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Isaac Lane

ISAAC LANE, the proprieter of the Washta House, Washta, Iowa and one of the early settlers of Willow Township, has been a resident of Cherokee County since 1869.  He was born on a farm near Eagle Village, Boone County, Indiana, March 19, 1835 and is the son of John and Charity (Standige) Lane.  His father was born in Kentucky, of Irish ancestry, and his mother was a native of Georgia, a descendant of Dutch colonists who came to Georgia in the early history of the State.  Isaac Lane is the youngest of ten children, and to him fell the responsibility of caring for his parents after his brothers and sisters had grown up and left the old Indiana homestead for the new States then coming into favor in the region of the setting sun.  He grew to manhood in Howard County, Indiana, whither his parents had moved when he was yet a lad.  In 1864 he came to Benton County, Iowa with his mother who died there.  He worked at farming in this county until 1869 when he moved to Willow Township, Cherokee County, and took a homestead of 160 acres, section 32 on which Joseph McCoun now lives.  This land Mr. Lane sold before he proved upon it and bought 120 acres in sections 31 and 32, Willow Township, which he improved.  He built a house, a barn and sheds, equipped the place for the raising of live-stock and grain, in which pursuits he was engaged until coming to Washta in 1888.  In that year he sold his farm and built the Washta House, near the station of the Cherokee and Dakota Railroad.  The Washta House is the pioneer hotel in the town, and through the efforts of Mr. Lane and his gentlemanly associate, Charles Tuel, Esq., it has become deservedly popular with the traveling public.  Mr. Lane is also proprioetor of two livery barns in Washta, which he manages.

July 22, 1862, finds our subject enlisted in Company B, Thirty-first Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Captain George Dearth.  He served with his command until 1865 and saw some hard fighting at Chickasaw Bluffs, Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Atlanta, Jackson and in other battles and skirmishes.  He was wounded in the left arm by a bullet at the battle of Arkansas Post; he was with Sherman when that famous General made his immortal march to the sea, and shared the hardships and the glories of that grand campaign.  He is the present trustee of the township and is a member of William Barker Post, No. 292, G.A.R. Correctionville, Iowa.  In politics he is an ardent Republican.  He is a member of the Congregational Church.   Mr. Lane's brothers and sisters are named as follows:  Mrs. Mary McCoun, Mrs. Margaret Dodson, Thomas Lane, John T. Lane. 

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


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