ALONZO S. KELLOGG, retired and living at Shellsburg, has been a resident of the vicinity some forty-four years. He was born in New Albany, Indiana, April 3, 1832, a son of Alonzo S. and Octavia (Smith) Kellogg. The father was born near Rochester, New York; the Kellogg family have been residents of America since Mayflower times, and came originally from England. The mother was reared in Clark county, Indiana, her birthplace. Alonzo S. Kellogg, Sr., moved to Linn county, Iowa, in the spring of 1852, and located at Marion; he was a physician and surgeon and also preached a good deal as minister of the gospel. He died in 1854, at the age of fifty years. He was a member of the Christian church. His first wife died in Indiana, and Dr. Kellogg married again before coming to Iowa; his second wife died in California, in 1907, at the age of a little over eighty. Mr. Kellogg had thirteen children, four of whom were by his second marriage, and six are living, namely: Ormon, of Oklahoma; Ira, of Oberlin, Kansas; Edgar, of Missouri; Mrs. Alice Murphy, wife of a minister of the Christian church, of Lodi, California; Mrs. Anna M. Snyder, of Marysville, Missouri, and Alonzo.
Alonzo S. Kellogg, the son, was reared in Indiana to the age of eighteen years, and then came to Marion, Iowa, where he learned the trade of plasterer and mason, which was his vocation until he retired. Mr. Kellogg receently sold his farm of one hundred and twenty acres near Shellsburg, which was the family home for thirty-two years, though Mr. Kellogg never carried it on himself.
He has lived in Shellsburg the past seven years, and has retired from active life. He was always successful in his affairs and a good workman, giving his best attention to the work he had in hand at all times. Politically he is a Prohibitionist, and he was formerly a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He and his wife are members of the Christian church, as are the other members of the family.
In August, 1861, Mr. Kellogg married, in Marion, Iowa, Hulda A. Duncklee, born in Amherst, New Hampshire, April 22, 1840, daughter of Curtiss and Rebecca Duncklee, of an old New Hampshire family, of Scotch descent. Her father was of the Wesleyan Methodist, and her mother of the Methodist Episcopal church; they came to Iowa in 1856, locating at Palo, and bought a farm south of Shellsburg, the family home for many years. Curtiss Duncklee, a cooper by trade, died September 26, 1857, at the age of fifty-two, and his widow died June 3, 1882, at the age of eighty. They had eight children, seven of whom grew to maturity, and of these but two survive, Mrs. Kellogg, and one brother, C. E., of Shellsburg. She was two years of age when the family moved to Warren county, New York, and fifteen when they settled in Benton county, Iowa; she attended school at Marion and taught school in Linn and Benton counties. She taught the first school in Florence township, this county.
Mr. Kellogg and his wife have four children, namely: Orison Alonzo, a farmer of Fall River, Kansas, married to Susan Cathrine Beam, of Kentucky, and has four children; William I., a farmer of Oberlin, Kansas, married Chlora Shaw, formerly of Vinton, Iowa, and they had two children, both of whom are deceased; Alice Rebecca, wife of Samuel H. Blazer, of Sumner county, Kansas, and they have one son; and Charles Jefferson, a machinist of Shellsburg, married Ida Bell Soden, and has one daughter. A twin sister of the last named, Mary A., died at the age of three months. All were born in Shellsburg or near there.
Picture of Alzono and Hulda Kellogg