Harrison County Iowa Genealogy


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Robert H. EVERETT, a farmer residing on section 26, Jackson Township, came to Harrison County, in the spring of 1867, in company with his parents, who first located in this township and the next spring went to Preparation, Monona County, where they remained long enough to harvest one crop, and then moved back to the William ARTHUR place, and wintered in an old log cabin. Our subject bought his present farm in 1868, or rather forty acres of it which was then partly improved and for which he paid $20 per acre. Upon the place was an old house, built from native lumber. He has since built a new house, a barn, granary and cribs, put in stock scales, and provided his place with wind-power. His farm now consists of two hundred and thirty acres, fifty acres of which are under the plow. In 1886 our subject left his farm and went to draying in Sioux City, which, however, did not prove successful, so he returned to his farm. He was in the country through the grasshopper years, and saw some of the hard times told about by pioneers.

He was born March 7, 1856, in Boston, Mass. He is a son of Harrison and Elizabeth EVERETT, native of New Hampshire and Vermont, respectively, who were the parents of three children: Julia F., Robert H., Milton M., all living in Iowa. Our subject lived in Massachusetts until two years of age, when his father removed to Chicago and from there to Harrison County, Iowa. He received only a common-school education and was in Chicago during the Civil War, and remembers well the day that they were to liberate the rebel prisoners from Camp Douglas.

He was united in marriage December 5, 1875, to Mary C. BOOTH, the daughter of William and Eliza BOOTH, natives of Kentucky and Ohio, who were the parents of five children: Mary C., Thomas William, Elizabeth, Charles C., Ander A., all living in Harrison County, Iowa.

Mrs. EVERETT's father died and her mother married James COOPER, of Little Sioux. Our subject and his wife are the parents of four children: Bessie M., Sarah E., Robert William, (deceased); and Lillian A.

Both he and his wife are acceptable members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He belongs to the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union.

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