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Elisha RANDALL was born in Brookfield, Madison county, New York, on the 22nd of September, 1818, and was a son of Elisha and Betsy (BROWN) RANDALL, the latter of whom was a descendant of Captain Daniel BROWN, a member of the Society of Friends, who settled at Stonington, Connecticut, whence, in 1792, at the age of sixty-six years, he removed to Brookfield, New York, where he passed the residue of his life. Betsy RANDALL died on the 20th of April, 1839. Her husband was born at Petersburg, Rensselaer county, New York, and there their marriage was solemnized. He was a son of Joshua RANDALL. The latter's father was Benjamin RANDALL, the grandson of Matthew RANDALL. He was an influential citizen of Stonington, Connecticut.
Elisha RANDALL Jr., was reared and educated in the state of New York and there was employed in his father's mills until about 1840. On the 31st of October, 1838, he was united in marriage to Lucy M. YORK, daughter of John and Nancy YORK of Brookfield, New York. The wife was born on the 7th of December, 1821, and she is still living in Mason City, hale and hearty, at eighty-nine years of age. Of their ten children eight are still living.
In 1844 they removed to Edmeston, Otsego county, New York, where Mr. RANDALL conducted a grist mill and also manufactured hardware for the New York market until 1850, when he removed to Belmont, Allegany county, New York, where he was associated with his brother Adin in the conducting of a sash, door and blind factory until November, 1854, when he removed with his family to Iowa and located at Waterloo. In June of the following year he established his permanent residence at Mason City where, in association with Samuel DOUGLASS of Benton county, this state, he erected a circular saw mill on Lime Creek, which was put in operation on the 31st of October of that year. Two years later they erected a gist mill with two runs of stones.
In 1872 Mr. RANDALL obtained a patent for the RANDALL Lime Kiln, representing an improved process of manufacturing lime. In 1876 he sold his interest in the mill property to John T. ELDER and in part payment for the same he took a farm two miles north of Mason City.
He was originally a Whig in his political adherence and his first presidential vote was cast for General William Henry HARRISON.
He was a member of the first Republican convention held in Cerro Gordo county and was a very prominent factor in the local councils of the party. He served for a number of years as justice of the peace and after the formal organization of the county he served one term as county judge and one term as county record, besides which he was one of the first board of county supervisors, in which office he also served one term. He held various other offices of minor public trust[,] was a director of the Central Iowa Railroad Company for two years and was otherwise prominently identified with the development and progress of his county and state.
He and his wife were charter members of the First Methodist church of Mason City and he was the first superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School of Mason City.
NOTE: Elisha RANDALL died in 1897, and was interred at Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. Lucy M. (YORK) RANDALL was born in 1821, and died in 1913. She, too, was interred at Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery.
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