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Moon, Henry Peile


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 7/24/2006 at 07:40:52


Henry Peile Moon, who was born in Lee county, Illinois, October 10, 1861, belongs to the Moon family long established in Rock Rapids, and is a brother of Robert B. Moon, who has attained a high standing as a business man and a progressive citizen in Lyon county.

The parents of Henry Peile Moon were Charles H. and Ellen (Peile) Moon. His mother was a sister of R.M. Peile, whose sketch appears elsewhere, and belonged to the celebrated Irish branch of the Peile family. As the first school teacher in this section she was esteemed and loved by the families of the pioneers, and when she died in 1895 at about the age of sixty-nine years, it was felt that the community had lost one of its noblest characters. Our subject's father was a native of Vermont, but came to Lee county, Illinois, in an early day; remained there a number of years, and in 1864 settled in Webster county, Iowa. Five years later he took up the homestead where R.B. Moon now resides. He bought land, and platted Moon's Addition to Rock Rapids, a section of the city where R.B. Moon now has his home.

Henry Peile Moon was married May 22, 1884, to Miss M. Delle Van Patten of Stewart, Lee county, Illinois. She died August 8, 1903. She was a daughter of Herman and Hannah (Nattleton) Van Patten, natives of New York and Illinois. Her father was always a farmer and lives in Illinois. His wife died there. To this union have come five children, three of whom are dead, and two are living: Clarence E. and Hazel.

Mr. Moon was long engaged in the business of farming and stock raising, but has now retired from active work, save that he yet deals in stock.

Reared on the farm, he was educated in the local Rock Rapids schools, and is a good example of what the frontier could do in the making of a strong and forceful character.

In politics he is a Republican, and cast his first vote for James A. Garfield. In fraternity matters he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, and his family are warmly attached to the Methodist Episcopal church. No more popular character in the city may be found than the gentleman whose name introduces this article. The family is of the highest social standing, and are noted for their honesty, integrity and warm-hearted-ness.

Source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

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