E B Sellard
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:09:31
E B Sellard, is one of the leading farmers of Amaqua township, his home being on Sec 18, and sine 1883, he has lived in Boone county, Iowa. He is a native of Boone county, Illinois born June 20, 1856, this parents being James and Judith Sellard, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. The mother was born March 8, 1813 and was a daughter of John Simpkins, whose birth occurred May 28, 1782, and who lived to the very advance age of ninety-nine years and six months. James Sellard was born in the Keystone state, November 20, 1809, and there resided until 1883, when he came to the west with his family settling in Boone county, Illinois. He there engaged in farming until 1883, when he came to Boone county, Iowa, taking up his abode upon the farm where his son E B Sellard is now living. There he remained until he had reached the end of lifeís journey, passing away November 24, 1897, His wife survived him until November 28, 1901, when she too, was called to her final rest.
They are the parents of fifteen children: Mary A born December 12, 1833 became the wife of John W Warner and both are now deceased, Mrs Warner having died October 20, 1897, Jane born March 8, 1834, is the widow of Edmund Bishop and is living in Rolla, Missouri, Lois E born September 27, 1836 is the widow of John Mack and makes her home in Oregon, Illinois, Viola born January 2, 1838 is the widow of D Gate a reside of Belvidere, Illinois, Eudora, born March 30, 1839, died at the age of nineteen years, George S born September 28, 1840, is engaged in the coal business in Rockford, Illinois, Emily born September 3, 1843, is he wife of John Gray who is now living retired in Belvidere, Illinois, Gustavo, born October 4, 1844, is the wife of f Wies a retired implement merchant and now one of the wealthiest citizens of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Julia born June 25, 1846 is the wife of William Gray who is living retired in Belvidere, Illinois, Electa born February 25, 1848 is the wife of Thomas Rogers who is also a retired citizen of Belvidere, Illinois, James born January 25, 1850, is conducting a feed store in Belvidere, Flora born August 5, 1851, is the wife of Dan Keller who is engaged in the furniture business in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ella A born May 24, 1853, is the wife of C Richards, who is a agent for musical instruments at Harvard, Illinois.
Edmund B Sellard who completes the family of fifteen children, came west with his father in 1883 and located in Boone county, Iowa. He remained under the parental roof and assisted in the work of the farm for some time and ultimately assumed the management of the property and the control of the work necessary to its cultivation. After his fatherís death he became the owner of the old family homestead on which he and his family are now living. He has here 200 acres of valuable land on Sec 17 and 18 Amaqua township. This is well improve with good buildings and all modern improvements in the way of equipments found upon a model farm of the twentieth century. He carries on general agricultural pursuits, in the fields raising the corps best adapted to the soil and climate while in his pastures he keeps a good grade of stock.
Mr Sellard was united in marriage to Miss Pleasie Thompson, who was born in Linn county, Iowa, and for fifteen years engaged in school teaching. Three children graced this marriage: Dora born February 10, 1889, Park born September 16, 1892, and Floy born March 8, 1894. Fraternally Mr Sellard is connected with the Modern Woodmen of Beaver, and in his political views he is a Republican. He has never been an officer, nor has he held positions of political preferment. He is a farmer, and a prominent and successful one, carefully managing his business interests and gaining through diligence and capable management a well merited competence. Both he and his wife are well known throughout this part of Boone county and the circle of their friends is almost coextensive with the circle of their acquaintances.
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