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Simon Homesley


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 17:45:44

Simon Homesley, who is engaged in the operation of a fine farm of 80 acres in Cass township, was born on February 12, 1866, in Washington county, Arkansas, his parents being Sydney M and Nancy (Sanders) Homesley. The father was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war and never fully recovered fro the effects of the hardships endured while in the service. He died in Arkansas I 1878, and his wife, who was born in Washington county, that state, is also deceased. I their family were five children, of whom four are still living namely: Simone and Stephen twins the latter still a resident of Washington county, Arkansas, Mrs Lulu Fitch deceased, Mrs Frances Thurman, a resident of Temple, Texas, and John of Washington county, Arkansas, which was the birthplace of all the children.
Simon Homesley passed his boyhood and youth in much the usual manner of farm boys, early becoming familiar with agricultural pursuits and pursuing his studies in the common schools. Throughout his active business life he has followed farming and stock raising and on coming to Boone county, Iowa in 1890 located on section 16, Cass township, where he is now engaged in the cultivation of 80 acres of highly cultivated ad productive land. His place is well improved, and his home is supplied with all the comforts of life. Here he has met with success and is now enjoying a comfortable competence.
Mr Homesley was married in Washington county, Arkansas, February 10, 1889, to Miss Carrie Alice Carrel, who was born in Boone county, Iowa January 19, 1872, and here grew to womanhood, attending the common schools. Her parents Philip and Elizabeth (Kirk) Carrel, were among the early settlers of Boone county. Her father was born in Indiana March 27 1827, and died in Woodson county, Kansas, on January 1, 1903, while her other was born in eastern Tennessee, march 24, 1830, and passed away in Boone county, Iowa January 13, 1894. They were married on July 9, 1846, and came to Boone county in 1853, locating in Cass township. Their family consisted of eleven children, of whom eight are still living as follows: Mrs Sarah Ann Tollivar, who died at the age of twenty years, John Wesley, who is also deceased, William who is deceased, Mrs Mary Elizabeth Eversole, who is now a resident of California, Samuel J who lives in Livermore, Iowa, Asa who resides in Madrid, Iowa, Mrs Emily Oviatt, who also lies in Madrid, Jacob M who makes his home in Hibbing, Minnesota, Charles H who lives in Fresno, California, Theodore who resides in Algona, Iowa, and Carrie Alice now the wife of the subject of this review.
Mr and Mrs Homesley have two children. Theodore Troy, born Washington county, Arkansas October 6, 1890 is now engaged in the cultivation of a farm in Cass township near the home of his parents. He was married in Sonora, Arkansas February 14, 1912 to Florence Davis, who was born, reared and educated in Henderson county, Kentucky, and is especially proficient in music. Beulah May born in Cass township this county, May 26, 1904, is attending the common schools. Mrs Homesley and her children hold membership in the Liberty Methodist Episcopal church in Cass township, and the family is one of prominence in the community. Mr Homesley affiliates with the democratic party and has held school offices in his township as well as served as road commissioner. He is one of the representative men of the community and a most highly esteemed citizen.

1914 Boone County History Book


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