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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Biographies - Center Township

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Landt, Charles,  real estate and loan agent.

Landt, Sanford V..  attorney at law, Tipton; born in Herkimer County, New York, June 6, 1842, and received his education there; studied law with Lyman Tremaine and Rufus Peckham, of Albany, New York, he attended Law School there and graduated in the Spring of 1865, and came to this county in the Fall of 1866; in 1867, he associated with Mister Wolf in the practice of his profession here; holds the office of Mayor of Tipton; was elected on 1876, and re-elected in 1877; was again re-elected in 1878.  Married Miss Bertha Krouse, from Canada, near Ottawa, September 20, 1868, they have three children,  Nellie E.,  Edward B.,  Melissa C.;  lost three children, one son and two daughters.

Lang  Bernard, butcher and meat market, Tipton;  born in Prussia September 27, 1877;  came to this country in 1856;  lived in the State of  New York  three years;  came to Cedar County in 1860 and engaged in farming; has been engaged in his present business for the past eight years, and does the leading and principal market business here, requiring one engine at the slaughter house to do all the rendering there, and another engine at his store; owns eighty acres adjoining the town; he was in the army; enlisted in the Second Regiment  Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company B;  was in the battle of  Kingston.  Married Kathrina Decklotz, from Prussia, September 12, 1862;  they have four children,      Charlie,  Annie,  Katie  and Albert.

Langham, Adney,  Tipton

Larrison,  Enoch  F.,  farmer and stock raiser, Section 2; Post Office Tipton;  born in Morris County, New Jersey, February 26, 1811;     lived there twenty-one years;  lived in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and came to Cedar County in 1841; he and Moses Bunker came together;  they cut and hewed the timber for the log jail;  only several houses in Tipton then;  there are only a few here now that were here when they came.  Mr. Larrison went to California in 1852 and engaged in mining;  returned in 1858 and engaged in farming and stock raising, and owns 260 acres of land.  married Jane Allen, from Ohio, December 25, 1871; she died in April, 1873.  Thomas J. Larrison was in the army, Twenty Fourth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company B, and was in a number of battles.

Larrison, T. J.,  farmer, Section 2;  Post Office     Tipton.

Latham, Alden C.,  physician, Tipton.

Lattig, H. L.  (firm of Garber & Lattig), surgeon dentist, Tipton;  born in Stephenson County  Illinois,  July 24, 1852;  studied dentistry;  lived in Kansas two years;  came to Tipton in 1874, and associated with Doctor Garber in the practice of his profession.

Lee, C. S.,  farmer  Section 36;  Post Office     Tipton.

Lee, William,  farmer and stock raiser, Section 36  Post Office Tipton;  born in West Virginia, five miles east of Wheeling, October 15, 1815;     moved to Ohio in infancy, to Fairfield County, and lived there twenty-eight years;   was engaged in farming and lumber business;  he came with his wife and child by wagon to this county, being twenty-three days on the way, and arrived here October 5, 1844;  located two miles west of here, then entered the land where he now lives from the Government;  it was called the "sand quarter," though there is not over one fourth of an acre of sand altogether on the farm;  there is no one living adjoining him but William Aldrich and James Satley, who were here when he came;   he owns 360 acres of land.  Mister Lee commenced preaching twenty-six years ago, and has had large experience in Evangelical labor and church work throughout the county and this part of the State;  has canvassed this county as agent of the Bible Society, and is now President of the society, and has been connected with it officially for thirty years;   he has been much interested in educational matters and has been on the School Board for many years.  Married Miss Ester Winter, from Fairfield County, Ohio, October 18, 1842;  they have nine children, all living--Sarah E.,   Ella,  Anna,   William H.,  Charles S.,   Edward,   Frank,  Maggie Belle and Walter.

Lee,  W.  H.,   clergyman,  M.  E.     Church

Lichtenwalter,  Absalom, farmer, Section 27,  Post Office     Tipton.

Linaweaver, W.,   farmer  Section 1,  Post Office     Tipton.

Lindsay,  H.  H.,  painter.

Linn,  Arthur,  dry goods salesman.

Long, E,  laborer  Section 35,  Post Office Tipton

Long,  Edward,  renter,   Section 10;  Post Office  Tipton.

Long ,  W.  C.,  farmer.

Longley,  Chas.   L.,  publisher  Tipton     Advertiser  born in Franklin County, Mass.  May 27, 1843;   came with his parents to Medina County, Ohio in infancy;  lived there and in Oberlin ten years and came to this county in 1854;  enlisted in the army in the twenty fourth Regiment  Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company C;  was in the battles of Fort Gibson and Champion Hills and was in trenches before Vicksburg during the siege;   belonged to the non-commissioned staff of the regiment during the latter part of time;  has been connected with this paper for ten years.  Married Miss H. E. Phillips from Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1868;  they have three children,   Alfred;   Emma R. and Otis.

Lovell,  Wm.  laborer,  Section 9;  Post Office     Tipton.

Lyle,  A.,  farmer,  Section 1;  Post Office     Tipton.

Lyle,  Frank,  farmer,  Section 10;  Post Office     Tipton.

Lyle,  John C.,  farmer, Section10;  Post Office     Tipton;  born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, December 24, 1819;    moved to Ohio with his parents when 4 years of age;  lived there twenty-four years, then came by wagon to Cedar County, being three weeks on the way, and arrived here September 28, 1847;  only a few are here now who were here when he came;   he entered land from the Government and engaged in farming; only had $122 when he came, but by industry and good management, he now owns 235 acres, after disposing of some of his land.  He has held office of Town Trustee and school office.  Mister Lyle has been married three times.  His first wife was Clarissa Braley, of Ohio;  his second wife was Terzah Graham, of Ohio;  his third wife was Sarah E. Dixon, of Virginia;  she died April 1, 1877;  he has eight children--William L., Julia M., Frank H., Alonzo S., Lydia M. and Carrie B., by his first wife, and Harvey Grant and John C., by second wife.  William was in army, in the one hundred thirty fifth Regiment Ohio  Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

McCabe, Chas.,   carpenter.

Mc Cracken,  Alfred,    farmer, Section 15;     Post Office  Tipton;  born in Orange County, Indiana, April 25, 1816;   came to Edgar County, Illinois in 1829, and came to Cedar County by wagon;   was twelve days on the way and got here September 12, 1841,  and settled where he now lives;  in the Spring of 1842, he entered the land from the Government and engaged in farming;  only a few here now who were here when he came;    there was plenty of deer, turkeys and wolves here then;  owns a farm of 100 acres.  Married Lucy How, from Indiana, daughter of Nathan How, one of the early settlers, March 19, 1839;   they have eight children--John, Mary E., Sarah E.,    Emma, Harriet, Alfred, Jr.,  Libbie and Grant;  lost one daughter.    John was in the army in the twenty fourth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry,    Company C, and was in a number of battles.

McClain,  Irwin,  farmer,  section 28;  Post Office  Tipton.

McClain,   John;  Post Office  Tipton.

McClain, L.,  farmer;  Post Office  Tipton.

McClung, James M.,  farmer, Section 21;  Post Office     Tipton;  born in Greenbrier County, Virginia, July 21, 1827;   lived there twenty-nine years and came to Cedar County  April 10, 1856, and has been engaged in farming, stock raising and dealing in stock;  owns 265 acres of land, and has held school and road offices.  Married Miss Hannah Gay, from Virginia, July 8, 1856;   they have eight children, four sons and four daughters---Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Charles, Andrew, Samuel, Alice and Everett.  Samuel McClung, father of James, was born in 1799 and is now living in Virginia, and has been one of the greatest hunters in that State, and the finest marksman and the best shot in Green Brier County, or in that part of the State.

McClure, John, retired farmer.

McCormick, Alex,  boot and shoemaker.

McCoy, L.,  tenant farmer, Section 19;  Post Office Tipton.

McCroskey, David W.,  farmer and raiser of blooded stock, Section 25;  Post Office Tipton;  born in Clark County, Ohio, November 6, 1839;     lived there until 8 years of age, when he came with his parents to Cedar County, Iowa;  they came by wagon, being about three weeks on the way;   arrived here in November, 1847;  they settled on Sugar Creek, in this town, and were among the early settlers;  there was not a fence or piece of land broke between here and Davenport then.  He has lived on his present farm seventeen years and is largely engaged in raising blooded stock.  He owns 545 acres and has some of the finest stock in this county, consisting of short horn cattle, Berkshire hogs, Cotswold sheep;   also elk, deer and goats.  His stock carried off the largest number of premiums at the Cedar County Agricultural Fair of any breeder in this county.    Married Miss Sarah Gay from Virginia, November 1, 1859;  they have three children--William, Lucy and George;   lost two children--Ella and Howard.

McCroskey, David, farmer, Section 9, Post Office Tipton;  born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, July 18, 1817;  lived there fifteen years;  came to Greene County, Ohio, and lived there six years, and started from there September 18, 1838, on horseback, in company with three others and arrived in Cedar County about October 1, 1838;  was one of the earliest settlers, and only a few living here now who were here when he came.  He bought a claim where he now lives, and entered the land from the Government when it came into market, and has lived on this farm about forty years.     He gave this grove its name of Virginia Grove when the first Sunday school was organized here;  owns a farm of 240 acres, and has held school offices.    Married Catharine Miller, from Ohio, in 1840;  she died March 6, 1848;    they had four children--Cyrus B., Martha A., Eliza Jane and infant;   lost them all.  Married Nancy Arnett March 1, 1849;  they have one daughter--Mary Luella;   lost one son--George Ellsworth.  His son, Cyrus B., was in the army in the ninth  Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, Company G, and died in the hospital at Duvall's Bluff, White River.  

McCroskey, John H.,  farmer and stock raiser. Section 21; Post Office Tipton;  born in Clark County, Ohio, near Springfield, April 1, 1847;     came with his parents in infancy to Cedar County;  they came by wagon, being three weeks on the way, and arrived here in the Fall of 1847, and were among the early settlers;  they settled on the farm where he now lives;  there were only a few here then and it was all open prairie between here and Davenport, and only a few cabins anywhere.  Mister McCroskey is largely engaged in farming and stock raising, giving special attention to graded cattle and fine horses, receiving premiums for the best span of carriage horses and the best team for all use;  owns a farm of 555 acres.    Married Miss Ada L. Bunker, daughter of Moses Bunker, Esq.,   of this county, April 4, 1867;  they have four children--Walter E., Blanche L., Amy and Orra B.

McCroskey, Joseph,  deceased;  father of David and John McCroskey;  was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in 1807;  lived there about twenty-two years.  Married Miss Christina Anderson, from the same place, April 6, 1829;  she was born March 30, 1810;  they came to Ohio in 1830;  lived there seventeen years;  they came by wagon to Cedar County, and was three weeks on the way and arrived September 27, 1847, and settled on Sugar Creek, and engaged in farming and stock raising.  He died September 7, 1865, leaving a large estate;  they had ten children, three living--Mrs. Martha E. Carl, David W. and John H.; lost seven children--Joseph L. and Estaline A., in Ohio, Mary E., Robert N., Aaron H., James H., William H., here. Mrs. McCroskey lives with her son in the home place.

McCroskey, WM., Sr.,  farmer and breeder of fine stock, Section 4; Post Office  Tipton;  born in Greene County, Ohio, April 5, 1859, and engaged in farming and raising blooded stock, raising some of the best Short Horn Cattle, Berkshire Hogs and Cotswold Sheep in the county.  He owns a farm of 455 acres and sixty-five acres of timber; has held town and school offices.  Married Miss Anna M. Carpenter, from near Columbus, Ohio, in December, 1868;  they have three children--Cyrus B., Ward C., and Orrell A.  His mother, Mrs. Emily McCroskey, was born in Salem County, New Jersey, and came to Ohio in infancy and married John McCroskey, from  Virginia in April, 1832; they came to this county in 1855.  He died November 4, 1870.  She has one son--William L., and lost one son--Cyrus M., who was in the army in the twenty fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company C.; he was in the battle of Champion Hills and contracted disease from which he died June 28, 1863.

McCroskey, Wm., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Tipton.

McDonald, J.H., farmer, Section 3; Post Office Tipton.

McFarland, Geo., cattle dealer.

McHanna, Washington, farmer, Section 24; Post Office Tipton;     born in Green Brier County, Virginia, December 30, 1822;  lived there twenty-eight years, and came with his parents to Cedar County in November, 1851, and engaged in farming;  there was but little improvement on the prairie when he came, and they thought it would never be settled up.  He has lived here twenty-six years, and engaged in farming and stock raising;  owns 211 acres of land.  Married Mary Agnes Walkup, from Green Brier County, Virginia, February 13, 1850.  They have five children--Elizabeth H., William Henry, Marietta C., David W. and Joseph W.; they have lost seven children, three sons and four daughters.

McKee, Roy, jeweler.

McKibbon, Joseph, farmer; Section 8; Post Office Tipton; born in Ireland July, 1836; came to this country and lived in the State of New York and in Ohio, and came to Cedar County in 1853, over twenty-four years ago; was in the army; enlisted in the eleventh Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company E., and was in many hard battles; was in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Grand Gulf, Jackson, and through the siege of Vicksburg; was wounded at the battle  of Kenesaw Mountain and Iuka; a farm of 100 acres.  Married Miss Eliza Chase, from Illinois in 1867; they have four children--Nancy Ann, Mary, Wm. Sherman and Lilly May.

McLain, John, farmer, Section 28; Post Office Tipton; born in Livingston County, New York, April 1, 1810; removed to Pennsylvania in infancy and lived there thirty-eight years; removed to Ohio and lived there five years and came to Cedar County, Iowa, in October 1853; engaged in farming and has lived on this section of land ever since he came, twenty-four years ago; owns a farm of 105 acres; has held the office of Constable and Road Supervisor.  Married Miss Ester Fletcher from Centre County, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1831.  They have eleven children--Mary A., Elizabeth, Lea, Magdalena, Amanda, Samuel S., Rudoph H., Michael S., Nancy, John D., and Isaac.     Mr. McLain had two sons in the army; Rudolph was in the eleventh and John was in the forty sixth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

McLain S., tenant farmer, Section 24; Post Office Tipton.

McNamara, W.P., clerk; Tipton.

Magee, J.N.,  merchant tailor and Justice of the Peace, Tipton; born in Frederick County, Maryland, April 26, 1817; moved to Ohio at an early age; learned the tailoring business; lived in Cincinnati; came to this county and engaged in business here; there is no one in the same  business here now who was here when he came.     He held the office of Justice of the Peace during the war, and was again elected to fill the same office in 1876.  Married Hannah Bates from Martinsburg, Virginia, September, 1841.  They have six children--three sons and three daughters; he had one son in the army in the fifth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry.

Mahoney, John, laborer, Tipton.

Mahoney, Wm., blacksmith, Tipton.

Matthews, Franklin, farmer; Post Office Tipton

Mathews, John P., farmer and stock raiser, Section 19; Post Office Tipton; born in this town and county, April 1, 1842, and has lived in this county thirty-six years, except one or two years spent in traveling in California and other places.  He is one of the oldest native born settlers in this town who is now living here; was engaged in the stock business for several years, and is now engaged in farming and stock raising; owns farm of 200 acres.  Married Miss Maria Ingman, from Ohio, January 12, 1871.  They have one daughter--Martha, born November 18, 1877.

Mathew, Wm., farmer, Section 19; Post Office Tipton.

Maynard, Arthur B., Sheriff of Cedar County, Tipton; born in Wyandotte County, Ohio, September 14, 1844; was in the army; enlisted in the forty fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C; after serving six months, the regiment was mounted and served in the front, where they had many skirmishes; was also all through the Atlanta campaign; upon his return from the war, he entered school in Illinois, at the State University, and came to Iowa in 1869; served as Deputy Sheriff for six years and was elected Sheriff  of this county in 1875, and re-elected in 1877.  Married Miss Henrietta Swartzlender, from this county, November 22, 1870.

Maynard, H. H., physician.

Maynard, Joshua, retired physician.

Mayor, Christian, farmer; Post Office Tipton.

Mayor, J. B., farmer, Section 15; Post Office Tipton.

Mayer Jas., farmer, Section 16; Post Office Tipton.

Mayer John, farmer, Section 15; Post Office Tipton.

Mayor John G., farmer, Section 16; Post Office Tipton.

Meghan, John, stone mason, Tipton.

Merriam, Frank, laborer.

Mesher, J., laborer, Section 13; Post Office Tipton.

Metz, M., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Tipton.

Miller Charles, Section 14; Post Office Tipton.

Miller Edward, Tipton.

Miller, J. P., plasterer, Tipton.

Miller W. F., merchant.

Millhouse, N. C., Marshall

Moore, F. D.

Morehead, R. W., farmer; Post Office Tipton.

Morehead, Wm., renter; Post Office Tipton.

Morton, Abraham, P., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Tipton; born in Fairfield County, Ohio, July 22, 1820; lived there twenty-five years, and came to Iowa in 1845; came to Cedar County in 1851 and engaged in farming; only little improvements on the prairie when he came; he only had $9.00 when he came, and now owns a farm of 120 acres of land; has lived here twenty-seven years.  Married Lucetta Geesaman, from Lebanon County, Pennsylvania in May, 1849; they have three children--John W., Ella E. and Rosetta; they lost one son in Ohio.  John W. is Vice Grand Master of Manitou Lodge, I.O.O.F., Number 8 , in Tipton.

Morton, J. W., farmer and carpenter, Section 25; Post Office Tipton.

Mowery, Geo., farmer, Section 27; Post Office Tipton.

Mudgett, A. H., vet. surgeon.

Munn, S. W., farmer, Section 24; Post Office Tipton.

Murphy, J. H., tinner.

Murray, S. M., blacksmith.

Musselman, S., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Tipton.

Muzzy, J. F., harness maker.

 

 
 

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