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S. W. Garvin came in 1868, and bought eighty acres of wild land in section 7, and settled in 1870.

S. W. Garvin was born in Bureau county, Illinois, January 18, 1844, and is a son of Noble and Sarah (Mercer) Garvin, the former a native of Kentucky, and the latter of Ohio. They were early settlers in Bureau county, where S. W. grew to manhood and was educated in the public schools. He enlisted in the service of his country, in March, 1862, in Company I, of the Sixty-fourth Illinois Sharpshooters known as "Yates Sharpshooters," and served until July, 1865, when he was discharged with the regiment. He was in the battles of Chickamauga, and Island Number Ten, and with Sherman's army from Chattanooga to the sea, and through the Carolinas to Washington, where he was present at the "grand review." After the war he returned to Bureau county Illinois. In March, 1866, he started west on a prospecting tour, visiting Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa, returning in 1867. In April of that year he came to Iowa and lived in Boone county three years, then came to Cass county, and bought eighty acres of wild land in section 1, adjoining Griswold, in Pleasant township. He settled on this land in 1870, and has since made it his home. He has a well improved and desirable farm. Mr. Garvin was married in 1866, to Martha Childs, of Bureau county, Illinois. They have three children--Sarah E., Wallie and Alma. Mr. Garvin was elected to the office of county supervisor in the fall of 1883, and has filled various township offices.

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. 811-812.

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