William Beardmore


William Beardmore, who for the past forty-seven years has owned and operated a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres of section 20, Union City township, is known as one of the most progressive and substantial agriculturists of this part of Allamakee county, his labors through the years having been valuable as factors in the general development and advancement of the state. He was born in England in 1849 and is a son of William and Sarah Beardmore, also natives of that country. The parents came to America with their family in 1853 and settled first at Wheeling, West Virginia, where for a time the father worked as a forger in a rolling mill. In 1865 they came to Iowa and William Beardmore, Sr., purchased a farm in Union City township, operating this property and also conducting a profitable blacksmith’s shop until his retirement in 1903. Afterward he lived in Lansing for a short time and then moved to New Albin where he now resides, having reached the advanced age of ninety-one years. His wife passed away in 1896 at the age of seventy-three. To their union were born ten children: William, of this review; Alfred, of Union City township; Agnes, the deceased wife of John J. Gilchrist, who has also passed away; Lynn, who resides in Union City township; twins, who died in infancy; John, a butcher in Charles City, Iowa; Laura, the deceased wife of Joseph Sadler of Union City township; Ambrose, who has passed away; and James Harvey, of Union City township.

William Beardmore was brought to America by his parents in 1853 and accompanied them in 1865 to Iowa where he has since remained a prosperous and highly esteemed resident. In 1866 he purchased land of his own in Union City township, buying one hundred and sixty acres are under high cultivation, abundant harvests annually rewarding Mr. Beardmore’s careful supervision and practical methods. In addition to tilling his fields, he is also extensively interested in stock-raising, breeding and fattening cattle and hogs and raising horses.

Mr. Beardmore has been twice married. In 1876 he wedded Miss Eliza A. Sadler, who was born in Allamakee county and who passed away in 1879, leaving one son, William Edward, a stone mason in Union City township. In 1883 Mr. Beardmore married Miss Mary Elizabeth Sadler, a sister of his first wife, both being daughters of William and Mary Sadler of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Beardmore have ten children: Harold E., who is connected with the First National Bank of Butte, Montana; Eben A. And Arthur A., who live at home; M. Hazel, engaged in teaching; and Stanley C., Charles G., Floyd A., Leonard J., Joseph J. And Frances D., all of whom live at home.

Mr. Beadmore gives his political allegiance to the Republican party and is stanch in his support of its principles and policies although he never seeks public office. He is, however, now filling the office of justice of the peace and is proving conscientious, able and efficient in the discharge of his duties. He is numbered among the early settlers in this part of Iowa and has witnessed the greater part of its expansion and development, assisting in it in a substantial and important way through the work along lines of agricultural progress which he has accomplished during the forty-seven years of his active identification with farming interests.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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