Daniel E Bakley
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:00:20
Daniel E Bakley, farmer and stock man living on Sec 3, Amaqua township a representative of an old and prominent family of Boone county, was born in Canton, Ohio in September 1859, and is a son of Paul and Catherine (Agney) Bakley, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father came to America in the year 1852, and settled in Ohio, residing there for several years, after which he removed to Wickliffe, Indiana, making his home at that point until 1871, when he came to Boone county, Iowa. Making his home in the village of Boonesboro, he there was employed as a laborer in a brickyard for about three years, after which he took up his abode upon a farm in Des Moines township, which was his place of residence for two years. He next removed to Amaqua township and was engaged in farming on Sec 9, for several years, renting that land. He next purchased his present farm on Sec 3 and 4, Amaqua township, where he still owns 200 acres of valuable land, also personal property in Boone and at Renner, Grant township. He engaged in agricultural pursuits until with in the last few years, when on account of his old age he retired from active work, but still lives upon his farm, his youngest son assuming the management and care of the property.
IN the family were eleven children, six of whom are yet living as follows. William born August 7, 1756, married Emma Adcock and is now engaged in the grain business in Ogden. He is a very prominent and influential man there and at present is serving as mayor of the town. Daniel E is the second in order of birth. Carrie is the wife of of Peter Rarely a leading farmer of Amaqua township. Mary is the wife of Bert Lass a resident farmer of Amaqua township. Lizzie is the wife of Christ Hardin who is living in Emmett, Iowa. John resides upon the old homestead with his father.
Daniel E Bakley, received but limited educational privileges for hs services were needed upon the home farm and his youth was one of unremitting toil, but he gained there the practical experience concerning farm work that has enabled him to successfully carry on agricultural pursuits on his own account in later years. He was united in marriage to Miss Essie Kerns a native of Ireland and a daughter of Sarah Kerns, who became one of the early settlers of Amaqua township, but is now deceased. They now have seven children, all yet at home namely: Eva, Charlie, Mabel, Willie, Macie, Nellie and Bertie.
After his marriage Mr Bakley settled upon his present farm, known as the old Bridgman property on Sec 3, Amaqua township. Here he owns and operates 180 acres of rich land. The place is particularly arable and the fields annually return to him good crops. It is one of the best improved farms of the township. He has erected a new residence and a fine large barn, and also added other improvements which stand as monuments to the thrift and enterprise of the owner, who is successfully engaged in the tilling of the soil and is one of the extensive stock raisers of his community. He is indeed a self made man for he did not have a dollar when he began business on his own account. He rented land until his economy and industry had enables him to purchase and from that time he has gone steadily forward on the road to prosperity. He voted with the Democracy for some years, but is now a stanch Republican. He has never sought or desired office, yet in matters of citizenship is deeply interested in everything pertaining to the general welfare and cooperates in the many movements for the public good. His business record is unassailable and he enjoys a wide reputation for integrity and straightforward dealing.
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