Joseph Eshelman came to Cass county in 1870, and spent fifteen months in the town of Lewis, when he went to Illinois, and remained in Carroll county until 1875, when he returned to Cass county and purchased land on section 20, Noble township. He has since erected a house and barn, planted a grove and fenced his entire farm. Mr. Eshelman is a native of Pennsylvania, born on the 26th of July, 1845. When quite young his parents moved to Carroll county, Illinois, where he was educated in the public schools and lived on a farm until coming to Cass county. Mr. Eshelman was married in 1863, to Julia A. Sarber, a native of Ogle county, Illinois. By this union there are four children -- Nora J., Eugene E., George E. and Hattie E.
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. 674.