhode Island, but his wife, who survived him twenty-three years, was living in Hanover, Illinois, at the time of her demise. Mr. and Mrs. John Bottomly were the parents of seven children, four of whom lived to maturity: James; Sarah J., now Mrs. Coykendall; John C. and Mary Emma.
    Mr. and Mrs. Coykendall are the parents of a son and a daughter: Alice, who married Cleveland M. Straight, of Bear Creek, Montana; and Claude, who graduated from the engineering department of Ames College in 1910, and is now following his profession in Memphis, Tennessee.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Coykendall affiliate with the United Brethren Church of Carrollton, and politically he is a Republican. He is meeting with success in his agricultural pursuits and is known as one of the substantial farmers of Union Township. (END)


Volume II, Page 89:
JOHN F. HOOGESTRAAT,  Iowa derives her wealth largely from her agricultural interests. The great broad prairies of the state offer excellent opportunities to the farmer and stock-raiser. The soil requires none of that previous laborious preparation necessary in a district of native forest growth, but responds readily to the care and labor which is bestowed upon it, as the furrows are turned and the fields are cultivated. To this work of tilling the soil John F. Hoogestraat gives his time and energies, but does not confine his efforts entirely to one line, for he is also interested in the raising of high grade stock and in business circles has won for himself a creditable place. Mr. Hoogestraat was born in Arcadia township, Carroll County, on the 31st of January 1873, a son of F. J. and Anna (Kruse) Hoogestraat. The parents, as their names would indicate, were both natives of Germany, although they were married in America. The father, coming to this country in early life, located for one year at Freeport, Illinois, and then removed to Ackley, Iowa, where he was married. In 1872 he came to Carroll County, first taking up his abode in Wheatland township, while later he moved to Arcadia township, purchasing a farm here in 1875. That remained his home until his death in 1901. He was a republican in politics and in private life was honored and respected by all who knew him. His wife also passed away on the home farm, in 1900, her remains being interred in the Bruggeman cemetery. In their family were ten children, as follows: Alice, at home; John F., of this review; Fred, of Arcadia township; Anna, now deceased; Florence, the wife of George Ryan, of Denver, Colorado; Margaret, residing at Los Angeles, California; William O., superintendent of schools of Tekoa, Washington; Christina; Hanna, also residing in Los Angeles, California; and Otto, who passed away in infancy.
    On the home farm John F. Hoogestraat was reared to manhood, and when old enough became a pupil in the public schools of Arcadia, graduating finally from the high school, after which he pursued a course of study in the Carroll College. He made good use of his educational advantages and after completing his college course engaged in teaching school for two years. He then took up agricultural pursuits, thinking that he would find that line of activity more congenial and remunerative, and now operates two hundred acres of land in Arcadia Township, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. He also owns one hundred and twenty acres of Iowa land and one hundred and sixty acres in the Panhandle of Texas, near the town of Happy. In all of his work he is progressive, employing the latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields, while close study has given him progressive and accurate knowledge concerning the best methods of raising stock. He is a feeder of cattle and also makes a specialty of thoroughbred Duroc Jersey hogs, and his live-stock interests constitute an important and lucrative branch of his business. Moreover he is secretary of the Arcadia Mutual Telephone Company, of which he was one of the organizers and also served as its first president.
    In fraternal circles Mr. Hoogestraat belongs to the Woodmen of the World, at Arcadia, and in political faith is a republican. In local affairs he has taken considerable interest, but the honors and emoluments of office have never held attraction for him. Although he has not yet reached the prime of life he has nevertheless acquired a goodly measure of success, enjoying to a large degree the many advantages afforded by the present day, and being progressive, and a man whose life has always been in keeping with high standards, he justly deserves the prominent place which he occupies in the confidence and respect of his fellowmen. (END)

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