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Moses Mummert

MOSES MUMMERT - This highly respected member of the County Board of Supervisors was born in York County, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1854 and is a son of Jonas and Elizabeth (Strummel) Mummert, also natives of Pennsylvania, and early settlers in that State.  The father died in 1876, but his widow survives him at the age of sixty-four years and now resides on the old homestead at Astoria, Illinois.  Their family consisted of thirteen children, three of whom died in infancy. Their names are:  John, George, Cornelius, Jonas, Conrad, Moses, Andrew, Polly, Elizabeth, Barbara, Sevilla, Amanda, and one infant that died unnamed.  Of these, two besides Moses reside in Cherokee County; Jonas in Afton Township and Conrad in Spring Township.  The other members of the family are residing in Illinois.  Jonas Mummert, Sr., settled in Fulton County, Illinois, in 1866, buying a farm near Astoria, on which his widow resides.  Moses remained at home until his twenty-first year, when his father died, after which he worked by the month, but turned his wages into the family fund.  In 1875, in company with his brother Conrad, he came to Iowa and rented land of W. H. Scripp, a banker of Astoria, and an old friend of the family and a careful business man.  He owned all of section 36, Afton Township, and to this the brothers came and began farming.  After carrying on the business in partnership for two years they decided to separate, and each took a half section.  Mr. Mummert has made excellent improvements and his farming operations are quite extensive.  He keeps about 100 head of cattle, and an equal number of hogs.  He handles the improved grades of stock, though he has no fancy breeds.  In addition to managing the land of Mr. Scripp, Mr. Mummert has secured a fine farm of his own.  It contains 440 acres, lying in Spring Township and Buena Vista County.  He also looks after Mr. Scripp's interests in Woodbury County, makes all collections, attends to the rental of lands, and makes loans on security in his neighborhood. No man in Cherokee County stands higher in the estimation of his friends than Mr. Mummert.  He has filled acceptably the office of justice of the peace in his township, and in 1887 was chosen by a handsome majority as a member of the County Board of Supervisors and his action as such member has increased his large circle of friends. His political principles are Democratic, though he has hosts of friends in the opposite party.  Mr. Mummert was united in marriage, February 4, 1880 to Miss Caroline Mary Allie McFarlane, a daughter of John and Lucy (Ward) McFarlane.  She was born in Peel County, Canada, March 11, 1860.  They are the parents of four bright children: Elizabeth, Minnie, Blanche and William Henry. 

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

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