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Albert G. Mosier


Albert G. Mosier, a well known farmer of Jefferson township and a successful stock breeder and dealer, owns and operates on his home place one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 22, and by following practical and progressive methods has surrounded himself with a gratifying measure of success. He was born in Franklin township, this county, May 16, 1852, and is a son of Jacob Mosier, a native of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, born in 1821. The latter was reared in that locality and there married Miss Malinda Phillips, also a native of Pennsylvania. The parents came west to Iowa in 1852 and the father bought one hundred and twenty acres of raw land in Franklin township, turning his attention with characteristic energy to breaking the soil, clearing it of timber and improving the property. He made it in the course of years very valuable and productive, and when he sold it purchased a farm in Jefferson township, becoming one of the well known and prosperous agriculturists of this locality. His death occurred in Jefferson township in 1908, he having survived his wife for ten years. They were the parents of two children: Albert G., of this review; and Jennie, the deceased wife of William Clark

Albert G. Mosier grew to manhood on his father’s farm and in his childhood learned the best agricultural methods. He later assumed entire charge of the homestead, caring for his father in his declining years, and he remained upon this property until after his marriage. He then located on a farm, which he operated for three years thereafter, moving at the end of that time to the vicinity of Postville, where he remained for one years. He next purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land near Rossville and there resided five years, selling his property at the end of that time in order to purchase the one hundred and twenty acre tract on section 22, Jefferson township, upon which he now resides. To this he has since added, and his farm is today one of the neatest and best improved in this locality. Upon it Mr. Mosier has made extensive improvements, erecting an attractive two story residence and substantial and modern barns and outbuildings, which he keeps always in good repair. Realizing the advantages of a grove, he has set out a number of evergreen trees and these with his well kept and level lawn add greatly to the beauty and pleasant appearance of him homestead. In addition to general farming, Mr. Mosier engages extensively in stock-raising and is a well known dealer in pure-blood cattle, high-grade shire horses and Poland China hogs.

On the 13th of November, 1877, Mr. Mosier was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Beall*, who was born in Pennsylvania but reared and educated in Allamakee county, a daughter of Conrad Beall*, a pioneer in this part of Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Mosier are the parents of two children: Alden R., who is married and engages in farming; and Earl, who is assisting in the operation of his father’s homestead.

Mr. Mosier is a republican in his political beliefs and is active in politics, having been honored by his fellow citizens by election to various positions of trust and responsibility. He has served as a delegate to numerous county and congressional conventions and has been on the pitit jury a number of times, while for fifteen years he did conscientious and capable work as township trustee. In the county where his entire life has been passed he is widely esteemed and respected, being recognized as an able farmer, a careful, conscientious businessman, and public-spirited and useful citizen.

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


*Research note: The surname for Lizzie and Conrad Beall is incorrect. The correct surname is Deal.

1856 Census, Iowa State census, Allamakee co., Jefferson twp.
Line: 24, Family No. 109
Conrad Deal Junior, age 31, b. abt 1825, Hesse Darmstadt
Margaret Deal, age 22
Elizabeth Deal, age 1

I cannot find any Conrad or Elizabeth Beall in this (or any other) census.

~contributed by Paul Moritz, November 2008.


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