Thomas Bettesworth

 Thomas Bettesworth is numbered among the pioneers in Iowa, his residence in this state dating from 1865. He has lived in Butler county since 1872 and during the entire period of his residence here has been closely connected with agricultural interests, winning success, which places him among the men of marked ability and substantial worth in the community. He was born in England, August 24, 1837, a son of George and Mary (Marchant) Bettesworth, both natives of England. The son acquired his education in the public schools of his native country. As a young man he emigrated to America, coming directly to Iowa and settling in Lyons, Clinton county, in 1865. He made his home with his brother and sister for two years and then in 1867 moved to Jackson county, where he engaged in gardening. He later established a nursery in which he raised a variety of fruit trees as well as evergreen and ornamental trees, having at one time fifteen acres planted in nursery stock. In 1872 he moved to Butler county and purchased three tracts of land in Coldwater township, his entire holdings amounting to one hundred and thirty-two acres. He later sold portions of this property and by buying adjoining pieces has his farm now all in one tract. He has added to and remodeled his house and fenced and cross fenced his fields, erected substantial buildings and set out an orchard and a grove. The farm is today one of the most attractive and valuable in this section of the state and it reflects everywhere the many years of care and labor which the owner has bestowed upon it. In addition to general farming, Mr. Bettesworth engages in stock-raising, keep-
ing a good grade of cattle, a number of horses and some Duroc Jersey hogs, which he considers the best species for fattening for the market.

Mr. Bettesworth has been twice married. He wedded first in Jackson county. Miss Abbie Wright, who passed away in 1890, leaving two sons ; the elder, Lyman resides in Texas where he is connected with a lumber company. Walter is married and engaged in farming in Butler county. Mr. Bettesworth had another son by his first marriage, who died in childhood. In 1894 Mr. Bettesworth wedded Mrs. Louisa France, a native of Germany, but reared in the United States. They have become the parents of a son, George L., who is aiding in the operation of the homestead.

Mr. Bettesworth was for several years road supervisor of Coldwater township and he was for some time closely identified with school affairs. He is a progressive, public-spirited and able citizen and is well and favorably known in Coldwater township, with the development and growth of which he has identified his interests for over forty years. Although he has reached the age of seventy-six, he is still active in the world's work and seems yet in his prime in spirit and interests. A man of high character and sterling worth, he enjoys the confidence and warm regard of all who know him.