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Leach, J., farmer; P.O. Shellsburg.

Lee, A., far., S. 28; P.O. Shellsburg.

Lee, A.W., far., S. 28; P.O. Shellsburg.

Lee, C., far., S. 28; P.O. Shellsburg.

Lehew, J., far., S. 15; P.O. Shellsburg.

Lehew, W.I., S. 15; P.O. Shellsburg.

Linderman, M., far., S. 6; P.O. Vinton.

Livermore, D.A., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

McBroom, T., farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Shellsburg.

McClintock, A.J., far., S. 25; P.O. Shellsburg.

McCormick, R., far., S. 24; P.O. Shellsburg.

McCoy, J.F., far., S. 24; P.O. Shellsburg.

Magill, J., far, S. 29; P.O. Shellsburg.

Maxon, T., far., S. 31; P.O. Shellsburg.

Mirkmans, D., far., S. 25; P.O. Shellsburg.

Mirkmans, M., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Mushawick, W., far., S. 24; P.O. Shellsburg.

Myers, C., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Myers, W., far.; P.O. Shellsburg.

Powers, I., farmer, S. 16; P.O. Shellsburg.

Parker, John, farmer and President of the Farmers' Exchange Bank, Shellsburg, Sec. 36; born in Ireland in 1817; came to this county in the Fall of 1849; has 600 acres of land, valued at from $16,000 to $20,000. Belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Married Harriet Kirkpatrick; she was born in Ohio April 5, 1833; they have five children-David K., born July 20, 1855; Thomas A., Oct. 13, 1857; Nancy A., July 18, 1860; Sarah A., June 6, 1864; Mattie E., Sept. 9, 1868. Emigrated from Ireland in 1843 to Coshocton Co., Ohio, where he lived seven years; then came to Benton Co., where he has resided since. Worked the first year after he came here for a man of the name of Thomas P. Johnson for $12 per month; entered the land he now lives on the same year; went back to Ohio in the Spring of 1851; lived there one year; then came to Benton Co. Was married in 1854. The first election was held at John Pogue's, in Benton Tp. When he first came here he could have bought Parker's Grove for $700-a claim of about 600 acres; within two years some of the timberland was sold for $50 per acres. The first sermon preached in Vinton was by Rev. Dr. Wood, from Iowa City (a Presbyterian); Mr. P. was instrumental in getting up the meeting; it was held in a little frame court house, not finished; laid planks down upon sleepers for seats. When he came to Iowa he was very poor; worked out by the month, and rented land, and in seven years had $500 to start into his Benton Co. farm; by good management has accumulated a fine property.

Quackenbush, C. L., far., Sec. 20; P.O. Vinton.

Quinn, Robert, far., S. 24; P.O. Shellsburg.
Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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