Greene County Iowa
1900 Farm Directory Bios


HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP


Thos. Fitzpatrick Trustee
F.B. Quinlan Trustee
H.R. Richards Trustee
Ed Moran Assessor
J.J. Connor Clerk
Orin Dudley Constable
W.L. Bates Justice of the Peace
W.H. Day Justice of the Peace

Harry Harding, 

Was born Feb. 27, 1853, in Philadelphia, Pa., and with his parents moved to Dane county, Wis., where his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Eli Harding, had bought a farm. Nov. 27, 1853, he married Elizabeth A. Bardsley, to which union five children were born: Fay A., one of the successful school teachers of Greene county; Alberta V., now Mrs. Geo. Canady, Edna E, Winifried M., and Bessie E. In 1882 they left Wisconsin to find a home in the newer west, and located on section 12, Highland township, Greene county, Iowa, where they have since resided. Making a home out of the wild Iowa prairies was no easy task, but by farming in summer and teaching in winter it was done. Mr. Harding has held the various offices in his township, is Secretary of the Greene County Farmers’ Institute, a position he has held since its organization, and is now Agent for Greene county for the Farmers’ Mutual Fire and Lightning Ins. Association; and also a Tornado-Cyclone Insurance Association.

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Luke J. Tiernan, 

Was born in County Galway, Ireland, in 1840, where he lived until he was 18 years old, when he came to New York with his parents. Came to Clinton county, Iowa, in 1858, and soon after moved to Holly Springs, Miss., where I was apprenticed in a foundry. My work was to make cannon and "yankee pills" work half time and drill three hours a day for the Confederates. During this time I spent many a night begging and taking provisions to the Union Army. In this work I was detected and a reward of $900 each was offered for the capture of myself and brother. In 1864, my parents at the age of 72 and 78 years were driven from their home and obliged to walk 45 miles to Memphis, Tenn. In 1865 they came back to Clinton county, where he was married in 1873 to Adelia Tiernan, a native of Ireland. That same year they moved to Iowa county, and thence to Greene county in 1875, locating on section 11, Franklin twp., on a fine 200-acre farm, and in 1895 bought the "Cottonwood" farm of 320 acres at Adaza, one of the most desirable in the county. They have had eight children. In politics he is a democrat, and himself and family ardent supporters of the Catholic church.

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Patrick Reagan, 

Was born in County Mayo, Ireland, in 1829. In 1856 he married Nora Fitzpatrick, and they came to the United States in 1859, locating in Brooklyn, N. Y. where they remained two years, and then came to Kankakee county, Illinois. In 1875 they came to Greene county, Ills (Iowa). Settling on section 30, Highland township, where he bought 40 acres of land, mostly on time, to which he has added until he now owns 160 acres of good land. In 1886 Mrs. Reagan died, leaving seven children; Mary, Ella, John, Bina, Anna, Nora, all now living. He is Irish ancestry and Politically a democrat.

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Peter Beiner, 

Is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Bucks county in 1819. During his childhood his parents moved to New Jersey, where he was married in 1842 to Minna Ann Smith, a native of Pennsylvania. In 1857 he moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and came to Greene county in 1858, locating on section 30, Highland township, where he bought 80 acres of prairie land. His first cabin was of logs, 16x18, serving as kitchen, dining room and parlor. He still owns the same land and the cabin still stands, but is now used as a granary, while Mr. Breiner lives in a more pretentious home. Jan. 10, 1861 his wife died and in April, 1872, he married Mary Ann Louger, of New Jersey, who died in 1873, and in 1876 was married to Mrs. Eliza A. Snyder. He is now 80 years old and the oldest resident of Highland township, and enjoys good health. Three children are living: John, 57; Smith, 54; Sarah, 52.

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John A. Coler, 

Was born in Kankakee county, Ills., in 1863. When fifteen years old he moved with his parents to Greene county, locating on section 24, Highland township, where they lived two years. In 1880 his father purchased 80 acres of land in section 9, where he died in 1884. In 1892 Mr. Coler married Miss Nally, a native of Illinois. In 1893 she died, leaving a husband and one child, Mary C., born Oct. 10, 1893. He now owns 160 acres and has a very comfortable farm home. In politics he is a republican.

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Thomas Fitzpatrick, 

Farmer and stockman, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, in 1852. At the age of fourteen years he came with his mother and family to America, locating in Kankakee county, Ills., where they lived for three years when he went to the pineries of Wisconsin and labored three years. He came to Greene county in 1873, locating on section 29, where he bought 120 acres of wild land. In 1883 he married Bridget McCarney, and at once went to housekeeping. He has added to his original farm until he now owns 320 acres well stocked and a very comfortable home. They have had ten children, nine of whom are living: Mary E., 15; Nora S., 13; Bridget A., 12; Bartholomew P., 9; Veronica B., 7; Rose M., 6; Catherine A., 5; Thos. C. J., 3; Gertrude J., 2. The family are ardent Catholics and in politics he is a republican and at present a twp. trustee.

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Lewis W. Odell, 

Farmer and stockman, living three-fourths mile north of Churdan, was born in Marshall county, Ills., in 1859. In 1882 he came to Greene county, locating in section 17, Highland township, where he had purchased 160 acres of wild land to which he has added and now owns 253 acres well improved and a comfortable farm home. In 1883 he married Hattie B. Renwick of Lacon, Ills. In 1891 he moved to Chicago, where he was employed by a livestock commission firm, a position he held until 1895, when he returned to his farm. He was educated in the common schools and high school of his native county and taught five years in the common and graded schools of Illinois. They have two children: Florence M., 15; Mary Gertrude, 11. Mr. Odell voted for McKinley and sound money in 1896.

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Patrick J. McCormick, 

Was born in County Longboro, Ireland, in 1847. When he was three years old his parents came to the United States, locating in Kane county, Ills., where he was married in 1870 to Theresa Keenan, a native of Illinois. They came to Iowa in 1871, locating in Benton county, where they resided until 1880, when they came to Greene county where he purchased 120 acres of wild land, mostly on time. He was a poor man when he came to this county, and now owns, free from debt, a well improved, well stocked farm of 510 acres. They have four children: Frank, 28; John B., 25; Wm. A., 23; Teresa, 21. In Feb. 1865, he enlisted in Co. E, 153d Ills. regiment, and was honorably discharged at close of war.

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William A. Clipperton, 

Was born near London, Canada, in 1861. At the age of ten years he came with his parents to this county, locating on section 33, Highland township, where he purchased a 160 acre farm. In 1891 he married Nellie Smith, a native of Greene county and at once occupied his farm. They have four children, three of them living; Myrtle, 7; William G., 5; Ralph M., 4. Their home is pleasant and comfortable. In politics he is a republican.

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John J. Shriver, 

Is a native of Ohio, born in Morgan county in 1836. During his infancy his parents located near Cherry Valley, Ills., and in 1840 came to Iowa, settling in Cedar county where he was married in 1869 to Anna Montgomery, of Canada. They came to Greene county in 1879, locating on section 15, where he purchased 320 acres of wild land, which he has improved until it is a valuable farm on which he has made a pleasant home. They have had nine children, eight of whom are living: Clarence G., 29; Adela L., 27; DeWitt Co., 23; Jessie P., 18; Clyde E., 16; Mary E., 13; Florence E., 10; Olive, 7. In politics he is a democrat.

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Michael Reagan, 

Farmer and stock raiser, was born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1845. IN 1871 he came to the United States, locating in Toledo, Ohio, where he lived six months and then moved to Kankakee county, Ills., and was married in 1872 to Sabina Fitzpatrick, a native of Ireland. The next year they located on section 14, Highland township, where he purchased 40 acres of wild land, mostly on time, to which he as added until he now owns 760 acres after giving 160 acres to his son. He has acquired this property since 1873 by industry and good management. They are members of the Roman Catholic church, and in politics he is a democrat. They have ten children.

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John H. Buswell, 

Was born in Kenosha county, Wis. in 1846, where he lived until 1868. During that year he went to Illinois, where he married Florence A. Parker, a native of Connecticut. They returned at once to Wisconsin, and in 1875 came to Greene county, locating on section 5, Hardin township, where he bought 80 acres of land. Seven years later they came to section 12, Highland township, where they own a 140 acre farm. They have had eleven children, seven of whom are living: Elmer G., 30; Lawrence B., 28; Lucy L., 27; Howard C., 23; Henry J., 18; Mary O., 12; Flora E., 7. Edith M., Marion M., Kirke A., and Rollo M. are dead. The parents are members of the M. E. church. In politics he is republican.

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Peter Connor, 

Was born in Kings county Ireland, in 1847. At the age of eighteen years he came to America, locating in Kankakee county, Ills., where he lived six years, and was married there in 1868 to Rose Brislin, a native of Ireland. They came to Greene county in 1875, locating in section 15, Highland township, where he bought eight acres of prairie land mostly on time, to which he has added until he now owns 529 acres of good land. They have five children: John, 32; Frank, 29; Annie, 23; Langorie, 21; Mary, 18. They are members of the Roman Catholic church, and politically he is a republican.

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Andrew Towers, 

Is a native of Scotland, having been born in Sterling in 1831. In 1852 he came to this country, settling in Columbia county, Wisconsin, where he lived twelve years. In 1864 he married Mary Ann Simmonds, an English lady, and that same year he went to the gold fields of Montana, where he remained for three years and then returned to Wisconsin and resided there until 1879, when they came to Greene county, locating in section 14, Highland township where they now reside on an eighty acre farm. They have eleven children: Dawson W., 31; Lucy J., 29; Lena, 27; Lillian M., 25; A. Clayton, 23; Mary E., 21; Elwood, 18; Willie H., 16; Alex. R., 13; Ralph D., 10; Walter, 8. In politics Mr. Towers is a democrat.

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John Horan, 

Was born in County Tipperary, Ireland in 1842. When eighteen years old he came to the United States, locating in Philadelphia, Pa., where he worked at the tailor trade until 1860, when he enlisted in Co. A, 2d Regular U. S. Cavalry and served in the regular army for five years and was honorably discharged. Was married in 1861 to Mary E. Cumberland, a native of Ireland. He took up his trade at close of war at Philadelphia, and in 1867 moved to Bear Valley, Wis., where he lived seven years and then came to Greene county, locating on section 34, Highland township. In 1889 he went to Nebraska for his health, but returned the following year. He died in 1896 of hear disease, leaving a wife and six children: John, 38; William, 34; Mary, 33; Elizabeth, 27; Anna, 15; James 23. They are members of the Roman Catholic church.

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Patrick McCarney, 

Was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1817 and died at his home in Highland township in 1879. He was married in 1856 to Bridget Hagway, a native of Ireland. He came to the United States in 1877, locating on section 35, Highland township, where he established a pleasant and comfortable home. Six children were born of this union: James, 41; Michael, 39; Patrick, 33; Bridget, 32; John; 39; Thomas, 26. The family are supporters of the Roman Catholic church.

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Emmett W. Bates, 

Was born near Springfield, Illinois, in 1854. When he was eighteen years old his parents came to Iowa, locating in Decatur county, where he was married in 1880 to Hattie M. Easter, a native Iowan. In March of that year they came to Greene county, locating on section 32, Highland twp. Where he had purchased eighty acres and now owns 160 acres, and has a comfortable farm home. He was raised on a farm and taught school 7 years after coming to Greene county, farmed 2 years, then moved to Churdan where he managed the McFarlin & Co. elevator 6 ˝ years, then moved back to his farm where he now resides. They have had eight children, five of whom are living: Orrin, 19; Archie B., 16; I. Blanche, 13; Leone E., 11; Forest E., 2. The parents and three older children are members of the M. E. church. In 1896 he was licensed as a local M. E. preacher and is now pastor of the Ogden Circuit. In politics he is a republican.

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