Cyrus BOILER, of Walnut, is one of the
early settlers of this part of the county. He is from an old American
family of German descent. David BOILER, the great-grandfather of our
subject, came from Germany and settled on a farm in Virginia, about
1775. Joseph BOILER, son of the above and grandfather of our subject,
was born in Virginia, married Miss Nancy COLLISON, and reared a family
of thirteen children, seven boys and six girls, who all lived to years
of maturity. Mr. BOILER moved to Pike County, Ohio, about 1800, one of
the pioneers of that county, and lived there until his death. William
BOILER, son of the above and father of our subject, was born in Pike
County, Ohio, in 1810, and married, in Ohio, Miss Almira DANIELS,
daughter of Benjamin DANIELS, a mayor of the town. Mr. and Mrs. BOILER
had four children: Joseph, Benjamin, Wesley, and one who died young.
Mr. BOILER remained on his farm until he was
forty years of age, and then, in 1850, moved to Muscatine County, Iowa,
and entered a farm, and four years after sold that farm and bought
another in the same county, and selling this afterward he moved to
Marshalltown, Iowa, and after a short residence there he returned to
Muscatine County, Iowa. In 1873 he came and settled on 160 acres of
land in Pottawattamie County, Wright Township, where he died, in 1886.
Mr. BOILER was a substantial farmer and an industrious, honest man. His
first wife died in Ohio, and June 1, 1843, he married Miss Caroline
KINCAID, daughter of Robert and Martha (HUMPHREY) KINCAID. To Mr. and
Mrs. BOILER were born two children: Cyrus and James. Mr. BOILER was an
honorable American citizen, and a man who provided well for his family.
Cyrus BOILER, son of the above and subject of this sketch, was born
July 6, 1844, in Rice County, Ohio, received a common-school education,
and was six years of age when his father moved to Iowa. He learned the
carpenter's trade when young. In 1873 he came to Pottawattamie County,
Iowa, and improved a claim for his father. In 1876 he married Mary R.
OSBORN, daughter of Solomon and Lydia (PARIS) OSBORN. The OSBORNs were
an old American family from Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. OSBORN have three
children: Ina M., Georgiana and Charles C. In 1879 Mr. BOILER went to
Leadville, and was in the silver mines, where he remained five years
and nine months, and since then he has resided in Walnut. Mr. BOILER is
a man who has the respect of his fellow townsmen; in Colorado he was
Justice of the Peace and in Walnut has been constable. He is a man who
stands well as an honorable citizen and a man of integrity.
James BOILER. Among the prominent and
well-known citizens of Wright Township, Pottawattamie County, we find
the name that heads this sketch. Mr. BOILER has been a resident of this
place since 1873. He was born in Pike County, Ohio, March 26, 1848, son
of William and Caroline (KINCAID) BOILER, both natives of Ohio.
Grandfather David BOILER was born in Germany.
In 1851 Willaim BOILER and wife moved from Ohio to Iowa and settled in
Muscatine County, becoming pioneers of the place. They made their home
in Muscatine County until 1865, when they moved to Marshall County,
same State. After remaining in the latter place three years they
returned to Muscatine County. Then, in 1873, they came to Wright
Township. Three years later they moved to Walnut, Iowa, where the
father died April 25, 1886, at the age of seventy-six years. He was a
farmer all his life. In politics he was a Democrat. His widow, now
sixty-eight years of age, resides at Walnut.
On a frontier farm in Muscatine County James BOILER grew to manhood. He
was educated in the pioneer schools, and early in life was taught that
industry, economy and honesty were necessary elements for the
foundation of a successful life. At the age of seventeen he entered
upon a three years' apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade, and was
afterwards engaged in contracting and building in Marshalltown, Iowa.
In 1873 he came to this township and bought 160 acres of wild prairie
land, and was one of the first settlers in his neighborhood. He has
since added to his first purchase until he is now the owner of 320
acres of valuable, well improved land. He also owns 160 acres, which he
uses for pasture, and which is located two miles from his home farm. He
has a fine two-story residence, which was enlarged and remodeled in
1884. It is beautifully located and is surrounded with shade trees,
making an attractive place and a comfortable home. A grove and orchard
of five acres are near the house. He has a large barn, stock scales and
other buildings, two modern wind pumps and good fences; in short, this
farm is considered one of the best improved ones in the neighborhood.
Mr. BOILER keeps annually from fifty to 150 head of cattle, and from
200 to 300 hogs.
Mr. BOILER was married in Muscatine County, Iowa, January 25, 1876, to
Miss Sarah Jane NOLTE, a native of Jefferson County, Indiana, daughter
of Herman and Sarah (PADGETT) NOLTE. She was reared in Indiana, and at
the age of sixteen years came with her parents to Muscatine County,
where they now reside. Mr. and Mrs. BOILER have three children, namely:
Orpha Lola, born November 1, 1876; Glen Ira, born May 22, 1878, and
Grover Cleveland, born February 2, 1885.
Mr. BOILER is one of the leading Democrats in the eastern part of
Pottawattamie County. In 1885 he was elected County Supervisor and
served three years. During his term of office the Court House was
erected, and other important business was transacted. Mr. BOILER was an
efficient and popular officer. He has also served in township offices,
and has acted as Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee. He is a
man well informed on all general topics and current literature, and has
broad and progressive views. He is honorable in all his business
dealings, and is regarded as one of the solid men of Pottawatttamie
County. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church.
In regard to Mr. BOILER's family history, it should be further stated
that of the five sons born to his parents, four are living: Joseph is a
prominent real-estate dealer at Walnut, Iowa. Benjamin and Cyrus also
live at that place, the latter being a contractor and builder. Wesley
BOILER, next to the eldest, lives in Muscatine County, Iowa. Besides
the above there was one sister.
Bolton, C. H.
C.H. BOLTON, section 30, Grove Township,
Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, is one of the representative citizens of his
community. He was born in Giles Co., Virginia, March 7, 1832. His
father, George BOLTON, was a native of the same county and was a son of
Henry BOLTON. The latter was born in Germany, and when a youth was
kidnapped and brought to America. This occurred before the
Revolutionary War. After his arrival here, he made his escape, joined
the colonial forces and fought under General Washington in the struggle
for independence. After the war, he settled in Virginia where he
married and lived until his death. George BOLTON married Margaret
DUNCAN, also a native of Virginia, and to them were born 7 children,
five of whom are now living: Elizabeth SOUTHERN, who resides in Oregon;
Eliza J. RICE, also in Oregon; C.H., the subject of this sketch; Nancy
M. SMITH, of Delaware Co., Iowa; and Christena WILKINSON of Mills Co.,
When Mr. C.H. BOLTON was 10 years of age,
his father and family removed from Virginia to Cedar Co., Iowa, making
the journey in an old fashioned Virginia wagon. Iowa was then a
territory and Mr. Bolton's family were among the early settlers of
Cedar Co. He was a farmer all of his life, a Jackson Democrat, a
Protestant Methodist, and a man of integrity and moral worth. His death
occurred in Cedar Co. a few years after he settled in this state. His
wife, an earnest Christian, and a member of the Protestant Methodist
Church, lived to about the age of 80 years and died at the home of her
son in Grove Township, this county. The son of poor but industrious
Christian parents, C.H. BOLTON was reared on a farm and in early youth
taught those lessons of diligence and good morals which have been
important factors in his after life, and have helped him on to success.
He first attended school in Virginia and after moving West his studies
were continued in the primitive log school-house which the pioneers had
erected. To these rudiments of an education thus obtained, Mr. Bolton
has added a practical experience, which can only be gained by personal
contact with business and the world.
When he was 21 years of age, he wedded Miss
Louisa BOLTON, a distant relative of his, who was born in Indiana, a
daughter of William and Sarah BOLTON. Our subject lived in Cedar Co.
until 1873 when he came to his present location, coming via the
C.R.R.I. Railroad to Walnut, and from there to Grove Township in
wagons. He bought 120 acres of land; two years later he bought the 80
acres where he now lives and which is near the first purchase. The
latter property has been improved by Sam H. HOPKINS, who sold it to Mr.
Bolton. The 120 acres corners on the southeast of it making, in all, a
fine farm of 200 acres. He has a comfortable house, a good barn and all
necessary improvements and buildings for the care of stock, etc. Six
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bolton, two of whom are deceased.
The living are: Lewis, who resides in Oregon; George and Mary at home;
and Cora, wife of Jesse PEDIT, of Waveland Township. Martin Sherman
died at the age of 11 years and Oliva at the age of 3 years. Mrs.
Bolton died Sept 16, 1886, and her loss was deeply felt by her husband,
her children and her many friends. She was greatly beloved by all who
knew her, and as a Christian woman her life is worthy of emulation. She
was a member of the Protestant Methodist Church, as is also her
husband. In politics Mr. Bolton is a Republican.
GEORGE BOLTON was born in the Territory
of Wisconsin (now Iowa), December 9, 1840. His father, William Bolton,
was one of the seven men who first settled in Cedar County, in 1836.
His grandfather, Henry Bolton, when a lad in his teens, was kidnapped
and brought to America from his native country, Germany. He made his
escape and a short time afterward enlisted in the cause of the colonies
and fought in the Revolutionary war under General Washington. His son,
William Bolton, was born in Virginia, and was married in that State to
Sarah Southern, also a native of the Old Dominion and a descendant of
one of the old Virginia families. He subsequently became a pioneer of
Cedar County, Iowa, as already stated, and there passed the remainder
of his life, his death occurring at the age of fifty-seven years. His
wife lived to be eighty years old and died at the home of her son
George in Pottawattamie County. Mr. Bolton and his wife were earnest
Christian people, and were members of the Methodist Church. He spent
his life as an honest tiller of the soil; was a Jackson Democrat, a
strong Union man during the war, and cast his vote for President
Lincoln. This worthy pioneer couple reared a family of eight children,
viz.: J. A., a resident of Jasper County, Iowa; Oliva, of Oregon;
Louis, who is deceased; Virginia Vanmeter, of Cass County, Iowa;
George, the subject of this sketch; John, Cedar County, Iowa; Agnes,
wife of A. W. Pierce, Grove Township, this county; and Grace, wife of
Frank Emmons, also of Grove Township.
The son of a pioneer farmer, George was early in life inured to hard
work, and was taught those lessons of industry and honesty which have
served him so well in after life. His early advantages were limited.
What education he received was obtained in the primitive log
schoolhouse of that period. He was married November 8, 1860, to Miss
Hannah M. Pierce, who was born and reared in Ohio, the daughter of
Dennis and Mary (Polick) Pierce, both natives of Pennsylvania. The
following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bolton: Charles E.,
who is married and lives in Grove Township; A. W., also married and a
resident of the same township; Ida M., wife of D. W. Magee, sheriff of
Banner County, Nebraska; Nellie G., Albert, and James A., at home.
Three of their children died of diphtheria, -- Luke, at the age of
eight years; Minnie, ten years of age; and Frank, six.
Mr. Bolton lived in Cedar County, Iowa, until 1877, when he came to his
present location and bought the farm on which he resides of Isaac
Denton. Some improvements had been made on the place previous to its
purchase by Mr. Bolton, but he has since enhanced its value by
building, fencing, etc. He built a comfortable residence, a story and a
half high, surrounded it with shade and ornamental trees, and also
planted a grove and orchard. He built a commodious barn, 40 x 66 feet,
which is well arranged for grain, hay and stock. A modern windmill
furnishes the power, by which water is forced through pipes up to the
yards and feedlots, a distance of forty rods. This farm contains 320
acres, and its flourishing condition at once indicates the thrift and
prosperity of the owner. Mr. Bolton is engaged in general farming and
stock-raising. Among his stock is Shorthorn cattle and Clydesdale
Our subject is one of the wheel horses of the Republican Party in Grove
Township. He served nearly fifteen years as Township Trustee. He has
also served with credit as a member of the School Board. He is an
active worker in and a trustee of the Christian Church, of which his
wife and tow of their children are also members. Socially Mr. Bolton is
connected with I. O. O. F., Lodge, No. 421, of Macedonia. He is
regarded by all who know him as an honorable and worthy citizen. Since
he took up his residence here he has identified himself with the best
interests of the community, and every enterprise that has for its
object the promotion of good finds in him an earnest supporter.
Bolton, James M.
JAMES M. BOLTON is ranked among the
intelligent and well-known citizens of Washington Township,
Pottawattamie County, and resides in section 24. He was born in
Botetourt County, Virginia, September 14, 1850, son of David and Martha
(FISHER) BOLTON, natives of Virginia. James was 12 years old when his
parents moved to Cedar County, Iowa. The family lived there for many
years, after which they came to Pottawattamie county. His parents are
now residents of Wheeler, this county. To them were born 11 children,
James M. being the third.
He was reared on a farm and educated in the public schools of Cedar
county. He moved to Guthrie County, Iowa, and three years later to
Grove Township, Pottawattamie County. After residing there several
years, he moved to Mapleton, Monona County, same state, where he
engaged in the dairy business. In 1886 he returned to Pottawattamie
County and bought his present farm of A.B. Clark, who had partly
improved the place. Here he has since made his home, having 160 acres
of land under a splendid state of cultivation. He has a good two-story
house, 18 X 26 feet, well located with a grove and orchard nearby. His
barn is 30 X 38 feet.
Mr. BOLTON is engaged in general farming and stock raising and has met
with success in his agricultural pursuits. He is an expert mechanic,
and has invented two machines which he has had patented. One, a
four-row corn planter, was patented September 14, 1885, and has proved
to be a valuable machine, giving Mr. Bolton no little notariety. The
other, a washing machine, was patented in June 1890 and is equally
successful. It has six small rollers and one large fluted cylinder
roller. It is considered the best machine in the county for practical
When he was 20 years old, Mr. Bolton was married to Sarah ANDERSON, a
native of Miami County, Indiana, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth
(DRAKE) ANDERSON. To them six sons have been born: Clyde, Herbert,
Homer, Roy, Harry and Grant. Their only daughter, Gracie, is deceased.
In his political views, Mr. Bolton is a Republican. He is a member of
the Farmers' Alliance. In all his business relations, he is regarded as
an honorable and upright man.
John BOOK. In sketching the lives of
the pioneer settlers and prominent citizens of Pottawattamie County,
Iowa, the writer finds the name of John BOOK among the early residents
of Waveland Township. He has made his home here since 1865.
Mr. BOOK was born in Clarke County, Ohio, April 5, 1843, son of William
H. and Mary (LEFFEL) BOOK, natives of Botetourt County, Virginia, and
Ohio respectively. Both his paternal and maternal grandfathers, John
BOOK and Daniel LEFFEL, were natives of Pennsylvania. The subject of
our sketch was reared in Ohio and Indiana, as his father moved back and
forth two or three times. He was brought up on a farm, and educated in
the common schools of those States. His father was a carpenter by
trade, for a time was in the mercantile business, and later in life
turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He died in Pottawattamie
County, Iowa, October 11, 1884. His wife died when John was five years
In 1865 Mr. BOOK came to this county, and, in partnership with his
father, bought some wild land. Some time later he sold his interest to
his father, after which he bought 200 acres where he now lives, and
since has sold ten acres of timber. In 1889 he purchased eighty acres
more, now owning 270 acres of well-improved land. He has a good frame
house, the main part a story and a half, and a one-story L. Other
improvements are a beautiful grove and orchard of three acres, a barn,
36 x 50 feet with sixteen-foot posts, cribs, granary and good fences.
His farm is divided into several fields, and every thing is arranged
with reference to convenience. He is engaged in general farming and
Mr. BOOK was married May 15, 1872, to Miss Sally Maria POTTER, daughter
of H. C. and Caroline (PARMLEY) POTTER. Her father is one of the
prominent citizens of Waveland Township. Mr. and Mrs. BOOK have four
children: Arthur Benton, Orrin Orlando, John Ray and Ruth. In his
political views Mr. BOOK is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. He has
served in some of the township offices, always with credit to himself
and for the best interests of the public. He and his wife are members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Walnut Valley, in which he has
served as steward. Broad and progressive in his views, he favors
education, good morals and religion, and gives an earnest support to
all worthy causes.
Boren, I. A.
I. A. BOREN, a farmer of Crescent
Township, was born in Hancock County, Illinois, June 6, 1842, the son
of J. B. and Nancy (McINTOSH) BOREN, whose history will be found on
another page. Reared to farm life, the subject of this sketch received
a common-school education. He was but four years old when his parents
moved to Davis County this State, where they remained one year, and
they arrived in Pottawattamie County, June 22, 1847, locating upon a
piece of land on which his father still lives. The subject of our
sketch was married January 14, 1877, to Miss Mary A. SMITH, who was
born in Michigan, October 24, 1853, of parents who were natives of New
York State; her father was a carpenter by trade. Mr. BOREN bought his
present place of 120 acres when it was entirely wild prairie, on
section 11, township 86, range 44; and what is seen on the premises
to-day are the work of his own hands, aided by his faithful wife, who
died leaving two children: Francis M., who was born October 23, 1877,
and is in charge of her grandmother; the second child died in infancy.
Mr. BOREN devotes his attention principally to stock-raising. He has
increased his land and now as 308 acres in good condition, 100
cultivated with the plow. On national issues he entertains Democratic
principles and takes an active interest in civil government. He has
often been a delegate to political conventions and has held various
offices of his township, many of them in Hazel Dell Township. He has
been a School Director for a number of years, and at present is
Treasurer of the school district. A man of strong convictions, he fixes
himself upon a well defined platform of principles. He is a member of
I.O.G.T. and of the Mutual Protection Society, in which he has held
various offices. Has held all the local offices of the Good Templar
Lodge, including that of delegate to the Grand Lodge.
Boren, J. B.
J. B. BOREN, a farmer of Hazel Dell
Township, was born in Union County, Illinois, April 6, 1817, a son of
Israel and Susannah Boren, natives of Tennessee. They came to Illinois
in an early day, where the mother died in Nauvoo in 1842, and the
father died in Madison County, Tennessee in 1825. He was a farmer by
occupation and was a soldier in the War of 1812.
Our subject was reared in his native state until his seventh year, when
he went to Tennessee with his parents and remained until he was 12
years of age. He then returned with his mother and stepfather to
Illinois where he was reared to farm life. He remained at home until he
was in his twenty-third year when he started out for himself. He
remained in that state until May 3, 1846, when he came to Davis County,
Iowa, and spent one winter, and in 1847 came to Pottawattamie County,
which was at that time inhabited by Indians, wolves, deer, etc. He
first located on his present farm, section 18 of what is now Hazel Dell
Township, where he has since made his home. He erected at that time a
small log cabin about 200 yards south of where his present residence
now stands, and in which he made his home for a number of years. This
was erected on the primitive plan, with puncheon floor, clapboard roof
and door, and an old stick chimney. Here they started to make a home in
the new country, and here they faced all the hardships incident to
pioneer life, but faced them bravely.
Their next residence was a hewed log house on the more modern plan,
with brick chimney and plank floor, and in this he made his home for a
number of years, or until 1870 when he erected his present comfortable
home, 26 X 38 feet, and one and a half stories high. He has accumulated
in real estate until he now owns 320 acres in one body, sections 18 and
19, Hazel Dell township; eighty acres in section 23, Crescent Township;
100 acres in section 22, and also eight residence lots in Crescent
city. He has made all of the many improvements on his land and has done
much toward building up this part of the county.
He was formerly an old time Whig, but is now a Democrat. He has held
the offices of trustee, Justice of the Peace, a member of the School
Board, etc. He has always devoted himself to farming and stock-raising
and was also one of the first to engage in the bee business in this
Mr. Boren was married in Illinois, September 25, 1840 to Nancy
McIntosh, who was born December 2, 1810 and who died in Pottawattamie
County, April 12, 1868. They were the parents of five children: Israel,
a resident of Crescent township; Jane, deceased; Permelia, wife of
Philip Ballard, a resident of Idaho; Cornelius, a resident of Hazel
Dell Township; Laura, wife of James McMullen, a resident of Crescent
Township. Mr. Boren was again married October 1, 1868 to Mrs. Agnes
Brownell, daughter of Matthew and Jennett Hutchinson, natives of
Ayrshire and Glasgow, Scotland. They were married in that country and
came to America about the year 1841, locating in Providence, Rhode
Island, where they both died. Agnes was born May 8, 1837, was reared in
Providence, and on account of the death of her parents, was thrown upon
her own resources at the age of 12 years. She had two children by her
first marriage: Eugene, a resident of Crescent city, and Mabel,
deceased, the wife of John McMiller, also deceased. They left three
children: Annie, Gracie and Edward; the two former make their home with
their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Boren.
Boruff, D. W.
D. W. BORUFF is one of the leading
citizens of Macedonia Township, Pottawattamie County. He was born near
Bloomington, in Monroe County, Indiana, April 18, 1845. His father,
Samuel Boruff, was of German extraction and a native of Tennessee, and
soon after his marriage came with his wife to Monroe County, Indiana.
In the midst of the forest he cleared and improved a farm, on which he
and his wife reared a large family of children and on which they spent
the remainder of their days, his wife dying at the age of fifty-four
years and he at the ripe old age of eighty-five. In politics he was a
Jackson Democrat, and he and his wife were consistent members of the
Christian Church. Of the sixteen children born to this worthy couple
the subject of this sketch is the youngest of the fifteen who grew to
He was reared on the farm and received his education in the public
schools of Monroe County. At the age of eighteen he went to Logan
County, Illinois, where he worked at farm work. In May, 1864, he
enlisted in Company C, One Hundred Thirty-Third Illinois Infantry, and
served about four months, the regiment being stationed at Rock Island,
guarding rebel prisoners. After his discharge he returned to Logan
County where he remained until 1876. In that year he came to this
county and bought eighty acres of wild land, where he now lives, paying
$12.50 per acre. Here he built a good one-story-and-a-half house,
surrounded it with pines and other evergreens; planted a grove and
orchard; built a barn 30 x 40 feet; has a modern wind pump; in fact,
everything about the place indicates the good taste, the thrift and the
enterprise of the owner. Mr. Boruff owns 120 acres of land located a
half-mile from the village of Macedonia. Among his cattle are some fine
Holsteins and Jerseys. He also has some graded hogs.
Mr. Boruff was married in Logan County, Illinois, January 16, 1873, to
Miss Josie Hoblit, a lady of intelligence and refinement, who was born,
reared and educated in that place. Her parents, L. M. and Eveline
(Haughey) Holbit, came from Ohio to Illinois and settled in Logan
County previous to her birth. Mr. and Mrs. Boruff have one child, Otis
D., born March 2, 1887. Mr. Boruff is a Democrat, and is one of the
leading members of that party in his township. He has served the public
as Township Trustee. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
associated with Ruby Lodge, No. 415, of Macedonia; and Chapter No. 159,
of Glenwood. He is also a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish
Rite for U. S. of A. T. T. and D. thirty-second degree.
Note to researchers: The surname HOLBIT and HOBLIT were spelled two
different ways in this bio. This is not an error on the part of the
transcriber. No effort by the transcriber was made to validate which
spelling is correct.
Boruff, Jackson C.
JACKSON C. BORUFF, of section 23
Macedonia Township, was born in Mercer County, Illinois, May 17, 1845,
the son of John and Mary (McGREER) BORUFF. The father, a native of
Tennessee, was the son of Valentine BORUFF, a native of the South; the
mother was born in Indiana near Connersville. The parents were married
in Illinois and reared three children. The mother died in 1865 and the
father now resides in Rock Island County, Illinois, and is married and
has one son. Jackson, the second of three boys, was reared in Rock
Island Co, Illinois, and passed his youth at farm work. In 1876 he came
West to Montgomery County, near Red Oak, where he bought a farm and
resided 3 years. He then bought 80 acres of land, and later 40 acres
and he now has 120 acres within one mile of Macedonia. He has three
wells to supply water for stock purposes.
Mr. BORUFF was married in Muscatine county,
Iowa, May 18, 1876, to Miss Hannah DRURY, who was born in Rock Island
County, Illinois, daughter of James and Jane (RANDOLPH) DRURY, the
former a native of Ohio and the latter of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs.
BORUFF have three children: John W., Hattie A., and Claude C.
Politically Mr .BORUFF is a Democrat, but has never aspired to public
office. He is a man yet in the prime of life, honorable in all his
dealings and is one of the solid men of the township.
C. BOSEN, proprietor of the sash and
door factory and planing mill at the corner of North Main and Mynster
streets, makes stair-work a specialty, but does all kinds of woodwork
usually executed at such establishments. The mill was erected in 1889
and opened in January following. Mr. BOSEN commenced taking contracts
and building in 1881 and since then has had extensive business. He
built the EISENMAN and SCHUBERT blocks, the Pierce Street schoolhouse,
the Third Street schoolhouse and framed a number of prominent
buildings. He first came to Council Bluffs, December 25, 1869, and has
made his home here since that time, except three years spent in Chicago
and Nebraska. He was born in Denmark, September 1848, son of Rasmus
CHRISTENSON BOSEN, and brought up to farm life, but spent three and a
half years at the carpenter's trade in his native country and three
years in Council Bluffs. After coming to this country, he sent the
first summer in Wisconsin, and in the fall came to Council Bluffs. In
his political views he is a Republican, and takes an active part in
political affairs. He is a member of the Bluff City Lodge, No. 71,
F.&A.M. He was married in 1877 to Josephine H. MICHELSON, who was
born in Council Bluffs September 3, 1859. They are both members of the
Scandinavian Baptist Church, and reside at 622 Mynster Street. Their
two children are George C. and Roy E.
AUGUST BOSTEDT, one of the Commissioners
of Pottawattamie County, was born in Barmstedt, Germany, July 8, 1859,
a son of J. BOSTEDT, who was a well-to-do farmer of that place. He was
the father of fourteen children, twelve of whom are now living, namely:
August, William and Lizzie, are now citizens of Pottawattamie County;
John, Lona, Fred, Katie, Henry, and Ernest are the children by his
first wife; by his second wife there are William, August, Lizzie, Emma,
Helen and Frederick. Their mother's maiden name was Mary MORRIS. The
father died August 16, 1882, at the age of eighty-two years.
In 1880, at the age of twenty years, August BOSTEDT came to America,
and after landing in New York came direct to Minden, Iowa, where he
began work at the carpenter's trade, which he had learned in the old
country. Politically Mr. BOSTEDT is a Democrat, and has taken an active
part in political matters. He was elected Constable and served four
years, and in 1889 was elected County Commissioner by the large
majority of 1,300 votes, which office he is still holding, to the
general acceptance of the people. Since July 4, 1890, he has built
thirty-six bridges, which had been washed away by the floods of June,
1890, and which is an astonishing number for such a short time. Mr.
BOSTEDT has the confidence and respect of the people on account of his
sterling honesty and a desire to do what is right. He is descended from
the sturdy old German stock, who have helped to build up America. He is
a lover of good books, and a believer in self-education and
cultivation. He was married April 23, 1887, to Mary GOETHJE, a daughter
of Christ GOETHJE, and they have one child, Minnie.
Boulden, John R.
JOHN R. BOULDEN, a farmer of Rockford
township, was born in Miami county, Ohio, November 20, 1825, son of
William L. and Nancy (PATTERSON) BOULDEN. The parents were natives
respectively of Maryland and Delaware, and of Scotch and Irish
ancestry. The father was born and brought up on a farm. On attaining
the stature of manhood, he drove a stagecoach between Baltimore and
Philadelphia. In 1811 he was detailed by the Government to take his
team to Ft McHenry, where he was made wagon-master, and was there
during the bombardment. He served through the war of 1812-14. In 1817
he came westward over the mountains by wagon to Wheeling, Virginia,
where he placed his family on a flat-boat and floated down to
Cincinnati, while he with the horses came overland through Ohio to that
In 1810 in Philadelphia, he had married the daughter of Joseph
PATTERSON, who had served in the Revolutionary war, and was engaged in
thirty-two different battles. Out of 700 of the regiment, he was one of
only thirty-five who came out under command of General DeKalb, who fell
at the battle of Camden. He had marched from Delaware to engage in the
siege of Boston; he was also at the battle of Brandywine and many other
hard-fought battles of the Revolution. Afterward he was sent south
under the command of Gates. After the war was over, he returned to his
native home in Elktown, Delaware, where he died July 4, 1798. He was
intimately acquainted with General Washington. At his death, he left
his wife and five children, of whom Abraham, Jemima, and Benjamin are
dead, and Nancy was the wife of the late Mr. BOULDEN, and Sidavant was
the wife of Jerome BONAPARTE. She was known as Lady Bonaparte in
Baltimore, where she survived the death of her husband a short time.
Mr. William L. BOULDEN had but one sister, Rachel, who married Robert
MOODY, both of whom are now deceased. When he moved to Miami County, he
bought a tract of heavy timbered land there and cleared and made many
valuable improvements; and there he made his home until his death,
September 18, 1830, leaving a wife and five children, namely: Lewis,
born in 1813 died in March 1866; William H., born March 16, 1816, and
died in October 1857; Joseph P., born August 11, 1819, residing now in
Pottawattamie County; Mary Ann, born September 7, 1822 and died a year
afterward; John R., the subject of this sketch; Maria, now the widow of
Levi G. BRANDON, born November 27, 1828, and now residing in Des Moines.
Mr. John R. Boulden, brought up in farm life, at the age of 19 went to
Piqua and learned the shoemaker's trade. At the age of 24 he married
Mary MILLER, daughter of Elias and Catherine (MOORE) Miller, natives of
New Jersey, who came to Ohio in 1803. Mrs. Catherine Miller was a
native of Kentucky and came to Ohio at an early day. Mr. and Mrs.
Miller were of German and Irish extraction, and were the parents of 9
children: Rebecca and Ellis, deceased; Lucretia, residing in Ohio;
Hannah, wife of Solomon WINTERS and living in Indiana; Philetha, widow
of Adam SCHAEFFER in Piqua Ohio; Philip, in the west; Mary, wife of Mr.
BOULDEN; John, residing in Ohio, and Elias, in Lafayette, Indiana. Mrs.
Boulden was born Feb 18, 1829, and brought up in farm life, and married
at the age of 20 years.
Mr. Boulden remained in Miami County on a farm until 1871, when he
moved by emigrant wagon to this state, being six weeks on the road. He
purchased a quarter section of land in Wayne County but sold it and
bought the present place of 125 acres of heavy timber land on section
36, range 44, and here he began clearing and breaking and starting the
many improvements essential to a complete home in the country. He has a
fine orchard of about six acres, besides a nice vineyard. He raises all
the small fruits. The residence is beautiful and the locality
healthful. During a period of 19 years the family has resided here with
no sickness worth mentioning. Fifty acres of the place is cultivated to
grain, while the rest remains in pasture and timber. Having learned the
trade after he was married, Mr. Boulden has done a great deal of
carpenter work in connection with farming; and also, for some years
past, has made about 1,000 bushels of charcoal per year. He is a live,
Politically he is a zealous Democrat, taking an active part in the
interests of Democracy, and as such he enlisted in the service of his
country in the 147th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at Piqua, being mustered
in at Camp Dennison. Being taken to Washington, he was placed in the
First Brigade, under General Derusa, in the 22nd Army Corps and fought
in many hotly contested battles. He was advanced to the position of
Sergeant, and was finally mustered out as such Sept 4, 1854 at Camp
Dennison. He also enlisted in the Mexican war, but was held for orders
at Cincinnati, Ohio, in readiness for a call. He has also been
connected with the township in its various offices, of which he has
been Justice of the Peace for three terms. He is now officiating on the
Board of Education, taking a leading part. He is a member of the
Farmers' Alliance of which he is now President. He was elected to
represent Miami County, Ohio in 1867 in the Legislature with the
overwhelming majority of 440, over a Republican majority of 1,600 being
on the ticket with Allen G. Thurman when he ran for Governor of Ohio.
And he was on the stand when Vallandigham made the famous speech for
which he was taken captive and banished.
Mr. and Mrs. Boulden are the parents of 12 children: Charles W., born
October 1, 1850 and now residing in Missouri Valley; John F., born
February 19, 1852, at home; George W., born November 15, 1853, and is
now living in Seattle, Washington; Martha C., born June 15, 1855, wife
of James GARRISON in Los Angeles, California; Cathrine A., born
February 20, 1862, wife of Charles WILTFONG in Council Bluffs; Eva,
born June 16, 1865, is now Mrs. Richard THORNTON of Fremont, Nebraska;
Benjamin Thurman, born August 20, 1868; Emma born November 15, 1870;
Maggie M., born June 15, 1877, the last three at home; Aldezara, born
May 10, 1857, died July 8, 1858; Joseph Orra, born Sept 10, 1859, died
June 14, 1860; and Louis E., born Sept 12, 1863, died March 16, 1865.
Boulden, Joseph P.
Joseph P. BOULDEN, a farmer of Hazel
Dell Township, was born in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, August 11, 1819,
the son of William L. and Nancy (PATTERSON) BOULDEN, natives of
Delaware and of Scotch and Irish extraction. He was the third in order
of birth in a family of seven children, only three of whom are still
living. The other two are John R., of Rockford Township, and Mary J.,
widow of Levi G. BRANDON, living in Des Moines.
On attaining his majority Mr. BOULDEN married, in November, 1839, Susan
LEE, who was born in Licking County, Ohio, in 1822. They had two
children: John W., now residing in California, and Mary E., residing in
St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. BOULDEN was married again in 1848, to Mary
LEE, who was born in Licking County, Ohio, August 13, 1826 and died
February 25, 1887. There were two children by this marriage also,
namely: Joseph P., a resident of Hazel Dell Township, and Benjamin F.,
deceased. Mr. BOULDEN made his home in Ohio until 1849. The first
business in which he was engaged after he arrived at the age of
twenty-one years was that of boating on the Miami Canal, for some five
years. In 1849 he came to Illinois, where he was a miller for three
years. May 14, 1853, he arrived here in Pottawattamie, locating first
at Council Bluffs, where he engaged as a mill-sawyer, manufacturing the
first lumber that was ever turned out at this point, as he operated the
first saw-mill here. At the end of about two years he went to Omaha and
engaged in saw-milling there a year, turning out also the first lumber
at that point. Returning to this side of the river he operated a mill
for the Jeffrey Brothers, northwest of Council Bluffs, for about half a
year, when he located upon his present farm. He first purchased 200
acres of unimproved land on section 32 of what is now Hazel Dell
Township; and here he has since resided with the exception of two years
in Utah and Nevada. He was one of the first settlers in that part of
the county, and suffered the usual privations and hardships of pioneer
life. Courage, guided by cool judgment, has guided him on in the
improvement of his place until he now has a comfortable home, where he
can spend the remainder of his life in contentment. His first dwelling
was a structure 16 x 22 feet; and his present residence, also a frame,
18 x 24 and 16 x 20, was erected in the midst of a natural grove.
General farming and stock-raising are Mr. BOULDEN's specialties. He
takes pride in the rearing of the better grades of live-stock. He now
possesses one of the finest horses in the county, a Morgan. He has also
done much for the material interest of his community, and his dealings
ever command the highest respect. He has disposed of his real-estate by
a distribution to his children, and he now makes his home with his son
J. P. on the old home place.
Politically Mr. BOULDEN is a decided Republican, ever taking a leading
part in the political affairs of the county. He was Coroner four years,
member of the Board of County Supervisors three years, Justice of the
Peace, Township Trustee, member of the School Board, etc. In his manner
he is cordial and affable, in disposition kind.
His son, J. P., was married to Miss Maggie DIAL, and they had two
children: Ida M., deceased, and Benjamin F., a resident of California.
He was again married March 10, 1887, to Anna ANDERSON, who was born in
Sweden in 1870, and they have one child, Mary G.
Hon. THOMAS BOWMAN, Congressman-elect
from the Ninth Congressional District of Iowa, was born in Wiscasset,
in the State of Maine, May 25, 1848, and derives his descent from
Nathaniel BOWMAN, who came from England in 1630 in the fleet with
WINTHROP. During his boy-hood he made his home at that place, and was
educated at Oak Grove Seminary at Vassalboro, Maine. In 1868 he decided
to follow the course of empire, and he bid adieu to home and friends in
the old Pine Tree State and started for the West. That same year he
landed in Council Bluffs, and being impressed with its surroundings,
though at that time much in the crude, he decided to cast his lot
there. He has been a continued resident in Council Bluffs ever since.
During the intervening period, from 1868 to the present time, he has
held several important offices of trust, among them being Treasurer of
Pottawattamie County, Mayor of the city of Council Bluffs, and
Postmaster of Council Bluffs under President CLEVELAND's
administration. He was one of the organizers of the volunteer fire
department in 1868, and was an active member of the department until
1883, when the paid system was inaugurated. He has been connected with
the Council Bluffs Globe for twelve years, and for the past seven years
he has been general manager for The Globe Publishing Company. Mr.
BOWMAN is a man who will make friends wherever he goes. He is a man of
sterling qualities, and his loyalty to friends and principle has been a
potent factor in his advancement in life.
PETER BRADEN, section 12, Silver Creek
Township, ranks among the enterprising and well-known citizens of his
community. He was born in Richland County, Ohio, March 11, 1837. His
father, Samuel BRADEN, a native of Washington County, that State, was a
son of John Braden. The Bradens were of German ancestry. The mother of
our subject, Margaret (GATES) BRADEN, was born in New Jersey, daughter
of Peter GATES. When they were children Samuel Braden and his wife came
to Ohio with their parents. They grew up and were married in that
State. The Braden family was one of the first to settle among the
Indians in Ohio. Samuel Braden lived in Richland County until 1849,
when he cameWest and settled in Macon County, Illinois. His wife died
in Ohio when her son Peter, the subject of this sketch, was about ten
years old. By her Mr. Braden had five children, and after her death he
was twice married. He died in Iowa, at the age of seventy-eight years.
He was a farmer all his life; was a member of the Lutheran Church, and
affiliated with the Democratic party.
Peter BRADEN was about twelve years of age when he went to Macon
County, Illinois, with his father. There he was reared on a farm and
was educated in the common schools. He was married at that place in
August, 1864, to Miss Sarah A. POOLE. She was born in Henry County,
Illinois, daughter of Simeon and Elizabeth (PARMETER) POOLE, and was
left an orphan at the early age of four years. Mr. Braden lived in
Illinois until 1866, when he removed to Otoe County, Nebraska, where he
lived nine years, at the end of that time coming to Pottawattamie
County. He settled near Macedonia, where he resided until he purchased
his present farm of eighty acres in Silver Creek Township. It was then
wild land, and with the enterprise and push which characterized the
western pioneers, he went to work to improve his farm. He now has a
good frame residence, a grove, orchard, stables, feed lots, and
everything about the place shows the thrift of the owner. He is engaged
in general farming and stock-raising.
Mr. and Mrs. Braden have seven children, namely: Belle, wife of John
HARBURT, of Carson Township, this county; Elmer E., of Macedonia, is a
painter; Ida, wife of A. E. SEABURG, of Silver Creek Township; Willie,
Gracie, Claude and Archie. They had three children who died in
childhood. Mr. BRADEN has always been a Democrat, but has never aspired
to public office.
THEODORE BRAY, proprietor of the Pacific
Livery, Sale and Feed Stables, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey,
February 19, 1841, son of John and Eliza J. (STRUBLE) BRAY, of Irish
and German origin. He was reared to farm life in his native state,
educated at the public schools, and in a private college at Deckertown,
that state, graduating April 10, 1861. Four days afterward, he enlisted
in Company I, Harris Light Cavalry, under General Kilpatrick, and
served four years and nine days, being mustered out at Washington,
District of Columbia. He was taken prisoner in the Shenandoah Valley,
and nine days after this was exchanged; but he was again captured at
Iuka, Mississippi, and was in prison eight months at Vicksburg. The
principal battles in which he was engaged were those of Fair Oaks,
Fairfax Courthouse, Corinth, Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, and other
After the War, he spent a year in Chicago as foreman of a livery barn;
then was a year in the same business at St. Louis; and then ten months
for himself at Rockford, Illinois. Selling out at the latter place, he
came to Bowen, Iowa, where for one winter he ran a pack line. In August
1877 he came to Council Bluffs, where he has since made his home.
Here he first engaged in railroading on the Sioux City & Pacific
line, contracting and making the first grade into Sioux City. Two years
afterward, he returned to Council Bluffs, and since then has been
engaged in the livery business, in which he gives general satisfaction
and is doing a prosperous business, having now a stock of about 35
horses, with a good number of vehicles, etc.
He is a Republican and a member of Lodge No. 166, F.&A.M.; of
Abraham Lincoln Post G.A.R.; and also of the Veteran Firemen's
Association, he being one of the charter members in 1868.
He was married in 1866 to Cynthia A. ALLEN, at Hamilton, Canada, who
was born in that province in 1843, and they have two children: Charles,
engaged in real estate and loans in Omaha but residing in Council
Bluffs; and Nettie A., a graduate of 1890 at the Sisters' School. The
family are Catholics.
Breneman, Nery E.
NERY E. BRENEMAN, of section 30,
Macedonia Township, was born in Hancock Co., Ohio, Dec 13, 1845, the
son of Richard and Sarah (CLARK) BRENEMAN, both born in Mercer Co.,
Pennsylvania and reared in Columbiana Co., Ohio, and of Pennsylvania
Dutch ancestry. The parents were married in that county and afterward
removed to Hancock County, same state, and in the fall of 1854 to Iowa
County, Iowa, settling ten miles south of Marengo. They were early
settlers in that portion of the state. They came to Pottawattamie Co.,
Washington Township, Iowa, in 1881, where the father died in the spring
of 1883 and the mother still resides in Washington Township.
NERY E. BRENEMAN, our subject, came to Iowa
in 1879 and bought his land in the spring of 1875, which was wild and
uncultivated. He has, since residing upon it, improved it in a good
manner and his pasture and meadow is well adapted to general farming
and stock raising. He was married March 1, 1882, to Miss Celia KANKE,
who was born in Adams Co., Illinois, daughter of Christian and Anna
(WEEKS) KANKE, the former a native of Germany and the latter of
England. Mrs. BRENEMAN was five years old when her parents came to
Pottawattamie County. Mr. and Mrs. BRENEMAN have two children: Howard,
born July 31, 1885, and Alma Frances, born August 11, 1881. Politically
Mr. Breneman is a Democrat, but has never aspired for political
distinction. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., Macedonia Lodge No. 421.
Briggs, Dexter M.
DEXTER M. BRIGGS, a substantial farmer
of Knox Township, is a native of the State of Vermont. His grandfather
on the maternal side was in the Revolutionary war, and was at the
battle of Plattsburg, New York. Royal BRIGGS, his grandfather on the
paternal side, was from an old Puritan family who settled in Boston.
There were three brothers of that name who came from England. Royal
Briggs was a sea captain, sailing from Boston. His son, also named
Royal, the father of our subject, was born in that city, learned the
trade of blacksmith, and settled in the town of Hinesburg, Vermont. He
was married in Leicester, same State, to Fannie DOW, daughter of Moses
and Rebecca DOW, natives of France. The father was born in Germany and
later was a Vermont farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Briggs were the parents of ten
children who lived to maturity: Murray, Dexter M., Nelson, Byron,
Cummings, Royal, Amelia, Leticia, Calfernia and Julia A. The father
lived in Vermont nearly all his life, having come from Boston at the
age of sixteen years. He was in the war of 1812, and drove a team from
Plattsburg to Sackett's Harbor. Both he and his wife were members of
the Free-Will Baptist Church. Mr. Briggs held the office of Justice of
the Peace, and was one of the Board of Selectmen of his town. He lived
to the age of sixty-five years, and was an upright and honorable man.
Dexter M., the subject of this sketch, was born February 3, 1822, in
Hinesburg, Vermont, and received a common-school education. He drove a
stage sixteen years from Burlington, Vermont, to Montpelier. He was
also engaged in the stock business, buying cattle for the Boston market
eight years, but in the financial panic of 1857 lost all his property.
In 1866 he went to Omaha, Nebraska, and after six months moved to
Council Bluffs, where he resided two years. He then came to Avoca,
where he was a checkman of the railroad, checking the baggage and
passengers across the Missouri River from Council Bluffs to Omaha. In
1871 he bought his present farm, and has also interested himself in
pure-bred Scotch collie dogs.
Mr. Briggs was married in Vermont to Emily BROWN, daughter of John and
Betsey (GROW) BROWN. The father was an old settler of that State, and
participated in the war of 1812. His father, also named John Brown, was
a Captain in the Revolutionary war. To Mr. and Mrs. Briggs were born
two children: Frank, who married Rebecca Davis, and is now a farmer of
Knox Township, and Clotilda, now the wife of Seth HUNT, a merchant of
Burlington, Kansas. Mr. Briggs' first wife died in Brattleboro,
Vermont, and he was married to Alma TRACY, daughter of Harry and
Catherine (REYNOLDS) TRACY. The father was a prominent merchant at
Barre, Vermont, and his father was in the Revolutionary war. To Mr. and
Mrs. Briggs were born three children, viz.: Emma, Charlie and William.
Emma married David GATES, of Council Bluffs, a conductor on the
Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad.
Brown, Alexander L.
Alexander L. BROWN came to his
present location in Center Township, Pottawattamie County, in 1872, and
was among the first settlers in this neighborhood. A brief resume of
his life is herewith given.
Mr. Brown was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, May 25, 1827, the son of
Benjamin Brown, a native of New York. His grandfather, Alexander Brown,
was born in Scotland. His mother, Nancy (McKee) Brown, a native of New
Jersey, was a daughter of a Protestant Irishman.
Our subject passed his youth on his father's farm in Muskingum County,
and received his education in the public schools. He was married April
20, 1848, to Miss Elizabeth Catherine Mennefee, a native of Virginia.
Her father, Charles Mennefee, was born in the Old Dominion, in 1782,
the descendant of an old Virginia family. Her mother, nee Mary Madox, a
daughter of Notley Madox, was also a native of Virginia, as was her
father. Mr. Brown resided in Ohio until 1853, when the whole family
removed to Mercer County, Illinois. There the parents spent the residue
of their lives. The father died at the age of seventy years. In
politics he was a Whig until the organization of the Republican Party,
when he joined its ranks. A member of the Christian Church, he was an
active and zealous worker in the cause of religion. The mother died at
the age of ninety years.
Mr. Brown remained in Illinois until 1872, when he came to this county
and bought his present farm, eighty acres, of J. Q. Rollins, who had
broken the ground. Mr. Brown has since put the land under a good state
of cultivation, and has substantial and convenient farm buildings.
He and his wife are the parents of seven children, viz.: Samantha, wife
of Horace Bull, Rock Island, Illinois, has five children; Joanna, wife
of Riley Duncan, of Wayne, Nebraska, is the mother of two children;
Charles, a resident of Custer County, Nebraska, is married and has
three children; L. W., at home; Hugh resides in Pottawattamie County,
is married and has two children; George A., a successful teacher of
Center Township, is married and has one child. Benjamin, the twin
brother of Charles, died at the age of four years.
Politically Mr. Brown is a Republican. For many years he has been a
member of the Baptist Church, and forty years a member of the Masonic
fraternity. He is an intelligent man of broad and progressive views,
and is regarded by all as a worthy and upright citizen.
In connection with Mrs. Brown's family history it should be further
stated that her father died in Mercer County, Illinois, and her mother,
now at the age of eighty eight years, makes her home in Mr. Brown's
OSCAR H. BROWN, one of the most
prominent business men of Council Bluffs, was born near Biggsville,
Henderson County, Illinois, September 28, 1855, the first born in the
family of Clinton W. and Louisa (Short) Brown. The other children were:
Fannie Alice, born May 20, 1857; Anna May, born October 31 1858, and
married E. C. Brown; William R., born June 18, 1863; Elva C., born
October 15, 1865; Stewart C., born January 3, 1868, and died March 26,
1889. Mr. Clinton W. Brown was born near Gallatin, Sumner County,
Tennessee, April 28, 1882 [believe this is should be 1832 based on
dates below] the youngest in a family of four of Reuben S. and Keziah
(Sarver) Brown. The other children were: Henry P. M., born April 8,
1824; Marian L., born March 25, 1826; Julia Ann, born July 30, 1828,
and married H. W. Crossthwait; Reuben S. Brown was born in Rockingham
County, Virginia, August 5, 1799, and was taken by his parents to
Tennessee in their change of residence to that State, settling in
Sumner County about 1822 or 1823. He inherited no property and
commenced married life without means; was Colonel of the State militia
for a few years, and October 10, 1838, with all his household goods in
a covered wagon, drawn by horses, he moved to Knox County, Illinois,
which section of country he had previously visited, receiving favorable
impressions of the fertility of the soil and congenial sentiments of
the people concerning slavery; though a Southerner by birth he was a
strong Abolitionist. He was eight weeks on the journey, having to ford
most of the streams and suffer many privations. Settling at Cherry
Grove, Knox County Illinois, he remained there until the fall of 1850,
when he located upon a farm in the vicinity of Biggsville, Henderson
County, same State. During Grant's administration he was Postmaster at
Biggsville. In 1876 he removed to a point near Piper City, Central
Illinois, where he lived until the fall of 1879, and then he came to
Council Bluffs, and spent the winter with his son on C Street. In the
spring of 1880 he went to Imogene, Iowa, where his daughter, Mrs.
Crossthwait, had located, and where he passed the remainder of his
life, dying January 21, 1890, at the advanced age of ninety-one years.
His first vote for president of the United States was cast for General
Jackson in 1828, but he afterward became a Whig and supported Henry
Clay. From the time he became of age he cast his vote at every
presidential election during his life. He was a personal friend of
Abraham Lincoln, and wept like a child when that great and good man was
assassinated; was an ardent supporter of the Union cause during the
war, and was always a strong advocate of temperance; was a zealous
student of State and national politics, and a man of remarkable memory,
which remained unimpaired until his death, and was generous, even to a
fault, in all his dealings. His life companion, a native of North
Carolina, died only four years previously, February 2, 1886, at her
daughter's home. She was a devoted wife and mother and a consistent
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her death was the first that
occurred in the family.
Mr. Clinton W. Brown was married September 15, 1853, but being the
youngest of his father's family, he remained with his parents until the
fall of 1854, when he purchased a farm near by, in what was afterward
Oquawka Township, file miles from Oquawka, the county seat of Henderson
County, Illinois. He remained there until the autumn of 1863, making
many improvements and placing the land in a State of fine cultivation.
He then sold out and moved with his family to Montgomery County, Iowa,
rented a farm nine miles from Red Oak, at a point now called Climax,
remained there until the spring of 1870, and then removed to
Pottawattamie County, buying an unimproved piece of land in Washington
Township. He erected some buildings, planted a windbreak and an orchard
and made other improvements. In March, 1877, he rented this farm and
moved into the city of Council Bluffs, and owing to the poor health of
his wife he never returned to the farm, which he consequently sold in
1882, buy property in the city. Here he has been engaged in buying and
selling real estate and farm machinery and in building. He has been
Justice of the Peace, Township Clerk and Treasurer of the School Board
for a number of years. Is a prohibition Republican and a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which society he is a class-leader,
trustee and steward. He is a gentleman who enjoys the confidence and
respect of the community in which he has been identified with all the
moral, social and material interests. His wife was born in Henderson
County, Illinois, August 11, 1835, a daughter of Abner Short, who was a
native of Kentucky, a pioneer of the "Prairie State," married Hirana
Ewing in Indiana, and moved to Henderson County, Illinois, where he
continued to reside during the remainder of his life. Mrs. Brown was
brought up a Presbyterian, but a few years before her death she united
with the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a woman of sympathetic
nature, a devoted wife and mother, and admired by all who knew her. She
died in Council Bluffs, July 20, 1870, and was buried in Fairview
The early life of Mr. O. H. Brown, whose name heads this biography, was
spent on a farm and in school. At the age of twenty years he began
teaching school, in his native county, and continued that vocation till
the spring of 1878, when he entered the employ of Harle & McKune,
wholesale and retail druggists, and served two years as an apprentice
without pay. The firm then employed him as a traveling salesman for
five years, and as a "knight of the grip" he was decidedly successful,
though not one of the "boys." By strict attention to business and the
practice of economy he saved enough to buy out the retail department of
his employers, and opened a first-class drugstore, comprising also
toilet and fancy articles, at 527 Main Street, his present location,
and he enjoys the confidence and esteem of a large patronage. He also
owns a beautiful residence on Tenth Avenue. Thus in his short business
career, and while yet in the morning of life he has established a
financial standing and business reputation that is indeed enviable. The
many traits of character that are essential to the establishment of
friendships and a successful career in the social and business world,
he possesses to a marked degree. Step by step he has ascended the
ladder of prosperity until to-day he ranks among the leading business
men of the city. In his political sympathies he affiliates with the
Republican Party, though he takes no active part in party councils.
September 12, 1889, he married Miss Mamie Sherlock, of Auburn, New
York, a lady of many personal charms and accomplishments. Mr. Brown is
a member of the A. O. U. W., in which order he has held the responsible
position of Financier for two terms.
WILLIAM BROWN, one of the substantial
farmer of James Township, is the son of Nathan Brown, who was born in
Pike County, Ohio, in 1813. He was from an old American family, and was
reared to farm life. In 1839, at the age of twenty-six years, he came
to Bloomington, Iowa, where he settled on a tract of wild land,
remaining on the same farm for thirty years. In the spring of 1872 he
came to Pottawattamie County, where he bought a farm of 640 acres in
James Township, which he improved. From the effects of blood-poisoning
occasioned by a wound from a needle of a self-binder running through
his hand, he died, in 1879, at the age of sixty-six years. Religiously
both Mr. and Mrs. Brown were United Brethren. Mr. Brown was a
hard-working and industrious man, and accumulated a handsome fortune.
He was of a quiet disposition and took but little interest in politics,
but was a stanch Democrat. He had the respect of his fellow-citizens
and had served as Trustee of his township. He took an active interest
as School Director, and built the school-house at District No. 6. He
was married to Filinda Odell, daughter of Thomas Odell, and to them
were born eight children, of whom the two eldest, Johnnie and Sarah,
died in infancy; Alvira died at the age of twenty-six years; Hattie is
the wife of Dr. James Welsh, a mining expert of New York city, and they
have one child, Bertie; Johnson is still unmarried; Minor Married
Fannie Parker, of James Township, and they have two children, Eva and
one unnamed; William, our subject; and Jessie, who married Henry
Crommett, deceased, formerly a real-estate dealer in Omaha.
William Brown, a son of the above and the subject of this sketch, was
born in Muscatine, August 8, 1858, and was reared to farm life. He was
but sixteen years of age when his father came to James Township,
Pottawattamie County. In 1882 he married Allie Irwin, daughter of J. D.
and Emily (Downs) Irwin, and they have had four children: Leslie, Ira,
Jessie and William. Since the death of his father, Mr. Brown has been
managing the farm. He is a practical farmer and stands deservedly high
as one of the young and enterprising citizens of Pottawattamie County.
He owns 240 acres of good farm land. Politically he is a Democrat.
Brown, William R.
WILLIAM R. BROWN, who owns 264 acres of
land on section 36, Garner Township, came to Pottawattamie County in
1862. He was born in Indiana, June 26, 1836, son of John and Rachel
(PETERSON) BROWN, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter a
descendant of old Virginia families. They were the parents of four
children, three sons and one daughter. William R. BROWN was but a babe
when his parents moved to Marion County Indiana, about six miles south
of Indianapolis, and at 12 years of age his mother removed to Cass
County, Indiana, where he remained until our subject was matured,
having passed his youth on a farm. At the age of 19 years, William R.
came west and arrived at Omaha on May 15, 1862, when it was but a small
village of about 1,000 inhabitants. He first engaged in teaming, then
in working a stone quarry, in which he bought an interest and remained
two years. He then sold out and engaged in freighting to Denver,
Colorado, for one year; and then engaged in carpentering, a trade which
he had followed in Indiana. In 1867 he went to work in the Union
Pacific Railroad shops where he remained until 1877 when he rented some
land east of Fort Omaha and engaged in farming one year. He next went
on the KUNCE place, now in Omaha, where he resided six years. Here he
bought 160 acres of land near Fort Omaha which he kept two and a half
years, then sold it at a good advance. He then returned to Des Moines,
and bought a carload of horses, which he sold, and bought the SCOFIELD
farm of 160 1/4 acres, which he owned nine months, and then sold at an
advance of $40. Mr. Brown then purchased his present farm, in October
1887, which was known as the VAN SILVER farm, or the WHITE farm; it is
well watered by Pony Creek, which flows through it.
He was married in Warren County, Iowa, near
Fort Hartford in 1861, to Miss Margaret L. LEWIN who was born in the
eastern part of Iowa, the daughter of Washington LEWIN, who came to
Omaha in 1856. They have five sons and four daughters, viz.: Charles,
who is married and resides in Omaha; James, a commercial traveler
residing in Galesburg, Illinois; Mary, wife of J.K. HAZARD of Omaha;
Albert who resides in Omaha; Dolly living at home; Nellie, Bennie,
Delphia, Salome and Oscar. They have lost five children by death in
childhood. Politically Mr Brown is a Republican; he is a member of the
I.O.O.F., Council Bluffs Lodge No. 49.
Bryant, T. G.
T. G. BRYANT, Mayor of Carson, Justice
of the Peace, agent for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy and the
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroads and also express agent,
was born in Parke County, Indiana, November 3, 1863, son of S. B. J.
and Martha (STROTHER) BRYANT. The father is now in Atlantic, Iowa, and
general agent for an insurance business and is a respected citizen of
the town. T. G. BRYANT was reared in Champaign County, Illinois,
receiving his education there and in Indianapolis, and when sixteen
years of age, they came to Iowa.
In 1882, he was made operator at Neola, Iowa, and later at Anita, Iowa.
In 1883 he was stationed at Exira, Iowa, where he remained for about
three years, and was then promoted to the agency of this town, filling
his position well and gaining the good will of the railroad officials.
Politically Mr. BRYANT is a Republican and was elected Mayor of Carson
in 1890 and is serving to the best advantage of himself and party. He
is interested in educational matters and served on the School Board for
two or three years. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 444 and is
Secretary of the same, and is also Secretary of the Modern Woodmen,
Botna Lodge, No. 172.
Mr. BRYANT was married November 4, 1886, in Exira, Iowa, to Miss Mary
HOUSTON, the daughter of A. B. HOUSTON, a well-known and prominent
citizen of that town. They have had two children: Clarence Jackson, who
died July 22, 1890, and Hazel. Mr. And Mrs. Bryant are members of the
Presbyterian Church. Mr. BRYANT, although a young man, had gained a
position, socially, politically and financially, among the best
citizens of Carson.
ALLEN BULLIS has been a resident of
Wright Township since 1870. He was born in Racine County, Wisconsin,
June 6, 1847, son of Thomas and Elizabeth BULLIS, natives of England.
His parents were married in England, and subsequently removed to the
United States and became residents of Racine County, Wisconsin. They
had a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters, Allen
being the fifth child. He was only eight years old when his father
died; was brought up on the farm and was educated in the public schools.
January 1, 1864, he enlisted in Company E, 19th Wisconsin Volunteer
Infantry, and served to the close of the War. He was in the battles of
Duvall's Bluffs, Cold Harbor and Seven Oaks; was honorably discharged
at Richmond, Virginia; returned to Wisconsin and received his final
payment at Madison. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits and
remained in Wisconsin until 1870. In that year, he came to Iowa and
located in Wright Township, Pottawattamie County, where he had
relatives and acquaintances. The first land he bought was 160 acres in
section 4, which he improved and afterward sold. Then he purchased
eighty acres in section 8, and later 120 acres more, now owning 200
acres of well improved land. He has a comfortable house, good stables,
and other out-buildings, a grove and orchard, and a modern wind pump.
Much of his attention is being devoted to stock-raising. At this
writing, he is feeding thirty-six head of cattle and sixty-five hogs.
Mr. BULLIS was married in 1873, at Lewis, Cass County, Iowa, to Miss
Mary HARMES, who was born in Ohio and is a daughter of Jacob and
Catherine HARMES, residents of Wright Township. Mr. And Mrs. BULLIS
have one son, Freddy J., a youth of fifteen years. Mr. BULLIS casts his
vote and influence with the Republican party. He is a member of the
I.O.O.F., Lewis Lodge No. 140.
Bunker, William W.
WILLIAM W. BUNKER, Walnut, Iowa. Mr.
BUNKER is of an old American family. His grandfather came from Wales
and settled in Pennsylvania. His son, Andrew BUNKER, father of William
W., was born in Pennsylvania and settled on a farm in Clarion County,
that state. He married Sarah HOWE, of old Pennsylvania-Dutch descent.
To Mr. And Mrs. BUNKER were born thirteen children, named William,
Melville, Elizabeth, George (deceased), Nathan, Thomas, James, Julia,
John, Frank, Robert, Andrew and Emma. Mr. BUNKER lived on his farm in
Clarion County, Pennsylvania for fifteen years, and in 1857 he removed
to Muscatine County, Iowa, twelve miles west of Davenport and lived
there until 1863; then he went to a farm two miles south, and there he
still resides. He was born in 1814. Mr. And Mrs. BUNKER were members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. She died in June 1888, at the age of
fifty-six years. Mr. BUNKER is a man who has always been honest and
industrious. He came to Iowa a poor man and made a fine property,
consisting of 240 acres of fine farm land, and is now a substantial
farmer. He has, since he came to Iowa, worked very hard and is now
living at the advanced age of fifty-six years. In politics he is a
William W. BUNKER, son of the above and our subject, was born in 1845
in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, and received a common-school
education. At the age of twelve, he came to Iowa and has since been a
citizen of this state, becoming an adept at farming when quite young.
At the age of twenty three, in 1869, he married Miss Sarah C. KIRK,
daughter of Robert and Martha KIRK, and they have had five children:
Edward H., Harry K., Amanda E., Orion M. and Raymond. After marriage,
Mr. BUNKER settled down to farming in Muscatine County, Iowa, and after
two years bought his farm and lived there for five years, and in 1876
he came to Layton Township, this county, and bought his present farm
consisting of 163 acres of fine farming land, and is in prosperous
circumstances. Mrs. BUNKER is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Politically, Mr. BUNKER is a Democrat. A man who has the respect of his
fellow citizens, he has held the office of assessor and school
director, has taken an active interest in the schools, was School
Director and Township Clerk of Muscatine County, and is giving his
children a good education. He stands high as an honorable
public-spirited citizen, whose word is as good as his bond. Mr.
Bunker's brothers and sisters are: Eliza J., Matilda, Thomas, Sarah C.,
Robert, Emma, William and Martha.
Bunnell, Joseph A.
JOSEPH A. BUNNELL, a substantial farmer of Pottawattamie County,
owning one of the largest farms in Knox Township, is of English
descent. His grandfather BARLOW was a soldier in the Revolutionary war,
and was a traveling salesman through the west. He bought land and mill
property and established his brother, Abner, on a tract of land at
Maumee City, Indiana, at a very early day. CHARLES BUNNELL, the father
of our subject, was born in Ontario County, New York, near Rochester
and was married in that county to MARGARET M. BARLOW, a well educated
lady and the daughter of an old Revolutionary soldier, who were pioneer
settlers in the old colonies of Massachusetts and New York. Mrs.
Bunnell taught her husband to read and write, and he became a well
informed man. They were the parents of twelve children, seven sons and
five daughters; Charles B., Alby (deceased at 40 years of age), Joseph
A., William T., Byron L., George (deceased at two years), Susannah M.,
Josephine M., Mary, Sarah, and the first and last born died in infancy.
The father settled on a farm in Portage
County, Ohio, where he was among the pioneer settlers. He resided there
about 12 years, then moved to Winnebago County, Illinois, remaining
seven years; in 1851 he came to Clinton Co., Iowa, and settled on wild
land where he lived until he came to Shelby County. His wife and son
Byron died and after two years he went to the State of Washington,
where he still lives at the age of 85 years. He is a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was for many years a deacon,
class and leader, trustee, and has always made the Methodist ministers
at home in his residence. His wife was a devout church member since 12
years of age, and she was a woman of high character and instilled the
lessons of integrity and honesty into the minds of her children, and
she is still remembered with affection. Politically Mr. Bunnell is an
old-time Whig and Republican and has always been a hard working and
upright man. He had two sons in the Civil War: Byron L. and Joseph A.
The former was in the 26th Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was in Sherman's
first and second battles of Vicksburg, and also in the severe battle at
Arkansas Post, where he was badly shot in the hand, and was in the
hospital at Memphis. He afterward returned to his regiment and drove an
ambulance from Chattanooga to Atlanta and was with Sherman on his march
to the sea. He was also on the return march to Washington and was
present at the grand review. He was engaged three days in heavy
skirmishing at the battle of the Clouds at Lookout Mountain.
JOSEPH A. BUNNELL, our subject, was born
January 10, 1836, in Portage Co., Ohio and received a common school
education. In 1852 at the age of 16 years, he came to Clinton County,
Iowa, where he worked on his father's farm and then came to Shelby
County with his uncle, TRUMAN R. BARLOW, a blind man but of excellent
education. Mr. Bunnell took up wild land before it was in market on
March 9, 1853, which he has since improved. October 14, 1863, he
enlisted in Company M, 9th Regiment Volunteer Infantry and was in the
battle with Shelby's force near Duvall's Bluff. His regiment was
guarding the Memphis & Little Rock Railroad and was in very
dangerous service and was engaged in many skirmishes. Mr. Bunnell
escaped without wounds, and served to the close of the war, and was
honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa, in February 1866. AFter the
war he settled on his farm in Shelby County which he afterward sold and
bought his present farm, then consisting of 120 acres of wild land, for
which he paid $1,800. By energy and perseverance he has added to this
until he now owns 600 acres of the finest bottom land in Pottawattamie
Co., and also 280 acres in Adams Co., this state. In his political
views he is a strict Republican. He is a member of the U.S. Grant Post
No. 123, Avoca, Iowa. He has held the office of School Director and
Trustee for 15 years and has also been Secretary, Supervisor, and
Assessor. Mr. Bunnell was married in 1856 to SARAH J. HEADLEE, a sister
of Joseph Headlee whose sketch appears in this volume. To Mr. and Mrs.
Bunnell have been born 9 children: Amanda J., George E., Annis D.,
Walter E., Albert E., Charles S., Ola G., Emma V. and one who died in
Burckhalter, Daniel A.
DANIEL A. BURCKHALTER, one of the older
soldier farmers of Pottawattamie County, was born in Boone County,
Indiana, September 22, 1840. His great-grandfather, Adam BURCKHALTER,
was of German descent. His son, Abraham, the grandfather of our
subject, was born in South Carolina, and at an early day moved to Ohio
on pack horses, and again moved to Union County, Indiana, where he
lived several years. He next went to Boone County, where he died, on
his farm, at the age of eighty years. He was a member of the Baptist
Church, an honorable and upright citizen, and a man respected by all.
His wife survived until 1888, dying at the advanced age of 104 years
and two days. He was the father of ten children, viz.: Carson, Fannie,
Margaret, Rebecca, Jerry, Sarah, Joseph, Thomas, James S., and one who
died young. James S., a son of the above and the father of our subject,
was born in Union County, Indiana, March 22, 1818, and was reared to
farm life. He was married to Leah BELLES, daughter of John W. and Mary
(HUFF) BELLES. The father was a native of New Jersey, and moved to
Hamilton County, Ohio, where he worked at his trade of carpenter. He
was the son of Adam BELLES, who was a native of Germany. John BELLES
moved to Boone County, Indiana, in 1863, and built a mill on Prairie
Creek, but died two years afterward, at the age of sixty-three. He was
an industrious and honorable man, and was the father of ten children:
Annie, Elisha, Isaac, Leah, William, Jacob and Peter. To Mr. and Mrs.
James S. BURCKHALTER were born eight children: Eliza J., Daniel A.,
Cynthia A., John M., Thomas W., Abigail C. and Laura A. After marriage
his father lived on a farm in Boone County for seventeen years, and
then moved to Marion County, Iowa, in 1854, where he lived until 1862,
and where he was one of the early settlers. He enlisted in Company H,
Fortieth Iowa Regiment Volunteer Infantry, but was taken sick and died
one year afterward, from chronic diarrhea. He died on the steamboat at
St. Louis. He was a good, substantial farmer, and although over
forty-five years of age his patriotism would not allow him to remain at
home, and he left his family and a comfortable home to lose his life
for his country. His brother, Carson BURCKHALTER, was also in the same
regiment, and was sixty years of age when he enlisted, and like his
brother was a well-to-do farmer, but could not remain idle when his
country needed him. James BURCKHALTER and his wife were devout members
of the Christian Church. Politically he was a Republican, and socially
a Master Mason. He was a man of high character, true and steadfast, a
kind father and loving husband, and a patriot who did not hesitate to
risk his life for his country, which is all that any one can do.
Daniel A. BURCKHALTER, the subject of this sketch, enlisted in Company
K, Third Iowa Cavalry, Colonel BUSSEY, at the early age of twenty-one
years. He was in several skirmishes, served in Missouri and Arkansas,
and was in the siege of Vicksburg. The service in Missouri was
principally against General PRICE and the bushwhackers, which was very
dangerous, as the troops were very often fired upon from the bush. He
was in a hard fight at Saline River, after which he was sent to Pine
Bluff with the ambulance corps, and was captured by the Confederates
under Captain WEBB, but escaped within one hour. He served three years,
and was honorably discharged at Keokuk, Iowa, and returned home.
In 1879 he moved to Pottawattamie County and settled on his present
farm, which now consists of 160 acres of fine land. He also has 160
acres of land in Dakota, and 120 acres in Cass County, Iowa. He is a
hard working and a straightforward citizen, and stands high among the
people. He is a member of the G. A. R., Abbott Post, No. 201, of which
he has been Chaplain. He is a member of the Christian Church, and has
held the office of deacon.
Mr. BURCKHALTER was married in 1865, to Edna BELL, daughter of Simpson
and Mary (FOOTE) BELL. The father was born in Vermont, and moved from
Ashtabula County, Ohio, to Marion County, Iowa, where he became a
prominent farmer. He is now living in Montgomery, Iowa. He was the
father of four children. Mr. and Mrs. BURCKHALTER had five children,
namely: Charles, Sherman, who moved to Monroe Cemetery, Iowa, and died
at the Black Hills, Custer County, Dakota, at the age of nineteen; Mary
M., Cora L., Lucy A. and Carrie J. The mother died in Jasper County,
Iowa, and Mr. BURCKHALTER was again married January 25, 1891, to Lucie
DENNIS, of Essex, Page County, this state.
Burckhalter, John W.
JOHN W. BURCKHALTER, one of the
prominent farmers of Lincoln Township, is of an old American family of
German descent. Abraham BURCKHALTER, his grandfather, came from South
Carolina to Ohio about 1811, and then removed to Union County, Indiana,
then to Boone County, same State, in 1831. When he first came to Ohio
his wife rode a horse and he walked. He was the father of nine
children, viz: Cason, Jeremiah, James S., Joseph, Thomas, Fannie,
Rebecca, Sarah, and a daughter whose name is unknown, who married and
reared a family. Abraham BURCKHALTER lived to the age of seventy years,
and died in Boone County, Indiana. He was a prominent farmer of that
county, and was able to give each of his children eighty acres of land.
James S., the son of the above and the father of our subject, was born
in 1818, on a farm in Union County, Indiana, and was married in Boone
County to Leah BELLES, daughter of William and Mary (HOFF) BELLES. The
father was born in New Jersey, and is said to have royal blood in his
veins. He was married in that State at an early day, and then moved to
Cincinnati, Ohio, when that city was a small village, and where he
worked at the carpenter's trade. He afterward settled in Boone County,
Indiana. He was the father of ten children, all of whom lived to years
of maturity, namely: Isaac, Elisha, Eliza, Catherine, Jacob, Peter,
Ann, Leah and two others. Mr. William BELLES died in Boone County, at
the age of sixty-two years and his wife, nee Mary HOFF, lived to the
great age of 104 years, dying in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in 1888.
To Mr. and Mrs. James BURCKHALTER were born eight children: Daniel A.,
John W., Thomas W., Abijah C., Eliza J., Cynthia A., Mary F. and Laura
A. Mr. BURCKHALTER remained in Boone County until the year 1854, when
he came to Marion County, Iowa, and settled on a fine farm of 300
acres. At the age of forty-four years he enlisted in the war, serving
one year, but died on the steamboat on his way home, and was buried at
St. Louis. His son Daniel was also in the war, and served three years
in Company K, Third Iowa Cavalry, and was in the battle of Salina,
Arkansas; was taken prisoner by the Confederates, but soon made his
John W. BURCKHALTER, our subject, was born September 23, 1845, and at
the age of nine years he came with his father to Marion County, Iowa,
where he has grown to manhood. In 1873 he came to Lincoln Township,
where he remained one year, and next removed to Cass County, where he
also resided one year, returning to Marion, where he resided four
years. In 1879 he returned to Lincoln Township and settled on his
present farm, then consisting of eighty acres of wild land, but to
which he has since added until he now owns 240 acres of improved land.
Politically he is a Republican. He was married in Marion County, Iowa,
February 25, 1872, by Rev. C. M. BINGHAM, pastor of the Congregational
Church of Otley, Marion County, Iowa, to Sabinah ROBERTS, daughter of
Simon S. and Nancy (DONNELL) ROBERTS. Simon S. ROBERTS was born in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1808; taken when ten years of age
by his parents to Ohio; at twenty-one learned the trade of carpenter
and millwright; moved to Indiana, thence to Missouri, where he was
building water mills for ten years. Then he returned to Ohio and was
married, to Miss Elizabeth CONRAD, in 1844, and they were the parents
of three children: James P., George and Charles. They removed to Iowa
in 1846. He was again married, to Nancy M. DONNELL, daughter of John C.
and Nancy (McROBERTS) DONNELL, September 22, 1850, and they had the
following children: Orin, Sabinah, Eva, Ethel, Millie, Mary E., Sarah,
Elsie, Edwin and Maggie. To Mr. and Mrs. BURCKHALTER have been born
seven children, all of whom are still living, namely: Thomas W., born
February 11, 1875; Simon R., August 28, 1876; James H., January 22,
1879; Mary E., November 1, 1882; Bertha E., April 27, 1885; George C.,
May 28, 1888; and an infant, Eva Irene, born September 22, 1890.
Nancy M. DONNELL was born in Seneca County, Ohio, February 12, 1828,
came with her parents to Marion County, Iowa, in 1848, and married Mr.
ROBERTS, as above mentioned. The grandparents of Nancy M. DONNELL, on
her mother's side, were McROBERTS. Her grandfather, of Scotch descent,
was a Revolutionary soldier, was at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis,
and saw the British stack their arms. Mrs. McROBERTS, nee Nancy HYLAND,
was born in Virginia in 1757.
Finley BURKE, the senior member of the
well-known law firm of BURKE & CASADY, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, is
pre-eminently a lawyer. The distinguishing qualities of men who have
achieved success in any vocation are patient industry and the
determination to win. When to this is added unswerving integrity and
mental vigor you have the measure for a man who will honor his name and
his profession. The most cursory glance at the character of Finley
BURKE will indicate the presence of these dominating qualities. A
little delving around the roots of his genealogical tree shows that he
comes of a stock that is noted for these characteristics. He was born
September 1, 1855, at Wheeling, Virginia, now West Virginia. His father
was Finley Adams BURKE, a sketch of whom is given just preceding this,
containing also the family record on his father's side. The maiden name
of his mother was Margaret McMILLEN. She was born in a stone farm house
in Maryland, not far from Baltimore. Her father was John McMILLEN, son
of George McMILLEN and grandson of James McMILLEN, who came to this
country about the time of the Revolution and settled in York County,
Pennsylvania. This James McMILLEN, son of Francis McMILLEN, came from
Wigtonshire, Scotland, and was heir to the manor of Dunragget, situated
about twenty-five miles from Wigton, the shire town, about five miles
east of Port Patrick. Becoming comfortably fixed in the New World, he
remained and founded the McMILLEN family of York County, Pennsylvania.
Her mother's name was EWING, and she was a Scotch lady. It will thus be
seen that Mr. BURKE is of the rugged Scotch-Irish ancestry that insures
physical vigor and good digestion, foundations that give additional
strength to a stubborn and determined character. This ancestry has been
thoroughly Americanized from the days of the Revolution, his
grandfather BURKE, born in Philadelphia, having fought under General
LEE in the Virginia line during the war for independence. Mr. BURKE's
father moved with his family from Virginia to Pottawattamie County,
Iowa, in 1856, and settled in Washington Township. In 1860 the family
removed to Council Bluffs, which was then a sprightly village, and
young BURKE lost no time in availing himself of the benefits of the
public schools, where his time was spent until 1873, when he graduated
Mr. BURKE, having early in life selected the law as his chosen pursuit,
has never permitted himself to stray off into politics or business, but
has acted on the belief that there is more honor and dignity in the
name and fame of an honest and able lawyer than in the highest office
in the gift of the people. He is recognized as one of the leaders of
the bar in Western Iowa, having had an active practice of sixteen
years; and his name involuntarily springs to the lips when inquiry is
made for a sturdy, persistent and capable lawyer to handle large and
important interests. He started in practice with the creed that a
lawyer should stay by his client "through thick and thin" without
thought of himself or consideration of self-interest; and the knowledge
of this characteristic and his well-known pugnacity, determination and
ability, has frequently caused him to be called to the defense of
public interests in the courts. The city has been quick to give him a
retainer whenever an important suit has arisen where public interests
were in jeopardy, and the fact is something more than significant that
in no case where he has been retained has the city lost.
Mr. BURKE was licensed on November 16, 1874, after thorough examination
in open court before Hon. J. R. REED and an able committee of the bar,
and at once began practice, at the early age of nineteen years. For
some time he enjoyed the distinction of being the youngest lawyer in
Iowa. Here in the town of his childhood, before the age of twenty-five,
he had distinguished himself in a number of cases.
In June, 1877, he was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie CASADY,
eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. CASADY. Miss CASADY was the first
child born in Sioux City. Her father was one of the founders of that
city, and was a man of prominence in that part of the State. She was a
lady of rare gifts, but an invalid, and after a protracted illness of
over a year she passed away, in July, 1877.
In the early spring of 1881, on account of ill-health, Mr. BURKE
removed to the county seat of Sioux County, Iowa, -Orange City,- where
he soon became recognized as the leading lawyer in that region, and
enjoyed a large and lucrative practice, calling him into the
neighboring counties and into Dakota. In the six years of Mr. BURKE's
residence in Sioux County he tried more contested suits than any other
lawyer in the county, and during the first five years, although
employed constantly, he did not lose a single case. This most
remarkable record was attributed largely to his peculiar care in
refusing to counsel or maintain cases which seemed to him to be unsound
and lacking in merit, and his straightforward, fair way of presenting
facts to a jury, coupled with thorough preparation. Having thoroughly
re-established his naturally robust health, and having out-grown the
field of his practice, Mr. BURKE returned in February, 1887, to his old
home at Council Bluffs, and at once took front rank at the bar, having
been employed in almost every important suit in the courts since his
return. He practices in the highest courts, being a regular member of
the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States at Washington,
District of Columbia. His love for the profession, which is a
distinguishing trait, has led him to take a deep interest in all that
makes for improvement in the laws.
Mr. BURKE is the only lawyer in Western Iowa who has been admitted to
membership in the American Bar Association, which counts among its
members the most noted lawyers from every part of the Union, who meet
annually "to advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the
administration of justice and uniformity of legislation throughout the
Union, uphold the honor of the profession of the law and encourage
cordial intercourse among the members of the American Bar."
Another fact worthy of mention is that Mr. BURKE has fought his way,
unaided, to the front rank, and this battling against opposition has
given him self-reliance, will-power and prudence and that training in
economics which makes a successful business man. This in turn gives a
business-like cast to his practice, and appreciating fully the
practical bearings of litigation he uses good common sense and business
judgment in the affairs of his clients. His knowledge of men and their
motives and his readiness to see and avail himself of any error in the
policy or plan pursued by his adversary enables him to cope with the
ablest campaigner in diplomacy, negotiation, or at the bar. In practice
before courts and juries his distinguishing traits are clearness,
force, earnestness and directness in getting at the real point in
dispute, coupled with the fact that before going into the contest he
has convinced himself of the correctness of his position, carrying into
the court-room a zeal which can not be simulated. In consultation his
advice is practical and business-like, and always on the side of
avoiding litigation where it can be done with justice to his clients;
but when the obstinacy or unfairness of his adversary thwarts a fair
adjustment he becomes thoroughly aroused and enlisted for the fight.
Mr. BURKE has to a remarkable degree the confidence of all who have to
do with questions of title and real-estate law, many of the most
careful buyers refusing to close important purchases without the stamp
of his opinion on the title.
In his domestic life Mr. BURKE is very happy, and his love of home is
attested by the building of one of the handsomest residences in the
city. On February 14, 1882, Mr. BURKE married Miss Parthenia V.
JEFFERIS, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas JEFFERIS, who are well known
and numbered among the old citizens. She graduated from the public
schools of Council Bluffs and afterward became one of the most
successful teachers. She is a lady of rare good sense and social
attainments. They have two children: Master Tom, who was born in July
1885, and a boy born February 25, 1891.
Mr. BURKE, although not connected with any religious denomination, is a
believer in the cardinal truths of the Christian religion.
Burke, Finley Adams
FINLEY ADAMS BURKE, deceased, was one of
the most highly respected citizens of Council Bluffs. Coming to
Pottawattamie County in 1856, when Western Iowa was sparsely settled,
he became a prominent factor in the growth and development of both city
and county. His father (who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
fought under General LEE, in the Virginia line in the war of the
Revolution. His mother's maiden name was ADAMS, and her mother's was
FINLEY. Both of these ladies were Scotch, and the family names were
retained in naming the subject of this sketch.
Finley A. BURKE was born at Monongahela, July 17, 1815, and died at
Council Bluffs, June 3, 1889. He spent his youth in attending school at
the academy located at that time at Monongahela. In early manhood he
became owner of boats plying the Ohio and other rivers and acted for
years as steam-boat captain on the Ohio. In the latter capacity he
visited Burlington, Iowa, by boat, as early as 1840. Quitting the river
he was elected City Collector of the city of Wheeling, Virginia (now
West Virginia), which he resigned in 1856 to come to Iowa. He moved to
Pottawattamie County in 1856, taking up lands in what is now Washington
Township, and in 1860 he removed to Council Bluffs.
In 1869 he was elected to the office of City Recorder and Police Judge.
To this office he was elected ten terms in succession, and after
resting one year was re-elected for two more terms. By the abolition of
the special charter of Council Bluffs, the office above mentioned was
abolished, and under the general charter he was elected City Auditor,
continuing as such until his election to the office of City Clerk and
Clerk of the Superior Court, which office he held until March 1, 1889.
He joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows when a young man, and
was very devoted to the order and its teachings during all his long
residence in Council Bluffs. He was a charter member of the Twin
Brothers Encampment of Odd Fellows and had received many high honors at
the hands of that fraternity. He retained through life and still
retains the respect and admiration of this large fraternity.
Mr. BURKE was twice married, the children by his first wife being:
William S., Elizabeth J., Isabel and Hugh M. BURKE. Elizabeth J., Mrs.
T. W. HARL, died at St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1888. Isabel, Mrs. W. P.
WHITE, died at Kansas City, October 5, 1890. William S., now at
Albuquerque, New Mexico, was the founder of the Council Bluffs
Nonpareil, it being called the Chronotype, before he acquired it. Hugh
M. is a well-known writer and editor at San Francisco, California.
August 4, 1849, Judge BURKE was married to Margaret McMILLEN, who
survives him. Their children are Mary E. (deceased); Emma E., the wife
of J. F. BRODBECK, Esq.; Finley, Virginia (deceased), Edmund H., George
A., John P. and Ambrose.
Judge BURKE was one of the most popular men in Council Bluffs. As a
companion, he was sociable and agreeable, and few could equal him as a
raconteur of humorous anecdotes or in making short speeches on social
occasions. As a neighbor he was respected and beloved. As an officer he
was industrious and correct, performing while City Recorder the
combined duties now performed by City Auditor and City Clerk, besides
judicial duties, and all this without deputy, where several are now
employed. As a Judge, he was noted for fairness, honesty and common
sense. His overwhelming majorities at elections were matters of
comment, especially as he was often to be found hard at work at his
office while his political opponents were out in the field at work.
This is explained by the fact that all the electioneering done by him
was done by rigid attention to duty the year around, and by his
universal courtesy and kindness to all.
Indeed it was part of his nature to sympathize with his fellow men and
to perform kindly acts of friendship for rich and poor alike, and his
death was mourned by people of every rank and class.
In politics he was a Republican, but never allowed his party feeling to
lead to personal animosities, and he commanded the continual respect
and confidence of his fellow-townsmen of every party, it happening
several times that his nomination was ratified by the Democrats and
also by independent movements in addition to the Republican nomination.
For over twenty years he lived in the eye of the public where every act
of a man's life, both public and private, is open to inspection and
criticism, and yet left to his family not an accumulation of riches,
but, what is far more valuable, a name without a blemish or taint of
Burnett, George V.
GEORGE V. BURNETT came to Pottawattamie
Co., Iowa, in July 1884, and has since continued his residence here. He
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, January 9, 1848, son of JOHN and ANN
(VENESS) BURNETT, the former of Scotch extraction and the latter born
in Pennsylvania, a descendant of German ancestors. Mr. and Mrs. Burnett
were married in Ohio and when their son, George, was about three or
four years old, they came to Iowa and settled in Cedar County. There
the mother died two or three years later, and the father died in 1861,
at age 42 years and 8 months. He was among the early settlers of that
county, and his whole life was passed on a farm. Politically he was a
Democrat. He and his wife were both members of the Presbyterian Church.
They reared a family of four sons and one daughter: Thomas H., a well
to do settlers of Pottawattamie County who died in Wright Township,
March 23, 1886, at age 42 yrs and 23 days. He had never married.
Catherine L., who is the wife of William WINTERSTIEN, Wright Township,
Pottawattamie County; George V.; Smith J. of Griswold, Iowa; and
Charles of Pottawattamie Co., Kansas.
George was reared on a farm in Cedar Co., and learned the trade of
stone mason which he followed four years in Iowa City before he came to
this county. He is now engaged in general farming and stock raising,
owning 80 acres of improved land, well adapted for stock or grain,
located in section 31, Wright Township. Mr. Burnett was married in June
1878 to Mrs. Laura M.( PARROTT) COLLINS, a native of Fountain Co.,
Indiana. Her father, Andrew B. Parrott, was born in Ohio, and her
mother, Frances Ann (FURR) PARROTT, in Fountain Co., Indiana. Mrs.
Parrott's parents were Kentuckians. Mrs. BURNETT was but 11 months old
when she came with her father and mother to Iowa, and they settled in
Johnson Co., where in March 1866, the mother died at age 31 years and 9
months. Mr. PARROTT still resides in Iowa City. By her first marriage,
Mrs. BURNETT had one child, Frances COLLINS, now the wife of Frank
BEVIER, a resident of Carson Iowa. By her present husband, she has two
children: Maudie Odessa and Rachel May. They lost two children: John
Earl who died at the age of 13 months and 18 days, and Marion Oliva,
their third child, at birth. In his political views Mr. Burnett is
independent. He is well informed on current topics, is out-spoken and
cordial in his address and is regarded as one of the worthy citizens of
the community. Mrs. Burnett is a member of the Christian Church.
Alfred BYBEE, a prominent farmer of
Crescent Township, was born November 4, 1810, in Barren County,
Kentucky. His father, Lee Bybee, a native of Virginia, moved after his
marriage to Kentucky and subsequently to Clay County, Indiana, upon 240
acres of rough, unimproved land in a wild country among Indians,
dangers beasts and wild game. About twenty years afterward his wife
died, leaving the following named children: Betsie, who married Nebil
Gee, resided in Kentucky and is now dead; Nancy, who married Oliver
Cromwell and is now deceased; Lucinda, who resides in Utah; Loramer, in
Kansas; Maria, in Indiana; Jerusha, deceased; Absalom, in Ogden, Utah;
Alfred, the subject of this sketch; John, Lee and Jo, all three
deceased; Mr. Bybee then came with his children to Nauvoo, whence he
was driven with the rest of the Mormons, with who he came to
Pottawattamie County and lived her five years. Then he went west to
Salt Lake and remained there until his death. Here Alfred was detailed,
before his father's death, to take a train to California, and he
remained there for ten years. In 1861 he returned to Pottawattamie
County and purchased a farm. He now has 230 acres of good land, lying
in Hazel Dell, Boomer, Rockford and Crescent (section 1) townships.
In March, 1832, he married Mary Walker, who was born in Hardin County,
Kentucky, whence her parents afterward moved to Indiana, where they
remained until they died. After his marriage Mr. Bybee settled upon his
present place. His wife died in 1835, at the age of sixty-six [believe
this to be an error in date of death] years, leaving two Children:
Alfred A., residing at Honey Creek, and Mary M., wife of John Ransom of
Boomer Township. December 10, 1878, Mr. Bybee married Miss Ann Arthur,
daughter of Peter and Catherine (Sillers) Arthur, natives respectively
of England and Scotland, who came to Canada East about 1817; they had
eight children, the sixth of whom is Mrs. Bybee; she was born September
19, 1833. After her father's death she with her three children came to
Pottawattamie County, where she died in June, 1875.
Mr. Bybee is a reliable Republican and a member of the Church of
Latter-Day Saints, zealously active in former times. Although he has
suffered many of the hardships of pioneer life and has labored hard to
establish and maintain a comfortable home, his is liberal and does much
for the promotion of Christianity and morality. He is enjoying a happy
period in his declining years, which he so well deserves.