Mills County, Iowa
1881 Mills County History

Biographical Sketches
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Elrod, James M., Farmer, P.O. Clark; born December 18, 1840, in Butler county, Pennsylvania. While yet young he immigrated with his mother and family to La Salle county, Illinois, and remained there about twelve years. He enlisted from this county in the Eighty-eighth Illinois volunteer infantry, and participated in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Rocky Face, Resaca, Calhoun, Adairville, Dallas, Lost Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Altoona, Jamesborough and Love Joy. Was mustered into the service August 12, 1862, and mustered our June 9, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee. In the fall of 1871 he immigrated to Lancaster county Nebraska, where he remained about four years, and then came to Mills county, and finally located in White Cloud township. Was married December 21, 1868, to Miss Annie M. Willey, who was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 23, 1846. They are the parents of three children: Mary E., Celia C. and Myrtie. Mr. E. was wounded at the battle of Mission Ridge, in the thigh, and was also slightly wounded in the cheek at Resaca, Georgia. p. 649 White Cloud Township

Emerick, David,
farmer and stock raiser, section 31, P.O. Malvern; born in 1810, in Ohio. In 1824 he moved with his parents to Morgan county, Illinois. In the autumn of 1840, he came to Iowa, locating in Henry County, remaining there until the spring of 1852 when he came to this county and located on the farm where he now resides. His farm consists of 570 acres, over 400 of which are in cultivation. He is extensively engaged in stock raising, and is enumerated among the leading farmers of the county. He was married in 1835 to Miss Ann Eliza Robertson, a native of Ireland. They are the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are living: George, Columbus C., David, Annie, Martha, William, Frances A. and Ada. Mr. Emerick began life without means and without an education and never attended school a day. He received a fair education by his own exertions, sufficient to manage his large and increasing estates. p. 693/694 Ingraham Township

Epperson, Charles L., Section 5, P.O. Pacific Junction; born July 30, 1835, in Montgomery county, Indiana. At an early age he moved with his parents to Cedar county, Iowa. He resided in Cedar county until fifteen years old, and then went with his parents to Council Bluffs, in which city his father died. He then came with his mother to Mills county and located in Oak township. In 1855 he moved to Lyons township. In 1864 he made a trip to Salt Lake City, and returned the following year. He purchased the farm where he now lives in 1868. Was married August 16, 1860, to Miss Ophelia Harrington of Oswego county, New York. Five children have been born to them, four of whom are now living: David E., Charles G., Annie E. and Jonathan R. Mr. Epperson has served the township officially with great credit. He is now acting as secretary of the school board, and in this, as in all other positions of trust, he has given the best of satisfaction. He owns a neat little farm of forty acres, in a high state of cultivation and well improved. p. 621 Lyons Township

Evans, Henry,
P.O. Pacific Junction; was born March 12, 1847, in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. When nineteen years of age he found employment in the smelting works at Boiler Springs. After following this occupation four years he moved to Buchanan county, Missouri, and for two years was engaged in farming. Since that date to April, 1871, he has been connected with various railroads. At that date he returned to Pennsylvania. In September, 1875, he went to St. Joseph, Missouri and has been in the employ of the K. C. C. B. & St. Jo. R.R. ever since. He came to Pacific Junction in April 1880. He was married February 18, 1865, to Miss Matilda Brewer. They are the parents of two children: Lydia A., and John E. Mr. Evans is a member of the A. F. and A. M. and I. O. O. F.

Evans, Mevrel L.,
Farmer, Section 8, P.O. Pacific City; born October 9, 1815, in Berkley county, Virginia. He removed with his parents, at an early age, to Belmont county, Ohio, where he remained until he was eleven years old. He then went to Wayne County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. His father died when he was small, and he was then apprenticed to Jeremiah Crampton to learn the trade of a tanner. He then went to the western part of Indiana and engaged in farming for three years, and later, worked several years on the Erie canal. In 1842 he went to Holt county, Missouri, where he resided until 1863, when he came to this county. Was married January 7, 1845, to Miss Eliza Jane Templeton, of Hancock county, Indiana. They have had ten children, of whom seven are living: Anna A., Elizabeth E., Laura L., Mollie L., Jennie H., Charles W. and Nannie M. He owns a farm of 200 acres, well improved; excellent dwelling house and barn, and a fruitful orchard. Mr. Evans is a good citizen, a kind husband, and with the aid of his good wife has raised an intelligent and moral family. p. 659/660

Fansher, David,
Farmer and stock raiser, section 14, P.O. Emerson; born May 4, 1845, in Canada, where he remained until twenty-two years of age, working on the farm in the summer time and attending the common schools during the winter months. He then went to Poweshiek county, Iowa, remaining there one year and then moved to Henry county, Illinois. From there he returned to Canada, and was married September 21, 1871, to Elizabeth McCabe, a native of Canada. They have three children: Ethelena Maud, William David and Maggie Myrta. Came to Mills county in 1879, and located on the farm where he now resides. His farm consists of 160 acres, all under good cultivation.

Flood, James H.,
Farmer, section 15, P.O. Glenwood; born March 15, 1833 in Green county, Ohio. When twelve years of age he moved with his parents to Randolph county, Indiana, and grew to maturity in that state. His youth was passed in farming and attending the common schools. In the fall of 1859 he came to Iowa, locating in Montgomery county, where he remained until October, 1880, and then located on the farm where he now lives. Enlisted February 20, 1863, in company K, Fourth Iowa infantry, and participated in the battles of Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Big Shanty, Kenesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Chattahoochee River, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy Station, Little River, Oquakee River, Savannah, Griswoldville, Columbia and Bentonsville . Was wounded in both hands at Ezra Chapel. Was discharged July 24, 1865. He was married November 5, 1857, to Miss Martha Chenoweth, of Dark county, Ohio. They are the parents of ten children: Jonathan, Nathaniel S., Joann, William P., Mary Jane, Oliver M., Tabitha, Sarah Emeline, Amelia and Adelia, the two last named being twins. Mr. and Mrs. Flood are members of the Methodist Protestant church. He owns the pleasant home where he now lives and a fine farm of 200 acres in Montgomery county. p. 677 Glenwood Township

Folden, George S.,
Farmer, section 13, P.O. Glenwood; born February 22, 1823, in Greenbriar county, Virginia. When very young he moved with his parents to Indiana, but only remained there a short time, and then went to Hancock county, Missouri, where he grew to manhood, working on the farm and attending school. In 1850 he came to Iowa, locating in Fremont county, near Sidney, and one year later came to Mills county. Was married September 10, 1848, to Miss Leah, daughter of Charles and Sarah Calvert of Highland county, Ohio. There have been twelve children born to them by this union, only two of whom are now living; Sarah and James. The names of the deceased are: Lealdes F., Margaret M., Charles W., Isena F., Andrew T., Elizabeth J., Nancy C., Adam, Laura M, and Minnie A. He has been a member of the Congregational Church for thirty years, and has been identified with that denomination, as steward and class leader, and has held several township offices. He came to this county with no means whatever, but now owns a farm of 155 acres with a good dwelling-house, and other improvements. Mr. Folden is a man of high moral character and is honored and respected by his neighbors. p.621/622 Lyons Township

Follet, Warren,
Silver Creek; was born January 22, 1838, in Caldwell county, Missouri. He left that state with the Mormon exodus and went with his parents to Nauvoo, Illinois, where his father died in 1844. Driven with the Mormons from that state he came to Iowa and located in Silver Creek township, on what is now the farm of David Emrick. He moved to the farm he now occupies in 1853. In 1862 he enlisted at Glenwood for a term of three years during the war. September 6, of the same year, he was married. His farm comprises some 220 acres, all in splendid condition and well improved, with buildings and fruit. Mr. Follett is one of the oldest settlers in the county, and has always been closely identified with its improvements and advances. p. 628 Silver Creek Township

Foster, George W.,
Proprietor of Foster House, P.O. Hastings; was born April 17, 1832, in Oneida county, New York. His parents soon moved to Green county, same state and there Mr. Foster was educated in the common and high schools of Lexington. When fifteen years of age he began the chair-makers trade, at Bushnellville, New York, where he remained three and a half years. He then moved to Delaware county, New York, where he learned the carriage and wagon-maker's trade, but soon abandoned that business to learn the carpenter's and millright's trades. He came to Iowa in 1859, and settled at Glenwood, opening a meat market. In 1862 he enlisted in company B, 29th Iowa, but was soon after transferred to company K. He served until the close of the war, and was honorably discharged at Davenport in September 1865. From the spring of 1866 to January 1867, he was in the mountains, but the last named year he came to Iowa and located at Council Bluffs, working at the carpenter's trade. In the summer of 1869, he again went to the mountains, but returned in 1871, and located on his farm in Anderson township, Mills county. This he exchanged for his hotel property in 1877. He was married December 25, 1866 to Miss Sarah A. Smith, a native of Ohio, by whom he has two children, Omer G. and Oral C. p. 710 Indian Creek Township

Fowler, H. P.,
P.O. Glenwood; among those who came to Mills county at an early day, and contributed to make it what it is. None are more worthy a place in this volume than Mr. Fowler. He was born in Tennessee, in the year 1825, and when a child removed to Lafayette county, Missouri. In the spring of 1855 he came to this county, and located some six miles north of his present home, and to the farm he now occupies in the year 1862. He was married in 1857 to Matilda Cotton, a native of Missouri. They are the parents of six children: Emma F. Martha, John W., Etta E., Verna E., and Robert A. Mr. Fowler is a member of the M. E. Church, in high standing, and consecrated to its service. His farm comprises one hundred and ten acres. p. 667 Oak Township

Foxworthy, Joseph,
farmer and stock raiser, P.O. Malvern; born June 10, 1823, in Kentucky, and remained there until nineteen years of age, when he immigrated to Johnson county, Indiana, and engaged in farming. In 1854 he came to this county and located on section 5, White Cloud township. He owns a fine farm of 220 acres, on the Silver Creek bottom, plenty of timber and a good orchard. Was married June 25, 1844, to Miss Mary M. Hargan, who was born in Kentucky, March 26, 1826. They are the parents of ten children: Anarpy, Rachel, Mary E., George, Ellen, Rufus, Melissa, William, Almedia and Florence. Mr. Foxworthy is one of the oldest citizens in the township. He came here in 1854, and endured all the hardships to which the pioneers of that day were subject. p. 649/650 White Cloud Township

French, A. D.,
County treasurer, Glenwood; was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, January 13, 1842, remaining in that state until 1858, when he went to Illinois, where he remained, following the occupation of farmer, until August 14, 1862, when he enlisted in the Eighty-ninth Illinois infantry, company A, and served until May 24, 1865, when he received his discharge. While in the service he participated in the battles of Stone River, Liberty Gap and Chickamauga, where he was wounded while in the act of charging a battery, having his left arm broken by a gun shot which also entered into his side, coming out of his back. After receiving this wound he was taken to Jefferson Hospital, from which place he was discharged, as above stated. After leaving the army he went to Hobart, Indiana, where he learned telegraphy, and in 1872 removed to Mills county, Iowa. While in Indiana he held the positions of depot agent, telegraph operator, express agent and postmaster. After coming to Mills county he held the positions of railroad agent and telegraph operator for five years. In 1877 he was elected county treasurer, and in 1879 was re-elected. He was married October 24, 1867, to Annie P. Rundel, of Lake county, Illinois, by whom he has had three children: Katie M., Herbert A. and Raymond. p. 678 Glenwood Township


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