George E. Decker


George E. Decker, the owner of a productive and valuable farm of ninety acres in Franklin township, has always lived within the borders of Allamakee county, his birth occurring in Jefferson township on the 27th of August, 1872. His parents were Edward and Mary Ann (McShane) Decker, the former born in Erie county, New York, on the 26th of October, 1843, and the latter in Virginia on the 19th of October, 1850. Edward Decker has followed general agricultural pursuits throughout his entire career. When only about one year old he was taken by his parents to Green county, Wisconsin, the family home being established near Monroe, where he remained until twenty-four years of age. At that time he came to Iowa, locating first in Jefferson township, where he purchased a partially improved farm and made his home until about 1876. In that year he took up his abode on a farm of forty acres, which he still owns. The period of his residence in this county covers forty-six years and he enjoys an enviable reputation as one of its substantial and esteemed citizens. His wife was called to her final rest on the 1st of April, 1908. Unto them were born three children, as follows: George E., of this review; Lottie, born December 16, 1874, who is the wife of John Campbell, a farmer of Linton township; and Ernest C., who wedded Miss Clara Bender and resides on the old homestead.

George E. Decker obtained his early education in Jefferson township and later attended a select school at Rossville. He began working for others when a youth of sixteen and also assisted his father in the operation of the home farm. He remained in the employ of others until the time of his marriage and then located on the farm of sixty acres which he had purchased prior to that event. For two years he was busily engaged in its operation and then sold the property, cultivating a rented farm in Jefferson township for a similar period. Subsequently he took up his abode on the farm of ninety acres on section 3, Franklin township, which has since remained in his possession. He has made all of the improvements on the property and has erected modern buildings for the shelter of grain and stock, his place now lacking none of the equipments and accessories of a model and up-to-date farm. Nearly all of his land is tillable and he devotes his attention to the pursuits of farming and stock-raising, keeping a number of horses, forty hogs and twenty head of cattle. He is a stockholder in the Luana Cooperative Creamery Company and has won and maintained a position among the prosperous and representative citizens of his native county.

On the 18th of January, 1899, Mr. Decker was untied in marriage to Miss Anna Bell, who was born in Franklin township on the 28th of June 1878, her parents being James W. and Ella M. (Johnson) Bell. A sketch of the father appears on another page of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Decker have become the parents of six children, namely, Elmer, whose birth occurred on the 31st of March, 1900; Belle, who was born February 20, 1902, and passed away November 19, 1906; Thelma, whose natal day was April 30, 1904; Ernest, born May 26, 1906; Bernice, whose birth occurred on the 11th of October, 1908; and Harold, who was born on the 2d of October, 1910.

Mr. Decker is a stanch republican in politics and is now serving for the second term as township trustee, making an enviable record in this connection. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Baptist church at Rossville, while fraternally he is identified with the  Woodmen at that place. Both he and his wife have spent their entire lives in this county and ha a circle of friends which is almost coextensive with the circle of their acquaintances.

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

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