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Zimri Streeter 1801-1880


Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 3/7/2018 at 22:39:04

Streeter, Zimri
One of the first settlers of Black Hawk County

On December 13, 1852 a 160-acre plot of land was sold by William Joshua Barney, to Zimri Streeter for $130, or 80 cents an acre.

Streeter came to Iowa from Illinois, bringing his possessions and teams of oxen across the Mississippi River by ferry. The land he purchased in Black Hawk County was well-situated near the wagon trail from Waterloo to Cedar Falls. Streeter became an active politician in Iowa, helping to form the Republican Party, and was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives. He made the long trip to Des Moines on horseback and stayed until the session was over.

Zimri Streeter was the grandfather of author Bess Streeter Aldrich, who wrote 13 novels and 160 short stories during her career. The land on which Zimri and Lucinda Streeter farmed and raised their family was purchased for the Waterloo Municipal Airport in 1943. Control-O-Fax now (1993) occupies the original homestead site.

Source: Brief Biographies of Early Residents of Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa by Mary Beth Eldridge, 1993

NOTICE: Copyright 1993 by Mary Beth Eldridge. Permission granted to reproduce for personal and educational use only. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited.


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