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Nichols, William 1808 – 1897


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Date: 9/17/2017 at 16:39:38

Iowa Plain Dealer May 7, 1897, LP, C4

NICHOLS—Died at the home of his daughter, Inkster, N. D., March 4, 1897, Mr. William Nichols, aged eighty-eight years, three months, and ten days, after a short illness.
Mr. Nichols was born in Cincinnati, O., and at the age of sixteen was left in charge of a small farm and the care of his mother. Being of a studious turn of mind, he desired an education, and after attaining his majority entered Miami university, where he remained two years, when the vicissitudes that hamper life and fix destiny, compelled him to discontinue his studies and attend long weary months at the bedside of his mother, who had received almost mortal injuries from the effects of a fall.
In 1835 he purchased land in Ohio, and in 1837 settled in Mercer county, that state, where he was married to Miss Mary Arbaugh (who survives him) and occupied himself in farming and the duties of justice of the peace, in the meantime laying out the town of Macedon and securing a post office at that place. In 1853 he removed with his family to southern Iowa, intending to locate if found desirable, but returned the same year, purchased a stock of merchandise, and disposed of it and all other interests in Ohio in 1854 and in 1855 moved to Howard county, Ia., where he resided on a farm till 1883 when he took up his residence in North Dakota. His family of eight children, five boys and three girls, survive him, and live in North Dakota, except Mrs. Lavina Anderson who lives in Minneapolis, John S., in Storm Lake, Ia., and Byron L., in Indian Territory.


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