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Benjamin F. Ivey


Posted By: Roger Cox (email)
Date: 2/24/2007 at 14:17:52

B. F. Ivey, proprietor of the Ivey store at Iveyville, is a dealer in general merchandise, and is recognized as one of the leading merchants of the county. Buying his good in large amounts, he is able to sell at very low prices. He started in business here in 1882, in a small way, and by strict economy and faithfulness to his customers, his trade has gradually grown in large proportions, amounting now to about $12,000 annually. The building is a good two-story structure, 10 x 48 feet, with eighteen foot posts. His wareroom is 20 x 40 feet, also with eighteen foot posts, and two stories high. The upper story is a public hall. His dwelling is a fine two-story building in modern style and adjoining the store. Mr. Ivey is a thorough business man, deserving all his has made, both in money and reputation.

He was born in Grant County, Wisconsin, April 15, 1856, the son of James Ivey, a native of Cornwall, England, who was one of the earliest pioneers of that part of Wisconsin, when leadmining was in its infancy. Mr. Ivey's mother, whose maiden name was Mary Eudy, was also born in Cornwall. Mr. Ivey was reared to farm life, and completed his school days at the Normal at Plattville, Wisconsin. He resided in Grant County, that State, until July 1881, when he came to Adams County. Here at Iveyville he has served as postmaster since 1884. Mail is received here daily from the stage between Corning and Clarinda. Mr. Ivey is a Republican, and a member of Instruction Lodge No. 275, F, & A. M., at Corning.

He was married in December, 1882, to Miss Anna M. Chappell, a native of Grant County, Wisconsin, and a daughter of Ed Chappell, deceased, an early settler of that county and an honorable citizen of Jasper Township, this county, where he died, in November, 1887. His widow still resides at Iveyville. Mr. Ivey and wife have four children - - Jessie Julia, Glenn, Gertie and Dale.

.. from Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa published in 1892.


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