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Monterey Hoskin


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/3/2001 at 11:04:41

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties 1890
Monterey Hoskin, residing in Des Moines Township, Van Buren County, has spent his entire life in this county, where he was born in 1848, being the ninth child of Neri and Rebecca Dill Hoskin, whose family numbered twelve children. They were born, reared and married in Ohio, and about 1837 came to the Territory of Iowa, locating in Des Moines Township, where Mr. Hoskin entered land and with the aid of his sons transformed it into a good farm. He took quite an active part in politics during the early history of the county and was a valued citizen who won the respect of all with whom he came in contact. He continued his residence upon the old homestead until called to his final rest in 1870. His wife had passed away many years previous, dying when our subject was an infant. The children of the family are, Harris, who is married and resides in Des Moines Township; Omer, who is married and living in Montana; Jasper and Neri are both married and live in Des Moines Township; Inez died in 1875; Mary Ann is now Mrs. Roberts; of Jackson Township; Rhoda is now Mrs. Gibleman of Davis County Iowa; Martha is also a Mrs. Roberts.
The subject of this sketch was reared to farm life under the parental roof and spent his boyhood days in assisting in the cultivation of the home farm and in attending the district schools, where he acquired his education. At the age of eighteen years he began life for himself and the occupation to which he was reared he has since followed in pursuit of fortune. He was married in Van Buren County in 1870 to Miss Rebecca Tackabary, a native of this county and a daughter of Foster and Ann Switzer Tackabary, who were natives of Ireland, but immigrated to this country and settled in Van Buren County Iowa in the early part of the 50s. The father died in Davis County Iowa in 1885 and her mother is still living in that county.
Mr. and Mrs. Hoskin, after their marriage, settled upon a part of the old farm where has been born unto them a family of four children: Anna, Inez, Fossy and Arthur. In 1878, Mr. Hoskin purchased a partially improved farm of one hundred and eighty acres, to which he has since added a forty-acre tract, making in all two hundred and twenty acres, which yield to him a golden tribute for his care and cultivation. A portion of this is highly improved and the remainder is devoted to pasturage, he engaging to a considerable extend, in raising stock. Mr. Hoskin is a member of the Anti-Horse Thief Association and in politics he is a stalwart supporter of the Republican Party. He has served as Township Trustee and also upon the School Board, during which time he did effective service for the cause of education, in which he is deeply interested. He is numbered among the pioneer settlers of Van Buren County, and has witnessed the greater part of its growth and progress. His memory goes back to the time when Alexandria Missouri was their nearest market but now he can supply all his wants in the line of merchandise with three miles of his home. His fellow townsmen regard him as one of the thrifty and enterprising citizens of the community for he has always displayed a laudable interest in public affairs and done what he could for the promotion of all objects calculated to advance the general welfare.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.


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