DR. ELI GRIMM, of Garrison, has retired from farming since the fall of 1901, but still practices his profession of veterinary surgeon. He was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1841, and was reared in Illinois, where the family located in the early fifties, near Freeport. He worked some in Illinois and also in Wisconsin, and in the fall of 1861 he removed to Jones county, Iowa. He had twice enlisted for service in the Civil war, but was unable to go to the front on account of disability. He spent some fifteen years in Jones county, and secured a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, where he built a home. He came to Big Grove township, Benton county, in the fall of 1883, having previously purchased two hundred and forty acres of land, where he located. He has since added one hundred and sixty acres, and has a well-improved farm. There are four residences, besides the sets of buildings necessary to keep up the four hundred acres. He supervises the cultivation of this large property, which is mainly operated by members of his family.
Dr. Grimm has practiced veterinary surgery since early manhood; he had a natural taste and ability for this profession, and has been very successful. He enjoys the confidence and respect of people throughout Benton county, and has a host of friends. He has always been actively interested in church work and politically is independent.
Dr. Grimm married, in Wisconsin, in 1860, Sarah A. Balmer, also a native of Pennsylvania, and early a resident of Illinois. He and his wife became parents of twelve children, seven daughters and five sons, eleven of whom grew to maturity, and ten of whom still survive, most of them in Benton county and two in Tama county, Iowa.