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William Like

WILLIAM LIKE, a progressive and successful farmer of Spring Township, was born in Onondaga County, New York, October 9, 1832.  His parents were David and Mary (Abrams) Like, also natives of New York, of German ancestry.  When sixteen years of age William's father gave him his time and he went to work on the Erie Canal, and until he was twenty-one he was employed in various duties in connection with the canal and farm.  He then returned to his father's farm and devoted the principal part of the following seven years to farming.

Mr. Like was married April 3, 1859, in Cattaraugus County, New York, to Miss Hansi E. Butler, who was born in that county January 23, 1840.  In 1866 they came to Jones County, Iowa where they passed the next three and a half years.  Then they removed to Cherokee County in the spring of 1870,and Mr. Like entered a homestead in section 30, Afton Township; there they resided until 1882, when they removed to their present farm, on which they have since lived.  Mr. Like is engaged in mixed farming and has done well since coming to the county; his possessions amounted to abut $600, including stock, implements, etc. and he now owns an elegant farm of 320 acres, and is surrounded with every convenience for his business.  Mr. and Mrs. Like are the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters: Alice P. is the wife of Emery Secor, of Afton Township; William H., George E. and Nellie May of Spring Township.  Our subject is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Republican party and the people of his township have attested their confidence in him by calling him to fill many of the offices discharging public business.  He and his wife are honored members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he is steward of that body. They are numbered with the reliable substantial citizens of Cherokee County. 

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

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