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Hiscox, Daniel P.


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 10/22/2010 at 13:16:52


Coming to Iowa when this region was undeveloped, Daniel P. Hiscox has experienced all of the vicissitudes of frontier life and his conversation spans the past in interesting reminiscences. He is numbered among the venerable citizens of Cherokee and his life has been devoted to the cultivation of the soil. He was born May 10, 1845, in Woodstock, Connecticut, and has reached the ripe age of eighty years. In 1856 his parents, Lucien and Pearl (Perrin) Hiscox, started on the long and arduous journey to Iowa and when they reached the Mississippi river they were able to cross to Dubuque on the ice, proceeding thence to Floyd county by team and wagon.

Mr. Hiscox received a common school education and in December, 1861, when but fifteen years of age, enlisted in Company C, Twelfth United States Infantry. He fought in the engagements at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Gaines Mills, Malvern Hill, Fair Oaks and the second battle of Bull Run and never faltered in teh performance of duty. He spent some time in a hospital and was honorably discharged in 1865 at the close of the Civil war. He returned to Iowa and for several years operated land in Floyd county. He now owns a half section in Cherokee county and through systematic work and good management has transformed the tract into one of the productive farms of this district.

In Butler county, Iowa, Mr. Hiscox married Miss Julia Converse, a successful teacher and a daughter of Judge Alonzo Converse, who represented that county in the state senate. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hiscox were: Bertha, who has passed away; Cora, who married M. E. Triggs and died September 28, 1925; Arthur, whose home is in Cherokee; and Leora, who is the wife of William Weed, also a resident of Cherokee. The elder daughter also married, and her son, Cyrus Davenport, has been an invalid since his service in the World war, in which he was gassed. His brother, Arthur B., made the supreme sacrifice for his country and his body was brought home for burial. Mrs. Marie Wedge, another daughter of the subject of this sketch, has two children.

Mr. Hiscox, belongs to Custer Post, No. 25, of the Grand Army of the Republic and derives much pleasure from his association with his comrades who wore the blue uniform during the dark days of civil strife. He votes the republican ticket and is a consistent member of the Baptist church. Mr. Hiscox is a man of substantial worth, honor and integrity being the keynote of his character, and his fellow citizens speak of him in terms of high regard.


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