Levi Deremore


A history of the agricultural interest of Allamakee county would be incomplete and unsatisfactory were there failure to make mention of the career of Levi Deremore, who for many years has carried on general farming and stock-raising upon a fine property of two hundred and fifty-seven acres on section 12, Franklin township. He needs no introduction to the readers of this volume for his name has been a respected one in this part of Iowa since pioneer times and his father was for many years one of the greatest individual forces in the financial, agricultural and general business development of this locality.

Levi Deremore was born in Village Creek, Lafayette township, October 11, 1858, and is a son of Abraham and Julia (Deal) Deremore, the former born in Cumberland, Maryland, October 14, 1814, and the latter in Somerset county Pennsylvania, March 9, 1825. In early life the father worked in the employ of others and when he left Maryland went to Pennsylvania, where for a number of years he taught school. Being unusually well educated, he became also a singing and writing teacher and followed these occupations until he went to Wisconsin. After living for one year in Monroe, that state, he removed to Allamakee county, Iowa, and about the year 1851 settled on a farm seven miles west of Lansing, his property being in the midst of a dense wilderness. He traded his forty-acre farm at Monroe for one of one hundred and sixty acres and one years latter exchanged the latter farm for a half interest in the Allamakee mill at Village Creek, this being the first mill in this county. Three years later the father traded his interest in for a farm three miles from Waukon, a property known as the Clemm farm, and for twenty-two years thereafter he continued to develop and improve that place, becoming known as a prosperous, practical and able agriculturist. At the end of that period he became connected with the Upper Village Creek mill, but at the end of one year removed to Waukon, where he lived retired until his death, which occurred in 1897. In that city he became active and prominent in business and financial circles, rising to the position of president of the State Bank at Waukon and also president of the Allamkee Fire Insurance Company, of which he was one of the originators. In addition he was a director and half owner of the Guttenburg State Bank and was interested in the Sioux City Bank of Sioux City, being recognized throughout this part of Iowa as a discriminating financier and a farsighted and resourceful business man. He was honored by his fellow citizens by election to various positions of trust and responsibility, serving on the school board and as road supervisor for many years.

Levi Deremore was the eighth in a family of eleven children. He acquired his education in a district school just east of Waukon and he remained with his parents until he was twenty years of age. At that time he began operating his father’s farm and continued at this occupation for three years thereafter, going at the end of that time to Village Creek, where he worked in a gristmill in the employ of his brother for six years. He then removed to Lansing, where he engaged in teaming and sawmilling for twelve years, going from there to Waukon. At the end of ten months spent in that city he again turned his attention to general farming; buying two hundred and fifty-seven acres of fine land on section 12, Franklin township. Upon this property he engages in farming and stock-rasiing and both branches of his business have proven important and profitable under his able management. He is a stockholder in the Monona Creamery Company and in the Farmers Shipping Association and his ability and energy are recognized and respected in business circle.

On the 7th of November, 1883, Mr. Deremore was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Schmeiden, who was born at Thompson Corner, Center township, September 30, 1863. She is a daughter of Harmon and Carolina (Martin) Schmeiden, natives of Germany, where in early life the father was a miller. Her parents came to America and settled in Center township, Allamakee county at an early date, Harmon Schmeiden engaging in farming in this locality until his death. Mr. and Mrs. Deremore have become the parents of three children: Rose Carolina, who was born September 6, 1884, and married Henry Meis, a farmer near Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada; Emma, who was born November 22, 1886, and married Arthur Lint; and Arthur, born August 6, 1890.

Mr. Deremore is connected fraternally with the Modern Woodmen of America and he gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is an earnest supporter of the cause of education, doing much in the interests of the public schools during his term of service on the school board. He is a substantial and practical farmer, an able and farsighted business man, a progressive and public-spirited citizen, and his record is an added credit to an honored and worthy name.

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

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