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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Biographies - Fremont Township

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Auten, E., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Stanwood.

Andre, Samuel, farmer, Section 18; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Pennsylvania in 1828; came to this county in 1844; in 1850, he went to California, and was absent between two and three years.  He married Eliza E. Wallace in 1858; she was born in New York; has three children--Chas. B., Buell C. and Wm. Eugene.

Anthony, N. B., lumber dealer and druggist, Stanwood; born in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1847; came to this county April 24, 1870;  Holds the office of Justice of the Peace and School Director.  He married Miss Ida H. Stringham in 1869; she was born in New York; has two children--Nellie M. and Elmer H.  He enlisted in the 44th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served until discharged.

Bagley, C. H., traveling salesman; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Bagg, A., proprietor of Bagg's Hotel, Stanwood; born in Otsego County, New York, in 1807; came to this county in 1867.  He married Harriet L. Rifenberg in 1842; she was born in New York; has two children--Ida J. and Perry D.

Bagley, Henry, manufacturer, Mechanicsville; born in Vermont in 1822; came to this county with his parents in 1838, settling at West Liberty, his father being one of the owners of the town.  He engaged in farming eighteen years, and since that time has been engaged in manufacturing walking and riding cultivators and the Bagley corn planter, an improvement of his own invention, and its merits consist in lightness of draft and simplicity of construction.  He married Miss M. Weeks n 1846; she was born in Ohio; has four children--Charles H., Alonzo E., Frank A. and Cora B.

Baldwin, H., farmer, Section 20; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Bardue, Robert, farmer, Section 17; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Pennsylvania in 1813; came to this county in 1851; owns 360 acres of land.  He married Miss Mary Montgomery in 1840; she was born in Ireland; has four children--John, Robert, Nancy and Louisa.  John enlisted in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the late war and served three years.

Bardue, R. A., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Bartlett, C. W., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Stanwood.

Blayney, G. W., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1828; came to this county in 1856; owns eighty acres; has served as School Director.  He married Miss Mary J. Elliott in 1850; she was born in Ohio; has six children living--Alva E., Ella, Emma J., Hattie B., Georgie, Wm. Andrew.  Lost three--Rebecca E., William V., Charles L.

Blish, David, furniture dealer, Stanwood.

Boyles, T. J., farmer, Section 3; Post Office Stanwood; born Pennsylvania in 1827; came to this county in 1856; owns eighty acres; has held the offices of School Director and District Treasurer.  He married Miss Emetta J. Reynolds in 1848; she was born in Pennsylvania.  Has eight children--Curtis M., Margaret E., Arminda, Clara, Martha, James A., Nannie E., and Lillie.

Boyd, Samuel, farmer, Section 6; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1833; came to this county in 1847; owns eighty acres.    He married Miss Martha J. Pettit in 1857; she was born in Ohio; has seven children--Mary E., Joseph S., Andrew A., Chalkey D., Nancy A., Sylvia and Free; lost one.

Brigham, Clarence, laborer, Stanwood.

Brink, David, merchant, Stanwood.

Brock, Calvin L., farmer, Section 1; Post Office Stanwood; born in La Salle County, Illinois, in 1841; came to this county in 1875; owns 320 acres.  He married Miss Sarah Hart in 1860; she was born in Michigan; has six children--Luther C., Senah J., Leah M., Loren E., Gilman, and Lillie Belle.  Mr. Brock enlisted in the 104th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served three years.  He was in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain, Buzzard's Roost, Mission Ridge, Chickamauga and many others.

Brown, Wm., farmer, Section 27; Post Office Stanwood.

Buell, Samuel T., 0f the firms of Andrews & Buell, merchants, Mechanicsville; born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1838; came to this county in 1866; has been engaged in business since that time; has held the office of School Director and Collector.    He enlisted in the seventh Vermont Volunteer Infantry, as private and was promoted to First Lieut.  He married Miss Della H. Chase, in 1869; she was born in Connecticut; has one child--Samuel K.

Burk, James, farmer, Section 27; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ireland in 1832; came to this county in 1854; owns 180 acres of land.  Has held office of School Treasurer.  He married Miss Sabrina McGowen in 1854; she was born in Ireland; has five children--William, Elizabeth, Ellen, James and Mary Ann.

Burleigh, G., farmer and stock raiser; Section 6; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Byers, Thomas M., farmer, Section 32; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Logan County, Ohio, in July, 1826; came to this county in 1855; owns 125 acres.    Has held offices of Supervisor and School Director.  He married Mary J. Tipton in April, 1851; she was born in Harrison County, Ohio; has six children--Esther, Clememtine, William, Robert, Annie and Shannon; lost one daughter--Jessie.

Cameron, A., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Stanwood.

Caldwell, Alex., farmer, stock raiser and stock feeder, Section 28; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Pennsylvania in 1832; came to this county in May, 1858; owns 405 acres of land.  Has held offices of Supervisor and School Director.    Married Miss Ellen Curry in 1853; she was born in Pennsylvania; has five children--Elizabeth, Anna J., Rachel ., John C. and Joseph M.

Chamberlan, L. K., painter, Section 18; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Cloud, Geo., farmer, Section 11; Post Office Stanwood.

Coltern, J., farmer, Section 25; Post Office Stanwood.

Comstock, W. L.,  farmer, Section 18; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1843; came to this county in 1849; owns forty acres of land.    Enlisted in the 13th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in the late war, and served four years; was in the battle of Shiloh, siege of Atlanta and Corinth, and others of less importance.  His father, Daniel H. Comstock, was one to the original proprietors of the land on which is the present site of Mechanicsville.  Married Miss Lucetta A. Cook in 1868; she was born in Indiana; have two children--Lena and Bertie.

Cowdery, J. E., carpenter, Stanwood.

Cronkhite, G. A., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Jones County, December 10, 1846; owns eighty acres of land.  Married Miss Maria Hines in 1871; she was born in Jefferson County New York.

Cronkhite, J., farmer, Section 4; Post Office Stanwood.

Davidson, Ebenezer, farmer, Section 34; Post Office Stanwood; born in Ireland in 1826; came to this country in 1844; lived in Connecticut eight years previous to his removal to this county in 1852; he owns 240 acres of land.  Held office of School Director and Justice of the Peace.  He married Miss Jane Collins in 1851; she was born in Ireland; have ten children--Robert J., John E., Emma J., Mathew M., Mary J., Eddie R., Martha C., Hattie A., Lula A. and Addie M.

Davidson, Geo., farmer, Section 21; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Davidson, James, farmer, Section 33; Post Office Stanwood; born in Ireland in 1829; came to this county in 1851; and owns 430 acres.  Has held office of School Director.  He married Miss Mary A. Collins in June, 1855; she was born in Ireland; has four children--Mary, Stephen M., Marcus H. and Walter C.; lost one daughter--Elizabeth.

Davidson, John, farmer, Section 35;  Post Office Stanwood; born in Ireland in August, 1835; came to this county in July, 1854; owns 225 acres of land.    Holds office of School Director.  He married Miss Olive S. Simmons in 1860; she was born in New York in 1834; has five children--Myron L., Carrie A., William F., Homer E. and Minnie O.

Davidson, J. K., farmer, Section 36; Post Office Stanwood.

Davidson, R. A., farmer, Section 34; Post Office Stanwood.

Davidson, Robert M., farmer, Section 35; Post Office Stanwood; born in Ireland in 1835; came to this county in 1853; owns 330 acres of land.  Has held office of School Director.  He married Miss Mary Ferguson in 1860; she was born in Red Oak Township, Cedar County; has eight children--Joseph M., John F., Ebenezer R.,    Margaret I., Mary Ellen, Hugh H., Anna E. and Agnes J.

Davis, James, farmer.

Davis, J. W., farmer, Section 2, Post Office Stanwood.

Dewey,  C., laborer, Stanwood.

Dodson, B. S., farmer and stock raiser, Section 2; Post Office Stanwood; born in Deer County, Kentucky, in 1825; came to this county May 1, 1874.    He married Miss Cynthia Lanman in 1843;she was born in Perry County, Indiana, in 1824.  Mrs. D. owns 120 acres of land in this county; has nine children--Jonathan, Hattie, Amanda, B. S. Dodson, Jr., Eliza, Minerva, Melinda, Olive and Ezra B.; lost one daughter--Mary.

Dorcas, E., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Shiloh.

Dorcus, J. F., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Shiloh.

Dougherty, John, farmer, Section 33; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Tyrone County, Ireland, in 1831; came to this State in 1856 and to this county in 1857; owns 280 acres .  He married Miss Julia Finley in 1859; she was born in Ireland; has eight children--Charles, Mary, Annie, John, Walter, Susan Ellen, Maggie; lost one son--William.

Easterly, John, farmer, Section 1; Post Office Olin, Jones County.

Elliott, Howard, farmer, Section 21; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1835; came to this county in 1854; he owns 172 acres of land in this county and 440 acres in Greene County.  Holds office of School Director.  He married Miss Mary M. Ferguson in 1862; she was born in Pennsylvania; has one daughter--Cora; lost one daughter--Katie.

Elliot, L. W., principal public school at Stanwood; born in Pennsylvania in 1854; came to this county in 1863; has been engaged in teaching five years.  He married Miss Mary E. Potter in 1876; she was born in New York.

Erskine, N. N., farmer, Section 14; Post Office Stanwood; born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1831; came to this county February 28, 1867; owns 240 acres of land.  Has held office of School Director.  He married Miss Jane Forsythe in 1854; she was born in Ireland; has four children--John T., William G., Elmer T. and Edward P., and one adopted daughter--Anne Fee.

Farrington, Phillip, farmer, Section 4; Post Office Stanwood.

Fee, R. V., carpenter, Stanwood.

Ferguson, J., farmer, Section 15; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Ferguson, J. H., Section 20; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Ferguson, Wm., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Stanwood; born in Pennsylvania in 1835; came to this county in 1856;  owns 160 acres.  He married Miss Mary E. Strauser in 1870; she was born in Ohio; has two children--Ida May and Victor L.

Finley, J., farmer, Section25; Post Office Stanwood.

Foley, Dennis, farmer, Section 21; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ireland May 26, 1830; came to this county in 1862; owns 150 acres.  He married Miss Julia Hanlon in 1857; she was born in Ireland; has seven children--Hannah, Ellen, Maggie, Mary, Julia, John, Kate.

Gates, W. H., station agent, Stanwood.

Gardnier, John, E., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in England in 1840; came to this county in 1857; owns 120 acres of land; he enlisted in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Calvary in the late war, and was at the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hills and siege of Vicksburg; was with Gen. Banks on the Red River expedition; was taken prisoner and after his surrender was shot and suffered the loss of his left arm, and after being held as prisoner three months was paroled.  He married Miss Hannah Willfred in 1868; she was born in this county; has four children--William, Frances, George and Arthur.

George, J., farmer, Section 16; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Graft, W. S., livery and feed stable, Stanwood; born in Butler County, Ohio, 1848; came to this county in 1868.  He married Miss Sarah Van Ausdale in 1870; she was born in Kentucky; has two children--Abraham and Annie.

Haddox, Jacob, farmer, Section 9; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Hanlon, Timothy, farmer, Section 22; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ireland in 1826; came to this country in 1851, and settled in Kings County, New York.    In 1876 he came this county; he owns eighty acres of land.  He married Miss Margaret Lahan in 1857; she was born in Ireland; has eight children--Cornelius, Michael, William, Johanna, Daniel, Margaret, Hannora, Minnie; lost three.

Harbaugh, J., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Stanwood.

Hart, C., farmer, Section 15; Post Office Stanwood.

Hart, Lewis, farmer, Section 2; Post Office Stanwood; born in Michigan in 1837; came to this county in March 1867; owns 120 acres; has held office of School Director.  He married Miss Lucy A. Sexton in September, 1858; she was born in Canada; has four children--Ellen, Horace, Walker and Wallace.

Hart, Jerome, farmer, Section 22; Post Office Stanwood; born in Pennsylvania in 1832; came to this county in 1860; owns 160 acres of land; has held offices of Town Trustee and School Director.  He enlisted in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the late war and served three years; was at the battles of Champion Hills, Black River, Siege of Vicksburg and was with Gen. Banks in the Red River Expedition and at the battle of Pleasant Plains and Sabine Cross Roads.  Married Miss Cordelia Rickard in 1859; she was born in New Hampshire; has four children--Jeanette, Ellis, Zora and Tillie.

Hatcher, T. N., carpenter, Section 18; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Hartle, E., saloon; Post Office Stanwood.

Heisler, A.

Helmer, W. M., banker; Mechanicsville; born in Indiana in 1833; came to this county in 1860; has been engaged in farming and merchandising previous to engaging in his present business.  He is associated with J. S. Gartner, under the firm name of Helmer & Gartner.  He married Miss Matilda Cameron in 1867; she was born in Carroll County, Ohio; has two children--Almira and Williamson.

Hennasy, C., Post Office Stanwood.

Hibbard, O.D., saloon; Post Office Stanwood.

High, T., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Hills, J. W., farmer, Section 22; Post Office Stanwood.

Hines, F., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Hines, J. P., farmer, Section 17; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Hines, L., laborer, Section 4; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Hines, L. R., farmer, Section 7; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in Ohio in 1823; came to this county in 1855; lived in Illinois twelve years previous to this removal to this county.  He owns eighty acres of land in this county and ninety-three and a half acres in Story County.  Has held office of School Director and Town Trustee.  He married Miss Abagail Dymon in 1843; she was born in Pennsylvania; has seven children--Henry, Frank, George, Ellen, Myron, Leonard and Charles.

Hinman, W., farm hand; Post Office Stanwood.

Hoag, Henry, stock dealer; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in New York in 1831; came to this county in 1860; has been engaged in merchandising, grain and stock dealing since that time.  He married Miss Carrie Rice in 1863; she was born in New York; has three children--George, Jessie and Hattie; lost one daughter--Jennie.

Hoyman, H. S., farmer, Section 24; Post Office Stanwood.

Houghton, Simon R., proprietor of Houghton Hotel, Stanwood; born in Guilford, Vermont, January 10, 1819.  He lived ten years in Ohio, and came to this county in 1855.  Has served two terms as County Supervisor, also as School Director and Assessor.  He married Miss Phoebe J. Sergeant in 1840; she was born in New Jersey.

Houser, J., farmer, Section 19; Post Office Mechanicsville.

Howe, N., farmer, Section9; Post Office Stanwood.

Hunt, Chas. H., physician and surgeon, Stanwood; born in Yates County, New York in 1850; graduated at the Chicago Medical College in 1874, and came to this county the same year.

Inks, Wm.,   farmer, Section 15; Post Office Mechanicsville; born in England in 1830; came to this country in 1835, and to this county in 1860.    He owns 123 acres of land, and is the President of the Cedar County Agricultural Society.  He has ever taken a great interest in  educational matters, and has been a School Director for the past fifteen years.  He married Miss Rebecca J. Sherman in 1854; she was born in Ohio.

 

 
 

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