WILLIAM WALLACE STICKNEY is now retired from a successful career as a Benton county farmer and lives in Vinton, in a comfortable home on South Main street. He identified himself with this county in January, 1869, and for nearly thirty years was an active farmer in Taylor township, until he retired in October, 1898, leaving the management of his fine estate to his sons David and George.
He was born in Jay township, Essex county, New York, March 21, 1840, a son of George W. and Lydia (Torrence) Stickney. The father was born September 10, 1803, in New Hampshire, and the mother March 9, 1809, in Essex county, New York, where they married. The mother died in New York on December 11, 1856, and the father, who was a lifelong farmer, came west to Benton county in 1869 and lived here until his death, January 31, 1893. He and his wife were members of the Baptist church. Their children, besides William W., were: John, Walter, Sherman and Mrs. Lydia W. Jones, all deceased; David, who died when four years of age; and Shelden, who died at the age of seventeen years.
William W. Stickney was reared in New York, and lived there till after the war. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, Second New York Cavalry, and served as private and corporal nearly three years, until mustered out in 1865. He was seriously wounded during the advance on Richmond, and was confined in the hospital until he was discharged from service. He is a member of P. M. Coder Post No. 98, G. A. R., and his wife is a member of the Relief Corps. His politics is Republican, and the family are all members of the Baptist church.
He married, in 1865, in his native county of Essex, Miss Sarah Torrence. She was born in Essex county, May 23, 1842, being a daughter of Mitchell and Laura (Harrison) Torrence, who were farmers and spent all their lives in Essex c.ounty. Her father was born in 1800 and died about thirty years ago, followed two or three years later by the death of her mother, who was born in 1802. The seven children in the Torrence family were Orrin, Janet, Harriet, Eliza, Carlisle, Clark and Mrs. Stickney, all deceased but herself and Clark, who is a resident of New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Stickney had four children, two of whom, Nettie May and Lydia Iola, died at the ages of nine months and sixteen months, respectively. The others are David and George, prosperous farmers of Taylor township, mentioned below.