Fremont County, Iowa

Riverton Township

Biographies

Source: History of Fremont County, Iowa
(Des Moines: Iowa History Co., 1881)
Transcribed by Cay Merryman

  • ANDERSON, JOSEPH W., stock and grain dealer, P. O. Riverton; born February 14, 1842, in Clay county, Missouri, and was educated in the Clay county high school. Engaged in farming until 1865, when he moved to Fremont county, and continued in the same avocation. From 1869 to 1871 he clerked for his brother in Sidney, and then bought him out and moved his stock to Riverton, taking as a partner Thomas Maloy. In 1872 he sold out, and engaged in the stock business with Moses Samuels, who afterwards sold out to Mr. I. R. Kidd, Mr. Anderson's present partner. After two years they bought a warehouse and added grain buying to their other business, and have a large trade. January 19, 1871, Mr. Anderson was married to Mrs. Susan Dennis Spratten, of Sidney, Iowa. They have one child, Maud E., born September 29, 1872. Mrs. Anderson has five children by her first husband: Edward, Alice, Frank, Ada and Louise. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Chapter and Blue Lodges of the Masonic fraternity.
  • BALL, JOHN H., restaurant, P. O. Riverton; born March 16, 1840, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania. In 1855 moved with his parents to La Salle county, Illinois, and engaged in farming until 1868, when he engaged in butchering. In 1870 he moved to Sidney, Fremont county, and opened a restaurant. In 1873 he opened a restaurant and boarding house in Riverton. He was married April 12, 1867, to Miss Juliet Franklin, a native of New York. They have three children: Alice E., William J., and Wesley H. Two deceased. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the I.O.O.F.
  • BATCHELDOR, GEORGE D., carpenter and joiner, P. O. Riverton; born in Nelson county, Kentucky, September 3, 1844. Learned the carpenter trade with his father, who was an architect. In 1869 he moved to Fremont county, locating at Sidney, engaging at his trade for one year, and then moved to Riverton and has worked at his trade continuously ever since, building many of the houses and stores in that place. He was united in marriage September 9, 1873, to Miss Martha J. Buttercase of Riverton. They have three children: Addie J., James D., and Robert. Mr. Batcheldor is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
  • BUTTERCASE, JANE, section 32, P. O. Riverton; was born in Scotland, December 22, 1816, her maiden name being Beverige. She was married November 16, 1839, to Robert Buttercase, who was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, August 27, 1814. They emigrated to America in 1848, locating at Utica, New York, and Mr. Buttercase engaged in milling; from there he moved to Hendricks county, Indiana, and in 1858 to Fremont county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming until his death, which occurred November 29, 1874. She has two children living: Margaret J., born January 19, 1853, now the wife of Geo. Batcheldor; Christina, born June 18, 1835(?), wife of Thomas Thompson. Two deceased: James, killed in battle August 22, 1863; Alexander, died November 28, 1879. Mrs. Buttercase owns a fine farm of two hundred acres, and has a fine home in which to pass her declining years.
  • COWGER, EVAN F., physician and surgeon, P. O. Riverton; was born August 30, 1843, in Rushville, Indiana. At the age of ten years moved with his parents to Jefferson county, Iowa, and was educated in the Fairfield College, since changed to Parsons College. July 25, 1862, at the age of eighteen he enlisted in company D., nineteenth regiment, Iowa volunteers. Participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, siege of Vicksburg and other engagements shown in the history of the regiment in this book. He was wounded at Prairie Grove, and draws a pension for it. After serving three years he was promoted to lieutenant in the United States volunteers, and served two years, and was mustered out March 30, 1868. He then commenced the study of medicine and graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Keokuk, Iowa. He commenced practice at Abington, Iowa, in March 1872, and at Riverton, September, 1873. He has an extensive practice, and makes surgery a specialty. August 10, 1865, he was married to Miss Susan Cline of Jefferson county, Iowa. they have four children: Mary E., Richard J., Annie L. and Edward E. Dr. Cowger was elected on the greenback ticket to the office of coroner of Fremont county in 1879.
  • CLARK, CHARLES T., physician and druggist, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Virginia and was born in Washington county, January 18, 18--. He was educated at the University of Virginia and graduated with the degrees of A. B. and M. D. He afterwards received the degree of A. M. from the Iowa Central University at Pella. After following the medical profession at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City, he located in Riverton where he has since continued to practice, and has been engaged extensively in the drug business. He was the nominee of the democratic party for state representative in 1879. June 10, 1877, he was married to Miss Clara Gaffney, of Riverton. They have two children: Edna and Charles T.
  • CASSEL, HENRY, farmer, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Miami county, Ohio, and was born September 17, 1833. In 1847 he moved to Schuyler county, Illinois, and remained there until 1856, when he went to California, and in 1860 returned to Miami county, Ohio. In 1863 he moved to Hancock county, Illinois, and remained two years, and then purchased a farm in Schuyler county, on which he remained until 1877, when he came to Fremont county, locating on the farm now owned by him. While crossing the Isthmus in 1856 he was in the railroad accident which occurred May 7. His first experience on the California coast was beholding two bodies suspended, which had been hung by vigilantes. He was married January 3, 1860, to Miss Nancy Ann Thompson. They have six children: William Oscar, Ada, Nellie, Daisy, Minnie and Fred H. He owns 160 acres of well improved land.
  • CHANDLER, JOSEPH W., grain dealer, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Wayne county, Ohio, and was born December 15, 1820; he resided at the place of his nativity until he attained man's estate, following farming as an occupation. In 1839 he moved to Fulton county, Illinois, and continued the occupation of his youth. After moving in 1843 to Adams county, Illinois, and in 1849 to Grant county, Wisconsin, he came in 1861 to Fremont county, locating on a farm in Madison township, where he still resides. In 1872 he engaged in milling for two years, he then moved his mill to Riverton and in February, 1880, formed a copartnership with W. P. Davis and engaged in the grain business. On November 15, 1843, he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Savage of Fulton, Illinois, who died August 7, 1879. He has three children: Thomas J., Harriet M. and Emery W. Two deceased.
  • CLAMMER, REV. GEORGE, pastor M. E. church, P. O. Riverton. Mr. Clammer was born in Alleghany county, Maryland, March 14, 1834. At the age of fifteen he moved to Pennsylvania and learned the blacksmith trade, and after moving to West Virginia he returned to Pennsylvania, and in 1855 moved to Mahaska county, Iowa, and engaged in farming. February 14, 1857, he was licensed as a local preacher in the M. E. church, and on September 22nd of the same year was received into the Iowa annual conference of the city of Des Moines. At the expiration of eight years he was admitted to the Des Moines conference, of which he is still a member. He was married July 19, 1859, to Miss Elsa D. Bowman, of Mahaska county, Iowa, who died November 19, 1861. By this union he had one child, now deceased. He was again married April 27, 1864, to Mrs. Abigail A. Sampson, widow of John Sampson. They have six children: Mintie A., Hattie E., Mertie E., George P., Raymond M., and Blanche.
  • DAVIS, WILLIAM P., grain dealer, P. O. Riverton. Mr. Davis is a native of Wayne county, Ohio, and was born October 3d, 1834. His early life was spent on a farm, and in 1853 he moved to McDonough county, Illinois, and engaged in teaching school, which he continued for about ten years. He also engaged in the boot and shoe business. In 1868 he moved to Fremont county and engaged in farming and stock buying. In 1877 he moved to Riverton and continued buying and shipping stock. In 1878 he commenced merchandising, but was burned out in February, 1880, and then purchased an interest in a grain elevator, and formed with Mr. Chandler the firm of Davis & Chandler. He was married September 4, 1856, to Miss Nancy Dunkan, of Illinois. they have seven children: Wilbur R., Charles H., Mary E., Iva C., Ollie J., Paul B., and Edna. One deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are members of the M. E. church. He still owns his fine farm on section 11 in Madison township.
  • ESTES, WOODSON S., tinner, P. O. Riverton; born June 14, 1832, in Clay county, Missouri; at a youthful age moved to St. Joseph and received his education in Cook's college. From 1849 until 1853 he engaged in the hardware business in the same city, when he moved to Sidney, Fremont county, and engaged in the same business until 1869. Then returning to St. Joseph he, in 1861, entered the army as captain of company K, eighteenth regiment Missouri infantry. Participated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Iuka, and many minor engagements. He was twice wounded. After serving about three years he returned to Sidney and again engaged in the hardware business. In 1874 he moved to Riverton and enlarged his business. He was the first District Deputy Grand Master of the I.O.O.F. in this district, and organized the first lodge in Fremont county. Captain Estes was married November 13, 1850, to Miss Elizabeth E. Wilson, of Lexington, Kentucky. they have three children: Amos B., Ella, and Jones W. Three deceased.
  • FOUTS, WM. H., merchant, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Fulton county, Illinois, and was born March 12, 1854. Here he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the common schools and the commercial school at Keokuk, Iowa. In 1869 he located in fremont county and engaged in farming. In May 1879, he purchased the grocery store of Daniel Bailey, which burned February 10, 1880. After a short season spent in Colorado, he returned and engaged in the mercantile business, which he now follows for a livelihood. He is an Ancient Odd Fellow and a member of the A.O.U.W.
  • FEIL, PETER, farmer, section 36; is a native of Holstein, Germany, and was born May 20, 1844, and was educated in a private school. He emigrated to America in 1866, and located in Davenport, Iowa. In the spring of 1867 he went to Montana, remaining there two years; he then settled in Fremont county. He was united in marriage April 6, 1874, to Miss Annie Lau, of Holstein, Germany; by this union they have three children living: Bertha, born December 4, 1874; George W., born November 4, 1876; Peter E., born January 12, 1879; one deceased. Mr. Feil received his naturalization papers in 1873. He owns 280 acres of fine land and is engaged extensively in stock raising.
  • GREEDY, GEORGE, farmer, section 12, P. O. Riverton; born in Somersetshire, England, October 7, 1833, remained there until twenty-one years of age, when he emigrated to America, settling in Ogdensburg, New York; after remaining two years he went to Illinois, where he remained four years, and then moved to Taylor county, Iowa; from there he went to Worth county, Miisouri, and remained ten years, when he came to Fremont county locating on the farm now owned by him, containing 530 acres. He was married in Knox county, Illinois, February 21, 1861, to Miss Hannah Beach. By this union they have seven children living: Francis A., Lee E., Mary J., Lily D., Emma E., Hattie A. and Jessie - one deceased. Mr. Greedy has through his industry and energy accumulated a fine property; he makes stock raising a specialty and does a large business.
  • HOY, ROLAND, liveryman, P. O. Riverton; was born August 10, 1838, in Platt county, Missouri, engaged in farming and receiving his education until twenty-one years of age, when he moved to Jefferson county, Kansas, and engaged in teaching. After living in various places he moved in 1869 to Johnson county, Kansas, and after engaging in farming for a short time he entered the hardware trade, which he followed until 1874, when he moved to Riverton and engaged in his present business. He was united in marriage to Miss Belle L. Anderson, of Fremont county, September 18, 1866. They have one child, Fanny May - four deceased. Mr. Hoy is a member of the Baptist church, and the Masonic fraternity.
  • HOUGH, JAMES H., merchant, P. O. Riverton. Mr. Hough was born in Grafton, New Hampshire, August 3, 18--. At the age of seven years he moved with his parents to Calhoun county, Michigan, where he grew to manhood, receiving his education in Olivet college. In 1855 he moved to Appanoose county, Iowa, where he served as county surveyor, county treasurer, and recorder. In 1864 he engaged in the wholesale grocery business in Burlington, Iowa. He came to Fremont county in 1874, and engaged in the wholesale grocery business, which he still follows successfully. He was married January 11, 1860, to Miss Hattie Barden, a native of Michigan, who died October 23, 1862. By this union he has one child: Barden J. He was again married June 15, 1864, to Miss Emma Barden, a native of Michigan. they have two children: Mary and Carrie. Mr. Hough is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
  • HATTEN, SEBASTIAN C., druggist, Riverton; born in Putnam county, Virginia, November 7, 1848. Removed with his parents to Holt county, Missouri, when three years of age; came to this county thirteen years later. Educated in the common schools and in the high school department of the Sidney school. He taught school for three years, and took charge of the drug store of T. G. Stephens, at Riverton, in 1873. In 1878 he purchased the stock of G. D. Reynolds and engaged in business for himself. In 1880 he was nominated by the greenback party as a candidate for clerk of the courts, but declined before election day. Mr. Hatten was married November 23, 1876, to Miss Ella Estes, of Riverton. They are the parents of two children: Ora and Earl. Mr. H., is a Royal Arach Mason, being a member of Shekinah chapter, No. 44.
  • JUNGQUIST, JOHN, P. O. Riverton; is a native of lower Sweden, and was born June 11, 1850. In 1869 he emigrated to America, locating in Champaign county, Illinois, and from there went to Mills county, Iowa, and engaged in working for the C. B. & Q. R.R. Co. for three years when he returned to Sweden. After remaining eight months he crossed the ocean for the second time and located in Riverton, in the employ of the C. B. & Q. R.R. Co. He was married to Miss L. Hock, November 30, 1876. She was born in Germany, July 6, 1859. They have had one child: Carl F., who died July 15, 1878. Mr. Jungquist is a member of the I.O.O.F., and owns a good farm and his residence in Riverton.
  • JOHNSON, CHRISTIAN C., brickmaker, P. O. Riverton; was born May 5, 1849, in Denmark, and in 1868 he emigrated to America, locating at Racine, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1869 he went to Nebraska City and moved to Riverton in 1877. Here he opened a brick yard, which does an extensive business. He was united in marriage August 16, 1870, to Miss Annie Oleson, and has by this union three children: Ezra, Frederic and John F. He has been successful in business and owns valuable property.
  • KIDD, ISAAC R., grain and stock dealer, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Illinois, and was born June 10, 1838; at two years of age moved with his parents to Macoupin county, the same state, and grew to manhood on a farm. In August 1861, he enlisted in company H, thirtieth regiment Illinois volunteers. Participated in the battles of Belmont, Fort Donelson, Corinth, Vicksburg and other minor engagements. was promoted from private to orderly sergeant, then to second lieutenant, and finally to first lieutenant, and was mustered out October 27, 1864, when he engaged in farming in Mercer county, Illinois. In 1871 he moved to Fremont county and opened a grocery store in Riverton but afterwards commenced dealing in grain and stock and has built up a fine business. He was married January 28, 1864, to Miss Catherine Mills, of Aledo, Mercer county, Illinois; by this union they have five children: Albert F., Ernest M., Lewis, Ine U. and Charles. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
  • LUSBY, THOMAS, brick mason, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Lincolnshire, England, and was born April 6, 1832. At the age of nineteen he commenced learning the brick mason trade, and in 1852 emigrated to Canada, and served four years as an apprentice at Bradford, Canada West. After working in Chicago, Bloomington, Illinois, and New London, Henry county, Iowa, he moved to Fremont county, building the First Baptist church of Sidney, the first brick church in the county. He built the first brick house in Hamburg, and has built a majority of the brick buildings in Riverton. He was married March 19, 1858 to Miss Elizabeth J. Thomas, of Fremont county. they have two children living: George W., born February 12, 1865; Charles W., born February 3, 1860; one deceased. Mr. Lusby has a good farm which is chiefly managed by his wife.
  • LOVELAND, FREDERICK L., farmer, section 21, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Ashtabula county, Ohio, and was born June 10, 1833. At the age of four years he moved with his parents to Putnam county, Indiana, remaining there until 1846, when he moved to Lee county, Iowa. In 1856 he moved to Fremont county and entered the land now occupied by him. From 1859 to 1870 he spent on the Pacific slope, and returned to Fremont county in February 1870. He was united in marriage in the spring of 1870 to Miss Julia Cowles, of Sidney, Fremont county, who died June 9, 1871. He was again married March 7, 1873, to Miss Anna Bosworth, of Tabor, Fremont county; by this union they have two children living: Nellie Blanche, born May 19, 1875; Louisa Inez, born July 30, 1880. One deceased. Mr. Loveland's farm contains 330 acres, and is one of the best in the county.
  • MALEHAM, JOSEPH, grain dealer, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Ohio and was born in Cincinnati, December 24, 1846. Was educated in the common schools and Mainville Academy, Ohio. In April, 1863, moved to Marshall county, Illinois, and enlisted in company F, 139th volunteers, in April, 1864. After being discharged he returned to Marshall county and engaged in farming for two years, when he went into the lumber business in Illinois, and after one year sold out and went into the drug business, which he followed until 1876. In the meantime he traveled one year as salesman in the crockery business. In March 1877, he moved to Fremont county, locating in Riverton, and engaged in the grain business with Mr. O. Parrott. They do an extensive business. Mr. Maleham is the general manager and chemist of the Riverton Family Medicine Company.
  • MARVIN, MARY M., section 20, P. O., Riverton; was born July 7, 1823, in Fairfield county, Ohio. At the age of eighteen moved to Hancock county, Ohio, and was married November 2, 1845, to Reuben Marvin, of the same county, who was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, December 7, 1822, and died of chronic army disease January 20, 1877. In 1854 they moved to Fremont county, locating in Sidney. Mr. Marvin was a carpenter by trade, and filled the offices of sheriff of Fremont county, and deputy United States marshal. He entered the army in 1862, as first lieutenant of company A, 8th Iowa cavalry, and was promoted to captain, participating in the fortunes of his regiment. After the war he purchased the place now the home of his wife. Mrs. Marvin has five children living: Susanna, Mabel, Rebecca J., Francis E., and Emily G.; two deceased.
  • MURRAY, JAMES A., merchant, P. O. Riverton; was born in Fremont county, Iowa, December 2, 1856, and received his education in the common schools of his district, and Tabor college. Was engaged with his father in the banking business until 1878, when he and his brother engaged in the mercantile business, which they still continue with ability and success. He was united in marriage to Miss Clara A. Gardner, of Riverton, December 6, 1877. He is the son of George B. Murray, who died in 1875.
  • PERRY THOMAS J. R., Jr., P. O. Riverton; is a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, and was born January 18, 1838. At the age of seven years he moved with his parents to Burlington, Iowa, and received his education at the Burlington University. In June 1861, he enlisted in the first regiment Iowa cavalry, company H., and was promoted first to orderly sergeant, then to first lieutenant and finally to captain. Engaged in the battles of Little Rock, Little Missouri and minor engagements, after serving three years was mustered out, and re-enlisted, serving until the close of the war. After making two trips to New Mexico he engaged in 1869 in the drug business in Burlington. In 1873 he was engaged as principal of the West Hill school, Burlington and filled that position until 1875 when he moved to Riverton, where he organized the Riverton school and acted as principal until 1878. He then engaged in banking, filling the position of cashier until 1879. He was chosen principal of the school in 1879, and after its close was chosen principal of the Sidney public schools. He was married October 31, 1869, to Miss Ruth E. Gregg, a native of Iowa, who died June 17, 1871. They have one child, Evelin C. He was again married June 17, 1876, to Miss Louanna Anderson of Riverton. They have one child, H. H. Prof. Perry is a deacon in the Baptist church and a member of the I.O.O.F., A.F. and A.M. and the A.O.U.W.
  • PARDEE, SAMUEL B., farmer, section 10, P. O. Riverton; born February 12, 1836, in Portage county, Ohio, and grew to manhood in his native place. In 1854 he moved to Kankakee county, Illinois, and resided there and in Will and Whiteside counties until 1868, when he moved to Fremont county, locating on the farm where he now resides. He was married March 25, 1875, to Miss Estella Frazier, of Fremont county. They have three children: Otway, Coleman and an infant. Mr. and Mrs. Pardee ae members of the M. E. church. He owns a fine farm of 250 acres, and has a fine residence.
  • ROBERTS, WILLIAM M., mayor and justice of the peace, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Virginia and was born April 3, 1829. At the age of fourteen he began life as a shoemaker, and has followed that avocation the greater portion of his life. In 1849 he moved to Henry county, Iowa, and engaged in his trade for eighteen years. He then operated a farm until 1873, when he moved to Riverton and again engaged at his trade, which he followed until 1875. In 1877 he was elected mayor of Riverton, and in 1878 justice of the peace. He was married February 19, 1853, to Miss Susan V. Helferstory, of Virginia. They have nine children: John W., Nathan, Laura, Asbury, Mary, Samuel S., Henry M., Nellie and Ella. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the M. E. church.
  • ROBERTS, JAMES C., hardware dealer, Riverton; born in Sangamon county, Illinois, October 31, 1851. Was educated at Berlin, Illinois. Became a clerk at the age of sixteen, and engaged in business at twenty. was a merchant in Illinois until 1874, when he removed to this county. He first engaged in farming, and in feeding and shipping stock. In January, 1876, he engaged in the drug business at Riverton. In October 1877, in company with Thomas Thomson, he established the large and prosperous hardware store of which he is now an inmate (sic). He is a member of the Christian Church, and of the A.O.U.W. Mr. Roberts was married in Sangamon county, Illinois, June 19, 1872, to Miss Mary J. Marmaduke, of Loudon county, Virginia. They are the parents of three children: Richard J., Grace Lee, and Katie May.
  • ROCKAFELLOW, E. J., farmer, Riverton township, section 13, P. O. Farragut; born March 16, 1849, in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1870, when he removed to this county. He received a common school education and learned the carpenter's trade. In company with C. Johnson he burned the first brick burned in Riverton. He engaged in brick making for some years, and then purchased the eighty-acre farm on which he now resides. Mr. Rockafellow was married December 16, 1874, at Riverton, to Miss Addie I. Adams, who was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, in 1855, and came to Fremont county the year of her marriage. They have three children: Carrie E., Sidney A., and Nellie V. Mr. R. came to this county in straightened circumstances, but is now the owner of a nice little farm, which he has under good cultivation and well stocked, with an excellent prospect in life before him.
  • REPLOGLE, J. M., P. O. Riverton; was born in Wayne county, Indiana, January 1, 1833. In 1854, he moved to Appanoose county, Iowa, remaining there until 1875, when he came to Riverton and engaged in milling. He is the inventor of a mill spindle which is in use and works successfully. He has given his attention to milling since thirty years of age and has been very successful as a miller. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Clemons, of Iowa, October 9, 1857. They have seven children living: Samuel M., Jacob H., David A., Barbara E., Maggie R., Kate E. and Ursulam. One deceased, John A., who died April 16, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Replogle are members of the German Baptist church.
  • SMITH, ISAAC,farmer, section 29; is a native of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, and was born August 9, 1833. In 1857 he moved to Fremont county, locating on the land now occupied by the thriving town of Riverton. May 31, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Rockafellow, a native of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. By this union they have seven children living: Albert, Sherman, Alum, Chester C., Gerro, Eva and Stella. Three deceased. Mr. Smith is proprietor of the property known as the "Mill Creek Mill," and owns a fine residence and much valuable property.
  • SMITH, COLEMAN, farmer, section 20; was born July 6, 1831, in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, and resided there until 1860, when he moved to Fremont county, locating at his present home. He was married to Miss Georgilla Zimmerman, of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, August 30, 1849. By this union they have five children: Ursula, Morris, Emanuel, Isaac S. and Susan L. Two deceased. Mrs. Smith's mother, Hannah L. Zimmerman, resides with her daughter, and was born November 7, 1812. Mr. Smith resides in a fine dwelling in Riverton, and owns much valuable property.
  • SMITH, HENRY S., saddler, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Oswego county, New York, and was born October 9, 1840. Received his education in the common schools and Mexico Academy. At the age of nineteen he learned the trade of saddler and harness maker, which he has made his permanent business; he however spent three years in farming after his locating in Fremont county in 1869. He owns the pioneer harness shop of Riverton. He was united in marriage August 3, 1862, to Francis A. Hart, a native of Oneida county, New York; by this union they have two children living: George H. and Fred F. They have lost one, Mary F., who died September 24, 1863. Mr. Smith is a member of the I.O.O.F.
  • SEXTON, O. G., banker, P. O. Riverton; was born December 18, 1848, in Walworth county, Wisconsin. at the age of twelve years he moved to Adams county, Wisconsin. He received his education in Tabor College, Fremont county, Iowa, and began the study of law in 1876, and has practiced in the courts of Iowa since his admission to the bar. He was united in marriage March 7, 1878, to Miss Willella Warder, a native of Illinois; by this union they have one child: Corrie W., born November 19, 1879. Mr. Sexton has been a member of the Baptist church since 1868, and is a member of the A.F. & A.M. order. Is one of the firm of Davis & Sexton, attorneys at law and bankers.
  • SMITH, ISAAC S., P. O. Riverton; born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1858; came to Fremont county in 1860, where he has lived ever since. He attended the common schools from the age of eight years until the spring of 1876, when he went to Simpson Centenary College, at Indianola, where he remained for three years. He taught country schools for three terms, and in September, 1880, took charge of the Riverton public school as principal, being the youngest principal of one of the best schools in southwestern Iowa.
  • SWINEFORD, AUSTIN M., merchant, P. O. Riverton; born December 2, 1838, in Ashland county, Ohio, and grew to manhood's estate at his native place. Engaged in farming during the greater portion of his life, but learned the carpenter trade during his youth. In 1871 he moved to Fremont county and engaged in farming until 1876, when he moved to Riverton and engaged in carpentering for one year, he then opened a furniture store in connection with Mr. Davies, but finally bought out his partner, and is doing a good business. He was, on the 4th of October, 1866, married to Miss Mary M. Martein, of Ashland county, Ohio. they have an adopted child: Lula May. Mr. Swineford is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and Baptist church. Mr. Swineford is a member of the same church.
  • SHOEMAKER, ALBERT,carpenter and joiner, P. O. Riverton; was born in Holmes county, Ohio, September 30, 1836. At the age of four years moved to Porter county, Indiana. In 1865 moved to Albion, Marshall county, Iowa, and engaged in the furniture business for two years, and then spent two years in the grocery trade. After engaging at the carpenter trade and living in Webster county as a farmer, he moved in 1872 to Fremont county and located in Riverton, and has followed various avocations since. He is at present engaged as a carpenter and joiner. He enlisted in February, 1865, in company E, 151st regiment Indiana volunteers. August 21, 1861, he was married to Miss Melvina Maulsby, of Iowa, who died April 24, 1864. He was again married February 3, 1867, to Miss Mary E. Maulsby. They have four children: Orella R., Frank J., Viola M., and Everett M. Three deceased.
  • TROBEE, FRANCIS M., general agent Riverton Family Medicine Company, P. O. Riverton; was born June 10, 1835, in Morgan, Ohio. At the age of eight years moved with his parents to Burlington, Iowa, and from there to Jefferson county, Iowa, where he received his education in the high school of Henry county. He engaged in the mercantile business until August 8, 1862, when he enlisted in company D, nineteenth regiment Iowa volunteers - participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, siege of Vicksburg, and minor engagements. was promoted to sergeant-major of the fifty-sixth United States colored regiment February 10, 1864, and to second lieutenant April 24th; to 1st lieutenant and regimental quartermaster June 20th, and served as quartermaster until the close of the war. After being promoted to quartermaster was detailed as acting assistant quartermaster and commissary of subsistence for the eastern district of Arkansas. Was mustered out August 16, 1866. After returning to Jefferson county and remaining until 1872, he came to Riverton and engaged in the mercantile business until 1878. In the spring of 1880 he assisted in organizing the Riverton Family Medicine Company, and is their general agent. It is a stock company and has a flattering prospect for a successful future. He was married November 19, 1857, to Miss Rachiel A. McCrery, who died February 10, 1867. He was again married October 19, 1869, to Miss Louisa A. Gardner. they have two children: Carrie M., and Grace R. Mr. Trobee is a member of the Baptist church, and of the A.F. and A.M.
  • THATCHER, LEWIS A., blacksmith, P. O. Riverton; born September 6, 1813, in Huntington county, New Jersey. when but seven years of age, his father died, and he was bound to J. R. Tilus for seven years and five months. He then engaged with J. B. Smith, for four years and seven months, learning the blacksmith trade. At the age of twenty one he went to Long Island, and from there to Ohio. After engaging in blacksmithing in Peoria county, Illinois, from 1837 to 1872, he came to Riverton, Fremont county, and located at his present stand. He has worked faithfully at his trade for over fifty years. He was married August 17, 1838, to Miss Sarah J. Prosser, who died January 1, 1867. He has three children, Jonas, born April 30, 1840; William, born May 15, 1846; Wiley W., born March 26, 1857.
  • THOMSON, THOMAS, hardware dealer, Riverton; born in Linlithgowshire, Scotland, December 22, 1841; removed to America in 1842, locating in this county. Engaged in farming and stock feeding up to 1874, when he removed to Riverton and engaged in banking for two and a half years, and then became connected with Mr. J. C. Roberts in the hardware trade. Mr. T. still owns one farm, but the greater portion of his property is in Riverton. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the United Workmen. In religion he is a Baptist. He has filled many township offices very acceptably, but latterly has devoted his entire time to the business in which he is engaged, and which is one of the best of the kind in the county. Mr. Thomson was married in 1864 to Christena Buttercase, of Fremont county. They have six children living: Robert, James, Catharine, Christena, Alice and Nellie.
  • WILLIAMS, WILLIAM M., lumber dealer, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Porter county, Indiana, and was born September 26, 1850. At the age of fourteen moved with his parents to Delaware county, Iowa, and was educated at the Hopkinton academy, Hopkinton, Iowa. He engaged in teaching for several years and moved to Riverton, Fremont county, in 1872. Here he engaged in teaching and clerking until 1873, then engaged as book-keeper in the lumber yard now owned by Perry & Williams, of which firm he is a member. He was married February 18, 1875, to Miss Jennie Mason, of Fremont county, Iowa. They have two children: Fred H. and Ethel E. Mr. Williams is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been secretary of his lodge for seven years. He has by his energy and industry accumulated considerable property and won for himself an enviable reputation.
  • WINKLER, JULIUS F., farmer, section 9, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Saalfeld, Germany, and was born January 4, 1836; here he grew to manhood, learning the cooper's trade. In 1861, he emigrated to America, locating in Baltimore, remaining there until 1863, when he moved to Fremont county, and bought the farm on which he now resides. He was married August 11, 1864, to Miss Ann Elizabeth Birkel, who was born in Germany, December 30, 1838. They have two children: Christopher H., born May 21, 1865, and Emma H., born December 23, 1867. Mr. Winkler owns a good well improved farm.
  • WELLINGTON, ELWIN, farmer and bee raiser, section 32, P. O. Riverton; was born December 14, 1842 in Madison county, Indiana, and in October, 1851, moved to Fremont county, Iowa, locating in Riverton township, and is the oldest living settler of that township. He enlisted March 22, 1862, in company D, 5th M.S.M., and was mustered out June 22, 1863, when he re-enlisted in the fourteenth regiment Kansas cavalry, company C. He was promoted to orderly sergeant, and was mustered out in August, 1865, when he returned to his farm and has made bee raising a specialty, having one hundred colonies. Has taken the first premium for bees for three years at the Shenandoah fair. He was married in 1867, to Miss Catherine K. McIntosh, of Fremont county. they have five children living: Fannie, Elizabeth, Amie, James and Edwin, two deceased. Mr. Wellington is a member of the I.O.O.F.
  • YARDY, WILLIAM F., blacksmith, P. O. Riverton; is a native of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, and was born January 10, 1839. At the age of seventeen he commenced serving his apprenticeship as a blacksmith. In May 1861, he enlisted in company E, sixth Pennsylvania reserve infantry, and participated in the battles Drainsville, second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam. He was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg; after about one year he returned to his regiment and shared its fortunes until they were mustered out. He was one of fourteen of the original number. At the close of the war he worked at his trade in Pennsylvania, and moved to Riverton October 2, 1872, and engaged in blacksmithing. August 30, 1864, he was married to Miss Lucinda Hammond, of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Yardy are members of the M. E. Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.



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