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

Pages 658-659

JOHN B. CULP, operating his well-improved farm of eighty acres in section 3, Eden township, Benton county, has been a resident of the county since 1857, when he was ten or eleven years of age. He was born in Hampshire county, West Virginia, March 19, 1846, and is a son of Edward and Catherine (Grayson) Culp, both natives of West Virginia. The Culps are probably of English descent, and the Graysons are of German descent. Edward Culp and his family came to Iowa in 1857, locating for one year in Washington county, and then came to Big Grove township, Benton county, which was the family home for many years. They afterwards sold the farm and retired to live in Garrison, where the father died about 1900 and the mother about 1898. Edward Culp served in various township offices, and he and his wife were members of the United Brethern church in West Virginia, joining the Methodist Episcopal church in Iowa. They had fourteen children, of whom eight now survive; three sons live in O'Brien county and three daughters in Benton county.

John B. Culp was reared in Benton county, and there received his education in the common schools. He learned the trade of carpenter with his father, and has followed it for the past thirty-seven years, although he has always made his home on a farm. He has erected many buildings in Benton county, and is a first-class workman. He lived some time in Big Grove and some time in Garrison, and about 1891 he removed to Eden township and purchased one hundred and sixty acres, which he later sold and purchased the fine home he now occupies. He has all modern conveniences and improvements, and keeps the place in fine condition. Mr. Culp is a prominent and public-spirited citizen, and has served in various township offices, now being a trustee of Eden township. He is a Republican and he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church.

In December, 1869, Mr. Culp married Emma L. Russell, a native of New York, who came to Benton county when eighteen years of age and was married the ensuing year. To them twelve children have been born, and all survive save one who died at the age of seven months. Cora B., wife of Enos Barton, living in Wyoming, has two children; James F., a carpenter who owns a fruit ranch in Oregon near which he resides, is married and has three children; Charles, engaged in produce business in Oklahoma, is married; Theodore, a farmer of Colorado, is married and has one son; Lillie, wife of Bert H. Blocher, of Eden township, has two sons and one daughter; Nettie, wife of Verne Spencer, of Montana, has one son and lost two children in infancy; Ora B., wife of Herbert Cantonwine, of Benton township, has two sons and one daughter; Arcelia, wife of Clyde Dillon, of Eden township, has four sons; Ray E. and Roy E., were twins, the former at present residing in Eden township and the latter dying in infancy, aged seven months; Leslie G., is in Oklahoma in produce business; and John E., lives at home.

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