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Posted By: Doretta Pimlott Cowman (email)
Date: 4/17/2013 at 09:25:28

The 1880 History of Poweshiek County Iowa

Sugar Creek Township

Page 697-8

WILLIAMS, W.E. -- Carpenter and builder. Was born in Logan county, Ohio, January 20, 1847. Removed from his place of nativity with his grandparents, at the age of three years, to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he remained, laboring on the farm, until he was fifteen years of age when he went to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner, following this for about one year, when the war broke out. He enlisted at the age of sixteen in the Fourth Iowa independent battery, commanded by Captain P.H. Good, which battery was sent to the southern part of Louisiana, where it remained doing post and garrison duty among the swamps of a southern clime, from August, 1862, to August, 1865. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Oskaloosa and engaged in working at his trade until 1868, when he moved to Marion county, Iowa, where he followed his trade for about two years; thence to this county, where he entered into partnership with J. N. Palmer, known as the firm of Palmer & Williams and engaged in contracting and building. They have a good business and a fine shop, rigged with all kinds of wood working machinery. They follow building in summer and manufacturing furniture in winter for the wholesale trade. They have a store for retailing furniture at Searsboro and another in Lynnville in Jasper county.


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