J. F. Wright
WRIGHT, FELLOWS, FOLLETT
Posted By: Diane Wilson (email)
Date: 5/29/2004 at 00:09:58
J. F. Wright, of the milling firm of Wright & Ray, is a son of Dan. and Ruby (Fellows) Wright. He was born in Maryland, Otsego county, New York, on the 12th day of July, 1828. He remained in his native State until nineteen years of age, and then made a trip to Wisconsin, where he spent one year. He then returned to the State of New York, and engaged in millwrighting, which work he followed in that State until 1855. In September, of that year, he came west to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and there remained till June, of the year 1857, when he removed to Shell Rock, and bought an interest in the flouring mills of this place.
On August 13, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Thirty-Second Iowa Volunteers, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant. He was wounded at the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, taken prisoner, and remained in rebel prisons about three months. From the effects of his wound he has never entirely recovered, and now receives a pension therefor. At the close of the rebellion he was honorably discharged, at Clinton, Iowa, and, in September, 1865, returned to Shell Rock, where he has since been actively engaged in the milling business.
In 1867 Mr. Wright was elected county treasurer, and on the 1st of January, 1868, entered upon his new duties. He was re-elected in 1969, and continued to fill that office until January 1, 1872. He was married, in 1871, to Miss Anna J. Follett, who is a native of Otsego county, New York.
Source: History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Union Publishing Co., Springfield, IL, 1883
Pages 711 - 712
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