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E. W. Blakesley owns a farm of four hundred and thirty-six acres of land on sections 1 and 8. He has occupied his farm since 1883, having previously owned part of his land since 1872. Mr. Blakesley has but recently turned his attention to farming, having been engaged in the practice of law for many years. He was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, in 1847, where he was reared to manhood. In 1868, he moved to Green county, Wisconsin, and studied law with Judge Dunwiddee, and was admitted to the bar in 1869. He returned to Stephenson county and was engaged in the practice of his profession until 1875, when he came to Anita, Cass county, where for several years he was connected with the Anita Times. In 1883 he moved to his farm where he follows general farming and stock raising. He married Maria Gardner, of Illinois. They have three children--Ethel, Luie and Bayard.

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. 770.

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