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Posted By: Norma Nielson (email)
Date: 12/31/2004 at 13:42:23

Walter T. Ticknor is living on section 20, Walnut township, where for a considerable period he has carried on general farming. In fact, he is one of the native sons of this township, born in March, 1883, his parents being Allen J. and Elizabeth M. (Lee) Ticknor, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of Madison county, Iowa. In the year 1876 the father came to Adair county, Iowa, and purchased eighty acres of land on section 20, Walnut township. This he at once began to develop and improve and was busily engaged in the work of the farm until 1909, when he put aside acrtive business cares and retired to private life, establishing his home in Stuart, Iowa, where he and his wife now reside. He now owns a farm of two hundred acres, which is operated by his sons. He is entitled to wear the little bronze button of the Grand Army of th Republic, for at the time of the Civil war he donned the nationís blue uniform and became a member of the Eighty-sixth Illinois Infantry, with which he served for three years, participating in an umber of hotly contested engagements. To him and his wife were born five children, those besides our subject being: Mina B., who died January 4, 1897; Margaret D., the wife of Ernest Gander, who is a professor in the public schools; Verdie M., the wife of Walter Hartman, a hardware dealer of Studart, Iowa, by whom she has one child, Gertrude, born in November, 1914; and Charles E., who is a partner of his brother Walter in the operation of the home farm.

Walter T. Ticknor spent his youthful days in his native county and gave his father the benefit of his services in the work of the farm until the father retired, when he and his brother rented the home place, which they have since cultivated and improved. In addition to his other interests Mr. Ticknor is a stockholder in the Farmers Lumber Company at Casey.

On the 29th of December, 1910, Mr. Ticknor was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Long, a daughter of A. Z. and Margaret (Harris) Long, natives of Cedar county, Iowa. They removed to Adair county in 1882 and the father purchased eighty acres of land in Jefferson township, whichc he still owns and cultivates. Mr. and Mrs. Ticknor have one daughter, Marjorie La Vonne, now four years of age. The parents are members of the Methodist church and are loyal to its teachings and to their professions. Politically Mr. Ticknor is a republican and fraternally he is connected with the Sons of Veterans. The spirit of patriotism is strong within him and is manifest in his hearty cooperation with those movements which have to do with promoting the best interests of the community.

Source: "History of Adair County Iowa and its People," Volume II (Chicago, The Pioneer Publishing Company), 1915.


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