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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Isaac N. Sullivan.

Isaac N. Sullivan, who owns and operates four hundred and fifty acres of fine land in Washington township but is residing in Bridgewater, is one of the native sons of the county.  He was born in a log cabin in Washington township on the 31st of August, 1862, and is a son of Elijah B. and Sarah B. (Julien) Sullivan, mention of whom is made in the sketch of John R. Sullivan, a brother of our subject.

Isaac N. Sullivan was reared under parental roof and acquired his education through attendance at the district schools.  In his early manhood he taught school for one term but in the spring of 1884 he went west, where he remained for ten years, residing during the greater part of that time in Wyoming.  While there he engaged in various pursuits and made one trip to Texas, driving cattle from that state to shipping points.  He also made one trip to Oregon and drove a bunch of horses from Oregon to Wyoming.  In the fall of 1894 he returned to Adair county and in the following year began farming on land which had been allotted him by his father.  Following his marriage in 1898 he located on what is known as the old Bart King farm, on section 10, Washington township, which was then owned by the father of our subject.  In 1903 Mr. Sullivan of this review purchased his mother-in-law's farm on section 10 and in the spring of 1904 removed to that place, where he continued to live until 1910, when he took up his residence in Bridgewater, where he has since resided.  He hold title to four hundred and fifty acres of excellent land and gives his personal attention to the operation of the greater part of his holdings.  He is one of the most successful agriculturists of the township and receives a handsome annual income from his farm.

Mr. Sullivan was married on the 5th of May, 1898, to Miss Ida J. Witt, of Washington township, a daughter of Bailey Witt, one of the pioneers of that township, and a native of New York state.  He removed to Iowa from Wisconsin.  To Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan have been born four children, three of whom are still living, namely, Ila M., Don O. and Ruth Mildred.

Mr. Sullivan gives his political support to the republican party and works loyally for its success at the polls.  His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He is not only identified with the agricultural development of his county but is also interested in the Adair County Mutual Telephone Company.  He is one of the representative men of the county and commands the sincere respect of all who know him.



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