Page County, Iowa History 1880 Biographicals

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[page 682] Whiting, Dr E.C., physician and surgeon, P.O. Shenandoah; born July 14, 1838, in Colwell county, Missouri. His parents removed to Hancock county, Illinois, in 1841, remaining until 1846. They then went to Florence, Nebraska, at which place the mother of Dr Whiting died in the following spring. The boy went to St Joseph, Missouri, living for the next two years with a Mr George Snyder. His patron then went to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Dr Whiting to Mills county, Iowa, engaging in any honorable occupation that promised remuneration or livelihood. In 1855 he became the purchaser of an interest in the first threshing machine brought to this section of the state, a venture which proved exceedingly lucrative. He is next found in Fremont county, at Fisher's grove, work-[page 683]ing in a chair factory until 1861. In 1862 he comenced the study of medicinie, with Dr William hamilton, of Hamburg, remaining with him one year. He then matriculated at the Eclectic College of Medicine, at Cincinnati, Ohio. In October, 1866, he attended his second course of lectures and graduated the same year. His first location after graduation was at Bartlett, Fremont county, Iowa. In December, 1876, he came to Shenandoah, where he has since resided, enjoying a growing practice from that date. He was married January 21, 1871, to Miss Lucy J. Sand, of Jackson county, Iowa, by whom he is the father of one child: Essie Lula, born November 14, 1871. Mr Whiting is a man distinguished for great energy of character and strong will; a man among men, becoming rich by his own unaided efforts. His integrity is of the strictest kind, and his social position such as becomes a man of his standing--respected by, and enjoying the confidence of, all.


[page 683] Williams, T.J., land agent and dealer in real estate, P.O. Shenan[684]doah; was born in Fayette county, Indiana, March 24, 1832, but moved when quite small to Wabash county, where he resided, engaging in farming, up to 1862, when he moved to Benton county, Iowa. There he again engaged in farming, until 1868, when he moved to Page County, where he has resided since. Was married December 25, 1857, to Mary J. Fowler, a native of Wabash county, Indiana. Have four children: Frank, Adw. S., Edward L. and Hugh.

[page 685] Harlan Township - John F. Annon, farmer, section 22, P.O. Clarinda; born in Germany in 1810. Came to America in 1834, and settled first in Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained some two years. He then went to Ohio in 1836. Went to Indiana in 1840, where he remained until 1855, when he settled on his present farm of 260 acres. Married in Germany in 1833, to Miss Rankas, a native of Germany. They have four living children: Henry, John, Elizabeth and Louisa, and four deceased. Members of the Lutheran church.
[page 688] McElhose, Robert, farmer and blacksmith, section 9, P.O. Clarinda; born in Ireland, June 1, 1844. At the age of three years he came with his parents to America. His father having died, he came with his mother to Marion county, Illinois, in 1866, where they remained one year. They moved afterward to Cain county, Illinois, remaining five years; thence to Henry county, remaining two years, and came to Page county in 1877. He enlisted in company D, One Hundredth Illinois volunteer infantry, August 1, 1862, and served until July, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He was in the battles of Perryville, Kentucky, Stone river, and all the others in which his regiment took part. At the last named battle he was transferred to the Eleventh veteran reserve corps. He has been twice married. First to Miss Lotta Wicks, November 1, 1867. She was a native of Michigan. By this union they had two children, Ira, who is living, and one dead, Roy. This wife died May 24, 1870. Mr McElhose was again married September 7, 1876, to Miss Alice Monfort, a native of Illinois. They have one child: Bertha. Mr M. owns 120 acres of land.
[page 690] Harlan Township - McKee, Rev D.; was born in Ireland in the year 1822. His parents emigrated to this country in the year 1825, and settled in Westmoreland county, state of Pennsylvania. They removed to Mercer county, same state, in the spring of the year 1839. He entered Mercer academy in the spring of 1843, and Jefferson college in the fall of 1845. This institution was in the zenith of its power. R.J. Breckinridge, D.D., was president, assisted by a corps of thirteen professors. He graduated in a class of sixty, and was awarded the Greek salutatory. In the fall of the year 1847 he entered the theological seminary, and having completed the four years' course of study, was licensed to preach the gospel, on the 9th day of April, 1851, and was ordained and installed pastor of the Fourth Reformed Presbyterian congregation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 5th day of July, 1874. On the 3d day of September, 1856, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Gregg, eldest daughter of Mr D. Gregg, merchant of the city of Pittsburg. The following are the names of their children: David G., Mary M., Jane E., James M., Martha, Eda E. M., John A. and Anna K. Six are living and two dead. He accepted the call to the Clarinda congregation in the spring of 1861, and began his pastoral labor on the 17th of March, 1861.

[page 695] Baldwin, W.L., section 20, P.O. Coin; born in Henry county, Illinois, January 1, 1857. Came with his parents to Page county, in the fall of 1869. His father purchased 200 acres of good land in section 20. Here was his home after 12 years of age, occupied as most boys are on the farm--attending school in winter and working on the farm in summer. At his father's death he was placed in charge of the home place, [page 696] which he now conducts. He was married on February 19, 1879, to Retta Martin, a native of Illinois. He is capable of doing much toward augmenting the interests of Page.

[page 696] Basaker, Daniel, billiard hall, P.O. Coin; was born in Maryland, February 27, 1835. When two years of age he went with his parents to Miami county, Ohio, remaining until he reached his majority, when he moved to Macon county, Illinois. Came to Page county in 1879, settling in Coin in November of the same year. Mr Basaker was married to Miss Emma Carver, October 26, 1879.
[page 696] Boardman, T., farmer, section 29, P.O. Coin; born in Cattaraugus county, New York, February 21, 1847. Lived on the homestead, attending school and working the farm for twenty-five years. Came to Page county in 1871. Was married to Miss M.E. Hill, February 18, 1872. Mr Boardman is an influential citizen of his township; a man whom all respect, and in whom they confide.
[page 698] Lincoln Twp - J.B. Dunmire, blacksmith, P.O. Coin; born September 7, 1857, in Minnesota. Before one year old his father moved to Page county, Iowa, and settled on section 20. Mr Dunmire remained on the farm of his father until twenty one years of age. His early life was much as other boys on the farm. At the location of Coin he purchased lots, built a blacksmith shop and engaged in blacksmithing. He has, by close attention to business, worked up a good custom. His shop stands on main street.
[page 698] Lincoln Twp - S.D., section 20, P.O. Coin; born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1833. Stayed at the homestead till twenty years of age, when he came to Jackson county, Iowa, and engaged for two years in farming. Married Miss Harriett L. Carver, a native of Vermont, in 1856. In the same year came to Page county and settled in what was then Tarkio (now Lincoln) township, on section 20. He now lives at the place of first settlement with things comfortable around him. Has a first-class farm, well watered and one that could be made either a grain or stock farm. He has seven children living, five of whom are at home: John Barton, Lorenzo W., Alfred W., Wm. Willey, Edith E., Effie C. and Winnie H.; two deceased.
[page 699] Monzingo, T.M., section 28, P.O. Coin; born in Clark county, Indiana, August 11, 1847. Came to Page county, Iowa, in the fall of 1858, where he has made his home since. Was married in Galesburg, Illinois, December 5, 1870, to Miss Mary A. White, born in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, December 14, 1844. They by this union have four children: Julia E., Mattie B., Arthur S. and John J., all living at home. Mr Monzingo owns 243 acres of good land, with fine improvements, and has things arranged home-like; farm is well watered and suitable for grain or stock. His present circumstances are due to energy on his part, as he began with scarcely anything. He is also a township official.
[page 699] McMichael, [William] P.O. Coin; born in Muskingum county, Ohio, July 12, 1829. Was raised on the homestead, and in the spring of 1864 moved [page 700] to Andrew county, Missouri, where he resided four years. In November, 1867, he came to Lincoln township, Page county, Iowa, and first settled on a farm. At the location of Coin he purchased property and removed to that place, where he now resides. He was married in 1850 to Rachel Roy, who was born in Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, September 20, 1830. Mr and Mrs McMichael are the parents of eight children: J.L., A.R., Sarah E., Maggie E., Mary E., Louisa, J.W. and C.W.; all living, four of whom are at home. Mr M. has been a farmer nearly all his life. Is now in partnership with his son, in the livery business in Coin. He has served as justice of the peace for twelve years. Owns several lots in Coin with good improvements thereon. Is one of the working members of the Methodist church, and has been instrumental, with others, in the erection of a fine church building. [1880 Census Page County, Coin, Iowa William and Rachel McMichael]