LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY

A   LLER, ANTON, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Harper

Aller, Nic., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper

Anton, Mike, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper

ASHBY, J. A. Y., of the firm of Littler, Ashby & Company, dealers in general merchandise, Keota; born in Washington, Washington county, Iowa, October 18, 1852; his father came to Iowa, October 17, 1839, and is still living in Washington, and is in his ninety third year; January 1, 1875 he came to Keota and engaged in the mercantile business, under the firm name of Sutton & Ashby, where he continued for about six months, when they desolved, and he became one of the present firm of Littler, Ashby & Company. May 9, 1878, he married Miss Lizzie E. Hulse, a native of Whiteside county, Illinois; Mr. Ashby is a man of good business qualifications, and is an intelligent, affable gentleman; we cannot speak too highly of the good taste displayed in the arrangement of his store.

Axthelm, F. L., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Harper.

B   AILEY, H.S., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

Baker, Peter, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Keota.

Barnes, Ezra, farming implements, Keota.

Batterson, J.L., farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Keota.

Batterson, Mrs. C., farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Keota.

Beck, Peter, laborer, Harper.

Bellows, Mard, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Keota.

Besser, John, retired, Harper.

Besser, J.P., farmer, Sec. 19; P.O. Harper.

BESSER, N., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Harper; born in Prussia, June 26, 1833; when eleven years of age he emigrated with his parents to the United States; they came to this county in 1844; his father died October 11, a few days after his arrival here; his mother died three years later, October 26, 1647;(sic) he has made this county his home ever since 1844; January 29, 1860, he was married to Miss Margaret Harris, a native of Prussia; she died October 10, 1868, leaving two children: Charles and Mary; he was again married to Miss Anna Schiltz, November 20, 1869; by this union they have four children: Albert, Frankie, Edward and John; he owns a well improved farm of 400 acres; Mr. Besser is a good practical farmer and has the respect of all who know him.

Blower, John, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Harper.

Blower, Fred., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Harper.

Bohr, Nick, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Harper.

Boss, Peter, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper.

Bouslog, S., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Harper.

Bowleft, E., Keota.

BRICE, ROBERT S., physician and surgeon, Keota; the subject of this sketch was born in Belmont county, Ohio, July 7 1839; his parents were farmers, he lived on a farm until eighteen years of age, where he received the advantages of the common schools of the county until fourteen years of age; he then attended the West Alexander Academy, where he completed his education; when about eighteen years of age he engaged in teaching, which occupation he followed for about three years; he then commenced the study of medicine with Dr. R. N. Bain, of Powhattan, Ohio; he took one course of lectures at the Louisville University, and another at Ann Arbor, Michigan; on the breaking out of the rebellion Dr. Brice entered the army in company K, Fifty- second Ohio Volunteer Infantry as private, and was in the service ten months, and was wounded at the battle of Stone River, and was then transferred to the Medical Department, at Louisville, Kentucky, where he continued for one year, and during that time was under the tutorship of Donald McClane, physician, who is now professor of surgery in the University of Michigan; the doctor came to Talleyrand, this county, in 1865, and commenced the practice of his profession; he continued there until June 1872, when he came to Keota; since that time has been closely identified with Keota’s best interests, and great credit is due him for the fine educational interests they now enjoy; he has been president of the school board most of the time since his residence here; February 23, 1870, he was married to Mrs. Minerva Smith, a native of Illinois, but raised in this State; they have by this union one daughter living: Nellie, and have lost one son and one daughter: Bernie and Bessie; Mrs. B. has one son and one daughter by her former marriage: Francis M. and Alice.

Brown, S. T., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Keota.

Buckley, H. S., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Harper.

Burkhart, Samuel, restaurant, Keota.

Bush, Noah, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Keota.

Butcher, Conrad, livery, Harper.

Butterfield, Oscar, restaurant, Keota.

C   ARRIS, R. T., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Keota; born in Orange county, New York, November 20, 1832; when four years of age, his parents moved to Licking county, Ohio; he came here in the spring of 1854, and located on his present homestead of 310 acres; April 14, 1854, he was married to Miss Mary J. Brooks, a native of Licking county, Ohio; they have seven sons and four daughters: Hila A., Eldridge G., William H., Rosa M., John S., Ulysses G., Rufus, Leroy, Victor W., Eva and Mary; he is a man honored and respected by all who know him as a thorough business man; he has been county supervisor for two terms, and has held most of the township offices.

Campbell, R. F., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Casford, J. R., drayman, Keota.

CHARLTON, JOSEPH, President of the Keota Glass Works; the subject of this sketch was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1818; when about two years of age he with his parents moved to Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he was raised; he was married to Miss Margaret Thomas, of Greene county, Pennsylvania, in 18--; they came to Iowa, and located in Scott county in 1853, and to this county in the fall of 1855; in April 1856, they returned to Pennsylvania, and returned here in May, 1858, and have been residents of this county ever since; Mr. Charlton has been principally engaged in farming until six years ago, when he came to Keota, while in its infancy, and started a meat market under the firm name of Charlton & Son; Mr. Charlton has been closely identified with the interests of Keota for the past six years, and was one of the foremost in the organization of their glass works, and deserves a great deal of credit for the substantial aid and encouragement of such an enterprise; although not the richest man in Keota, he has rendered more substantial aid in the advancement of the enterprise than any other citizen; Mr. and Mrs. Charlton have been blessed with seven children, two sons and five daughters: Josephus B., Wm. R., Caroline, Maggie, Nancy J., Lucy and Ella; J. B., the oldest, served his country during the late war; he enlisted in company I, Eighteenth Iowa Infantry; he enlisted as private and was mustered out  as second lieutenant; he served three years; Mr. C. was mayor of Keota one term and has held various offices of trust.

Charlton & Son, butchers, Keota.

Charlton, W. R., meat market, Keota.

Chesney, Mrs. M., Creswell.

Chesney, Wm., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Creswell.

Chesney, J. M., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Creswell.

CLARK, JOHN, farmer and stock- raiser, Sec. 9; P. O. Keota; born March 25, 1831 in Lincolnshire, England and was raised a farmer; he came to the United States in 1852, and settled in Tasewell county, Illinois; he came to this county and settled where he now lives in 1858; owns a fine farm of 140 acres; he married Miss M. Ferguson, December 28, 1856; she was a native of Perthshire, Scotland, born August 28, 1827; they have five children: Wm. T., Eliza A., Benj. G., May and Kittie; lost one son: David F.

CLARKE, J. C., dealer in agricultural implements, Keota; born in Grafton county, N. H., July 25, 1832; seven years later, he, with his parents, moved to Caledonia county, Vermont, where he continued to make his home until he reached his majority; Mr. Clark had all the advantages of the common schools of that State supplemented with an academic education; he taught school in Caledonia county four years; in 1853 he was married to Miss Mary E. Carson, of Grafton county, New Hampshire; the same year he came west and located in Peoria, Illinois, where he engaged in teaching three years; in the fall of 1856 he removed to Iowa county, this State; he there engaged in farming for twenty years, with exception of one year, when he was engaged in the mercantile business; in 1869 he returned to Iowa county, occasionally teaching school during the winter months; he represented that county in the legislature during the Fourteenth and Fifteenth General Assemblies, 1872; and 1874; came to Keota in 1875 and established his present business, and being a good business manager, he has gained the confidence of the people and is doing a flourishing business; the complement of his family circle are James F., Genevieve and Harry H.

Clarahan, Pat, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Harper.

Clarahan, M. J., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Harper.

Clarahan, P. H., farmer, Harper.

CLEVELAND, B. A., dealer in general merchandise, Harper; born in Greene county, New York, April 2, 1822; lived there until fifteen years of age, when he emigrated to Whitley county, Indiana; in 1856 he came to this county and located in this township, and has retained his residence here ever since; owns 180 acres of land; in January 1846 he married Miss Mary E. Long, a native of Greene county, Ohio; have one son and two daughters; Emma, Clara, and Horace; in 1875 he was sent by the Republican party as a member of the legislature.

Clyde, D. G., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Creswell.

Clyde, D. F., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Creswell.

Coffman, H. A., feed stable, Keota.

Conklin, Geo., carpenter, Keota.

Cook, Geo., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Creswell.

Correll, A., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Keota.

Crawford, James, retired, Keota.

Crabb, Geo., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Creswell.

Craft, E. J., painter, Harper.

D   AIBER, M., boot and shoe dealer, Keota.

Dayton, H. T., retired, Keota.

Dellenbach, Wm., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Keota.

Detrick, D., harness maker, Keota.

Dillon,Geo., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Keota.

Dillon, Eli., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Keota.

Dillon, Richard, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

Dimerly, Math., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper.

Disney, L. B., constable, Keota.

Divelbiss, H. T., carpenter, Keota.

Dryburg, Jno., laborer, Keota.

Dunshee, Luke, retired, Keota.

Dunham, J. R., music teacher, Keota.

Dutcher, G. C., retired, Keota.

E   ATON, J. E. druggist, Keota; born in Cortland county, New York, in 1838; was there raised until thirteen years of age; came to Iowa in 1852 and lived in Jones county; on the breaking out of the rebellion he enlisted from Anamosa in August, 1861, in Company I, Second Iowa Cavalry; served for three years and participated in the battles of First Corinth, Second Inka, Holly Springs, and numerous skirmishes; he enlisted as private but was bugler most of the time; he came to Keota in 1875 and started his present business; in 1868 he was married in Monticello, to Mattie L. Norcross, a native of New Hampshire; they have by this union one son and two daughters: Edward N., Mabel and Grace.

Eckard, A. J., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Keota.

Elliott, Ben., drayman, Keota.

Emeric, Joe and John, farmers, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper.

ERDICE, A. L., of the firm of Moses & Erdice, dealers in general merchandise, Keota; born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, November 1, 1848, where he continued to live until he was fifteen years of age; he then came toWashington county, Iowa; he was married there to Miss E. J., daughter of A. K. Stewart, October 29, 1873; Mrs. Erdice is a native of Indiana; they have by this union two sons and one daughter: Elmer S., Arthur C., and Allie; Mr. E. came to Keota and engaged in his present business with Captain Moses in 1874; Mr. Erdice is a man of good business qualifications and has the confidence of his many friends.

F   ARLEY, ISSAC, attorney at law, Keota; born in Franklin county, Massachusetts, March 1, 1827; he was there raised and had all the advantages the schools of that commonwealth afforded, supplemented by one year of academic study; he came to Iowa and located at Wasson; in the northern part of Washington county, in 1854, where he continued to live until 1868, and engaged in the hotel business; from 1859 until 1864 Mr. Farley was nearly blind; during the Kansas difficulties of 1856, and after the border ruffians had blockaded the Missouri river, Iowa City being the western terminus of railroad communication in Iowa, the New England Emigrant Aid Society were compelled to direct their emigration via this route, and established what was called Free- State stations between Iowa City and the Missouri river; Mr. F. being a strong free-state partisan, kept the first station west of Iowa City; this brought him into close connection and association with many prominent free-state men of that memorable struggle, prominent among whom were old John Brown, Gen. Jim Lane, Calvin Cutter, Revs. Moore, Haney, Cutler, Eldridge, Cline, and others whose names and deeds belong to the history of that bloody struggle for freedom; when asked if he considered old John Brown insane (we give Mr. Farley’s answer in his own words), he replied: “ If a willingness and determination to do whatever he considered to be right, regardless of consequences to himself, is an indication of insanity, Brown might have been; otherwise he was the clearest headed man I ever saw;” in 1868 he removed to Iowa county, where he continued to live until 1873; Mr. F. was admitted to the bar May 2, 1873, before Judge McKain; shortly after he came to Keota and commenced the practice of his profession; he was married to Miss Lavina J. Call, May 3, 1848; she is a native of Franklin county, Massachusetts; they have two sons and two daughters; Percy H., Wealthy R., Harlan G. and Rettie V.; was justice of the peace in Washington county for nine years; Mr. Farley was from his youth an abolitionist who dared to denounce the wickedness of slavery and to proclaim the right of universal liberty; he enjoys the company of friends and is never more happy than when thus surrounded, discussing some topic of the day.

Faris, Wm., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Keota.

Faris, S., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Keota.

Farris, A. D., farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Keota.

Fell, Matthias, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Harper.

FERGUSON, DAVID, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 7; P. O. Creswell; born August 16, 1816, in Blairgowne, Perthshire, Scotland; raised a, farmer and followed it as a vocation since; came to the United States in 1850; landing at New York; thence to Peoria, Ill., and purchased a farm; in 1861 he came to Iowa; owns 520 acres of improved land; married Miss M. Ferguson August 19, 1850; in the city of Perth, Scotland; she was born in 1825; they have a family of three children: Eliza A., William and David; Mr. F. is a member of St. Andrew’s Benevolent Society and is one of the representative farmers of Keokuk county.

Fletzer, John, miller, Harper.

Fisher, Peter, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Keota.

Fixmer, Rinehart, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper.

Fobes, Mrs. Charlotte, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Keota.

Fordice, G. W., laborer, Keota.

Furgason, D., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Harper.

G   RAHAM, J. F., produce dealer, Keota; born in Trumbull county, Iowa, in 1842; lived there until 1865, and then came to this county, locating in Lafayette township, and engaged in farming and school teaching; came to Keota and engaged in the produce, loaning and insurance business; was in the army in company G, Seventy-seventh Ohio Infantry, and served one year; Mr. Graham is a young man of good business qualifications, and is respected by all who know him.

Gregg, James, laborer, Keota.

GREIGG, DAVID H., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 5; P. O. Creswell; born February 2, 1826, in Arbroath City, Forfarshire, Scotland; was raised there till twelve years of age, when he engaged in a seafaring life, which he followed for seven years, and during this period was chief mate of the ship Majestic; in 1847 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Taswell county, Ill.; in 1854 he came to this county and located where he now resides; owns a well improved farm of 160 acres; married Miss Ann Salmond, August 3, 1848; she is a native of the same city, born May 22, 1823; they have a family of seven children: James C., William S., Palmer J., David B., Jesse, Nellie, and Aggie.

Green, Alexis, wagonmaker, Keota.

Greigg, D. H., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Creswell.

Greenlee, G. M., retired Harper.

Gilbert, L. S., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Harper.

Goeldner, John, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Keota.

Gortner, F. M., justice of the peace, Keota.

H   AGIST, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Keota.

Halstead, E. R., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

Hamman, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper.

Hamilton, George, house mover, Keota.

Harman, Simsn (sic), farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Harper.

Hanlon, W. S., clerk, Keota.

HARTMAN, PETER, grain-dealer, Harper; born in Switzerland May 1843, and came with his parents to the United States in 1846, and settled in Des Moines county, Iowa; in 1855 his parents settled in German township, of this county, where his mother still resides; his father died in 1861; until 1869 he was engaged in agricultural pursuits; he then opened a store in the town of Baden, as dealer in general merchandise, and was also appointed postmaster and held this office till 1872, when it was discontinued; he moved his stock of goods to Harper in 1872, and received the appointment of postmaster at this place; in 1875 he sold his interest in the firm of Hartman & Cleveland, and engaged in the grain business; an a business man he is prompt and energetic, upright in all his dealings, and has secured the esteem of all with whom he has business transactions, and attained to a well-merited success; he was elected Mayor of the city of Harper at the late election, a position he is well qualified to fill.

Haupert, Frank, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Keota.

Hefflefinger, Jacob, miller, Keota.

Heintz, Peter, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper.

HENKLE, HARMON, of the firm of Henkle & Ritchey, furniture dealers, Littler Ashby & Co., general merchandise, and Henkle & Hutchinson, lumber dealers, Keota; born in Fayette county, Ohio. April 7, 1832; when about eight years of age his parents came to Iowa and located in Washington county, and were among the first settlers; Mr. H. was raised there on a farm; his education as far as books were concerned was very meager; he remained on a farm until eighteen years of age and was engaged in different kinds of business until 1860, when he handled goods for Mr. N. Littler on commission for one year; he then went into partnership with Mr. Littler; from April 1861 to 1870, he was engaged in running a saw-mill at Henkletown, Iowa county; he married June 1, 1854, Miss Lydia J. Wartenbee, a native of Henry county, Ohio; they have two daughters and one son: Ella (now Mrs. Ritchey), Douglas, and Clara; Mr. H. also has a one-third interest in the lumberyard of Henkle, Wakelee & Co., at Kinross, and is also one of the directors and stockholders of the bank of Keota; he is a thorough gentleman, a quick observer, and in him great mental and physical force combine; these traits with energy, a strong will and sound judgment have placed him among the foremost citizens of Keokuk county.

Helcher, H., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Harper.

Henkle, George, cabinet-maker, Keota.

Hiberger, John, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Harper.

Hiberger, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Harper.

Hiberger, Wendelin, farmer, Sec. --; P. O. Harper.

Hiberger, Theo., farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Harper.

Hiberger, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Harper.

Hine, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Harper

Hoffman, J. H., merchant, Harper.

Hoffman, Frank, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Harper.

Holmes, W. C., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Creswell.

HOLZWORTH, JOHN, farmer, stock and grain-dealer, sec. 18; P. O. Harper; born November 10, 1831, Baden, Germany; in early life he learned the trade of miller, and followed it as an occupation till 1858; he emigrated to the United States in 1852, landing at New York city, and thence to Rochester, where he remained one year; he then removed to Mt. Pleasant, Henry county, Iowa, and after one year came to Keokuk county, where he has since resided; he owns 759 acres of land; his home farm contains 369 acres, and is one of the best improved in the township; Mr. H. is one of Keokuk county’s largest feeders and most successful shippers; he was married March 3, 1857, to Miss Elizabeth Kilmer; she was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and is of German ancestry; they have nine children: George, Caroline, Christine, Elizabeth, Henry J., William, Louisa, John and Rosa; lost one daughter, Emma.

Hornmen, Jake, wagon-maker, Harper.

Hommen, Mrs. Anna, house-keeper, Harper.

HOME, F. B., M. D., physician and surgeon, Keota; the subject of this sketch was born in Hancock county, Illinois, February 27, 1844; at the age of twelve years he with his parents moved to Mercer county, Illinois, and there had all the advantages of the schools of that commonwealth, supplemented with a course of academic study; at an early age he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Hollingsworth, of Keithsburg, Illinois; he graduated with the highest honors at the Hahneman Medical College of Chicago; he came to Keota and commenced the practice of his profession in 1874, and has been a successful practitioner; he is genial, open-hearted and generous, and is at the same time positive in his character, but kind and obliging; Dr. Home is a man of acknowledged ability as a physician, and his services as such are recognized, and his calls are numerous; November, 1877, he was married to Miss Clara B. Ellis, a native of Ohio, but raised in Iowa City; by this union they have one son: Alvah E.

Hudson, John, retired Presbyterian minister, Keota.

Hall, Benjamin, laborer, Keota.

HULSE, M. A., clerk for Henkle & Ritchey, Keota; born in Tompkins county, New York, August 28, 1830; his father died when he was four years of age; the year following his mother took the family to Knox county, Ohio; when quite young, Mr. Hulse learned the carpenter's trade; he came west as far as Whiteside county, Illinois, in 1852, and while there was married to Miss Eliza Penrose, June 30, 1853; she was born in Belmont county, Ohio; came to this county in 1865 and located on a farm near Harper; he still owns a farm of eighty acres; they have three sons and two daughters: Mary E., Lizzie E. (now Mrs. Ashby), Addison, Elmer and Edwin.

HURLESS, C. M., station agent, Harper; born July 30, 1821, in Harrison county Ohio; at the age of fourteen he commenced to learn the carpenter trade, and followed it as an occupation for seven years; in 1842 he moved to Van Buren county, Iowa, and remained there till 1844, and then went to Davis county and engaged in various pursuits till 1857, when he was admitted to the bar, and for fifteen years was engaged in the practice of his profession; August 7, 1861, he enlisted in company E, Third Iowa Cavalry, and served three years; after the war he returned to his home in Davis county,; he came to Harper in 1873 and took charge of the station, he is a presiding officer in Harper Lodge of  I. O. O. F., No. 353, also a member of the Masonic fraternity; he was married in October, 1841, to Miss Mary E. Greens, of Nova Scotia, but raised in Ohio; she was born February 25, 1823; they have seven children: John W., Martha P., Wm. M., Keturah E.,  James P., Chas. S. and Frank E.; two died in infancy.

HUSKINS, J. C., proprietor livery stable, Keota; born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, September 25, 1833, and was there raised; he came to Muscatine county, this State, in 1855; remained there for a short time and in 1856 went to Johnson county; he soon went to Des Moines; he is a carpenter by trade and helped build the old State House at Des Moines; in July 1857; he left there and moved to Newton, Jasper county, and helped to build the court-house at that place; after remaining there for two years he returned to Johnson county, and June 1861, he enlisted in company F, First Regiment Iowa Cavalry, served four years and nine months, and participated in the battles of Little Rock, Prairie Grove, Saline River and numerous skirmishes; May 14, 1867 he married in Washington, this State, to Miss Zelda Yockey, a native of the same place; they have a family of one daughter and two sons: Stella, Richard and James.

HUTCHINSON, Z. W., of the firm of Henkle & Hutchinson, lumber dealers, Keota; born in Iowa City, February 6, 1846, his father came to that city in 1839, and was there married; Mr. H. lived there until seventeen years of age, receiving all the advantages of the common schools supplemented by two and a-half years of study in the Iowa University of Iowa City; was obliged to stop study on account of ill health; a short time afterward he engaged in the railroad business, serving as civil engineer, which occupation he followed for about nine years; in February 1877, he came to Keota and started in his present business; he was engaged in the same business at Muscatine for two years; June 13, 1872, he was married to Miss Clara Hogin, a native of Indiana, but raised in Sigourney; they have two sons: Zelah H. and Harry H.

I   RWIN, J. B., druggist, Keota; born in Cambria county, Penn., August 10, 1848; lived there for thirteen years, when he came to Washington county, this State, he received all the advantages of a common-school education supplemented by a two years' course of academic study; he studied law and was admitted to the bar at Iowa City in March, 1874; the following April he came to Keota and began the practice of his profession; in April 1877, he started his present business, to which he has since given his special attention; he was married in Washington to Miss Julia E. Dicken, a native of that county, October 24, 1878; his wife has a complete and well assorted stock of millinery goods in connection with the drug business; Mr. Irwin enjoys a good trade and the confidence of the people.

J   ORDAN, FRED., saloon-keeper, Keota.

Johnson, W. L., carpenter, Keota.

Johnson, V. R., carpenter, Keota.

Jones, O. B., attorney at law, Keota.

Junken, D. X., grain merchant, Keota.

K   EELEY,WM., notary public, Harper.

Kefauber, John, tailor, Keota.

Kennelly, John, section boss, Keota.

Kendall, Mrs. H. E., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Harper.

Kirkpatrick, C., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Keota.

Kirkpatrick, Theo., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Keota.

Kirkpatrick, R. S., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Keota.

Kirkpatrick, G. G., farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Keota.

KIRKPATRICK, T., farmer, Sec.--; P.O. Keota; born in Licking county, Ohio; July 27, 1811; he lived there until 1836; and in June 1837, moved to Bureau county, Illinois; he remained there until the spring of 1868, when he came to this county and bought seven and a quarter sections of land; was married in Ohio in 1836, to Miss Sophia Rapp; they have a family of three sons and two daughters; Chalmers, Flora, C. (now Mrs. S. K. Leacox). George G., Sadie (now Mrs. A. B. Weed), and Renwick S.

Kiser, David, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Keota.

Klein, Isaac, clothing, Keota.

Kleping, John, farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Harper.

Klett, Geo., blacksmith, Harper.

Klein, John, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Keota.

Kach, Mike, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

Kramer, J. P., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

Kramer, Nick, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Keota.

Kramer, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

KULP, JOSEPH, dealer in hardware and farm implements, Keota; born in Medina county Ohio; September 10, 1842, where he lived until twelve years of age; his parents then moved to Elkhart county, Indiana, where they lived two years, then moved to Grundy county, Illinois; he came to Keota in March 1872, and was in the drug business with his brother a short time; he then opened a hardware store; Mr. Kulp carries a fine stock in his line, and receives a good share of the patronage of the people; he was married in Grundy county, Illinois, to Miss Eliza Headlee, a native of Shelby county, Indiana, September 20, 1862; their family consists of one son and two daughters: Amos E., Annetta S. and Lillie E.; Mr. Kulp and family have the honor of being the first family in Keota.

KULP, J. S., druggist and jeweler, Keota; the first business man of Keota; born in Medina county, Ohio, July 25, 1845; came to Keokuk soon after the laying out of the town in the spring of 1872, and built the first business house in the place; Mr. Kulp possessed rare business talents, was gifted with a shrewd and far-seeing mind, which seemed able to forecast the future of Keota with remarkable accuracy; by his indomitable energy and business qualifications he has attained a fine business and the confidence of the trade, and is a most exemplary citizen; March 20, 1872, he was married to Miss Ellen Fry, of Knox county, Ohio; their children are Grace and George; Mr. Kulp also has the honor of being the first mayor of Keota.

L   AHR, MRS KATE, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Harper.

Lahr, Peter, wagon-maker, Harper.

Leacox, S. K., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Keota.

Leacox, J. M., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Keota.

LEIGHTON, J. H., superintendent of the Keota Glass Works, Keota; born in Boston Massachusetts, February 18, 1849; there he lived until about eight years of age, when he, with his parents, moved to Wheeling, West Virginia; he is a practical glass blower, having been brought up in the business form childhood, the New England Glass Works having been under the control of the Leighton family for sixty-five years; in 1874 Mr. Leighton started and operated glass works in Wheeling, West Virginia, which concern he operated for about four months; meeting with misfortune he lost all he had; being a young man of good judgment, and not easily discouraged, he at once went to work for Hobbs, Brockinseuer & Co., of Wheeling, where he continued for about one year, at the expiration of which time he went to Martin’s Ferry, Ohio; remodeled and took charge of the old Excelsior Glass Works, now known as the Buckeye Glass Works, where he continued until 1878, when he came to Keota and built and started the Keota Glass Works, Mr. Leighton is a man of more than ordinary intelligence, good business qualifications, and deserves great credit and the help of the community for starting such an enterprise in Keota.

Lenninger, Peter, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Harper.

Lewis, T. E., farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Keota.

LITTLER, CHARLES S., of the firm of Littler, Ashby & Company, dealers in general merchandise, Keota; born in Richmond, Washington county, Iowa, in 1855; came to this town and sold the first merchandise in Keota; has been engaged in the mercantile business since boyhood; June 5, 1878, he married Miss Anna Daiber, a native of Muscatine, Iowa; they have one daughter, Birdie.

Longman, J., boot and shoe maker, Keota.

Long, S. T., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Keota.

Ludwig, John, furniture, Harper.

Lutz, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

Lutz, Frank, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Lyle, R. W., farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Keota.

Lyle, James, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Keota.

M   cFARLANE, DANIEL, physician and surgeon, Keota; this gentleman is a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, born July 29, 1841; was educated in his native place and graduated in the medical profession at the Edinburgh University; he emigrated to the United States in 1870, and located in this county; came to Keota in March 1872, and commenced the practice of his profession, and has the honor of being the first physician of the place; Dr. McFarlane is a man of acknowledged ability as a physician, and his services as such are recognized by a host of appreciating friends, and his kind and sympathetic nature makes him a welcome visitor in the sick room; his calls are numerous and remote; he has an extensive practice throughout the surrounding country, and the respect shown him is as wide as his acquaintance; July 22, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Disor, a native of Liberty township, this county; they have by this union three daughters: Sarah I., Margaret C. and Maud M.

McCarty, Charles, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Keota.

McCrabb, J. M., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Keota.

McGinnis, J. W., insurance agent, Keota.

McLoud, William, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

MANTZ, G. H., jeweler and photographer, Keota; born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1849; he came with his parents to this county and came to Keota in March, 1872, and has since been engaged in the above named businesses; November 14, 1871, he married Miss M. C. Buckley, a native of Illinois; have a family of one son and one daughter; Russey L. and Allie A.; Mr. Mantz has a very fine and neat jewelry store and keeps a good stock; he also has in connection a photograph gallery, where he would be pleased to meet his many friends.

Martin, Chas., saloon, Harper.

Martin, Ed, laborer, Harper.

MATTHEWS, T. P., merchant, Harper; born October 29, 1824, in Gallia county, Ohio; he was there raised a farmer; in youth he had the advantages of a good common school education; in 1847 he emigrated to Henry county, Iowa; in 1852 he went to Colorado and engaged in mining in the Feather river district, meeting with satisfactory results; he returned to his home in 1854, and soon after settled in Washington county and engaged in farming, which he continued till 1864, and then removed to Iowa county and lived there two years, the changed his place of residence to Sigourney and engaged in mercantile pursuits; two years later he closed out his business and returned to Iowa county and engaged in the same business, and in 1872 returned to Sigourney and remained there till 1874, when he moved to Harper and engaged in his present occupation; he combines with energy good business qualifications, and has built up a large and increasing trade; he has been twice married; first, to Miss Elizabeth Benn in 1851; she was a native of Ohio; and died in June, 1843; he married for his second wife Miss B. Brown April 1855; she is also a native of Ohio; they have two children: Mary E. and Don R.; they have one deceased: Edna.

Millhouse, H. A., blacksmith, Keota.

Millhouse, C. H., harness-maker, Keota.

Montgomery, Mrs. M. A., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Harper.

Morgan, G. W., farmer, Sec. 6. P. O. Creswell.

MOSES, CAPT. ELMER, of the firm of Moses & Erdice, dealers in general merchandise, Keota; born in Hartford, Trumbull county, Ohio, June 9, 1831; his parents were farmers and his boyhood days were passed on a farm where he had the advantages of the schools of that commonwealth; in August, 1861, he enlisted in company A, Forty-first Ohio Infantry, in which capacity he served for thirteen months and was then promoted to first lieutenant of company B, and afterward transferred to company E, 125th Ohio; in July 1863, he was again promoted to the captaincy of that company, which commission he held until his retirement from the service; he was engaged in the battles of Pittsburgh Landing and Kenesaw Mountain, at the latter battle he was severely wounded in his left limb, above the knee; he was then sent to the hospital at Chattanooga, where he remained till he was able to be sent home, November 1, 1864; on his return he entered into the grocery business, in the fall of 1867 he was elected Recorder and served in that capacity two terms; May 7, 1857, he was united in marriage to Miss Rosanna Erdice, a native of Mercer county, Pennsylvania; their family consists of one son and one daughter; Mary and Wells H.; Mr. M. came to Keota in October 1874, and since that time has been engaged in the mercantile business; he enjoys the liberal patronage and esteem of his many friends.

Mickey, M. F., nursery, Keota.

Myers, Corydon, laborer, Keota.

Meyer, J. H., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Keota.

N   ANOUR, EUGENE, miller, Harper.

Neiss, Anton, miller, Harper.

Newhart, L., blacksmith, Keota.

Newhouse, A., retired, Harper.

Newton, H. P., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

NEWTON, H. N., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota; born in New Hampshire February 18, 1814, and was there raised; lived there until 1840 and then moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and after remaining there until 1858 he came to this county and located where he now resides; he was married January 12, 1837, in New Hampshire, to Miss Mary A. B. Fisk; they have one son: H. P., who in connection has a finely improved farm of 161 ½ acres; in 1874 he was a member of the State Legislature from this county, during the sessions of 1874-6; he is a man whom one would like to meet with, warm in his friendship and strong in his prejudices.

Norcross, D. L., druggist, Keota.

Norton, L. A., livery, Keota.

NORTON, G. R., stock dealer, Keota; born in Washington county, Ohio, December 26, 1839; when about six years of age he came with his parents to Washington county, Iowa; in 1860 he went to California, and after remaining there until 1865 he came to this county; he has been engaged in the stock business for eight years; December 17, 1865, he married Miss Mary L. Dunshee, a native of Ohio; they have one son and four daughters: Amanda, Ada, Nettie, John and Della.

Nugent, W. R., farmer, Keota.

O   'BRIEN, JOHN, hotel, Keota.

P   ALMER, JEROME, of the firm of Palmer & Tallman, hardware merchants, Keota; the subject of this sketch was born in Rutland county, Vermont, April 11, 1843; he lived there until fourteen years of age, when he came to Iowa county, this State; a short time afterward he went to Iowa City, and learned the printers trade; on the breaking out of the Rebellion he was clerking in Missouri, and finding that country pretty warm for a man of his political preference, he returned to Marengo Iowa, and in July, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Twenty-eighth Iowa Infantry, and served for three years; he was at the siege of Vicksburg, Red River, Shenandoah Valley and the Mississippi campaign, comprising fifteen engagements; after his return from the army he engaged in teaching school; he came to Keota in 1872, and has been engaged in business there ever since; for the first two years he was engaged in the furniture business by himself, when Mr. Tallman, his present partner, bought one-half interest, and added thereto a stock of hardware; in April 1878, they sold out their furniture interest, and continued to keep a well assorted stock of hardware, and enjoy the confidence and liberal patronage of the people; in 1871 Mr. Palmer was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. Pettibone, a native of Illinois, but raised in Iowa county, this State; by this union they have two sons and two daughters: Armilla, James R., Webber T., and Mollie; Mr. P, is a gentleman whom one meets only to wish for a more intimate acquaintance; as a citizen he is quiet and unassuming, and one of Keota’s best business men.

Pauley, John, blacksmith, Harper.

Palmer & Glover, blacksmiths, Keota.

Papes, William, harness-maker, Keota.

Patterson, Robert, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Keota.

Peifer, Peter, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Keota.

Pettibone, Albert, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Keota.

PETGEN, J. G., lumber dealer, Harper; born in Prussia July 13, 1842; he was raised a farmer, and in 1863 emigrated to the United States, landing at New York, and in the same year came to this county; he followed agricultural pursuits until 1874, when he engaged in his present business; in 1867 he married Miss Mary Sonday; she was born in France August 11, 1845, and died  December 18, 1872; leaving a family of three children, two, Susan and Mary, now living, and one deceased; he was again married December 15, 1875, to Miss Emma Leminger, a native of Prussia; she was born December 1, 1856; she came to this country with her parents in 1868; they have two children: George P., and L.; since coming to the United States he has visited his home; he went in 1867, and remained there for some three months, and in 1868 returned home, bringing with him his mother, who is still living with him; he is an active citizen, a thorough business man, and has built up a good trade.

R   ANDOLPH, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Keota.

Randolph, J. F., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Keota.

Randolph, John, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Keota.

Redlinger, Mike, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper.

REED, G. L., editor and proprietor of the “Keota Eagle," Keota; born in Richland county, Ohio, October 5, 1831, where he continued to live until after his majority; Mr. Reed had all the advantages of the common schools, supplemented with two years of academical study; he has had a large experience as a school-teacher, having taught thirty-five terms after leaving his school; he came to Washington county, Iowa, in 1853 and September 15, 1855, returned to his native place, and was there married to Miss Mary E. Wigton, of that county; their family consists of three sons and five daughters: Minnie P., Ella J., Emma E., Wm. F., Eva M., Josie, John and George; death has taken daughter Lila L.; Mr. Reed came to Keota and took charge of the “Keota Eagle” in 1875

Reinhart, John, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

RENFREW, ROBERT, dealer in grain, agricultural implements, and all kinds of farmers’ machinery, Harper; born September 8, 1832, in Glasgow, Scotland; he received a good common school education, and was educated in the shipping and commercial business; he emigrated to the United States in 1854 and settled in Syracuse, New York, and engaged in the grain, lumber, and cooper business; during the great forest fires in Canada, he lost all his property by the destroying element, and in 1869 came to Muscatine, Iowa, and entered the employ of  Hail Bros., and remained with this firm until 1875; two years of this time he was conducting the grain business at Keota: he removed to Harper and engaged in his present business; as a business man he is prompt and energetic, and upright in all his dealings; he has secured the esteem of all with whom he has had to do, and has attained to a well merited success; he was one of the organizers of the St. Andrew’s Society of Keokuk county, and has been an active member, taking great interest in all that has pertained to it; he is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a member of the I. O. O. F.; he was married to Miss Helen Davidson November 6, 1857; she was born in Scotland March 14, 1832, and came to the United States in 1857; their family consists of seven children: Libbie M., James D., Margaret J., Mary M., Ontario, Anna B. and Robert A.; lost one daughter; Helen.

Rounce, J. S., Keota.

RICHARDSON, J. F., physician and surgeon, Harper; born in Vermillion county, Indiana, July 31, 1836; when quite young his parents moved to McDonough county, Illinois, where he lived until 1845; he then came to this county and located in Steady Run township; where he was raised; while young he took up the trade of carpenter, which business he followed until he reached his majority; he then took up the study of medicine with Dr. Flint, of Ottumwa; he graduated at the college of physicians and surgeons, at Keokuk, in the spring season of 1864; the same year he began the practice of his profession at Lancaster, this county, where he continued successfully until 1872; he then removed to Sigourney, where he remained for about one year, and came to Harper a short time after the laying out of the town; there he has continued very successfully since that time; he was married in Lancaster October 20, 1859, to Miss Martha J. Jacobs, a native of Johnson county, Indiana, but principally raised in this county; their family consists of three sons and one daughter: Frances A. (who is now attending music school at Iowa City), Robert L., John C. and Austin A.

RICE, J. S., dealer in grain, feed, coal,etc., Keota; born in Washington county, Vermont, July 8, 1831; at the early age of ten years Mr. R. was thrown on his own resources; at the age of eighteen he left his native place and went to Orange county, Vermont, where he remained for one year; thence to Clinton county, New York, where he lived seven years; he then came west, and stopped for one year in Chicago; from there he went to Iowa City, from this place he enlisted in company K, Thirteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, November 2, 1861; he participated in the  battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg and Atlanta, at which battle he was taken prisoner (which occurred July 2, 1864) and was confined in the Charleston, S. C., prison, and afterward at Raleigh, N. C., and was detained eight months, and then parolled; while out on parole he returned to Iowa City, and was there married to Miss Delia A. Stone, April 11, 1865; they have by this union one son: Howard; Mr. Rice was mustered out of the sercice (sic) in 1865; he came to Keota in 1872, and bought and shipped the first grain from this place.

RITCHEY, E. M., of the firm of Henkle & Ritchey, furniture dealers; also of Littler, Ashby & Co., dealers in general merchandise, Keota; born in Washington, Washington county, Iowa, May 2, 1847, where he lived until ten years of age; he then moved to Richmond, in the same county, where he continued to reside until he reached his majority; in 1868 he went to Iowa county, at a place called Foote P. O., and there engaged in the mercantile business under the firm name of Henkle Littler & Co.; he was also postmaster at that point from 1869 until his coming to Keota in 1872, when he resigned; he continued in merchandising until about three years ago, when he, in connection with Mr. Henkle, opened a furniture store, but still retains an interest in the firm of Littler, Ashby & Co., Mr. R. is also secretary of the Keota Glass Works, to which institution he has rendered substantial aid and encouragement; he is also one of the stock-holders in the Bank of Keota; he is a man of more than ordinary ability, and by close attention to business has gained for himself an enviable reputation as a business man; he was married to Miss Mary E. Henkle May 14, 1874, a native of Washington county, Iowa; their family circle are Myrtle E., Daisy A. and Pearl.

ROSECRANS, DANIEL, of the fIrm of Whistler & Rosecrans, dealers in drugs, school-books and notions, Harper; born in Lake county, Indiana, in 1847; in the fall of 1851, he, with his parents, moved to this county and located in Lafayette township; has been engaged in farming until the past four years, since which time he has been following the above mentioned business; since 1876 he has been postmaster,  May 21, 1877, he married Miss Emma, a daughter of B. A. Cleveland, of Whitley county, Indiana.

Russell, Jas., retired, Keota.

Russell, M. S., retired, Keota.

Russell, Tolbert, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Keota.

S   ALM, JOHN, harness-maker, Harper; born in Prussia April 27, 1844, and came to the United States in 1860; he first settled in Wisconsin, where he remained one year and then went to Chicago, where he worked at his trade, and in 1862 he came to this county and purchased a farm in Clear Creek township and divided his time between farming in the summer and working at his trade in the winter; in 1874 he abandoned farming and has since given his whole attention to his present business; he was married September 2, 1876, to Miss Susanna Adrian, a native of Prussia, born in 1846; they have five children: Lena, Mena, Nicholas A., Rosa and George P.; they have lost two: Mary and Peter.

SALISBURY, H. L., stock dealer and proprietor Salisbury House, Harper; born in Erie county, N.Y., January 30, 1831, and when sixteen years of age removed with his parents to Rush county, Wisconsin, where he followed farming as his occupation; in 1860 he moved to Kansas; he only lived there seven months, when, owing to a failure of crops, he came to his present location; he is the pioneer settler of the town, and did much in aiding its progress; is a practical business man, and as a landlord is without a rival; married Miss Ellen A. Seager, Dec. 15, 1858; she was born in Washington county, New York, June 28, 1838; they have two children: Eva E., born December 22, 1862, and Edith M., born August 18, 1869.

SANFORD, E. H., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Keota; born in Delaware county, New York, November 13, 1838; lived there till sixteen years of age; received the advantages of a graded school, where he was prepared for the business pursuits of life; in 1854 he removed to Ogle county, Illinois, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits for five years; in 1859 removed to Kansas; being dissatisfied with the location he went to Colorado in 1860 and engaged in mining; in 1861 he enlisted in company B, second Colorado Volunteer Cavalry, and served three years; received two wounds on the Rio Grande, in New Mexico, one of which disabled him for six months; was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1864; then returned to Ogle county, Ill., and in a short time re-enlisted in what is known as Gen. Hancock’s Veteran Reserve Corps, and served till the close of the war; settled in Keokuk county in 1867, and now owns a farm of 160 acres; married Miss Agnes Chesney November 9, 1869; she was born in Taswell county, Illinois, July 31, 1849, and came to Iowa with her parents in 1854; their family consists of two children: Robert O. and Frank L.

SCHRECKENGAST, ISAAC, firm of Johnson and Schreckengast, dealers in general merchandise, Keota; born in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1830, where he lived till 1850; then came to Iowa and located in Des Moines county; came to this county in 1867; has been connected with Mr. Johnson since February, 1878; while in Des Moines county he was married to Miss Sarah Davis, October 30, 1852; she was born in Pennsylvania; they have two sons and three daughters: A. F., Mary L., Lydia A., Isaac B., and Amanda E.

Scott, P. P., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Creswell.

Shaub, Jacob, farmer, Keota.

Shaub, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Keota.

Sherman, Justin, carpenter, Keota.

Sherman, J. L., farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Keota.

Shurtz, Fannie, milliner, Keota.

Sidey, David, general merchandise, Keota.

Singmaster, M., general merchandise, Keota.

Singmaster, C. F., farmer and stock-dealer, Sec. 14; P. O. Keota; prominent among the practical and successful business men of this county is the subject of this sketch, who was born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, February 29, 1834; in 1843, he came, with his parents, to this county, and settled in Clear Creek township, near Talleyrand, where his father still resides; Mr. Singmaster has been closely identified with Keokuk county’s best interests for thirty-six years; he has given special attention to the raising and develping (sic) of fine horses, having some of the finest specimens to be found in the State of the Clydesdale and Norman stock; among the most prominent of the former are “Baron Kier” seven years old, which has taken more premiums and highest honors than any other animal has received; “Roving Boy” and “Mary Monarch” are also classed very high; he has in his stables 140 horses, 100 of which are well-bred; he also deals quite extensively in short horn and graded stock, and finds after thirty years' experience that they are three dollars to one over all other stock; he owns a well improved farm of 900 acres; Mr. Singmaster is also president of the Bank of Keota; married in this county to Miss Mary A. McCarty, a native of Massachusetts, April 25, 1866; they have, by this union, two sons and two daughters: Homer, Charles, Sophia and Theresa; he is a man of independent thought but of a kind and obliging nature; a man of the people and one true to the highest principles of honor and morality; as a citizen quiet and ostentatious, cordially supporting any measure of real public benefit.

Slattery, Mike, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Harper.

Smith, John, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Harper.

SNOCK (sic), W. C., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Keota; born in Henry county, Indiana, September 30, 1841; there he lived until ten years of age, when, with his parents, he moved to Kentucky, remaining there for one year; thence to Van Buren county, this State, where he lived for seven years; in 1858 he came to this county; owns a well improved farm of 200 acres; married in this county to Miss Anna J. Wilson, October 31, 1865; she was born in Illinois; they have a family of two sons and three daughters: Harry W., Jennie M., Edith M., Guy E., and Helen B.; Mr. Smock (sic) is a graduate of Hanover College, Indiana; he is a genial gentleman, a quick observer, and as prompt in his business as he is generous in his social relation, and thoroughly merits the esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens.

Smock, F. M., wagon-maker, Keota.

Snider, A. J., laborer, Keota.

Stewart, A. K., Sr., stock-dealer, Keota

Stevens, W. A., farmer, Keota.

Stewart, Arthur, stock-dealer, Keota.

Stiver, Jacob, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Harper.

Stiver, Peter, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Harper.

Stomm, Andrew, laborer, Keota.

Streit, Peter, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper.

Streit, Mats, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Harper.

Streigel, Len, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Harper.

Streigel, J. D., saloon, Harper.

Sturdwon, Chas., brick mason, Keota.

T   ALLMAN, J. W., of the firm of Palmer & Tallman, hardware merchants, Keota; born in Grafton county, New Hampshire, October 14, 1824; there he lived until ten years of age, when he moved, with his parents, to Erie county, Pennsylvania, where they still reside; he was there married March 2, 1858, to Miss Julia Carpenter; they came to Iowa and located in Washington county; he has been a resident of Keota for six years, during which time he has been closely identified with Keota's best interests; he is also the mayor of the city; his family consists of two sons and three daughters: Theresa, Ethel, Clarence, May and Cameron.

Teakle, Amos, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Creswell.

Thompson, J. J., grocer, Keota.

Thompson & Bros., grocers, Keota.

Trewiler, Mrs. Elizabeth, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Keota.

Truby, George, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Keota.

V   ALERIUS, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Harper.

Vandyke, L. H., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Keota.

Varner, A., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Keota.

Vercheval, Louis, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Keota.

Volquardsen, August, painter, Keota.

VITTETOE, H. C., dealer in drugs, jewelry, etc. Harper; born in Morgan county, Indiana, June 6, 1832; lived there until 1846, when he with his parents came to this county, locating in Jackson township; he was principally raised on a farm; came to this place in 1875 and started his present business; September 27, 1857, he was married to Miss Lucinda J. Reynolds, a native of Indiana; she died March 25, 1869, leaving a family of one son and two daughters: William H., Sarah and Loie; May 15, 1871, he married again to Martha E. Coble, a native of Indiana; they have one son and two daughters: Margaret I., James B., and Blanche; Mr. V. has a fine stock in his line and enjoys the liberal patronage of the people.

W   ADE, ALBERT, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Keota.

Wallace, J. O., plasterer, Keota.

WARRINGTON, J. B., proprietor of the Lindle House, Keota; born In Yorkshire, England, August 10, 1831; he emigrated to the United States in 1850; located in Hartford, Connecticut, where he remained about seven months; from there went to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he made his home for two years; in December, 1850, he returned to England and there was married to Miss Mary Ward, of Halifax, Yorkshire, October 31, 1851; they then returned to Lawrence and moved in 1853 to Bean Hill, Connecticut, one and a-half miles from Norwich, which place they made their home until coming to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in 1858, where they lived one and a-half years; they then went to Seneca Falls, New York, and afterward to Geneva; while there Mr. W. met with a sad loss in the death of his wife and one son, Samuel J.; the former died November 21, 1865, and the latter May 18, 1865; he has two sons by this union; Joseph and William; he married again to Mrs. Kate St. John in 1867, a native of England; Mr. W. came to Keota in March 1875, and bought the Lindle House, and since has made many improvements and keeps a first-class hotel in every respect, as his many patrons can testify.

WEBBER, J. T., cashier of the Bank of Keota; born in Waldo county, Maine, December 10, 1845; when about eighteen months old his father died; a short time afterward his mother with the family moved to Ponobscot county, Maine; came to Mattoon, Illinois where Mr. W. engaged in the grain business for one year; he then removed to Des Moines, Iowa, and for about eight years was engaged as station agent and operator at different points on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad, which position he was compelled to resign account of failing health; since February, 1877, he has held the position of cashier in the Bank of Keota; Mr. Webber is a thorough gentleman in manner and treats all persons with a genial and unaffected courtesy; this added to his ability and faithful performance of duty, have gained him the general esteem; in July 1864, Mr. W. enlisted in the Second Iowa Battery from Polk county and served about one year; in his own home he has been abundantly blessed; the partner of his joys and the sharer of his life’s ills he found in the person of Miss Z. M. Thompson of Louisa county, Iowa, whom he married October 12, 1871; two children; Ada E. and Waldo, W. are the compliment of his family circle; Mr. Webber came to Keota in 1873.

Weed, B., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Keota.

Wehr, J. M., farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Harper.

Welter, Nic., Sr., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Harper.

Wellenstein, Peter, saloon, Harper.

WHISTLER, LEVI, dealer in drugs, stationery, etc., Harper; born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, November 26, 1832, and was there raised a farmer; he attended school until thirteen years of age, when he was engaged to learn the trade of cabinet-maker, continuing at that business for four years, until 1873, he was in the business of mill-wright and other branches; then engaged in the grain business and in 1875 he purchased an interest in the drug store, the firm name being Whistler & Rosecrans; Mr. Whistler came to Iowa September 26, 1856, stopping at Davenport; from there he came to this county and has since resided here; in 1875 he settled in Harper; he gave the town its name, naming it after Harper Bros., the publishers in New York; the latter donated liberally toward the erection of the Episcopal church; April 12, 1860, he married Miss Rosecrans; she was born  September 9, 1835, and is a native of Ohio; they have seven children: William, Maggie M., Minnie C., Hattie B., Edwin J., Homer L. and Viola; lost one son Lee; Mr. W. is a member of the I. O. O. F. Harper Lodge No. 353, also of the A. F. and A. M. Lodge of Talleyrand; he is a good merchant and is doing a thriving business.

Wilhelmy, Geo., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

Wilcox, Jno., barber, Keota.

Wilkin, Thos., retired, Keota.

Wilson, John, laborer, Keota.

Wilson, B. F., blacksmith, Keota.

Wilson & Newhart, blacksmiths, Keota.

Wilson, J.M. farmer, Sec.12, P.O. Keota.

Willis, H. T., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Keota.

Wilson, J. C., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Harper.

WILLIAMS, J. H., dealer in dry goods and groceries, Keota; born in Taylor county, West Virginia, December 12, 1826; he lived there until twenty-one years of age, when he moved to Tyler county, same State, where lived until 1856; was there married, in 18--, to Miss Matilda M. Perkins; in 1856 he moved to Wood county, where he remained until 1864, and then went to Plymouth, Indiana; in December 1873, he came to Keota and started a boot and shoe store, which business he continued until the July following, when he sold out to J. R. Dunham; he then commenced buying and shipping produce; three years later started his present business; was a member of the town council for two years and justice of the peace for the same length of time; his family consists of two children: Walter L. and Harry D.; Mr. Williams keeps a well assorted stock and has a liberal share of the patronage, is kind and obliging, and has the respect of all who know him.

WILSON, HON. J. F., postmaster, Keota; born in Ayshire, Scotland, in 1808; when eighteen years of age he emigrated to the United States and located in Philadelphia, where he resided until the spring of 1837; he was married there to Miss Jane McMillen, March 19, 1830; she was born in Paisley, Scotland; they came west and located in Tazewell county, Illinois, in the spring of 1837, where they remained until their coming to this county in the fall of 1854; Mr. Wilson was one of the first settlers of this part of the county, and has been closely identified with its interests ever since with the exception of four years during the war, which period he made his home in Washington, this State, and was elected mayor of that city for one term; he was sent to the legislature by the Republican party during the session of 1871 and 1872; while in Philadelphia Mr. Wilson was engaged in the manufacture of cotton goods, but since coming west has principally engaged in farming, until the starting of the town of Keota; he was Keota’s first postmaster, and still holds that position; he is a man of strict integrity and good business qualifications, and has the entire confidence of all who know him; his family consists of three sons and four daughters: J. C., James M., Robert R., Anna J., (now Mrs. Wm. C. Smock), Susanna D. (now Mrs. Robt. Gemmel), Margaret, (widow of Joseph Coffman) and Mary E. (now Mrs. A. E. Kendall).

Wilkin, T. M., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Keota.

WILSON, JNO. C., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Harper; born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 12, 1831, and was taken by his parents to Tazewell county, Illinois, in 1837, and was raised there on a farm; when twenty years of age he learned the locomotive machine trade with Miles & Co., of Cincinnati, and continued at this business till 1856, when he came to this county; he owns an improved farm of 340 acres; he is one of the early settlers of the township and has been closely identified with all of its improvements, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also the I. O. O. F.; he was married December 20, 1859, to Miss Olive Eaton, a native of Ohio, born September 7, 1833; they have six children: Fannie R., Warren H., Ollie M., Annie E., Ella F., and Aldie H.; lost one daughter: Mary.

Winter, Isaac, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Keota.

Woltering, J. H., farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Harper.

Wright, W. M., clerk, Keota.

Y   OUNT, W. H., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Keota.

Transcribed by John Davis. Thanks John!
Proofread and edited to match the original text by Pat Wahl. Thanks Pat!

      Source: "History of Keokuk County, Iowa" ©1880, Des Moines: Union Historical Company

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