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Date: 3/25/2020 at 16:20:38

CLARK ABBOTT, residing on section 34, Highland Township, is a farmer, stock dealer and shipper. He was born Dec. 23, 1847, in Delaware County, Ind., and is the son of Aaron and Elizabeth (Collins) Abbott, natives of Ohio, who were the parents of eight children, seven yet living: Willis, a farmer in Merrick County, Neb.; Lydia, the wife of Oscar Anderson, a farmer in Kansas; Clark, of whom we write; Sarah, the wife of Henry Anderson, a farmer in Taylor County, Iowa; James, a farmer in Salem County, Neb.; Mattie, the wife of John Hillhouse, a farmer in Marion Township, this county; John, a stock dealer and shipper in Crawfordsville, Washington County.

The family came to Washington County about 1856, the father buying seventy acres of land in Marion Township, where he lived until the breaking out of the Civil War. In 1862, he enlisted in the 19th Iowa Infantry, and about six months afterward died of typhoid fever, at Forsyth, Mo. His son Willis was also a member of the same regiment, serving three years. The mother died in 1883, at the home of her son John, in Merrick County, Neb., being at the time of her death sixty years old. Both father and mother were devoted members of the Christian Church.

The boyhood and youth of our subject were spent upon a farm, attending the district schools, until he reached the age of twenty years, when he left the parental roof. He then bought twenty acres of land in Crawford Township, and followed breaking prairie and running a thrashing-machine for about four years. In 1871, he was united in marriage with Mrs. M. E. Lecklitner, the widow of Paul Lecklitner, and the daughter of Isaac and Susan (Thomas) Hawkins. They were natives of Ohio. Mrs. Abbott had two children by her first marriage: Alice, the wife of Ellington Crim, a farmer in Louisa County, Iowa, and Emma, at home. Mr. and Mrs. Abbott are the parents of six children - Blanche, Willmer, Katie, Vinton, Clara and Hilton.

After his marriage, Mr. Abbott bought a farm of 160 acres on section 34, Highland Township, where be now resides. He has subsequently purchased 560 acres of land, 240 acres in Highland Township, eighty on section 3, Oregon Township, and 240 in Louisa County, Iowa. During the last five years, in connection with his farming operations, Mr. Abbott has been buying and shipping cattle and hogs. He is a genuine, whole-souled man, ever ready to give time and means to assist the needy or to support a good cause. Politically, he is a Simon-pure Republican. Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Abbott are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of Clark Abbott, page 561.


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