IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co.

1882 Biographies
from the
History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa
by W.E. Alexander; Western Publishing co.; Sioux City, Iowa; 1882

'D' surnames

All of the biographies were transcribed by Roxanne Barth & Phyllis Peterson

William Dalton, P.O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 22; was born in Penobscot, Maine, in 1834, his parents moving to New Brunswick when he was about six years old. While there he commenced learning the ship carpenter's trade, and when about seventeen years old, came to Chicago, Illinois, and worked at his trade there about a year; thence to Grand Haven, Mich., remaining some eight or ten months, after which he went to Green Bay, Wis., where he engaged in lumbering till 1857, when he came to Allamakee Co. and located on his present farm, which now contains 425 acres, with good improvements and pleasantly situated. His wife's name was N. Toole. She was born in New Brunswick. They have seven children, Mary, Elizabeth, Alice, Edward, Celia, Lyman, Nettie, and have lost three, William, Catharine and Charles. Mr. D. is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W. pg 485

J. W. Davis, physician and surgeon; son of Jesse L. and Vienna T. Davis; was born in Indiana in 1837; when he was 10 years of age his parents removed to Washington, D. C., where he grew to manhood. He attended the Georgetown University, and graduated in the class of '60. The following year he enlisted in the United States Army, as surgeon for the 6th Ind. Regiment, the first regiment enrolled for the rebellion of '61. He served until 1864, when he came to Lansing, Iowa, and has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. pg 484

Henry & J.F. Dayton. Dayton & Dayton are one of the leading law firms, and it organized in 1871. Henry Dayton, the senior member, was born in Saratoga County, New York, in 183-; came to Iowa in 1859, but soon went to Arkansas, where he remained until July, 1861, when he returned to Iowa and in 1862 settled at Lansing; followed surveying until 1871. He then removed to Waukon, and has since followed law practice. Mr. Dayton has been county surveyor, and was during two terms member of the legislature. He was married in 1874 to Miss Mary M. Wilcox, a native of N. Y.; they have one son and one daughter. J. F. Dayton, the junior member of the firm, is a native of Saratoga County, N.Y., born in 1849; came to Waukon in 1873, and has since been a member of the law firm of Dayton & Dayton. He was married in 1876 to Miss Laura Hewitt. pg 486-487

George M. Dean, dealer in agricultural implements, Waukon, was born in South Glastenburg, Conn., Feb. 22, 1825, and was brought up to the business of manufacturing cotton goods. In the spring of 1850 came to Quincy, Ill., bringing the necessary machinery with him from New England, and built and operated the first cotton factory with power ever built in Illinois. In the fall of 1853 he bought a farm in Allamakee Co., on sec. 23, Union Prairie Township. In 1857 was elected county judge, and served as such until Jan. 1, 1860. During his official term as county judge he built the combined courthouse and jail at Waukon. In 1863 was appointed by the governor of Iowa as draft commissioner of Allamakee Co. The same year he recruited a company of 100 men for three years, or during the war, and Nov. 30, 1863, was mustered into the service with them as captain of Co. E, 9th Io. Cavalry. Vol., serving as such until the close of the war, when they were mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., in 1866. The same year he located in business in Waukon. Was a charter member of both the Lansing and Waukon Lodges A. F. & A. M. Upon the erection of a telegraph line to Waukon he happened to receive the first commercial dispatch sent over the line. Oct. 26, 1851, Mr. Dean was married to Jane E. Hollister, and has children living. pg 483

Charles Deering, Forest Mill post office, farmer; owns 172 acres of land, valued at $1,800. He was born in Prussia in 1834, and in the spring of 1869 emigrated to the U. S., stopping in Northern Michigan, on Lake Superior, where he engaged in the employ of a Smelting Co., burning charcoal, till 1874, when, in company with his brother-in law, Mr. Roffman, he came to Allamakee Co. and purchased the farm upon which they are still living. He married Miss Caroline Blenk in 1863; they have five children, Laura, Frank, Minnie, Hattie and Charles. Mr. D. is a member of the M. E. church. pg 486

John DeLacy was born in Canada in 1851, his parents being James and Catherine DeLacy, and his grand parents Patrick and Elizabeth DeLacy and Timothy and Margaret Tierney, all of whom are living at this writing (June 15, 1882.) John came to the U. S. with his parents in 1859, and soon commenced work at the shoemaker's trade, which he has since followed. He was married in 1875 to Miss Alice McG---, and they have four sons: Chas. J., John B., R. J. and Bert. pg 483

Dr. Orsemas Deremo, section 32, post office Elon; physician and farmer; son of Joseph and Rebecca Deremo: was born April 14, 18~5, in St. Lawrence County, New York; received his education at the common schools, in which he was engaged as a teacher many years. In 1852 he commenced the study of medicine under the instruction of a brother, who was a practicing physician in Canada, also under a Dr. Skinner, till the fall of 1854, when he immigrated to Allamakee County, Iowa, locating in Center Township. The following winter he taught the first school in Thomas Anderson's district, of Paint Creek Township, commenced the practice of medicine upon his arrival here, which he has continued to the present time. Dr. D. organized the township upon an order from Judge E. Topliff, the spring of 1856, and had the honor or of selecting the name of Center, the first election being held April 8th, 1856, Dr. D. being elected the first assessor, and has served in some official capacity in his township nearly all the time since, being secretary of the school board at the present time. He was married to Miss Catharine Wilder, March 161h, 1843, by O.N. Fish, Esq., of DeKalb Township, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. His wife was born Nov. 28, 1825, in Trenton, New Jersey. Their children are Charles W., Alvy F., Orrin C., Jay L., Alice O., Vesta B., Thalus Q., Orsemas W., Harvey L. and Minnie L. Dr. D. owns a farm of 80 acres on section 32, valued at $25 per acre. pg 484

James A. Deremore, post office Village Creek, proprietor of the Upper Village Creek Mills; son of Abraham and Julia A. Deremore; was born March 5th, 1854, in Green County, Wisconsin. His parents moved to this county in 1855, first stopping on a farm a short time; then took charge of the Village Creek mills for about six years, after which he located on a farm northeast of Waukon several years, and is now located on a farm about one mile east of Waukon. The Upper Village Creek mills with 40 acres of land came into his father's hands in 1880, he purchasing them in 1881. The mills have ample waterpower, contain three run of buhrs, are fitted up with the modern improvements, and does first-class work. He makes a specialty of custom and merchant work. pg 486

Axel P. Dille, son of Peter and Christine Dillie, P. O. Dorchester, Waterloo Township, sec. 16, owns a farm of 200 acres, valued at $25 per acre; was born in Norway, Dec. 23, 1841, and came with his parents to America in 1857, and to his present farm in April, 1859. His brother Abraham served in Co. B, 27th Iowa Infantry, and died at Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Dille married Sarah E. Snaghoel, Jan. 13, 1862, and they have four children living, Peter, Anna, Abraham and Martin, having lost five by death: two named Peter, two named Emma, and Axel. Mr. Dille has served as justice of the peace and as assessor ten years, and was an enumerator of the last U. S. Census. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. pg 483

A. C. Doehler, proprietor of the Centennial Mills, was born in this state in 1861; his parents came to this county when he was a small boy, where he has been engaged in milling with his father. In 1881 he took charge of the present mill, which has a capacity of 8,000 barrels per year. pg 487

Jacob Dorrmann, dealer in clothing, gents' furnishing goods and merchant tailoring, was born in Altlusheim, Baden, Germany, in 1835. He learned the trade of tailor at Heidelberg, Germany, and served four years in the army as company's tailor. In 1866 he came to America, locating in Lansing, and started business as above. He married Margaret Engelhorn, also a native of Germany. They have five children living: John, Minnie, Katie, Louisa and Emma. pg 484

J. F. Dougherty, merchant firm of Dougherty & Carter, was born in the city of Philadelphia, Penn., in 1855. In 1856 the family came to Iowa and settled in Allamakee County. His parents, James and Bridget Dougherty, are natives of Ireland, who immigrated to the United States in about 1850, and the subject of the sketch was reared on a farm until May 6, 1878, when he entered the store of W. C. Earle, where he clerked one year; then formed a partnership with J. F. Ronayne and engaged in the boot and shoe business. In 1881 the firm dissolved, and Mr. Dougherty associated himself with Mr. Carter, and the firm is now doing a very fine business in boots, shoes, gents' furnishing goods, etc. pg 487

Robert Douglas, P.O. Waukon, farmer, see. 25; Owns 120 acres of land in his home farm, and 11 acres of timber; son of David and Catherine Douglas, and was born in Scotland in 1849. His parents emigrated to the U. S. in 1854, stopping first in Lake Co., Illinois, and in 1856 came to this county. His father died in Aug. 1869. Robert is the youngest of a family of six children. His mother keeps house for him. He makes a specialty of raising fine-blooded horses.pg 485

John Drake, sec. 22, P.O. Village Creek, farmer; son of Stephen and Rachael Drake, was born Feb. 22, 1834, near St. Catherine's, Canada, his parents moving to Steuben Co., N.Y., in 1838, where his father was engaged in farming and lumbering, in which he was also engaged. In 1863 he went to Grand Traverse, Mich., where he followed lumbering till in 1874, when he came on to his present farm, which now consists of 160 1/2 acres, worth $3,500. He married Miss Sarah Curley in Michigan, in 1867. She was born near Morrisburg, Canada. They have five children: Frank, Lewis, Jennie, Charles and Clarence. Mr. D. has served his township as trustee and clerk, and is the present assessor. pg 486

Calvin Dresser, farmer, Postville, owns 320 acres of land adjoining the town, valued at $50 per acre; also a third interest in the drug firm of Bayless, Douglass & Co., and a half interest in the building: also half interest in the building occupied by Mr. Bayless, at Elkader. Mr. D. was born in Canada, near Montreal, in 1813. In 1836 he immigrated to Champaign Co., Ohio, where he remained till 1855, when he came to Iowa, locating on a part of the farm he still owns. He was married to Miss Sallie Hawkins, a native of N.H., in 1832. They have eleven children: Francis, Hiram, Alonzo, John, Lucy, Mehitable, Sarah J., Harriet, Lydia, Arvilla and Rosilla, and have lost one son, Charles. Mr. Dresser is one of the substantial farmers of his township, having by careful management and industry accumulated a handsome property. pg 485-486

Charles Drewes, sec. 7, P.O. Waukon, farmer, owns 237 acres of land valued at $40 per acre. He was born Sept. 29, 1829, in Germany, where he remained till, the spring of 1852, when he emigrated to the U. S., arriving in this Co. the 12th of June, and was married the 28th of June to Miss Hermina Rumpf, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany. Shortly after his marriage he located in Makee Township, where he remained till in 1869, when he came on to his present farm. Mr. Drewes is a thoroughgoing, enterprising farmer, as the appearance of his farm and improvements indicates. His children are Charles, Willie, Anna, Theodore, Daniel, Louis, Henry and Paul. He is a member of the German Reformed Church. pg 485

William Dunn, post office Rossville, owns 106 acres of land valued at $30 per acre. He was born in what was then known as Virginia but now West, Virginia, Monongahela County, in 1817, and was reared as a farmer. He was married to Miss Verlinda Warman in 1840. She died in 1843. He was again married to Miss Mary McShane in 1846. He immigrated to Iowa, 1851, stopping in Clayton County till the spring of 1852, when he located on his present farm, it then being a wilderness inhabited by wild animals, game, etc. He had two children by his first wife, Temperance and infant, deceased; and by his second wife six children, Isabel M., Dorcas, Jane S., Virginia, Leroy and Martha, the two latter deceased. pg 484-485


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