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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
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,
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
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
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
of section 36, Afton Township, and to this the brothers came and began
farming. After carrying on the business in partnership for
years they decided to separate, and each took a half section.
Mummert has made excellent improvements and his farming operations are
quite extensive. He keeps about 100 head of cattle, and an
number of hogs. He handles the improved grades of stock,
he has no fancy breeds. In addition to managing the land of
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
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
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.
was united in marriage, February 4, 1880 to Miss Caroline Mary Allie
McFarlane, a daughter of John and Lucy (Ward) McFarlane. She
born in Peel County, Canada, March 11, 1860. They are the
of four bright children: Elizabeth, Minnie, Blanche and William
Source: Biographical History of
Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers,
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