W M Peoples
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 16:42:52
W M Peoples, is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of Boone county and was born upon a farm in the township which bears the family name, his natal day being December 17, 1861. His father, W M Peoples, was a native of Pennsylvania, born near Brownsville, but in youth he came to the middle west and at the time of the Civil war enlisted form Boone county in the Union army, becoming a member of Company D, Thirty-second Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was killed at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, April 8, 1864. He left at widow and an only son. The former, Mrs Catharine (Miller) Peoples, was born in La Grange county, Indiana, but now resides in Woodward, Iowa.
The only child W M Peoples, was reared to manhood in Boone county and is indebted to its public school system for the educational privileges which he enjoyed. With the exception of eight years spent in conducting a meat market in Woodward he has always followed farming and stock raising. It was this occupation to which he was reared, and he has manifested unfaltering energy and determination in the management and improvement of his place.
In Boone county in 1883 Mr Peoples was united in marriage to Miss Clara J Woods, who was born in Adams county, Ohio, March 28, 1862, and in 1865 was brought to this county by her parents, Joseph and Ellen (Lawson) Woods. Her father, also a native of Ohio, was born in April 1834, and her motherís birth occurred in that state August 27, 1837. From the time of his arrival in this county as an early settler Joseph Woods continued to make his home in this part of the state until called to his final rest, his death occurring in Woodward, August 2 1906. His wife, who survives now resides in Los Angeles, California, In their family were six children, of whom five are living, namely: James H a resident of Waterloo, Iowa, Mrs Peoples the wife of the subject of this review, Mrs Ida Greenhiser, of Los Angeles, John who makes his home in California, and Charlie also of Waterloo, Iowa. One daughter Ella who was the fourth in order of birth has passed away. The three eldest children of the family were born in Ohio and the younger three in Douglas township, Boone county, where all were reared.
Unto Mr and Mrs Peoples have been born three children, but they lost their eldest, Ray who was born November 19, 1889, and passed away at Havre, Montana, July 27, 1913.William born in Clinton county, Iowa June 5, 1893 and Catharine born April 29, 1895, are with their parents upon the home farm. They have attended the common schools the neighborhood and the public schools of Woodward. The Peoplesí farm is a tract of land on 160 acres, situated on section 36, Peoples township. There are good improvements upon the place, including a modern residence, well furnished and substantial outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. Mr Peoples carries on general agricultural pursuits and also raises a good grade of live stock. The farm presents a neat and attractive appearance, and that his methods are both practical and progressive is indicated I the success which ha some to him. In politics he is independent, voting as his judgment dictates rather than for party. Fraternally he is connected with Peaceful Lodge, No 454, A F & A M of Woodward, and endeavors to exemplify in his life the beneficent of spirit of the craft.
1914 Boone County History Book
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