a stockman and farmer in section 12, Jackson township, owns and
operates a well improved farm of one hundred and ninety-six acres. Mr.
Tilson was born on the farm where he now resides, January 6, 1858, and
is a son of David and Elizabeth (Glass) Tilson. David Tilson died May
16, 1900, at the age of about seventy-seven years, at his home in
Vinton, where he had lived retired during the last seventeen years of
his life. He came to Benton county in 1855, and located on the farm now
owned by his son Everett. David Tilson was a very successful stock
farmer, a staunch Democrat, and highly respected by his fellow
citizens. His wife was a native of Kentucky and died at Vinton in 1899.
They were the parents of six sons and four daughters, of whom two
daughters are deceased. Their children are: Clara, who married John
Benson, and both are dead; W. A., a farmer of Taylor township; Jane,
who married Rev. J. D. Pegg, formerly an Adventist preacher in Benton
county, and she is now deceased, leaving seven daughters; Kate, widow
of a Mr. Whatley, living at Fort Collins, Colorado; S. B., of Taylor
township; Everett; John, of Colorado; Charles, of Independence, Iowa;
Anna N., widow of a Mr. Pierce, residing at Vinton, Iowa; and Ora,
residing at Eaton, Colorado.
Everett Tilson was reared on his present farm, received a common school
education, and has always followed farming. He has always been
interested in stock raising, and now has over three hundred head of
stock. He purchased the old home in September, 1900.
Politically Mr. Tilson is a Republican, and he is a progressive,
enterprising citizen who enjoys the respect of his fellows. He belongs
to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Vinton.
Mr. Tilson married, in Benton county, Lettie Moore, who was born and
reared in Illinois; she died on March 2, 1904, at the age of
forty-seven years. Mrs. Tilson was a member of the Baptist church. They
became the parents of three children, of whom two survive, Beulah and
Gail M. Beulah married Charles Fowler, of Taylor township, and they
have one daughter, Myrtle Lavonne, aged two. Gail M., born July 5,
1888, is unmarried and lives at home.