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

'H' surnames

All of the biographies in the Allamakee co. section of the book were transcribed by Roxanne Barth and Phyllis Peterson.
Some of the biographies, those with close ties to Allamakee co., but from the Winneshiek co. section of the book, have been transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall.

Jacob Haas was born in Germany in 1831, and came to the U. S. in 1854; settled at Lansing in 1856, and has since been engaged in the brewery business. He was married in 1858 to Cara Kerndt; she died in 1877, leaving two children, Emma and Theodore. In 1878 he married Pauline Bensch, and now has one son, Oscar. pg 500

J. K. Haines, Jr., justice of the peace and collector; P. O. Dorchester; was born Sept. 4, 1838, in Essex County, Massachusetts; immigrated to Galena, Illinois, in 1854, where he was engaged as clerk in a wholesale store, remaining until 1856 when he came to Lansing, this county and engaged in farming one year. He came to Dorchester in 1857 and engaged in the flouring mill until 1860, when he returned to Massachusetts, coming back to Galena in 1861, and entering the county recorder's office in Jo Daviess county. In 1864 he enlisted in Co. D, 45th Ill. Vol. Infantry, and participated in the battles with Sherman on his march to the sea. In the fall of 1865, after being discharged, he returned to Galena, again entered the recorder's office, remaining two years, and then accepted position as book-keeper in a general store at Augusta, Arkansas; returned to Galena in 1869, soon after engaging as clerk in a store at Warren, Illinois, going thence back to Mass., and remaining there three years as bookkeeper in a wholesale fish establishment. He then returned to Dorchester, where he has been occupied as collector for the past six years. He has also served as justice of the peace, and is at this writing (autumn, 1882) a candidate for the republican nomination for the office of county recorder. pg 504-505

Tolef B. Hammundson, P.O. Dalby, farmer, son of Bennett and Rachel Hammundson; was born in 1840 in Norway; emigrated with parents to the U. S. in 1846, locating in Rock Co., Wis. In 1850 they came to this county, locating on the farm upon which he lives, which contains 160 acres valued at $30 per acre. His father died in 1873. He was married to Miss Rachel Olsen in 1873; they have eight children, Rachel, Louis, Isabel, Bennett, Hermann, Henry, Halvor and John. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. pg 497

E. M. Hancock insurance; is a son of Moses Hancock. He was born in Winchendon, Mass. in 1850; was brought by his parents to Allamakee Co., in 1856. In 1868 he commenced work in the Standard office, where he learned the printers trade, and in 1873 purchased a one-half interest in the office, which he held until 1882, when on account of his health he retired from the printing business and engaged in insurance. Mr. Hancock was married in November 1881, to Miss Charlotte M. Wedgwood, daughter of Rev. John M. Wedgwood. pg 501

J.N. Hancock, jeweler, Lansing, was born at Coventry, Eng., Nov. 29, 1820. At fourteen years of age he began a seven years' apprenticeship at his trade, during which time he received $1 per week, boarding and clothing himself. In 1842 he came to Summit Co., O. He started for California via Cape Horn in 1849, but was taken sick in New York City with cholera, and in accordance with medical advice he went to England, remaining there four months, after which he returned to Ohio, and in 1850 again started for California by boat to St. Joseph, Mo; thence on foot across the plains. Being injured by a kick from a horse while en route, he was compelled to use crutches for a distance of 200 miles. He served as a cook for eighteen days at Fort Bridge, when the provisions being exhausted he continued his journey, having but six sea biscuits on which to maintain life from thence to Salt Lake, a distance of 113 miles, being compelled to walk with two canes. Being by this time able to do work he accepted employment as a tender of masons for eighteen days, for which service he received $1.50 per day and board. Mr. Hancock then purchased 45 lbs of corn meal at 25 cents per lb.; 12 lbs of beef at 10 cents, and 2 lbs of tea, upon which meager supply he subsisted for a journey of 800 miles to California, where he arrived about Sept. 1st, 1850. In the fall of 1852 he went to Australia, going thence to Peru in 1853, having heard of rich gold mines there. The Peruvian government prohibiting prospecting, he crossed the isthmus and returned to the U. S., and soon came to Iowa, arriving, at Lansing April 5, 1854, where he purchased 240 acres of land, and on this erected what has since become known as the Four Mile House, where he kept tavern until 1859. He then spent about six months in Philadelphia, Pa. In the fall of 1859 he settled at Lansing, where has since been engaged in his present business. He was engaged in the wheat business from 1867 to 1873. In Nov. 1855, he was married to Miss Ella Simmons, of London, Eng. They have one son, Fremont W. He has several public positions of responsibility and trust. pg 504

Moses Hancock (deceased), an early settler, was born in Mass., in 1808. He was married in 1832 to Miss S. L. Alger; resided in his native state until 1856, when he came to Io. and settled at Waukon. Here in partnership with L. T. Woodcock he engaged in merchandising. He subsequently made various changes in business, also held local office and figured as one of the prominent men. His death took place in June 1872. His wife died in April 1877. pg 503

John Haney (deceased), one of the owners of the town site of Lansing, and the second settler of the town, was born in Penn. in 1798. In 1816 he emigrated to Ohio; from here he went to Illinois, thence to Wisconsin, and in 1848 he came to Lansing, and in company with Mr. Houghton, purchased 100 acres of land, a portion which is located in the town of Lansing. Mr. Haney was foremost in every enterprise that was in any way connected with the prosperity of the town. He died in 1875, being 77 years old. pg 503

William Haney, P.O. Lansing, was born in Ohio in 1824, his early life being spent in mercantile pursuits. In 1848 he came Lansing with his father, and has been engaged in the milling business most of the time since. He has operated his present mill twenty-six years. pg. 503

G.W. Hanks, P.O. Postville. farmer, sec. 35; owns a farm of 323 acres, pleasantly situated and well improved, worth $40 per acre; was born in Alleghany Co., N.Y., in 1834; his parents emigrating the same year to Ohio, locating near Cleveland, where they remained till 1839, when they removed to Crawford Co., Pa. Mr. H. was married to Miss Mary A. Banister in 1856, and in 1859 came to Iowa, stopping in Clayton Co. until 1862, when he moved to his present farm in Allamakee Co. They have an adopted son, William J. pg 499

Gunder Hanson, farmer, sec. 23, Makee; P.O. Waukon; one of the early settlers; is a native of Norway; born in 1822; learned the tailors trade, and in 1849 emigrated to the U. S., and first settled at Delaware, Walworth Co., Wis. In 1852, in the employ of Mr. Phoenix, he started the nursery at Bloomington, Ill. In 1854 he came to Allamakee Co., and in 1855 was married to Miss Kristi Knuedtson. He now owns 20 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre. His wife died Oct. 2, 1881, leaving eight children: Norman, Charley, Julia, Martin, Emma, Gilman, Clara and Albert. pg 502

I.A. Harmon, farmer, Postville, owns a farm of 181 acres adjoining the township of Postville, valued at $50 per acre. He was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1840. In 1867 he immigrated to Clinton Co., Iowa, where he remained till 1870; then came to Allamakee Co. He was married to Lydia A. Shepherd in 1866. She died in November 1878. Mr. H. was again married to Martha Ady in 1879; she was also a native of Ohio. He has one daughter by his first marriage, Effie M., and lost three, Emmet G., Willie F. and Eva E. They all died within a period of four months. By his second marriage he has two sons, Charles and John. Mr. H. is a member of the M. E. Church and the I.O.O.F. pg 500

Elisha Harris sec. 15, P.O. Postville, farmer, was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1819, remaining in that county till the spring of 1854, when he immigrated to Iowa, locating upon the farm where he still resides. By economy, energy and perseverance he has accumulated a handsome property, still owning 640 acres of land, after having given several hundred acres to his children. He was married to Miss Margaret Patterson in 1843, in Ohio, she being a native of that State, and born in 1827. They have ten children: Mary E., William, George W., James M., Jane M., Caroline, Delilah A., Margaret U., Samuel H. and Charles A.; and have lost three Nancy, Elisha and Bertha M. pg 499

George W. Harris, P.O. Postville, farmer, sec. 7; owns 162 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; son of Elisha and Margaret Harris; was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, his parents emigrating to this county in 1854. He was married to Miss Ella Laughlin in May 1873. She was born in this county. They have three children, Warner M., Ninie E. and Harold E. Mr. H. and wife are members of the United Brethren Church. pg 499

Henry Harris, P.O. Waukon, farmer, section 23; owns a farm of 200 acres, valued at $45 per acre: was born in Wales, Great Britain, in 1818; learned the shoemakers trade in early life; emigrated to the U. S. in 1841, stopping in Oneida county, N.Y., where he followed his trade until the spring of 1851, when he came to this county, purchasing the land he still owns. He preceded Mr. Eells some three or four months, getting out a crop that year, and selling that fall the first load of grain ever marketed in Lansing, it being oats, sold to a Mr. Gilbert, the first grain buyer there. Mr. H. made his home on Mr. Eells farm for several years; was married to a Miss Ann Williamson in 1866, also a native of Wales, and has one daughter, Ida E. pg 497-498

William Harris, P.O. Postville, farmer, sec. 3; owns 273 acres of land valued at $45 per acre; son of Elisha and Margaret Harris; was born in Morgan Co., Ohio, in 1847, coming with his parents to this county in 1854. He married Miss Charity McDonald, daughter of Duncan McDonald, in 1868. She was born in Wisconsin in 1849. They have four children, Herman, Bertha, Edith and Edna. pg 499

Abraham Hart, Postville, was born February 10, 1816, in Louden Co., Va. Emigrated to Morgan Co., Ohio in 1840, and from there to Allamakee Co. in 1854, locating on a part of the farm he still owns, having by industry and frugality saved means sufficient to add to his farm which was over two miles north of where he now lives, adjoining Postville. Mr. Hart now owns over 1,200 acres of land, valued at over $50,000, besides a half interest in a mill property at Myron, valued at $15,000. He married Mary Beal, of Ohio, in 1843, and has three children, Asa D., John B. and Lydia I. Mr. Hart is one of the solid men of the county, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. pg 497

James T. Hawthorne, P.O. Waukon, farmer, section 25; owns 80 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; son of John and Anna E. Hawthorne; born in Armah county, Scotland, in 1845. His parents started for America in 1847, coming via Gulf of St. Lawrence, and up the River St. Lawrence. His father and two brothers dying with ship fever while they were on the river, his mother, with the remainder of the family (six children) came on to Guernsey Co., Ohio, and from there to this Co., in 1853. In August 1862, he enlisted in Co. A., 27th Io. Infantry. He participated in the battles of Pleasant Hill, La., where he was wounded, of Tupelo, Miss., Nashville, Tenn. and Mobile, Ala. At the close of the war he returned home and has since been engaged in farming. pg 498

A.B. Hays, farmer, P.O. New Albin, was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1826, and was raised on a farm. He came to Lansing in 1854, and in 1858 he removed to his present farm, which contains 520 acres. He was married to Isabella Manderscheid in 1858. They have six children. William J., John W. (twins), George, Alfred, Jacob and Verona. pg 503

S. H. Hazleton, was born in Tioga Co., Pa. Feb. 19, 1837; came to Lansing in 1856 and entered the store of G. W. Gray. In 1860 he engaged in general merchandise, and continued two years. In 1863 he entered the bank and is now a partner in the same. He has also been engaged in insurance since 1864, and has been a member of the firm of M. McCormnack & Amp; Co. since 1873. Mr. H. was married in 1859 to Miss Lydia L. Rockwell. They have four children living, Emma L., J. Maud, Lydia L. and Samuel H. pg 500

Isaiah H. Hedge, M.D. was born in Maine in 1812, and came to Waukon in 1855, where he bought a town block and built the residence that has since been his home. He was in active practice here for twenty years, until his health failed in 1875, since when he has traveled much of the time for his health, and spends his winters in Florida. He was in the drug store with W. C. Earle for seven years prior to 1876. Dr. Hedge was married in 1840 to Miss Charlotte Ayre, who was born in Maine in 1815, and died at Waukon in 1879. Their only child was Nellie A., now Mrs. W. C. Earle. pg 496

Conrad Helming, farmer, section 33; son of Henry and Sophia Helming, was born in Westphalia, Germany, in 1832, and emigrated to the U. S. in 1854, coming to Allamakee county, purchasing a part of his present farm, after which he went to Lincoln county, Mo., remaining there till in 1856, when he returned and commenced improving his farm, having made additions to the same until he now has 300 acres well improved, with good buildings and all the conveniences of a pleasant home. Mr. H. is among the most intelligent and enterprising farmers of his township. He was married to Miss Frederica Carter in 1857. She was also born in Germany. They have five children living, George, Alexander, John, Thomas and Clara, and have lost two, Frederick and Albert. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. pg 497

Homer Hewlet Hemenway was born November 18, 1831, at West Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., of parentage descended from English stock, which, however, had for several generations, through some one hundred to one hundred and fifty years, resided in this country. Here he lived until 1851, working on the paternal acres and enjoying the advantages of a common school education, topped out with a few terms at the St. Lawrence University. What peculiar course of reasoning ever induced the forefathers of so clear-seeing a business man as Mr. Hemenway to go into so uninviting a region as the rough and thickly timbered country of northern New York, lying between the Adirondack mountains and Lake Ontario, we have never learned; probably, however, the same spirit of adventure that afterward led him to seek his home, while yet comparatively a boy, still farther west. In his twentieth year, or, to be more exact, in May, 1850, he migrated to Freeport, Illinois, where, as has been customary from time immemorial with boys migrating from the east, he taught school, for, however, only one year, graduating from plying the birch into the insurance business, which he also followed for a single year, and then traveled (or, in more modern parlance, "drummed") for four years as agent of a manufacturing house, during which time he was doubtless prospecting for a new home, and finally, in the year 1856, settled down in Lansing, Allamakee county; thus, in Iowa, imitating the paternal example set him in New York, by taking the upper part of the most northerly county in the state. Here he engaged in the manufacture of farming implements, which business he conducted with energy and success for twelve years (adding to it as an employment for his idle moments, and to keep him out of mischief, a popular and paying insurance agency), selling out in 1868, to enter into the manufacture and sale of lumber, in which he has since been engaged with the same earnestness, industry, and success that has marked his whole career. He also served the people of Lansing as their postmaster for eight years, from 1861 to 1869; and also had something to do with collecting United States revenue. In 1857, one year after settling in Lansing, he was married to Miss Sarah A. Gray, of Burlington, Iowa, a lady of rare excellence of character, and one who in every difficulty has proven herself a wise counselor, as well as a true and unfailing friend. The result of their union has been seven children, four boys and three girls, of who are now living two sons and three daughters. Mr. Hemenway justly prides himself upon his Masonic career, which commenced in Excelsior Lodge No. 97, at Freeport, Illinois, having been initialed into Masonry, January 3d, 1853. He is now a member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter a Lansing; Siloam Commandery No. 3, of Dubuque; and the Consistory at Lyons. He also served as Grand High Priest of Iowa from June 1, 1866, to October 16th, 1868. During the first year, while serving in this capacity, he re-established one and granted a dispensation to nine new Chapters. During the second year he founded seven new Chapters, besides doing much other valuable work. In personal appearance Mr. Hemenway is of somewhat more than average height, of stalwart proportions and fair complexion. While he may be hardly termed an orator, yet he compels attention and wins assent to, his propositions by clearness and succinctness of reasoning. He is a man with great force of character, genial manners, and a rare capacity for making steadfast friends. pg 495-496

Robert Henderson, farmer, Linton township, born in Ohio in 1834, and moved to Iowa in 1865, and although not an old settler, Mr. Henderson is one of the most influential and reliable men of Allamakee Co., and is the owner of one of the best farms in Linton township He married Miss R. J. Capper, of Ohio, in 1860. They have six children. pg 504

M.B. Hendrick, attorney, is one of the prominent men of the Co.; was born in Livingston Co., N.Y., in 1837; came to Allamakee Co. in 1867, and located at Postville. In 1867 he was elected county judge, and after the said office was abolished he served as auditor three years, since which time he has been doing a general law and collecting business, dealing in real estate, etc. Judge Hendrick was married in 1864 at Lyons, Mich. to Miss Amelia Gibson, and they now have five children, Theodore, Thode, Maud and Max. pg 502-503

L.W. Hersey cashier of Waukon Bank, was born in Maine in 1826; came to Iowa in 1851, settled in this township, and for two years was engaged in farming. He then removed to Waukon and embarked in the mercantile trade. In 1853 he was elected clerk of the courts, which position he held for three years. He married Miss B. A. Rayton, a native of New York. pg 501

E. Hesla, P.O. Waterville, farmer; owns 340 acres of land valued at $25 per acre; was born July 10, 1825, in Norway, emigrated to the U. S. in the spring of 1845, locating in Rock Co., Wis. In the spring of 1850, he came to this county locating on his present farm. He married Ingebor Gordert, May 18, 1859, in Wis. They have nine children, Endre, Ragnild, Rosina, Bertha, Peter, Oscar, Caroline, Oline and Albert, and have lost two, Peter and Karn. Mr. H. has served as trustee of his township several years and is a member of the Lutheran Church. pg 497

John A. Hilmo, farmer, sec. 16, Makee township, P.O. Waukon; was born in Norway in 1859; was married in 1853; emigrated to the U. S. in 1857; located where he now lives in 1867, and owns 216 acres of land. He has four children. pg 501

John Hogan, P.O. Waukon, farmer, section 16; owns 160 acres of land valued at $25 per acre; was born in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, in 1827--the birthplace of Parnell, whom he well knew when a boy. In 1847 he shipped on board the sail vessel Ontario, coming to Charleston, S.C.; then shipped as a sailor on board the steamship Isabel, a mail steamer plying between Charleston, Key West, Fla., and Havana, Cuba, where he continued nearly four years, when he went on the steamship Southern, running between Charleston and New York, remaining nearly three years, after which he went on the steamer Union, running from New York to Havre and Isle of Wight; and afterwards went on steamer Atlantic, which ran between New York and Liverpool, and again on steamship Marion, plying between New York and Charleston. In 1859 he left New York and came to Dubuque, Io., and shortly after came to this county and purchased 80 acres of his present farm, after which he went to Natchez, Miss., and engaged in the gas factory there, remaining till the spring of 1861, when he moved to his farm. At the close of the war he returned to Natchez and engaged in the gas factory again (leaving his family on the farm) continuing two years, and at intervals several times since. He was married to Miss Mary Murray, in Brooklyn, NY. Their children are Thomas, John, Anna M., Elizabeth and Sarah; they have lost two, Margaret and James. He is at present Trustee of Township, this being the 7th year. He is a member of the Catholic Church. pg 498

John Holahan, painter, Waukon; born in Ireland in 1845 and came to this country in 1848. In the spring of 1858, he came from Chicago to Decorah where he remained ten years, after which he went to Dubuque, Davenport and other places. In the fall of 1874 he came to Waukon, where he has since resided. Mr. Holahan was married in 1872 to Miss Francis L. Corbin, and has two children William A. and Mary. pg 496-497

James Holahan, the senior member of the firm, Holahan & Buggy, is a native of Ireland; born in Jan., 1838; came with his parents to the U. S. when twelve years of age, and lived in Connecticut until 1861, at which time he came to Iowa, living at Decorah about two years, when he settled at Waukon. He is a painter by trade; a liberal in politics, but takes no interest more than to perform his duty as a citizen. His religion, Roman Catholic. He was married in April 1867, to Miss Kate M. Fanalon, then of Waukon, but a native of Ireland. They have six children: W. H., Ellen M., John M., Morris F., Thomas and James. pg 502

Michael Holvorson, farmer, P.O. Hanover; is a son of John and Anna Hyla Holvorson. He was born April 10th, 1855, in this county. His parents came to America from Norway in 1851, stopped in Wisconsin until the spring of 1852, them moved to their present farm. They have six children living, Herman, Michael, Matilda, Mary, Johannah and John F. pg 504

Moses Hostetler, farmer, was born in Ohio in 1825, and resided there with his parents on the farm until 21 years of age; then went to Wisconsin, and in 1849 left there and came to Iowa and settled first in Allamakee County, which was very lightly settled, Indians still being in the county. He took a Government claim, but only lived there about two years, and then came to Winneshiek Co. and purchased the home farm, where he now resides. He is one of the most extensive - if not the most extensive - farmers in the county. Operating about 740 acres in Frankville tp.; also owns 50 acres of timber in Bloomfield twp. and twenty-five acres of timber in Allamakee County. He has fitted his farms thoroughly for stock of all kinds; has generally about 150 head of cattle for dairy and stock purposes; uses eight teams on the farm, and employs four men the year round, in addition to a great deal of day help. Mr. Hostetler is president of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Frankville, has filed several offices of puclic trust, and is one of the directors and active supporters of the county agricultural society; is a Master Mason and member of Lodge, No. 66, Frankville. He was married in 1847 in Wis., to Miss Mary Brant, and has one child. pg 594, Winneshiek co. biographies

A.H. Houghton, M.D., Lansing; was born in Springfield, in 1801; was educated for the medical profession at Dartmouth College, and subsequently traveled through the South, practicing his profession in several southern states. In 1856 he settled at Lansing, and in December of the same year he married Miss Unie Barrows, of Conn., who was born in 1819. Mr. H. taught the first public school in Lansing, and in 1870 retired from the practice of his profession, on account of declining health. He has served as county treasurer, county superintendent, and in other public offices. He has one son, Amasa Houghton, born December 8, 1857, who was educated at a private school taught by his mother, and at the public schools of Lansing. In 1879 he engaged in business as a photographer, and November 10, 1879, married Miss Mary Irle. They have one son, Andrew A. pg 503

C.O. Howard, dealer in grain, seeds, lumber, etc. This enterprising citizen and early settler was born in Maine, in 1840. He is a son of Azel and Lina Howard, who settled in Allamakee County, in the fall of 1854. The subject of this sketch followed farming until 1875, when he removed to Waukon, and as soon as he felt certain that the W. & M. R. R. was going to be completed, he erected an elevator with a capacity of 25,000 bushels, filled it with wheat, and shipped the same during the fall of 1877. In June 1880, he opened a lumberyard and has since continued the same. In the fall of 1877 he built a stockyard, which has since been in use by the railroad company. Mr. Howard's village property, which consists of an elevator, lumberyard, fine residence, etc., located just north of the W. & M.R.R. depot, is conveniently arranged, and here he will probably spend the remainder of his life in that single blessedness which he now enjoys. pg 501

F.A. Howe, proprietor of Lansing House, was born in Clayton Co., Io. in 1853; is a son of Henry E. and Mary A. Howe, natives of Mass. He went to Decorah in 1871, and was employed on different local newspapers as compositor. From there he went to Waukon, and in 1879 he came to Lansing. He runs a stage line from here to Decorah and keeps a livery and feed barn in connection with his hotel. He married Jennie A. Thompson, a native of Clayton County, and they have two children, Maud and Mattie. pg 500

Luther Howes, P.O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 1; owns a farm of 240 acres, valued at $15 per acre; is a native of Maine, where he was born in 1823, the 17th of August; remained in his native State till 1844, when he went to Sheboygan Falls, Wis., engaged in lumbering, and the following year went into the pineries, where he continued in the same business until 1850, after which he spent some time in looking over the country, finally selecting the farm upon which he resides, and in 1851 located upon it; since which time it has been his home, except three years in California. He was married to Miss Mary Reed in 1849. She is a native of Canada. Mr. H. has served his township as treasurer and in other offices many years. pg 498-499

Robert Hufschmidt, city mayor, is a native of Germany, born in 1844; learned milling and followed mercantile life at his native country until 1869. He then came to the U. S. and at once located a Lansing. Here he kept books for his brother, C. W. Hufschmidt, for three years. He then commenced dealing in farming implements, machinery and grain, and still continues the same. He is also agent for the St. Louis and St. Paul packet line. Mr. Hufschmidt has become a very popular citizen, and is now serving his third term as city mayor. He is a member of the A.O.U.W., I. L. of H. and the Turn Verein. Mr. H. married Miss Mary E. Geieger of Cassville, Wisconsin, June 4, 1879, and has one daughter, Elsie. pg 500-501

H.S. Humphreys proprietor of Billiard Hall and owner of Commercial House, Postville, was born in Ohio in 1836, in 1854 he moved to Jasper Co., Ind., and in 1860 to Allamakee Co., Iowa, four miles from Postville, and in 1875 came into town and built the Commercial House, which he ran one year, then sold out and farmed three years; when he repurchased the hotel property, which he ran one and one-half years in connection with the livery business. He then rented the property and engaged in his present business. He married Miss Philia Haines in 1860. She was born in Ohio. They have five children, Alfred E., Ida M., Levi H., Jesse and Hiram. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. pg 499-500


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