Muscatine County and Vicinity
Biographical Sketches
Surnames G-H-I
GAGE, James D.,  farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. West Liberty; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born May 5, 1834, in Union Co., Ind. Enlisted in Co.F, 16th I. V. I., April 14, 1861;  participated in battle of Edwards Ferry, Berryville and Winchester, Va., besides considerable skirmishing, etc.; discharged May 14, 1862; returned home, and in the fall of 1865, came to Muscatine Co.; in the spring of 1867, moved to Guthrie Co., and in 1868, to Jasper Co., and to Warren Co., in 1871, and to his present farm in 1873. Married Rachel A. Clark of this county, Oct. 5, 1858; she was born Nov. 9, 1839, in Hamilton Co., Ohio; have two children--James D., born Oct. 10, 1859; Francis M., born October, 1861. Mr. G. makes a specialty in raising small fruits. Member Presbyterian Church. Politically, Greenbacker.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GARD, WILLIAM, far., Sec 27; P. O. Cedar Rapids; owns 40 acres of land, valued at $1,600; he was born in Preble Co., Ohio, Nov. 17, 1813; he engaged in the occupation of farming;  in 1845, he went to Delaware Co., Ind., and lived there until he came West to Muscatine Co., Iowa, in 1856, when he engaged in the practice of medicine. During the war of the rebellion, he enlisted in Co. B, 37th I. V. I., to serve three years or during the war, and was engaged with his regiment in doing guard and picket duty, at Memphis and other points, until he was honorably discharged because of disability, Nov. 22, 1864, at Gallipolis, Ohio; while in the army, he became disabled by rheumatism, brought on by fatigue and exposure, so that now he is a cripple, and obliged to go about on crutches; Mr. Gard not only served his country in person,  but gave four sons to his country's cause--Benjamin F., William H., John W., and Bartley G.; William H. was wounded in the shoulder at the battle of Shiloh, and  was disabled; Benjamin F. served three years and received slight wounds on the lip and hip, at Atlanta, but was not deterred from serving with his regiment; John W. served for four years and was wounded in the scalp; all of them, though engaged in the most severe battles of the Southwest, had the good fortune of returning to their home, after being honorably discharged; Mr. G.'s son-in-law, Capt. Wm. D. Conn, of the 35th I. V. I., died in Muscatine Co., Iowa, from sickness brought on while in the army; his son-in-law, Homer Yeager, of the 11th I. V. I. served four years in the army. Mr. G. was married Nov. 8, 1834, to Chloe, daughter of Richard Shamlee, of Wayne Co., Ind.; they have nine children--Benjamin F., Mary A., William H., John W., Bartley G., Clarissa J., Levi K., Hannah M. and Rachel R.; they lost one child, Lucretia E., who died Feb. 15, 1854; Mrs. Gard is a member of the Morgan Creek Christian Church; she was born Sept. 3, 1816. They settled in the place they now reside in 1866. In politics Mr. G. is a Republican, and was School Director two years; he is a member of the Morgan Creek Christian Church, and is Clerk of it; in 1877, he was president of the Northeastern Iowa Christian Conference, and is now a member of the standing committee of the same.

Source: A History of Linn County, Iowa, containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, &c., a Biographical Directory of its Citizens, War Record of Its Volunteers in the Late Rebellion, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest, History of Iowa, Map of Linn County, Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, &c., 1878, Clinton Twp.



GARNES, C.H., farmer, Sec 21; was born in this county March 13, 1847.  Married Miss Mary J. Cooley Aug 22, 1876; have one child--Henry H.  Mr. G. is a Republican

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GARNES, HENRY H. (deceased); was born in Harrisburg, Penn., Feb. 24, 1815.  Married Miss Catherine Nisly, of Dauphin Co., Penn; they removed to this county in 1844 and settled in this township, on Sec. 21, where she now resides; he died Aug. 1, 1878; their children are C.H.; Irene now Mrs. George A. Neish, Katie N., now Mrs. Charles C. Rowland; Mary H., Elizabeth N., born January, 1843, died 1844; Catherine N., born January, 1845, died 18th June, 1853; Muscatine N., born November, 1849, died August, 1855.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GARRETT, Bernard H., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Letts; born in Floyd Co., Ky., in 1824; his father, Middleton Garrett, died in 1831; the family consisting of his mother and three sons, came to Muscatine Co. in June, 1853. Mr. Garrett married in 1858, Ruth E. Vincent, a native of Frederick Co., Va.; she died in 1870; has had six children, four still living--- Middleton L., J. D.,  Luellen J., and Louis F.; lost two in infancy; owns 170 acres,  which he purchased in 1867.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Seventy Six Twp



GARRETTSON, G. A. of the firm of G. A. Garrettson & Son, wholesale grocers, Front street; and also of the firm of G. A. Garrettson & Co., bankers, cor. Iowa av. and Second street. The subject of this brief sketch is one of the most successful business men not only in Muscatine County, but in this section of the State. He is a native of Washington Co., Penn., and came to Iowa and located in Muscatine April 16, 1854; he engaged in the grocery trade; after continuing in the retail business a few  years, he engaged in the wholesale trade and has continued in the jobbing business for about twenty years, doing an extensive trade; he has been engaged in the mercantile business here over a quarter of a century. Mr. Garrettson has been engaged in the banking business for the past ten years. He is the senior partner of the firm of G. A. Garrettson & Co., of this city; also of the firm of Wells & Garrettson, bankers, at Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Iowa. When he commenced in life, he had nothing, and has achieved success by his own efforts. He married Miss Elizabeth A. Gray, a native of Greene Co., Penn., in 1849; they have six children.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GATES, Mrs Eve, Sec 13; P.O. Letts; Mrs Gates is the widow of the late Seth G. Gates, who died Feb 7, 1878; her maiden name was Fitzgerald; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1822.  She married in 1840 Mr. Reuben Fry, who was born in Somerset Co., Penn. in 1820; she had two children--Lucretia, now deceased, and Debbie, who married William R. DeWitt; resides in Missouri.  Mr. Gates was first married to Corneila Pettit Sept. 5, 1839; she died Aug. 22, 1846; Mr. Gates had three children by first marriage, two of whom are living---Silas R. and Louis W., both of whom served in the Union army during the rebellion.  Mrs. Gates has six children by her second marriage---Harriet (married Mr. John W. Meeker), James B.,  H.N., Cornelia A., Jessie A. and George W.  Mrs. Gates' mother, Mrs. Oaks, resides with her.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Cedar Twp


GATES, James B., farmer and stock raiser, was born Oshkosh, Wis., May 19, 1851 and is a son of S. G. Gates and Eva (Fitzgerald) Gates, the former a farmer by occupation, and a native of New York, and the latter of Penna. When three years of age, James was taken to Muscatine County, Iowa, by his  parents, they locating 10 miles west of Muscatine. There he was principally reared as a farm boy. At the  age of 21, he commenced on his own account, and moved on a rented farm. In 1874 he came to  Nodaway County, and on the 26th of April 1874 of that year, he located where he now owns a farm of eighty acres, well watered and stocked, upon which is a young orchard of 225 trees and an excellent  barn. He has earned his own way through life, and is worthy of his success. On March 31, 1874, Mr.Gates married Miss Minnie C. Moore, a daughter of John Moore, a native of Jones County, Iowa. They  have two children; Laura A. born September 23, 1876, and Lilly M., born November 18, 1880. Mr. Gates  is a Republican. He has taken great interest in educational matters and is a well informed man.

History of Nodaway County, Missouri, printed 1882 page 760.
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch


GEISLER, J. L., Cashier Union Bank of Wilton, residence, Fourth street, Wilton; son of Henry Geisler and Mary Wildason, natives of York Co., Penn., the former born in 1829, the latter in 1817; they became early settlers of Muscatine Co., and he became the first Postmaster of Wilton. In 1857, in company with Dennis Mahanna, Mr. Geisler, Sr., engaged in the grocery trade, which he continued until about a year previous to his death, in October, 1861, leaving a widow with two sons; the youngest, J. L., was born in Wilton, May 17, 1857; after receiving a liberal education at the schools of his native town, in January, 1875, he entered the bank of J. L. Reed; remained for one year, then in the Farmers' & Citizens' Bank, until June, 1878; the Union Bank was established that year, since which he has acted as Cashier;  March 14 of the present year, he was appointed Secretary of the White Pigeon Fire and Lightning Insurance Company. A member of the Grace Reformed Church. Independent in politics.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Wilton Twp



GERNDT, J., proprietor of meat market, Second street, Muscatine; was born in Prussia in 1836, where he married Miss J. Hantchal; they emigrated to Muscatine in 1866; have six children---Annie, Selma, Emma, Julius, Ida and Bertie.  Members of the Catholic Church.  He is a Democrat; has been engaged in business in Muscatine since 1867.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Cedar Twp



GETTERT, Henry, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Sweetland Center; born in Germany in 1826; came to Muscatine Co. in 1854 and settled in Montpelier Tp.,  where he remained until 1865, then removed where he now resides; owns 280 acres, which he has improved.  Married Miss A. Fechner in 1860; she was born in Prussia in 1835; have five children--Mary, Annie, Jacob, Augusta and John.  Mr. and Mrs. G. are members of a Protestant church; Mr. G. is a Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GETTERT, Peter, far., Sec. 5; P.O. Sweetland Center; born in Germany April 24, 1842; came to Muscatine Co. in 1854.  In 1861, enlisted in Co. C, 16th Regiment I.V.I. and served till the close of the war; was in all the battles of the regiment--at Corinth, Pittsburg Landing, Iuka, Oliver and Atlanta, where he was under fire eighteen days, taken prisoner and held in Andersonville two months; was on the march to the sea with Sherman; marched from Savannah to Washington, and was at the general review.  Returned to Muscatine Co. in 1866, and married Miss Amelia Fechner, born in Germany in 1840; have four children--Henry, Lena, Theodore and Ada.  Mr. Gettert is a Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GILBERT, Hiram,  farmer, Sec. 24; Mr. Gilbert was born in Breckinridge Co., Ohio, May 27, 1817; in 1837, he came to Muscatine Co. Married Miss Eliza Benefiel, of Louisa Co., Iowa;  she was born in Wayne Co., Ind.; they were married Feb. 13, 1842; there are Austin V., who served in Co. A, 11th Regiment I. V. I; married Miss Lucy A. Daly and resides in Poweshick Co.; Esther G., now Mrs. Edwin Coates, of Keokuk Co.; Winfield S. married Amanda C. Banford, and resides at Nichols, Muscatine Co.; Mary M., now Mrs. I. Kniffen; Millard W.; married Ella Roberts; Martha H., married William Longstreth; William H.,  married Miss J. Dallas; Nancy, Ida, Amanda E. Mr. Gilbert and  wife are members of the M. E. Church; he is Republican in politics. Has held various local offices; owns 294 acres of land well improved.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GILBERT, Mrs. Mary A., nee Chinn, far., Sec. 19; P.O. Muscatine; born in Indianapolis March 4, 1824; her father, Thomas Chinn, came to Indianapolis in 1820; Mrs. Gilbert was of English and Scotch descent; they were connected to Sir Walter Scott.  Miss Mary A. Chinn married Samuel Gilbert in 1841; born in Virginia May 16, 1815; removed to Muscatine Co. in 1834, where he died Dec. 8, 1873; Mr. Gilbert was an honest, upright and energetic man, and ever generous; he leaves a family of eight children--Martha J., (now Mrs. Styles), Andrew J., Alice (now Mrs. Millet), Irene (now Mrs. Huffmaster), Rollin, Mary C. (now Mrs.Chandler), Douglas and Samuel V., and three deceased in infancy.  Mr. Gilbert was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the M.E. Church.  Came to this county without any means, and left his family in good circumstances.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Sweetland Twp



GILLETTE, C. A.  who is now residing on section 11, Franklin township, has the honor of being one of Linn county's native sons, for he was born in Franklin township January 24, 1846, his parents being Harvey and Mary Maria (Snyder) Gillette. The father was born in Connecticut June 15, 1797, and belonged to a family of English origin which was founded in that state at an early day. Our subject's grandfather, who was known as Captain Gillette, is supposed to have been in the Revolutionary war. At the age of nine years the father left his native state and went to Westfield, Massachusetts, where he made his home for a number of years. He then came west as agent for a company who were buying lands from the half-breed Indians, and went up the Missouri river near Eddyville. He bought quite a large amount of land and spent some time with the Black Hawk tribe, there being six weeks that he never saw a white man.

He first married a Miss Lee, a native of Massachusetts, and they lived for some time in Muscatine, Iowa, but later returned to the east where she died.  Later, while on his way to Iowa, he met the lady who subsequently became his wife, she being the mother of our subject. They were married in Tipton, Iowa, in 1845. She was born in New York state July 15, 1827, of Holland ancestry, and died February 5, 1883, and both were buried at Tipton. By his first marriage he had six children, only two of whom are now living.  Those born of the second union were C. A., our subject; J. A., now deceased, married Martha Stonacker, now a resident of Cedar Rapids; F. A., a resident of Marshalltown, Iowa, who first married Jennie Mills and after her death wedded Sarah Kennedy; John H., who married and lives in Burlington, Iowa; Sarah M., deceased, who first married William Carnahan, and second C. W. Morton, of Dennison, Iowa; and Emma, who died at the age of six years.

C. A. Gillette was reared in this state and attended the district schools until fourteen years of age. He was next a student at the Tipton high school for about five months, and completed his education at Cornell College at the age of sixteen. During the terrible tornado of 1860 he was with the family upon the home farm, while the father was serving as postmaster at St. Mary's. Our subject was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1866, when the father traded his farm for a stock of merchandise at Mt. Vernon, and the following year bought a hotel, a part of which he converted into a store room. Our subject assisted his father in conducting the store until it was destroyed by fire in 1868, after which they ran a dray and hack line for some time. This business was subsequently carried on by our subject and his brother until 1876, when the former commenced traveling through northeastern Iowa buying wool and selling woolen goods. The following year he traveled through the country introducing the patent medicines now known as the Chamberlain remedies, which are manufactured at Des Moines. He was next engaged in teaming until 1881, when he embarked in the creamery business, establishing a regular route, over which he traveled in the winter time buying poultry, and also spent some winters in the poultry house at Lisbon. His time was thus taken up until the fall of 1899, when he rented a place belonging to his father-in-law and resumed farming. He is also interested in the fruit and nursery business, owning two acres of land which he has devoted to the same.

On the 25th of January, 1882, in Franklin township, Mr. Gillette was united in marriage with Miss Alice Yeisley, who was born in Monroe county, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1858, and is of German descent. Her parents were Philip and Margaret (Steele) Yeisley, the former also a native of Monroe county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of New York state. They were married at Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, and came west in 1870, locating first in Jones county, Iowa. In 1881 they came to Franklin township, Linn county, where the father purchased a farm on which they still reside. Mrs. Gillette is the youngest of their three children, the others being Horace, who married Josephine Shaler and resides in Lisbon, Iowa; and Charles, who wedded Mary Hilbert Caster Gilbert, now deceased, and makes his home in California. Mr. and Mrs. Gillette have three children: Harry A., born November 19, 1882; C. Edgar, born March 5, 1887; and Earl LeRoy, born March 19, 1892. The oldest son will graduate at the Lisbon high school in the class of 1901.

The Republican party has always found in Mr. Gillette a stanch supporter of its principles, but he has never taken a very active part in political affairs and cares nothing for office. He was formerly a member of the Legion of Honor and Star of Bethlehem Lodge, No. 3, K. P., of Mt. Vernon, and has been officially connected with both orders. He attends St. Paul's Lutheran church of Lisbon, and is held in high regard by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Source: Biographical Record of Linn County, Iowa, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901.



GILLILAND, Samuel
The subject of this review is one of the very earliest settlers of the state, and is today a prominent and highly respected citizen of Mr. Vernon, where he is living a retired life, enjoying a well-earned rest. He was born in Logan county, Ohio, April 16, 1814, a son of Nathan and Jane (Edmondson) Gilliland, both of whom were natives of Virginia. In 1810 they removed from Greenbriar, that state, to Ohio, where they made their home throughout the remainder of their lives. The father, who was a soldier of the war of 1812, died in 1823 on his forty-seventh birthday, and the mother died in 1835. They were the parents of nine children, three sons and six daughters, all of whom are now deceased with exception of our subject and his sisters, Nancy Ann, wife of Peter Jacobs, a retired farmer of Tipton, Cedar county, Iowa.

Samuel Gilliland spent the first twenty years of his life at the place of his nativity and obtained his literary education in the primitive log school house so common in those days. He then went to Indiana, where he spent two years, and in the fall of 1836 came to Iowa, locating in Cedar county, on the day Martin Van Buren was elected president of the United States. For many years he successfully engaged in farming there, and together with his sons still owns two hundred and forty acres of land, which he purchased from the government at one dollar and a quarter per acre.

In Pioneer township, Cedar county Mr. Gilliland was married, July 18, 1839 to Miss Martha Comstock, theirs being the first marriage celebrated in the township. She too was a native of Ohio and a daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Fox) Comstock. Her father was born in Massachusetts, in 1795, and was twelve years of age when he removed with his parents from that state to New York. He was one of the defenders of his country in the war of 1812.

At an early day he went to Ohio, and in the spring of 1836 came to Iowa, settling fifteen miles north of Muscatine, where he made his home for three years. He was accompanied by two other families and they were the first to come out from Muscatine with teams. He next located in Pioneer township, Cedar county, where he followed farming until his death, which occurred July 19, 1864, when he was seventy-one years of age. His wife died there at the age of fifty-nine years. they had a family of ten chidren, but only three are now living. Prior to his marriage with Elizabeth Fox, Mr. Comstock was married in New York. By this wife he had two daughters - Angeline, who married M. Sterns and Julia, who married George Lattimer. Mrs. Comstock died prior to Mr. Comstock's emigration west. Mr. Comstock took a very prominent part in public affairs and was called upon to fill many local offices, including that of county trustee. He also assisted in the platting of the town of Tipton.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Gilliland were born seven children, namely: (1) Francis Marion, born May 28, 1840, engaged in farming on the old homestead in Cedar county for a number of years, but is now living retired in Mr. Vernon.  He married Louise Freeman, of Cedar county, a daughter of Walter Freeman, a native of Ohio, who settled in Sugar Creek township, Cedar county, in 1836, and followed the miller's trade throughout the greater part of his life. In 1852 he went to the Pacific coast and died in Oregon, at the extreme old age of ninety-three years. His wife died in 1842 when Mrs. Gilliland was only nine months old. Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Gilliland had three children, all born in Cedar county, namely: Dollie, deceased; Harry C. and Don W., deceased. (2) Nathan, born December 3, 1842, enlisted September 23, 1861, at the age of nineteen years, in Company A, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, and was mustered into the United States service on the 18th of October, following. While at Vicksburg he re-enlisted January 4, 1864, as a veteran and was made corporal of his company. He participated in the battle of Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, and the engagements at Bolivar, Iuka, Holly Springs, Vicksburg, Monroe, Jackson, Meridian and Atlanta. He was wounded in a charge on the works at Nickajack creek, July 5, 1864, and was again wounded on the 21st of the same month, and died a few hours later, his remains being interred at Marietta, Georgia. (3) Julia A., born January 16, 1844, died in 1864. (4) Elizabeth, born November 18, 1850, died at the age of fourteen years, five months and eleven days. (5) Mary, born November 5, 1852, died January 23, 1865. (6) Daniel C., born June 27, 1855, is engaged in the agricultural implement busines in Mechanicsville, Iowa. He married Florence Brogan, and they have three children, Maude, Ethel and Haven. (7) William M. born November 29, 1861, married Annie Wareham and died in Toledo, Ohio, November 10, 1886. The mother of these children departed this life May 31, 1865. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, and a consistent member of the Methodist church.

For his second wife Mr. Gilliland married Mrs. Abigail Puffer, a younger sister of his first wife and the widow of Charles Puffer, who was born near Keene, New Hampshire, and lived there until twenty-three years of age, when he removed to Cedar county, Iowa. There he was united in marriage with Miss Abigail Comstock, June 13, 1847, and was successfully engaged in farming and stock raising in that county until called to his final rest February 15, 1863, at the age of forty-three years. He was a prosperous man and had the respect and confidence of all who knew him as he was upright and honorable in all his dealings. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Puffer were born the following children: (1) Authernial G. W., born in 1848, followed farming on the old homestead in Cedar county, where he died at the age of forty-seven years. He married Amanda Boyles, and they had three children, Ray, Mabel and Everett. (2) Levi died in infancy. (3) Priscilla H. is the wife of William Bassett, a farmer of Bloomfield, Davis county, Iowa, and they have four children, Frank, Ora, Austin and Guy. (4) Daniel married Laura Boland, and is successfully engaged in farming in Mercer county, Missouri, where he owns seven hundred acres of land. (5) Jemima died at the age of fifteen years. (6) Mary is the wife of George Keister, an architect of New York City, and they have one child, George (7) Nathan, a farmer of Bloomfield, Davis county, Iowa, married Dora Van Zent, and they have two children, Helen and a boy.

Source: Biographical Record of Linn County, Iowa, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901.



GOETZ, John  E, son of John and Rosalie (Graffennaurer) Goetz, was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 16, 1849. He emigrated with his parents to America in May, 1854. They went to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he remained about six months, then coming to Iowa city, Iowa. His father was in the mercantile business until the year 1865, when he established a saw-mill and wood yard at that place. He has now retired from business, located still in Iowa City. The subject of this sketch left Iowa City in the spring of 1872, going to West Liberty, Muscatine county, Iowa, where he was engaged in the mercantile business, remaining there until 1878, when he traded his stock of goods for a farm in Polk county, where he followed farming until the fall of 1882. He then sold his farm and came to Bagley and established his present business, keeping a large stock of dry goods, clothing, grocieries, boots, shoes, etc. He was married in West Liberty, February 2, 1876, to Miss India D. Maxson, daughter of William and Hannah B. (Kiesler) Maxson. Mrs. Goetz was born in Cedar county, Iowa, and moved with her parents to West Liberty in 1867, where she was married. They have tree children--Charles J., Melville and Mabel. He is a charter member of the pioneer lodge No. 142, legion of honor. When it was first organized he was financial secretary, and is at present usher.

Source: History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa  Springfield, Ill: Continental Historical Co., 1884.



GOLDSBERRY, S.H., Superintendent of County Poorhouse; P.O. Muscatine; born in La Fayette, Ind., in 1831; his parents came to Muscatine Co. in 1839; his father Silas Goldsberry, died April 20, 1878; his mother is still living. He married in March, 1849, Emma McCloud; has four children---Charles, C.C., William and Clyde; Mr. Goldsberry assumed his present charge in April, 1878; previous to that, he was engaged in farming.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Seventy Six Twp



GOLLNITZ, LOUIS

Louis Gollnitz, a well known farmer of Liberty township, was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, July 16, 1868, a son of Fritz and Sophia (Frunt) Gollnitz. They spent their entire lives in the land of their birth and died when their son Louis was about twelve years of age. Six children were born to them. One died in infancy and the other five came to America about 1882. They were: Ricka, who became the wife of Fritz Benning of Davenport; Fritz, who died in Davenport in February, 1909, at the age of fifty-nine years, leaving two sons and two daughters; Chris, a resident of Davenport; Louis, the subject of this sketch; and Ida, who became the wife of Ernest Loraine, of Davenport.

Louis Gollnitz, who was about twelve years of age when he was left an orphan, remained for two more years in the fatherland, where he received his education. At the age of fourteen he and his brothers and sisters embarked upon their journey to America. They came directly to Scott county, where Louis Gollnitz obtained work upon a farm. After he had worked for others for about nine years, gaining experience in agriculture and familiarity with the customs and language of this country, he married and came to live upon the land where he now resides. It is a tract of one hundred and sixty acres belonging to his wife and is situated on section 31, Liberty township. Here he pursues general farming, winning a well deserved success from his labors. He has brought his farm to a high state of cultivation and has instituted many substantial improvements.

On the 24th of February, 1894, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Gollnitz and Miss Meta Arp, who was born in Davenport township, Scott county, October 15, 1871, her parents being Claus and Doris (Sienknecht) Arp. Her father was born in Holstein, Germany, August 23, 1827, while her mother was born near the city of Kiel, September 2, 1832. They came to this country about fifty years ago, settling in Davenport, where they were married April 14, 1868. Mr. Arp bought a large amount of land, which was procured at a low price in those days, owning at one time five good farms, which amounted to seven hundred and forty acres. This property was the result of his own labors, for he came to America a poor boy, and it indicates with what success he operated his farm in the vicinity of Davenport. About fifteen years ago he felt he was justified in retiring from active life and, accordingly, took up his residence in Davenport, which is still his home. Mr. and Mrs. Arp are the parents of seven children: Theodore, who lives in Colorado; Hannes, who lives near West Liberty; Minnie, the wife of Julius Kuelper, of Walcott; Herman, who resides in Stockton, Muscatine county, Iowa; Meta, now Mrs. Gollnitz; Otto, who resides on the homestead near Davenport; and Delia, who lives with her parents. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Gollnitz have been born two children, Ray and Edna.

The early life of Mr. Gollnitz was one of many hardships and privations, but from his struggles he learned the lesson of industry and making the best use of his opportunities. In consequence he has attained a well earned success in his field of occupation and one of which he may be pardonably proud. Indeed, he deserves to be numbered among the numerous citizens of this land who wear with distinction the title of a self-made man.

"History of Davenport and Scott County" Vol. II by Harry E. Downer-S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. Chicago IL 1910
Transcribed by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Scott Co GenWeb Project- used by permission



GOODWILL, JOHN A.  farmer, Section 10, P. O. Arizona, is a native of Stark County, Ohio. In June, 1857, he came to Omaha; worked in a brick yard about six months, then removed to Burt County, where he has since resided. He owns 358 acres of land, part homestead and part entered. Married, in 1871, Miss Mary Ray, of Muscatine, Iowa. Have five children, two sons and three daughters.

Source: The History of the State of Nebraska, 1882, Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL.; Burt Co.



GOULD, B. S.,  restaurant and bakery, Railroad st., opposite Depot; residence same; born in Franklin Co., Mass., July 26, 1836, and there raised until 18 years of age, when his parents removed to Davenport, Iowa, where his father died. In October, 1856, he married Mrs. Sarah E., widow of Enos Glaskell and daughter of Gideon Averill; she was born in Chautauqua Co., N.Y., June 2, 1830; at the age of 6 years, came with her parents to Illinois, near Pleasant Valley, and soon after, to Davenport, Iowa; her brothers are extensive farmers near that city; her father died soon after their arrival there. In 1858, Mr. Gould, having secured a mail contract from Rochester, Cedar Co., to Dubuque, they removed to Rochester; remained for two years, then returned to his native State (Massachusetts); remained until the breaking-out of the war, and enlisted in the 3d Cavalry  (three-months men), Company B; he participated at the first battle at Bull Run; his time having expired, he returned to Davenport, and engaged with the Davenport Sorghum Refining Company. In December, 1864, he re-enlisted in the 24th Iowa Infantry; was detailed to Governor's Island, N. Y., as assistant in charge of the prison there, and continued there until the close of the war. He engaged in farming near Davenport until 1868; then removed to Marshalltown and engaged in dairying for two years, after which, he was in the employ of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Company, for several years, and in the fall of 1878, he removed to Wilton, where he has since been engaged at his present business. They have two children---the eldest, Charles M., was born in 1857, is now operator and head clerk of freight depot for Chicago & Rock Island Railroad at Muscatine; Frank, born July 29, 1864.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Wilton Twp



GRAHAM, I. L., M.D., born at Canton, Conn., in 1823. After the usual course at the common school, he was a pupil at Canton Academy; also, at the academy at Amherst, Mass.; commenced the study of medicine at Hitchcocksville, Conn., where he remained one year, with Dr. F. B. Graham; studied one year with Dr. Woodruff, at New Britain, Conn., and one year at the Eye and Ear Infirmary, at Hartford, Conn., with Dr. P. W. Ellsworth. He attended the course of lectures for 1845-46, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in the city of New York; also, the clinical course at the city hospital. He received his medical degree at the University of the city of New York at the close of the session of lectures for 1846-47. He commenced the practice of his profession at Bristol, Conn., where he continued five years, in regular work; also surgeon at Bristol Copper Mine, then under the control of President Eliphalet Nott, of Union College. He removed to Hudson, Ohio, where he pursued his profession during two years, in connection with the drug business; he returned to Connecticut, and engaged in the same business at New Haven, where he continued until his removal to Muscatine in the fall of 1855. From that date to the present time he has been engaged as a druggist and chemist, in connection with the seed business. He was elected a member of the Muscatine City Council for 1872 and 1873; was a member of the School Board in 1875-77; member of the Board of Supervisors in 1876-78; Chairman of the Board in 1878. At the organization of the Merchants' National Bank, in 1865, he was appointed a Director and has held the position since. Dr. G. married in 1861 Agnes M. Bronson, of Cromwell, Conn.; has  two children living; Mary, born at Muscatine Aug. 5, 1866, and Edward Lewis, born at Muscatine Dec. 11, 1867.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GRAY, Frank P., physician and surgeon; office on Cedar street; boards at the McIntire House, Wilton; a son of Dr. D. W. Gray, who was born in Greene Co., Penn., Feb. 22, 1827, and graduated first at Carmichael College, then at Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio; in 1851, at West Wheeling, Va., he married Mary Palmer, who was born at West Wheeling in 1832;  he practiced in Sacksonville, his native county, until 1870, and, in the spring of that year, came to Muscatine, where he practiced and dealt in drugs and medicines until his death, Nov.  6, 1877, leaving a wife and six children--three sons and three daughters; the eldest son and second born, Frank P., was born in Greene Co., Penn., May 10, 1854, and, after a liberal common school education, at the age of 16 he entered  Waynesburg College, and graduated there; at the age of 18, he commenced the study of medicine with his father; the winter of 1870-71, he entered the University of Wooster, at Cleveland, and the following summer was passed at Marine Hospital, and the following winter, returned to Cleveland and graduated; in  February, 1872, he came to Muscatine, and, in the winter of 1873-74, graduated at Keokuk, commencing practice with his      father the following summer, which he continued until coming here in February, 1878. The Doctor adheres to the Democratic  faith, in which himself and his father were raised.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Wilton Twp



GREEN, A. H. attorney at law and land broker, was born in Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1841, son of G. J. and H. A. Green.He was educated in Jasper County, Ind., read law and was admitted to the bar in Indiana in 1870. Came to Kansas in 1871 and located at Winfield, and commenced the practice of his profession, which he followed for five years and then engaged in the real estate business. He responded to his country's call in 1861, and enlisted in Company G, Ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteers. His enlistment was for three months; during that service he was in the engagements of Phillipi, Laurel Hill and Cheet River. Was mustered out at the end of his term of service, and in October re-enlisted in Company K, Forty-eighth Indiana Volunteers. Was transferred to Company D, and commissioned Second Lieutenant and subsequently promoted to Captain, under which commission he served for three years; participated in the engagements of the siege and battle of Corinth, Luka, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Black River, Mission Ridge, Bentonville and other battles of his command. He was aid-de-camp on Gen. William T. Clark's staff; was mustered out April 7, 1865. Was commissioned Brigadier General of the Kansas State Militia by Gov. St. John in 1879. Held  that position four years; was Postmaster at Atwood, Ind., for three years. He was married in 1865, to Miss Letha Crumbacker, daughter of Daniel and S. H. Crumbacker. Has had four children, three of whom survive - Annie, Jennie and Dolph Duff.

Source: William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Cowley Co.



GREENLEE, F. M., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Belle Plaine; was born Greene Co., Tenn., in 1828, in which place he married Miss E. M. Guinn; they moved to this Tp. in 1855; there were only a few cabins in this vicinity at that time, and Cedar Rapids was their nearest market; they have seven children living -- Wm. T. (he married Miss Effie Husted; they reside in Muscatine Co., this state);   Laura L. (she married Alonzo Marion; they reside in Belle Plaine); Josephine (she married Fred Eberts; they reside in Iowa City); James N.; John H., Jackson and Mary. Mr. Greenlee owns 245 acres of land; has held various school offices for number of years.

 Source: History of Benton County, Iowa 1878



GREINER, Jeremiah,  farmer, Sec. 3; Mr. Greiner is a native of Dauphin Co., Penn.; born Sept. 12, 1818. Oct. 26, 18143, he married Elizabeth Hershe, a native of Lancaster Co., Penn.;  born Oct. 13, 1823; in 1854, they emigrated to Muscatine,  where they resided one year, then moved on the farm where  they now reside; their children are Benjamin F., born Dec. 7, 1844, married Miss S. Brown, William P., born Aug. 27, 1846, married Miss Bretz; Christian, born Aug. 25, 1848 Abraham J.,  born Jan. 31, 1851; Elizabeth A., born Feb. 8, 1861; Anna Maria, born Feb.18, 1866, died April 18, 1866. Mr. Greiner and  wife are members of United Brethren Church; he was a Whig, but adopted the principles of the Republican party at its organization; he has held various local offices; he owns a finely-improved farm of 622 acres, and is one of the enterprising men of Bloomington Township.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GRETT, Thomas, proprietor of the Pennsylvania House, Front street; Mr. Grett is a native of Limerick, Ireland, born in 1823; when 16 years of age, he engaged in a sea-faring life, and followed it untilhe ws in his 26th year, being engaged as navigator the principal portion of the time; in 1849, he settled in Drury Twp, Rock Island Co., Ill., where he engaged in farming until 1875, in which year he came to Muscatine.  Mr. Grett married in Boston, Mass., Miss Catherine Flaming; they have eight children---Georgie A. (now Mrs. Jas. Williams), Thomas S., William H., James, Richard, Frances Maria (now Mrs. D. Collard), Catherine J. and John E.  Mr. Grett and wife are members of the Catholic Church; politically, Mr. G. is a Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GRIESER, REV. J. I., Pastor of St. Mary's Church (Catholic); was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, in 1850; emigrated to this country in 1867; was ordained at Dubuque, Iowa, in February, 1873; took his present charge at this place in January, 1879.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



GRIFFIN, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Letts; owns farm of 320 acres; Mr. Griffin was born at Ogdensburg, N.Y., in April 1826; his parents, worden and Parmelia Griffin, removed to Licking Co. when he was a chld.  He married in Floyd Co., Ky., Emily Garrett, a native of Kentucky; they have seven children---Louisa (now Mrs. John Snyder, resides in Cedar Tp.), Willis M. (married to Laura Brown), Caroline (now Mrs. Turkenton, resides in Louisa Co.), Mary Belle, Parmelia J., Clement and Frank.  Mr. Griffin located on the farm he now owns when he first came to Muscatine Co.; he learned in Columbus, Ohio, the trade of carpenter, which he followed until about 1867.  He has served two years as County Supervisor and filled several town offices.  Mr. Griffin was a resident of Columbus, Ohio about seven years.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Cedar Twp



GRIMM, Daniel

Prominent among the farmers of Montpelier township is the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this review.  For nearly fifty years a resident of the county, he has shown an enterprise and clear judgment in his business affairs which early gave promise that he would be unusually successful in his career.  This promise has been amply fulfilled and today Mr. Grimm is one of the prosperous farmers of the county and is recognized as a man whose influence is always for the best interests of those with whom he is associated and also for the welfare of the district in which he lives.

He was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, August 28, 1851, a son of Daniel Grimm, a native of Prussia, Germany, who emigrated to America in 1847 and for fifteen years made his home in Ohio.  He then came to Montpelier township, Muscatine county, Iowa, where he purchased one hundred and forty acres of land in section 6, upon which he established his home.  After the encroachment of years had deprived him of the ability for active pursuits, he retired to Montpelier, where he departed this life in 1896.  Industrious and economical, he set a good example for his neighbors and children and was one of the substantial men of the region.  Politically he was in sympathy with the democratic party and in religious belief he was a German Lutheran.  The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Philippena Rausch, was also a native of Germany.  Of the eight children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Grimm six are now living, two of whom make their home in Muscatine county.

Daniel Grimm grew up under the friendly shelter of a peaceful home and was taught as a boy by his father that all useful work is honorable.  He received his education in the public schools of Ohio and coming to Muscatine county with his parents, assisted in the work of the home farm until he reached the age of twenty-one years, when he began working for himself.  Commencing at the bottom of the ladder financially, he carefully saved his money and at the age of twenty-five years purchased one hundred acres of land in Montpelier township, which he still owns.  To this he has added from time to time until the farm now comprises four hundred and forty acres, which he cultivates with good judgment, also devoting a great deal of time to stock-raising.  That he is successful in all departments of farming is evident to those who have reason to visit his well arranged place, which is thoroughly provided  with modern buildings and machinery, and the owner may well be proud of his many years of labor.

In 1875, Mr. Grimm was united in marriage to Miss Philippena Metz, a daughter of Michael and Henrietta (Gettert) Metz.  By this union ten children have been born, nine of whom are now living, namely: Bena, who married George Brei and has five children; George, a resident of Sweetland township; Daniel, Jr. who married Katheryn Saltan (sic); and Jake, Clara, Emma, Mildred, Andrew and Louie, all of whom are at home.

Successful in his business, happy in his family relations, and broad-minded and progressive in the discharge of his duties to the community, Mr. Grimm may truly be regarded as a useful factor in the upbringing of the county and state.  He is a man of genial social qualities and is a valued member of Lodge No. 190, M.B.A.  He gives his political allegience to the democratic party and has served as township trustee and in other offices of political responsiblity, always displaying a fairness which met the hearty indorsement of the people of his township.  He and his wife have many friends in the community and are affiliated with the German Lutheran church, to whose teachings they give unquestioned acceptance.

Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa
Note: daughter Bena's full name was Phillipina-she went by Bena her whole life and was my great grandmother, to whom this website is dedicated (see her photo on the introduction page)
If you are researching this family please contact rootboun@tampabay.rr.com



GROSSHEIN, THEODORE barber and taxidermist, Second street, Muscatine, Iowa; was born in Prussia Dec. 18, 1831; in 1851, he entered the 8th Regt., body-guard of Queen Louisa; served until 1854, and was honorably discharged. In 1856, he married Miss Bertha Kirschbien in Berlin; they emigrated to Muscatine in 1860; they have three children---Alexander, Oscar and Franz. During the war of the rebellion, Mr. Grosshein enlisted in the 15th Regt. N. Y. Engineer Corps, and served until the close of the war. He is a member of the Turnverein and   A.O.U.W. Societies. Is a Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879
Note: correct surname is Grossheim- his son Oscar was later known as a professional photographer.  The Musser Public Library in Muscatine has over 50,000 of Oscar Grossheim's glass plate negatives depicting people and scenes of Muscatine Co. from which prints may be ordered.


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HAHN, Paulus,  far., Sec.16; P. O. Moscow; owns 312 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born Jan.13, 1823, in Beyern, Germany; in 1845, emigrated to the United States, stopping in Columbus, Ohio, until 1846; went to St. Louis, Mo,; followed steamboating on the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri Rivers until 1851; then he came to this county and purchased a part of the farm upon which he still lives. Married Catherine Knapel in July, 1851; she was born in Germany in 1836, and died Nov. 9, 1852; again married Miss Hooke, Jan. 16, 1853; she was born Dec. 11, 1832, in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany; have five children living--- Anna, John, Catherine, Henry and Pauline; lost one---Lorez; member of Evangelical Lutheran Church; Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HALDEMAN,DR. F. D. physician and surgeon, came to Omaha, Neb., in July, 1880. Attended the Omaha Medical College; was assistant to Dr. S. D. Mercer for U. P. R. R. Hospital; he continued in this labor until he came to Ord, and formed a copartnership with Dr. J. M. Klinker. Was born in Muscatine County, Iowa, October 2, 1859, and lived in his native State until he came to Nebraska. He began the study of medicine in 1877, entering the office of Dr. W. S. Gibbs, of Downey, Iowa, where he continued until the fall of 1878. He then entered the United States Medical College in Iowa City, Iowa; took one course; taught school, etc. Graduated from the Omaha Medical College in March, 1882; was chosen valedictorian of the class.

Source: The History of the State of Nebraska, 1882, Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL.; Ord, Valley County.



HALLING, William, farmer, Sec. 2, P.O. Melpine; born in Prussia May 12, 1814; came to St. Louis in 1849, where he worked three years by the day, and, in 1852, came to Muscatine, where he worked as a day laborer until he got money enough to buy eighty acres of land; then worked till he had money to buy things to enable him to move on his farm, where he remained until 1868, then removed where he now owns 500 acres.  Married Miss Rika Niamaire in March, 1849; born in Prussia Dec. 25, 1825; they have nine children--Lewis, William, Christian, Henry, Mary, Louisa, George, Eddie and Fred.  Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Lutheran Church; Mr. H. is a Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Sweetland Twp



HANNA, THOMAS  the senior member of the firm of Hanna, Fitzgerald & Hughes, attorneys and counselors at law; was born in Salem, Ohio. July 15, 1820; he was brought up and received his education in Indiana; he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1852. While living in Indiana, he married Miss Eliza Connor, a native of Kentucky, Aug. 31, 1842. They came to Iowa and located in Muscatine in 1856, and he engaged in the practice of his profession; he represents this district in the State Senate; was elected to that position in the fall of 1877; he was commissioned to take the vote of Iowa soldiers in the field during the war. Mr. and Mrs. Hanna have four children---Esther, now Mrs Fitzgerald; Jane, Isabel, and Katie.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, City of Muscatine



HANSON, Richard
Another one of the adopted sons of Nebraska who has, by dint of hard work, industry and thrift, succeeded in becoming one of the most successful farmers in Wayne county, is Mr. Richard Hanson of Wayne. Although living in town, he is still actively engaged in farming, even to the extent of often driving into the country and remaining a week at a time in order to give his attention to the work in hand.

Richard H. Hanson was born in the village of Lugum, District of Tondern, Schlesswig-Holstein, on November 30, 1845. The province at that time was under Danish rule, the sovereignty not passing to Prussia until the close of the war of 1865. As was customary, Mr. Hanson served his three years in the army and had returned home, when a few months later, he was recalled to take up arms in the Franco-Prussian war. During the fourteen  months that this war was in progress, he was in the battles of Wirth, Vionville, GraveIotte, Beaumont, Sedan, Strausberg and Metz. A younger brother Fred, fell in the battle of Gravelotte, but Richard and an older brother,  William, passed safely through the war.

Richard Hanson came to America in the spring of 1872, taking passage on the "Cymbria" on March 6, and   landing at Castle Garden twelve days later. He proceeded westward to Davenport, and thence to Muscatine,    Iowa, where he found work on the farm of Oliver Silverton. His brother, Hans, wrote him for money in order  that he too might come to the much-dreamed new world without delay. Richard's employer accordingly paid  him the balance of his five months' wages in advance, thus enabling Hans to start at once. He arrived in Iowa in August of year. He prospered and later owned a farm in Pottawattamie county, Iowa, where he died.

In December, 1881, Mr. Hanson was married to Miss Anna Attie Muller, a native of the village of  Ditmarchen, Holstein. Her parents, by a strange coincidence embarked on the same vessel which had taken Mr.  Hanson to this country four years before they emigrated. The family settled on a farm near Davenport. In the spring of 1882 they moved to Omaha, where the father lived the remainder of his life, and died October 29, 1890, at the age of fifty-nine years. The mother lived there until her death, which occurred January 20, 1911, at  the age of eighty-five years, three months and twenty-nine days.

After his marriage Mr. Hanson moved to Shelby county, and farmed rented land for three years, but March 5, 1885, found him and his wife, on their own farm about five miles south of La Port, the old county seat, where he bought one hundred and sixty acres at twelve dollars and fifty cents per acre. He began at once to improve this open prairie land, first building a small house, then adding sheds and barns as occasion demanded. An orchard and groves were started and soon he had a very thrifty looking farm. In 1895, a large addition was erected, making the farm house very roomy and comfortable. The original farm has since been increased by the purchase of an adjoining quarter section. He has also purchased a quarter section of fine land about seven miles southeast of Wayne. In 1907, after living twenty-two years on the farm, he moved to Wayne and is now taking life more easily than heretofore.

Mr. Hanson's parents followed their children to the new world in 1882, making their home with one or another of their children. The father died at Minden, Iowa, on February 20, 1896, at the age of eighty-two, and  the mother died at the age of seventy years, two months and sixteen days.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have had six children born to them, all of whom are living: Hans J., occupies the old homestead; Regina, now Mrs. Alfred Hass, is in Iowa county, Iowa; Catherine, Anna, Richard H. Junior, and Harry are still at home.

In politics, Mr. Hanson is a democrat and he is also a member of the Lutheran church. He is an associate of the German army societies and attends their meetings in Omaha, talking over with old comrades the days of trial  in the trenches and in the open fields. He has several medals made from the bronze, of captured French cannon,  which commemorates deeds of valor done in the heavy battles of the Franco-Prussian war.

Although they did not come to Nebraska until 1885, still Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have, many stories to tell of  their trials here, which includes reminiscences of the days when they had to burn twisted hay and corn for fuel.   Mrs. Hanson has had the experience of learning English since coming to this state, and can now read, write and speak that language as fluently as her children.

Source: Compendium of History, Reminiscence and Biography of Nebraska, Alden Publishing Co, Chicago IL 1912, p.594-595



HARE, A.M., farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Muscatine; born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1811; came to Muscatine in 1841; having learned the trade of hatter in Dayton, Ohio, he established the first manufactory in Muscatine, which business he followed until 1849; then sold out and purchased the ferry, which he operated until 1850, when he engaged in real-estate business till 1859, and then removed to where he now resides.  Mr. Hare was first Colonel of the 11th I.V.I.; at the battle of Shiloh was wounded and resigned his commission.  Married Miss Emeline P. Austin in 1844; born in Ohio in 1826; have two children--Austin and Ida  B, now Mrs. Warfield, and three deceased--Mary A., William P., one died in infancy.  Mr. and Mrs. H. are members, one of the M.E., and the other of the Congregational Church; Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Sweetland Twp



HARKER, Daniel, proprietor of Harker House, corner Railroad and Cedar streets, Wilton; a son of Daniel and Ann Harker, nee Kunkel, natives of Sussex Co., N.Y., and born, the former in 1800, the latter in 1803; they had nine children; Daniel was born in 1833, in Sussex Co., N.Y.; at the age of 12, with his parents, he removed to Orange Co., N. Y., and in 1866, the family, parents and three children, came to Iowa, settled in Muscatine, and in March, 1856, removed to Wilton, where the father died in 1875, the mother having since found a home with her son, who, in November, 1861, married Ann E.,  daughter of Jacob Ours; she was born in Montour Co., Penn.,  in 1840, and, with her parents, came to this county in 1859.  In March, 1862, they assumed charge of the Wilton House, that being the first hotel worthy the name of the place; remained there until November, 1863, after which he engaged in the grocery trade, auctioneering, etc., until January, 1873, when, having been reading law for several years, was admitted to the bar; during the same year, he was appointed Postmaster, and , in 1878, removed to his present place of residence.  They have ten children--Alberta K., Alfred L., George A., Anna G., Hattie A., Mary E., John K., Joseph N., Nelly E., and an infant.  Independent in politics;  Mrs. Harker is a member of the Reformed Church.  Mr. Harker has been a member of the Board of County Supervisors, Justice of the Peace, Mayor of Wilton, Trustee, Clerk and Constable.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879


HARKER, Joseph N.,  farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Muscatine; born in Sussex Co, N.J., Sept 10, 1808; came to Muscatine Co. in 1846, and settled in the vicinity where he now lives.  Married Miss Lydia Rosenkrans Aug. 19, 1837; she was born in Sussex Co., N.J., May 5, 1815; they have had seven children, three now living---Jane (now Mrs. Parvin), Mary C. (now Mrs. Smith), Edwin J. (deceased), Theodore (enlisted in Co. A., 35th I.V.I, was taken sick, returned home and died), Margaret, James, Sarah and John.  Mrs. Harker is a member of the M.E. Church.  Mr. H. owns 205 acres of land; Mr. H. is upright and honest in all his business transactions.  He is a Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HARRIS, J. B.; with D. M. Benner, proprietor of Wilton Collegiate Institute; residence on Sycamore street between Fifth and Sixth Wilton; Mr. Harris was born near Gettysburg, Penn., Feb. 7, 1830; when 4 years of age, he was taken by his parents to Salem, Ohio, where, after receiving an academical education, at the age of 23 he engaged in teaching, as Principal of the graded schools of New Lisbon, Ohio, for seven years. During his residence in that city, in March, 1857, he married Annie, daughter of William Dorwart, who was born in Lancaster, Penn.,  April 2, 1834. In the fall of 1860, they came west and settled at  Wilton, where he immediately proceeded to establish a school in the second story of what is now the Wilton House; commenced with two students, increased to thirty for that term, and continued for five years, with an average attendance of over eighty; about that time, a building was erected for his use on Fourth street (what is now the Porter House), in which he taught four and a half years, then in the second story of the Bacon Block for three years, turning out during these years many students, prepared for the Freshman and Sophomore Classes in college; also many who became successful teachers and business men, embracing all classes of professional and business men; he afterward taught at Durant and at various points, but for one year has been connected as above, which, under the present auspices, seems encouraging; particular attention is being paid to normal classes. Mr. Harris has five children--four daughters, and two of the daughters have for several years been engaged in teaching in this and adjoining counties, and are also successful as teachers of music.  Members of the Presbyterian Church; Mr. H. is a Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Wilton Twp



HARRIS, William D., banker, legislator, was born March 7, 1863, in Wilton, Iowa. He is president of the Bank of Sharon Springs, Kan., and in 1892 was elected a member of the  Kansas state legislature.

Source: Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century,  p 453



HAVERCAMP, Martin  deceased, the subject of this sketch was a native of Miltingen, Prussia; was born June 2, 1820; in December, 1841, while in the vigor of manhood, he arrived in this country, and commenced carving his way to prosperity with the toiling thousands of the new world; he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and there was employed in a wholesale grocery store for fourteen years. In 1854, he married Miss Bernadiana Stocker; they removed to Muscatine in 1856, and he accepted a  clerkship in Compton's leather store, which he held until 1859, when he formed a partnership with John Knapp in the grocery business; in 1868, Mr. Knapp retired from the firm, and Mr. Havercamp carried on the business until his death, Feb. 9, 1878.  In all the relations of life, Mr. Havercamp had few, if any, superiors; he was a public-spirited, enterprising citizen, and one  whose honesty and fidelity to trusts of any kind were unimpeachable.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 City of Muscatine



HAWLEY, Lisle Richard
From office boy to district manager is in brief the history of the business career of Lisle Richard Hawley, the manager of the southern branch of the Quaker Oats Company of Chicago, with headquarters at Memphis. Starting as an office boy in the local office of the Great Western Cereal Company, in his native city of Muscatine, Iowa, Mr. Hawley has in the little more than twenty years that he has been connected with the cereal industry, worked up to a very important executive position in a nationally famous company. Moreover, this successful business man is still on the sunny side of forty and can look forward to even greater achievements in the future.

Born on the 12th of August, 1884, Lisle R. Hawley is the son of George R. and Mary Margaret (Griffith)    Hawley, the father a native of Rhode Island and the mother born in Cincinnati, Ohio. The lineage on both sides of the family can be traced to English origin and in the paternal line there is a considerable admixture of Scotch blood. George R. Hawley was engaged in business in Muscatine until his death in 1916, and his wife survived him but two years. To this couple were born three children: Lisle R.  Hawley, and his two older sisters, Mrs. W. D. Downer and Mrs. Elmer C. Nichols, both of Muscatine.

The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood in this Iowa city and graduated from the high school on the 8th of June, 1902, when he was seventeen years old. Immediately he went to work for the Great Western Cereal Company of Chicago, as an office boy in its branch office at Muscatine, and has remained in that line of business ever since. During this long period of years he has been employed by but two companies, the one with whom he was first associated and his present firm–the Quaker Oats Company. During the nine years he was connected with the Great Western Cereal Company he worked up to the position of assistant feed sales manager in the main office at Chicago.  Meanwhile he had been a traveling salesman for the firm for some time, and during the last five years of this nine-year period had been in the Chicago office. In 1911 Mr. Hawley resigned his position with   this company to become southern feed sales manager of the Quaker Oats Company of Chicago. Until  1920 his headquarters remained in that city, although he had the entire south as his territory. In that  year the company completed a very large plant in Memphis and established its southern agency in this city, with Mr. Hawley in charge as manager. As this is the only branch of this large concern in the south Mr. Hawley has an enormous territory under his supervision and is conducting a brisk trade.   Under his careful management the volume of business has been growing steadily and the company's  products are reaching a wider and more extensive market.

On the 14th of September, 1912, Mr. Hawley was married to Miss Gladys May Lloyd of Chicago, who  is a native of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Hawley have one son, Lisle Richard, Jr., born June 30, 1917.

In the comparatively short time that Mr. Hawley has lived in Memphis he has formed a large circle of acquaintances in the business world, and has become a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. His religious affiliations are with the Presbyterian church, and fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order. Possessed of high standards of character and a keen sense of his social obligations as related to the promotion of the welfare of the community in which he makes his  home, Mr. Hawley has already created for himself a place among the representative citizens of Memphis.

 Source: Tennessee the Volunteer State 1769–1923: Volume 2,  page 792



HAWLEY, Milton,  farmer, Section 25, P. O. Humboldt, was born in Stark County, Ohio, February 2, 1834, was reared on a farm. In 1858 he moved to Cedar County, Iowa, where he followed agricultural pursuits for a time, then in the same capacity in Johnson County.

In October, 1869, he moved to Saline County, Mo., and in 1870 came to Kansas, locating, in February, 1871, in this township, and has since been engaged in farming and raising stock. In 1876 he moved on to his present farm, which consists of 160 acres, all well improved, and on which there is a fine orchard of about four acres. Mr. Hawley is one of the enterprising men of his neighborhood. He has filled many of the local offices, and in 1875 was elected a member of the Board of County Commissioners, which office he filled two years.

Source: Andreas History of The State of Kansas, Allen County



HAYES, Daniel fine trotting stock, Muscatine; is a native of Washington, Conn., and is a son of Rev. Gordon Hayes and Mary Fassett Hayes; his father was a congregational Minister; Daniel was brought up in Connecticut, and attended school there; when 18 years of age, he came West and entered Knox College, at Galesburg, Ill., and graduated in the class of 1863; after graduating, was engaged in business in Chicago for a time, but, having a taste of stock-raising, he came to Muscatine, and since then he has given his attention to raising fine horses---Hambletonians and Bashaws; he is acknowledged to be one of the best judges of the qualities and points of a good horse, and has an enviable reputation as a horseman, to such an extent that he frequently has orders to use his own judgment in selecting fine horses for a customer before the purchaser has seen them; his farm is finely located, adjoining the city limits of Muscatine. Mr. Hayes married Miss Alice C. Warfield  Nov. 26, 1873; she is a native of Muscatine and a daughter of the late David R. Warfield, one of the earliest settlers of this county; Mr. and Mrs. Hayes have one daughter---Mary Lillian.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 City of Muscatine



HAYFORD, W. F., dealer in agricultural implements, stoves and tinware, Fourth St., corner Cedar; residence, Fifth St., West Wilton; was born at Spafford, Onondaga Co., N. Y., July 2, 1843; there he was a farmer until 1868, when he came to Michigan, and, in the spring of 1869, to Iowa, and engaged at his present business, at Durant, Cedar Co., and remained there until 1874, when he removed to Wilton and purchased the stock of goods and good-will of Hall & Kyser. In Durant, March 15, 1871, he married Miss Ellen, daughter of David T. Hedges; she was born in Cayuga Co., N. Y. July, 1847; they have had two children--Jennie L., born Sept. 21, 1872, Fred B., born Nov. 17, 1875, died Sept. 5, 1878. Republican. Mrs. Hayford is a member of the Presbyterian Church, as were her parents and ancestors.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Wilton Twp



HAZELETT, W. H.; farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Muscatine; Mr. Hazelett is a native of Mifflin Co., Penn.; born in 1824; in 1845, removed to Fayette Co., thence to Lake Tp., this county, in 1853. Mr. Hazelett has acted with the Republican part since its organization; he has been Justice of the Peace, was also member of the County Board of Supervisors for six years; is a member of the Congregational Church, in which he has been Deacon over eighteen years. He has been twice married; first wife was Miss Stevenson, of Fayette Co., Penn.; she died in this county; present wife was Miss Hannah McNutt, daughter of Samuel McNutt and Hannah nee Stuart, who were of Scotch origin and emigrated to Philadelphia, Penn., where he died in 1836; she died in Iowa in 1874. Mr. Hazelett is public-spirited and enterprising and has been identified with the public interests of township and county and is one of the truly valuable citizens of Lake Tp.; he owns 200 acres of land.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HEATON, Francis M., of the firm of Brown & Heaton, proprietors of the Nevada Mills, corner Third street and Iowa avenue; was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Jan. 13, 1835; his parents came to Iowa and settled in Muscatine Co. when he was only 5 years of age; he was brought up on a farm until 15 years of age, then learned the trade of mechanical engineer and run an engine until the war broke out, when he enlisted in the first call for troops; his name was first on the muster roll in Co. A, 1st Regt. I. V. I., under Capt. Cummings; he was in the battle of Wilson's Creek, where Gen. Lyon was killed. After his return, he was an engineer until 1864, when he engaged in the milling business; the Nevada Mills have an established reputation; they manufacture mostly for the trade, and buy their main supply of best wheat from Kansas and Missouri; are doing a large business. Mr. Heaton married Miss Mary J. Wood, of Clermont Co., Ohio, in 1861. When Mr. Heaton's father first came here, he had to go to Peoria to mill, and used to go to Chicago with an ox-team; he brought the first reaping machine here that was ever used in this county.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 City of Muscatine



HEBERLING, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Atalissa; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $60 per acre; born Sept. 13, 1817, in Berkeley Co. Va.; parents moved to Harrison Co.,Ohio, in the fall of 1822; was engaged in mercantile business about three years in Athens Co.; in 1850, went to California, returning in 1852; came to this county in 1856; engaged in mercantile business in Atalissa for about three years, since which time, has followed farming; has served as County Supervisor for about six years. Married Matilda Lamb Sept. 8,  1841; she was born October 13, 1820, in Ohio, and died Aug.  24, 1849; again married, Prudence A. Lamb, sister of first wife,  May 15, 1852; she was born Dec. 5, 1834, and died Aug. 3, 1863; again married, Eleanor W. Combs, Nov. 9, 1865; she was born March 11, 1830, in Ohio; has two children by first wife living--Mary J. and Leonard, and lost two--Charles C. and Emerson; and by second wife one living--Henry B., and lost four--John E., Amanda M., Martha W. and Eliza A.; and by third wife one son---George C.; his son Leonard served in the 2d Iowa Cavalry during the late rebellion. Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HEINLY, Benjamin Franklin, of the well known wholesale firm of B. F. Heinly & Brother, at Creston, Iowa, descended from an ancient German family. His father's great-grandfather, who came from Germany to America, was related to the Ludwigs, that branch of the family from which Emperor William the First was descended. The family settled in Northampton county, Pa., engaged principally  in agricultural pursuits and the raising and handling of stock. Joseph Heinly, the father of Benjamin,  received his education in the German language, but after moving to Iowa he learned to speak, read and write the English language. The family that came to Iowa in 1855, and settled on a farm at Sweetland Center, Muscatine county, consisted of six boys and one girl, all of whom were born in Northampton county, Pa. There were four girls born to this union in Iowa, and one girl that died in infancy in Pennsylvania. Benjamin F., was born March 11, 1850, in Northampton county, Pa. Out of that family there are still living three boys and three girls: William Anderson Heinly, who resides at Danville, Ill.; Milton McCarthy Heinly and Laura Georgia Jones, in Muscatine county, Iowa; Ida May Purdy, at  Pierce City, Mo.; Ella Savannah Wintermute, at Tacoma, Wash., and George. The oldest son died  while serving his country in the civil war, and another died in Alabama shortly after the war.

Benjamin worked on his father's farm summers, and his early education consisted of about three months in the district school each winter, from the time he was 7 years old until he was 15. He attended a three months' term in the commercial college conducted by a brother, at Vincennes, Ind. This concluded his school education and was of much benefit to him all through his business life. At the age of 16 he started out in life for himself, and in five weeks had earned $90 by work in the harvest  field. This was the first money he had carned and appropriated to his own use, and it stimulated his desire to make money for himself and be independent. He went to Louisa county and taught school for six months, and, though he gave good satisfaction, did not like the work. For about two years he conducted a little store near his father's farm in Sweetland Center, then bought a store in Fairport,  where he engaged at the same time in other business, but was not satisfied with his opportunities.

March 1, 1874, he was married to Miss Isabella Sweet, of Fairport, and the next day started for Creston, where they have since lived. The town then had 1,200 population, and Mr. Heinly went into partnership with I. L. Mackemer, his brother-in-law, in the retail grocery business. The partnership with Mackemer lasted for five years, during which time both added considerably to their stock of worldly goods. Mr. Heinly then purchased his partner's interest, and about six months later his younger  brother, T. A. Heinly, was admitted as a partner. The business grew and its owners prospered. In August. 1882, with J. C. Wallace, they started the first wholesale grocery house in Creston, under the firm name of Wallace, Heinly & Brother. With persistent effort many obstacles were overcome, and they did a fairly good business in the jobbing line. After Mr. Wallace had been associated with them for two years, the Heinly brothers purchased his interest and he retired with a good profit on his investment. They then associated with them Mr. H. B. Holcomb, who acquired an interest in the wholesale business which he retained until the death of T. A. Heinly in January, 1890. Mr. Heinly then  purchased Mr. Holcomb's interest and continued the business under the firm name of B. F. Heinly & Brother, the brother's widow retaining her interest in the firm.

There has been no change in the firm since 1890. It has held its own through all the trying financial times. Mr. Heinly was one of the incorporators, and is now president of the Anchor Mutual Fire Insurance company. It was organized in Creston in 1889 as the Hotel Owners Fire Insurance company; changed its name a year later, and moved to Des Moines in 1895. It is a strong company.

Since living in Creston Mr. Heinly has served three terms as alderman at different periods. His political affiliations, in the main, have been republican. He loves the grand old party and the humane and brilliant war and reconstruction record it made, but he is a firm believer in the remonetization of silver at  the ratio of 16 to 1 by the United States. Mr. Heinly is a member in good standing of the First Congregational church of Creston, superintendent of the Congregational Sunday school, member of the Men's club, the West End Social club, the Masonic order, the Modern Woodmen and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Mr. and Mrs. Heinly have three sons and a daughter: Earl Casper, born  June 23, 1876; Webster Guy, born September 19, 1879; Vinton Sweet, born September 15, 1887;  Maurine Louise, born February 6, 1890.

Source:  Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa. Gue, B.F. Des Moines:Conaway & Shaw Publishers, 1899.  p.494


HEINLY, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Sweetland Center; born in Northampton Co, Penn., May 2, 1821; came to Muscatine Co. in 1855.  Married Miss G. Seen May 10, 1841; born in Northampton Co., Penn., May 10, 1819; have four sons and four daughters--Anderson W., Milton M., Benjamin F., Emma E. (now Mrs Mackiner), Thomas, Ella S. (now Mrs. Wintermute), Ida May, Laura G., and four deceased--George W., Joseph R., Mary and one died in infancy.  Mr. Heinly's grandparents came to Lehigh Co., Penn, before the Revolutionary war, and the hose that his great-grandfather built still stands where his grandfather, his father and one of his sisters were born.  Mr. Heinly is energetic and by good management has become well off; owns 2,100 acres of land.  Mr. H. is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Sweetland Twp



HELMS, Robert Willard
The office of biography is not to give voice to a man's modest estimate of himself and his accomplishments, but rather to leave upon the record the verdict establishing his character by the consensus of opinion on the part of his neighbors and fellow citizens. In touching upon the life history of the subject of this sketch, the writer aims to avoid fulsome encomium and extravagant praise; yet he desires to hold up for consideration those facts which have shown the distinction of a true, useful and honorable life--a life characterized by perseverance, energy, broad charity and well defined purpose. To do this will be but to reiterate the dictum pronounced upon the man by the people who have known him long and well.

Robert W. Helms, merchant and postmaster at Brainard, was born in the state of New York, July 30, 1839, and is a son of William and Hannah (Robins) Helms. William Helms was a native of Scotland and at the age of seven years he accompanied his parents on their emigration to America. They located in Essex county, New York, where Mr. Helms spent the remainder of his years, dying at the advanced age of ninety-three years. He followed farming during his active years and was fairly successful in his business affairs. He took a leading and prominent part in local public affairs and held at different times many of the township and county public offices. He was a Republican in politics and in religion was affiliated with he Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a class-leader at the time of his death. He married Hannah Robins, a native of Vermont, and they became the parents of thirteen children, six of whom are living, namely: Robert W., who was the first born in the family, Jennie, Martha, Carrie, Addie and Melvin. The mother of these children was sixty-three years old at the time of her death.

Robert W. Helms remained in his native state until he was twenty-four years old. At the age of twenty-one years he enlisted in the First Regiment of United States Sharpshooters and served fourteen months assisting in the suppression of the Southern rebellion. During most of this time he was on detached duty, but he was actively engaged during the three-days battle at Gettysburg, and, with his regiment, took part in several other of the noted engagements of that war, seeing much hard service. At the conclusion of his military service he returned to Essex county, New York, and, as before stated, at the age of twenty-four years he came to Fayette county, Iowa. He soon afterwards went to Wisconsin, where he remained two years and then returned to Fayette county, which has since been his home. He is the owner of some splendid farming land, his home place being located in sections 30 and 36, while he also owns a good farm in section 16. He carries on general farming and also gives considerable attention to livestock, in the handling of which he has been very successful. He is a breeder of registered Hereford cattle, maintaining on his farm a good herd of these cattle, and he also buys and sells much other stock, mostly cattle and hogs. Besides his farming interests, Mr. Helms is doing a successful general merchandise business, being the proprietor of the only store in Brainard, where he carries a large and well-selected stock of such goods as are in demand by the trade. He is postmaster and maintains the office in his store. Courteous and accommodating, he has gained for himself the good will of all who have dealings with him and is numbered among the leading men of his community.

In 1875 Mr. Helms was married to Artherlinda Mounce, who was born in Lynn (sic) county, Iowa, in February, 1849, and whose death occurred in 1903, at the age of fifty-four years. To this union were born four children, namely: Clara Louella is the wife of E. O. Randall, of Muscatine, Iowa, and they have two children: Harley W., of Brainard, married Celia Bohanan and they are the parents of three children; Ethel D. is the wife of Martin Hovey, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and they have one child; Judson, who was the first born of these children, died at the age of fourteen months.

The subject is a Republican, but has endeavored to keep clear of political affairs. He was, however, induced to serve as justice of the peace for a number of years, having retired from the office in 1908 because of the press of his other business affairs, which would not permit a division of his attention and time. He is a firm believer in the uplifting influence of the church and he gives a liberal support to the Baptist and Methodist Episcopal churches. In many ways Mr. Helms has shown qualities of the highest order and has invariably given his support to every movement having for its object the advancement of the best interests of the community. Genial in disposition, optimistic in temperament and accommodating in his dealings with others--it is not strange that he enjoys a large circle of warm and loyal friends. Such men are desirable elements in any community and are the foundation of its growth and prosperity.

Source: The History of Fayette County, Iowa  1910



HENDRICKSON, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. West Liberty; owns 474 1/2 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; Born April 19, 1815, in Holmes Co., Ohio; in October, 1837, came to Muscatine Co.; arrived here with but $5 in his pocket; purchased the claim for the place where he still lives for $100, and went to work to earn the money to pay for it, which he did the following winter and spring; he then took a trip down the Mississippi as far as Cairo, and through Ohio and back to Muscatine Co. In the fall of 1839, married Esther Lewis, of this county, Feb, 12, 1840; she was born in December, 1823, in Erie Co., Penn., and died in April, 1855, leaving him with a family of small children; he again married Jane Hayan in March, 1856; she was born in August, 1813, in Tompkins Co., N. Y.; she died April 7, 1878; had no children by second wife; by first wife five living--- Andrew, Mary, Elizabeth, John and Abner; Lost three Margaret, Catharine, and William; is also raising a grandson--- Chester Williams; his sons Andrew, John and Abner served their country in the army during the late rebellion; youngest son Abner is in Montana. Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HENDRIX,  Charles M., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Letts; born in Wayne County, Ind., in 1832; came to Muscatine Co. with his parents in 1843; in 1850, when 18 years of age, he crossed the plains to California; drove an ox-team all the way from his father's farm, in Seventy-Six Tp., to California, and thence to Oregon City; was about six months on the trip; he returned in 1853; in 1864, he again went to the Pacific Coast, this time driving a mule-team, and made the trip in about sixty-five days; in 1875, he again visited California, this time by railroad; Mr. Hendrix now prefers to make the trip in a Pullman palace-car, in five days, to driving an ox-team and being six months on the way. He married in 1857, Hannah Collins, a daughter of John Collins, of Seventy-Six Tp., born in 1863; they have four children--- Frank E., born in 1858; Dosier M., Dora D., in 1866; and Albert B., in 1874; Mr. H. purchased the farm which he now owns in 1854. Members of the M. E. Church.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Seventy Six Twp



HENDRIX,  Henry D., farmer, Sec 33; P. O. Letts; born in Ohio in 1804; his parents Henry and Martha Hendrix were natives of Maryland, but removed to Ohio in 1798, they went to Indiana about 1816, where they resided till their deaths. Mr. H. married,  in 1829, Theodosia Willits, a native of Ohio; Mr. Hendrix came to Muscatine Co., from Indiana, in 1843; and settled on the farm  where he now lives the same year; Mrs. Hendrix died in 1848; he again married, in 1850, Mrs. Margaret Whittaker, formerly Margaret Dinwiddie, native of Kentucky; she was born in 1818; she came to Jefferson Co. in 1837, returned to Indiana, and came back in 1850; Mr. Hendrix had seven children by his first marriage, six still living---Charles, Martha, William, Ellen, Ira, and Melissa; Angeline, the oldest, died in Oregon, in 1867; he has one child by second marriage--- Mary Matilda; lost two. Mr. H. owns 640 acres of land. Members of M. E. Church.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Seventy Six Twp



HENNEKER, J.B., farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Melpine; born in Kent Co., England, March 29, 1809; came to Philadelphia in 1817.  Married Miss Jane Langstreth in 1831; born Sept. 14, 1812.  In 1835, removed to Perry Co., Penn., in 1846, to Muscatine Co.  They have eight children--Edward, Tacy A. (now Mrs. Patterson), Hannah M. (now Mrs. Cabe), Harriet F. (now Mrs. Cole), William S., Henrietta (now Mrs. Hill), Jennie E. (now Mrs. West), Ida M., and two dead, Benjamin M. and Edward.  Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the M.E. Church.  Mr. H. was appointed Postmaster by J.K. Polk, which office he held for sixteen years.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HERANCOURT, MRS. CATHARINE C. (TRAUB) born in Germany, a daughter of Erhart and Eva (Bye) Traub, was married at Cincinnati, Ohio, April 23, 1854, to Peter Herancourt (who was one of the lineal descendants of the Huguenot Jean de Herancourt, born in 1658, left Nantes, France, the 22d of October, 1685, and settled at Muhlhofen, Reinpfalz), born January 4, 1821, at Muhlhofen, and immigrated to America in 1835.  He stopped at Columbus, Ohio, and learned the brewing trade; remained for three years, afterward establishing breweries of his own at St. Louis, Mo., Muscatine, Iowa, and Cincinnati, Ohio.  In October, 1867, he came to Frankfort, Ky., and established the Frankfort Malt House, which he carried on successfully until his death in 1884.  He left three children: Carrie, Oscar and Lillian.  His son Oscar, having previously learned the trade under his father, still superintends the business.

Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 5th ed., 1887, Franklin Co.



HERR,  AMOS was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1851, where he lived until he was ten years old, removing  from there to Muscatine, Iowa, where he lived until 1872, farming and engaged in raising stock. From there,  he moved to Union County, Iowa, and then to Nebraska in 1876, and lived with his family, consisting of wife and four children, in Fillmore County. Bought two sections of land in Nuckolls County, and engaged in raising cattle and sheep, and now owns 150 head of cattle of different ages, and 1,700 head of sheep. Mr. Herr is one of Nebraska's successful farmers and stock-raisers.

Source: The History of the State of Nebraska, 1882, Western Historical Company, A. T.
Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL.; Fillmore County



HERRICK, C., farmer, Sec. 11; P.O. Blue Grass; was born in New York in 1849, where he resided until he was 7 years old, removing thence with his parents to Iowa; located in Scott Co., near Davenport; remained two years; removed thence to Muscatine Co., where he has since remained, improving the farm on which he now resides, consisting of 120 acres.  (His father, Stephen Herrick, was born in New York in 1811; his mother was Miss Gertrude Briece, also a native of New York)  Mr. H. married in February, 1879, Miss Eva Fry, daughter of Henry Fry.  Mr. H. is a stanch Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HERSHEY, Albert, a Pennsylvanian by birth, entered life September 8, 1847, in York county, where he obtained a common school education, closing with a course in the Normal school in Lancaster county. In 1866 he came west to Muscatine county, Iowa, where he made but a short stay, pushing on to Boone county, in this state, where he was engaged in the grain business. In February, 1871, he sought Malvern as his future home, where for a time he continued the grain trade, until now he is engaged in farming. October 15, 1879, he observed the scriptural injunction by taking unto himself a help-meet, in the person of Miss M. Jennie Place, of Malvern, Mills county. But the "replenishing" part of the scriptural injunction does not appear to have been observed thus far in their marital co-partnership. Mr. and Mrs. H. are both members of the Presbyterian church.

Source: History of Mills Co IA 1881 Malvern Twp



HESNEN, James, baggage-master, Wilton; was born in County Meath, Ireland, April 14, 1837; when 10 years of age, his father died, and his mother soon after emigrated to American, leaving him with relatives until he was 14 years of age, when she sent for him, having found a home in New York City; soon after hearrived there, they removed to Otisville, Orange Co., N. Y., where in August, 1861, he married Miss B. Sherdin, who was born in County Meath, Ireland, May, 1839. In the spring of 1867,  he, with his family and mother, came to Iowa, settling in Wilton, where he worked on the C., R. I. & P. R. R., then in course of construction, and, as Assistant Roadmaster, attended to  supplies, and after the completion of the road, took charge of depot at W. Harrington; took care of freight, baggage and tickets. March 10, 1876, his wife died, leaving seven children, six of whom are now living--Jane, Bridget, Rose, Andrew, George and Ellen. Members of the Catholic Church.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Wilton Twp



HESS, Jacob, dealer in harness, saddles, bridles, collars, whips, etc., Second st. Mr. Hess was born in Germany in 1836; emigrated to Muscatine in 1851. He enlisted in Co. C, 35th I. V.C.; was enrolled in 1862; served until peace was restored; was in almost every battle, siege and skirmish his command was in; was wounded at Vicksburg. He has been married twice; first wife was Miss Susan R. Valet (now deceased); present wife was Miss Mary Sieber; had three children by first marriage, two  still living--Mary and Annie; one child by present wife--Emma.  Republican; members of the Catholic Church; he is also a  member of the
A. O. U. W.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 City of Muscatine



HETZEL, CHRIS, proprietor of meat market, Second st; was born in the State of New York in 1855; removed with his parents to Iowa about 1855.  He married Miss C.G. Engels of this city (Muscatine); they have two children---Anna and Edward N.  Mr. H. is a Republican; is a member of A.O.U. W., Mechanics' Aid Socieity and of the Fire Department.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HIDLEBAUGH, ALEXANDER, a prominent farmer of Louisa County, residing on section 10, Grand View Township, was born in Jackson County, Ohio, Aug 22, 1840 and was the seventh in a family of eight children born to John and Susan (Williams) Hidlebaugh, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Virginia.  The father was a cooper by trade, and when a small lad emigrated with his step-father to Virginia, where he remained until attaining his majority.  Becoming acquainted with Miss Susanna Williams, he wooed and won her, and their marriage was celebrated in that State.  After ten years' residence in Virginia, they emigrated to Jackson County, Ohio, where they remained until 1849, when they proceeded farther westward, locating in Rock Island County, Ill.  There, in September, 1850, the death of the mother occurred, and seven years later Mr. Hidlebaugh was laid to rest by the side of his wife.

After the death of his parents, with two elder brothers our subject came to Louisa County, Iowa, in 1857, and secured employment as a farm hand, receiving $12.50 per month for his services.  For four years he worked as a farm hand, and then commenced farming for himself on the land now owned by Patrick Dalton, near Letts, but in the month of August, 1862, he abandoned farm life to enlist in the service of his country.  He was mustered in at Muscatine, Iowa, being assigned to Company F, 35th Iowa Infantry, and from there went to Cairo, Ill, and later to the South.  He participated in an engagement at Duck Port, opposite Vicksburg, and from that place, under the command of General Grant, went by the way of Grand Gulf to Jackson, Miss, where the enemy was encountered, and a battle fought.  The next service was at Vicksburg, where Mr. Hidlebaugh participated in all the battles, and then after its surrender proceeded with his regiment to Jackson, Miss, which the army recaptured from the rebel General Joe Johnston.  He next participated in the Red River campaign, taking part in the battles of Marchville Plains, Old River Lake, the battle of Tupelo in Mississippi, Spanish Fort in Alabama, also the battle of Selma, Ala, after which he went to Davenport, Iowa, where he was mustered out of service.

On the 10th of August, 1864, Mr Hidlebaugh reached home, and on the 20th of that month commenced working by the month upon a farm.  During the following November he was united in marriage with Lucinda Wagner, a daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Gower) Wagner, both of whom are now deceased.  By the union of this happy couple three sons and five daughters have been born -- Elizabeth C, Mary E, John C, William W, Clara Bell, Nettie M, Nellie C, and Harry A.  With the exception of the last two, who died in infancy, all are at home.

Mr. Hidlebaugh resides on section 10, Grand View Township, where he is the owner of 579 acres of land, which is highly cultivated and well stocked with a fine grade of cattle, horses and hogs.  He makes a specialty of raising the Hereford and Durham cattle, thoroughbred Chester-White hogs, and horses of the Norman and Clydesdale stock.  He is a systematic and progressive farmer, and everything about the place denotes thrift and enterprise.  For the past six years Mr Hidlebaugh has held the office of School Director, and also served as Road Supervisor of his township for several terms.  He has always taken an active part in the upbuilding of the county, has aided in its progress and development, has been prominent in the promotion of its enterprises, and is one of Louisa County's best citizens.  Politically, he is a supporter of the Republican party, but being liberal in his views, at the local elections he often votes for the man whom he thinks will best fill the office.  Socially, he is a member of the G. A. R.., Colwell Post, at Letts, and also belongs to the Masonic fraternity.  During his thirty-years residence in the county he has won the confidence and goodwill of all with whom he has come in contact, and is held in high esteem by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Biographical Record of  Louisa County Biography, page 574,575
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



HIDLEBAUGH, DAVID son of John and Susan (Williams) Hidlebaugh, was born in Jackson county, Ohio, October 4, 1836. His parents moved to Rock Island county, Illinois, in 1849, where they were engaged in farming. His mother died in Rock Island county, in the fall of 1851. His father went to live with his son John, in Mercer county, where he died in January, 1856. David left Rock Island county in the spring of 1855, coming to Muscatine county, Iowa, where he was engaged in prairie breaking and farming. He was married September 17, 1855, to Miss Margaret Moles, daughter of Francis and Rebecca (Fresh) Moles. Her mother died in July,
1866, in Louisa county, Iowa where they moved in 1863; her father died September 30, 1872, at the same place. David enlisted in Muscatine county, in company F, 35th Iowa infantry, in August, 1862. He took part in the engagements in Jackson, Mississippi, Vicksburg, Henderson's Hill, Louisiana, Fort Derusa, Yellow Bayou, Nashville, campaign of Mobile. He was mustered out in August, 1865. He then went to Louisa county, Iowa, where his wife joined him, and remained there until the fall of 1872, when they came to their present location, on section 5, Dodge township. The have ten children--Frank O., Luella R., David W., Nellie E., Charles E., William W., and Mary Annette, twins, Edwin Scott, Elliott Grant and Jessie Belle. He has been trustee and school director, and is also a member of the May's Post G. A. R. of Bagley.

Source: History of Guthrie and Adair Co IA 1884



HIDLEBAUGH,WILLIAM W. resides on section 7, Dodge township. He was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, June 8, 1834. He is the son of John and Susan (Williams) Hidlebaugh, with whom he moved to Jackson county, Ohio, in the fall of 1835, where they remained until 1849, when they moved to Rock Island county, Illinois, where his mother died in 1850.

He moved to Muscatine county, Iowa where he was engaged in prairie-breaking and farming. He married there in 1859, to Miss Lydia Rebecca Davis, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Rippey) Davis. Mrs. Hidlebaugh was born in Indiana in 1837, and died in the winter of 1867. William was married in May, 1874, to Miss Elizabeth E. Davis, a sister of his first wife (born in Indiana in 1845). The have three children--James D., Mary E. and Effie A. From Muscatine county he moved to Guthrie county, in 1869, settling on their present location. Mr. Hidlebaugh enlisted in company H, 11th Iowa infantry, in 1862. He took part in the siege of  Vicksburg, Atlanta, Georgia, and a number of skirmishes. He was with Sherman in his march to the sea. He was mustered out in 1865. He is a member of May's Post No. 264, and has been township trustee.

Source: History of Guthrie and Adair Co IA 1884, Dodge Township



HINKHOUSE, Rufus W., farmer, financier, legislator, was born Aug. 17, 1850, in Cumberland county, Md. He is a successful farmer and stock-raiser of Wilton, Iowa; and has served with distinction as a member of the Iowa state legislature.

Source: Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century,  p 453



HIRSCHMANN, JOHN  far., Sec 10; P.O. Moscow; son of George and Barbara Hirschmann; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $40 an acre; born April 12, 1828, in Bavaira, Germany; emigrated to the United States, with parents, in 1840, locating in Bloomington Tp., and came to Moscow in 1855, and engaged in the bakery business until 1865, when he came onto his present farm.  Married Susannah Willin, August, 1854; she was born in Germany in 1834, and died in January, 1856; he again married, Diana Heddleston, in June, 1857; she was born in Ohio in 1839; had one child, Henry, by first wife and by second wife seven--Frank, George, Anna, Ellen, John, Robert and Susannah.  He served as a member of School Board in his town; member of Lutheran Church; Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HITCHCOCK, J. P.;  farmer; P. O. Muscatine; born in Scioto Co., Ohio, July 20, 1810; in 1835, took a contract of building a wharf at Portsmouth, Ohio. Married Miss Emily Adams in 1841; born in Scioto Co., Ohio, March 3, 1821. In 1847, removed to Muscatine Co. and settled on his present farm, which he took in its wild state; now has under good cultivation, consisting of 520 acres. Mr. H. has seven children--Jessie H., L. E., F. P., Anna N. (now Mrs. Riggs), John S., Emma L. and Edward; two deceased--Henry and Thomas L. Member of the Congregational Church; Mr. H. is a Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Lake Twp



HOAG, J.J., farmer, Sec. 6, P.O. Muscatine; born in Chittenden Co., Vt. May 3, 1827; removed with his parents to Dutchess Co., N.Y., in 1831, and remained one year; thence to North Berwick, Me., where they remained until 1837; then removed to Beaver Co., Penn; in 1843, to Henry Co., Iowa, and in 1864, to Mahaska Co., remaining until 1870, then went to the Indian Territory; remained five years, three years with Agent, B. Darlington; two years with Agent Richards, and in 1875, came to Muscatine Co.  Married Miss Rachel Darlington June 20, 1849; born in Pennsylvania in 1830; died Jan. 26, 1856; he married again Miss Margaret Osborn March 9, 1865; born in Clinton Co., Ohio, March 20, 1833; died Nov. 27, 1877; he maried again Mrs. Elizabeth C. Peasley March 29, 1879; she was born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, Sept. 15, 1829; Mr. H. has three children by his first wife--Charles B., Lindley N. and Mattie D., and by his second wife, two--Joseph T. and Annie R.  Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Friends' Church; she has two children by her former husband--Arthur and Oliver.  Mr. H. is a Republican.  His father resides with him; Joseph Hoag, born in Chittenden Co., Vt., June 2, 1800.  Married Miss Eliza Meador October 1820; born in Strafford Co., N.H., 1798; died in 1823; married again M.D. Tabor, 1825; born in Ulster Co., N.Y., 1802; died in 1853.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Sweetland Twp



HOAG, Zeno K.
He to whom this sketch is dedicated is a member of one of the old and most highly honored pioneer families whose name is inseparably linked with the history of Hardin county, and he has personally lived up to the full tension of the primitive days when here was initiated the march of civilization in which he has played a conspicuous role, performing his every duty with a fidelity and unselfishness that has earned for him not only material success, but also the high esteem of all classes, and no man is better known, more influential or held in higher favor in the northern part of the county than he, so that there is peculiar interest attached to his career.  Iowa Falls and vicinity owe much of their development to him, for he has always been active in promoting whatever tended toward their upbuilding, being a man of broad and liberal ideas, charitable, generous and obliging.

Zeno K. Hoag is the scion of a sterling old New England family, and he himself was born in New Hampshire, having first seen the light of day in Wolfboro, October 10, 1842.  He is the son of Lindley Murray and Huldah (Varney) Hoag.   The family is of Welsh descent and have been worthy American citizens for many generations.

Rev. Lindley Murray Hoag was the son of Joseph and Huldah Hoag, and he was born in Charlotte, Virginia, September 29, 1808.  His parents were early settlers in that part of the state and had to endure many of the privations and hardships incident to pioneer life, consequently they could not give to their children, eight in number, all the educational advantages that they desired.  They were both ministers of the gospel, Joseph Hoag
being prominent in the affairs of the Friends church in Vermont, traveled extensively, and was absent from his home more than half the time for twenty years.  He was a member of the famous "underground railroad"system while living in Vermont and he held many slaves to escape.  Lindley M. Hoag's early training devolved prinicipally upon his mother, and he bore witness to her faithfulness to this trust.  He learned to read at a very early age and, other books being scarce, he became a great Bible student, so that it could be said of him as of Timothy, "He knew the Scriptures from a child."  He was recorded a minister of the gospel, of the society of Friends, in his twenty-first year, and became one of their most famous preachers.  His preaching was remarkably in accordance with the injunction of the apostle, "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God."  So copious were his quotations from the Bible and from doctrinal authors, and so just and illustrative his application, that some who hard [sic] him queried, "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?"  In his twenty-first and twenty-second years he traveled, as an evangelist, in the state of New York, in the New England states, lower Canada and some of the adjacent Atlantic islands.

In 1831 he located on a farm at Wolfboro, New Hampshire, and soon afterwards married Huldah B. Varney, of that place.   She possessed a conspicuous and lucid mind, a vivacious and amiable disposition, combined with engaging manners.  Their married life was a very happy one.  Four children were born to them, three of whom are living.  The oldest, Mrs. Hannah H. Liggett, lived in New York; she was widely known and conspicuous as a minister and evangelist and temperance worker, and lived a beautiful life, gaining the love and esteem of very many people; he death occurred in January, 1910, at Batavia, New York.  Zeno K. Hoag, the immediate subject of this sketch; and Joseph L. Hoag, who was second in order of birth.  The last named came to Iowa Falls, Iowa, in the fall of 1855 with his father.  The first year or two he engaged in the fur business, then turned his attention to farming a few years, and in 1873 he and Doctor Foster engaged in the drug business a year, and were getting a good start when, in 1874, the town, with the exception of the postoffice building, was burned up.  He and the Doctor were burned out, but rebuilt and continued in the drug business until 1877, after which Mr. Hoag continued that same business alone until in the nineties, when he sold out and moved to California on account of failing health, and his death occurred in that state in 1902.  Joseph L. Hoag was a very prominent Mason and he was a member of the council of the city of Iowa Falls for a number of years.  He married Emma Frost, a native of New Hampshire, and two children were born to them, one dying in infancy; the other, now Mrs. Bertha Harrington, resides with her mother
in California.

After his marriage, Rev. Lindley M. Hoag, father of the subject, was, as the apostle exhorts, "Diligent in business and fervent in spirit," working on his farm to provide things comfortable for his family and still faithful to the calls of his Master.  He visited the churches of his own denomination and held public meetings in the towns and many of the cities of New England, New York, and some of the Middle, Western and Southern states.  His wife passed to her reward in 1843.   She also was a minister, highly esteemed in the church and society for both her Christian and native graces.  Soon after this bereavement Rev. Mr. Hoag visited Europe, preaching in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and Switzerland, preaching before several European monarches.  Upon his return he produced to the church abundant testimonials to the appreciation of the value of his labors from those amongst whom he traveled.  He was absent about three years, and, as Paul resumed his occupation of "tent-maker," so did Rev. Mr. Hoag again grasp the handles of the plow, on the banks of Lake Winnipissiogee, and he could say, like the apostle, "Mine own hands have ministered to my necessities, and to the wants of those dependent upon me."  In 1853 he re-visited Great Britain, also Norway and Denmark, where he found many seeking to know the truth, and he was absent on his trip about a year.   Soon after his return he sold his property in New Hampshire, and in the summer of 1854 came to Iowa and bought land in Hardin and Marshall counties and returned to New Hampshire.  For a time he conducted a store in New York, but he handled no goods except those produced by free labor, no slave products bing accepted or sold.  In the spring of 1855 he came again to Iowa, and was married to Anna C. Darlington, of Muscatine, this state, and with her he came to Hardin county in November of that year.  One child, Ella Hoag, was born to this union, who became an accomplished teacher.

Lindley M. Hoag was one of the proprietors of the village of Rocksylvania, living on a farm adjoining.  During the remaining twenty-five years of his active and useful life he was often engaged, with others, in organizing churches of his own denomination in different parts of the state, spending much of his time away from home in missionary work, in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and some parts of New England, Canada, New York, Kansas and Missouri.  He was a life-long friend of the slave and the Indian.  He was first a Whig, later a Republican.    As a citizen he was ever ready to do his part to promote the interests of the community.  As a neighbor he was kind and obliging.  In his family he was genial, affectionate and sympathetic.  "Having fought the good fight and kep the faith, he finished his course (on the 27th of November, 1880, in the seventy-third year of his age), to receive a crown of righteiousness from Christ, the righteous Judge."   Mr. Hoag was gifted with a wonderful memory and he caused his hearers to wonder at his ability to quote so extensively from the Scriptures, having, it seemed, a profound insight into the word of God.  He had a style of delivery peculiarly his own, and often would thrill his hearers with the most beautiful imagery and word painting.    His personal magnetism was wonderful.  It is the opinion of many persons who have listened to our great pulpit orators, Beecher, Talmage, Brooks, Chapin and others, that Mr. Hoag had the natural ability, if placed where circumstances would draw it out, to equal any of them.  Remarkable as they may seem, yet it is true; and this gifted man gave his time and great talents to the society of Friends, among whom he stood as one of the chief pillars, not only in this country but across the ocean in foreign lands.   His wife, Anna Hoag, was a great help to him in his life work.  Gifted herself with more than ordinary talent, she served to increase and widen her husband's influence.   During her entire life she has been known as a lovely Christian character, exerting her influence in all the venues of Christian influence and being a power for good in her society.  She was a teacher in Hardin county in the early days and had few equals, filling many stations as an educator with great success.  She remains to continue the good work which her lamented husband laid down, being now a residnt of Iowa Falls, advanced in years, but still influential for good, and a crown awaits her as a faithful, efficient, self-sacrificing servant of the Master.

Zeno K. Hoag, the immediate subject of this biographical review, lived in New Hmpshire until he was about fourteen years of age, then he accompanied the family to Iowa Falls, Iowa, where, after a somewhat tedious trip, they arrived in the month of June, 1856.  This country was then a wild and sparsely settled prairie, the nearest railroad to Hardin county being at Iowa City.  They began life in typical pioneer fashion and never murmured at hardships, for they had the sagacity to foresee that this was destined to be a great country.  Here the father entered a whole section of land from the government, northwest and east of the town of Iowa Falls, which was developed in due course of time into one of the valuable and choice landed estates in the county.

Before leaving New England, Zeno K. Hoag attended the Brown school at Providence, Rhode Island.  His boyhood here was spent in farming, which he continued until he was about twenty-eight years of age; he then entered the lumber, coal and salt business here.  Since then, at different times, he has been in partnership with J. D. Steere and J. B. Griffith, but is now in business alone again, having been engaged longer in his special line than any other man of Iowa Falls, and with one exception is the oldest merchant in any line in this city.  He has been very successful in whatever he has turned his attention to and has long been regarded as one of the leading business men of this part of the county.

Always an active Republican, Zeno K. Hoag has long been an influential factor in public affairs, having faithfully discharged the duties of various offices within the gift of the people in this community.  He is progressive in his ideas in both public and business affairs.  Fraternally, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen.

In 1874 Mr. Hoag was united in marriage with Anna Griffith, daughter of Daniel P. Griffith, a complete sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume.   He has one son by this marriage, Lindley Murray Hoag, who is successfuly engaged in the banking business in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  Mr. and Mrs. Hoag are both worthy members of the Friends church.  Like his honored father before him, Mr. Hoag stands high with all who know him and he as a wide circle of friends, being a man of scrupulous honesty, genial and obliging disposition.

Source: Past and Present of Hardin County, Iowa ed. by William J. Moir. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen, 1911



HOFFMAN, William, attorney at law, of the firm of Hoffman,  Pickler & Brown; was born in Prussia in 1845; in infancy, his parents emigrated to America, and, in 1852, they came to Iowa and located in Louisa Co., where he grew up and received his education at the common and select schools. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. G. 19 the Regiment I. V. I.; he was in all the battles of the regiment; was slightly wounded at Prairie Grove; he was taken prisoner at Morganza and held ten months, most of the time at Tyler, Texas; after he was exchanged, he went to New Orleans and was at the capture of Mobile. On his return from the war, he entered the State University, and graduated in the Collegiate Department, taking the degree of B. P. H. in 1870; in 1871, he returned to the University and graduated in the Law Department; in October, 1872, he engaged in the practice of law here. He married Miss Irene Hutchinson, of Virginia, in September, 1874; they have three children--Arthur, Paul, and a little boy not named.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 City of Muscatine



HOLCOMB, Mrs. Adeline, nee Shener, Sec 15; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Hartford Co., Conn., in 1818; when in her 9th year, her parents removed to Portage Co., Ohio, where she married Chester R. Holcomb, also a native of Hartford Co.,Conn., born in 1811; they removed to Muscatine Co., Iowa, in 1846; he resided in Muscatine Co., until his death, July 19, 1874; he was an earnest and consistent member of the Presbyterian Church; in the early history of Muscatine Co., he held various important offices of trust, and was a public-spirited citizen; they had three children, two still living--Frank and Adeline (now Mrs. George F. Jarvis, of Bloomington Tp.) Mrs. Holcomb is a member of the M. E. Church, and is an estimable lady. She owns sixty-six acres of land near the city limits, and very valuable.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HOLLENBECK,ULISSIS GRANT  is numbered among the men of enterprise and business ability who have won for Muscatine county the reputation of being one of the best agricultural sections of this great state. He lives in Pike township, where general farming and stock-raising and feeding claim his attention and his energies. His place is a well improved property of three hundred and thirty-two acres and it is the visible evidence of his life of well directed industry and thrift.

His birth occurred in Linn county, Iowa, February 26, 1865, his parents being Jeremiah and Mary T. (French) Hollenbeck, both of whom were natives of New York, in which state their marriage was celebrated. They cam to Iowa in 1864 and first took up their abode on a farm in Linn county, where they remained for two years. On the expiration of that period they established their home in Pike township, Muscatine county, and subsequently came in possession of one hundred and twenty acres of land, in the cultivation of which Mr. Hollenbeck was actively and successfully engaged until called to his final rest in 1884. The mother was married a second time and now lives on a portion of our subject's farm. She has attained the age of seventy years. By her first marriage she was the mother of three children, as follows: Ida May, the wife of John Ziegler, of Johnson county, Iowa; Ulissis G., of this review; and Walter, a widower residing at Nichols, Iowa.

Ulissis G. Hollenbeck remained under the parental roof until twenty-four years of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. Having chosen the pursuit of agriculture as a life work, he began farming on a tract of forty acres of land which he owned in Pike township and which has remained in his possession to the present time. As his financial resources have increased he has added to his holdings by purchase until his farm now embraces three hundred and thirty-two acres of valuable land. In connection with the tilling of the soil he has also devoted considerable attention to the raising and feeding of high grade stock, this branch of his business adding materially to his income. His farm is a well developed property, the fields yielding golden harvests as a tribute to the care and labor bestowed upon them.

On the 31st of January, 1889, Mr. Hollenbeck was united in marriage to Miss Katie Smith, who was born in Muscatine county, Iowa, on the 3d of September, 1867, her parents being George and Elizabeth (Attic) Smith, natives of Germany.  They crossed the Atlantic to the United States in early life, first settling in Illinois, where they resided until 1865, when they came to Iowa, locating on a farm in this county. Mr. Smith gave his attention to its operation until 1906, when he put aside the active work of the fields and removed to Nichols, where he has since lived in honorable retirement. He has now attained the ripe old age of seventy-five years. Unto him and his wife were born ten children, namely: Adam, who resides on a farm in Pike township, this county; Mrs. Hollenbeck; George, who makes his home on a farm in Johnson county; Anna E., the deceased wife of Walter Hollenbeck, of Pike township, Muscatine county; Sarah M., who is the wife of Phillip Lentz, of Johnson county, Iowa; Ella Barbara, who gave her hand in marriage to Peter Lentz, of Johnson county; John M., who is married and lives on a farm in Johnson county; William, who died when eighteen months old; Nicholas G. and Louis J., who make their home on a farm in Muscatine county.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hollenbeck have been born six children, as follows: Rose May, whose birth occurred February 26, 1890, and who died August 6, 1891; Lilly Ann, who was born August 27, 1891; George, who first opened his eyes to the light of day on the 4th Of October, 1893; Nellie M., whose natal day was January 10, 1896; Arthur U., who was born February 26, 1898; and Albert, born March 31, 1905.

Mr. Hollenbeck is a democrat in politics but has no desire for the honors and emoluments of office. Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to lodge No. 4195 at Nichols, while religiously he and his family are connected with the Christian church. Almost his entire life has been passed in this county and he is well known here as an active and industrious citizen, who utilizes his opportunities to the best advantage and who is not afraid of that close application and indefatigable industry which constitute the basis of all honorable success.

Source:  History of Muscatine County, Iowa



HOLLISTER, H. A.,  farmer, stock-dealer and breeder of short-horn, cattle, roadsters and draught-horses, Sec. 5; P. O.  Wilton; born in Sullivan Co., N. Y., April, 1826, and after receiving a common-school education at the age of 22, he       learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed continuously until October, 1852, when he came to this country, where he continued his trade. Jan. 2, 1856, he married Hannah A., daughter of Silas and Huldah Hanson (nee Randall), natives of Maine, but among the first settlers of this county, emigrating in 1839; were three months on the road. Her mother was a sister of Thomas E. Randall, who was the first settler of what was Randall's (now Center) Grove; her parents settled at Randall's Grove, where her father and two brothers died a few months after their arrival. Her mother lived to rear a family of six children, three sons and three daughters, and died in September, 1861.  Mrs. H. was the youngest of the family; born at Waldo, Me., Feb. 27, 1833. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. R. removed to their present place of residence, where he had sufficient means to purchase eighty acres of land and erect a cabin, 14x16, in which they lived for several years, and which he still retains as a remembrance of early times. He now owns 417 acres of well-improved land, valued at $75 per acre.

Mr. H. was one of the first in the State to turn his attention to the breeding of  short-horn cattle, and now has 100 head of well-bred stock; has also devoted much time and attention to the breeding of fine horses. They have four children--Ida T., born Sept. 11, 1856 (now wife of L. W. Newell, of this county); Mary C., born April 8, 1860; Sarah H., born April 19, 1863, and Edwin H., born Jan. 18, 1866. Republican; members of the First Congregational Church at Wilton. Has held various township and school offices, having been Assessor for three years; was appointed Enrolling Officer during the late war.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Wilton Twp



HOLMES, John; farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Muscatine; born in Ireland April 13, 1799. Married Miss Barbara Sheley, 1846; born in Cumberland Co., Penn., in 1811; they have two sons--John T., William H. Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Episcopalian Church; Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Lake Twp 


HOLMES, John T.; farmer, Sec. 29; born in Muscatine Co., Iowa, July 26, 1848. Married Miss Annie Huston Dec. 24, 1878; born in Muscatine Co., Iowa, March 16, 1857. Mr. H. owns forty acres of land. Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879, Lake Twp



HOLMES, William G., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Atalissa; born Aug. 7, 1815, in Caledonia Co., Vt.; in the spring of 1837, emigrated to Iowa, locating in Muscatine Co.; his brother, Robert Holmes, came the fall before, and laid claim to a tract of land just south and adjoining where Mr. H. now lives, and, in company with several others, laid out a town which they called Cedarville, and established a ferry and post office, the stage route from Muscatine to Iowa City passing there; a Mr. John Conklin was Postmaster; in 1841, the post office was changed to Poweshiek; in 1844, the post-route was taken to what was known as Overman's Ferry, a Mr. Elias Overman having located there in 1842; that proved the downfall of Cedarville; Mr. H. purchased his brother's interest, and entered the land from the Government in 1838, adding thereto till he had about one thousand acres.  Married Miss Hannah Pickering March 7, 1844; she was born Oct. 7, 1827, in Frederick Co., Va.; her parents moved to Highland Co., Ohio, when she was quite small, and to this county in 1842; they have eight children living--Sarah A., Margaret A., Mary B., William G., Almina L., John G., Frank B., and Lillian I.; lost two--Benjamin F. and Ida.  Sarah A. married Edward Rock, now of Wapsinonoc Tp., and Mary B. married Winfield Elliott, now of Iowa Co.  Mr. H. holds to the Reformed Presbyterian Church; has served as Justice of the Peace six years; also as Trustee of the township.  Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HOOPES, William Henry, who originated the system of wholesale gardening on Muscatine island, and developed the wonderful resources of that fertile spot, is a son of Lindley Hoopes, who was married November 22, 1838, in Birmingham, Pa., to Miss Mary Addleman. The family came to Muscatine county from Pennsylvania in 1854. Lindley Hoopes was born in Chester county, Pa., in 1815, and his ancestors came from England with William Penn. They belonged to the Society of Friends, and Israel Hoopes, the first in this country, had sixteen sons.

Lindley Hoopes was a builder in Pennsylvania and followed the carpenter's trade for a time after coming to Iowa. He is now engaged in farming and breeding horses, cattle and hogs in Lake township, Muscatinecounty. They are Methodists and strong temperance people, using their best efforts for the social and moral welfare of the country.

William H. Hoopes was born November 19, 1840, at Warrior's Mark, Huntingdon county, Pa., and was the oldest son in the family of nine children His early education was under the tutorship of Bishop John  H. Vincent of Chautauqua fame. He afterwards attended school in Muscatine. When he attained his majority he left the farm and earned his own way through a two years' course in Greenwood academy,  in Muscatine. He afterwards engaged in the building business, was principal of the First ward school in Muscatine two years, and for a number of years was in the grocery and pork packing business.

In 1874 he commenced the Muscatine Island gardening business, and with various partners has been engaged in that important enterprise ever since. He now has associated with him his two sons. They  have 900 acres of land under cultivation there and produce the finest sweet potatoes, melons, cabbages, peas, beans, tomatoes and onions. He also has a vegetable and dairy farm in St. Louis Park, one of the suburbs of Minneapolis. During his farming career he has introduced many laborsaving  implements. Among them is one which sets plants of all kinds and saves labor and expense. Outside of his own immediate business Mr. Hoopes has helped promote the organization of other industries, among them a canning factory, street railway, electric light plant, high bridge over the Mississippi river, and in real estate operations. In public affairs Mr. Hoopes has worked with the republican party on account of its championship of temperance principles, in which he is deeply interested and to which he has given much of his best efforts. He was elected alderman as a republican in a ward usually democratic, and helped to inaugurate some of the most important public improvements in Muscatine, including the building of Riverside Park, which turned an unsightly river front into a beautiful spot. He was one of the most zealous supporters of the prohibitory law and had an important part in the prosecution of those who violated it. He has been prominently identified with the Musserville M. E.  church and has been trustee and superintendent of the Sunday school for more than twenty years, making him one of the oldest Sunday school superintendents in the state. He is also an active member of the Y. M. C. A. and the Muscatine Commercial club. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias,  Knights of the Maccabees and Woodmen of the World.

On the 12th of August, 1869, Mr. Hoopes was married to Phena Thompson, daughter of Philip Thompson, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Louisa county. Two children were born to them: Frank Everett, born April 29, 1870, and Fred Philip, born November 11, 1872. They assist their father in the management of the farms and the conducting of their large shipping and commission business. he family has a beautiful home on Beach Grove avenue, a mile and three quarters below the postoffice, on the west bank of the Mississippi river.

Source:  Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa. Gue, B.F. Des Moines:
Conaway & Shaw Publishers, 1899.  p. 426



HORN, MATTHAUS H.  M. D.
In a locality as important as Lancaster County the medical profession has a splendid representation, and among the able physicians and surgeons who are adding to its prestige none stands any higher in popular esteem than Dr. Matthaus H. Horn of Bethany. He was born in Germany, January 27, 1871, the fifth in a family of ten children born to Nicholas and Anna (Moeller) Horn, and grandson of Christian Horn, the latter of whom, a German by birth, died in 1876.  Nicholas Horn died in 1884, and he too, was a German, but his wife survived him many years and passed away in 1917.

In 1886 Doctor Horn came to the United States, and reached West Liberty, Iowa, May 22, 1886, and in August of the same year reached Aurora, Nebraska, where for the following six years he was engaged  in working at different jobs he could secure, all the while saving his money with a definite object in view, that of preparing himself for the profession of medicine. In 1894 he entered the Manhattan Agricultural College, Manhattan, Kansas, and continued a student of that institution for three years.  His professional training was gained in the Topeka, Kansas, Medical College, from which he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately thereafter he entered upon the practice of his profession in Morrowville, Washington County, Kansas, where he continued until 1918.

Doctor Horn has the distinction of having been the first of his profession at Morrowville to offer his services to the United States government during the World war, and he was called to the colors April 2, 1918. Commissioned a lieutenant of the Medical Corps, he was trained for overseas service and at  the time of his honorable discharge he was placed in the Medical Reserve Corps of the United States army, with the rank of captain, which position he still holds. He was assigned to Post Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas and remained there eighteen months, including one year after the armistice. Upon his return to civilian life he located at Bethany and here he has built up a very large and valuable practice, and won the confidence of all with whom he is associated.

In 1914 Doctor Horn took passage on the steamship California for Germany with the intention of  visiting his mother and taking post-graduate courses. On June 28, 1914, he was shipwrecked off the coast of Ireland, but was rescued by the steamship Casandria, a Donaldson Line vessel. The outbreak of the World war prevented his carrying out his plans for study or his immediate return to the United  States, and for three months he was unable to communicate with his family.

In 1906 Doctor Horn married in Washington, Kansas, Miss Mary Maude Smith, a daughter of James B. and Mary Smith, farming people, who had twelve children. Doctor and Mrs. Horn have one daughter,  Hildreth Horn, who was born in Morrowville, Kansas, in 1906. She first attended school in Morrowville and later was a student of Bethany High School, from which she was graduated. At present she is attending Cotner College, preparing for medical work.

Doctor Horn is a Republican in political faith. The Christian Church has in him a conscientious  member. He is a Scottish Rite and Shriner Mason, and while a resident of Washington County was very active in the work of the Young Men's Christian Association. Both he and his wife are active factors in the life of Bethany, and they have many warm personal friends among its citizens, as they  did in their old home in Kansas. They are very proud of their daughter and are in thorough sympathy with her plans for the future, for they realize that she is fitted for medical work, and that in it she can accomplish much for humanity.

Source:  Nebraska: the Land and the People: Volume 2,   page 251



HORSLEY,  William, far., Sec. 27; P. O. Muscatine; son of Nathan and Mary Horsley; owns 140 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born Oct. 8, 1821, in Yorkshire England; in 1831, with parents, emigrated to Dearborn Co., Ind.; while there he learned the wagon and carriage-making business; in 1841, came to Burlington, Iowa, stopping there about a year, then came to Muscatine and established the first wagon and carriage shop in the town; followed the business until 1853; came onto his present farm. Married Rachel Danfield April 15, 1845; she was born in 1822 in Philadelphia. and died in October, 1846; he again married to Laura McGill, Dec. 20, 1848; she was born Oct. 5, 1824, in Hamilton Co.,Ohio; he had one daughter---Rosetta, now deceased-- by first wife; by second wife, three children living---Richard, Frank, and Edward; lost four---Cora, Ella, George and Charles. Member of the M. E. Church; Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Moscow Twp



HORTON, Frank Ogilvie, a Representative from Wyoming; born in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa, October 18, 1882; attended the public schools; was graduated from Morgan Park (Ill.) Military Academy in 1899 and from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., in 1903; during the Spanish-American War served as a private in Company C, Fiftieth Iowa Regiment, in 1898; moved to Saddlestring, Wyo., in 1905 and engaged in livestock raising; member of the State house of representatives 1921-1923; served in the State senate 1923-1931, being president in 1931; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1928 and 1936; Republican National committeeman 1937-1948; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; resumed his former pursuits in Saddlestring, Wyo.; died in Sheridan, Wyo., August 17, 1948; interment in Willow Grove Cemetery, Buffalo, Wyo.

Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, p. 1331



HOUGH, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Durant; born in Westmoreland, Penn., Oct. 22, 1814; raised a farmer and miller, with an education such as was to be had at the common schools of that day; at the age of 22, he left home and learned the ship-carpenter's trade, which he followed for four years, after which he went steam-boating on the Ohio for four years.  February, 1841, he married Miss Jane Bell, who was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1816; she died the 18th of July following their marriage; June, 1848, he married Miss Eliza, daughter of William and Mary Sloan, natives of Pittsburgh, Penn., where she was born, Jan. 11, 1822, and left an orphan by the death of both parents when a child. For two years following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. H. kept the Lamerleen House in Pittsburgh; moved thence to Freeport, Armstrong Co., where they farmed for eleven years, then came to Iowa and settled in Farmington Tp., Cedar Co., and in 1865, to his present place of residence, where he owns 275 acres of land, valued at $60 per acre. They have six children--Mahlon R., born in Pittsburgh April 24, 1847; is a farmer of Guthrie Co.; Mary W., born July, 1851, a successful teacher; Annie, born March 30, 1853; a teacher at Des Moines; Rebecca, born May 10, 1855, a teacher; Bayard  T., born July 14, 1857; Johnston T., born March 24, 1860. Neutral in politics. Mrs. H. is a member of the Congregational Church at Durant.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 Wilton Twp



HOUGHTON, JOEL physician and surgeon. was born at St. Johnsbury, Vt., in 1822. There he received  his early education, and studied medicine at Bowdoin College, Maine, and subsequently at the University of New York, graduating there in March, 1847.  He then practiced at Hallowell and Portland,  Me., up to 1855, when he went to Muscatine, Iowa, thence moving to St. Louis, Mo, early in 1861. The  war breaking out he returned to Vermont, and in 1863 was appointed Assistant Surgeon at U. S. Barracks Hospital, New Orleans, serving until December 1, 1865, after which he came to Chicago and began the practice of his profession. In April, 1877, he went to the Black Hills, Dakota, where he has large mining interests. While there he practiced some, and also organized and established the Black Hills Medical Society. The Doctor returned to Cook County in November, 1882, settled at Englewood, and now devotes himself to the practice of medicine here and in Chicago.

Source:  HISTORY OF EARLY CHICAGO:  MODERN CHICAGO AND ITS SETTLEMENT, EARLY CHICAGO, AND THE NORTHWEST BY ALBERT D. HAGER  page 699



HOUSTON, Hon. EVERETT A.  city attorney of Niobrara for twenty years, and one of the very able attorneys practicing at the bar of Knox County, is well versed in corporation law, and has the ability to make himself thoroughly acquainted with any problem of law which he might care to investigate. A diligent student of the very best literature, a man of fine education, having a good command of language, he can express his thoughts with great force and eloquence. He was born at Marion, Iowa, August 26, 1857, a son of Alexander P. and Catherine (Buckner) Houston, and grandson of Samuel Houston, a farmer of Indiana, whose father was a Southerner who moved to Indiana many years ago. The maternal grandfather moved to Iowa from Pennsylvania. The Texan patriot, Sam Houston, is a cousin of Mr. Houston of this review. Alexander P. Houston was a farmer all his life, and died in Iowa in January, 1912, but he was a native of Indiana. His wife was born in Marion, Iowa, and died there in March, 1909. They were widely and favorably known, and he was recognized as a practical and scientific farmer and a man whose word was as good as his bond.

Reared on the home farm Everett A. Houston early learned what it meant to work and economize, as well as intelligently plan. He assisted his father in the farm work, attended the district schools and finally became a student in Cornell, Iowa, College,. His professional training was acquired under the preceptorship of Frank R. Willis of Aurelia, Iowa, and in October, 1883, he was admitted to the bar of Cherokee County, Iowa.

The early '80s brought many enterprising young men to Nebraska, then attracting considerable attention from the country at large, and in the fall of 1884 Everett A. Houston joined the westward trend and located at Niobrara, which presented to him sufficient inducements to secure him as a permanent resident. His faith in its future has been justified, and he has never regretted his decision in its favor.   While, however, it has afforded him the openings he desired, he has in turn accomplished much for it,  and the city is much the better for his having come to it. A stalwart Republican, he soon, took the place within its ranks to which his ability and zeal entitled him, and he was elected attorney of Knox County, and served very acceptably in that office. As above stated, he has been city attorney of Niobrara for twenty years, and he has been a member of the different committees of his party at various times, and was tendered the office of delegate to the national convention of his party several  times, but declined the honor. The Masonic fraternity holds his membership, and he belongs to the Northeastern Nebraska Bar Association.

Mr. Houston married Miss Sarah A. McCulla, of Iowa, a daughter of James McCulla. Mrs. Houston  was educated in Muscatine, Iowa, and was a teacher in the public schools of Niobrara prior to her marriage. She is quite prominent in fraternal and club circles, belonging to the Eastern Star, of which  she is a past matron, and she belongs to the Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Houston have had the following children born to them: Ruth Alice, who is a student of the Niobrara High School; and Everett  T., who was graduated from the Niobrara High School, Cutler Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the University of Texas. He was admitted to practice at the bar of Nebraska in 1917. During the World war he served overseas for eighteen months as a private, and upon his return to the United  States was honorably discharged, and is now engaged in practice with his father. He is unmarried.    While the firm of Houston & Houston are particularly well versed in corporation law, and are attorneys for the Farmers Union Co-operative Association and other corporations, they also carry on a general civil and criminal practice and have a fair share of the important jurisprudence in their part of the state.

Source:  Nebraska the Land and the People: Volume 3   page 342



HOWARD, Titus J.
One of the strongest men of Greeley County, and an unquestionably astute attorney, Titus J. Howard is identified with the professional and civic life of Greeley Center as a sturdy and progressive force. He was born at Lancaster, Missouri, June 7, 1861, and in 1872 was brought to Lancaster County, Nebraska, by his parents, Amos M. and Zarelda (Ray) Howard, who settled near Salt Basin. After two years spent in that vicinity removal was made to Malcolm, and there the father homesteaded, and there he continued to reside for twelve years, going then to Arkansas, where the family resides, he having died at Greeley, Nebraska, while here visiting in 1914.

By birth he was a Hoosier, as he was born in Indiana, where his father, Cornelius Howard, a native of Pennsylvania, had first located in his westward trend, but later went to Iowa, and, locating in the vicinity of Muscatine,  there lived until claimed by death. He married Jane Morris, a member of the family that came to the  New World on the Mayflower, and which still has the Morris coat of arms brought here from England.

Zarelda Ray was a daughter of Benjamin Ray, a native of Arkansas, where his family were pioneers, and four of his sons were killed during the war between the states while they were serving in the Confederate army. She, too, is deceased, having passed away many years ago. Both she and her husband were Universalists in religious faith. Titus J. Howard is the oldest son. One brother, William G., unmarried, is practicing law in Springdale, Arkansas. There were four sisters, namely: Naney, who married David Cozard, has five children, and all are in California; Ida, who married George Grammer, has six children; Lillian, who is unmarried; and Eva.

As a boy Mr. Howard was remarkably alert and vigorous, both mentally and physically, and the discipline of his youthful years was moral as well as mental, and he was carefully reared. Until he was sixteen years old he attended the public schools, completing his school days at Malcom, after which he began working for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad on section construction, and in the course of time his faithfulness was rewarded by promotion to the position of foreman. After three years he began buying grain for the firm of Kendall & Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska, and continued as one of its buyers for seven years. Mr. Howard then began the study of law in the office of M. B. Gearon, of Greeley, and was admitted to the bar in 1895, and entered at once upon the practice of his profession in Greeley. In 1904 he was elected county attorney, serving for two terms, and in 1920 he was once  more elected to this office, and has held it ever since. In 1910 he was elected to the Lower House of  the Nebraska State Legislature, and served as a member of that body for one term. It is worthy of  mention that these honors have been accorded to Mr. Howard, a Protestant, in a strongly Catholic community, and are therefore all the more appreciated, for such support proves that he has been selected because his neighbors have faith in him, his ability and integrity. During the late war he was on the local Legal Advisory Board and the local Draft Board, was active in all of the drives, and as a fourminute speaker was kept busy all over the county, his eloquence and forceful sincerity producing very effective responses.

On June 12, 1887, Mr. Howard married at Lincoln, Nebraska, Sarah Elizabeth Sapp, a daughter of James and Jane (Dooley) Sapp, the latter of whom died in 1920. The former, a farmer of Ohio, enlisted in a regiment of Ohio infantry, served in the Union army during the war between the states and was  twice  wounded, and taken prisoner. His hardships and exposure resulted in his death when his daughter was a baby. The children born to James Sapp and his wife included: Electuse, who is a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Missouri, is married and has two children; Kizzie,  who married Oscar Weyent, has four children; James, who is deceased, married Anna Timmons. Mr.  and Mrs. Howard have one child, a son, Ray, who married a Miss Anderson, who died and left two children, Helen and Maxine, both of whom are with Mr. and Mrs. Howard. The family are all  Methodists. Mr. Howard is a Chapter Mason, and he is a past master of the Blue Lodge, in which he  has held all of the chairs, and he is now grand select master. Both in the Legislature and during the  time he has been county attorney Mr. Howard has but confirmed the high opinion held of him by his fellow citizens, and his fine record stands as a memorial to him and his faithfulness to the oath of office.

Source:  Nebraska: the Land and the People: Volume 2,   page 276



HOWE, M. Y., Principal of the First Ward School, Muscatine; was born in Clarion Co., Penn., March 25, 1835; he was brought up there and attended school, and afterward entered Alleghany College, Meadville, Penn., where he received his collegiate education; he engaged in teaching, and continued in that profession until August, 1872, when he came to Muscatine, and since then he has held the position of Principal of the First Ward School. He married Miss Sarah E. Brisbin, a native of Clarion Co., Penn., July 6, 1867; they have six children, two sons and four daughters.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879 City of Muscatine



HOWELL, P.W., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Orange Co., N. Y., in 1811; emigrated, in 1858, to Muscatine Co., where he has since resided. Mr. H. married, in Orange Co., N. Y., in 1839, Miss Jane Dunning; they have two children living--Eleanor and Fannie; all members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Howell has held several offices of honor and trust in New York prior to coming West; Mr. Howell's father served through the Revolutionary war, and was also in the war of 1812.  Mr. Howell has a small farm of eight acres, well improved; and his occupation is that of farm--gardener. He was a Jackson Democrat till the war; since, has acted with the Republican party.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company



HOWELL, Spencer, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. West Liberty; son of John and Phoebe Howell; owns 130 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born Sept. 22, 1836, in Geauga Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1869, came to Muscatine Co., and located on the farm  which he is still living; his father died March 25, 1877, in his 86th year of age; his mother is still living with him. Married E. J.  Boyington July 6, 1858; she was born Nov. 14, 1838, in Geauga Co., Ohio; have five children living--Lillie, Willie, Mattie, Jennie and Aurilla; lost infant son. His brother John H., who lives with him, served in the army during the late rebellion, first in Co. A. of  8th I. V. I., and next in Co. F of the 17th Ill. Cav. Mr. H. is a member of Mt. Calvary Lodge, A., F. & A. M., No 95 at West Liberty; Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company



HUCHENDORF, H.; P.O. Pine Mill; of the firm of Busley & Huchendorf, of Miller's Pine Creek Mills; was born in West Prussia in 1849; came to the United States in 1868, locating first in Indiana; remained for a year; removed thence to Iowa, locating at the Mills, where he has since remained.  He married Feb. 9, 1871, Miss Mary, daughter of D.M. Funck, of this county; she is a native of Iowa; they have three children---Anna Rose, Mary B. and Clinton A.   Mr. H. was formerly a Republican, but now acts with the Greenback party; was for several years Postmaster at Pine Mill P.O.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HUEPER, WILLIAM, dealer in wine, beer and cigars, Iowa av., between Second and Third sts.; born in Germany, in 1845; emigrated to this country in 1866.  Married in Chicago, Miss D.F. Pabst; came to Anamosa, Iowa, in 1871, and to this city in 1878.  Mr. Hueper is a member of the Turnverein; acts with the Democratic party.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HUNT, J.B., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 25; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Burlington, Iowa, Nov. 27, 1843; he was brought up and lived there until 1869, when he removed to Louisa Co., and lived there until he came to Muscatine Co., Nov. 1, 1875, and engaged in farming and stock-raising; he owns a fine farm of  314 acres adjoining the city limits of Muscatine. He married Miss Anna A. Sager, of Northfield, Des Moines Co., Iowa, Feb. 5, 1875; they have two children--Cora and Hattie.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HUNTER, John C.,  farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Muscatine; was born in Warren Co., Ill, February, 1843; lived in several different counties of the State; after the war, came to Muscatine Co., Iowa, where he now resides.  Mr. Hunter married Miss Susan A. Hogan, of Muscatine Co., in 1877; they have one child, Salem W.  Mr. Hunter enlisted in the 35th I.V.I., Co. B, and served through the war.  Is a stanch Republican.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879


HUNTER, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Muscatine; born in Clarence, Erie Co., Penn., in 1823; in 1839, he emigrated to Fulton Co., Ill, and in 1858, came to Muscatine Co., where he has since remained.  He married Miss Cornelia E. Woods, a daughter of Larkin Woods, of Warren Co., Ill., Sept. 1, 1841; they have six children--Amanda, Ann, Salem Woods, Flora A., Valdora A., Samuel H and John C.  Mr. H's mother was a member of the Baptist Church for over seventy years, and died in December, 1878 at the ripe old age of 82 years.  Mr. H. was a Democrat; he acted with that party until 1864, when he united with the Republican party, and has acted with it since; he is a very energetic and well-posted man, lending his influence to every literary work of any note that offers itself of him; Mr. H. has a farm of 120 acres where he resides; also one of 108 acres in Louisa Co., Iowa.  Mr. H.'s son John served three years in the Union army during the war.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879



HUSTON, John, farmer, Sec. 6; was born in the county of Antrim, North of Ireland, in 1818, where he resided for thirty years, and married Miss Eliza Cernihan, of the same county, in 1838; they have had ten children, four still living--Martha, Nancy, Maggie and Anna; Martha and Nancy were born in Ireland in January, 1847. Mr. H. and family emigrated to the United States; landed in Philadelphia, Penn., and remained for one year, working at his trade of stone-mason; removed thence to Pittsburgh and remained six years; in 1855, he came to Muscatine Co., and commenced farming, which he has since followed; has a fine farm of 170 acres, upon which he has madethe principal improvements. Members of the Presbyterian Church; Mr. H. is an uncompromising Republican. He is an earnest, enterprising and public-spirited citizen.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879


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IRELAND, L. L., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Atalissa; owns 135 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born Nov. 4, 1818, in Knox Co., Ohio; in April, 1846, he enlisted for one year in Co. B, of the 2d Ohio Vols., to serve in the Mexican war, and at the expiration of the year, came home and assisted in recruiting Co. G for same regiment, in which he enlisted and again returned to Mexico; was employed, principally, in guarding ports; was in one severe engagement about eighteen miles from Monterey, where 200 Americans kept 1,500, Mexican Lancers at bay, till  re-enforcements could be obtained from Monterey; was discharged in June, 1848; Married Christie A. Resley Aug. 19, 1849; she was born April 1, 1830, in Knox Co., Ohio, and the same fall they came to Muscatine Co., he locating his land with a land-warrant, which had been granted to him for his services in the Mexican war; has ten children--George H., Louisa, Jasper, Olive, Emma J., Clara, John A, Alice, James and Elmer; lost three---Almeda, Sarah E. and an infant. Democrat.

Source: The History of Muscatine County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, 1879


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