Hiram F. Denning


Hiram F. Denning, who is one of the well known farmers and successful stock-raiders of Allamakee county, owning and operating eighty acres of valuable land in Jefferson township and one hundred and six acres in Makee township, was born in Linton township, this county, September 26, 1857, a son of Samuel Denning, who was born in Harrison county, Ohio, March 1, 1831, and whose father passed away in that state when Samuel Denning was still a child. The latter grew to manhood in his native county and in 1851 joined his mother in Allamakee county, Iowa, buying land in Linton township. This he operated for a number of years, later selling it in order to buy a farm in Jefferson township, upon which he continued to reside until his death, which occurred in 1909. He married Miss Elizabeth Frances, who was born in Wisconsin and who came to Allamakee county when she was still a child. She died in Iowa some years after her husband's demise.

Hiram F. Denning is one of the family of ten children, all of whom grew to maturity and five of whom still survive. He was reared upon his father’s farm and acquired his education in the district schools, spending a great deal of time when not engaged with his books in aiding in the operation of the homestead. When he began his independent career he rented a farm and operated this until some time after his marriage, which occurred in 1884. He then purchased eighty acres of fine land on section 16, Jefferson township, and upon this property he has since made his home, carrying forward the work of improvement and development along modern and progressive lines. He repaired the buildings upon the place and erected others, including a good two-story residence, a large barn and a number of outbuildings. In addition to this he planted a fine orchard and a number of ornamental trees, neglecting nothing which would add either to the attractive appearance or the value of the property. Besides general farming Mr. Denning has also engaged in stock-raising on an extensive scale, raising high-grade Poland China and Chester White hogs and shorthorn cattle. In addition to his home farm he owns also one hundred and six acres in Makee township and he gives a great deal of his time to its operation with the result that it is today one of the finest farms in the locality.

In Jefferson township, on the 9th of September, 1884, Mr. Denning was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Jennewine, who was born in West Virginia, a daughter of Jacob Jennewine, one of the early settlers in Jefferson township. Mr. and Mrs. Denning became the parents of eight children, of whom the following are deceased: Eva, who died at the age of five years; Mary Ella, who passed away when a year old; and Percy, who died at the age of six or seven months. Those who survive are: Paul, who makes his home in North Dakota; Fred, who is engaged in farming in Makee township; Hobart, who is assisting his father in the operation of the home farm; Francis; and Marie, at home. The family attend the Presbyterian church at Waukon.

Mr. Denning gives his political allegiance to the republican party but has never sought nor desired public office, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his business affairs. He has been connected with farming interests of Jefferson township during practically all of his active life and has made substantial contributions to farming development, his individual prosperity forming an important factor in the general growth.

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

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