GREEN, HERRINGTON, MADER, BOWMAN, CLARK, DOTY
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/12/2011 at 10:22:09
STEPHEN GREEN. Among the comparatively young men of Washington Township who have carved out their own fortune and left the impress of their industry and energy in the fertile soil of Grundy County, Iowa, the county of their adoption, none are better known than the subject of this sketch. He has been the carver of his own destiny, and has made it an honorable one. Mr. Green was born in Carroll County, Ill., in 1842, and comes of an old and prominent Maryland family, his father and mother, Uriah and Almeda (Herrington) Green, being natives of Maryland and Canada, respectively
The father was born in the year 1816, but when a small boy moved with his parents to Branch County, Mich., and there finished his growth. He received but little schooling, but being naturally of a studious turn he improved every opportunity and acquired a good education. When twenty-two years of age he walked from Chicago to Carroll County, Ill. He and a companion “bached” and cut cord-wood for many months, having little more than bacon and corn bread to eat dur¬ing that time. When about twenty-five years of age, young Green decided to marry, and selected his wife in the person of Miss Almeda Herrington, who bore him ten children, as follows: Stephen; Nancy, wife of John Mader; Anna, deceased, who was the first wife of John Mader; Francis M.; Adeline, wife of Simon Bowman; Martin, deceased, and four who died in early youth. Mr. Green entered a tract of Government land in Carroll County, and added to that from time to time until he became the owner of one thousand acres in one body. He has always given his undivided attention to his chosen occupation, and has been one of the most successful farmers of the county. About 1875 he moved to Mt. Carroll and is now President of the First National Bank of that place. For some time he was Postmaster there. In politics he advocates the cause of the Democratic party. He and his wife are still living and enjoy comparatively good health. The leading points in his character are energy, keen perception and excellent judgment.
Our subject has had the advantages of a liberal education, attending school in Chicago, Mt. Carroll, and other places, and he graduated from Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial College, Chicago. Until twenty-four years of age he remained under the parental roof, and in the year 1864 came to Iowa, and located on three hundred and twenty acres of wild land given him by his father. He began at once to break the prairie, and for two years was actively engaged in improving his place, boarding while doing so. Then he was married to Miss Thankful A. Clark, a native of Wisconsin, and the daughter of Lucius and Julia (Doty) Clark, natives of Vermont and New York respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Clark were early settlers of Iowa, coming to Grundy County in the year 1861. Our subject’s union was blessed by the birth of two children, Julia Annie and Myrtle E., both of whom died young. After his marriage Mr. Green settled on his fine farm, and remained on the same until about ten years ago, when, thinking he had had his share of downright hard work, he moved to Grundy Centre. He removed back to his farm, however, in 1888. This he still superintends, and he makes stock-raising a specialty. In politics he is a Republican, and socially he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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