Alfred E. Wyatt
WYATT, BURNS, KELLUM, FELTON, MARSHALL
Posted By: Sheryl McClure (email)
Date: 4/2/2002 at 09:55:27
"PAST AND PRESENT OF CALHOUN COUNTY" 1915
Page 208 and 209
ALFRED H . WYATT
Alfred H. Wyatt resides on section 2, Cedar township, where he has five acres of land. He has occupied this place since 1912 and previously he was extensively and successfully engaged in farming but has now practically put aside the work of the fields and is enjoying well earned rest. He was born in Malmesbury, Wiltshire county, England, on the 10th of February, 1859, and his youthful days were spent in that country to the age of seventeen years, when, attracted by the opportunities of the new world, he crossed the Atlantic and made his way to Tama county, Iowa. He there learned the carpenter's trade which he followed for a number of years. He afterward removed to Webster county with a brother and in his employ engaged in farming for about two years. On the expiration of that period Mr. Wyatt came to Calhoun county and settled where the town of Somers now stands. There he worked for another brother for about a year, after which he rented his brother's land and operated it for two years. Having carefully saved his earnings, he felt that he was then justified in purchasing property and invested in one hundred and sixty acres of land, for which he paid twelve dollars per acre. It was raw prairie, which he broke and improved, turning the first furrows in his fields and converting the place in to a productive tract. He energetically and successfully carried on farming for many years but in 1912 put aside the more active cares of farm life, sold his land and purchased five acres on section 2, Cedar township, where he now resides. On the 7th of November, 1881, Mr. Wyatt was joined in wedlock to Miss Esther E. Burns, a daughter of James E. and Margaret Burns. Her parents were early settlers of this county and are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt have been born five children, as follows: Sella Carrie, who is the wife of R.C. Felton, of Sac county: Myrel Annice, who gave her hand in marriage to Alva Kellum, of Webster county; Harry Alfred, living in Calhoun county; Clara Margaret, who is the wife of Ray Marshall and resides near Somers, Iowa; and Burton, who has passed away.
Mr. Wyatt has long voted with the republican party, giving unfaltering allegiance thereto because of his firm belief in its principles. Fraternally he is connected with Cedar Lodge, No. 640, I.O.O.F., and with the Woodmen of the World, while the religious faith of himself and family is that of the Methodist church. He has endeavored to shape his life in accordance with its teachings and he has ever been found honorable in business, reliable in citizenship, faithful in friendship and loyal to family ties. Possessing many excellent traits of character, he has thus gained the goodwill and friendship of those with whom he has been associated.
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