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Arch Oviatt


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/22/2010 at 21:08:37

Arch Oviatt carries on agricultural pursuits on section 7, Cass township, where he owns a good farm of 324 acres. Its neat and thirty appearance plainly indicates that he thoroughly understands the occupation which he follows and is a man of good business and executive ability.
Mr Oviatt was born in Cass township, December 23, 1867, and is a son of Andrew and Eunice (Williams) Oviatt. The father, who was a native of Massachusetts, came to this county in 1856 and established a home having made preparations for his family to join him here in 1858. His wife and two eldest sons started for Iowa but on the way westward the eldest son, Coral, and our subjectís paternal grandmother, who was also in the party, died. The father passed away on the old home farm in Cass township in September, 1893, and the mother whose birth occurred Painsville, Ohio, died here in 1902. Of their nine children six are still living and in order of birth they are as follows: Coral, who died as previously stated, Horace A who was born September 30, 1858, and now lives in Madrid, Iowa, Mrs Henrietta Marsh a resident of Chicago, Illinois, Mrs Eva Graves of Cass township, this county, Arch of this review, Caroline who died at the age of seven years, Nettie who died at the age of four, Martha who makes her home in Woodward, Iowa, and Hugh of Cass township. With the exception of the two oldest, who were born in Ohio, the children were natives of Cass township.
Here Arch Oviatt grew to manhood, in the meantime acquiring a good practical education int eh common schools and gaining an excellent knowledge of farming and stock raising while assisting his father on the farm. Since starting out in life for himself he has met with success and is now the owner of a fine place of 324 acres improved with splendid buildings. He ahs places his land under excellent cultivation and raises the cereals best adapted to the soil and climate. IN connection with general farming he has given considerable attention to the raising of a good grade of stock, which branch of his business has also proved profitable.
Mr Oviatt was married in Whiteside county, Illinois, in 1896, to Miss Mary Marschand, who was born in that county, February 28, 1871, and was there reared and educated. Her parents were John and Mary (Wilger) Marschand, the former a native of France and the latter of Germany. The mother died in Illinois. Their children were: Peter, who is still a resident of that state, Maggie, deceased, Mary, now Mrs Oviatt, and John of Illinois. The eldest child was born in Germany but the birth of the others occurred in Illinois, in which state they were reared. Mr and Mrs Oviatt have three children all born in Cass township, as follows: L D born September 29, 1898, E C January 15, 1902, and M M born June 24, 1906. They are still under the parental roof and are attending the common schools of the neighborhood. Mrs Oviatt is a devout member of the Catholic church and in politics Mr Oviatt is independent, supporting the men whom he believes qualified to fill the offices regardless of party ties.

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