Harrison County Iowa Genealogy


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Hiram B. ENNIS ranks among the early pioneers of Harrison County, arriving as he did June 10, 1856. His father was a gunsmith, and ran a gun-store at old Calhoun, and remained there until 1877. The mother died at Little Sioux, in 1874, but the father lived until 1879, and they were both buried in Little Sioux cemetery. Their family consisted of seven sons and three daughters. Of this number our subject was the ninth child, only two of whom are living, our subject and a sister, the wife of Walter RICHARDSON, living near Mondamin.

Our subject was born October 5, 1844, near Dixon, Lee County, Ill., and at the age of nine years came to Harrison County, with his parents; so his education was received in both Illinois and Iowa. After he was grown to manhood he engaged in farming in Calhoun and St. John's Townships. In 1876 he gave up farm-life and removed to Missouri Valley, where he has since resided. He ran a corn-shller for about three years, and was elected Constable, which office he has held continuously for twelve years. He is now the owner of eight handsome dwelling houses, which he rents. In political maaters, Mr. ENNIS belongs to the Democratic party. He is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 170, and has been a member of the Missouri Valley fire department for fifteen years. He was married October 8, 1863, in Calhoun Township, to Nancy EARNEST, the daughter of B. EARNEST, a farmer living three miles north of Calhoun. Mrs. ENNIS was born in Pottawattamie County. The family came from Kentucky at a very early day. Her parents are both dead. She has three brothers and two sisters living in this county, and one sister residing at Council Bluffs. Mr. and Mrs. ENNIS are the parents of three children -- Albert, born March 13, 1867, living at home, and is a railroad man in the employ of the Sioux City & Pacific Railroad; Harry, born February 22, 1879, living at home; Lewis, born in December, 1883.

Our subject is active in all tha goes toward the advancement of Iowa in general, of Harrion County in particular, but more particularly is he interested in Missouri Valley.

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