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Asa C Bailey

ASA C. BAILEY was born in De Kalb County, Illinois, October 30, 1858, and is a son of Cyrenius and Jane (Morey) Bailey,  natives of Saratoga County, New York.  They settled in Illinois in 1854, and are now residents of De Kalb County.  Asa C. is the third of a family of seven children, of whom two are now living, himself and one sister, Anna, wife of George Flinders , of Spring Township.

Our subject was reared to the life of a farmer, and received a good common school education.  About the year 1877, his father had purchased 400 acres of land in the Sioux Valley; the fall before Asa reached his majority his father deeded him 160 acres of this land, and he at once removed to the land, and began the task of improving it.  D. W. Young, a relative of the family, h ad settled in the same part of the township three years before, and it was while making  him a visit that Cyrenius Bailey decided to make some investments in this county.  Asa C. Bailey's farm now consists of 480 acres, a portion of which is fine bottom land, and the remainder better adapted to grazing.  The place is well improved, having a comfortable dwelling, a large barn and plenty of stable room.  He feeds two car-loads of cattle annually, and fattens from 100 to 150 head of hogs.  He breeds only such horses as he needs on his farm, but they are of the best Clydesdale stock.  Mr. Bailey was married March 15, 1885, at Renwick, Iowa, to Miss Jennie M. Roe, who was born in Scott County, Iowa, August 15, 1865.  She is a daughter of William and Ruth (Boyce) Rose.  Mr. and Mrs. Bailey had the misfortune to lose two children in infancy, but have been blessed with another child, born August 8, 1889.  In political thought and action Mr. Bailey is a Republican.  He is a man of unusual energies and is making his work and influence felt in the township in which he lives.  He has excellent business qualifications, good judgment, and is much respected by all who know him. 

Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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