LEWIS C. BISHOP
Lewis C. Bishop came to Cass county in the spring of 1863, locating on section 26, Atlantic township, on the then open prairie. He was born in Brookville, Indiana, June 8, 1818, his parents being Lewis and Mary, both of whom died in Edinburg, Indiana, in 1828, within three days of each other. Lewis C. came to Burlington, this State, in October, 1846, where he remained one year. In 1847 he removed to Warren county, Indiana, and was one of the first settlers in that part of the country. In the spring of 1863, as before stated, he came to this county, where he has since resided. He was married, in 1838, to Sarah Ann Whitehead. By that marriage there were nine children. Of the boys, three enlisted in the army, and one died of small-pox while in the service. In 1859 he was again married to Lucy Brannen, a native of Maine. By that union there were four children--Esther, Emma, Lewis and Sherman. He has a farm of eighty acres, which is well improved. He is also extensively engaged in raising Poland-China hogs. In politics he is Republican. He has been township trustee one year. Mr. Bishop is the inventor of a machine which saves much of the labor about the house. By means of it, the family washing can be done in half an hour, and three gallons of cream may be churned in ten minutes. It also has an attachment for turning a grindstone, emery wheel and lathe. It is also capable of being put to other uses, and would be an indispensable adjunct to every farm if properly introduced and brought to the public notice.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 849-850.