GIBSON, WEBSTER, SCOUTON, HENRY
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/12/2011 at 09:24:49
ADIN GIBSON, and influential citizen and prosperous farmer, is favorably known throughout Grundy County as an enterprising man, progressive in his ideas and liberal in sentiment. For over twenty-five years he has been identified with the leading interests of Grant Township, where he owns eighty acres of fine land pleasantly located on section 33. He is the son of Samuel and Orpha (Webster) Gibson, the former of whom was a native of New York.
The parents of our subject were of Scotch descent. The father died when our subject was very young, and his mother departed this life after he reached mature years. Samuel Gibson was a carpenter and joiner by trade, and his marriage with Miss Webster took place in New York, of which state the mother was also a native. They reared a family of eight children, namely: Charles (deceased), Adin (our subject), Wallace, James, Frank, Samuel, Ellen (deceased) and Martha.
The father of our subject emigrated to Ohio about 1840, and there made his home until 1853, at which time he went to Fond du Lac County, Wis., and there followed the occupation of a farmer the rest of his active life. His decease occurred in 1892, while he was in Clark County, that state, and his good wife, who died in August, 1888, passed away while residing in the same county. Mrs. Gibson was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The father was public spirited and progressive in his ideas, and in politics was a Republican.
Adin Gibson, of this sketch, received a common-school education, and when twenty years of age enlisted his services in the Union army, joining Company H, Fourteenth Wisconsin Infantry. This was in 1861, and his period of enlistment was for three years. With his regiment he was sent to join the Western army, and was present at the battles of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing and Vicksburg. At the latter place, May 22, 1863, he received a gunshot wound in the right thigh and left hand, which necessitated his being confined in the hospital until September of that year. When recovering from the effects of his injury, Mr. Gibson joined his command at Vicksburg, and later participated in the battle at Nashville, and was with General Banks in the Red River campaign, and also at Mobile. He returned home, and in December, 1863, again became a soldier in the Union army, and fought bravely and well until the close of the war. He was discharged at Mobile, Ala., in October, 1865, and was mustered out at Madison, Wis. He draws a pension of $8 per month.
On returning home at the close of the war, young Gibson rented his fatherís farm for a year, and in 1866 was married to Miss Virginia J., daughter of Sylvester and Julia A. (Scouton) Henry. The lady was a native of Ohio, while her parents were from New York State. By their union Mr. and Mrs. Gibson have become the parents of a daughter, Alma G. She is a finely educated and accomplished young lady and is teaching school in this county. Our subject and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and occupy a high place in the home community.
In 1868 our subject made his advent into this county, where he purchased eighty acres of land, upon which he resided, and which annually yields a large crop of hay and grain and shelters some of the best stock raised in the township. In his political relations he is a stanch Republican, and socially is a Grand Army man, being identified with Thompson Post No. 386 at Reinbeck. He is also a member of the Legion of Honor at the same place.
In 1850 the father of our subject crossed the plains to California, and was six months making the trip from St. Joseph, Mo., to San Francisco. Upon reaching the Golden State he entered the mines, where he remained for three years, and was very successful in a financial way. His return trip was made by water.
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