Henry County, Iowa
Sources of Biographies include:
Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa .
Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888.
Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa
.Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906.
Oskaloosa Weekly Herald 1889
Iowa Official Register 1927-1928
Biographies of State Senators
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Each community has a few citizens who are recognized as leaders in business and public life, whose opinions are a potent influence in public affairs and whose labors are effective and beneficial in advancing general good. Of this class of citizens Mr. Magdefrau is a representative and Wayland owes much to his efforts in its behalf. He is there successfully engaged in general merchandising, and thereby contributes to the commercial prosperity of the village. He has also given tangible support to all plans and movements instituted for the welfare of the county and his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability have frequently called him to public office. At the present time he is serving for the second term as a member of the city council.
Mr. Magdefrau was born in Prussia, Germany, on the 25 th of September, 1845, a son of John and Hannah ( Fleichman ) Magdefrau, both of whom were natives of Germany, in which country the birth of Christian Fleichman, the maternal grandfather, also occurred. In the schools of his native country Herman Magdefrau pursued his education and remained in his parents' home until about twenty-one years of age, when attracted by the opportunities of the new world, he resolved to try his fortune in the United States. Accordingly he bade adieu to friends and native land and sailed for New York city in May, 1866, accompanied by his brother Charles.
In Germany he had learned the shoemaker's trade and he remained in the eastern metropolis from May until September, 1866, working at that occupation. On leaving New York he came direct to Henry county, settling in Mount Pleasant, where his brother John was employed at cabinet making. Mr. Magdefrau worked at shoemaking for two different men in Mount Pleasant for a brief period and then went to Trenton, Iowa, where he was employed for six weeks. He then returned to Mount Pleasant, where he worked from Christmas until the following April, when he came to Wayland, arriving here on the 19 th of April, 1867. Here he embarked in business on his own account, establishing a shoe shop, which he conducted for two years. He then purchased a small stock of ready made shoes and gradually developed a business in that line.
In 1890 he retired altogether from the business of manufacturing shoes, concentrating his energies upon the sale of ready made goods. He now carries a large and well selected line of boots and shoes and has a good trade. When he ceased to make shoes he added to his business a stock of groceries and queensware and he further extended the field of his operations in August, 1901, by the purchase of a good line of dry goods. He has since conducted a general store and has a large patronage, so that the amount of business which he transacts annually reaches an extensive figure.
On the 5 th of February, 1873, Mr. Magdefrau was married to Miss Elizabeth Rinner, who was born in Germany, and with her parents went to Canada when about eight years of age. Her father was Conrad Rinner. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Magdefrau were born seven children: Harry, who died at the age of a year and a half; two sons, who died in infancy; a daughter who died when two and a half years old; Elmer, who died in 1901, at the age of nineteen years; and Albert and Frank, who are in business with their farther. The wife and mother died January 26, 1894, and her death was deeply regretted by many friends as well as her immediate family.
On the 1 st of October, 1897, Mr. Magdefrau was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Anna Gustin, a native of Alsace, France, and a daughter of Jacob Schaad. Mr. and Mrs. Magdefrau occupy an enviable position in social circles and their own home is a very hospitable one. Mr. Magdefrau is a republican in his political views, recognized as one of the stalwart advocates and leaders of his party in this section of the county. He has served for three terms as justice of the peace, his decisions being strictly fair and impartial. He has also been town assessor for two terms and mayor for two terms, and is now serving for the second term as councilman. No higher testimonial of capability and loyalty could be given than the fact that he has been re-elected to each office to which he has been chosen, showing that his service has been all that is exemplary.
He belongs to the Methodist church, in which he is filling the office of trustee. He is a man of broad sympathies and the poor and needy have found in him a friend. He stands as a splendid type of our German-American citizenship. By perseverance, determination and honorable effort he has overthrown the obstacles which barred his path to success and reached the goal of prosperity, while his genuine worth, broad mind and public spirit have made him a director of public thought and action.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. p. 167)(PE)
Louis Milton Magers
Louis Milton Magers, who lived during his mature and prosperous years in New London, passed away in that village and left to lament his untimely death one son grown to manhood and his wife, who now resides in the handsome modern residence which he built in 1898. Mr. Magers was born September 18, 1848, being the son of Thomas and Elvira ( Shopbell ) Magers. When a youth he went with his parents to live in Henry county, Iowa. He attended the public schools of his county and after finishing his education went into business with his father, from whom he learned the trade of a blacksmith and wagonmaker. After becoming well skilled in these trades he entered into business upon his own responsibility in New London, where he spent all of his mature years of activity and labor. He purchased the brick business block of Perry Frank and later another upon Main street. These he owned at the time of his death.
In 1873 he wedded Miss Ellen Fowler, a daughter of William E. and Jane ( Lyons ) Fowler. In her childhood she lived in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and in 1859 went with her parents to live in Burlington, Iowa. They remained there several years, and in 1866 moved to New London, where the father soon became engaged in his trade of tinsmith, a business which he had followed all his life. The family continued to live in New London, where the daughter was married and where she is still living. The father died in 1894, and the mother in 1898.
Mr. and Mrs. Magers became the parents of one child, whom they reared to manhood, Thomas Frederick, now a dentist living in St. Louis, Missouri. He is married, his wife formerly being Miss Lillian Humes. They have no children.
Louis Milton Magers was a progressive business man. He early learned the lesson of industry and frugality and applied himself with diligence to his life duties. He was, at the time of his death, still a comparatively young man, but he had mastered the true principles of a successful business life and won for himself the distinction of being a self-made man. Mr. Magers had many friends in New London, and is missed by them as well as at his own fireside.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. p. 315)(PE)
John F. Mallams
John F. Mallams, who for twenty-seven years has resided on his present farm in Center township, was born in Saratoga, New York, July 21, 1849. His father, John Mallams, was a native of England, born in 1824, and after working in a coal mine for a year and a half came to America in 1832, being at that time only eight years of age. He accompanied his parents, who made the voyage in a sailing vessel which dropped anchor in the harbor of New York after sixty-five or seventy days spent upon the ocean, during which time a sever storm was encountered.
The grandfather first engaged in business and later turned his attention to farming between Albany and New York, where he cleared one hundred and sixty-five acres of land which was devoted to gardening and to the raising of various cereals adapted to the soil and climate. He met with reverses there, however, and decided to come west, settling in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant, in 1855. The father of our subject lived upon a farm about a mile from where John F. Mallams now makes his home and there the latter remained until eighteen years of age. The father afterward removed to New London township when his son John was about twenty-four years of age and there he spent his remaining days, passing away in 1892. He was married three times and his widow is living in New London.
The mother of our subject was the first wife and there were three children by that marriage, of whom two are living, namely: Sarah J., of Jefferson county, Iowa; and John F., of this review. By the second marriage there was one child, May C., now the wife of Robert Frost, of Nebraska. There were two children by the third marriage: Beatrice, the wife of Ed DeGammo, of New London, Iowa; and Ferrell, who is living in Jefferson county, this state. The father was a republican in his political views and served as school director and as road supervisor. He and his wife held membership in the Presbyterian church and he was interested in all that pertains to the general welfare of the community, aiding as far as possible in the work of public improvement and development. When called to his final rest his remains were interred in Bethel cemetery in Center township.
John F. Mallams acquired his education in the district schools of Henry county and in Howe’s Academy. He remained with his father until twenty-four years of age, working upon the home farm and gaining practical knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. As a companion and helpmate on life’s journey he chose Miss Emma S. Neel, to whom he was married on the 31st of December, 1873. She was born in Center township in 1849, a daughter of Jesse and Rebecca ( Stratton ) Neel. The father’s birth occurred in Franklin county, Maryland, and mother was born in Champaign county, Ohio. She died in Iowa, August 26, 1892, in the house now occupied by Mr. Mallams. Mr. Neel came to the west in 1844 and here turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits, although he had followed carpentering in the east. He carried on farming up the time of his retirement from business life about ten or twelve years before he was called to his final rest, his last years being spent in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mallams. His political allegiance was given to the Republican party and both he and his wife were members of the Christian church. In the family of this worthy couple were ten children, of whom five are now living, namely: John N., who married Miss Ann Snow and lives in Mount Pleasant; Ann, the wife of George McNealley, of Russell, Iowa; Ella, the wife of John Cox, of Mount Pleasant; Emma, the wife of John F. Mallams; and Sarah, who is the widow of Enoch Davis and resides in Mount Pleasant.
Mr. and Mrs. Mallams have five sons, all of whom were born in Henry county. Francis Burke, born January 16, 1875, and now living in Center township, married Miss Myrtle Purdy, by whom he has two children, Miles Edgar and Florence Elizabeth. Lot Neel, born September 29, 1875, is a railroad conductor living in Aurora, Illinois. Robert Nelson, born November 14, 1882, died December 23, 1894. John Wilbur, born February 13, 1885. Perry Franklin, born July 12, 1889, and Clarence Verl, born January 29, 1892, are all at home.
For twenty-seven years Mr. Mallams has resided upon his present farm, which had formerly been the home of his wife before her marriage, so that she has lived here for thirty-eight years. He has remodeled the house and made other improvements and the farm is kept in excellent condition. In addition to this property he also owns twenty-seven acres of partially cultivated land, also in Center township. His home place is located on sections 5, 6, 7, and 8, and the well tilled fields and neat appearance of the place indicate the careful supervision of a practical and progressive owner.
Mr. Mallams is a republican and for four years has served as school director. He belongs to Mystic Lodge, No. 55, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has filled all of the chairs and he and his wife are devoted members of the Presbyterian church. In business affairs and in citizenship he is progressive and enterprising, just and generous and both Mr. and Mrs. Mallams are highly esteemed in the community, where they make their home. Since the above was written they have sold out and removed from Henry county to Van Buren county, Hillsboro still being their postoffice.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. p. 460)(PE)
|George W. Martin
GEORGE W. MARTIN, residing on section 23, Marion Township, was born Nov. 25, 1809, in Fredericksburg, Lebanon Co., Pa. His parents, Frederick and Sarah (Wolf) Martin, were natives of Pennsylvania, but of English ancestry, and to them were born four children: William, deceased, whose widow now resides in Pottsville, Pa.; Jesse died at the age of eighty-one in Fredericksburg, Pa.; Sarah, wife of Jacob Hoffey, a resident of Fredericksburg, Pa.; our subject is the fourth child in order of birth. His father died at the age of fifty-one and his mother at the age of forty-five, in Fredericksburg. Pa. They were both members of the Presbyterian Church, and took great interest in all the church work. Mr. Martin held the offices of Surveyor and Recorder of Public Deeds, and was celebrated far and near for his excellent penmanship. He was a fine scholar, though entirely a self-educated man, and none in the community were more respected and liked than Frederick Martin.
Our subject remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-one years of age, and during this time he attended the public schools, walking three and a half miles both morning and evening. His parents died when he was thirty years of age. In 1830 he wedded Miss Mary Pefley, a native of Lebanon County, Pa., born in 1809. Four children have graced their union: Josiah, a resident of Delaware, Pa.; Sarah A., wife of Jerry Martin, a bricklayer in Shamokin, Pa.; William, who has been married twice, his first wife being Mary Bealer, and to them were born a son and daughter, Thornton and Ida; Mrs. William Martin died in 1880, and he was again united in marriage, with Mrs. Elizabeth Baxter, and now resides in Marion Township. Rebecca, wife of Joseph Howard, a resident of Mt. Pleasant. Mary, the mother of these children, died in 1842 in Pottsville, Pa. Mr. Martin was a second time united in marriage, on the 21st of December, 1843, to Miss Eliza Bird, a native of Catawissa, Pa., and by this union there were seven children: Emma, wife of Alva Lindley, a resident of Mt. Pleasant; Grace, at home; George, a farmer near Hastings, Neb., wedded Mary Reed; Elliot P. married Emily Orr, now residing at Plattsmouth, Neb.; Maggie, wife of Collins Lindley, a farmer in Taylor County, Iowa; Charles, a resident of Plattsmouth, Neb., was united in marriage with Susan Greusel; Mary, wife of Robert Garard, residing near Plattsmouth. Neb. Mrs. Martin departed this life March 5, 1876. She was a kind mother, a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was greatly esteemed by all. Mr. Martin’s third union was with Mrs. William Ogg, and her maiden name was Sabina J. Frame. She was horn in Laporte County, Ind., Feb. 24, 1838, and by her first husband she had two children: Nellie and Jennie, who are both at home. By this third union there is but one child, Clifford.
In 1856 Mr. Martin came to Henry County, purchasing eighty acres of land, on which he still resides. He now owns 160 acres of as finely improved land as there is in the county. He has been a hard worker and all that he now possesses has been made by his own industry. He and his estimable wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Martin has always borne his part in every public enterprise, and in politics casts his vote with the Republican party. Being honest and upright in all he undertakes, Mr. Martin has the respect of all.
Mr. William Ogg was born Sept. 23, 1834, and was Mrs. Martin’s first
husband, and father of Nellie and Jennie. Mr. Ogg enlisted in Company K, 4th
Iowa Cavalry, Oct. 5, 1861, at Mt. Pleasant, and was discharged from the United
States service Dec. 18, 1863, at Vicksburg, Miss., by reason of reenlistment
on the 19th of December, 1863, at Vicksburg. He served until Aug. 8, 1865, and
was discharged at Atlanta, Ga., after serving nearly four years. His death
occurred at Mt. Pleasant, March 23, 1871, of consumption, contracted while in
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 310-311) (JC)
Myron B. Martin
Myron B. Martin, actively interested in general farming in Wayne township, was born in Geauga county, Ohio, October 25, 1845, and is descended from New England ancestry. His paternal grandparents, Isaac Mitchell and Philena ( Guernsey ) Martin, were natives of Woodbury county, Connecticut. Their son, Bennett Martin, was born in Litchfield, Woodbury county, and when ten years of age went with his parents to Schoharie county, New York, where he remained for about five years. The family then drove to Ohio and he began chopping wood in the midst of the forest. When he had reached adult age he was married to Miss Asenath Smith, whose birth occurred in Warren county, New York, and her parents were Elijah and Asenath ( Woodworth ) Smith, the former a native of Massachusetts and the mother of the Empire state.
Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Martin came by wagon to Henry county, Iowa, starting on the 6th of April about the time the ground was breaking up and the roads were very muddy. This made travel very difficult and they passed through the main street of Chicago when it was like a mortar bed. They reached Wayne township on the 21st of May and entered from the government a tract of land, which he developed, comprising the southeast quarter of section 9. He remained there three years and built a house and stable of logs, and in 1852 some land sharks, taking advantage of him, he lost the place and afterward bought eighty acres on the northwest quarter of section 9, Wayne township, purchasing the same from the government at one dollar and a quarter per acre. There was not a fence upon the place nor stick of wood of any description, nor had a furrow been turned. He built a frame house and stable, fenced the land and further continued the cultivation, development, and improvement of the property up to the time of his death, which occurred on the 10th of May, 1876. His wife long survived him, dying upon the old homestead on the 8th of July, 1891.
Myron B. Martin was the youngest of four children, two sons and two daughters. Philena, the eldest, lived upon the old home place until her death, November 15, 1904, at the age of seventy years. Eliza Ann died at the age of six years. Sheridan S. Martin remained at home until December, 1863, when he responded to the country’s call for troops, enlisting as a member of Company G, Eleventh Iowa Infantry. The regiment was sent to the south, where he was engaged in active duty and on the 22d of July, 1864, in the siege of Atlanta he was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville, where he died on the 19th of September, being buried there.
Since brought to his present farm in his boyhood days Myron B. Martin has resided continuously upon this place, having here a good tract of land of forty acres which responds readily to the care and labor he bestows upon it, the fields annually yielding good harvests. He was married on the 9th of January, 1889, to Miss Hattie H. Smith, who was born in Lake county, Ohio, a daughter of Loring W. and Caroline ( Gardner ) Smith. Her father was a native of Warren county, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Martin now have three children, Loring B., Edith L. and Harmon E, all at home. The parents are devoted members of the Congregational church, in which Mr. Martin has served for fifteen years as clerk and for three years as trustee.
Almost his entire life has been passed in this locality, for he was less than a year old when brought from Ohio to Henry county. In the sixty years which have since come and gone he has witnessed many changes as the wild, unimproved country has been reclaimed and the work of development has been carried forward. There are now splendidly improved farms with here and there a church and schoolhouse to indicate the intellectual and moral development of the community. Towns and villages have sprung up and these are imbued with the commercial and industrial life that leads to rapid advancement. Mr. Martin has concentrated his energies upon his business affairs with good results and is classed with the enterprising agriculturists in Henry county.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. p. 539)(PE)
|W. J. Martin
W. J. MARTIN, inventor of the reversible Monitor or Roadgrader, of Mt. Pleasant, was born in Sehuylkill County, Pa., on the 16th of February, 1848. His father, John L. Martin, the first stonemason and contractor of Mt. Pleasant, was also a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother was Carrie (Bird) Martin. They were married in Pennsylvania, and in 1856 emigrated to Henry County, Iowa, settling in Mt. Pleasant, where he embarked in his business, residing here until his death, which occurred in 1880. Mrs. Martin resides at Des Moines and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were the parents of five children, two of whom are dead; the living are: William, who is a stonemason, of Brighton, Iowa, and Wellington J., the subject of this sketch, and Clementine E., wife of W. H. Penn, a postal clerk, residing in Des Moines. John L. Martin held the political views of the Whigs until the organization of the Republican party, always since then voting with that party.
Our subject received his education at the common schools. He is a carriage-maker and mechanic by trade. In the year 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Picking, daughter of C. Picking, of Nebraska. By this union there are four children:—Pearl P., Harry, Florence and Lydia.
In the year 1877 Mr. Martin patented the road grader, of which mention will be made in another part of this book; the thought flashing across his mind all in an instant, he set to work to invent that most useful machine. He has now another machine under consideration which he hopes soon to complete. As a machinist, he has more than ordinary ability, having no superiors and few equals in this region.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin are highly
esteemed by all who know them, and have the confidence and love of the whole
community. Mr. Martin is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also the Knights of
Labor. Politically he is a Democrat.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 264-265) (JC)
George Thomas Mason, M.D.
Back in the fertile fields of Greene county, Pennsylvania, on the 23d of November, in the year 1850, the subject of this memoir first saw the light of day. His parents, John and Rachel ( Ross ) Mason, both now deceased, were also natives of the same county. John Mason’s father, James Mason, was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, and his parents were Presbyterians in religious faith and descendants of emigrants from the highlands of Scotland. These Highlanders on the paternal side were descendants of Sir William Mason, who went from London, England, to the Highlands of Scotland almost two hundred years ago.
James Mason was brought by his parents to America when only five years old, settling in Greene county, Pennsylvania, where the most of the family resided throughout the remainder of their lives, including the parents and James. Dr. Mason’s mother, Rachel Ross, was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, and was of Scotch and German descent, her father, Jacob Ross, being of Scotch parentage, while her mother was of German lineage. John and Rachel Mason had ten children born unto them, of whom eight are living, namely: Mary Fisher, of Logan, Ohio; Mrs. Abigail E. Austin, of Nelsonville, Ohio; William J., of Edenville, Michigan; Hiram, of Nelsonville, Ohio; Mrs. Phoebe Jane Conaway, of Logan, Ohio; James K., of Kansas, Illinois; George T., whose name heads this sketch, and Dr. Timothy R. Mason, of Sugar Grove, Ohio. Jacob R. died at the age of twenty-eight years, leaving a widow and one son.
Dr. Mason removed with his parents to Harrison county, Virginia, in the fall of 1852 and to Coles county, Illinois, in 1854, locating three miles west of Pinhook, now Oakland. The family suffered intensely from ague and the youngest child, a baby boy eighteen months old, died there and was laid to rest in Deer Creek cemetery. The family, becoming discouraged owing to so much illness, retraced their steps in the fall of 1856 as far as Hocking county, Ohio, and there settled in Starr township, adjoining the Athens county line, five miles from Nelsonville, now the center of the Hocking Valley mining district, one of the most extensive bituminous coal fields in America.
Here “little Tommy”, as he was familiarly called, grew to manhood, working on his father’s farm in the summer seasons and attending school three months in the winter in a log house, sitting on a slab bench. His writing desk consisted of a board laid on pins driven into the wall. Later he attended an academy and high schools, and a short time before the eighteenth anniversary of his birth he was in the schoolroom as teacher at a point in Starr township known as Sidehill Academy. He taught in Ohio, Kansas and Illinois for ten years. He received the first teacher’s certificate ever issued in Sumner county, Kansas, and taught the first public school ever taught in that county. Also the first school exhibition given in the county was given by the Doctor and his school in the town of Oxford on the banks of the Arkansas river. People traveled twenty miles to attend that entertainment. The Doctor also paid considerable attention to vocal music when a young man. He taught voice culture and elocution for some time and gave a number of public entertainments.
He spent a number of years in writing biographical and township histories for Chapman Brothers and the Lewis Publishing Company, of Chicago; but this work kept him from home so much that he finally took up the study of medicine, to which he devoted his leisure hours for more than a year, while he still continued in the history business. He took his first course in medicine at the Hospital College of Medicine, at Louisville, Kentucky, and was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, Iowa, in March, 1892. He at once removed from Arcola, Illinois, his former home, to Lowell, Henry county, Iowa, where he practiced until the fall of 1894, when he removed to Trenton, where he has since resided and continues in general practice.
He was married December 24, 1879, to Miss Ida E. Gray, of Vermilion county, Illinois. She is a daughter of the late Harvey and Susan ( Harman ) Gray, of Sidell, Illinois. Her brother, Samuel Gray, of Sidell, Illinois, wrote the first article advocating the township central school system, which article appeared in the Prairie Farmer in 1870. Dr. and Mrs. Mason have had six children born to them, as follows: Guy, Edna, Victor, Ada, Harry and Florence. Most of the family are identified with the church and Sunday school in Trenton. In politics the Doctor is an uncompromising republican, being the only advocate of that party in his father’s family. His brother, Dr. T. R. Mason, of Sugar Grove, Ohio, is a prominent democrat in his place and served on the United States pension board under Cleveland, while Dr. Mason of this review is a member of the pension board at Mount Pleasant, having acted in that capacity for several years.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. p. 689)(PE)
W. R. Mason
While engaged in mining the second
time, Mr. Mason was married to Miss Adelia Clark, whose death occurred
soon afterward. He remained unmarried until after his return home, having been
absent for almost twenty-three years. Boys had become men of mature years,
had married and reared families; elegant farms and great houses stood
upon commanding sites, over which he had hunted and played in childhood;
villages dotted the prairies, and in fact the transformation was almost, to him,
without a parallel. His father had died, his brothers and sisters had married,
and the family circle was to him completely disorganized. He purchased a farm,
the old Kurtz homestead, but the next year returned to California and disposed
of his property there, and in 1876 came back to the home of his boyhood. On the
13th of December, 1877, William Mason was married to Miss Susanna Kurtz, and
upon the farm and in the same house that had been for years her home, they began
their domestic life. They remained there three years, and then purchased their
present farm near the village of Wayland, where they live as contentedly as if
their married life had begun forty years ago instead of ten. Mr. and Mrs. Mason
have no heirs, but are rearing an orphan lad, Willie Woods, who finds with them
a home, and in the household of Mr.
and Mrs. Mason feels no need of father or mother, brother or
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry
County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 345-346) (JC)
MCADAM BROTHERS, James and William A., photographers, have been established in business at Mt. Pleasant since 1875. James, the senior partner, and active member of the firm, was born in Harrison County, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1845, and is a son of George and Ann (Moore) McAdam, both of whom were also natives of Harrison County, Ohio. Our subject went to Wenona, Marshall Co., Ill., in the spring of 1857, and in that place learned the art of photography. In the winter of 1869-70 he commenced business for himself at LaSalle, Ill., but gave it up after six months, and engaged in ranching in Colorado for another six months, when he returned to Illinois and again began business, this time at Wenona, where he remained in business until 1875. In that year, in company with his brother George, he started his present gallery at Mt. Pleasant, and has been continuously engaged in business here ever since, and has made many friends, both in business and socially. In his business he is materially assisted by his wife, who is a lady of talent and business capacity. His brother and partner takes no active part in the business, which is successful, and constantly increasing, owing to the fine class of work done, and reasonable prices charged.
June 27, 1877, James McAdam was
married to Miss Agnes S. Phillips, daughter of Lieut. William Phillips, who was
killed in the famous “battle of the Wilderness.” Mrs. MeAdam was born at
Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. McAdam
have been the parents of three children, two of whom died in infancy. The
survivor is a daughter, Mary A., now nine years of age. Mr. and Mrs. McAdam are
members of the Presbyterian Church, and in politics he is a supporter of the
Republican party. Both arc respected members of society who are held in esteem
by all who know them.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 225.) (JC)
NEWTON McCLINTIC, a farmer residing on section 8, Jefferson Township, Henry Co., Iowa, was born in Bartholomew County, Ind., June 11, 1836, and is the son of Alex and Anca (Bates) McClintic, They were married in Kentucky, but Alex was born in Pennsylvania, his wife being a native of the former State. The father of Alex McClintic was also named Alex McClintic, and Thomas Bates was the father of Anca Bates. On the paternal side the ancestors came from Ireland, and on the maternal side from Germany. The father of our subject, Alex McClintic, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and drew a land warrant for 160 acres of land from the Government. But little history of either family can be given, as the father of our subject died when Alex was a small boy, and Anca Bates came to Indiana from her native State with relatives, and as both are now deceased, the early history of the family died with them. They came to this State about 1839, entering a claim of one section of land, but later purchased several hundred acres more, amounting to about 1,100 acres in the whole farm, a part of which original entry adjoins that of our subject on the north. Daniel Eicher now owns the original tract upon which Alex McClintic settled, and the homestead site is within easy view of where Newton now lives. During his lifetime Alex and his sons improved at least 400 acres. Mrs. McClintic died about five years after she came to this county. She was a most estimable lady, and the mother of nine children: John, who wedded Elizabeth Barclow, resides in Washington County, Iowa; Jane, who married Lucas Covert, and remained in Indiana; Alex, deceased, wedded for his first wife May A. Lloyd, and for his second wife Harriet Pangborne, who after his death married Henry Neff, of this county, but now resides in Missouri; Abigail, deceased, married Henry Cohee, a resident physician of Rome, Iowa; she died at Mt. Pleasant in 1881. Olive A. became the wife of Robert Scott, a farmer of Plymouth County, Iowa; Robert, deceased, wedded Martha A. Custer, who after his death married Amos Moore, of Washington County, where they reside; Mitchell, deceased, married Hester Ann Custer, who now resides in Jefferson Township.
Our subject was the youngest of the family. In Henry County he was reared, educated, married and resides. He early learned to clear the brushy lands, and many broad acres has he grubbed and plowed in making ready for the first crop. He has witnessed since boyhood the building of the towns and cities, the railroads, and the development of almost the entire county has been accomplished in his day. He remembers distinctly when a boy the Indian tribes that for many years had hunted over the prairies and through the woods, fished in the streams, and, though dispossessed by the whites, yet gave the new-corners a fairly cordial welcome and never molested their property.
Newton McClintic was wedded to Miss Ann R. Kurtz, Oct. 13, 1860. Her parents were natives of Maryland, from whence they came after marriage and settled near Lebanon, Ohio. They emigrated to Iowa in 1841 and settled on Skunk River, in Henry County, where the parents both died. Six children were born to them in Ohio, and one was born in this county. Their names and location are individually given. Peter died unmarried; John wedded Martha Mason, and is a resident farmer of Jefferson Township; Henry married Hannah Pangborne, and resides in Washington County; Mary wedded Nimrod Leece, a merchant of Crawfordsville, Iowa; Susan became the wife of W. R. Mason, also a resident of Jefferson Township; Ann R., wife of Mr. McClintic, and Martha became the wife of Nimrod Long, who is a merchant and also Postmaster of Crawfordsville, Iowa. These children are well known in this county, and their names should properly appear in her history. Since his marriage Mr. McClintic has resided upon a farm. A handsome country residence was erected in 1879, and the family circle is made happy by several children, all of whom were born in this township. The eldest daughter, Margaret, is the wife of Isaac Van Wagenen, a mechanic of Washington County; they have three children—James, Alva N. and Anna. The other children of our subject are: Marietta, Anna M., Susie, Abbie, Angeline, Eva J., deceased, and John N., twins.
One hundred acres of land bring Mr. McClintic a comfortable
income, and they live in the cosy style which delights those of taste and
culture. Mr. McClintic has long been connected with the School Board and is
greatly interested in the cause of education. To such families much praise is
due, they having done much to elevate the moral and social world in which they
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 321-322) (JC)
|Andrew W. McClure
ANDREW W. McCLURE, M. D., is the most noted physician, and the one longest established in practice in Mt. Pleasant. He was born at Lebanon, Warren Co., Ohio, June 10, 1828, and is a son of Andrew and Mary (Graham) McClure, both natives of Dauphin County, Pa., the former born in 1795, and the latter in 1796. They emigrated to Warren County, Ohio, and were among the first settlers of that region. There they took up a farm among the timber, which they cleared, and on which they lived for many years. They were of Scotch and Irish ancestry, and both were strict members of the Presbyterian Church. When they removed to Ohio, they were poor in this world’s goods, but by industry and thrift, and careful habits, acquired a comfortable competence. Mr. McClure was a patriot soldier in the War of 1812. He was a Free-Soiler and old-line Whig, and a supporter of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. He died in 1858, and his wife in 1884, aged eighty-eight. They were the parents of eight children, of whom three are now living: Hugh, a resident of Eureka Springs, Ark.; Ann, wife of Robert H. Todd, of Warren County, Ohio; and Andrew W., the subject of this biographical notice. He was reared upon the farm, and after leaving the district schools received an academic education at the Lebanon Academy. When twenty-one years old, he began reading medicine in the office of Dr. Fisher, a prominent practicing physician of Lebanon, at the same time having charge of Turtle Creek Academy, a Quaker school near that place. Under Dr. Fisher he laid a good groundwork for a thorough medical education, and in 1852-53 attended the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, graduating in the latter year. He at once began the practice of his profession at Paris, Ill., in connection with Dr. S. York, of that place. This partnership was dissolved in 1856, and Dr. McClure came to Mt. Pleasant, where he has acquired the well-deserved reputation of a skillful and successful physician and surgeon. On first coming to Mt. Pleasant, he formed a partnership with Dr. Bird, which continued until 1861,and that fall Dr. McClure responded to his country’s call, and entered the service as surgeon of the 4th Iowa Cavalry. The regiment was in a camp of instruction at Mt. Pleasant until the spring of 1862, when the regiment was sent to St. Louis, and thence to Springfield, Mo. After the battle of Pea Ridge, they were joined to the command of Gen. Curtis, in Gen. Carr’s division, and the summer was spent in marching and scouting in the Southwest. They wintered in Helena, Ark., and on the investment of Vicksburg were made a part of Grant’s army, taking part in the siege and capture of that place. After the fall of Vicksburg, Dr. McClure resigned his commission, having served two years, and returned to Mt. Pleasant, and again engaged in practice.
In 1858 Dr. McClure was married at Homer, Ill., to Maria Conkey, a native of Massachusetts, who lived but a year after, her babe surviving her but a short time. In the fall of 1860 Dr. McClure was married in Mt. Pleasant to Miss Emily Porter, daughter of Col. A. B. Porter, one of the earliest settlers of Henry County, and one of its best known citizens. Mrs. McClure was born in this county in 1839. Dr. and Mrs. McClure are the parents of three children, of whom two daughters, Mary and Martha, are now living.
Dr. McClure is prominently identified with the industrial, professional and social life of the city where he has made his home for more than thirty years. He is a member of the Wheel Scraper Company, the leading manufacturing enterprise of the city, of which a sketch appears elsewhere. While not in the ordinary sense a politician, he takes an intelligent interest in public affairs, and is a supporter of the Republican party. In all educational matters he takes a warm interest; he has been for ten years one of the Trustees of the State Hospital for the Insane, and is in fact heartily in support of everything tending to the advancement and prosperity of the city and county. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.
As a physician, Dr. McClure occupies a
leading position, not only in the city, but abroad. He is a member of the
American Medical Association; the Des Moines Medical Society, of which he was
President for one year, and since 1858 has been a member of the Iowa State
Medical Society, and was President in 1886-87. The address which he delivered
before that body at their annual meeting in Sioux City, in 1887, received the
warmest encomiums from the most eminent physicians present, and has been widely
copied in medical and other journals. Mt. Pleasant numbers among its citizens no
more worthy and creditable representative than Andrew W. McClure.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 286-287) (JC)
Michael McCormick, residing in Canaan township, has for long years been closely associated with the agricultural interests and with care and the improvement of his business affairs, through frugality and industry he has worked his way upward from a humble financial position to one of affluence. He was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, in March 1837, a son of Francis and Mary (Rowley) McCormick. He spent the days of his boyhood and youth in his native country and attended the common schools of Ireland.
When a young man he became ambitious to see something of the world and profit by the better business opportunities which he heard were to be enjoyed in the United States. He therefore made arrangements for leaving his old home and bidding adieu to friends and native land he sailed for America, landing at New York City on the 10th of June, 1857. He then made his way to Rensselaer county, New York, where he worked as a farm hand until 1861, when, becoming convinced that he might more readily obtain a farm of his own in the new and growing west, he made his way to Burlington, Iowa, in April, 1861, and thence to Mount Pleasant. In Henry county he secured farm labor after spending eight months as outside watchman at the Mount Pleasant insane asylum.
Before coming to Iowa Mr. McCormick was married on the 7th of February, 1861, to Miss Margaret Smith, who was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on the 4th of March, 1837. She pursued her education in the common schools of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Barnard and Margaret (Flynn) Smith, the former born in County Clavin, Ireland, and the latter near Dublin, Ireland. They came to the United States about 1832.
After working at farm labor for a time in Henry county, Mr. McCormick, of this review, rented sixty-five acres of land, which he cultivated for three years, and then purchased eighty acres on section 18, Canaan township, which at that time was a tract of raw prairie. He built all of the fences and the buildings on his place and otherwise improved it, and as the years passed and the country became more thickly settled his farm greatly appreciated in value, and the property for which he paid fifteen dollars per acre is today worth one hundred and twenty-five dollars per acre, owing to the care and labor he has bestowed upon it and the excellent improvements he has made.
In 1895 he purchased sixty acres just across the road in Marion township. There were no improvements upon it and the changes that have been wrought there are due to his labors and supervision. He has also invested in ninety-eight and three-quarters acres adjoining his original farm on the south, upon which his two sons live, their sister keeping house for them. This was purchased in 1899. In 1904 another purchase of sixty-five acres was made, and today Mr. McCormick and his sons own three hundred and four acres of very valuable and productive land in Canaan township.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. McCormick have been born four sons and four daughters: Mary, who is acting as housekeeper for her brothers; Charles, who died at the age of seven years; Elizabeth, the wife of Edward Fitzpatrick, a resident of New London township; John, who died at the age of four years; Jane, the wife of Joseph Hurley, who is engaged in the real-estate business in connection with Dennis Marony in Mount Pleasant; Francis J., also of Canaan township; Margaret, the wife of John Fitzpatrick, of New London township, and Emmet B., likewise of Canaan township. All of the children were born in the township where the family home is still maintained.
belongs to the Catholic church of Mount Pleasant and helped to build the
present structure and as his means have increased he has been a liberal
supporter and he votes with the democracy. He has never had occasion to
regret his determination to seek a home in America, for he here found the
opportunities he sought and by judicious use of these he has made steady
advancement in business life until he is today the owner of valuable
landed possessions in his adopted country.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. p. 132)(PE)
OLIVER McDONALD is a farmer of Baltimore Township, Henry Co., Iowa. One of the early settlers of this State was the father of our subject, who located in Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, in 1837, on land adjoining that upon which his son Oliver now resides. Originally, the McDonalds were of Scotch and Irish ancestry, and we trace their history back to Maryland, where John, father of Oliver McDonald, was born. He went to Kentucky a single man, and later wedded Mary Mahan, near Lexington, in that State. Most of their children were born in Adair County, Ky. They were: Elizabeth T., wife of Isaac Cornelius, and both now deceased; Alexander, who died single; John E., wedded to Mary L. Parrot; W. Wallace, who died in childhood; Archibald C., who died unmarried, and Oliver, of whom we write, completes the list. He is the only living representative of the family. In the spring of 1836 the family went to McDonough County, Ill., and not finding a good title to the land there open for entry, Mr. McDonald pushed on to Iowa and took the claim mentioned above, leaving his family in Illinois until the next spring. The lands are on what is known as the Black Hawk purchase, and that celebrated chief, with his band, was at Burlington when the emigrants landed in Iowa. Oliver, who was born June 3, 1828, was a lad, but being so near their village for nearly a year, he formed a personal acquaintance with many of the tribe, as well as with the chief Black Hawk. This village was a mile and a half above Burlington, at the mouth of Flint Creek, now in the city limits, and Oliver remembers well when the tribe took their final departure. Even after they had gone and came back on annual visits to Burlington to receive their annuity, boys with whom he played remembered him, as they stopped often at his father’s cabin.
Familiar in every detail with pioneer life, our subject, who has lived for half a century upon the same land, has witnessed its entire development, from the first cabin to the fine farm house and substantial home which take the place of the old cabins and pole sheds of fifty years ago. The death of his mother occurred when Oliver was only six months old, and his father, who loved her with all the fervor that a fond husband can love, remained true to her memory. His daughter Elizabeth was her father’s housekeeper until her marriage, and then his sister, Maria McDonald, remained with him during his lifetime. He died in 1854 in his seventy-first year, and his remains were interred at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Baltimore Township.
Oliver McDonald, the same year, was married to Miss Ann R. Algeo, of Des Moines County. She is the daughter of John and Ann (Stewart) Algeo, and the paternal ancestors were of Irish origin. They came from Wellsburg, Va., where she was born, and the family removed to this State about 1847. John Algeo went to California in 1850, and died in a mining camp. After her daughter, Eugenie Archer, and her husband, decided to go to California, Mrs. Algeo resolved to accompany them, and in that State her death occurred later. She was the mother of six children: Thomas, John, Ann R., Eugenie, William and Ridgeley. Four of these are now living: John wedded Louisa Harlan; Eugenie married John Archer; Ridgeley was married in California and lives there, and Ann is the wife of our subject, and was born Dec. 29, 1837.
After the death of his father and the other heirs, Mr. McDonald and his brother, John E., purchased the old homestead, and our subject now owns the original site where stood the pioneer cabin. The domestic life of the young couple was begun on the same tract, and the same residence to-day is the one in which, for almost thirty-five years, they have lived the happiest of lives. Four children have blessed their union : John E. and William Edgar, who are single ; Anna B., wife of Seneca Kelley, a farmer of New London Township, and Milton, the husband of Ivenette Williams, residing in Danville Township, Des Moines County.
The family circle remains intact, and
in a cosy home, with all that makes life worth living, and with children of whom
they have every reason to feel proud, the historian leaves the subject of this
sketch, who has been an industrious and fortunate man, and has accumulated since
he began life for himself, 280 acres of very desirable land. Neither he nor his
father have ever desired or ever held public office, but as citizens, gentlemen,
and kindly neighbors, few men have greater credit. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Pleasant Grove, of which he has
been Steward and Class-Leader, and is now a Trustee. Socially he is a member of
Charity Lodge No. 56, I. O. O. F., of New London, and in politics has been a
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 281-282) (JC)
JOSEPH McDOWELL, residing in Center Township, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Feb. 5, 1822, and is the son of John and Susanna (Vaughn) McDowell, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. They emigrated to Ohio in 1812, and were among the pioneer settlers of Tuscarawas County, where he transformed the wild land into a fine farm. In the year 1854 they removed to Henry County, Iowa, locating on section 31, Center Township, where he bought ninety-two acres of partially improved land, living there until his death, which occurred in 1861 at the ripe age of seventy-seven years, being born in 1784. Mr. McDowell served during the War of 1812 as a non-commissioned officer, He was a conscientious man, and was an earnest Christian. He held the political views of the Republican party. Mrs. McDowell was called to her final home Nov. 16, 1876. She was born on the 26th of February, 1792. Mr. and Mrs. McDowell were the parents of eleven children, four of whom are yet living: Martha is now the wife of Daniel Richey, of Corning, Iowa; Joseph, our subject; Elizabeth, the wife of Silas Thomas, residing in Mt. Pleasant, and Agnes, the wife of Alford Wilson, a minister in Page County, Iowa.
Joseph McDowell lived upon his father’s farm in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, until the age of twenty-one, at which time he went to Holmes County, Ohio, working as a farm hand until the fall of 1846. Mr. McDowell then went back to his native county, where he was united in marriage, on the 6th of September, 1846, to Rebecca Swope, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of James and Rachel (Frazier) Swope, both of whom were natives of Huntingdon County, Pa. After his marriage, Mr. McDowell engaged in farming until the spring of 1848, when he emigrated to Henry County, Iowa, settling near Mt. Pleasant. Here he rented a farm until the spring of 1851, when lie moved to section 29 of Center Township, where he rented a farm for sixteen years. Mr. McDowell afterward moved to section 6, Jackson Township, where he bought a farm of eighty acres in 1865. He resided upon this latter farm for four years, when he bought the ninety-two acres on section 31, Center Township, which his father bought in 1854 on coming to Iowa, where lie now lives. He now owns 213 acres of land, mostly under cultivation.
Mr. and Mrs. McDowell have had a family of thirteen children: William, who died when but nineteen months old: David, now residing in Jackson Township; Henry, a resident of Center Township; Elizabeth, who is the wife of Columbus Watson, of Jefferson County, Iowa; Iowa, the wife of Robert Jemmeson, a harness-maker of Mt. Pleasant, who served as a soldier during the Rebellion; James now resides in Jefferson County, Iowa; Clara is at home; Mary is the wife of Zachariah Doan, a resident of Salem Township; Albert, John and Margaret reside with their parents. Those deceased are William, Ellen and Sarah.
In politics, Mr. McDowell sympathies with the Labor Union party.
Mrs. McDowell is a member of the Holiness Church, while Mr. McDowell believes in
universal salvation. Mr. and Mrs. McDowell have gained all that they have by
their own thrift and economy. They are highly esteemed throughout the community
in which they reside.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 288) (JC)
Mrs. Sylvia McMillan is a cultured lady, and received her education at Earlham College, Ind. In becoming the wife of Amos McMillan she assumed the duties of a wife and mother, and nobly has she fulfilled for sixteen years her trust. The children of the first and second wives have been cared for as tenderly as if they were her own, and in return she is the recipient of their love and affection in the highest degree, and is proud of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of her husband. Our subject is the only one of his name now a resident of this county. He has been a liberal father to his children, and in the pleasant mansion where we now write are assembled four generations of this family. He lives at ease, surrounded by all that comes to those who have diligently labored to earn a competence for old age. Each of his children were presented by him with $2,000 cash, and some of them have become very wealthy, and Charles is a large land-owner. The children are all well educated, Charles and Jesse at West Point, Iowa, and the children of the first wife at Earlham College, near Richmond, Ind. The children of the second wife were educated at Whittier's College, in Salem. The family with one exception are members of the Society of Friends, and all who are in reach of it attend the Salem Monthly and Quarterly Meeting. The portrait of Mr. McMillan, on a preceding page, shows him at his advanced age to be a man of more than ordinary capacity, both physically and mentally, and a true representative of the best class of Henry County's citizens.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp. 568-572)
THOMAS W. McMILLAN
The death of Thomas W. McMillan loses this writer
a long and valued friendship. By
his death this community has lost an institution.
For Thomas W. McMillan, while a man of character, a citizen of good
repute, bearing a name honored in this community for a century, a public
servant of rare fidelity and integrity, of clear vision, of sound
judgment, and of notable achievement and while vested with all of these
estimable and fully acknowledged values, he, in his relations to the
community, as a whole, WAS an institution.
The municipal utilities of this town, the public
parks of Mt. Pleasant, especially Saunders Grove, will long remain as
memorials to his genius. His
devotion and his jealous affection for these, his wards, for whom he gave
the fullest measure of his ability.
How well we remember the old days of the water
works down on Big Creek, and Engineer Walsh.
Here McMillan, then a youth, spent every possible spare hour, day
or night, working without pay, hauling out ashes, wiping and cleaning,
helping with zest anything of a mechanical turn.
Here he laid the footing course for his later career, and
unconsciously laid the foundation for the present splendid municipal water
Then, too, we well remember how at the first and
primitive electric light plant, down at the present Gas works, McMillan
spent many hours, without pay, cleaning, doing odd jobs, helping with the
work and storing up information and experience, which was to equip him for
his later sphere of influence and constructive opportunities.
Then the town took over the light plant, and it
was natural that McMillan should be employed, first as night engineer,
then as day engineer, and little more than thirty-five years ago, upon the
resignation of Superintendent Green, the council appointed McMillan to the
What he accomplished, with the advice and assent
of his town council, and the loyal assistance of his men, can only be
appreciated by those of us, who recall the insignificance of the municipal
plant of thirty-five years ago, and understand its commanding position
today, among the municipal plants of the middle west.
As councilmen became more and more aware of the
ability, the genius, the sound judgment of Mr. McMillan, they placed on
his shoulders added burdens and responsibility: the street department, the
public parks department, the water department, until he was made city
manager, and enjoying the fullest confidence of his council in his
loyalty, his integrity and his consummate management.
There is not a rod of water main, there is not a
fire hydrant, there is not a part or parcel of the water department and
its equipment, that has not been placed, or erected, under the personal or
directed supervision of Mr. McMillan.
There is not, in our electric light and power system, a pole, or a
line or a transformer, not a boiler or a motive unit that has not been
erected or builded under his personal or directed supervision.
The same with our admirable sewer system, with our municipal ice
plant, with our stone quarry and equipment, all stamped with the genius of
But perhaps nowhere is more fully recognized the
touch of Mr. McMillan’s affection and devotion to the community than
down in the Grove. The whole
area mirrors the little understood poetical and artistic side of Mr.
McMillan’s make-up. While
one hand was busy and calloused with the mechanical demands of machinery
and equipment, the other hand was sketching new vistas, new nooks and
attractions for the Grove. Most
of the shrubbery is native and moved into the Grove.
The flowers, the playgrounds, the fire places, the drives, the
paths, reflect his genius and his little suspected or understood
appreciation of the quiet beauty and music of nature.
And now Thomas W. McMillan has come to the close
of his stewardship with vision still keen, judgment still sound, integrity
unsullied. He has closed the
book and they balance. He has
folded his hands in eternal rest and they are clean.
We pay this tribute to a friend and a friendship
covering nearly half a century. In
his life, and by his life, the McMillan name, contemporaneous with the
hundred year life of the community, remains untarnished and honored.
Our municipal utilities and our parks and pleasure grounds are the
living memorial of a rare public service.
Turning from Thomas Woodworth McMillan as a public
institution, to him as a personality, we find he was born of excellent
stock on July 3, 1874 and on a farm just outside the northwest corner of
the city of Mt. Pleasant limits, the son of Charles and Mary Woodworth
McMillan. And as we have often
driven out by the old place together, he would locate the old homestead,
the old schoolhouse and the boyhood scenes which always remain green in
the mature years.
Mr. McMillan was one of five children of the
family. His sister, Mary
McMillan Schaffner, and his brother, George McMillan, died some years ago,
and his sister, Mrs. Sara McKean of Jackson, Wyoming, and his brother,
Warren of Aurora, are still living.
The McMillan family was among the first to settle
about Mt. Pleasant and during the century the name has been held in the
highest respect. Mr.
McMillan’s grandfather was a general officer in the war of 1812, and his
uncle, Henry McMillan, was the first city clerk of Mt. Pleasant.
The Samples, and Davis families of Rome were relatives and they
financed and operated the old Pork Packing works on what is now part of
Saunders Grove. A marker now
designating the site was placed there by Mr. McMillan.
Mr. McMillan lost his father on Feb. 7, 1905, and
from that time he and his widowed mother were constant companions, until
her death in April, 1920. Left
alone, his sister, Mrs. Sara McKean, came here to make a home for him and
he educated her son, Sidney, who is making for himself a big mark in the
world of today.
On October 14, 1924, Mr. McMillan was married at
Monmouth, Ill., to Miss Orpha Morrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Morrow, who operated the well-remember grocery store, of which the Taylor
grocery is the continuing store, of many years on the same location.
The marriage was pre-eminently a happy one and
their sixteen years of companionship will, in retrospect, be a great
solace and comfort, to the bereaved wife.
Memories, refreshed by hundreds of photographs, hundreds of books,
hundreds of incidents that have punctuated and phrased and interrogated
and illumined, will be kept green as long as memories last.
Mr. and Mrs. McMillan loved to travel, not only to
move over long distances and to far and important places, but to explore
together in perfect pleasure, not only the highways, but the byways of the
country, and their many long trips together covering every state in the
Union, Canada and Mexico to all the great scenic areas, to most of the
great historic places, to most of the more romantic places of the north
and the south, and the east and the west.
Few people, of this community at least, have so
comprehensively surveyed the high places and the low places, the wide
spaces and the restricted places, the plains and the mountains, the hills
and the valleys, the great cities and the remote communities, as have Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas McMillan. They
were companions and walked along the pleasant paths of life hand in hand,
happy, content and secure.
Mrs. McMillan will remain where she has lived, and lend her life bravely to what the future has in store for her. She will devote much of her time to literary work, short stories and verse. Few realize, among her acquaintances, that her talent has in a sense turned into gold, for of recent years her contributions to the literary press, have resulted in a substantial financial return. Mrs. McMillan’s heart throbs in these dark hours are to be shared with her friends in this simple verse from her pen:
Life’s beautiful race is ended; Victorious,
(Mt. Pleasant News, November 20, 1940, Page 2, “The Bystanders Notes” by Publisher C. S. Rogers )(PW)
McMILLEN, one of the early settlers of Henry County, Iowa, resides on section 5,
Center Township. He is a native of Wayne County, Ohio, born Nov. 11, 1832, and
is a son of Thomas and Mary (Hoagland)
McMillen. When Thomas was but eight years old the family came to Henry County,
Iowa, and settled on section 5, Center Township, where his father purchased a
claim of John H. Randolph, on which was a small building in the course of erection. Here our
subject remained until 1852, working on the farm in the summer and attending
school during the winter months, the school-house being situated a mile and half
from his home. It was a primitive log cabin with puncheon floor, shakes for
roof, slab seats, and lighted by means of a hole cut out from one of the logs,
over which paper was pasted. An old-fashioned fireplace which extended almost
over one side of the room afforded warmth for those attending the school. In
the spring of 1852, in company with C. B. Dart, Mr. McMillen left for Oregon
Territory with an ox-team. Leaving the Missouri River on the 5th of May, they
arrived at Portland, Ore., August 10 of the same year. The journey was a long
and toilsome one, much unlike that which is made to-day in one of Pullman’s
palace cars. From Portland Mr. McMillen went to Ault House Creek, near
Jacksonville, where he engaged in mining and where he remained four years. In
1856 he returned home by water, the first part of the journey being on the “Golden
Age” to Panama, thence by the “Northern Star” to New York. He arrived at
his home in Henry County July 3, 1856; His experience in the gold regions served
but to intensify his desire once more to engage in mining, and therefore after
remaining at home a period of. three years, he once more started across the
plains, California being his destination. With ox-teams he traveled as far as
Salt Lake, when the oxen were exchanged for pack ponies and the remainder of the
journey was made in that way. He located at Coloma where gold was first
discovered. Here he once more embarked in mining, and followed that occupation
until 1866, when he again returned home, arriving here sometime in May of that
year. Since his return home Mr. McMillen has been engaged in superintending the
farm. With the exception of the time spent on the Pacific Coast Mr. McMillen has
been identified with this county a period of forty-seven years, during which
time most wonderful changes have been made. When the family first settled in
Henry County it was six years before Iowa’s admission as a State, and fifteen
years before a railroad was started. The changes that he has witnessed and of
which he has been an active participant can scarcely be realized.
Wherever known, Thomas McMillen is universally respected.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 191.)
A. R. McPHERSON, residing on section 8, Scott Township, Henry Co., Iowa was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, near Cincinnati, Feb. 2, 1812. His parents were Robert and Margaret (McCormick) McPherson, the former born in Virginia in 1769, the latter near Baltimore, Md., in 1784. In 1811 they went to Hamilton County, Ohio, and near Cincinnati, which was then but a small village, they made a home. Eight children were born to them, four sons and four daughters, five of whom are living: George; Mary J., wife of Dr. Jordan, now deceased; Margaret married John Myers, of Licking County, Ohio; John lives in Licking County, Ohio, and A. R., the subject of this sketch. Those deceased are: Adah, Elizabeth and William. Mr. McPherson was a prominent Mason, and he and his wife were reared, lived and died in the Presbyterian faith.
The early life of our subject was spent under the parental roof, remaining on the farm until he was twenty years of age. In 1832 he left home, going to Illinois, but returning the following year, he subsequently made two trips to New Orleans. His father, anxious that he should receive a good education, gave him $50 with which to pay his tuition at a school in Athens. About this time the Texas rebellion broke out, and, in company with James McDonald, Mr. McPherson went to New Orleans, where he enlisted with the Texas Rangers under Gen. Morgan. He went with that command to Texas, where the Rangers were employed as scouts, doing some hard fighting, and having some hairbreadth escapes. At one time a company of ninety-six men were ambushed by the Comanche Indians and Mexicans, and out of that number only thirty-two escaped, they having a hand-to-hand fight.
Mr. McPherson received several lancet wounds, but escaped otherwise uninjured. He served in the war until its close, receiving half a league of land for his services, which he afterward sold for $500. For several years he worked on the river, accumulating considerable money
In Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1841, he was joined in marriage with Miss Jane Daniels. Seven children came to make glad the parents’ hearts: William, now a civil engineer, served in the late Rebellion with honor; Joseph, now deceased, enlisted in the 30th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was afterward promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; Elizabeth, deceased wife of Josephus Brown; Orman, also a soldier, in the 19th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, resides in Mercer County, Ill.; Emma wedded H. White, of St. Louis, who is connected with the Globe Democrat, R. Franklin, of Chariton, Mo., and one child, who died in infancy. Mrs. McPherson was taken from her happy home in 1850.
In 1846 Mr. McPherson enlisted in the
Mexican War, serving
in Company C, 6th United States infantry, he was appointed to the command as
Second Lieutenant, but served as First. He participated in the Battle of Palo
Alto, where the regiment lost heavily, and also in the capture of Vera Cruz. In
1853 Mr. McPherson was again married, to Miss Martha M. Morris, a daughter of
William and Abigal (Elwell) Morris, one of the pioneer settlers of Louisa
County, Iowa. Again seven children brought joy and gladness to their home, and
six of these children are yet living: Clara, wife of A. R. Dayton, of Sherman
County, Kan.; Grant, a resident of Henry County; Sherman, Effie, James and
Charles, who still reside with their parents; Adah died in infancy. In
1862 Mr. McPherson with his family settled in Louisa County, Iowa, but in 1883
decided to make Henry County his home, and here he has since resided. Success
and losses come alike to all, and Mr. McPherson’s life has not been an
exception to the general rule. He has traveled extensively over our country, and
has seen much that was pleasant, and thus beautiful land of ours. In all his
wanderings never during his life has he used tobacco or whisky. A remarkable
record, truly. In many of his transactions he has been very successful, but on
the other hand he has met with several losses, which he paid dollar for dollar.
At one time he lost, through a partner, $30,000, but were it not for these very
trials we could not fully appreciate our blessings.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 197-198.)(JC)
JOHN MELTON, one of the early and
honored settlers of Henry County, was born in Virginia,
and was a son of Allen Melton.. His mother died when he was only five years old.
He was reared upon a farm, being bound out to a farmer until he grew to manhood.
When about twenty-one years of age, John Melton led to the marriage altar Miss
Phoebe Heston, who was born in Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of Phineas and
Sarah Heston. Shortly after his marriage, he with his young wife emigrated to
Ohio, where they lived for a number of years. Thence he went to Warren County,
Ind., where he staid several years. In 1839 Mr. Melton removed to Henry County,
which place he made his home until his death. He took up his residence on a farm
in Center Township, remaining there until 1853, when he removed to section 36,
Tippecanoe Township. Twelve children graced the union of John Melton and Phoebe
Heston, only three of whom are yet living: John, a miner, residing in
California; Mrs. Alfred Doan; and Isaac, a farmer, now living in Republic
County, Kan. When the Republican party came into existence, Mr. Melton found the
principles enunciated by its leaders were in accordance with those he had held,
and therefore acted with it until he departed this life in October, 1870, his
wife also dying in the same month of the same year. She was a member of the
Society of Friends, and though Mr. Melton was not a church member, his integrity
and uprightness were undoubted. He was a large landholder in this county, and
one of its best citizens. Having a heart overflowing with love for humanity, to
the poor he was ever kind and considerate, and no man ever stood higher in the
community than Mr. Melton, his high character and many good deeds endearing him
to all classes.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 322-323) (JC)
WILLIAM MELTON, one of the prominent
and representative farmers of this county, was born in Warren County, Ind., and
in that county his boyhood days were spent. He received his early education in
the common schools of his native State, and in the year 1858 came West, locating
in Henry County, where he resided a short time with his uncle. In the meantime
he became acquainted with Miss Sarah Wilson, the acquaintance ripened into love,
and in October, 1859, he led her to the marriage altar. Her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Wilson, were among the very earliest settlers of the county. On the
29th of February, 1836, at the home of Mr. John Wilson, on Brush Creek, Ky.,
Mrs. Melton, the first white child of Henry County, was born. Mrs. Melton has a
most wonderful head of hair, being at the present time long enough to drag upon
the floor, and at one time before being cut off it measured seven feet and three
inches. Mrs. Melton is a woman of good address and fine intellect. The
hospitable door of the home always stands open, and both husband and wife are
always ready to welcome the weary traveler. In their home love for each other
and their fellowman reigns supreme, and those simple but powerful gifts, a kind
word and a cheery smile, are ready for all. Soon after their marriage Mr. and
Mrs. Melton went to Warren County, Ind., where they remained for twenty-five
years, until hearing of Mr. Wilson’s sickness, when they returned home,
staying with him until his death.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 321) (JC)
JOB MESSER, a prominent farmer of Trenton Township, Henry Co., Iowa, was born Nov. 6, 1847, in the township where he now resides, and is the son of John and Rhoda (Miller) Messer, both of whom are natives of Guernsey County, Ohio. They had a family of fourteen children, two of whom died in infancy: Josephus married Rebecca J. Huffman; John married Cornelia Hollowell; Mary married James Scarff; Job is our subject; Simon married Jane Henthorn; Alfred married Maria Hemsler for his first wife, who died in 1877; he was married again, to Rebecca Richards; Jane married George Allender; Calvin married Lizzie Smith; Alvin; Hiram Lincoln; Rebecca Ann married Isaac Shook. They came to Iowa in an early day. John Messer was a soldier in the Graybeard regiment, but was discharged for disability. He died Feb. 7, 1865, at the age of seventy years. He was a farmer all his life, and at his death owned a fine place of eighty acres. Politically, he was a Republican.
subject was reared on a farm, and received such education as the district
schools at that time afforded. On the 4th of July, 1871, he was united in
marriage with Martha Jane Smith, who was also a native of this county, and a
daughter of Jacob and Margaret Smith. By their union three chilren were born—Margaret
Ann, John Alvin and Frank Melvin. His
wife died in 1877, and Mr. Messer was again married, his second wife being
Susanna Harmon, a native of Indiana, who came to Henry County when a child with
her parents, where she has resided nearly all of the time since. Five children
have graced this second union—Reason, Carrie, Charles, Mary Jane and Milford.
Mr. Messer is an energetic and enterprising man. Everything on his farm, a fine
one of 100 acres, denotes thrift and good management. He commenced life without
a dollar in his pocket, but by his own earnest and honest labor has gained a
competency, and the respect and esteem of his fellowmen.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 312-313) (JC)
JOHN MESSER, deceased, was a native of Ohio, and his parents were Job and Sarah (Green) Messer. He was among the earliest pioneer settlers of Henry County, Iowa, having come to this county in 1839, and settled in Trenton Township, on section 8, where he lived until the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 7, 1865. He was united in marriage with Rhoda Ann Miller, and they were the parents of fourteen children, of whom Michael and Sarah died young; Josephus was the eldest; the next was John, of Trenton Township; Mary, wife of James H. Scarff, of Trenton Township; Job, also of Trenton Township; Simon, also a farmer of Trenton Township; Alfred, who died Aug. 27, 1885; Jane, wife of George Alexander, of Trenton Township; Calvin, residing in Jefferson Township; Alvin, who has charge of the home farm for his mother; Hannah departed this life in January, 1874; Lincoln; Becca Ann, wife of Isaac Shuck, a resident of Trenton Township. Mr. Messer in early life affiliated with the Whig party, and until the organization of the Republican, when he voted with the latter party. He served as a soldier in the late Rebellion, enlisting in what was known as the old Graybeard regiment, from which he was honorably discharged for disability. Mr. Messer owned a fine farm of eighty acres of land at the time of his death. Among the honored names of the pioneer settlers, that of John Messer ranks among the first.
Josephus Messer was born and reared on the farm in Trenton Township, on which his parents had settled on coming to Henry County. He was among the many brave boys in blue who fought so gallantly for their country, enlisting in the 4th Iowa Cavalry, serving three years, and participating in the many battles in which his regiment was engaged. On the 9th of July, 1864, he married Rebecca Jane Hoffman, a native of Indiana, and a daughter of Paul and Azuba (Washburn) Hoffman, the father a native of Canada, and the mother of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman are now residing in Decatur County, Kan.
Mr. and Mrs. Messer have been the
parents of ten children: Zion, born Nov. 1, 1865; Mary Florence, born July 22,
1867, now the wife of Jesse F. Fields, a resident of Trenton Township; Freeman,
born Nov. 26, 1868; Sheridan, Nov. 30, 1870; Alice, born March 6, 1872, died
Aug. 14, 1873; Emma Jane, born Dec. 13, 1873; Joe, March 25, 1876; Azuba Ann,
Oct. 27, 1879; Lavina, Aug. 10,1881; Sarah Frances, Oct. 11, 1885; and Rhoda,
May 26, 1887; one died in infancy. Mr. Messer owns a farm of seventy-two acres
of land, well cultivated. Politically he is an adherent of the Republican party.
Mr. and Mrs. Messer are highly esteemed both as citizens and neighbors.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 328-329) (JC)
|John T. Messer
JOHN T. MESSER, residing on section 17, Trenton Township, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1834, and is the son of Hiram and Barbara (Miller) Messer. His father was a native of Fayette County, Pa., and was the son of Job and Sarah (Green) Messer. He was one of a family of eight children, five boys and three girls—Israel, Hiram, James, John, Reason, Mariam, Harriet and Jane, and was reared on a farm. With the exception of a few years, when he was engaged in running a still for Andy Craig in his native State, he spent his entire life in farming. In 1839 he emigrated with his family to Henry County, Iowa, settling on section 17, Trenton Township, where he resided till his death, which occurred April 12, 1871. His farm originally consisted of 371 acres.
John T. Messer was reared on the farm
on which he now resides. He was married, Jan. 28,
1855, to Senith Black, a native of Champaign, Ohio. Her father was Samuel
Black, one of the pioneers of Henry County. By this union six children have been
born: Samuel Hiram, a farmer of Trenton Township; Albert Mitchell, also a farmer
residing in Trenton Township; Anna Bell married George Black and lives in
Trenton Township; James W., at home; Geneva Frances, born July 8, 1871, died at
the age of three; and an infant. Assisted by his good wife Mr. Messer has made
all he possesses. By good
management and close attention to business he has gained a competence, and now
owns 200 acres of finely improved land. He is a practical farmer, and everything
on the farm denotes thrift and enterprise. Mrs. Messer’s father, Samuel Black,
departed this life July 22, 1865.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 332-333) (JC)
MILLER MESSER is a farmer and stock-raiser of Henry County, Iowa,
residing on section 17, Trenton Township, where he owns 120 acres of land, all
under a fine state of cultivation. He is a son of Hiram Messer, and was born in
this county in 1848. His father came to Henry County in 1839, locating on the
farm where Miller now lives. The boyhood days of our subject were spent upon the
farm on which he now resides. He received his education at the district school,
and in 1870 was united in marriage with Miss Adeline Miller. She is the daughter
of William Miller, and is a native of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Messer have been the
parents of two children: Henry, who was taken from them by death at the age of
three; and Layura May. He is one of the stalwart supporters of the Republican
party, and has never swerved in his allegiance to the same. His business is that
of general farming and stock-raising, and among the young business men of the
county, Mr. Messer ranks with the first.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 332) (JC)
Charles C Miller
CHARLES C. MILLER, a retired farmer of New London, was born in Fowle’s Parish, Forfarshire, Scotland, May 16, 1800. His parents, William and Cecelia (Walker) Miller, were also of Scottish birth. The mother was of Highland descent; the father died when our subject was but an infant. Charles C. learned the trade of landscape gardener, and when twenty years of age went to London, England, where he followed that occupation six years. He then went to County Kilkenny, Ireland, to accept a position of gardener to a rich gentleman, and later accepted the position as steward or superintendent of the estate of a large landed proprietor in County Westmeath, Ireland, where he staid thirteen years, until the death of his principal. He had a large number of hands to oversee, and was placed in a position of great responsibility and trust, and received a good salary for his services. He then entered the service of the Earl of Desert, in County Kilkenny, as superintendent of his estate, remaining four years, when having a strong desire to be proprietor of a landed estate himself, he determined to emigrate to America, the country of cheap lands.
Having several relatives and friends who wished to seek their fortune in the New World, he organized a party of sixteen persons, of which he was leader, and in 1850 emigrated from Ireland to America, landing in New York. They came at once to Iowa and located in Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, where Mr. Miller purchased a farm of 200 acres, which he still owns. Some of his party settled near him, others in Henry County. Several of these are now dead and others have removed farther west.
Mr. Miller was married in New London
Township, Henry County, July 7, 1858, by the Rev. McBride, a Presbyterian
minister, to Miss Martha W. Davis, daughter of Tamerlane W. W. and Jane Smith
(Payne) Davis. Mrs. Miller was born in Bedford County, Va. Her parents were of
Welsh and English descent and came of old families of Virginia.
Mrs. Miller is a woman of superior intelligence and culture, and is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Miller was engaged in farming in
Des Moines County until 1862, when he rented his farm and removed to New London,
where he has since resided. He has three and a half acres of land in the suburbs
of the village, which he cultivates with great care and taste. He is now in his
eighty-eighth year, but is still active and has full possession of his mental
faculties. Mr. Miller has been a man of robust constitution, remarkably active
and energetic. He was a skilled sportsman, fond of his gun and dogs. In his
middle age, and even long after most men would have laid aside the gun, he could
bring a quail or snipe to the ground as often as the most expert shot. His eye
is still bright and his nerve steady, but he contents himself with the care of
his little farm and domestic animals. He has accumulated a valuable property,
and both he and his estimable wife are held in high esteem by their neighbors
and fellow citizens.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 191-192.) (JC)
James F. Miller
JAMES F. MILLER, farmer and stock-raiser, resides upon section 11, Jackson Township, and as one of the typical farmers of the township, we are pleased to present a sketch of his family history. In his township, and in the county as well, he hears an enviable reputation as a gentleman and citizen. He was horn in Scott County, Ill., March 21, 1833, and is the son of Alfred and Nancy (New) Miller. Alfred Miller was born in North Carolina and his wife in Tennessee. They were married in Illinois and all their children were born in that State. Alfred died in 1853, and his widow afterward married John B. Abbey, who was a resident of this county, and one of the first settlers in Baltimore township. Upon the land that he entered in 1840 his widow now resides. He took the claim, made some improvements, and entered the lands at the first land sale held in Burlington. By her second marriage Mrs. Miller had no heirs, but to her first husband she bore Lucinda, now deceased, who was the wife of James Six; Francis M., who became the husband of Mary Steelman; James F., who married Matilda Kirkpatrick in 1853; Lorenzo J., husband of Minerva Blaney; Adam, married to Margaret, a sister of Matilda, wife of our subject; Nancy, deceased, became the wife of Addison McGavick; William wedded Caroline Welsh, while Alfred remains a bachelor.
In 1852 our subject came to Iowa and first located in Lee County. While there the acquaintance was first formed with Miss Matilda Kirkpatrick, and her parents removing to this county in 1853, the wedding was celebrated in Henry County, where they have since resided. Her parents, William and Mary (Pratt) Kirkpatrick, were among the very first settlers of Clark’s Point, Lee Co., Iowa, locating there in 1834, and entering over a half section of land. They came from Sangamon County, Ill., where they were married. Miss Kirkpatrick was a native of Ohio, born July 2, 1835, leaving that State when a girl ten years of age. William Kirkpatrick was a soldier during the Black Hawk War, after which he was married, and during his residence in Illinois engaged in farming. They were the parents of ten children, all born in Iowa, except the two eldest, Jane and Charles. Jane, who lives in Missouri, was twice wedded, first to John Thompson, then to Grandville Arnold, both now deceased; Charles married Sarah Stephenson, and resides near Lowell, in this county. In Iowa were born Matilda, wife of our subject; Lucinda, wife of William Tull; Martha, who became the wife of Thomas Dilts; Margaret, the wife of A. Miller, a brother of our subject; Emma, wedded to Marion Daggs; Sarah, who became the wife of Joseph Masters; William, who is the husband of Libbie Rank; and Joseph, wedded to Ella Marsh. All are now living.
The first land owned by Mr. Miller was his present farm. He began domestic and agricultural life in this county on a rented farm in Baltimore Township, and succeeded so well that in a few years he had a farm of his own. All the nice improvements of this farm have been made since 1866, and they are of that substantial character which betokens thrift and energy. He has always enjoyed the confidence of his fellowmen, and although a Democrat from his first vote, has been repeatedly elected to positions of trust in his township, serving as Trustee several times, Assessor three years, and having another year yet to serve. At the last election he was made a candidate without his knowledge, and was elected without opposition. This of itself stamps him as a correct official and public-spirited man.
and Mrs. Miller have seven children. Those living are: Charles F., who is wedded
to Mary Stacker, living in Jackson Township; William, husband of Emma Brazill,
now living in Nebraska; Flora, wife of A. D. Brazill, also living in Nebraska;
Clara and Linnie, living with their parents, and their birthplace in the roomy
old mansion has been to them a happy home. Those deceased are: Josephine, who
was the wife of Robert Francey, and left a daughter, Stella; and Clement, who
died in infancy. All the children were born in this county, and are in every
sense identified with its interests. We are pleased to thus mention this family
and assign them a place among those who with them have grown gray and wealthy,
since the improvement of Henry County was begun in the days of “auld lang
sine.” Both Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Protestant Methodist Church
and at different dates he has been Superintendent of the Sabbath-school and an
officer of the church. Both were
members of the first church organization of that society in this section of the
country, about 1868, in the Greenwood school-house, Rev. John Mason being the
pastor. Among the first members
were also William Myers, William Walters and wife, Adam Miller and wife, John
Francey and wife, and others. Of
these William Myers was the first Class-Leader, and our subject the first
Steward. The society is still in a
prosperous condition and regular services are held. By such families as those mentioned are the schools,
churches, morals and wealth of a community built up, and to none is the good
repute of Henry County more due that to Mr. Mill and family.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 237-238) (JC)
REV. STEPHEN MILLER, a farmer residing on section 24, Jefferson Township, Henry Co., Iowa, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, in 1844, and is the son of Tobias and Barbara (Yoder) Miller. The father of Tobias, Daniel Miller, was a native of Somerset County, Pa., and married Miss Troyer, and moved to Ohio in 1817, thus becoming one of the first settlers of Holmes County. They were the parents of Tobias, born in 1801, Benjamin, Moses, Joseph, Susannah and Aaron. Their father was for many years a Deacon in the Mennonite Church, and died in his eighty-first year. His second wife was Mrs. Magdalena (Miller) Troyer. After the marriage of Tobias Miller to Barbara Yoder, he began domestic life on a farm, upon which he remained during his lifetime. His wife died in 1849, and he married Mrs. Annie (Hostettler) Yoder. To the first wife was born: Moses, who married Lizzie Yoder; Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Hostettler; Daniel died unmarried; Christian wedded Elizabeth Mast; Lydia died in childhood; John wedded Catherine Mast, and after her death Fannie Zook; Rebecca became the wife of Daniel Stuzman; David married and resides in Goshen, Ind., where he is engaged in retail boot and shoe trade; Jacob wedded Lydia Wenger, and after her death a lady of Lagrange County, Ind.; then our subject; and Fannie, wife of Eli Wenger, of Wayne County, Ohio. The second marriage was graced by the birth of one son, Aaron, now the husband of Miss Scholl, and a physician of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
was married first in Ohio, Jan. 4, 1866, to Catherine Degler. She was the mother
of two children—Emma I., and Sarah A., deceased. After her death, which
occurred March 9, 1869, Rev. Miller remained a widower until Dec. 1, 1871, when
Miss Leah Wenger became his wife, which union was blessed by the births of:
Frederick, Nettie; David, deceased; Mary; John, deceased; Elmer, deceased, and
Samuel. In Ohio Rev. Miller was elected Deacon of the Mennonite Church in 1877.
The next year, with his family, he removed to Henry County, purchasing his
present farm in Jefferson Township. He was elected by the Mennonite
congregation, of which he became a member, as minister, and was ordained in the
spring of 1879, and to this date has faithfully performed the trust reposed in
him. He is accounted one of the most worthy citizens, and no family can claim a
higher degree of respect. During his ministry the church has prospered greatly,
and among those who devote a large portion of their time to the holy calling of
sowing the good seed, we are pleased to make mention of Rev. Stephen
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 255-256)(JC)
|William S. Millspaugh
WILLIAM S. MILLSPAUGH, proprietor of the Millspaugh Mill, of Trenton, was born in Shelby County, Ohio, in 1844. He is the son of Harvey and Sarah A. (Kyle) Millspaugh, the father a native of Orange County, N. Y., and the mother of Clermont County, Ohio. The parents of Harvey Millspaugh, James and Cynthia (Corwin) Millspaugh, were of German descent. William came with his parents to this county in 1856. They settled in Mt. Pleasant, making that their home for two years, when they moved to Tippecanoe Township, where they lived some years, then moved to Trenton Township. Harvey Millspaugh and his wife were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He was a miller by trade, and was a well-informed man upon all subjects, especially upon political affairs, and always cast his vote with the Republican party. While in Ohio he held the office of Assessor. Mr. and Mrs. Millspaugh were the parents of seven children, four of whom are yet living: John R., who is owner of a sawmill in Gunnison, Col.; Electa resides with our subject, William S.; and Thomas, who is in Colorado with his brother John. Those who have died are: George W., who died Dee. 29, 1885; Harvey died at the age of twenty-one; and Elizabeth, the deceased wife of Thomas McCall, of Montana Territory, died in 1877; three died in infancy. Mr. Millspaugh departed this life May 28, 1861, at the age of fifty-three. His wife still survives him, and finds a happy home with our subject.
William Millspaugh when twelve years old came with his parents to this county, and here he has continued to reside. He learned the miller’s trade, and has been engaged in that business nearly ever since. On the 22d of January, 1885, he was united in marriage with Mary Rivey. She is a native of Jefferson County, Iowa, though her parents, Peter and Permelia (Draw) Rivey, were natives of France. One child, a darling little daughter, has come to make glad the fond parents’ hearts. To this daughter, who was born Dee. 31, 1886, the name of Ethel has been given.
The Star Mill, owned by Mr. Millspaugh,
was erected in 1879, and has a capacity of six bushels of wheat per hour, and
ten bushels of corn. It is a water-power mill, and Mr. Millspaugh being well
acquainted with his business cannot but make it a success. Mr. Millspaugh was
reared in the Baptist Church, and is a member of the same, taking an active
interest in and doing his part of all the work. He is one of the enterprising
business men of Trenton Township, and has done much toward developing and
building up the county, and among the citizens of Henry County none deserve more
honor than he.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 291-292) (JC)
|Samuel L. Milner
SAMUEL L. MILNER, dealer in stock and real estate, now of Hastings, Neb., was formerly a resident of Tippecanoe Township, Henry County, and is a son of John T. and Harriet Milner, for sketch of whose history see Courtland W. Milner. Our subject was born in Pickaway, Miami Co., Ohio, June 4, 1842, and was eleven years old when his parents emigrated to Van Buren County, Iowa, where he lived until 1857, when he went to work in the Oakland Mill in Tippecanoe Township, Henry County, for his uncle, Nathaniel E. Armstrong. There he remained until the fall of 1861, when he volunteered in the company known as “The Tippecanoe Rangers,” John Millspaugh Captain, who entered the State service as Home Guards for three months. On the expiration of this term Mr. Milner enlisted in Company B, 25th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war, being mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, June 16, 1865. He participated in the battles of Chickasaw Bagou, Arkansas Post, the siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Ringgold, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, the siege of Atlanta, the historic “march to the sea,” at Savannah, Ga., Columbia, S. C., and the closing scenes of the war, to the great review at the capital, where Company B led the advance of Sherman’s army. On his return Mr. Milner rented the sawmill at Oakland, which he carried on until January, 1866, when it was wrecked by a freshet. He then went to Louisa County, Iowa, where for three years he was engaged in farming, going thence to Ottumwa, where he entered mercantile life, and also bought a farm four miles from that place, which he subsequently sold. From Ottumwa he removed to Sheridan, Lucas Co., Iowa, running a woolen-mill for two years, and then selling it, engaged in selling implements, traveling for three years. In 1876 Mr. Milner removed to Webster County, Neb., and opened a new farm, on which he lived for seven years, when he sold it and removed to Hastings, Neb., where he has since been engaged in the stock business, and recently has been engaged considerably in real-estate transactions.
December 24, 1865, Mr. Milner was married to Miss Thirza A., daughter of Israel and Mary (Scott) Murphy, who were early settlers in Knox County, Ohio, where Mr. Murphy had for a long time been engaged in carpentering and contracting. The family removed to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1864, and thence to Louisa County, where Mr. Murphy died in 1867. His wife is now living in Sheridan, Iowa. Mrs. Milner was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1839. Mr. and Mrs. Milner were blessed with eleven children, of whom six are now living, namely: John F., Fannie Belle, Allie May, Harry Leonard, Flora and Hattie. Those deceased were Rossie, Ettie and Nora, and two twin infants.
Mr. Milner is an energetic man, who
has been quite successful, and has always borne the reputation of an upright
man and good citizen. In religious matters he is liberal in his belief, and in
politics believes in the doctrines of the Union Labor party.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 276-279) (JC)
IRA MITCHELL, SR., is one of the best known men of his age residing in Salem, Iowa, and since his coming has grown grey in years and rich in purse. He was born in Tioga County, Pa., July 3, 1803, and is a son of Ensign and Lucy (Hubbard) Mitchell, both of whom were born, reared and married in Massachusetts. Ensign Mitchell was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, enlisting as a drummer boy when fifteen years of age. His father, also named Ensign, served at the same time, and both spent five years in that war, experiencing all its hardships, which are well known to readers of history. After the marriage of Ensign, Jr., they removed first to New York State, and later to Tioga County, Pa. Our subject was six years of age when his parents removed to Ohio, the journey being made down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati. A permanent location was made in Champaign County, Ohio, near Mechanicsburg, and for many years our subject was a resident of Darby Plains, that county, where he was married, Dec. 12, 1826, to Miss Jane Rhodes, daughter of John and Sarah (Brittin) Rhodes, of Welsh origin, who were early settlers of that county, and were residents there before Ohio was a State. They were married in Ross County, and there Mrs. Mitchell was born. Her father was the first man who invented a mowing-machine, and to obtain a patent on it rode on horseback from Ohio to Washington and back. Her old home was the first one in Champaign County, covered with boards put on with iron nails, and was painted by her father.
There were eleven children of the Mitchell family, all of whom reached maturity, married and reared families, and some of them reached the remarkable age of almost one hundred years. Only two of the children are living to-day, our subject and his brother Abizar, who resides in Madison County, Ohio, a farmer and stock-raiser, and one of the oldest citizens of that county. He was born in 1807, and has lived in that neighborhood since he was a mere lad.
Our subject and his wife removed to Miami County, Ind., in 1834, where a tract of 500 acres of land was entered in the Pottawatomie reservation. This was covered with heavy timber, and only those familiar with making homes in the dense woods can appreciate the labor incident to clearing and getting into successful cultivation a large body of land of such a character. Mr. Mitchell was a great lover of stock in his day, and raised and dealt largely in cattle. His prosperity was greatly due to his enterprising habits, and indefatigable labor. Three children were born in Ohio: Sarah, who died when nine years of age; Abigail, who wedded Welcome Walker, a resident of Salem; and Ovid H., husband of Amanda Sittin, living in Springfield, Mo.; in Indiana Ira R., Jr., was born; he is a farmer of Salem Township, and was during her lifetime the husband of Lida Green. His birth was followed by that of Lucy M., now deceased, who wedded H. H. Hess; Elizabeth, another daughter, after the death of her sister, wedded Mr. Hess, a well-known farmer of Salem Township; John E., a resident of Salem, is the patentee of the washer bearing his name, and is married to Elma Henderson; Francis M. is the husband of Annie Kittle, daughter of William Kittle, a well-known hotel man in that part of’ the county; Leonard M., the youngest child, was also a resident of Salem, and the husband of Ella Murphy, and died in Salem, Oct. 23, 1887; the last of the family was Claudius, who was also born in Indiana, and died when two and a half years old.
After clearing up his original
purchase in Indiana, and adding other lands, Mr. Mitchell decided to come to
this State. In 1853 the removal was made, and one year later the family became
residents of Henry County, purchasing over half a section one mile west of
Salem, where they resided until the spring of 1884, when the farm was disposed
of, and the aged couple became residents of the pleasant village of Salem. The
children were well married and settled, and the old folks, who are now
in their sixty-second year of wedded life, have grown old together, and
their love for each other has been strengthened as their life’s journey has
been made. Their sons, Ira and John, were both members of Company I, 14th Iowa,
of which Ira was Sergeant, being promoted from the ranks. They were both taken
prisoners at the battle of Shiloh, and confined first at Memphis, then at
Mobile, and Macon, Ga.; and lastly Ira was an inmate of Libby Prison, the
horrors of which have been told thousands of times. Ira, who weighed when
captured 155 pounds, was only the ghost of a man when released, weighing at that
time only seventy pounds. John was paroled at Macon, Ga., and escaped the prison
walls of Libby. They have been residents of the West since returning to the
pursuits of peace. John was only nineteen when he enlisted, but he left his
college and became a soldier from pure patriotism. The sketch of this family who
from Revolutionary times have been patriots and estimable citizens, lends
interest to this volume, and among the old settlers and honored families of the
county we gladly give it a place.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 313-314) (JC)
|James M. Mitts
JAMES M. MITTS, prominent among the well-to-do farmers and stock-raisers, resides on section 19, Marion Township, Henry Co., Iowa, and was born in Center Township, this county, April 6, 1837. He is the son of James and Martha (Moffett) Mitts. His father was born July 11, 1807, and his mother March 5, 1809. Her maiden name was Moffett, and she was first married to Calvin Stevenson, by whom she had one child, whose name was also Calvin, who is now a farmer of Marion Township. After the death of her first husband Mrs. Stevenson married Mr. James Mitts, by whom she had thirteen children, eight of whom are now living. The record is: William, born in Sangamon County, Ill., Aug. 5, 1832, now resides on a farm in Macon County Mo.; John, born Feb. 5, 1834, in Sangamon County, Ill., died about the year 1872; Thomas Calvin Stevenson, born April 30, 1833; James M. and Margaret J., born April 6, 1837, in Henry County, Iowa; Margaret married Stephen M. Cook, M. D., and now resides at Belle Plaine; Sarah M., wife of John W. Lee was born Nov. 9, 1839, and resides on a farm in Trenton Township; George H. was born July 18, 1841, and was married to Lyda Ogg, who died in March, 1865; he was again married, to Hettie McCormick, and now resides in Wichita, Kan. Mary E., born March 25, 1843, was the wife of Wesley Allender, a farmer of Marion Township; she is now deceased. Abraham W., born Nov. 8, 1846, died at the age of two years; Franklin, born June 5, 1847, is now a farmer of Barber County, Kan.; Oscar and Osbert, born Oct. 20, 1849; Osbert died in 1875, and Oscar is a farmer in Marion Township, and his wife was Elizabeth Ogg. Martha L., wife of James Logston, was born Dec. 29, 1852, and now resides on a farm in Trenton Township.
James Mitts, Sr., moved from Kentucky to Sangamon County, Ill., about the year 1831, where he remained until 1837, when he removed to Henry County, Iowa, and first settled on the farm now owned by Thomas Carnes, in Center Township. Thus Mr. Mitts was a pioneer settler of both Illinois and Iowa, moving with teams from Kentucky to Illinois, and in the same year from there to Iowa. He made a fine farm of his first settlement, which he sold, and then bought 158 acres in Marion Township, which is now owned by David Harper. Mr. Mitts was of a retiring disposition, but a man who won the hearts of all with whom he came in contact. His death occurred July 13, 1884, and that of his wife Jan. 10, 1865. They were both earnest and devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he being a member for forty-five years, and she for thirty. They were very active in both church and Sunday-school work, and instructing their children in the teachings of the Bible, and were always ready to help along any enterprise of worth.
James M. Mitts, Jr., spent his early life at home on the farm, getting his education in the common schools of early days in Henry County. His home has been in this county for over fifty years, and he has seen the county pass from a state of wildness to the condition when a church and school-house grace each hilltop, and fine farmhouses and, well-filled barns have taken the place of the log cabin and straw shed. At the breaking out of the Rebellion Mr. Mitts did not stop to debate as to what was his duty, but at once offered his services to his country, and enlisted in Company K, 4th Iowa Cavalry, for three years. His first four engagements were at the siege of Vicksburg; he was in both engagements at Jackson, Miss., also at Black River, and was in the campaign in Missouri when they drove Price out of the State; was with Giant and Sherman in their campaign through Louisiana and Mississippi and at Mechanicsburg, also in the chase after the rebel General, Forrest. He was with the regiment in all its engagements, except for four months, during which time he was in the hospital at Keokuk, with a low grade of fever. After serving three years and two months he was mustered out at Memphis, Tenn., and received his discharge at Cairo, Ill.
After returning home he again turned his attention to farming. On the 23d of March, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Musgrove, who was born in Clark County, Ill., June 18, 1837. She is a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Croy) Musgrove. Her father was from Virginia, and her mother from Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Mitts’ union has been blessed with seven children: James H. was born July 3, 1866; Mary F., born Sept. 12, 1867; Martha L., born April 18, 1870; Anna A., born Oct. 29, 1871, and died Aug. 14, 1873; one died in infancy; William A., born May 23, 1882, and Nellie May, Oct. 24, 1883.
Mr. Mitts owns a farm of 132 acres,
where he has lived since February, 1866. He and his wife are both active members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is also a member of the Trenton Lodge
No. 55, I. O. O. F., and of McFarland Post No. 20, G. A. R., of Mt. Pleasant. In
politics he is a Republican, and takes an active interest in church and
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 311-312) (JC)
THOMAS MOREHEAD, one of the early settlers of Butler County, Ohio, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa, in about 1786. His father, Robert Morehead, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and went to Cincinnati. Ohio, in 1804, and settled in Butler County, where Thomas was married to Hester Ann Shields, a native of Ireland, by whom he had a family of seven children: Mary Ann married George P. Graft, of Butler County, and died in that county; ,Jane, wife of Dr. Joseph Waterman, a celebrated Methodist preacher, died in Oxford, Butler Co., Ohio; Eliza, born in 1811, resides in this (Henry) county; Thomas married Miss Ann Bevis; Hester Ann, wife of William Pottenger, of Preble County, Ohio; Caroline, wife of William Lytle, came to this county where she afterward died; her husband was supposed to have been murdered near Hamilton, Ohio, and his body thrown into the Miami River. John, who settled in this county in 1846. Thomas Morehead and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and for some years he was a Class-Leader. He was a man highly respected in the county where he lived. In politics, he was a stanch Jackson Democrat.
John S. Morehead was an early settler of Henry County, Iowa. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1820, and there grew to manhood and received a liberal education. In the fall of 1846 he married Miss Charlott Forbes, a native of Butler County, Ohio, born Jan. 1, 1827. Soon after their marriage they came to Henry County and located in Centre Township, where they remained until their death. Six children were born unto them, four of whom are living: Hester, wife of Erskine Becker, residing in New London Township; Mary, wife of Nelson Cornick, of this county; Callie, residing on the old homestead; Annettie, wife of Cornelius Smith, of Jefferson County, Iowa. The deceased are John and an infant daughter. Mrs. Morehead died in 1865. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a sincere Christian woman, loved by all. Mr. Morehead came to Iowa in the same year it was admitted into the Union of States. The greater part of the country at this time was in a wild state, and in common with the pioneers generally he had but little capital other than a brave heart and willing hands. He went immediately to work and soon had a splendid farm under a high state of cultivation. He was a man of marked ability, one calculated to make friends wherever known. Religiously, he was connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and as a member of that body did all in his power to advance the Master’s cause. Politically, he was a stanch Democrat, a firm believer in the principles advocated by Jefferson and Jackson. A friend of education, he gave each of his children opportunity sufficient to become well versed in the various sciences of the day. June 21, 1887, Mr. Morehead was trampled by a frightened horse, which caused his death June 26, 1887. He was a kind husband and an indulgent parent, and no man could say aught against him. His death was universally mourned alike by his family and friends.
Miss Eliza Morehead, the sister of John, has always made her home with the family. She is a woman of superior ability and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. Of a family of seven children she is the sole surviving one.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 180-181.)
|Charles L. Morehous
CHARLES L. MOREHOUS, editor and proprietor of the Mt. Pleasant Evening News and Weekly Independent, was horn in the State of New York, June 13, 1830. His parents were among the early settlers in Ohio, to which State they removed in 1833, going to New York in 1835, and returning to Ohio in 1839. In 1853 they removed to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, our subject coming with them. His father, George W. Morehous, was a cattle-dealer and stockman, but since corning to this county has principally lived a retired life. He is still living, in his eighty-eighth year, in Washington, Iowa, of which place he has been a resident for over thirty years. His mother, whose name was Elizabeth Ann, died in 1886, aged eighty-six years. George W. Morehous is a prominent and honored member of the Masonic fraternity. He was the projector and principal organizer of Henry Chapter No. 8, R. A. M., in Mt. Pleasant. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly sixty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Morehous were the parents of twelve children, of whom the following-named five are deceased: Lucretia, Cornelius B., Abigail, George W., and an unnamed infant. The survivors are: Philo D., a resident of Washington, Iowa, where he has kept a hotel for twenty-five years; Alice Ann, wife of Rev. Cadwallader, living at Jacksonville, Fla.; George W. (2d), who is a mine owner at Star City, Utah, was foreman of the grand jury which indicted John D. Lee; John W., a farmer at Nephi, Utah, was Deputy Sheriff at the time of the conviction of Lee; Rosana, widow of William Timberlake, now living in Harrison County, Ohio; Parker A., an engineer living at Baraboo, Wis., and Charles L., our subject. The latter learned the trade of a printer at Rochester, N. Y., and has been connected with it all his mature life, and since his removal to Iowa has been connected with many newspaper enterprises. In 1859 he removed to Washington, Iowa. In 1865 he went to Ft. Madison, and established there the Democrat, a Republican paper, which he conducted until 1868, when he sold it out and returned to Mt. Pleasant, which he has ever since considered his home, and where his family have lived most of the time. In 1869 Mr. Morehous established the Salem Register, and in 1872 the Mt. Pleasant Daily Reporter, which he sold in 1880, and in the year 1881 began the publication of the Enterprise, in Hedrick, Keokuk Co., Iowa. His next venture was the Journal, at Williamsburg, Iowa County, which he began in 1883. Returning to Mt. Pleasant, he established the Daily News and Weekly Independent, the first number being issued Dec. 26, 1884. He is still at the helm of these enterprises, and the News is a bright newsy afternoon paper, which Mt. Pleasant people could not now do without.
Mr. Morehous was married, Dec. 24, 1853, to Elizabeth A., daughter of William and Sarah E. Meredith. She was born in Indiana, Feb.18, 1832. Her father was a machinist by trade, and removed from Greensburg to Mt. Pleasant in the fall of 1850. In 1852 he started for California, but died of cholera when near Ft. Laramie. His widow continued to live in Mt. Pleasant, where she died in May, 1875, at the age of sixty-seven.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Morehous was
blessed with three children. The oldest son, James Franklin, is married to
Nellie Clark, whose parents came to Henry County from Boston, and lived here a
few years, when they returned to Massachusetts, where both now reside. James F.
has one child, named Ethel. A daughter, Laura Belle, is the wife of Atwood T.
Porter, and a resident of Canton, Ill. The youngest of the family is Frederick
D., who is married, assists his father on the newspaper, and lives with his
parents. Mr. Morehous and wife are estimable people, who have the respect of all
who know them.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 304-305) (JC)
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp. 523-524)
B. F. MORRIS is a merchant and dealer in stock in the new town of Coppack, where he and his wife do the principal business in the mercantile, stock, grain and millinery trade. Mr. Morris is a native of Indiana, born near Knightstown, Henry County, in 1840. His father, Benjamin F. Morris, died in that State, and with the widowed mother our subject came to Jefferson County, Iowa, in 1857. She was a Miss Catherine Williams, and was the mother of ten children: Lucinda, now wife of William Huddleson; Hannah, deceased wife of Joseph Wiggins; Levi, husband of Mrs. Sarah (Tracy) Flannigan; William, wedded to Miss Hollingsworth; Lavina, wife of David Hollopeter; Cyrus, who wedded Rachel Echroid; Martin, the husband of Minnie Williams; Benjamin F., our subject; Kate, who died unmarried; and Louisa, the wife of Thaddeus Cooper, completed the number, all of whom, except Lucinda, Louisa and Hannah, came to Iowa. The family removed from Jefferson County, and located near Brighton, Washington County, the mother finally selling her place and living with her children. She died in Keokuk County, where Keota now stands.
Our subject, Benjamin F. Morris, was
engaged in farming in Washington County until 1867, when he bought a farm near
Sigourney, Keokuk Co., Iowa, which he sold two years later, removing to West
Grove, Davis Co., Iowa, and embarking in mercantile pursuits. A few years later
he sold out and rented the farm of his wife’s father in Jefferson County. Two
years later he bought the latter’s business at Brighton, which he carried on
there for a year, then removing to Wayland, in this county, in which village he
and his wife remained in business for nearly ten years, then selling out and
going back to his own farm in Jefferson Township. Farming did not satisfy his
energetic temperament, and in 1886 he built his present store in the new
village of Coppack, adjoining the depot of the Iowa Central Railroad, where he
is doing a flourishing trade. In October, 1866, he was married to Eliza A. Wood,
a daughter of Charles and Catharine (Frederick) Wood, of Jefferson County, both
natives of Ohio, coming from that
to this State in 1840, making them among the early settlers of Jefferson County.
There Mrs. Morris was born, reared, educated and married. Mr. Morris now owns
450 acres of land in a body, adjoining the village of Coppack. Mrs. Morris was
the first lady who did a millinery business at Wayland, and also in the future
history of Coppack can claim the same distinction. She is a practical business
lady, and during her girlhood was a teacher for three years in Washington,
Jefferson and Henry Counties. For twenty years she has aided her husband as
clerk and counselor, and while he purchases and ships grain and stock, she
manages the store and office of the Iowa Central Railroad, of which he is
Station Agent. They carry a stock of general merchandise of over $4,000, and do
an annual trade of perhaps $9,000. No heirs have come to grace their home, but
they are rearing a nephew, Charles Frederick, a son of Martin Morris. In
connection with his other business, Mr. Morris manages his extensive farm, and
this is indicative of his enterprise, and also adds to his bank account. We are
pleased to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Morris to a place in this volume.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 303-304) (JC)
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p. 574)
Hon. Washington Mullen
Hon. Washington Mullen is the owner of one of the productive farms of Scott township, whose excellent location is also one of its attractive features. He is one of the enterprising and energetic agriculturists of the community and moreover is well known in political circles, being recognized as one of the prominent workers in the Republican party. A native of Ohio, his birth occurred in Montgomery county on the 30th of June, 1838, and he is descended from Virginia ancestry.
His paternal grandfather was Isaac Mullen, who was born in the Old Dominion and was married there to Miss Elizabeth Haynes, a native of the same state. They removed to Warren county, Ohio, where Nathan Mullen, father of our subject, was born and reared. Having reached man’s estate he wedded Miss Mary A. Borton, who was born in New Jersey, as were her parents, Edward and Mary ( Braddock ) Borton. For some time Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Mullen resided in Montgomery county, Ohio, and then thinking to have better business opportunities in Iowa, they started for Henry county, traveling by rail to New London. At the same time Washington Mullen came by boat on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, landing at Keokuk and bringing with him the household goods and live stock belonging to his father. He then drove across the country from Keokuk to Mount Pleasant, where the family remained until October, when they took up their abode in Trenton, Henry county, the parents there residing until 1859. In that year they returned to Ohio, continuing their residence in the Buckeye state until called to their final rest, Mr. Mullen departing this life in 1881, while his wife survived until 1894. In their family were ten children, three sons and seven daughters, of whom Washington Mullen is the eldest. One brother and three sisters still survive, the brother and two of the sisters being residents of Ohio, while one sister makes her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Washington Mullen pursued his education in the public schools of Ohio which he attended until seventeen years of age, when he came to Iowa, as before described. In May, 1856, his father purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated in the northwest part of Scott township. Eighty acres of this has since been sold and subdivided as town lots of Winfield, while the remaining eighty acres is still devoted to farm purposes. Mr. Mullen of this review returned to Ohio with his parents and remained for six months, but he was pleased with the west and its business opportunities and returned to Henry county, where he purchased the farm his father owned. There was a house of two rooms upon the place which is now used as a corn crib and in that little home he took up his abode. In the fall of 1862 he built a barn, twenty-four by thirty-four feet, and in 1879 he replaced his first house by a large ten-room residence built in modern style of architecture and supplied with many modern equipments and conveniences. He has enclosed the farm with a fence and has the entire place well tiled. There are two hundred rods of hedge fence upon the place, while the remainder is woven wire. He also has a cattle barn, thirty-two by seventy feet, built in 1893, which is also used for hay. A deep well, seventy-two feet, furnishes an abundant supply of water which is pumped by a windmill. His farm is most conveniently located and is unsurpassed in productiveness by any tract of land in the county. The entire place lies within the corporation limits of Winfield, but he is exempt from village taxation. Everything about his place presents a well kept appearance, indicating the careful supervision of the owner, who is practical and systematic in his business methods, energetic and determined in all that he undertakes.
On the 6th of October, 1859, was celebrated the marriage of Washington Mullen and Miss Elizabeth Felgar, who was born in Allen county, Ohio, and with her parents came to Henry county several years before the arrival of Mr. Mullen. She pursued her education in the common schools of Iowa and is a daughter of Samuel and Lucretia ( Trout ) Felgar, both of whom were natives of Washington county, Pennsylvania. On emigrating westward they took up land in Trenton township, Henry county, and were pioneer residents of the state, where they continued to reside until her death. Mr. Felgar assisted in the early improvement and development of Henry county and aided in planting the seeds for the future growth and progress.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mullen were born the following named: Lucinda, the wife of J. W. James, an attorney of Hastings, Nebraska; Alberta, who married George Keeper, who is a farmer of Scott township; Mary A., the wife of John A. Baxter, a lumber dealer of Winfield; Henry and Harrison, twins, who died at the age of three months; and Virginia, who married Fred Gilyert, who resides upon her father’s farm. The wife and mother died February 5, 1901, and her remains were laid to rest in Winfield cemetery. Mrs. Mullen was an estimable lady, who, during the long years of her residence in Henry county had made many friends, so that her death was deeply regretted.
While carefully and successfully controlling his business interests, Mr. Mullen has at the same time found opportunity to faithfully discharge his duties of citizenship and moreover has taken an active and helpful interest in public affairs. He is a standard advocate of republican principles and has been called to all of the township offices save that of assessor. He is active in the work of the party, his efforts being far-reaching and beneficial and in 1897 he was called to represent his district in the twenty-sixth general assembly of Iowa, where he served as a capable member, giving to each question careful and earnest consideration and supporting with all his strength the measures which he deemed would prove of public benefit or opposing in equally strong manner every interest that he believed would be detrimental to the good of county or commonwealth. He is justly classed with the representative men of Henry county and has a wide and favorable acquaintance among the leading citizens of this and other portions of the state.
(Biographical Review of Henry County, Iowa; .Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1906. pp. 294-295)(PE)
WILLIAM MULLEN, a farmer residing on
section 24, Scott Township, Henry Co., Iowa, was born in Ohio, perhaps
in Adams county, in 1832, and is a son of John and Elizabeth J. (Harbaug)
Mullen. John Mullen was born in Pennsylvania of Irish parentage, and
after attaining manhood went to Hamilton County, Ind., where he worked
at his trade of mason. After a residence of some time in that county he
formed the acquaintance of Miss Harbaug, a daughter of Philip Harbaug, a
farmer of that county, and about 1830 their nuptials were celebrated.
John was of a roving disposition, and being master of a good trade
remained only a few months in any locality until after the birth of his
son, our subject, and the death of his young wife a few months later. At
that time he resided in Shawneetown, Ill., and one year later removed to
Hamilton County, Ind., purchasing a tract of woodland, which he settled
permanently upon, and after making it a farm in its fullest sense,
resided upon it the remainder of his life, reaching the ripe age of
seventy-three years. He married for his second wife Rachel Harbaug, a
sister of his first wife, and ten children were born - Philip,
Elizabeth, John, Mary A., Cordilla, Thomas, Bernard, Martin, Sarah
(deceased), and Maggie. All have grown to man and womanhood since our
subject left the home of his boyhood, and have since married. The second
wife and some of her children yet remain in Hamilton County on the old
homestead, which was hallowed by their births, their marriages, and the
prosperity and happiness which followed in the wake of a well-spent
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, pp 368-369) (CL)
HENRY MUSGROVE, deceased, a minister of the Christian Church, was born May 23, 1800, and was united in marriage to Elizabeth Croy Nov. 1, 1820. He was a native of Virginia and his wife was a native of Ohio. By this union there were born unto them seven children: John, born April 21, 1823, who enlisted in the 25th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and died in the service of his country; Keziah, widow of W. M. R. Forbes, was born Sept. 5, 1825; Benjamin B., born Feb. 5, 1827, died March 6, 1856; Henry, born March 20, 1829, died in 1876; Tabitha, born April 27, 1832, died in 1881; Christopher, born March 3, 1834, died May 2, 1847; Elizabeth, born June 18, 1837.
Mr. Musgrove and family moved to Illinois in 1836, where they remained
until 1855, when they removed to Henry County, Iowa, where they made their home
until the time of their death. They resided in Mt. Pleasant until a few years
before their death, when they went to live with their daughter and her husband,
Mr. and Mrs. James Mitts, of Marion Township. Mr. Musgrove departed this life in
September, 1869, and his wife in April, 1870. He devoted many years of his life
to the preaching of the Gospel as taught by the Apostles, in its primitive truth
and holiness, and under his teachings many were led to seek that better way
which leads to life eternal.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p 312) (JC)