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W. T. Golden

W. T. GOLDEN  is a successful member of the farming community of Silver Township.  He was born in Delaware County, Ohio, June 22, 1856 and is a son of Benjamin and Catherine Groves (Golden) Weise.  The father of Mr. Golden died when he was two years old.  His mother came to Iowa, and was married to Henry Weise, Esq., a prominent citizen of Silver Township.  For several years Mr. Golden made his home with his uncle, J. H. Groves, Esq., a well known resident of the county.  In 1869 he went to Cedar County, Nebraska and the country being new and game plentiful, he engaged in hunting and trapping, in which he was very successful.  At the end of two years of this wild and adventurous life he obtained a Government position in one of the large wood yards of the Upper Missouri River, near Fort Hale,  He had Government contracts for supplying wood to Government steamboats.  After continuing in this business for two years, he went to the Black Hills on a prospecting trip.  He returned to his former occupation on the Upper Missouri River, and remained there until 1882, when he came to Silver Township and engaged in farming.  He owns 240 acres of rich land, well watered by Silver Creek.  There is a comfortable dwelling, and a large barn especially arranged with a view of feeding swine, Mr. Golden feeding from 300 to 600 annually.  In 1883 occurred the marriage of W. T. Golden and Miss Sophia Hahn, a native of Clayton County, Iowa.  By this union two children have been born:  Charles and Katie.  Mr. Golden casts  his suffrage with the Independent party, preferring the man to any declaration of party principles.  He has led an unusually eventful life, having spent much time in wild portions of the West, uninhabited by an one but the savage red man.  He is of a frank disposition, and his agreeable manners, with integrity of character, have won for him many friends. 

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

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