H. H. Watson was born in Clermont County, Ohio, April 2, 1840, son of R. R. and Katherine (Moyer) Watson. In 1849 his parents removed to Coles County, Ill., remaining until 1857, when they removed to Kansas, and followed farming in that State and in Missouri. In 1860 they returned to Illinois. In 1863 our subject enlisted in Company F, Fifty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war, participating in all the battles of his regiment. After close of war returned to Lincoln, Ill., where his parents have resided since 1860. He engaged in the stock business there, and also in the circus business, contracting to convey overland circuses from town to town. In 1871 he removed to North McGregor, where he has remained ever since. He came here without means and followed fishing, trapping and hunting, until within the past six years, during which time he has run an omnibus line between North and South McGregor. He was married March 24, 1868, to Miss B. J. Rosche. They have had two children, one now living -- Isabelle. Robert H. died in infancy. Mrs. Watson is a member of the Catholic church. In politics he is a Democrat. P.O., North McGregor.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1003-1004
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