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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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B. F. Swartz.

B. F. Swartz, who is engaged in farming on section 2, Jefferson township, was born in Fulton county, Illinois, on the 21st of July, 1844, his parents being Jacob and Lydia (Vaughn) Swartz, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Virginia.  Some time following their marriage they came west to Illinois, settling in Vermont, Fulton county.  The father was a shoemaker by trade and followed that pursuit in the town of Vermont for many years.

There in the town schools B. F. Swartz pursued his education, and when the Civil war was in progress he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting in the spring of 1864, when a youth of nineteen years, as a member of Company G, Sixteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He was with Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea, which proved the weakness of the southern Confederacy, showing that the troops had been brought from the interior to protect the border.  He took part in a number of important engagements, serving until the close of hostilities and then returning to his home with a creditable military record.  When the war was over he again went to Vermont, Illinois, but soon afterward removed to Mason county, that state, where he was subsequently married to Miss Mary Ann Morfoot, of that county.  About 1872 they removed to Iowa, settling in Boone county, and after some years became residents of Dallas county.  Afterward they resided successively in Audubon, Pocahontas and Madison counties, and in 1908 came to Adair county, at which time Mr. Swartz purchased his present home farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres in Jefferson township.  He owns this farm in partnership with his two sons, Charles Edward and William Frederick, who are very active in improving and developing the place, rendering valuable aid to their father.

Mr. Swartz proudly wears the little bronze button that indicates his membership in the Grand Army of the Republic, his affiliation being with the post at Audubon.  He is independent in his political views, voting according to the dictates of his judgment and not according to party ties.  He is recognized as one of the substantial men of Jefferson township, esteemed for his personal worth, his business ability, his loyalty in matters of citizenship, and for his pleasant social qualities, which have gained him many friends.



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