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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 549-551

ALLEN J. BUDD, a large stock buyer and owner of the stockyards at Shellsburg, was born on a farm in Canton township, Benton county, November 4, 1862, the son of Joseph L. and Sarah (Breed) Budd, who came from New York to Benton county, Iowa, in 1856, locating in Canton township, where they purchased land and carried on a nursery business. The father rented out his farm most of the time, devoting his entire attention to horticulture, but the family resided on the farm until 1872 or 1873, at which timey have three children, namely: Lucy Ann, who died unmarried, at the age of twenty-five years; and Joseph and John, who carry on the farm.

Mr. Budd was given the chair of professor of horticulture at the agricultural college of Ames, where he remained some twenty-two years; ill health made necessary his resignation, and he retired from active life, spending most of his time traveling through the south. He died at Phoenix, Arizona, December 22, 1905, at the age of seventy years. He was born and reared in Monticello, Sullivan county, New York, was largely self-educated, and was an unusually intelligent and gifted man, taking great pleasure in his study and practical application of a knowledge of horticulture. Mrs. Budd was born and reared at Crown Point, New York, on Lake Champlain, and she accompanied her husband on his later trips; she now resides with a daughter, Etta M., at Ames, Iowa. She and her husband joined the Episcopal church at Ames.

Alien J. Budd was reared in Benton county until he was seventeen years of age, and then went with the family to Ames. He spent four years at the college, from which he graduated, and in the spring of 1882 he returned to Shellsburg and engaged in the nursery business with Roderick Royce. Four years later he removed to his father's farm, where he lived until the fall of 1905, when he again located in Shellsburg, and soon after purchased his present business. The stockyards were built and the business organized by the late John E. Heath, who carried it on some six years. Mr. Budd devotes his entire attention to his interests in the stock business, making a specialty of buying hogs, although he deals also in cattle. He handles probably about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars worth of the former per annum. He still owns his farm in Canton township, two hundred and eighteen acres of well-improved land, where he feeds some stock.

Mr. Budd owns the A. M. Herbert property in Shellsburg, where he resides. He is also interested in the Shellsburg Grain & Lumber Company, and has other business interests in the community. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has taken the Thirty-second Degree in Masonry, being a member of the Consistory at Cedar Rapids. Politically he is a Republican and the family attends the Baptist church.

Mr. Budd married Nellie McBeth, born and reared in Jones county, Iowa, where her father was an early settler, a farmer, who died many years ago. She came to Benton county with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, who resided on a farm in Canton township. She received her education at Shellsburg. Mr. Budd and his wife have seven children, viz: Arthur, June Etta, Leila M., Vera, Myron Alien, Alfred A. and Sarah M. Arthur married Miss Ruth Greaser, daughter of John Greaser, of Canton township, and they live on his father's farm; they have one daughter, Dorothy M., aged in 1910 about three years. June Etta recently married Harold M. Case, and they live at Malvern, Iowa. Leila M., is a graduate of Shellsburg, and spent a year at Cornell College, but is now at home and studying instrumental music and fitting herself to teach it. Vera, Myron A., Alfred A. and Sarah are at home and attend school.

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