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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


C. F. Fleming





       C. F. FLEMING, one of the prominent and well to do citizens of Delhi township, Delaware county, Iowa, was born in the city of Stockholm, Sweden, June 3, 1828. He came to America in 1837, landing at Kingston, Mass., where he made his home for some years. He followed the high seas from 1837 to 1848, during which time he visited many countries. In 1848, when gold was discovered in California, Mr. Fleming was among the first to visit the Sunset State in quest of the precious metal. He went to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama and spent seven years in the mining districts of that state. He followed mining some, traded and kept a general store while he was there. In 1855 he returned to his former home in Massachusetts.


     In 1858 Mr. Fleming removed to Delhi, Delaware county, Iowa, and erected a large mill on the Maquoketa river near Delhi, which for several years was run almost day and night.


     In 1888, Mr. Fleming purchased a plantation in Kemper county, Miss.

     In 1855 he married, taking to share his life's fortunes Miss Mary S. Holmes, of Plymouth, Mass. The result of this union has been six children, viz.: Charles F., deceased; Andrew M., David H., Edmund, Mary L., and Elice C., deceased.

     In politics Mr. Fleming has always been identified with the democratic party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.


     He was one of a company of seven who organized and built the St. Paul & Davenport railroad through Delaware county.


     He now owns over five hundred acres of land in the county and at one time owned over fourteen hundred. He also owns a section of valuable land in Ida county, Iowa, the adjoining little town of Galva. 


     Mr. Fleming is a genial, affable gentleman and an enterprising, public-spirited citizen.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 279-280; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson