Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:22:06
John Peachey, who has extensive farming interests in Boone county, living in Amaqua township. He is numbered among the self made men of this locality, for his advancement in business circles is due to his own well directed and enterprising efforts. Mr Peachey is a native of England, his birth having occurred in Suffolk, on February 8, 1849. His parents were Charles and Elizabeth Peachey, both of whom were natives of the same country in which they spent their entire lives, the father devoting his energies tot eh work of tilling the soil. Both he and his wife have now passed away. Three of their children came tot the new world, namely: John of this review, Emma the wife of Edward Fincham a resident of Pratt, Kansas and James who is living in Sawyer, Kansas.
John Peachey spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the land of his nativity, acquiring his education there in the public schools. He was twenty-one years of age when in 1871 he bade adieu to friends, family and native country and sailed for the United States. After reaching the Atlantic coast he made his way direct across the country to Delavan, Illinois, where he was employed in various ways for two years. He then removed to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he secured employment in the distillery and while there he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Langfield, of Springfield, Illinois. She was born in that state but her parents were natives of England. Unto Mr and Mrs Peachey have been born eight children: Lizzie the wife of Orville Van Gundy, who is living in Grand Junction, Greene county, Mattie at home, John who married Etta McGregor and resides upon a farm in Amaqua township, near his father, Albert, Charlotte, Walter, Mabel, and Bertha all at home.
After his marriage to Mr Peachey continued to work in the distillery in Sangamon county, Illinois, for four years and on the expiration of that period he removed to Tazewell county, Illinois, where he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, there following farming for six years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Champaign county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming for nine years or until 1892, which year witnessed his arrival in Boone county, Iowa. On coming to this state he settled on his present farm on Sec 18, Amaqua township, and he and his sons have since devoted their energies to agricultural pursuits, their labors contributing to the splendid reputation which this state enjoys as an agricultural center. Mr Peachey has led a life of unremitting diligence and as the result of his perseverance and industry he has been very successful. He first purchased a small tract on Sec 18 and 19. He also owns a quarter section of land in Hand county, South Dakota. Called to public office by his fellow townsmen, who recognized his worth and ability, Mr Peachey has served as trustee of Amaqua township for three years. He always exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party, believing firmly in its principles. In his business career he has proved the force of industry and enterprise and is today one fo the most extensive farmers in his part of Boone county.
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