As early as 1871, settlements were made by R. Bell, J.G. Sholes, Joshua Devore, H.P. Sweet, Lemuel Jones, A.L. Beadle and J.A. Hill. . . .
Joshua Devore resides on section 28, having a farm of two hundred and fifteen acres of cultivated land. He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of December, 1824, and when ten years of age went to Columbia county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He was married on the 2d of July, 1846, to Caroline Lacy, a native of Germany. They have been blessed with eight children...Hannah C., Joshua P., Andrew, Henry J., George L., Franklin E. and Eliabeth. Hannah died on the 14th of November, 1878. Mr. Devore came to Hardin county, Ohio, from Columbia county, and bought a farm in Jackson township, and there remained until the fall of 1870, when he came to Iowa, and spent the winter in Mt. Etna, Adams county, and settled on his present farm in the April following. He has planted a fine orchard, and has large numbers of stock, which are nicely sheltered. Mr. Devore was the first assessor elected in Victoria township. He has held the office of township trustee, and is at present justice of the peace.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani 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. 579-580.