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Richard F Smalley


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:41:13

Richard F Smalley who has lived retired in Boone for the past seven years, was busily engaged in the pursuits of farming and stock raising in this county throughout his active business career and still owns a quarter section of and in Jackson township. His birth occurred in Illinois on December 16, 1841, his parents being Edward and Susan (Wiley) Smalley, natives of Ohio, They came to Iowa in 1854 but a short time after removed to Minnesota. In 1867, however, they returned to Boone county and the following year Mr Smalley here purchased a farm of 120 acres. To him and his wife were born eight children, as follows: Sarah Ann, who is the widow of Duane Bentley and resides n Boone, Thomas J a resident of Des Moines township, Boone county, Richard F of this review, Mary E who is deceased as is also her husband, Hosea Bullard of Winneshiek county, Malinda the wife of Charles W Mix, of Sumner, Iowa, Catherine who gave her hand in marriage to J Castell and resides in Dodge township this county, ad William of Jackson township this county.
Richard F Smalley devoted his attention to agriculture throughout his active business career, following the pursuits of farming and stock raising with excellent success. In 1907 he removed to Boone, purchasing a residence at No 2129 Story street, where he has since lived retired in well earned ease. He still owns 160 acres of valuable and productive land in Jackson township and has long been numbered among the prosperous and representative citizens of the community.
On March 23, 1868, Mr Smalley was united in marriage to Miss Ellen E Bentley, her parents being Thomas and Paulina ( Churchill) Bentley, the former ea native of New York and the latter of Vermont. In their family were thirteen children, namely: Allison D and Levina P both of whom are deceased, Marcus L a resident of Boone, Layton B also living in Boone, Adelia M who is the widow of H J Ehrhart and resides I Boone, Edward J of Marshalltown, Mrs Ellen Smalley, George W who is deceased, Charles A residing in Boone, Gardener A who makes his home in Webster City this state, and Mary the wife of William Smalley, of Jackson township, Boone county.
Mr ad Mrs Smalley have six children: Albert R who is a resident of Jackson township, this county, Emma L the wife of L O Hutson of Jackson township, Nellie M who gave her hand in marriage to Arthur Carlson of Sanborn county, South Dakota, Alfred E who is a carpenter by trade, Libbie E the wife of James McDonald of Sanborn county, South Dakota, and Katie V at home. In politics Mr Smalley is a prohibitionist, staunchly advocating the principles set forth by this party. His religious faith is that of the Free Methodist church. Earnest effort and intelligently directed labor constituted the salient features of his business career while his life has been governed by high principles that have gained for him the respect and good will of his fellowmen.

1914 Boone County History Book


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