EDWARD D. WILSON
Parts of the
following article were taken from a story on “Yankee Street” written
by Edward D. Wilson. Wilson’s father, Robert was one of the early
settlers in the Waveland Township area, coming to Iowa from Vermont
Sometime during the
winter 1868 there was a meeting in the harness shop of Henry Barnes,
in Montpelier, Vermont of some 15 to 20 men from the town and
surrounding towns to investigate the reports of an opportunity for
settlement of land in western Iowa that the C. B. & Q. Railroad was
offering at a very low price.
The outcome of that
meeting was that some 15 men agreed to go out west and look the
proposition over in the early spring of 1869.
The names of the men in
that party that came west and bought land here and built homes, and
lived here for many years were: Henry Barnes, Robert Wilson, A.
Collins, Chas. Bruce, C. P. Moore, Joe Reznor, J. C. Perley, S. A.
Collins and J. W. Norris; later other Vermonters came here and
located, among them: L. A. Persons, E. J. Scott, Frank Randall, J.
D. Harington and C. M. Clark. This advance guard came via Grand
Trunk railroad to Chicago then C. B. & Q. to Afton, which was the
end of passenger service at that time. From there an Iowa land agent
brought them through in two farm wagons.
Those who bought at the
time paid $7.50 per acre; while land two miles west and north could
have been bought from $3.00 to $5.00.
In July of 1869 Robert
Wilson returned to Waterbury, Vermont to pack what goods he would
ship to Iowa and to sell the rest. Robert Wilson was married to
Helen Marr Goodrich February 10, 1857. Robert, his wife Helen, and
young son Edward, age 10, arrived with the Alfred Collins family
August 4, 1869 back in western Iowa where they had bought land
earlier along the Nishnabotna river.
Robert Wilson died
September 23, 1896. His wife Helen remained with her son Edward on
the family farm known as the “Lone Tree Farm”, on “Yankee Street”.
Helen Wilson passed away on the farm where she lived and died July
2, 1918. Edward had married at Elliott, Iowa, Sally F. Holmes in
1885. She passed away three years later, 1888. On November 24, 1896
Edward married Elizabeth Deere, at Corning, Ia. Elizabeth came to
Iowa from Pennsylvania with her family at the age of 4. Edward and
Elizabeth Wilson had 4 sons and 1 daughter – Ray, Clement, Bertram,
Norbert and Marian. Edward passed away in 1943 and Elizabeth in
Clement farmed the family
farm with his father and married Ada Jennings in 1923. They lived in
the tenant house on the Wilson farm. They had 3 sons and 1 daughter
– Robert, Norbert, Thomas and Barbara. Ada passed away in May of
1950 and Clement in 1962. Tom farmed the Wilson family farm until
April 1977 when he passed away. The Wilson farm remains in the