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First Lieutenant William H. PARKER, born in Weathersfield, Vermont, March 20, 1840 is of Puritan ancestry, a descendant of James PARKER born in 1617 in Wiltshire, England and arriving in Massachusetts prior to 1640.  William's parents were Dexter PARKER, born May 30, 1799 in Vermont and Esther PIPER.  They were married on January 24, 1824.  Dexter PARKER was the superintendent of the Lowell, Mass cotton weaving mills prior to coming west in May 1844.  He died in Rutland, Dane County, Wisconsin in May 1845 from physicans errors in the treatment of his malaria.  His wife died Nov 16, 1888 at age ninety-one.

After his wife Louisa (SMITH) PARKER died at a young age, William H. PARKER, enlisted in the Union Army February 20, 1864, and advanced to rank of First Lieutenant.  While serving his country he was held as a prisoner of war and after the surrender he commanded a Company in the Grand Review, in Washington DC.

In Dec 1866, he married Ettie MASON and in 1870 they, with their young daughter, arrived in Lawler, Chickasaw County Iowa.  In 1877, he purchased the Bank of Lawler and held several public offices.  He died June 12, 1912 and left four married children: Louisa May BAILEY, Henrietta MARTIN, Fannie Esther HIMES, and Clifton Mason PARKER.  Mrs PARKER now makes her home among the children.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 32 - 36


Joseph J. PROCHASKA, proprietor of the Plain View Stock Farm of 160 acres, situated on Section 22, Utica Township, Chickasaw County, is well known as a successful dealer in Poland China hogs and other farm animals.

Joseph was born in Utica Township, 08 July 1874, and is a son of Frank and Mary (PTACNIK) PROCHASKA, both of whom are natives of Bohemia. They came to United States and married in the local area. As the years passed they became the owners of 320 acres of valuable land in Utica Township. The parents are now retired and living in Protivin, enjoying all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.

Joseph J. PROCHASKA was educated in the district schools and learned farming on the family homestead. He was married 18 November 1907 to Miss Mamie Fisher, of Winneshiek County Iowa, a daughter of John Fisher, an early settler of that county. In the spring following their marriage, they rented the family farm for 3 years and have owned the farm since 1911.

The Plain View Stock Farm has a reputation as a breeder of hogs and now ships the thorough-bred Poland China hogs as far as New York and New Jersey.

To Mr and Mrs PROCHASKA have been born four children, namely: Clarence J., Alice M., Joseph R., and May A. PROCHASKA.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 478 and 481