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

'E' surnames

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

W. C. Earle, M. D., stands conspicuous both on account of his force of character and success in business, and to him Waukon owes its prosperity more than to any other individual. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1833; but while he was yet an infant his parents removed to their former home in Mass. Here he received an academic education, and in 1854 helped his brother on the survey of the P. Ft. W. & C.R.R. In 1855 he came to Waukon and engaged in the manufacture of lumber. Subsequently he added a flouring mill to his steam saw mill. In Oct. 1861, he showed his patriotism by enlisting in Co. B, 12th Iowa, of which he was chosen captain, and remained in the service of his country until the close of the conflict, when he was mustered out as colonel of the 70th U. S. Colored Regiment. He then returned to Waukon, but the following winter attended lectures at the Rush Medical College, of Chicago; subsequently he attended the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1867, since which time he has practiced medicine at Waukon. He also does a very extensive business in general merchandise. The block in which his store is located was built by him in 1878, at a cost of $15,000, and he now owns two-thirds of the same. In 1879 he built the Oak Leaf creamery. He was the prime mover in building the W. & M. R. R., and spending more money in the adventure than any other one man, and in 1882 represented his district in the Legislature of Iowa. Mr. Earle was married Jan. 1, 1862, to Miss Ellen A. Hodge, daughter of Dr. Q.H. Hedge. The children are Minnie, now Mrs. G. C. Hemenway, and Charlotte. pg 487

M.W. Eaton, dealer in livestock, grain, etc. Among the good-natured people of Waukon the subject of this sketch ranks first. He is a native of the Badger State, born in Green Co. in 1852; came with his parents to Allamakee Co. in 1857. Here he was reared on a farm. and received a good common school education. In the fall of 1877 be engaged in the boot and shoe business with Henry Carter, with whom he continued until June, 1881, since which time he has been engaged in his present business, having previously owned one-fourth interest in the elevator of which he now owns one-half. He was married in May 1879, to Miss Ella Minert, and now has two children, Nellie and Dora. Mr. Eaton also owns a farm of 160 acres in Union Prairie Township. pg 488

G. P. Eells, P.O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 26; son of Edward and Anna Eells; was born in Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1829. His parents moved to Ashtabula Co., O., in 1830, where they remained till in 1835, when they moved to Crawford Co., Pa., and from there to this county in 1851, they being among the pioneers of Union Prairie township. His father was appointed postmaster of Union Prairie post office in 1852, which he held till his death, in 1859, after which it was moved to Loren Eells', half mile west, where it remained till it was discontinued in 1868. Mr. E. was married to Miss Louisa Ross, of Pennsylvania, in 1859. They have four children; Ella H., Andrew B., Charley and Madge, and have lost one son, Willie. Mr. Eells owns in the county, with his brother Andrew J., 240 acres of land, it being one of the best farms in the township, well watered and improved. His brother Andrew was married to Lucinda Ross. Mr. Eells. is a member of the I.O.O.F. pg 488

L. Eells, County Superintendent, was born in Pennsylvania, July 5, 1841, and came with his parents to Union Prairie Township, Allamakee Co. in 1851. He was educated at the schools of Waukon, and at Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College of Milwaukee, Wis. At the age of 20 he commenced teaching, and is now serving his third term as County Superintendent of Schools. He was married in 1874 to Miss Mary Potter, daughter of Geo. O. and E. A. Potter, of Waukon. The children are E. L. and Harry. pg 488

John Elliott, of Paint Creek Township, is a native of County Fermaugh, Ireland; came to America in 1847, and settled in Canada. In 1852, with his brother Robert, he moved to Iowa; the following year his father and brother James came to Iowa, and all purchased farms adjoining where Mr. Elliott. now lives. Mr. Elliot, Sr., died Feb. 1873, aged 86 years. The subject of this sketch has by hard labor accumulated a farm of 320 acres, with as good buildings as there are in the township. He married Eliza Glynn in 1857. Mrs. Elliot is a native of County Kildare, Ireland. Their children are Mary, Elizabeth and Robert F. pg 489

Jonathan Ellis, farmer, P. O. Postville; owns a farm of 185 acres, of the value of, $8,500; is one of the pioneers of the county, having come from Champaign county, Ohio, in 1854, locating on the farm he still owns. Mr. Ellis was born in Middleton, N. H., his parents moving into Canada about 100 miles east from Montreal, when he was quite small. There he remained till 1843, when he moved to Champaign Co., O. He was married to Miss Rosetta Hawkins, of Canada, in 1834. She died in 1873 and he was again married to Mrs. Lydia A. Kelly, in 1875. She is also a native of N. H. Mr. Ellis. has one son, Hollis, by his first wife, having lost two daughters, Roxana and Elsina; by his second marriage he has two daughters, Girty R. and J. Pearl. He is a member of the Free-Will Baptist church. pg 489

John Engelhorn was born in Baden, Germany, in 1882 [?]. His early life was spent in the leading cities of Germany, employed as a carpenter and millwright. In 1852 he came to America, landing in New Orleans. In June of the same year he settled on his present farm, where he erected a house with poles, brush and a small amount of lumber. In 1854 he married Annie Bartell, of Winneshiek County. They have one son, Prof. H. T. Engelhorn, now the proprietor of two different business colleges in Montana Territory. pg 489

(note: He was born December 30, 1822 in Altlussheim, Baden, Germany & married Anna Eva Barthel on March 01, 1854 in Lansing, Allamakee Co., Iowa. - contributed by S. Bareis)

Daniel Ettel, sec. 1. P.O. Waukon, farmer, owns 105 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. He was born in 1823 in Germany, on the banks of the Rhine. His parents emigrated to the U. S. in 1830, locating at Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was married in 1843 to Miss Matilda Gifford, a native of Pennsylvania. In 1845 he moved to Ohio, stopping near Bucyrus, where he engaged in farming and brick making till 1855, when he came to Allamakee Co., 1ocating on his present farm. They have five children: George, Mary B., William G., Charles and Nellie. His son George is at home assisting in running the farm. He was married to Miss Rosina Shattuck, daughter of Luman Shattuck, in November 1867. Their children are Daniel and Matilda. Mr. E. is a member of the M. E. church. pg 488


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