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James F. BABCOCK, Sr (picture insert below) has long been a dominant figure in the development and upbuilding of New Hampton and Chickasaw County Iowa.  He was the builder of the first brick building in New Hampton and established its first drug store.  He also is involved in farming, stock raising and banking interests.  He has given to the city effective service as New Hampton's first mayor.

James F. BABCOCK, Sr was born in Steuben County New York, November 27, 1833, a son of Amos BABCOCK and Elma CORNELL, both natives of New York.  In 1868, they came with their son James F. BABCOCK, Jr to Chickasaw County and stayed with another son, Dr Amos BABCOCK, throughout their remaining days.  The father died at age eighty years and mother reached the age of eighty-eight.

Mr BABCOCK married Miss Mary L. ROBISON, of Fayette County Iowa on January 1, 1862 and they became parents of four children, of whom two are living, James F. Jr, and Mary, wife of Charles A. LARSON.

In 1877, Mr BABCOCK made an extended tour of Europe and wrote a series of press letters on his travels.  He was fortunate enough to hear the Lincoln and Douglas Debate at Freeport, Illinois, during the campaign when those two great statesmen were contending for senatorial honors.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 128 - 132

James F. BABCOCK, Jr (pictured insert right) is a retired farmer and dairyman who is the present owner of the Holstein Farm, adjoining New Hampton.  It was established by his father (picture insert left) who introduced Holstein dairy cows to Chickasaw County. In 1903, James F. BABCOCK, Jr was united in marriage to Miss Pearl POPPLETON, a daughter of Oscar O. POPPLETON who came to Chickasaw county in 1854 from Florida, where he was one of the leading apiarists in the United States and was know as the "Bee King" of the east coast.  He served as a Lieutenant in the Civil War and is buried in the Republic Cemetery in Chickasaw County.

The BABCOCK family has three children: Hersey P., who served in France during the European War; Ruth, a freshman in high school; and James O. Babcock.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 132 - 133

H.H. BAILEY, deceased, was one of Chickasaw County's most prominent pioneer settlers and honored citizens.  He was born in Vermilion, Ohio, September 26, 1837, and passed away in St. Joseph's Hospital in New Hampton, Iowa, June 10, 1918.  He was raised by his grandparents, in Ohio after his father died and he worked for neighboring farmers.  When his wages were increased from seven to ten cents per day he felt that he was receiving a munificent salary.  In the spring of 1855, Mr Bailey came to Chickasaw County and homesteaded land in Richland Township which remained his home up to the time of his death.

While visiting in Ohio, the Civil War broke out and he became a member of the 7th Ohio (Rooster) Regiment on July 1, 1861.  He participated in the battle of Gettysburg and other battles, having been wounded three times before being discharged on January 3, 1865.  He immediately returned home and was married January 6, 1865 to Miss Sarah P. BIRDSELL, a daughter of S.S. BIRDSELL, a pioneer settler of Chickasaw County.  Five children were born, but only two are living, Louis P. BAILEY, living in Williamstown, Iowa and Paul J. BAILEY, who is farming the family home farm.

Mr Bailey served for years in various county offices and represented his district in the twenty-first General Assembly of Iowa.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, pages 152 - 155

A. C. BANDLE was born December 31 1856, in Howard County, his parents being William BANDLE and Mary FALLGETTER, the former a resident of Germany and the latter was born in Watertown, Wisconsin.

On arrival in the United States at age eighteen, William, wanting to show his intention to become a loyal American citizen, joined the Union Army as a member of the Thirteenth Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry.  After the close of hostilities, he removed to Iowa and purchased farms in Pocahontas and Howard Counties.

In 1895, A.C. BANDLE was married to Mary ERION of Chickasaw County, a daughter of Michael ERION, now deceased.  They became the parents of three children, Walter, who has passed away, and Leona and Rosella, both at home. They are now farming in Section 16, Howard County and he is the stockholder of several area businesses.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, pages 248 - 251

Anton J. BLAZEK, who is living on Section 19, Utica Township, Chickasaw County was born in Bohemia on June 13, 1871, a son of John and Mary (BOUSKA) BLAZEK, who, leaving their native country, came to the United States in 1890.  The family traveled westward, they first farmed in Howard County for three years, then the father made an investment in one hundred and forty acres of Chickasaw County land, constituting the farm upon which his son now resides.

A.J. BLAZEK, on the 18th of May 1897, established a home of his own, upon his marriage to Miss Mary BOUSKA, after which he bought his father's land and still occupies the old homestead.  He has greatly extended its boundaries by the purchase of other property until his holdings now embrace four hundred and forty acres of valuable land.  Mrs BLAZEK is a daughter of John and Anne BOUSKA who came from Bohemia;  John now lives with his children after his wife passed away on February 9, 1919.

Mr and Mrs BLAZEK have become the parents of ten children: Mary, who was born March 5, 1898;  John, born August 24,1899;  Vennie, September 20, 1901; Aurelia, December 23, 1903;  Anto, October 13, 1905;  Agnes, February 21, 1908; Edward, February 27, 1910;  Adolph, May 2, 1912;  Louis, November 16, 1915; and Clarence, February 10, 1919, all of whom are yet at home.

Mr BLAZEK has been a school director in his district for past nine years and is in the second year as road commissioner of Utica Township.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, pages 416 - 419

John BOUSKA is one of the conspicuous figures in connection with the history of Iowa.  He was one of the founders of the Bohemian Savings Bank of Protivin and is retired from farming over thirteen hundred acres in Howard and Winneshiek Counties.  He was born in Bohemia in July 1847, a son of Frank BOUSKA and Josephine KOUDELKA, who came to the United States in 1853.  John BOUSKA, since a lad of seven, has lived in Iowa and attended district schools, although the opportunities were somewhat limited.

In 1874, he married Anne FENCL, daughter of Frank FENCL, who came from Bohemia in 1856.  They had thirteen children, nine of whom are yet living: Frank; Mary, the wife of Anton BLAZEK, a resident farmer of Chickasaw County (another review); John; Caroline, the wife of Frank KLIMESH, a resident farmer of Chickasaw County (see Mr & Mrs Frank KLIMESH); Frances, wife of Ludwig PTACEK; Joseph; Louisa, wife of Adolph BUSTA; Albina, wife of John SWOBODA; and Charles the youngest of the family, who married Miss Christina KOBLISKA of Chickasaw County.

In late years, John BOUSKA has divided his property among his children, save that he retains a twenty acre tract of land as his home place.

Charles B. BOUSKA, the youngest son was born December 31, 1886 upon the family farm and has always followed farming.  On September 8, 1914, he was united in marriage to Miss Christina KOBLISKA, a daughter of Frank and Barbara KOBLISKA, of Chickasaw County.  Her parents were pioneer settlers of Iowa, among those who settled in Winneshiek County when it was a frontier district. Her father engages in farming and is today one of the leading agriculturists of Chickasaw County.

Mrs BOUSKA pursued her education in the public schools of Chickasaw County. Mr and Mrs Charles BOUSKA have two daughters and one son, Evelyn C., Agnes A. and Daniel C. BOUSKA.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 84 - 87, and pg 74

W.J. BOWEN & Sons are the well know proprietors of the Nashua Woolen Mills, one of the leading productive industries in the town.  The senior W.J. BOWEN, was born in South Wales on May 27, 1853, and is a son of Thomas and Ann (JONES) BOWEN.  The father was a woolen manufacturer of Wales and his ancestors, for many generations, were engaged in the same line of business, W.J. BOWEN being the fourteenth generation of the BOWEN family connected with this line of business activity. He came to the United States in August 1873 and joined his uncle, D.W. JONES, who was operating a woolen mill in Manchester, Iowa.  In 1900, Mr BOWEN came to Nashua and purchased the Union Woolen Mills Company, established in 1884.   The plant manufactures blankets, cashmere, shawls, and several other all-wool products which are sold from coast to coast.   For the past three years the concern has been working on a big government contract, supplying army blankets.

W.J. BOWEN was married in Wales, January 21, 1876, having returned to Wales for his bride, Miss Mary Ann THOMAS. They are the parents of seven children, of whom six survive: Richard, Albert, David, Thomas, a partner in the wool company, Violet, and Neta.

Thomas BOWEN, was born in Manchester, Iowa on June 29, 1885 and attended the State College at Ames.  He married Miss Lillian RUNGE of Nashua and they have one son, Nevin Gordon BOWEN.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, synopsis of

P.H. BRANNON, numbered among the enterprising, farsighted and successful business men of New Hampton, is well known as the proprietor of the Brannon Grain Elevator. He was born at Waucoma, Iowa, on the 11th of Oct, 1857, and is a son of Lawrence and Julia ( Griffin) Brannon, both of whom are natives of Ireland. The father came to the U.S. with his parents in 1839 and the family home was established in Ohio, and the mother came to this country to join an older brother after the death of her parents. This brother, Thomas Griffin, is resident of Howard Co, Iowa. In the spring of 1853 Lawrence Brannon removed with his parents to Iowa, the family home being established on a farm near Waucoma. In June 1856, Lawrence Brannon and Julia Griffin were united in marriage and took up their abode upon a farm near Waucoma, where the active years of their lives were spent. After retirement they removed to Lawler, Chickasaw Co. Mr Brannon passed away at the notable age of ninety-one years, while his wife died at age seventy-five.

Their son, P H BRANNON, was educated in the common schools and in the Decorah Institute. He taught school and educational work for a period of twenty-one terms. In 1892 he removed to New Hampton and has since identified with the live stock and grain business.. In 1889 Mr Brannon was united in marriage to Miss Catherine I Quirk, of Delaware Co, Iowa, and to them were born two children, but only one is now living. Mary S Brannon. The wife and mother passed away in Jan 1901 and in Feb 1906, Mr Brannon was married to Miss Hannah T Boyle of Edgerton, Wisconsin, by whom he has four children, namely: Grace Madeline, Lawerence V., Patricia Adelaide and James E. In political views, Mr Brannon has always been a democrat and while in Lawler he filed the office of Justice of Peace. He has served as a member of town and city council of New Hampton, covering a period of 14 years. He and his family are members of the St Joseph's Catholic Church and he is a fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co, Iowa, 1919, page 182

Perseverance and energy feature as salient factors in the business career of A. T. Brookins and have brought him to the responsible position of cashier of the First State savings bank of Ionia. He was born December 16, 1883, on a farm within three miles of his present home, his parents being Franklin E. and Mary ( Chamberlin) Brookins, the former a native of the state of New York, whence he removed westward to Wisconsin in young manhood. He was there married, in the town of Necedah, to Miss Chamberlin and for some years thereafter he engaged in the lumber business and in farming in Juneau county, Wisconsin. Subsequently he came to Iowa and purchased a farm in Bradford Township, Chickasaw County. About 1888 or 1889 he removed to Ionia, where he resided to 1901, when he became a resident of Charles City., Iowa and later he and his wife took up their home with their daughter, Mrs. Charles Gray, of New Hampton. The mother's death there occurred about 1913. In subsequent years the father has made his home among his children.

A. T. Brookins was educated in the town schools of Ionia and the Charles City High School be fore entering the Charles City College. He was graduated from high school with the class of 1902 and following the completion of his studies he taught school for eight years, during which time he was principal of the schools of Floyd, Iowa and also Defiance, Iowa. He proved an able educator, having the happy faculty of interesting the children and imparting readily to them the knowledge that he had acquired. At length, however, he gave up his educational work in the spring of 1910 and went upon the farm. During the following six years he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits and in September 1915, he received his initial training in the banking business by entering the First national Bank of Ionia in the position of assistant cashier.

In 1906, Mr Brookins was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Alys Dodge, of Osage, Iowa, by whom he has a son, Paul Dodge Brookins. In politics Mr. Brookins is a republican and in the November of 1914 was the nominee of his party for the position of county auditor, running against Peter McGinn. The democrats controlled the county at the time and ruled his nomination irregular and his name was not placed on the ticket. Notwithstanding this fact there were enough who wrote his name on the ticket to almost defeat his opponent, a fact indicative of his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him. He is now serving for the second term as Justice of the Peace in Chickasaw Township and through his influence and his counsel to litigants he has succeeded in having all cases compromised and settled out of court, no cases ever having come to trial in his court. Mr Bookins belongs to Nashua Lodge No 110, K. P., also the Masonic Lodge of Nashua and has taken the Royal Arch degrees in New Hampton. He and his wife are faithful members of the Congregational Church of Nashua and Mr Brookins is spoken of in terms of high regard as a representative business man and citizen.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co, Iowa, 1919, pages 16 and 17. Transcribed by Lookup Person, Leonard Granger