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John S. Millard

John S. Millard represents the farming interests of a much respected gentleman who was formerly a citizen of Cherokee County, Mr. John C. Brougham.  He is a man of large and favorable acquaintance in the county, and conducted an extensive business while residing here.  Mr. Millard controls over 1,000 acres of farming land and pasture, including the well-known farm upon which Mr. Brougham made his home.  John S. Millard was born near Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1846, and is a son of John and Sarah (Strominger) Millard, also natives of Pennsylvania.  His father died in 1875, but his mother is still living in York County, Pennsylvania, at the ripe old age of eighty years.  John remained at home until he had attained his majority.  Although employed by different parties, he ever called the old place "home."  Mr. Millard was united in marriage July 7, 1871, in York County, Pennsylvania, to Miss Mary E. Cocklin, a native of Shepherdstown, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Peter and Lovina Cocklin.  She was born August 25, 1854.  After his marriage Mr. Millard worked at the forge as hammerman in the Penn Steel Works at Steelton, Pennsylvania.  His father-in-law becoming interested in the Halbach Hotel, a noted summer resort a few miles from Harrisburgh, he worked for him in the hostelry one season, and then rented a farm and engaged in agriculture for three years.  He then came West to De Witt County, Illinois, where he remained about four years.  In February, 1883, he came to Iowa, and his first employer was Mr. Brougham, for whom he and his wife worked for nearly two years.  Since that time he has rented Mr. Brougham's farm, and does an extensive business.  He keeps 250 head of cattle, feds about 100 hogs and breeds Norman and Morgan horses, having about thirty head.  Mr. and Mrs. Millard have one child, Peter Carey, born June 30, 1876.  Mr. Brougham, now a resident of London, is kindly remembered by all who came in contact with him while he personally had charge of his farm in this county.  He could not have been more fortunate in getting a man to care for his interests in his absence than he has been in securing the services of Mr. Millard, who stands in the highest estimation of his neighbors and business associates.  Politically he affiliates with the Democratic party.

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

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