Philip H Eversoll
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/13/2010 at 17:57:38
Philip H Eversoll is the owner of 100 acres of choice land in Cass township, his farm being situated on section 9. He does not personally cultivate the fields, but leases his land and derives there from a substantial annual income. He is a native of Illinois, born April 18, 1861. His father, Joshua Eversoll, was born in Delaware county, Ohio, and in 1865 brought his family to Boone county, Iowa, settling upon a farm in Cass township. He has first visited the township in 1854, making the overland trip, after which he returned to Illinois, where he continued to reside for eleven years longer. He was one of the first school teachers not only of Cass township but of Boone county. In early manhood he wedded Melissa Benjamin, who was also a native of Ohio, the wedding being celebrated at Elk Rapids, Boone county, the ceremony being performed b a Mr Wheeler, who was one of the pioneer justices of the peace of the county. Following their marriage they took up their abode in Illinois and then in 1865 returned to Boone county, where they continued to make their home until called tot their final rest. In their family were four sons: Silas A who is now living in Taney county, Missouri, Philip H of this review, Marion e whose home is in Cass township, and A W who is living in Arkansas. The youngest was born in Cass township, the three others in Illinois. All, however were reared in this county and attended the commons schools of the community. The family was established in Boone county in Pioneer times, shared in the hardships of pioneer life and in the work of progress and development representatives of the name have borne their full part.
Philip H Eversoll was but four years of age when his parents came to Iowa and upon the home farm in Cass township he was reared amid the usual experiences that fall to the lot of the farm lad. When a young man he learned the carpenter’s trade and followed it until about thirty yeas of age. He afterward concentrated his energies upon agricultural pursuits and carefully and wisely developed and cultivated his farm. He has now turned over the active work to others and from his tract of 100 acres of choice land on section 9, Cass township, he derives a substantial annual rental. He still lives on the old home place and has a well furnished and attractive residence. In it is to be found an interesting old relic in the form of a razor that was purchased by his grandfather at Harper’s Ferry in 1805 and which is still used by Philip H Eversoll.
In Cass township on January 1, 1889, Mr Eversoll was united in marriage to Miss Cordelia Powell, who was born in Cass township, April 4, 1870, and was reared to womanhood there. She attended the public schools and has always been a resident of this county, representing one of its old pioneer families, her parents being J W and Nancy A (Meeker) Powell, in whose family were five children, four of whom are yet living. Cora the eldest has passed away. The others are: Mrs Dora Lane, now residing in Nebraska, Mrs Eversoll, Dow who is located in Spokane, Washington, and Mrs Luella Johnson now of Lincoln, Nebraska. All of the children were born, reared and educated in Cass township.
In politics Mr Eversoll is a republican and has served as constable of Cass township, but otherwise has never sought nor desired public office, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his business affairs. For almost a half century he has lived n this county and has been an interested witness of its progress and development, watching the changes which have brought it from pioneer conditions to its present state of prosperity and progress.
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