WARREN TOWNSHIP BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY

B   EALL, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Springfield.

Bethard, James, laborer, Delta.

Bishop, Geo., laborer, Delta.

Bitner, John Jr., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Delta.

Bitner, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Delta.

Black, John, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Delta.

Boies, Samuel G.; Delta.

Bowen, George, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Springfield.

Brainard, Alfred, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Delta.

Brainard, Horace, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Delta.

Brainard, Silas, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Delta.

BROWN, J. V., druggist, Delta; born in St. Joe county, Michigan; when he was seven years of age he, with his parents, moved to Venango county, Pennsylvania; after living there for seven years he moved to Iowa county, Iowa, in 1855; lived there for five years, and in 1861, enlisted in Company L., First Iowa Cavalry, he participated in nine battles, among which were Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and the battle of Little Rock; he was in Gen. Steele’s campaign, and was at one time under fire thirty-eight days out of forty-three; he was never wounded; at the close of the war he returned to Iowa and after paying a visit to his parents went to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, supplementing his education with one term's schooling at that point; he then went to Cold Water, Michigan, and in the following October returned to Ohio; he married Miss E. Newland, a native of Ohio; they have four children: Warren, Emmett, Jessie and Delpha; Mr. Brown has been closely identified with all the interests of the county, and is at present succeeding well in his business.

Burgess, James, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Slagle.

BURKE, RICHARD, principal of Delta Schools, Delta; born at Marion, Linn county, Iowa, September 20, 1854; his parents, John and Mary Burke, migrated from Ireland in 1848; he moved to Keokuk county in 1857, and lived on a farm until the summer of 1875, going to school or teaching in the winter; he taught his first term in the winter of '73-4; entered the Iowa Agricultural College in the spring of 1875, and graduated B. S. November 16, 1878; he spent the following winter teaching near Ottawa, Illinois, and is engaged at present as educator, Principal of Delta schools; he has taught ten terms, and has been out of the school room only five months in the last five years.

Burrows, Asa, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Rose Hill.

C   AMPBELL, M. D., dealer in hardware and groceries, Delta; born in Belmont county, Ohio, January 4, 1846; it was there that he grew to manhood, a farmer; he moved to Jefferson county, Iowa, when he was 23 years old; he was married to Miss Mary Kendall August 19, 1869; she was born in Miami county, Ohio; they have four children: John W., S. W., and Lorezo R., living, and Bertha, deceased; he established himself in business at Delta in 1875, and here he has since resided; this firm is doing a good business; Mr. Campbell is a thorough business man, and is kind and courteous to his patrons; we predict for him a bright future.

Caywood, John H., laborer, Delta.

Coble, Simpson, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Slagle.

Corpman, Dan W.; Delta.

Cover & Brown, merchants, Delta.

CRAIG, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Delta; born December 1, 1815, in Green county, Kentucky; he, with his parents, moved to Morgan county, Indiana when 14 years of age, and there grew to manhood, a farmer, on the 13th of May, 1838, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Wollard, a native of Kentucky; she was born January 6, 1822, and died October 18, 1874, leaving thirteen children, seven of whom are living: Mary E., born April 19, 1839, William H., born March 25, 1844, John T., born April 8,1849, Samuel G., born October 25, 1851, Robert H., born April 10, 1854, Sarah, born April 30, 1864, and Marcellus, born April 19, 1868; Samantha, died November 13, 1840, Amandria, died May 14, 1872, James W. died May 10, 1870, Parthenia, died January 14, 1862, Joseph J., died January 17, 1862, and Hiram died October 24, 1866; Mr. C. has a farm of 300 acres, well improved, and abundance in store to make him comfortable in his old age; he came on his present farm in 1855; seven times death has visited Mr. C., yet Time is dealing gently with him.

Cravens, Samuel, farmer, Delta.

D   AVENPORT, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Slagle.

Dawson, James, Sr., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Springfield.

Dawson, Levi, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Springfield.

DeMARCE, MOSES, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Delta; born Canada West, September 5, 1841; he came to the United states in 1855, and located in Washington county, Iowa where he enlisted in Co. A. Twenty-fifth Iowa Infantry, in September, 1862; he served three years and was in the following engagements: Chickasaw Mountain, Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, through the Atlantic campaign, and Sherman’s “March to the Sea”; he was wounded at the battle of Bentonsville, North Carolina, by a gun shot in the right knee, which caused his leg to be amputated above the knee; he draws a pension of $24 per month from the government; he married Miss Mary F. Lockridge, a native of Greene county, Pennsylvania; they have three children: Wm., M., born November 22, 1871, Eli S., born July 4, 1874, and Hannah E. born July 22, 1876, all living; he owns 100 acres of land that is well improved, and upon which he has a saw-mill, where he does a good business; he also has a molasses factory, at which he does an extensive business in its season.

Dickey, Thomas M., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Springfield.

Dickerson, James, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Delta.

DUNN, J. A., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Delta; born in Johnson county, Indiana, February 1, 1835; there he was raised and educated, and there he lived until 1854, and then came to Iowa, locating where he now lives; he has a splendid farm of 410 acres, upon which he has a palatial residence and barn; he owns, in connection with his brother, G. W. Dunn, 40 acres of coal land, which they are operating at the present time, running two shafts, in which theY work fifty men, and can take out 3,000 bushels of coal; he made the first discovery of coal in that vicinity about one and onehalf miles southeast of Delta; July 15, 1855, he was married to Miss J. Clubb, a native of Indiana; they have a family of five children: Wm., A. Laura A., Frank and James R. all living.

Dunn, Allen J., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Delta.

DUNN, G. W., farmer, Secs. 11 and 12; P. O. Delta; born October 15, 1828, in Johnson county, Indiana; was raised a farmer; he married Miss Mary A. Newkirk, in 18--, a native of Kentucky; by this union they have seven children living: Martha (now Mrs. Hull), John L., Wm., C., Charlie E., Addie M. and Elias C.; two deceased: Harvey and an infant, he has a farm of 280 acres under excellent cultivation, upon which he has a fine house and barn; also owns half interest in the extensive coal fields, south of Delta; these yield 3,000 bushels of coal per day, he and his brother have, at present, fifty hands under their employ; the coal of these mines is said to be the best in this part of Iowa; Mr. Dunn came to this township and county in 1851, and has put all the improvement on his farm since that time; he is a stock-feeder and dealer, and is quite successful as such; he has always taken an active part in all public improvements, in both the township and county.

E   LLIS, JOHN M., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Delta; born in Ohio, February 2, 1838, and is the son of John and Hannah Ellis, natives of New York; in 1838 his parents removed to this county, and settled in Warren township; he was raised a farmer, and owns a good farm of 160 acres; October 26, 1861, he enlisted in company D, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, and served his country three years and six months, and was in forty battles and skirmishes among which are Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Vicksburg, Iuka and Kenesaw Mountain; he married Miss Nancy J. Casey, a native of Ohio, but who has resided in Warren township since 1859; they have four children: James W., Lillie A., Emma L. and Henry W. one son; Charles, died July 31, 1878; his father and mother are still living and find a pleasant home in the family of their son.

F   IELDS, J. A., laborer, Delta.

Fritzler, Ellis, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Delta.

Fritzler, Adam, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Delta.

G   ARRETT LAUREL, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Springfield.

Garrett, John W., farmer; Delta.

Gillespie, James, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Delta.

Grovier, Josephus, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Delta.

Grovier, Joseph B., farmer, Sec. 16, P.O. Delta.

H   AMILTON, W. C., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Rose Hill; born in Ohio in 1814; there he was raised, and from the time he was a boy was employed as a clerk in a store; lived there until 1836, when he went to Texas, and there enlisted in the Sixteenth Regiment Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war; he there won the title of major; at the close of the Mexican war he moved to Missouri, where he remained on a farm until 1862, when he moved to the place where he now resides; owns 220 acres of good land, which has all been improved by himself; December 25, 1842 he was married to Miss Rachel Summers, a native of Missouri; they have four children: J. J., James, Wilson B. and Carrie S.

HAMILTON, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Rose Hill; born in Missouri, in the year 1848; he was there raised on a farm, and received a good common school education; he remained in Missouri until 1864, when he then moved on the place where he now resides; owns 564 acres of good land, well improved and cultivated; in 1869 he was married to Miss Matilda Vest, of this State; they have four children: Rachel L., Levica E., Mary E., and Wilson.

Hamilton, W. C. Sr., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Slagle.

Hamilton, J., farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Slagle.

Hamilton, James, Sec. 17; P. O. Slagle.

Hamilton, J. D., farmer; Delta.

HARDY, G. H., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Delta; born August 4, 1855, in Madison county, Indiana; when a child his parents moved to this county; it is here that he has grown to manhood; is the owner of 160 acres of good land, under excellent cultivation; he was married to Miss Matilda McNabb, August 18, 1873, a native of Indiana; they have two children: Thos., R., born May 4, 1875; Geo., R,. born February 14, 1878; Mr. Hardy is just started in life, with the best of prospects for the future.

Hasty, James, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Delta.

HAWK, ANTHONY, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Delta; born in Ohio, November 30, 1830; there he was raised and lived until 1844, when he came to this county and located in Warren township; here he has a nice farm of eighty acres in good cultivation, upon which he has a fine house and other buildings; he enlisted in company E, Thirty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry in 1862; he served for three years and was wounded at Jenkin’s Ferry by a gun-shot wound in the left knee; he was taken prisoner at that place and for ten months was obliged to endure the hardships and starvations which are incident to southern prison pens; April 22, 1868 he was married to Martha Scott; she is a native of Indiana; they have one child: Florence Belle, born  February 17, 1870, and John, a step-son.

Hawkins, Abel, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Delta.

Hawk, Morgan, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Delta.

Hawk, John, farmer, Sec.3; P. O. Delta.

Herrick, N. E., laborer, Delta.

HEWITT,EBENEZER C., farmer, Sec.5; P. O. Delta; born September 3, 1840, in Erie county, Pennsylvania; when quite young, he, with his parents, came to this county and located in Warren township; here he was raised a farmer and now owns the farm on which his father first settled; this farm consists of 180 acres of well improved land; in 1862 he responded to his country’s call for more soldiers and enlisted in company I, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry; he served three years in the sixteenth army corps, General Steele’s division; he was in several minor battles, but in no regular engagements; he was a faithful soldier, only being absent from duty two months, during which time he was in the hospital at Memphis; he has held the office of school director for several terms, and is at present serving his fourth term as township clerk; he married Miss Martha A. Lippard, a native of Washington county, Iowa; have three children: E. Delmer, Estella A., and Nellie C.; at the death of his father he was appointed administrator and settled the estate.

Hewitt, E., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Delta.

HICKLIN, T. J., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Delta; born in Bath county, Kentucky, January 19, 1813, where he lived until eighteen years of age, when he, with his parents, moved to Morgan county, Indiana; he was raised a farmer; in 1840 he moved to this township, where he has since resided; he was married to Miss Sarah Custer, a native of Kentucky; they have nine children: Charles, James, David, Allen, Louisa (now Mrs. Clark), Mary A. (now Mrs. Covey), L. (now Mrs. Rivers) and Sarah E.; one son, Henry, deceased: Mrs. Hicklin died; he married for his second wife, Mrs. Knox, August 20, 1854, a native of North Carolina; by this union they have three children: Samuel and George P., living and Andrew J. deceased; Mr. Hicklin owns 160 acres of well improved land.

Hicklin, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Delta.

Hicklin, Thomas Jr., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Delta.

Hilderbrand, James, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Delta.

HOGIN, S. R., druggist, Delta; born in Sigourney, Iowa, February 27, 1854; he is the son of Hon. Jno. C. Hogin, one of the first merchants and most successful business men of Keokuk county; during his youth he attended the public schools of Sigourney, spending his spare hours in his father’s store; it may then be said of Mr. Hogin that he was raised behind the counter; in 1876 he started for Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of obtaining a more thorough business education; this proved to be a fortunate move, for Mr. H., being naturally adapted to commercial pursuits, made rapid progress in his studies, and the very excellent course prescribed by the curriculum of this institution was completed by him in the short space of six months; upon his return to Sigourney he entered his brother's store and remained there until the spring of 1878, when Mr. Hogin, Sr., retired from business; he then entered the office of Donnell & Brooks, to prosecute the study of law, to which he had previously given considerable attention; in the following fall he applied for admission to the bar; after a most rigorous and searching examination by the committee appointed for the purpose, his application was favorably reported on, and he was admitted by the presiding judge, C. H. Blanchard; although Mr. H. has never entered fully upon the practice of law he expects at no far distant time to make the legal profession his permanent business; in the summer of 1878 Mr. Hogin bought the drug store of Dr. C. C. Wilson, in the then young and flourishing town of Delta, which he has conducted with signal success up to the present time owing to his fine early training and having adapted himself to the business; by energy and liberal dealing he has made this one of the best drug houses in the country; his grandfather, Hon. J. L. Hogin, was formerly grand master of the Masonic fraternity; his father, Hon. J. C. Hogin, has for many years been one of the leading Masons, and Mr. Hogin, Jr., has been intimately identified with the same order ever since he has been old enough to be a member; he is also an Odd Fellow of prominent standing, and one of the most active members of the Irving Literary Society of Sigourney; Mr. H. is a young man of fine personal appearance, a fine conversationalist, and of a free and generous disposition; socially he has few superiors, and the happy faculty he possess of making friends give flattering promises for future promotion; young as he is, he has twice been a delegate to the Republican State Convention.

HOLLOWAY, MARTIN B., proprietor of the “Delta Independent," Delta; born in Stark county, Ohio, July 10, 1842; came to Keokuk county Iowa, in the fall of 1866; married Miss Anna Vail May 17, 1871; Miss Vail was born in Belmont county, Ohio, February 14, 1853; they have three children: Alice L., born June 4, 1872, Lesley, born November 10, 1873, Walter, born November 28, 1875; this family lived at New Sharon, Mahaska county, Iowa from September, 1876 to June, 1879, during which time Mr. Holloway was employed as a compositor on the New Sharon “Star” on June 12, 1879, a new paper, the Delta “Independent” was established at Delta, in Keokuk county, with Mr. Holloway in editorial charge, Mr. M. B. Holloway enlisted as a private soldier in Company A, Thirty second Iowa Infantry volunteers, July 20, 1861; in West Virginia he participated in the battles at Cheat and Allegheny mountains; in the Shenandoah Valley, under Gen. Fremont, he was engaged at the battle of Port Republic, near Harrisonburg, from which place Fremont’s force was ordered back to Winchester, officially robbed of their commander, and finally sold out by Col. Miles, at Harper’s Ferry; as soon as an exchange was effected, the regiment was reorganized, taking part in the campaign, which under Gen. Grant’s leadership, ended in the siege and capture of Vicksburg, Miss., July 4, 1863; during this campaign Mr. Holloway was engaged in battles at Raymond, Jackson, Champion’s Hill, and almost daily encounters during the forty-eight days of the siege; re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer January 1, 1864, serving in Sherman’s Georgia campaign in the Army of the Tennessee; was wounded and disabled from further active service during Gen. Hood’s memorable onslaught on the Union lines at Atlanta, July 22, 1864; final discharge dates July 20, 1865.

Hutchkins, Orlando, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Slagle.

HUTCHINS, R. O., farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Rose Hill; born in Windsor county, Vermont, April 17, 1828; when seventeen years of age he went to the town of Windsor to learn the trade of gunsmith, and after remaining there for five years he went to Springfield Mass., and there followed his trade for a short time, and then removed to New Haven Conn., working there for eighteen months; in the spring of 1854 he went to Chicago, and for eleven months worked for the American Car Company machine shop; he then moved to New York State and in the summer of 1855 he again moved to Illinois, Rockford county, and after a shot time he moved to Monee, south of Chicago, and there engaged in farming for the first time; in the spring of 1861 he exchanged that farm for the one he now owns, although he did not move upon it until 1867, and has since resided here, and owns 195 acres of good land, well improved, upon which a stone house is now being built; March 25, 1855, he married Miss Mercy J. Bradley, a native of New York; she is a cousin of the Hon. Judge Bradley, of the Supreme Court of the United States; they have six children: Jane B., Grace S., Ella P., Mary F., Margaret F. and Charles D.; Mr. and Mrs. Hutchins are Members of the M. E. Church.

HUTCHINS, ORLANDO, farmer, Sec. 29; Rose Hill; born in Bethel, Vermont, in 1833, and was raised as a farmer, and remained there until 1855, when he moved to Will county, Illinois, where he remained until 1861, and then returned to his old home in Vermont, and in the fall of 1862 enlisted in company K, Sixteenth Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and served in the army of the Potomac, and was in the battle of Gettysburg and was mustered out at the end of one year; he again returned to his old home in Vermont, and in the spring of 1864 settled where he now resides; owns a finely improved farm of 80 acres; February 25, 1865 he married Miss Emeline Rich, a native of Johnson county, Iowa; they have one child; Ora, born December 12, 1865; Mrs. H., died August 20, 1871; his mother, Mrs. Ruby Hutchins, is living with her son; she was born February 24, 1806; his father Zarah Hutchins, died February 28, 1840.

J   ACOBS, JOSEPH B., farmer, Secs. 23 and 24; P. O. Delta; born in Johnson county, Indiana, February 28, 1836, and when twelve years of age came with his parents to this county, settling where the town of Lancaster now stands, and was raised on a farm; in 1856 he moved on the  the place where he now resides, which consists of 320 acres of well improved and cultivated land, upon which he has a good house and barn; December 24, 1855 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Vittetoe, a native of Johnson county Indiana; she died leaving six children, two of whom Isabel and McClelland, are living, and Wm., C., Luella, Austin, and James, deceased; he was married again to Miss Mary A. Coble, February 2, 1870; she is a native of Morgan county, Indiana; they have one child: Minnie; have lost four: Joseph A., Sarah F., John and an infant.

Johnston, Robert R., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Delta.

Johnston, Halcom, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Springfield.

Jones, John, farmer, Sec.36; P. O. Slagle.

Jones, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Slagle.

Jones, R. T., farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Springfield.

K   ENSLER, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Delta.

Keister, John H., laborer, Delta.

Knowler, James, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Slagle.

Knowler, Geo., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Slagle.

L   ANDERS, ELIZA, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Slagle.

Leathers, Josiah, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Springfield.

Leathers, Wm., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Delta.

Leathers, Sanford, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Delta.

Lee, Wm., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Slagle.

Lisk, John, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Slagle.

LOUGH JOHN B., proprietor of the Delta Water-Mills; P. O. Delta; these mills are situated on Sec. 14, one and one-half miles south of Delta; born in Preble county, Ohio, November 16, 1826; he lived there until 1838, when he, with his parents, removed to Parke county, Indiana; soon after his arrival there he learned the cabinet-makers trade, which he followed until 1846; he then came to Mahaska county, Iowa, residing there until the spring of 1865; he then entered the army and served until the close of the war, a period of nine months; he was married to Miss Margaret Musgronve in 1840; she is a native of Indiana; they have three children, two of whom are living: Gary, Allen and Carlden G., deceased; Mrs. L. also died; he married again to Mrs. Nuby Sumner, a native of Indiana; have one child; Maud; his mill was built by him in 1872; it has two run of burrs and does as good work as any mill in the country.

M   cDONALD, A. F., farmer; P. O. Delta.

McNABB, A. J., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Delta; in one of the oldest settlers of Warren township and one of the early settlers of the county; born in Montgomery county, Kentucky, February 16, 1815, and lived there until fifteen years of age, and then removed to Morgan county, Indiana, where he was raised a farmer; he owned the land on which the town of Delta is now located; he came to the county with limited means, but by his industry and economy secured a competency for his declining years; he marred Miss America Hicklin, a native of Bath county Kentucky, and was born in 1813; they have a family of ten children: Elizabeth (now Mrs. Newkirk), Nancy (now Mrs. Fritzler), Matilda (now Mrs. Hardy), Amanda (now Mrs. Reed), Thomas J., Hicklin, Andrew J., Mary A., and Martha E.; they lost their daughter Emma.

McNabb, John, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Delta.

Mahlon, G. W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Slagle.

Marrow, W. W., farmer; P. O. Delta.

Merry, William, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Slagle.

Mighell, M. P., farmer; P. O. Delta.

Millikin, John, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Delta.

Moats, M. V., laborer, Delta.

MOODE, W. F., of the firm of Moode Brothers & Stirlen, dealers in dry goods and groceries, Delta; born in Greene county, Indiana, November 15, 1845; there he grew to manhood a farmer; at the age of eighteen years he enlisted in Company C., 147th Indiana Volunteer Infantry; he served seven months and was mustered out at the close of the war; he then went to Cedar county, Iowa, farming there until 1869, when on the 15th of January, same year, he went into business at Agricola, Mahaska county, Iowa; he commenced business at Delta in the spring of 1876; Mr. Moode is a No. 1 business man, well qualified and suited for the business in which he is now engaged.

Moore, J. M., farmer; Delta.

Moore, J. C., laborer, Delta.

Morrow, Martin, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Slagle.

N   EAS, JAMES H., proprietor of Delta House; born in Jefferson county, Ohio, May 31, 1827; he there grew to manhood a farmer; he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in July 1840, and there followed bricklaying and building until 1872; he then came to Sigourney and kept hotel and livery in connection with his trade, which he continued for six years; September 21, 1844, he married Miss Martha A. Jeffer, a native of Ohio; they have nine children, five of whom are living: Lida, James J., Belle, Nettie, Lon, while Eddie J., Frank M., Jennie M., and Pearl H. are dead; Mr. N. has frequently held offices of trust in both this State and Ohio; he is at present mayor of Delta; he is doing a good business with his hotel, as both he and his family are particularly suited for the business; he is a member of the I. O, O, F.

Nelson, S. E., farmer; Delta.

NEWKIRK, JOHN O., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Delta; born in Morgan county, Indiana, July 4, 1833, was raised a farmer, and in 1852 moved to Sigourney township; living there one year; he owns 120 acres of land adjoining the town of Delta, all under cultivation, and which will, in the future be laid off into town lots; married to Miss Elizabeth McNabb, March 13, 1855; she was born in Indiana, but has resided in Warren township since a child; her father A. J. McNabb, was one of the first settlers in Keokuk county, having lived in it for nearly forty years; they have four children: America, E. Eureta (now Mrs. Wharton), Flora D., and Mary; two, Martha L. and Elizabeth, have died; Mr. Newkirk is also engaged at present in the butchering business.

O   'BRIEN, E. G., laborer; Delta.

P   ALMER, ZACHARIAH, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Delta.

Pence, George W., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Delta.

Pence, Andrew J., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Delta.

PHILLIPS, JAMES, farmer and miller, Sec. 19; P. O. Rose hill; born in Ohio March 15, 1836; when a child he, with his parents, moved to Parke county, Indiana in 1837; there he was raised on a farm, and remained there most of the time until 1875, when he moved to where he now resides, and owns 40 acres of land; in 1862 he enlisted in Co. H. Twenty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry; he served for three years, and was in the battles of Organza Bend, Ole River, Fort Morgan, Baton Rouge, and others; in the battle of Baton Rouge, he was wounded by a gun-shot in the left side, and was mustered out at the expiration of his term; October 30, 1855, he married Miss Rebecca I. Musgrove, a native of Park county, Indiana; they have five children: Martha E. (now Mrs. Wymer), Ulysses L., Carlton O., John F., Melvin M. and Rufus W.; are members of the M. E. Church, and Mr. P. belongs to the I. O. O. F., Waveland Lodge, No. 19 of Indiana.

Pierson, Simeas, laborer; Delta.

PRENTISS BROTHERS, dealers in hardware, tinware, etc. Delta; this firm is composed of Newton A. and Frank W. Prentiss; the former was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, November 10. 1839; there he was raised, and lived on a farm until 23 years of age; he was married July 21, 1867, to Miss Jennie M. Garrett, a native of England; they have one adopted daughter: Nettie G., eight years of age; Frank W. Prentiss was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, October 8, 1845, and lived there until 19 years old, when he moved to Crawford county, Pennsylvania; he remained there for four years; was there married to Miss Helen E. Olmstead, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1850; they have two children: Eva E. and Mable E.; lost one: Wm.; this firm (Prentiss Brothers) came to Keokuk county in 1868, and engaged in the wagon-making, hardware and agricultural implement business for seven or eight years, and came to Delta in 1876 and commenced in the same business that they are now engaged in; as a business firm they are ambitious and enterprising, and are doing a large and lucrative business, which is steadily increasing every year; their success may be attributed to their energy, perseverance, business ability and fair dealing.

R   ANDALL JAMES, farmer, Sec. 13. P. O. Delta .

Rea, John C., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Springfield.

REED, JESSE C. Jr., dealer in dry goods and groceries, Delta; born November 29, 1857, Ohio being his native State; at the age of nine years, he, with his father, moved to Springfield, this county; here his father engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years, and here it was that Mr. Reed, Jr. grew to manhood, assisting his father in the store; he is well educated and adapted to the business in which he is now engaged; he owns half interest in the firm of Reed & Son, which firm has a business second to none in the county; it commenced business in Delta in 1876; December 25, 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Amada J. McNabb, a native of Warren township; her father, A. J. McNabb made the first improvements in this township over twenty-eight years ago.

Reed, James, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Slagle.

Reed, J. C. Sr., merchant; Delta.

Ridpath, James, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Delta.

Rogers, S. S., laborer; Delta.

S   ARTAIN, T. J., mechanic; Delta.

Saylor, Godfrey, farmer, Sec.19; P. O. Slagle.

Schoonover, A., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Delta.

Scott, B. M., laborer; Delta.

Shipley, J. K., laborer; Delta.

Shinefield, Gus., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Delta.

Simpkins, Geo., farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Rose Hill.

Simpson, Sylvester, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Springfield.

Simonds, F. W., laborer; Delta.

Smith, John, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Delta.

Smith, John Jr., farmer; Delta.

Smiley, David, farmer; Delta.

Smith, John Sr., farmer; Delta.

Stanley, Almon, merchant; Delta.

Stanley, Willis, merchant; Delta.

STANLEY, ISAAC E., dealer in dry goods and groceries, Delta; also postmaster; born in Columbiana county, Ohio, August 16, 1844, where he made his home until 1856, when he moved to Prairie township, this county; he remained there until 1869, being engaged in farming, from 1869 to 1875 he was engaged in the mercantile business in that township; Mr. S., and his brother built the first business house in Delta in 1875; he has been twice married; first to Hannah Clendenon, January 2, 1868; she is a native of Belmont county, Ohio; died, November 14, 1868; he married again to Rachel B. Hoge, August 14, 1872; by this union they have two children: Carrie J. and Stella; he served as justice of the peace for one term; has been school director four or five terms, and is at present chairman of the county board of supervisors; he is a member of the Friends’ Church.

STIRLEN, J. R., of the firm of Moode Brothers & Stirlen, Delta; born May 25, 1839, in Louisa county, Iowa, and was raised upon the same farm upon which he was born; in 1872 he moved to Mahaska county, Iowa remaining there for one year, and then returned to Louisa county; he remained there until March 1874, then came to this county and engaged in farming until March, 1876, after a mercantile experience of one year at Coal Creek, with A. Bronson he entered the employ of the above named firm at Delta; he was married January 1, 1860, to Miss Sarah M. Brooks, a native of Dauphin county Pennsylvania; they have a family of four children: Lula Iowa, James A., Minnie O., Lizzie E.; two are dead: Tina and Molly; Mr. Stirlen has made a truly praiseworthy record; with great prudence and industry he has combined unswerving honesty, and hence has always claimed the highest respect of his fellow -itizens.

Stout, Anthony, farmer, Sec.6; P. O. Springfield.

Surber, Nancy; Delta.

T   AYLOR THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 18. P. O. Slagle.

Taylor, John S., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Slagle.

Tinsley, Jacob, farmer; Delta.

Tipton, Wm. farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Delta.

Tipton, David, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Delta.

Tygart, Andrew, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Delta.

Tresslar, John O., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Delta.

U   LIN, A. J. Sr., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Delta.

Ulin, Andrew Jr., farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Delta.

URIE, JOHN M., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Delta; born in Ohio, January 30, 1841, his father was a miller and the subject of this sketch assisted him in his duties, and thus grew to manhood a practical miller, though not an enthusiast in the business; he came to this county in 1858 and settled first in Washington township; enlisted in the late war August 12, 1862, and served faithfully until the close; he owns a farm of ninety five-acres; married Miss Mary J. Cochorane, a native of Keokuk county Iowa, and was born August 3, 1849; they have four children: Carrie B., Thomas J., Frank L., and Pearl; lost one.

UTTERBACK, ABNER, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Delta; born in Johnson county, Indiana, March, 1837; when thirteen years of age his parents came to this county; here he was raised as a farmer; he moved upon his present farm in 1850; it consists of 357 acres of choice land, with good improvements; April 5, 1862, he was married to Miss Amanda Craig, a native of Indiana; she died May 14, 1872, leaving a family of six children, two of whom are living: Ethzelda J., and Cora A., Sarah F., Clement L., and two infants have died: February 20, 1873, he married Miss E. Kephart, of Indiana: by this union they have four children: Bertha, Margaret, Eva and Felden.

Utterback, David, farmer; Delta.

Utterback, Hiram, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Delta.

Utterback, Nimrod, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Delta.

Utterback, Corbin, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Slagle.

Utterback, Mahlon, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Delta.

V   AUGHAN, WM., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Slagle.

Vandyke, Mrs. R. B., milliner, Delta.

Vert, Mulford, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Slagle.

Vert, Rison, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Slagle.

VICKREY, C., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Sigourney; born in Highland county, Ohio, February 21, 1827; his father was of Scotch descent and his mother of English ancestry, connected with the family of Sir Charles Rowley; when young he was brought by his parents to Hendricks county, Indiana, where he was raised on a farm; came to this county in 1851, and owns 680 acres of improved land; he was married to Miss Sarah Landers January 21, 1851; she was born November 15, 1826, in Morgan county, Indiana; her father was of German origin, and her mother is a relative of George Washington; Mrs. Vickrey is a sister of the Hons. Franklin, John, Jackson, and Henry Landers, and is also a sister of Mrs. Anna Ragan, all of whom are living in or near Indianapolis, Indiana: she has two half brothers: Jonathan and Joshua Landers; the former resides in this county; Mr. V. is a large stock-feeder, stock-raiser and shipper; they have one daughter: Harriet D. (now Mrs. Kendall), born March 19, 1852; Mrs. K. has three children: Cyrus G., born September 19, 1870, William F., born October 18, 1872, and Sarah A., born May 13, 1877.

W   ALLACE REUBEN, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Delta.

WHARTON, M. R., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Rose Hill; born in Guernsey county, Ohio, January 22, 1833; when a child his parents, John and Mary A. Wharton, moved to Delaware county, Indiana, where he was raised on a farm and remained there until 1857, when he came to Mahaska county, Iowa, and remained there until 1869, and then went to Kensas; in 1874 he moved on the place where he now resides; owns 160 acres of good and well improved land; he married in 1857 Miss Susan Maddy, of Indiana; they have seven children: Charles L., Warren, Wm., Rachel, Irene, Ines and Robert.

WHARTON, WM., T., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Delta; born In Morgan county, Indiana, December 4, 1838; in 1843 his parents moved to Johnson county, Indiana and there he grew to manhood, and removed to Polk county, Iowa in 1854, and lived there until 1860, when he moved on the farm he now owns; he was married to Miss Amanda C. Dunn, September 27, 1856; she is a native of Indiana; they have eight children, six are living; Elmira, Charles C., William, Harriet, James, Homer G., two are dead: an infant and Elzira; Mr. W. is the owner of 180 acres of land, all under fence and in the best of cultivation, and well stocked with both cattle and hogs; everything is well arranged and shows that he is a number one farmer.

White, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Delta.

Whitney, H., laborer, Delta.

Whistler, M. W., laborer; Delta.

WILSON, MRS. ELIZABETH, Sec. 6; P. O. Delta; born in Hardin county, Kentucky, December 12, 1831; she married the late Dr. C. C. Wilson; he was born July 29, 1833 in Hardin county, Kentucky, and came to Sigourney Keokuk county, December 11, 1856, and from this place he removed to Springfield, this county, in 1865, and from thence to Delta in the fall of 1877, he served one term in the Iowa Legislature in 1872-3, and was justice of the peace in Sigourney for five years, filled many town and township offices during his life, and always served the people faithfully and well; he practiced medicine in this county for thirteen years and had an extensive practice, and has attended calls at the detriment of his own health; at the time of his death, which occurred April 20, 1879, he was president of the school board at Delta; and the fine school building is a monument to his name, for he did more than any other man to secure and erect the building, and Delta will long remember him for it; when Dr. Wilson undertook to do anything he did it with a will, and would allow nothing to be left undone that he could do to carry forward a good work; his medical practice extended for many miles in every direction, and the way he was appreciated was attested by the great number who attended his funeral; he was a man who had his own ideas about matters, and would stand up manfully for them until he was convinced of his error, if he was in error, and then he was quick to acknowledge his mistakes, and just as quickly correct them; as a business man he was as honest as men ever get to be; would wrong no man out of a cent, and would rather give than to take from any one; he was an energetic man and was always working for the best interests of the county, and nothing was too great for him to do when it was beneficial to the county or community to which he lived; he left seven children: Wm. B., Robert B., Alice, Joseph H., Dewitt C., Susan and C. C.

Wyrick, Thomas, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Delta.

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

These pages were designed and are maintained by IAGenWeb solely for the  use and benefit of the  IAGenWeb Project, a part of the USGenWeb Project.
Copyright © 1997 by IAGenWeb & Other Contributors        
Please read the IAGenWeb Terms, Conditions, & Disclaimer  --all of which apply to Keokuk Co.

Back to top of page                             Return to Keokuk Co. IAGenWeb                             Back to top of page

Photo background collage is made from penny postcards of Keokuk County, donated to the USGenWeb Archives