DAVID H. STICKNEY is the senior member of the partnership of Stickney Brothers. As farmers, stock raisers and feeders they are among the most progressive and successful in this section of Iowa. The brothers own a farm of one hundred and forty-five acres, and their father's fine place of one hundred and seventy-five acres is under their management, and they also operate a quarter section under lease, so that their farming enterprise in all comprises nearly five hundred acres of land.
David H. Stickney was born at Jay, Essex county, New York, April 5, 1867. In the fall of 1868 he was brought west by his parents, and has spent practically all the rest of his life in Benton county. He attended the public schools of his township and was also a student in the academy at Vinton two terms. From the beginning of his independent career he has been identified with farming and stock raising, and is one of the most successful in that business in this county. In politics he is Republican and affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America.
He married, March 31, 1891, Miss Viola I. Downing. She was born in Cedar county, Iowa, September 1, 1869, and her parents, James and Elizabeth (Pierce) Downing, came to Benton county in 1887 and now reside in Vinton, retired. James Downing was born in Indiana and his wife in Ohio, but they married in Iowa. He was engaged in farming in Eden township, this county, until the fall of 1897. The Downing children were: Elmer, a farmer of Harrison township, this county; Mrs. David Martin, whose husband is a farmer of Harrison township; Mrs. William Tompkins, of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Stickney; and Mrs. Charles Henderson, of Vinton.
David H. Stickney and wife have two children, both born in Taylor township — Dale W., aged fifteen, and Frances H., aged eleven.