Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 11/24/2005 at 20:44:33
Hiram Bennet(t), farmer; Sec. 5; P O Boone; is a native of Steuben county, New York, and was born Jan 26, 1820; when an infant he was taken by his parents to Michigan, where he was raised and educated; when 15 years of age he learned the blacksmith trade with his father, and followed the same as an occuption until fourteen years ago, when he engaged in farming; in 1857 he came to Iowa and located in Des Moines, there went to work and remained about one year; he moved to Fort Dodge, there worked in the government shops for two dollars per day and one soldier's ration; remained there until Aug 1853, when he came to Boonesboro and opened a shop on his own account, doing work for all the adjoining counties, and even Minnestoa; in Aug 1864, he moved on his present farm, which he has since carried on, owning 105 acres of land; has a shop on his farm, but does little at his trade since he has resided here; when he came to Des Moines he went to Chicago to La Salle, Illinios, via canal, took a steamer for St Louis, from there to Keokuk in the same manner and by steamer to Des Moines, up the Des Moines river, being twenty-four days from Keokuk on account of the dams at Bonaparte; he has been president of the school board and township clerk and county supervisor for two terms; Aug 16, 1846 Mr Bennett was married to Miss Caroline Klinedob, a native of Livingston County, New York; they have five children living: Maria E (wife of Byron Moxley, of this township) Geo. E, Mary B, J Earl and Ida E; one son died in infancy.
Bio from the Boone county history book page 556-557
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