Page County, Iowa History 1880 Biographicals
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[page 615] Searcy, A., farmer, section 18, P.O. College Springs; born October 10, 1823, in Kentucky. He reached the age of manhood in his native state, but in 1850 moved with his parents to Clay county, Missouri. In April, 1854, he came from the latter state to Iowa, settling in Amity, and is the oldest living settler in the township. He was married in Clay county, Missouri, in 1851, to Miss Jane Scoggan, a native of Indiana, by whom he became the father of eight children, six of whom are now living: Alex A., Lillian, Francis R., William P., Cora L., and George G. This wife dying in May, 18--, he was again married, to Miss Maggie S. Yates, a native of Wisconsin, June 7, 1876. Mr Searcy has a fine farm of 220 acres of land, all under cultivation or pasturage. He has a fine orchard of 150 apple trees, all bearing choice fruits.
[page 616] Thrall, A.A., farmer, section 24, 160 acres, P.O. Bradyville [sic]; born in Montgomery county, Ohio, March 26, 1817. In 1840 moved to Boone county, Indiana, and to Page county, Iowa, in 1861. Was married to Miss Mariah Green in Preble county, Ohio, February 26, 1840. Is the father of two children by this wife, -- Annie E. and Mary C. His wife died in 1847. Married for his second wife Miss Lyda Johns, by whom he has six children George W., John H., Rachael A., Arthur A., Sarah J., and Minnie B. Mr Thralls retains the vigor of manhood in a wonderful degree, though now 63 years of age. A lifetime of usefulness is crowned with a happy old age.
[page 619] Nelson, Frederick, farmer and stock-raiser, section 7, P.O. College Springs; born in Sweden in 1835, lived throught the usual vicissitudes of a farmer boy's life until 1853, when he emigrated to America, employing his time for a sustenance in day labor. In 1856 he came to Amity, went to school at that place and learned to read English. During the seven years, from 1863 to 1870, he was the agent of the American Emigrant Company, the relations of which to the county are fully set forth in the chapter on "The Swamp Land Troubles,"--the historical portion of the work. While acing in this capacity he crossed the ocean ten times. His farm, of 560 acres, attests his economy and faithfulness, since when he came to America he came penniless. He was married in 1861 to Miss Julia M. Johnson, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he is the father of two children; one living: Emma W.
[page 623] Duncan, John, farmer and stone-mason, section 14, 90 acres of land, P.O. College Springs; born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1807. In April, 1867, he came to Page county with his family. Volunteered June 27, 1863, in Company H, Sixty-second Pennyslvania Volunteers. Was one of the company which captured the famous Morgan, at Liverpool, Ohio. He was married to Miss Lettie Reid, of Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, in February, 1832, by whom he has eight children, of whom only two are living: Belle and John R. His wife died February 20, 1867. He married Miss Mary A. Duncan, of Clarinda, September 14, 1869; this wife died on February 27, 1879. For fifty-three years of his life Mr Duncan has been a member of the U.P. church. His integrity has never been questioned, and his genial qualities are worthy of all imitation.
[Page 623] Hoag, Hon. E.B., farmer, section 29, P.O. and residence College Springs; born in New York, March 23, 1830. At the age of 15 his parents moved to Knox county, Illinois, in 1845. Here young Hoag grew to manhood a farmer, receiving his education in the common schools of that state [page 624] and at Knox college, in which latter school he remained 18 months. In June, 1867, he came to Iowa, and to Page county, locating in Colfax township. He improved a farm in that township, residing there until 1874, when he purchased his present farm in Amity. Mr. Hoag has twice been representative of his county, having been first elected in 1876, and re-elected in 1878. This attests not only the esteem in which he is held, but his personal worth and ability as well. He was married September 24, 1854, to Miss Rachel A. Newman, a native of Ohio, by whom he has one child: Casius O., a member of the class of 1881, Amity college.
[page 626] Kunkel, Henry, farmer, section 12, 130 acres of land, P.O. Shambaugh; born in Knox county, Ohio, August 29, 1844. Moved to Page county, June 8, 1855, of which he has since been an honored citizen. Married September 26, 1867, to Miss Mahala Beery, of this county. They are the parents of four children: Sarah M., James M. and Jess L. living, one deceased. Mr Kunkel has been a resident of the county for twenty-five years, and has not only noted its remarkable growth and prosperity, but has largely contributed to the same. A stirring, active man, to whom appeal was never made in vain; kind, charitable, and strictly honorable.
[page 626] Laughlin, J.G., farmer and pomologist, section 7, P.O. College Springs; born in Anderson county, North Carolina, in 1905. When still a child his parents moved to Brown county, Ohio. In 1819 his parents moved to Bond county, Illinois, where they remained ten years; thence they moved to Putnam county, same state, in which county the subject of this sketch lived for twenty-nine years. In the fall of 1858 he came to this county and settled on the farm he now owns. He was married in 1829, October 1, to Miss Ruth Russell, a native of Ohio, by whom he [page 627] is the father of three children: William R. and James B., living, and John J., deceased. The last named was a member of company K, Fourth Iowa Infantry. Died at Halance hospital December 14, 1862. His remained now rest at Rolla, Tennessee, in the national cemetery. As a fruit grower Mr L. has been most successful, and has been instrumental in securing to the people of this county some of the best varieties of fruit to be found in the whole state of Iowa. He commenced the nursery business at an early day, and to him the county is indebted for whatever advance it has made in this direction.
[page 628] Nicholas, J.J., farmer, section 25, P.O. Braddyville; born in Piketon, Pike county, Ohio, Mary 28, 1823. In 1826 moved with his father's family to Vermillion county, Indiana, encountering extreme hardships on the journey, there being no wagon roads at that early day, and many swamps to be crossed. His father, John Nicholas, helped build the first [page 629] cabin in Perryville, Indiana. In 1855, moved to Vermillion county, Illinois, with his mother, his father having died; here he reached manhood. In 1844 went to Greene county, Wisconsin, and ten years later, in 1854, came to Page county, in which he has since continuously resided. As will be seen by the date last above mentioned Mr Nicholas is one of the earliest settlers in the county, and has endured privations such as but few of us know anything of. He was married March 2, 1848, to Lucinda Lewis, by whom he has eight children: Catherine, John A., Alice, Marian, Mary, Nannie, Oscar, and Charles M. His wife died in March, 1868. In March, 1870, he was married to Eliza Jett; by this marriage he has one child, Joseph A.
[page 629] Pollock, D.R., merchant, P.O. College Springs; born in the state of Ohio, in the year 1823. He attained the age of manhood on a farm, living in that state until 1848, when he removed to Warren county, Illinois, remaining about four years. From here he removed to Oregon, and continued to reside in that state for seven years, at the end of which period he returned to Warren county, Illinois, where he remained until the spring of 1861. He then became a resident of Iowa, and of Amity township, Page county. In the fall of 1863 he commenced his present business, in which he has been since continuously engaged. He was married in Illinois to Miss A.E. Harper, a native of Ohio, on July 22, 1859. They are the parents of six children, four of whom --Annie A., wife of Wm A. Leslie, Ida May, William H. and Edgar A.--are living. Mr Pollock is one of the early settlers of this township, and has witnessed almost the entire growth of the township and city. All the church edifices and the college buildings have been built since he came to the place. He has just closed his business, preparatory to removal to Coin; a fact that, while a loss to his former home, is a decided gain in point of business energy and integrity for his newly-adopted city. Mr Pollock and his companion are respected members of the United Presbyterian church.
[page 630] Bebout, Peter, farmer, section 13, P.O. Siam, Taylor county; born December 27, 1825, in Crawford county, Ohio. Came to Page county in the summer of 1854. He has held numerous township offices, serving almost constantly in one capacity or another. He has been justice of the peace, school treasurer, and school director, among others. Was married in September, 1852, to Miss Elizabeth Ridgely, of Crawford county, Ohio. They have eight children living: Hannah, Sarah, Oniska, Melissa, Ida May, Ida Bell, Ioma, and George; four are dead. This wife died in the fall of 1872. He was married in 1873 to Mary A. Crain, by [page 631] whom he has two children living: Eva and Abram O., and two deceased. His farm is a very large one of 560 acres.
[page 631] Carpenter, Hurlburt, farmer, section 12, P.O. Siam, Taylor county; born April 5, 1816 in Delaware county, Ohio. In the fall of 1857 moved to Ogle county, Illinois, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits. Came to Tama county, Iowa, in 1861, and engaged in farming. Came to Page county in 1870, locating on the farm he now owns. Was married January 12, 1844, to Miss Mary A. Woodruff, a native of Ohio. They have six children living and one deceased: Parkhurst H., Jehu S., Gettie Ann, Martha E., Charles D., and Edward M.
[page 631] Duncan, Daniel, farmer, section 13, P.O. Siam, Taylor county; born October 10, 1828, in Missouri. Came to Page county in the spring of 1845. Was married in November, 1853, to Miss Margaret Dillon, of Page county. By this union they became the parents of seven children: John T., Nancy E., Wilburn P., William A., Washington, Charles H. and Ada E. This wife died in January, 1868. He was married in October, 1870, by which marriage he has two children: Orie E. and Omer. He is an early settler and was subjected to all the privations to which the pioneer ofttimes becomes a victim. A further account of his services to the country is given in the early history of the county.
[page 632] Grover, Jephtha, farmer, section 7 and 8, P.O. Clarinda; born January 19, 1809, in Highland county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. In 1830 moved to Defiance county, Ohio and in 1854 came to Iowa, locating in Page county. Was married in 1834 to Miss Sarah Story, of Defiance county, Ohio, by whom he had four children: Louisa, Francis M., William, Ellen. He owns 240 acres of fine land.
[page 633] William Hardee, farmer, section 1, P.O. Siam [Taylor Co, Iowa]; born May 2, 1815, in Bourbon county, Kentucky. When very young went with his parents to Preble county, Ohio, remaining four years. In February, 1836, moved to Montgomery county, Indiana, and in March, 1842, came to Page county, locating where he now resides. He is, therefore, one of the very oldest settlers in the county. He has held a number of township offices, and was one of the first judges ever elected in the county. His connection with the county's early history is fully given in the body of this work. He was married to Elizabeth A. Farley, August 11, 1836. They are the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are now living: Theressa Ann, Oliver P., Clarissa J., Rebecca E., William D., Sylvester N., Francis E., and Ezra P. He is an honored member of the masonic order.
[page 634] Lasley, Israel, farmer, section 24, P.O. Hopkins, Missouri: born July 10, 1823, in Hocking county, Ohio. Came to Iowa in the fall of 1841, and to Page county in the spring of 1865. Was married in March, 1846, to Caroline Mathew, of Davis county, Iowa, by whom he is the father of eight children: Eugenia, Martha A., Sarah E., Lettie J., William D., Jacob E., Susan E., Simeon K., and three deceased.
[page 635] Snodgrass, Joseph, farmer, section 2, P.O. Siam, Taylor County; born March 9, 1822, in Jefferson county, Indiana. In 1850 moved to Missouri, remaining until 1852, when he became a resident of Taylor county, Iowa, locating near the Page county line. He moved into this county in 1854, selecting his present location. Was married September 19, 1845, to Jane A. Hammond, a native of Johnson county, Indiana. They had seven children, six now living; Caroline, Eliza C., Alonzo C., Mont. N., Arvilla and Birch.
[page 638] Bullock, James, farmer, section 28, P.O. Blanchard; born October 19, 1811, in the county of Cornwall, Parish of St Columb, England. His early life was passed on a farm. In 1834 came to America; his first act on reaching this country was to purchase a bible. He located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, remaining until March, 1835, when he went to Chenango county, remaining two years. In 1838 came to Van Buren county, Iowa. In 1840 moved to St Louis, Missouri, from which place he returned to Pennsylvania. Came to Page county, Iowa, in 1857. Was married February 15, 1848, to Miss L. Ballen, a native of England. They have ten children: Lavinnia S., Mary J., Loveday A., George W., John T., Charles E., Olive C., Jessie D., William, and Alice. Owns 320 acres of good land.
[page 642] Wetmore, Orestes, farmer, section 23, P.O. Blanchard; born December 12, 1827, in Monroe county, New York. His parents died in his infancy, leaving him in the care of an uncle with whom he moved to Summit county, Ohio, in 1828. He there grew to manhood, receiving his education in the common school. Moved to Tazewell county, Illinois, in October, 1849, where he engaged in farming. In 1852 he moved to Knox county, where he resided until he came to Page in 1866. Was married January 10, 1849, to Miss Cordelia J. Davis, of Summit county, Ohio. They have six children living: Sarah A., Hugh M., Rice, Orestes C., [page 643] Arthur J., and Eva L. Mr Wetmore has held several township offices, having been justice of the peace ten years, and a member of the board of supervisors. Owns 255 acres.
[page 644] Falk, Gust., farmer, section 23; born in Sweden, May 11, 1822, where he passed his boyhood and received his education. He came to America in 1857, locating in Mercer county, Illinois; came to Iowa in 1871. In 1851 he married Miss Caroline Lewson, a native of Sweden. They are the parents of six children: Charles, Nora, Andrew, Alpha, Leander and Emma. He owns 160 acres, the fruit of patient toil and honest industry; when he came to Iowa he had nothing, and his present success is largely due to rigid economy.
[page 644] Higham, Thomas, farmer, section 20, P.O. Essex; born in North Herefordshire, England, in 1847. Came to America in 1854, and to Iowa in 1868. Was married to Miss Frances Turner, a native of England, in 1878. His farm comprises 120 acres of choice land, well timbered and watered.
[page 645] Owens, Wm. W., farmer, section 11, P.O. Clarinda, real estate broker; born in Brown county, Ohio, in 1846. In 1858 went to Madison county, Ind., in which state he attained his majority, being educated in the common schools. Enlisted in company A, 148th Illinois infantry, in 1864, under the command of Colonel Wilson. Enlisting as a private, he was soon promoted to a first lieutenancy, though incapacitated for duty through chronic diseases contracted as a soldier, and from which he is still a sufferer. Was in the numerous battles in which his regiment was engaged. Was honorably discharged in September, 1865. From that period to this he has successfully engaged in various business occupations, and is at present contemplating other enterprises of kindred nature. He was married January 24, 1864, to Miss Melissa Hosier, a native of Bureau county, Illinois. They are the parents of five children: W. Grant, Charlotte A., William F., Joseph H., Mary E., and two deceased.
[page 650] Daugherty, Samuel, farmer; born in Orange county, Indiana, September 15, 1843. Came with his parents to Iowa the same year, and to Page county in 1845. When Mr Daugherty came to Page county there were but few settlers, and few of them could have been induced to believe that Page county would ever be the county she is to-day. Mr Daugherty has crossed the plains twice since coming to Iowa, was united in marriage April 11, 1869; have had born to them six children: Smira J., Wilber S., Della M., Charles E., Lulu B. and an infant.
[page 650] Daugherty, Gideon M.; born in Orange county, Indiana, February 5, 1816 . He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony June 9, 1840, to Elizabaeth Mahin. Mr Daugherty resided in his native state until 1844, when he gathered his household effects together and started with them and family for Iowa, locating in Taylor county. Here they remained one year when they removed to Page county where they resided until 1850, when, with many others, Mr Daugherty caught the gold fever and made a trip to California, where he remained but a short time, bringing back with him to Iowa an unusual amount of experience. To Mr and Mrs Daugherty have been born nine children, eight of whom are living: William S., Samuel, Robert E., Martha E., Peter, Sarah J., deceased, John W., James B., Caroline.
[page 650] Davison, Pleasant, farmer, P.O. Clarinda; born in Andrew county, Missouri, October 16, 1842. Remained until about seven years of age, when he came to Page county with his father, settling in Buchanan township in 1849. Mr Davison is one of the oldest settlers in the county, and a man who has been deeply interested in it well-being. Was married April 17, 1867, to Margaret J. Ferguson.
[page 651] Krout, John, farmer; born May 24, 1820, in Kenton county, Kentucky. Ten years later, 1830, his father removed to Fountain county, Indiana. Young Krout remained in Fountain county until 26 years of age. He then came to Page county and entered a claim of 160 acres. Mr Krout was married to Elizabeth Reed in January, 1846. The following year his wife died. In October of the same year he married Miss N.J. Stonebraker. They began their wedded life on the farm now owned by Mr Krout. They have six living children: Elizabeth, Rebecca, Milton, Catharine, Andrew and Clara. The farm of Mr Krout is a model in management and care, and is well fruited.
[page 652] Snodgrass, James; born in Kentucky, October 17, 1827. He was united in marriage to Nancy A. Long, August 30, 1849. From this union they had eleven children. Mr Snodgrass died on the 5th of September, 1877.
[page 653] Barnhart, J. Phil., farmer and telegraph operator: born in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania. His father was a minister of the M.E. church. Attended the common schools of the state. Commenced work as an operator in a railroad office when only 12 years of age, which business he followed for several years. Obeying Mr. Greeley's injunction, Mr Barnhart, in 1876, set his face toward the west; located on section 4, Fremont township. He married Miss Davis in 1879. They have one child: Iona.
[page 653] Chantry, A.J.; born in Van Buren county, Iowa, June 13, 1841. His parents were among the earliest settlers of that county. His mother was a highly educated lady, from whom he received his early education. He commenced teaching when nineteen years of age. Enlisted in the 29th Iowa infantry when twenty-one, and served three years of the war, and participated in eleven regular battles. Was wounded twice, and is now carrying a confederate ball in his shoulder. Mr C. was promoted to first lieutenant, and at the close of the war received a captain's commission. At the close of the great struggle he settled on section six, Fremont township, where he now lives. Was elected representative from Page county to the general assembly in the fall of 1873. Married in 1865 to Hattie Raines, daughter of Henry Raines, Esq., of Mills county. He is the father of seven children, five of whom are living: M.A., Warren, Alfred, Lillie and Forest R. He is a kind, genial gentleman, of good business ability.
[page 654] Falk, C.A.; born in Sweden in 1829. Is the youngest of a large family of thirteen children. Received his education at private schools. Moved on one of his father's farms in 1852, and in the same year was united in marriage to Cecelia Heindrickson. Emigrated to America in 1868, and located in Henry county, Illinois. Moved to Page county two years later. Was the first Swede that completed a dwelling house in Fremont township. Was a preacher among his people for two or three years. Mr F. is the father of ten children: Charles J., Augusta C., Emilie M., Carolina S., Selma C., Theckla V., Eulalia S., Eugenia M., Elenora and Ester C. Mr F. is a man of great natural power, deeply religious and conscientious.
[page 656] Malmberg, C.J.; born in Sweden in 1840. Emigrated to the United States in 1869, and located in Illinois. He came to Page county in 1872. Married Miss Christina S. Johnson in 1864. They have had seven children, of whom five are living: John, Amanda, Hilda, Annie and Charles Oscar.
[page 657] Sunquist, Frank; born in Sweden in 1844. Emigrated to this country in 1868. Lived in Illinois until 1872, when he changed his abode there for a new home in the beautiful county of Page. He has 80 acres of land. He married Miss Mary Blomberg in 1877. They have had two children: Charles Wm and Alvira E.
[page 659] Anderson, S.N., farmer, section 11; born in Washington county, Illinois, December 26, 1834. Resided with his parents until twenty-one years of age; then went to LaSalle County, Illinois, remaining three years, when he went to Missouri. He remained in that state four years, and had commenced to build a home, when his union sentiments compelled him to leave his home and the state. He returned to Washington county, Illinois, to remain until the fall of 1863, when he came to Page county. In the following year he engaged in the furniture business in the city of Clarinda. This he continued for two years, when he went to Nodaway township to engage in farming. In 1877 he moved to Grant township purchasing a farm of 160 acres, which he continues to improve. He was married October 13, 1859, to Miss Mary Caly, of Perry County, Illinois. They are the parents of six children, four living: Clara A., Cora J., Samuel O., and Eva A.

[page 661] Burkhard, T.S.*, grocer, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Erie county, New York, February 28, 1850. When fifteen years of age moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and learned the blacksmith's trade. Came to Shenandoah in the spring of 1874, engaging in carpentry for nearly three years. In 1877 began his present business. Was married November 22, 1870, to Miss Jennie V. Tischki, a native of Prussia. They are the parents of four children: John S., Charles F., Albert G. and Francis V.

[Ginny Holl: has written that this name should be F.S. which stood for Frank Simon. The bio also had my ggmothers' name wrong, her name was Genevieve (perhaps called Jennie?) PISCHKE.

I love getting bios for family members, makes them come alive! My gfather was the Charles F (Frank) mentioned in the bio. My gfather ended up in the Yukon, Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush, where my Dad & my sisters and myself were also born and raised.]

[page 663] Castle, G.H., attorney and justice of the peace, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Knox county, Illinois, August 30, 1843, in which county he was raised and educated. Enlisted in company A, 9th Missouri infantry, June 25, 1861, serving with that regiment until they were transferred to the 59th Illinois infantry, company A. Was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Corinth, Perryville, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Pine Top Mountain, where he was severly wounded and disabled for three months, and numerous other battles and skirmishes. Was mustered out as orderly sergeant, June 12, 1866, at New Braunfels, Texas. Coming home he en[page 664]tered Knox college, Galesburg, Illinois, graduating in June, 1872. Came to Shenandoah in the spring of 1876, beginning the practice of law in June, 1879. Was married to Miss Ella Swigart, September 26, 1874. They are the parents of three children: Kittie, Grace and George. Owns 160 acres of splendid land.
[page 668] Griffith, John X., farmer and stock raiser, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, August 13, 1837. When three years of age moved with his parents to Muskingum county, Ohio, remaining in that state until the year 1852, when he moved to Knox county, Illinois. Many of the earlier years of Mr Griffith's life were passed in the grand old state of Illinois, but when in the full prime and vigor of manhood he came to Shenandoah, Page county, and has since been an honored citizen of the "daughter of the star." He has been intimately identified with the business interests of the town, regarding its prosperity as his own. First in every business project that meant well for his adopted county, liberal and whole-souled, it is not to be wondered at that Mr Griffith has gained and held the utmost confidence and esteem of his fellow townsmen. In addition to his business interest in the city, his energy has exerted itself in another and not a whit less honorable direction, that of raising blooded stock. His farm of four hundred acres, well stocked with the choicest cattle, situated one and a half miles northeast of the city, is one of the very finest in the county, well improved, with fine buildings, and an excellent orchard with small fruits. When his country called, Mr Griffith was not slow to hear, and in the fall of 1862 was mustered into service with company A, 77th volunteer Illinois infantry, as a non-commissioned officer. His experience during the war was an arduous and varied one. He was in the battles of Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Black River, and in the assault on Vicksburg, in which he was captured March 22, 1863; was taken into the city, and parolled the next day. He was again captured at Sabine Cross Roads, April 8, 1864, and taken into Texas and held until the war was over, having been released May 18, 1865. Mr Griffith was married on February 18, 1866, to Miss Kate C. Castle, native of Knox county, Illinois, by whom he is the father of five children: Florence Mabel, Eliza Blanch, Gaylord C., Mary Emma, and Ethel. Of Mr Griffith's worth as a man, and character as a gentleman, nothing need be said. There are few men who have enjoyed so generous a share of the public confidence as he. A patron of the county fair, and a liberal contributor to its success. To him the farmers of western Page are greatly indebted for added impetus to their labor and the successes they have achieved. He has been county supervisor, and ably looked after the interests of his constituency while in that position. A man of strong will and stable character, whom all love and none hate. May his days be full of usefullness, and his experience enrich the county of his adoption.

[page 669] Hahn, E.M., restauranter, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Knox county, Illinois, on March 21, 1847. When twenty-three years of age, in 1870, he moved to Page county, Iowa, locating at Union Grove. Two years later Shenandoah became his place of residence, and he entered upon his present business. Was married September 9, 1869, to Miss Josie Hockbits, a native of Bohemia. They are the parents of three children: Ina, Essie and Mortimer.
[page 671] Lytle, J.C., clerk Shenandoah House, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Grant county, Indiana, February 28, 1852. When six months old came with his parents to Fremont county, Iowa. In 1854 moved back to Grant county, and from thence, in 1865, went to Atchinson [sic, Atchison] county, Missouri. In 1868 came again to Iowa, locating in Fremont county. Came to Shenandoah in April, 1875, and entered the Shenandoah House as clerk. His education is that usually afforded by the common schools. Was married October 7, 1876, to Miss Katie Lyons, a native of Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two children: Maud E. and William J. Owns a farm of eighty acres in Morton township.
[page 672] Lytle, Thomas, proprietor of Lytle House, P.O. Shenandoah; born in Randolph county North Carolina, January 16, 1824. When eleven years of age his father went to Grant county, Indiana, settling on a farm and residing there until the fall of 1854. He then came to Iowa, locating in Fremont county, engaging in both milling and farming for the next six years. In 1860 he returned to Indiana, following different occupations until 1865, when he moved to Missouri, following farming for a period of four years. He then returned to Fremont county, Iowa, remaining until April, 1876, when he came to Shenandoah and began to conduct the Lytle House. Mr Lytle has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Eliza-[page 673] beth Lowder, a native of Indiana; died August 6, 1862, leaving ten children, three of whom are deceased: Marion M., Wilis, James C., Winnie, Thos D., Elizabeth, and Tobias. His second wife was married to him March 6, 1865. She was formerly Mrs Catherine V. Sankey. She has one child, Richard, by her former husband.
[page 676] McGogy, J.F., livery and feed stable, P.O. Shenandoah; born in South Bend, Indiana, January 17, 1839. Was a farmer until the beginning of the war. Enlisted in August, 1861, in company D, 48th Indiana infantry, as second duty sergeant. Was promoted to the first lieutenancy in 1863, and in 1865 to the captaincy in the same regiment. Sixty days thereafter he received a commission as brevet colonel, from President Johnson, for meritorious conduct. He was engaged in numerous battles during the war, any one of which would reflect credit on his conduct. At the close of the war he went on a cotton plantation in Alabama, remaining until 1870. Came to Iowa in 1871, and resided on a farm in Fremont county. He came to Shenandoah in 1873, entering upon his present occupation. Married Mrs Emma Ladd, October 1, 1874. They are the parents of four children: Elva E., James F., (deceased) Arthur and Mary.
[page 681] Wolff, H.S., farmer, section 32, P.O. Shenandoah; was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 16, 1844. His father being a wholesale merchant his early life was spent in school. Received a thorough education, and having a desire to become a farmer, he hired out as a farm laborer, until he became thoroughly familiar with the business. Moved to Mt Pleasant, Henry county, Iowa, in 1870, remained there five years, then moved to Page county in the fall of 1875; buying 252 acres of the finest land in Grant township, which he has under a high state of cultivation, and enclosed with a hedge fence, good house, barn and cattle sheds, orchard and groves; has a magnificent view, one of the finest in the state. He makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred short horn and Durham cattle. He has one cow that has raised nine calves, which sold for $2,700, and has taken $600 worth of premiums. He is president of sub-order 166 of international horse thief association. Was married March 22, 1877, to Miss Lucy E. Waugh, of Canton, Illinois.

[page 684] Anderson, Mrs Mary K., P.O. College Springs; born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, in 1833. Her maiden name was Kelly. She was the wife of Rev Samuel Anderson, who was born in Wayne county, Ohio, December 1, 1825. They were married April 5, 1855, and Mr Anderson died December 20, 1869, on the present homestead. He left a family of seven children, six of whom are now living: William, James, Archie, Bessie, Maggie and Bella. Mr A. was a U.P. minister. Since 1850 he had charge of a congregation in Indiana county, Pennyslvania, for fifteen years, and of a congregation at Amity at the time of his death. The paper published at Amity at that time in speaking of his death, said: "We understand that Mr Anderson was born in the state of Ohio. For many years he preached to the church of his faith in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, where he was greatly beloved for his many virtues and excellence of character, and now, there, his old friends will deeply mourn his untimely death. In the spring of 1867 Mr Anderson emigrated to Page county, and became the pastor of the United Presbyterian church at Amity, where he has since lived, cherished as a friend, by all who knew him. We presume that there is no man now living in this county who has done more for its prosperity than did he. There are many of our excellent citizens who came here through his influence. Mr Anderson, at the time of his death, was in the prime of life. He was a man of remarkable energy and perseverance, and had intellectual abilities of the highest order. He was a good speaker and a popular pastor. He leaves behind him a wife and seven children, the eldest being but a lad of fourteen--all deprived of the care and companionship of a loved husband and parent. Though they have the sympathies of the entire community, it cannot fill up the void in their hearts. The only source of consolation that can be given them in their hour of affliction must be drawn from faith and [page 685] prayer. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev D.C. Wilson, of this place, one of Mr Anderson' old-time friends, and one who knew him well. The subject of discourse was Job II:xx: 'A few years and I shall go the way whence I shall not return.'

"A large concourse of sympathizing friends attended and followed his remains to the city of the dead. His remains were interred in the cemetery at Amity."

[page 690] Moreland, Wm G., farmer and stock raiser, section 14, P.O. Clarinda, owns 175 acres of land, in a high state of cultivation; born January 14, 1821, in Grundy county, Ohio. When ten years of age his parents moved to Randolph county, Illinois, where the subject of this sketch grew to manhood a farmer's son, and lived until 1851, when he turned his course westward, and settled in Louisa county, Iowa, where he remained until 1854; thence to Des Moines county, Iowa, remaining there until the spring of 1856, when he settled on his present farm. He was married in Madison county, Iowa, in 1855, to Miss D.J. Newton, a native of Ohio, born January 21, 1834. They have a family of ten children: Harriet G., Ada M., Martha J., Phoebe E., Jesse M., Flora, James N., William M., Emma and Arthur are living; and Mary E., deceased. They are members of the Reformed Presbyterian church.
[page 691] Pfander, Charles, farmer, section 2, P.O. Clarinda; was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, January 25, 1829. Came to the United States at three years of age and settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Lived there one year, then moved to Middletown, Ohio, remaining three years, then moved to Montgomery county, O., remaining ten years; moved thence to Preble county, where he resided about nine years, then to Page county, Iowa, in May, 1854, and permanently settled in this township by entering the first sixty-eight acres of government land. He was married to Miss Sarah Baker, March 19, 1853. They are the parents of eight children: Perry, Nancy A., (now Mrs Milton Knox), John W., Mary E., Harry, George W., Alice May, and Horace C. His farm, a fine one, now covers two hundred and seventy-five acres.
[page 693] Whitehill, Thomas R., farmer section 33, P.O. College Springs; owns eighty acres of land; he was born in 1834, in the state of Vermont, where he lived until about ten years of age, when his parents moved to the State of Pennsylvania. The family remained in that state [page 694] for some four years, then moved to Lee county, Iowa, in 1852, where the subject of this sketch remained until he came here in 1854. In 1861 he answered his country's call, and on September 7, he enlisted in company C, Fifth Iowa cavalry volunteers, and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his enlistment, October 11, 1864. He participated in the battles of Ft Donaldson, Shiloh, Jonesboro and some forty skirmished; often having his clothes pierced by the enemy's bullets. At the close of his three years service for "Uncle Sam" he returned home and chose his former occupation, that of farming. He has been twice married; first, on May 8, 1868, to Miss Phebe Newton, a native of Ohio. By this union he has one child: William N. This wife died in 1871; and in September, 1872, he was again married to Miss Sarah McCrory, a native of Ireland. By this union they have three children: Thomas, John and Jesse. They are members of the U.P. church.
[page 695] Austin, Nelson, proprietor of grist mill, section 29, P.O. Coin; born in Sciota county, Ohio, April 1828. Remained at home until twenty-eight years of age; then came to Iowa City, Iowa, and engaged in millwrighting and building for thirteen years. In 1869 he moved to Page county, Lincoln township, where he purchased the mill property of Phifer & Davison, and has since been engaged in the mill business. Has recently been extending and improving his mill property. Before leaving the state of his nativity he was married in 1850 to Mary Yonker, of Stockton county, Ohio. By this union they have two children: William and Sarah (wife of Jacob Basaker).
[page 695] Boardman, A.E., section 29, P.O. Coin; born in Otsego county, New York, January 25, 1832. Removed at the age of thirteen years to Cattaraugus county. Lived on the farm and with his grandparents. At the age of twenty-three was married to Miss Phebe Bennett, a native of N.Y. Moved to Livingston county, NY., and there farmed for six years, then moved to Dupage county, Ill and remained six years. Here he was bereft of his wife. In 1865 enlisted at Chicago, served six months and was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky. In June, 1871 settled on a farm in Section 29. Was married to Miss Susan Foster a native of Pennsylvania. Has six children: Willie, Alice and Frank by his first wife, Mary, Pearl and Viola by his second wife. Is an industrious farmer, such as make substantial citizens.
[page 695] Basaker, J., section 29, P.O. Coin; born in Miami county, Ohio, December 28, 1838. In 1855 came to Mason county, Illinois, and lived there four years. Came to Washington county, Iowa, and was there married to Sarah A. Austin, a native of Ohio. In 1869 he moved to Page county and settled in Lincoln township. Engaged first in the mill business, and subsequently purchased a farm of 120 acres in section 29. Now owns the same and has it in good farming condition. His farm is well located, watered, and suitable for either grain or stock. Has a family of two children: Philora May, Clara Eva, both at home. One child deceased.