VALENTINE, William, was born May 6, 1843, at West Point, Tippecanoe county,
Ind. His father, J. W. Valentine, was a farmer in easy circumstances, who was
born in 1804 at Scotch Plains, N. J. He moved to Ohio when it was a very new
country, where, on the 29th of February, 1829, he was married to Miss Rebecca
Kinkennon. She was the daughter of James Kinkennon, a minister of the gospel,
and a man of fine intellectual powers, having also an extensive knowledge of both
law and medicine. J. W. Valentine and his family moved to Tippecanoe county,
Ind., in 1886, where they lived until September, 1856, when Mr. Valentine died.
Here the son, William, spent his boyhood days on his father's farm, acquiring such
education only as the public schools afforded. In April, 1863, he came to Iowa,
stopping with his brother who was keeping a hotel at Fontanelle, Adair county.
At this time Adair county was very sparsely settled, most of the country being a vast
stretch of wild prairie, upon which game was plentiful. He began farming in 1864,
his sister keeping house for him. The next spring he purchased a four-mule team
and ran a freight wagon between Omaha and Denver. The business was attended
with danger from Indians, who sometimes swooped down on the trains, killing the
drivers and running off the stock and other property. It was no uncommon sight to
find dead bodies of Indians along the route where they had been killed by the freighters
in defense of their lives and property. He afterwards lived on a farm until 1874,
when he moved into Atlantic, Cass county, Iowa. In 1876 he moved to Casey, Guthrie
county, and there engaged in the lumber business. In 1883 he took in a nephew as
partner and they opened a hardware and agricultural implement establishment in
connection with the lumber business. In 1895 they built a fine brick building for the
accommodation of their rapidly growing business, making one of the best establishments in western Iowa. In 1897 they
purchased an implement house in Adair, Adair county, and are carrying on both establishments.
November 17, 1866, Mr. Valentine was united in marriage with Miss Naomi I. Taylor, daughter of Judge N. S. Taylor, of Fontanelle. Eight children have been born to them: Margaret N., born September 3, 1867; Hettie R., born May 30, 1870, died October 16, 1879; Mabel G., born September 10, 1872; John W., born July 23, 1875; Effie M., born December 14, 1877; Irene A., born June 7, 1880; Lucile E., born January 25, 1883, and Ethel C., born September 6, 1885. Mr. Valentine is not a member of any church, but with his family attends the Presbyterian. He is a republican, and belongs to the Masonic Fraternity, Blue Lodge, Casey Chapter, at Fontanelle.
From Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa, Leaders in Business, Politics and the Professions, Together with an Original and Authentic History of the State, by Ex-Lieutenant-Governor B. F. Gue. Des Moines: Conway & Shaw Publishers, 1899, pg. 532.