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The year 1856 was very prolific of new settlers. George Magee, an Irishman, who had been a shoemaker in Philadelphia making shoes for the Mexican soldiers (in the employ of the government), came to the township in this year and located on section 18. He purchased the land of a man by the name of Marshall, who had already erected a log cabin, sixteen feet square, upon it. Magee occupied this ready-made house until 1863, when he built a more modern residence, dying in it and on the old homestead June 19, 1881. He was the first shoemaker in the township, and followed his trade usually during the months when he could not engage in agriculture.
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 166.
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