Biographical History of Page County, Iowa, 1890
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GEORGE W. MOORE, a leading agriculturist of Page County, was born in county Monaghan, Ireland, and hence is an American by adoption. His father, John Moore, was a native of county Monaghan, and a farmer by occupation. He emigrated to Canada when a young man of twenty-one years, and remained there until he was injured by an accident, when he returned to his native land. He was there united in marriage to Jane Ross, a daughter of George Ross, of county Monaghan, and to them were born eight sons: William, Robert, Charles, Samuel R., George W., Thomas E., James and Jonah, all of whom are living excepting Jonah, who died in the army. Mr. Moore emigrated to America the second time about 1845, and settled in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his days. He died at the age of sixty-five years, respected and honored by all who knew him. Five of his sons served in the civil war, a good record for one family.

George W. Moore, the subject of this sketch, was born in county Monaghan, Ireland, November, 1835, and received a common-school education in the United States, as he was a mere lad when his parents emigrated to America. He learned farming in early life, but when Abraham Lincoln made his second call for 300,000 more men, he left the plow and enlisted in Company I, Ninety-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served his country faithfully for three years. He was twenty-seven years of age and in the full vigor and strength of his manhood. One of his brothers was in the same company and never lost a day from his Regiment for any cause. George W. participated in the battle of Chickamagna and Lookout Mountain," where he was wounded in the leg, which disabled him for four months. He entered as a private but was immediately promoted to the position of Second Lieutenant, and after the battle of Chickamauga he was made First Lieutenant. At Lookout Mountain he was in command of his company. After he was wounded he was quartermaster of his regiment, serving in this capacity to the end of the war. He was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tennessee, January 21, 1865. He then returned to Jo Daviess County, Illinois and in 1868 he came to Page County, Iowa. He purchased a farm in Fremont Township, where he resided until the spring of 1875, when he sold out and bought his present farm, which consists of 340 acres of fine farming land, pleasantly located near Essex.

In November, 1875, Mr. Moore was married to Miss Harriet J. Price, daughter of the Rev. William and Lydia A. (Smith) Price, and of this union were born five children: Samuel R., William F., Clarence, Georgie and Alice J.

Mr. Moore has represented the people of his township in the office of trustee for three terms, assessor two terms, and in 1881 he was school treasurer of Pierce Township.. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and in his political opinions he is a stanch Republican. He stands high in the business circles of the county as a man of reliability and strict integrity. The Rev. William Price was born in western Maryland in 1827, and was of German descent. He was married in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Lydia A. Smith, and to them were born nine children all of whom [page 842] are now living. Mr Price was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than a quarter of a century. In 1857 he removed to Iowa, and he with four other ministers organized the Protestant Methodist Church in Iowa, in which society he has always been a powerful factor.

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WILLIAM H. C. MOORE, M. D., was born in Galena, Illinois, March 9, 1841. His parents, Charles and Hannah (Rogers) Moore, were natives of County Monaghan, Ireland, and emigrated to America about the year 1833. The father was a farmer and pork-packer by trade; he was the oldest packer at Galena, Illinois, where he settled in 1835, and the oldest packer in the State when he died in 1863.

William H. C. is the sixth of a family of eight children, five of whom are living. The oldest brother, Rev. Josiah Moore, is pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Kewanee, Illinois. William was reared at Galena and attended Monmouth College, taking a five years course there but not graduating. He then entered the office of Dr. McFatrich at Monmouth, and the same year, 1865, he went to Ann Arbor and became a student in the medical department of the State University. The following summer he spent in the office of Dr. Crawford at Galena, and in 1866 he entered Rush Medical College, from which institution he was graduated in 1867. He began the practice of his profession at Savannah, Illinois, and after two years he went to Canton, Illinois.

After a sojourn of two years in this place he decided to remove to Iowa, and came to Page County and bought a farm of 160 acres in Fremont Township in 1871; he then took up the pursuit of agriculture but still practiced his profession whenever there was a demand for his services. In 1876 he concluded to relinquish his farm work and devote his whole time to his profession; with that in view he removed to Essex and has met with remarkable success. He is a member of the Page County Medical Society, and is well posted upon the progressive methods of the day.

In connection with his professional work Dr. Moore has been engaged in making loans of money principally for himself and members of his family. He owns a pleasant home in Essex, where he can have comforts and rest after fulfilling the duties of his laborious profession.

Dr. Moore was married in Jackson County, Iowa, February 1, 1872, to Miss Carrie E. Shaw, a daughter of John and Sophia (Fisk) Shaw. They have a family of six children: Lillian M., Austin F., Roy J.; Charles L, Laurence S. and Bernard T. The Doctor is a member of the Presbyterian Church and the

[page 651] orders of A.F. & A.M. and I.O.O.F. Politically he is identified with the Republican party and takes an active interest in public questions. He is a member of the Board of Pension Examiners, being appointed in July, 1889.