S. Candee, one
of the pioneers of Iowa, was born in Oswego, N.Y., Dec.
8, 1816, and was a son of Asa and Mary (McAlpin) Candee.
They were married about 1812, and were the parents of
twelve children, nine living--Caos M., Alta, Jane, Amy,
Ara, George, Huldah, Orinda and Selden. Mr. Candee by
occupation was a farmer, and in 1834 emigrated to Monroe
County, Mich., and located on a farm of heavy timber.
Toledo was then composed of a few log cabins. The subject
of this sketch was reared on a farm and received a
limited education. In 1838 he left home and made his way
to Iowa, crossing the Mississippi River at Davenport, and
from Davenport went to Galena, where he was engaged in
mining ten years. In 1849, in company with 120 men, he
started for California. They proceeded to St. Louis,
where they made a contract with parties to take them
through in sixty days, they to pay them $200 for the trip
and a few extras. After starting out the company failed
to fulfill their contract and the greater part of them
had to walk most of the way. He remained in California
about fifteen months, then returned to Galena, and from
there came to Clayton County. In Febrary, 1859, he
married Eleanor J. Bowles, a daughter of Thos. C. Bowles.
She was born in Maryland, Feb. 1, 1820. Mr. Candee has a
beautiful farm of 210 acres, valued at $35 per acre,
situated on section 5, Monona Township. Mrs. Candee is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1037-1038
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