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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 1221~




One of the gallant "boys in blue" and a son of the Buckeye state is David L. Dorland, who has a large and well patronized livery and feed stable in West Union, his birth having occurred in Wayne county, Ohio, August 29, 1839, and he is the son of Cornelius and Elizabeth (Long) Dorland, natives of Wayne county, Ohio, who came to Clayton county, Iowa, in 1855, locating on a farm on Hewitt creek, near Volga. The father enlisted in the cause of his country, in Company H, Thirty-eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and he died of a disease contracted while in the service, his death occurring at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis. Previous to his enlistment, he had sold his first farm and a bought another in Illyria township, Fayette county, and on this his widow and children lived until after the war, when they moved to Wadena, thence to West Union, where she died at the home of her son, David L., of this review. Ten children had been born to these parents, namely: James, who was killed in the army; David L., of this review; Mary Haynes; Margaret Ann, Cornelius, George, Samantha, Hidinger, William and Garrett. Besides being the subject of this sketch, the only ones living are Cornelius, Elizabeth and William. Five sons emulated the patriotic example of their father in the family and gave their services to the Union during the Civil war, all except Cornelius being in Iowa regiments. After serving from August, 1862, until August, 1865, David L. returned to his maternal home and engaged in teaming for William Larrabee, hauling flour from Clermont Mills to markets elsewhere, his home having been in Clermont at that time. He then moved to West Union and continued teaming for several years, hauling produce to McGregor and returning with merchandise, this being before the days of railroads in this locality. Mr. Dorland engaged in the grocery business in West Union for three years, and he was on a farm for three years. Selling his farm, he returned to West Union and for five years was in the saloon business, retiring from the same when the prohibition amendment passed. He then engaged in the livery business, which he still continues, having built up a very satisfactory patronage; in fact, he has met with a reasonable degree of success in all his business enterprises, having worked hard and managed his affairs in an honest manner.


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