Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 02:18:25
Howard Lund a resident farmer of Colfax township, his home being on Sec 16, where he owns 160 acres of land, is a native of England, his birth having occurred in Lancastershire near Liverpool, August 20, 1852. There he was reared, pursuing his education in the public schools and afterward working in the cotton mill. He mastered the business in its various departments, becoming an expert spinner, and for some years he followed that pursuit, but the advantages and opportunities of the new world attracted him and in 1874 he sailed for America. He spent about nine months in Chenango county, New York, where he was employed by a shoe firm, and in 1875 he made his way westward to Stark county, Illinois, settling in Wyoming, until he could make arrangements to secure a farm. This was his first experience in agricultural pursuits. In the fall of 1876 he returned to England. While on the way to the Atlantic coast he spent four days in visiting the Centennial Exposition, in Philadelphia, proceeding to New York, where he took passage on a vessel bound for the old world. There he again secured employment in the mills and later he left the factory and conducted a hotel for seven years. This hotel belonged to his family in Heywood, but the new world had strong attraction for him and in 1890 he once more came to the United States. He spent the succeeding winter in Stark county, Illinois, and then went to Kewaunee, where he worked in the factory of the Westonís Tube Works Company, continuing in that employ for seven years. During that time he purchased a lot, built a house upon it and kept bachelorís hall for two years.
In 1896, Mr Lund arrived in Iowa and purchased the farm which he now occupies. He then returned to Kewaunee and a year later again came to Boone county and took up his abode upon island, having now a well improved farm on which is a good residence and substantial barns. There is also an excellent orchard, nice grove of forest and evergreen tress, and the place is one of the best in Colfax township. Here Mr Lund is carrying on general farming and stock raising and his efforts are attended with a high degree of success. The Republican party finds in him a stanch champion. He voted for President McKinley in 1896 and again in 1900, having become a American citizen through naturalization processes. Mr Lund is an Episcopalian although he was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has now been a resident of Colfax township for five years and is widely known as a progressive and enterprising farmer and one worthy of the esteem of his fellow men.
It will be interesting in this connection to know something of the family to which Mr Lund belongs. His father Enoch Lund was also a native of Lancastershire, England, born near Liverpool, where he spent the days of his childhood and youth. After reaching manís estate he wedded Anna Chadwick, who was born in the same locality. He, too, was a cotton spinner and in his business career followed in the footsteps of his father, John Lund. Form early youth he became familiar with the business and in the county of his nativity he reared his family and spent his entire life, passing away there about 1879. In the family were seven children, five of whom are yet living in England, while two reside in this country, the eldest being George A Lund, a minister of the Episcopal church. The others are William W a practicing dentist of Stockford, England, Enoch who is a station agent in Manitoba, Howard of this review, Elizabeth Ann the wife of James H Collins of Exeter, Devonshire, England, Bertha now Mrs Widgery of Exeter, and Ada the wife of Edward Barlow, of Heywood, England.
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