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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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William A. Bolton.

An excellent farm of one hundred and twenty acres situated on section 10, Eureka township, pays tribute to the care and labor bestowed upon it by its owner, William A. Bolton, who is classed among the representative agriculturists of the locality.  Iowa claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred in Cedar county on the 13th of March, 1872, his parents being Andrew J. and Sarah J. (Pierce) Bolton.  The father, who belonged to one of the old American families, was a native of Virginia, and on starting in the business world on his own account turned his attention to farming.  In Iowa he married Miss Sarah J. Pierce, who was born in Ohio.  They settled in Cedar county, where Mr. Bolton engaged in farming in order to meet the expenses of the household.  In 1875 he removed with his family to Dallas county, where he lived for one year, and later he spent a year in Fontanelle.  On the expiration of that period he took up his abode upon a farm in Prussia township, there purchasing land, upon which he lived to the time of his death, which occurred in the fall of 1887.  His widow survived him for only three months.

William A. Bolton was a youth of but fifteen years at the time of his parents' death.  He continued to live upon the home farm with his sisters, however, for four years and then started out in life for himself.  For a year after his marriage he rented land in Prussia township and later removed to Guthrie county, Iowa, where he rented a farm for one year.  In the spring of 1895 he became a resident of Walnut township, Adair county, where he lived upon a rented farm for two years, and on the expiration of that period he removed to his present farm, which he rented for a year.  Still later he took up his abode upon another farm, which he leased for two years, and later he was for three years a resident of Oklahoma.  He next rented a farm in Jefferson township, Adair county, for a year and afterward rented a farm in Summit township for a year.  The next three years were spent upon a rented farm in Eureka township, and in the spring of 1908 he removed to the place upon which he now resides, purchasing one hundred and twenty acres of land, which he has since owned and cultivated.  He carefully tills his fields, performing every part of farm labor necessary to the production of good crops.  He also raises high grade stock and applies himself so closely to his business that his capable management and unfaltering energy are winning for him a substantial measure of success.

On the 20th of November, 1892, Mr. Bolton was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle Campfield, who was born February 15, 1872, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Day) Campfield.  The father was a native of Pennsylvania and was of Irish descent, while the mother was born in the Keystone state and was of Pennsylvania-Dutch lineage.  They removed from Pennsylvania to Minnesota and afterward came to Warren county, Iowa, where they lived until they settled in Adair county.  Both have now passed away.  The mother died in Guthrie county in July, 1904, but the father's death occurred in Adair county in March, 1907.

To Mr. and Mrs. Bolton have been born eight children.  Mary Jane, who was born April 25, 1894, is now the wife of George Worthington, of Eureka township.  Edna, born May 1, 1895, Ivan, July 8, 1896, William, August 8, 1900, David, May 7, 1902, and Bessie, March 28, 1904, are all at home.  Harold, born September 26, 1907, died at the age of nine months.  Arthur, born September 27, 1910, completes the family.  Mr. Bolton has the assistance of his sons in carrying on the work and they have greatly aided him in the arduous labor necessary to the development of the fields.

In his political views Mr. Bolton is a republican and for two years he filled the office of trustee of his township, discharging his duties with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents.  He also served as school director of district No. 2.  His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and both are well known in the community, where their sterling traits of character have gained for them the warm and enduring regard of many with whom they have come in contact.  They have a large circle of warm friends, whose goodwill is greatly appreciated, but above social or other relations Mr. Bolton naturally places his business interests, and in the careful conduct of his affairs he has gained a good living for his family.



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