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BENNETT, James P. - 1912 Bio (1829- ? )


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 10/10/2003 at 20:34:57

From the History of Jefferson County - 1912, Volume II
Pages 273-274


“Industry and thrift, combined with good judgment and the faculty of sacrificing immediate enjoyment for future returns, are the qualities which insure success. One who exemplifies this maxim is James P. BENNETT, who was for many years successfully engaged in the pursuit of agricultural interests and now lives retired on his farm in Cedar township. Since becoming a resident of Jefferson county, in 1874, he has been intimately connected with the growth and development of this section of the country, being a man whose personality has always carried much weight in his community. He was born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, in 1829, being a son of Anthony and Nancy (ESPY) BENNETT. The father was born in Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna river, in 1777. Of Scotch-Irish (sic) parentage, he inherited the sterling qualities of his ancestors and in the pursuit of his calling, which combined farming, carpentering and plow making, he met with most substantial returns. The mother was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and came from an old Colonial family. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony BENNETT resided in the Keystone state until their death.

Reared with care under the parental roof, James P. BENNETT obtained his education in the schools of his native locality and was early trained in the arts of husbandry, remaining with his parents until he became of age. He then engaged in farming on his own account but soon returned to the home place which he operated until 1874. In this year he removed with his family to Iowa, choosing as a suitable location for a home the farm on which he now lives, on sections 29 and 30 of Cedar township, trading his farm in Pennsylvania for this land. In addition he bought eighty acres, making a total of two hundred and forty acres in all. Ten years ago Mr. BENNETT withdrew from active work in connection with the management of his place which has since that time been conducted by his son Almer, who continues his father’s practical methods and wise administration, being successful in the various departments of general farming and also in stock-raising.

The marriage of Mr. BENNETT and Miss Lucinda Cordelia WHITE was solemnized on the 1st of January, 1857, in Crawford county, Pennsylvania. Mrs. BENNETT was born November 17, 1833, in Pennsylvania, and resided near Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, until her marriage. After a long and useful life devoted to the service of her family and friends she passed away on October 19, 1909, at the age of seventy-six years. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. BENNETT were: Fred, who died when a small boy; Alta, the wife of Marion CRUM, of Daunt, California, who departed this life January 17, 1896, on a farm near Fairfield, Iowa, leaving two children, Pearl and Ray; Almer, who lives on his father’s farm; Manson, who died October 5, 1895 and was married to Miss Fannie SHAW, who now resides in Hartsville, Missouri, with her son Ralph, her daughter Ellen being deceased; and Otto, who is a fruit dealer in Clatskanie, Oregon, and who married Minnie WALDO, by whom he has two children, La Rue and Harvey. Almer, the eldest boy now living, operates the home farm, having relieved his father of this responsibility ever since the latter’s retirement ten years ago. He was united in marriage to Ella HECHT, a daughter of John and Mary HECHT, residents of Ida county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Almer BENNETT are the parents of five children, namely: Meta at home; Hazel, the wife of Lawrence L. DROZ, a farmer of Cedar township; and Willian Serle and J., who are living at home.

Mr. BENNETT and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church of Birmingham. In his political views he is a loyal supporter of republican policies and has been called to office on several occasions, having served as supervisor of roads in Cedar township and as school director in his home district. He has never shirked the duties of citizenship no matter how largely his own interests have claimed his attention. During the Civil war he served as enlisting and recruiting officer for the United States army. He is a man of force of character and attractive personality, a favorite among those who have known him for many years.”

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