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One of the well-to-do farmers of Pleasant township, who for many years has been identified with the development of Cass county, both politically and agriculturally, Abner Gibson is fully worthy a place in the local annals of history and biography. He was born in Lawrence county, Pa., the son of Charles and Letitia (Todd) Gibson, on the 3d of April, 1847. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia, his father being a farmer of the Keystone State, where, with his wife, he died in 1902. Five sons and two daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gibson, two of the former being residents of Cass county. The paternal grandfather, also Abner by name, lived in Pennsylvania as a tiller of the soil and a tanner of leather, and died within its limits.

Abner Gibson, the grandson, received his early schooling and his agricultural experience and training in his native county of Lawrence, Pa. In 1866, when nineteen years of age, he sought for broader opportunites in the West, and commenced farming in Jackson county, Iowa. He removed to Pleasant township, this county, in 1871, and became so well satisfied with his location, his surroundings and the results of his manly efforts that he has never been tempted to change his home. During the thirty-five years of his residence he has not only witnessed many surprising changes in Cass county, but he himself has proved a strong agent in bringing them about. Especially has he been an important factor in the township government, having served as trustee for a period of seventeen years. In politics he is Republican.

Abner Gibson was married March 19, 1884, to Sarah Barrett, a native of Wisconsin. Her parents were both born in Lincolnshire, England, from Wisconsin moved to Jackson county, Iowa, and in 1871 to Pleasant township, this county, where they passed the last years of their lives. One child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Abner Gibson--Elsie L.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 340-341.

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