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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Joseph W. Beaver.

Joseph W. Beaver, residing on section 5, Eureka township, owns and operates an excellent farm embracing two hundred acres of valuable land.  His birth occurred in Marion county, Iowa, in February, 1864, his parents being Henry and Elizabeth (Bivens) Beaver, both of whom were natives of Ohio.  In an early day the father removed to Illinois and in that state he cultivated rented land for two or three years.  On the expiration of that period he came to Iowa and prior to the outbreak of the Civil war took up his abode in Marion county, where he entered land and successfully carried on general agricultural pursuits throughout the remainder of his life.  His demise occurred in March, 1902, while his wife passed away in October, 1904.

Joseph W. Beaver was reared and educated in his native county and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority.  Subsequently he cultivated rented land in Shelby county, Iowa, for three years and at the end of that time came to Adair county, here operating a rented farm and also a forty-acre tract he owned for a period of fourteen years.  He then bought his present home farm of two hundred acres on section 5, Eureka township, undertook its improvement and has operated the same continuously since.  Later he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 6, Eureka township, which is being cultivated by his son.  In connection with the raising of cereals he handles high grade stock and both branches of his business yield him a gratifying annual income, for he is practical, progressive and diligent.

In February, 1885, Mr. Beaver was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Morgan, a daughter of David and Elizabeth (Edwards) Morgan, who are natives of Mississippi and Pennsylvania, respectively.  The father, a pioneer agriculturist of Adair county, is now living retired in Anita, Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Beaver are the parents of three children, namely:  Mabel, who is the wife of Oscar Johnson, a farmer of Lincoln township, this county;  Earl, who operates one of his father's farms;  and Vera, at home.

Mr. Beaver gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith is that of the United Brethren church.  Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America.  The period of his residence in this county covers more than a quarter of a century and he has long been numbered among its prosperous agriculturists and representative citizens.



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