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Biography ~ Joseph Sargison Teed

Joseph S. TEED, owner of a farm of one hundred and seventy acres in sections 25 and 26, is an Englishman and one of those who were not born farmers but took up the calling from choice after a trial of other things. The methods employed by him have been to the point and his farm is now excellently improved, an achievement entailing an immense amount of labor, for it included grubbing out by hand.

Mr. TEED was born at Wisbige, Cambridgeshire, England, December 24, 1854. He remembers nothing of his birthplace, however, for his parents Thomas and Elizabeth (WARNER) TEED, came to America in 1856 and located in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

The father [Captain Thomas TEED] was a miller and baker by trade and had also follwed the sea to a considerable extent. In course of time he removed to Chicago, where he owned and sailed a boat on the lakes. He sold this and bought a mill at Libertyville, Illinois, which he managed for two years, or until it was burned in 1862. He thereupon returned to Chicago and resumed sailing [tug boats], which he followed until his retirement, three years being spent in Cerro Gordo county. His last yeras were spent in the old home, Union Grove, Wisconsin, where he died in 1892, at the age of seventy-two. The mother was also a native of England. After her husband's death she made her home with her son near Clear Lake, her death occurring there March 21, 1906, at the age of eighty-two. She was an active member of the Methodist church. There were four children besides Mr. TEED: Jane [(1844-1864)] and Robert [(1845-1891)], deceased; Thomas [(1847-1920)] of Union Grove, Wisconson; and Emma [(1852-1877)], deceased.

Mr. [Joseph S.] TEED spent his early days in Wisconsin and Illinois and received a good common schooling. He was principally occupied in sailing the great lakes until 1894, when he removed to Clear Lake township, Cerro Gordo county, where he has since made his home. When he and his fther and brother first came to Cerro Gordo county in 1878, they bought two boats, which they operated for three years upon Clear Lake and in the winter Mr. TEED conducted a cooper shop. He returned to Chicago in 1881 and again sailed the Great Lakes as he had done from boyhood.

In April, 1894, he came back to Cerro Gordo county and located in his present home which had previously been purchased near Clear Lake. He did not yet give up lake navigation, but was for some time associated with Edward Green in this business. He purchased eighty acres of land, and has added to this until he now possesses one hundred and seventy acres.

On December 5, 1882, Mr. TEED was married in Chicago to Miss Emma WOSKIE, born in Climan, Wisconsin, February 2, 1862. She is the daughter of Julius and Ann (GAY) WOSKIE, natives of Germany and England respectively. The father, who was an expert wagon and carriage maker, died at the time of the Civil war, while serving as a member of a Wisconsin regiment. The mother married again and has lived in Clear Lake since 1875. She is now eighty-one years of age. Mrs. TEED was one of five children, Henry of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is a railroad engineer on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad; George, also an engineer, was killed on the road; Otilla resides at Clear Lake; and Elizabeth, now Mrs. SCOTT, resides in Wascea, Minnesota.

To Mr. and Mrs. TEED have been born the following six children: Thomas, who died in August, 1900, at the age of seventeen years [of typhoid]; Artie, born June 4, 1887; Lizzie, born July 8, 1890, and died in February [25], 1909, while a student at Memorial Universty; Mabel, born in Chicago, March 26, 1894 [(died 1969)]; Gae, born April 19, 1898 [(died 1958)]; and Ethel, born September 21, 1900 [(died 1993)].

Mr. TEED gives a staunch allegiance to the Republican party and takes a lively interest in matters pertaining to the general good. His wife has served as school treasurer. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and his wife to the Royal Neighbors. Artie TEED [(1887-1952)] is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Sons of Veteran.

NOTE: Emma (WOSKIE) TEED died at the aged of 67 years on August 13, 1929, Clear Lake. Joseph Sargison "Joe" TEED died at the age of 74 years on December 6, 1929, Clear Lake.

SOURCE: History of Franklin & Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. Pp. 652-63. Union Publishing Co. Chicago. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2011



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