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Elias Dubes


Posted By: Darlene (email)
Date: 3/2/2004 at 10:24:24

ELIAS DUBES, a prominent farmer of Silver Township, entered eighty acres of Government land in Cherokee County in 1868, and his family have been residents of the county since 1870. He was born September 17, 1828, in York County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Jacob and Betsey (Motter) Dubes, his mother being the daughter of English parents. At the age of twenty-one years Elias removed to Carroll County, Ohio, remaining there one year, when he returned to Harrison County. there he was married January 8, 1852, to Miss Hannah Sawvel, a daughter of Michael and Sarah (Warner) Sawvel, natives of York County, Pennsylvania. The father died at the age of seventy-seven, and the mother lived to be sixty-five years old. Mrs. Dubes was born in Harrison County, Ohio. In 1853 the tide of emigration flowing westward, Mr. Dubes emigrated to Iowa and settled in Clayton County; thence he removed to Allamakee County, Iowa, where he improved 120 acres of land. In August, 1862, he left the peaceful pursuit of agriculture to engage in the defense of the Union; he enlisted in the Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company I, and served two years and a half; he participated in the battles of Clifton, Jackson, Mississippi, and Holly Springs, Arkansas. He was honorably discharged on account of physical disability, when he returned to Allamakee County, where he lived until he came to Cherokee County. Mr. Dubes now owns 360 acres of land in Silver Township, and forty acres in Diamond. His dwelling was built in 1883 at a cost of $2,300, and is one of the handsomest farm residences in the county; he has a large and substantial barn, a modern windmill supplying water for livestock, and stock scales; there is a large grove adding to the comfort of the place, and all the indications are that Mr. Dubes is a successful farmer. He and his wife are the parents of seven children: Lucinda Clara, wife of J. P. McDowell, of Diamond Township; Michael Francis, of Silver Township; Sarah E., wife of H. M. Lane, of Silver Township; Daniel, of Diamond Township, and Maggie A., at home; two children have died. Flora J., in 1881, in her thirteenth year; Amanda E., in 1882, in her twenty-first year. Mr. Dubes is a member of the Republican party, and has served his township seventeen years as treasurer, eight years as trustee, and two years as justice of the peace, and his county as coroner; he has filled these offices with credit to himself and honor to his constituency. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and their house was for many years known as the Baptist headquarters. Mr. Dubes is a member of the General Custer Post, No. 25, G.A.R. he is frank and genial in manner, and is honored and respected by many friends.

- source: "Biographical History of Cherokee County", 1889; by W. S. Dunbar & Co., Chicago, IL; pg 399
- posted on the Allamakee Co. IAGenWeb with permission of the transcriber Darlene


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