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Holt County, MO Biography

Joseph R. DODDS, businessman of Corning, was born near Burlington, Iowa on Jan. 1, 1841. Raised on a farm, he obtained his education in the common schools. For a short time he was engaged in trading, but principally farmed in Iowa. He relieved the monotony of farm life by corresponding with newspapers. He married Sarah E. MAINS of Burlington on Feb. 7, 1861. In 1872, he came to Mo. and became the express and station agent at Corning, in Holt Co., a position he has since held. In politics, he has always been a Republican. He came into prominence in 1874 in a series of letters published in the Oregon Sentinel in a discussion carried on with the editor of the Mound City Spy, referring particularly to local politics. The articles were widely read and gave their author a reputation as a logical and vigorous writer. In 1876, he failed to obtain the Republican nomination for State Senator by one vote.

During the Civil War, he served 3 years in the Union Army. He enlisted in Aug., 1862 in the 14th Iowa regiment and was deployed to the northwest against the Indians, his company being one of three detailed from the 14th Iowa to relieve the regular troops stationed in Indian country. While in the service, he became familiar with the Black Hills area and in 1863 wrote for the Yankton Dakotian the first account ever published of that since famous region.

Mr. DODD'S ancestors were originally from Kentucky. His father, William R. DODDS, was one of the first pioneers to Iowa, immigrating to that state, then known as the Wisconsin Terr., in 1833. Mr. DODD'S brother, William D. DODDS, was the first citizen of Iowa born in that state.


Edward DODGE, father of Levi DODGE, came to Holt Co., MO in 1842 and fed cattle on the rushes which covered the Mo. River bottomland. Levi Dodge was born July 5, 1814 in Walde Co., Maine. That fall, the family moved to Athens Co., OH and in 1837 to Clinton Co., MO. Levi was married Jan. 12, 1834 (still in OH) to Sarah HURSEY (born Feb. 8, 1813, daughter of Ariel HURSEY, Baptist preacher). Mr. DODGE farmed in Clinton, Co. until 1850, then moved to Fillmore in Andrew Co. and in fall of 1852 settled in Holt Co., on Squaw Creek, on the farm occupied by John SCHRANTZ. In 1853 he sold goods at Graham (Nodaway Co., MO) and kept the first post office ever established there. He moved to Nebraska in 1854 and sold goods at the Falls of Nemaha. In 1856 he kept a trading post on the old California trace. In 1857-58 he engaged in unsuccessful speculative enterprises at Winnebago, Nebraska. Mrs. DODGE practiced medicine while they lived in Nebraska. She had a strong, natural inclination and her success was up to the average of learned practitioners. They moved back to Holt Co. in fall, 1859. He moved 17 times in 18 years, has always been busy at something, and is now one of the enterprising businessmen of the county.

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