OSCAR B. WHITCOMB, a farmer, residing on section 23, Cedar Township, is the owner of 250 acres of land, all but ten of which lies in Cedar Township. He was born in Merrimac County, N. H., May 8, 1820, and is a son of Abel and Hannah (Hale) Whitcomb. He was brought up on a farm in his native State, and spent six years in a factory at Manchester.
In April, 1850, he was married to Miss Lorenza H. Boyd, born in Francistown, Hillsboro Co., N. H., a daughter of Ebenezer Boyd. They have had three children, two of whom survive — Maria F. and Emma L.; both were born in this township. Mr. Whitcomb's parents were natives of New England, the father born in New Hampshire and the mother in Vermont. His wife's people were also natives of New Hampshire. Mr. Whitcomb moved from New Hampshire, leaving the familiar scenes, where he had spent his childhood, youth and early manhood, and ventured out into a wider field, where the prairies seemed endless to the unaccustomed eyes of the New Englander as he beheld them for the first time. He arrived in Benton County in April, 1856, and located on his present farm, purchasing the land from the Government. He has made all the improvements, making it an attractive home, and this has been his residence continuously ever since coming to the county. He has been Township Assessor six years, and has held other minor local offices. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics is a Republican.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 271.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 9th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.