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ship, and is recognized in his community for his public spiritedness and sterling business qualifications.

DICKERSON, AMON C.-Farmer, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Richland county, Ohio, April 6, 1855. When quite young his father moved to Iowa and settled in Marion county on the farm he occupied at his death, which occurred August 11, 1875. Amon has been identified with the interests of this county nearly all his life, and is a part of its history. He spent his early life in assisting his father on the farm and attending school By close application and attention to his studies he has acquired a liberal education and gained a good name. He was married the fourth day of February, 1880, to Clara Riggs, born in Marion county, May, 1858.

TREMONT HOUSE-Knoxville. This hostelry is under the management of B. F. DIXON, an urbane and genial landlord, who caters to the traveling public in a manner that indicates experience. The Tremont, ander his supervision, is taking a front rank with the Iowa hotels.

DONLEY, J. M.-Money-broker and stock-dealer. Among the live business inen of Knoxville may be mentioned Mr. Donley. He was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, on the fourteenth day of March, 1841, and was raised in his native State. His early life was that of a farmer boy. In 1865 he moved to Illinois and settled in Warren county and engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1867 he came to this county and has since been closely identified with its business interests. He owns 370 acres of farming land, and as a business man is prompt and energetic, and is endowed with rare good sense, and a well balanced mind. He was married in 1872, to Miss Helen M. Miller, a native of this county. They have two children: Chatham and Blanche.


DONLEY, L. O.-Farmer, stock-raiser and dealer, Sec. 28, P. O. Doney. Among the prominent stock-men and real estate owners is the subject of this sketch. He is the son of Patrick and Margaret Donley, natives of Pennsylvania, and was born in Greene county of that State, October 27. 1834, was raised to manhood and educated in his native State, his early life being that of a farmer boy. The first of January, 1857, found him in Marion county, which at that time was in a comparatively crude state. passed through the usual ordeal of roughing it, which was incidental to the farm-openers of that day. He is not an amateur in his branches of industry, but combines the practical with the theoretical, and his success in life may be inferred from the fact that he commenced in moderate circumstances, and by untiring industry and skillful management has identified himself with the stalwarts of the county. Donley Station, on the C., B. & Q. R. R., a few miles west of Knoxville, is located on his land and derived its name from the subject of this sketch; it is considerable of a corn market, Mr. D. handling the greater portion of this article of traffic. His landed estate consists of 900 acres. On the fifteenth of March, 1864, Miss Mary Davenport. of Marion county, became his wife. Their union has been blessed by four children: Louann, Millie, P. H. and Sally Margaret. Mrs. Donley is the daughter of Daniel and Alzira Davenport, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Tennessee, of which State Mrs. D. is also a native. When Mary was quite young the family removed to Coles county, Illinois, where, in 1850, she was deprived of her father by death, after which the mother, with a family of nine children, the subject of the biography being the third oldest, emigrated to Iowa, their mode of traveling was, as the custom of the time, a horse team and covered wagon. To

the sturdy pioneer of the masculine gender an undertaking of this kind would not seem so desperate, but to a woman with a large family, the reader will perceive that it required more than ordinary courage and self-reliance. Thus they wended their way until Warren county was reached, and after a brief sojourn returned as far as Marion, where, the same year, they located. The trials and inconveniences they had to contend with were numerous in the extreme. Mrs. Davenport, well advanced in years, is still a resident of Marion county, living at Pella. Mrs. Donley for a number of years pur sued the vocation of school teaching, being one of the pioneer educators of the county. She inaugurated the first Sunday-school in the vicinity of Red Rock, holding the same in the Rees' school-house, where she was employed. During her long sojourn she has identified herself with the educational, religious and moral advancement of the county. She is a lady possessed of those graces of mind and person that have endeared her to a large circle of acquaintances. As a writer she has attained considerable celebrity in the literary world. To her we are indebted for several incidents and reminiscences.

DOWNS, A.-Prominent as one to whom central Iowa owes a debt of gratitude for the interest taken in the improved stock of its horses is A. Downs. He was born in Ohio on the ninth day of July, 1823, and raised there on a farm. He learned the trade of tanner in his youth. In 1853 he emigrated to Iowa and settled in Mahaska county, where he lived for twelve years, engaged in farming. In 1865 he moved to Keokuk county and remained there for thirteen years, and on the twenty-third day of October, 1878, he came to Knoxville. He married Miss Elizabeth E. Sanders in 1847; she was born in Kentucky. Mr. Down's horses are among the finest in this county and of the purest blood.

DWARDS, THOMAS S.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 6, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, July 24, 1822. Is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Edwards, natives of North Carolina, and among the early settlers of Illinois, Mr. E. being present at the laying out of the town of Springfield. He was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, and in the Black Hawk War was a captain in the regiment that Lincoln was colonel of. He died in 1870, at Neponset, Illinois, after an active public career. The subject of this sketch was raised to manhood and educated in his native State, spending many years at Clary's Grove. In 1877 came to Marion county and has since been a resident. In his palmier days Mr. Edwards led a life of dissipation, but for the past few years has been actively engaged in the temperance cause. He is a member of the Methodist Church.

ELLIOTT, J. B.-Attorney and capitalist. Was born in Mahoning county, Ohio, on the second day of January, 1852, and resided there until seventeen years of age. In 1869 he came to Iowa and settled in Knoxville. He received his education in the common schools and in Poland Union College. Having made choice of law as a profession he entered the office of Anderson & Collins, and after preparing himself was admitted to the bar in 1876. Politically he is a Democrat, and was elected as their standard-bearer to represent them in the Sixteenth General Assembly, and the manner in which he filled the position, and the satisfaction given to his constituents may be inferred from the fact that he was re-elected to the Seventeenth Assembly, and what is more remarkable, he was the youngest member in both Assemblies. He married Miss Nora Miller

in 1878. She is a daughter of A. B. Miller, one of the pioneers of the county They have one daughter, Helen.

ELY, D. C.-Öf the firm of Kruck & Ely, merchants. Was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, on the twenty-first day of August, 1834. and lived in this and Schuylkill counties until seventeen years of age, and in 1852 emigrated to Marion county, Iowa, and settled in Liberty township He engaged in teaching school until the outbreak of the Rebellion, and in June, 1861, enlisted in company E, Sixth Iowa infantry, and after serving faithfully two years, was discharged on account of disability. He returned home and engaged in general merchandise until 1871, and then entered the field of journalism, and was the editor of the Marysville Miner, and continued in this position for two years, and after spending one year at Chariton, Lucas county, came to Knoxville in 1874 and engaged in his present business. In 1864 he was married to Miss Sarah A. Weaver, of Circleville, Ohio. Mrs. Ely died in July, 1866, leaving one son, Eugene E. He married for his second wife Miss Mary E. Nash, a native of Keene, New Hampshire. By this union they have three children: Charles D, Hiram O., Fred J.

ERB, ABRAHAM-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 19, P. O. Pleasantville. This Erb is of German species, and a production of Ashland county. Ohio, the date of its orign being December 19, 1839. It blossomed and grew rapidly, like all the better qualities of herbs, and in its tenth year was transplanted in Kosciusko, Indiana, by the parents, Abraham and Saloma Abe Jr. was raised to manhood and educated in Indiana. His early life was employed in tilling the soil. On the twenty-second of August, 1862 he enlisted in company K, Seventy-fourth Indiana volunteer infantry. His first engagement was at Murphysville, Kentucky, where he was taken pris oner: was subsequently paroled. Was at Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, with Sherman on his march to the sea, Mission Ridge, Lookont Mountain, and others. Was promoted to sergeant in 1864, in which capacity he was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Returned to Indiana, thence to Marion county, his present home, where his parents had preceded him. He married, in 1866, Miss A. E. Neal, a native of Dane county, Wisconsin, daughter of G. D. and J. M. Neal, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Alabama. Mrs. Erb was born July 29, 1846. They have three chldren: Ira G., George S. and Mary A. J. His estate consists of 330 acres. As a soldier, citizen, and farmer, few men have a better record than Mr. Erb. By his genial and affable demeanor he has won hosts of friends. Politically, he has been a life-long Republican.


AST, J. J.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 11, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Ashland county, Ohio, November 26, 1826. When he attained his majority he came to Iowa to purchase land. In 1859 he moved on to the farm he now owns. He was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, and has ever been one of its staunch supporters and liberal contributors. His early life was spent upon the farm. By industry and close application to his studies while young, he acquired a good common education. Assiduously following his occupation, that of an agriculturalist, he has accumulated considerable wealth. He was married August 10, 1848, to Sarah Bidinger, born in Columbiana county, Ohio, No. vember 8, 1826. Have one child, Erastus (born August 16, 1866).

FEE, G. W.--Farmer and stock-raiser, Secs. 35 and 36, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Crawford county, Indiana, October 11, 1846. He is the son


of the pioneer, Christopher C. Fee. When G. W. was in his fifth year be emigrated with his parents to Marion county, where he was raised to manhood, receiving the benefits of the Marion county schools. He has always been a farmer and, being a man of practical ideas, has made it a success. On the 6th of September, 1867, he married Miss Mary Emily Wartel, of Marion county. She is the daughter of John B. and Lucinda M. Warfel. They have a family of three children: Charles L, George A. and Lillie Belle. His landed estate consists of 169 acres. He is an enterprising goahead man, which is characteristic of the Fee family.

FEE, J. H.--Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 10, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Shelby county, Indiana, February 26, 1836. His parents were Christopher and Susan. They were among the early setters of that State. When J. H. was in his ninth year he removed to Van Buren county, in 1846, being among the early settlers; then came to Marion county in 1849. On July 9, 1857, he married Miss Mary A. Terry, of Marion county. They have a family of eight children: Jerome T., Amanda A., Joseph H., S. A., Chris. L., Charles L., Daniel W., S. L. His farin consists of 123 acres, well located in close proximity to Knoxville.

FEE, C. C.--Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 2, P. O. Knoxville. This pioneer_was born in Virginia, July 5, 1808. His parents, Henry and Nellie Fee, were natives of that State. C. C. was raised to manhood in the State of his birth, receiving a very limited education. His vocation in early life was working in tobacco and cotton; in winter would be engaged in distilling. About the time he attained his majority removed to Shelby connty, Indiana, residing there seventeen years; thence to Crawford county, which was his home until 1849, when he caine to lowa, locating in Marion. His estate consists of 300 acres. Few men who have been residents of the county for thirty years can show a clearer record for honesty and integrity than "Old Kit Fee, as he is usually called. In 1833 he married Miss Susan Means, of North Carolina. They have, by this union, thirteen chil. dren: Joe Henry, Elizabeth A., Lucinda, John F., Aleck J., Geo. W., c. C. Jr., James A., Eliza, William, Charles E., Franklin, Martha A.

FEE, JAMES A.–Farmer, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Marion county, lowa, December 12, 1850. His early life was that of a farmer.boy, assisting his father on the farm during the summer season and attending school during the winter. By close application to his studies and persevering energy succeeded in obtaining a fair school education. Was married March 6, 1878, to Marcella Beliel; born in Canada, in April, 1854.

FEE, JOHN F.--Farmer, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Crawford county, Indiana, August 11, 1841. When young his father emigrated to Iowa and settled in Van Buren county, and lived there ten years and then carne to Marion county. He was raised on a farm and has followed it as an occupation. During the late war he enlisted in the Fortieth Iowa volunteer infantry August 12, 1862, and served three years. He was inustered out as color bearer in 1865. He participated in the battles of Saline River, Jenkins' Ferry, Little Rock, and others of less importance. After he was mustered out of the service he returned to his home and engaged in his former avocation. He married Miss S. O. Clark in 1867. She is a native of Dade county, Georgia. They have two children living.

FERGUSON, R. C.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Secs. 20 and 29, P. O. Knoxville. This Hawkeye agriculturist was born in Mahaska county, Scott township, March 15, 1853, and is the son of William and Elizabeth Fergu


son. They were natives of Indiana, and were among the pioneers of Ma. haska county, coming in 1840. R. C. is the youngest of a family of six. He was raised to manhood, and educated in his native county, and towoship, following the profession of his father, that of tarming. In 1876 he came to Marion county, and engaged in farming. On the ninth of August

. 1877, he married Miss Josephine Tannehill, a native of Marion county. Her father lost his life in the late Rebellion, and her mother died when Josephine was an infant. They have two children by this union: Lillian Ethel and Mytle Ora. His estate consists of 120 acres of fine land. His house, which is a model of neatness, indicates comfort and prosperity. He makes a specialty of stock-raising, and keeps grades that will average well with the majority of Marion county stock.

FRUSH, F. M.-Of the firm of Johnson & Frush, merchants, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, on the second day of April, 1822, and, when young, was taken by his parents to Ohio, where the subject of our sketch was raised. He was raised a farmer, and made the best use of his educational advantages, and prepared himself for a teacher, which he followed for a considerable period as an occupation. In 1850 he came to this county; and in 1851 was elected county surveyor, and served in this capacity four years. In 1855 he was elected county judge, and held that office six and one-half years. He was admitted to the bar, and for some years practiced his profession. In 1864 he engaged in his present business, and in which he has been eminently successful. He has been closely identified with the interests of Marion county, and in the building of the court-house. and the school-buildings of the city, he has proved himself an able financier, and one who has guarded well the public interests. He was married in 1857, to Miss Harriet L. Joselyn, a native of Putoam county, Ohio. They have two children: Mattie J. and Frank M.

FRY, JOHN-Farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1819. At the

At the age of eighteen he went to Indiana, where he remained until 1851, when he came to Iowa, and located in Marion county. In 1857 he moved on to the farm he now occupies

. Mr. Fry justly ranks among the foremost farmers of the county. Emigrating to the county with little means, he has, by economy and untiring perseverance and industry, succeeded in accumulating a nice property. Mr. Fry was married, August 12, 1843, to Hannah Davis, who was born in Ohio. They have seven children: Malinda, Mary E., Williarn M., Daniel F., Julia, Ann Eliza and Marion D.

FULLER, E. P.- Farmer and gardner, Sec. 20, P. O. Knoxville. Was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, January 15, 1819; was there raised to manhood, receiving a limited education. When he attained his twenty-first year he caine to Peoria, Illinois, where, on the twenty-sixth of March, 1840. he inarried Miss Sarah A. Richardson, a native of Muşkingum county. Ohio, daughter of Nathaniel and Nancy. In the spring of 1840 they came to Jefferson county, Iowa, and engaged in farming. In April, 1843, Mr.

, Fuller started from Fairtield on foot, on a prospecting tour of what was soon to be the organized .connty of Marion. When he arrived at what is now the John Gainble farm, north of Knoxville, he blazed a number of the trees, as a sign of taken, and with the assistance of a few fur-traders erected a log hut; after which he returned to Jefferson county, and brought up his breaking-team, with which was turned the first furrow of Knoxville township soil. On the third of July, 1843, his family came to his pioneer

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