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B. F. Silver

B. F. SILVER, an energetic young farmer of Rock Township, is a native of the Hawkeye State, born in Linn County, August 6, 1863.  His father, David Silver was born in Ohio in 1831, and emigrated to Iowa in 1856.  For five years he carried the mails between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and afterward worked at the carpenter's trade.  His mother's maiden name was Sarah J. Tallman, and she was born in Ohio in 1836.  The subject of this biographical notice, B. F. Silver, was reared on a farm, and was trained to the duties of agricultural pursuits.  He received his education in the common schools, and at Western College.  After leaving school he taught one year in Linn County, and then engaged in farming his father's place until he was twenty-four years of age.  He then bade farewell to the family hearthstone, and removed to Cherokee County, settling in Rock Township, where the father had deeded him eighty acres of land.

Mr. Silver was united in marriage June 26, 1889, to Miss Marie J. Di Shaw, a daughter of Levi and Adeline (Di Shaw) Di Shaw.  Mrs. Silver was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, May 24, 1869; her father is also a native of New York, and a cabinet-maker by trade.  Her mother died when she was but two and a half years old, and a short time afterward she was adopted by her uncle, Joseph Di Shaw.  When Marie was five years old her uncle removed to Cherokee County, Iowa and located in Pilot Township; in three years he went back to New York, and in six months returned to the West, stopping in Michigan; thence he came to Cherokee County, and since that time has made it his home.  Mrs. Silver received her education in the district schools and in the Cherokee High School, and taught for two years after she left school. Although Mr. Silver has been a resident of the county but a short time, he is rapidly pushing to the front, and will soon take his rank among the leading farmers of the county.

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

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