COLUMBUS B. GREENLEE, farmer, living on section 36, Iowa Township, is the owner of 185 acres of land. His post-office is at Belle Plaine. Our subject was born in Iowa County, Iowa, Nov. 14, 1849. His parents, William and Esther (Furnas) Greenlee, were pioneer settlers of Cono Township, Iowa County, of 1846. Columbus was brought up on his father's farm and was married, in Iowa Township, Benton County, Feb. 10, 1875, to Miss Sarah Guinn, daughter of Hyrcanus and Melissa Guinn. Mrs. Greenlee was born, in Iowa Township, May 3, 1855. They have had two children, born in Iowa Township, a son and a daughter. The son, William H., was born Dec. 23, 1877, and died Aug. 30, 1879. The daughter, Mabel O., was born Aug. 19, 1879. Mrs. Greenlee received a farm of eighty acres on section 33, Iowa Township, of her father; they added eighty and resided there till 1880, when they removed to their present farm of 185 acres in Iowa Township. They have a very nice, comfortable home.
Mr. Greenlee is a Republican and a member of Hope Lodge, No. 175, A. F. & A. M., of Belle Plaine. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.Mr. Greenlee's parents are retired farmers, and are now residing in Belle Plaine. They came from Miami County, Ohio, in 1846, to Cono Township, Iowa County, where they resided until September, 1885.
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. 299.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.