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ng for those around him, who were left at home while their husbands or brothers went. After the construction of the Des Moines Valley Railroad he was one of the first parties concerned in getting the station located here, at what is now "Otley," donating for the purpose a large sum of money, and a part of the station ground, giving also several hundred dollars to assist in building the three houses of worship at this place. Mr. Baldwin was for several years a member of the Congregational Church, and a consistent Christian. In politics he was Republican. Mr. Baldwin was never married, having devoted his whole life to the care of his widowed inother, who still survives him at the age of eighty years. Mr. Baldwin was always planning and making improvements around him, and had planted and cultivated several fine groves of trees, both native and foreign; had a comfortable residence, that was a home in every sense of the word. He died suddenly of congestion of the brain, attend by paralysis of the right side, November 27, 1880. C

RUM, I. N.-Of the firin of Crum & Son, dealers in dry goods, gro

ceries, etc., Otley. Is one of the pioneers of Marion county and one worthy of special mention. He was born in Clarke county, Indiana, March 15, 1820, and inoved with his parents to Morgan county, Illinois. Was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1845, when, having an attraction for the Territory of Iowa, he came to Marion county in the spring of that year.

In 1857 he moved to Red Rock and erected what was known as the Buckeye House, being engaged in the hotel business until 1865. He then purchased a store which he operated in Red Rock until the fall of 1868, when he moved stock and building, including residence, to Otley. Here he and his son have been doing a leading business. In connection with their store they have the post-office, the duties of which they have discharged since the spring of 1869. The subject of this sketch is also engaged in agricultural pursuits and deals extensively in stock. His landed estate consists of 460 acres. Miss Sarah M. Harp, of Tennessee, became his wife, January 3, 1811. She was born January 16, 1824. Have two children liv. ing: John P. and William S. JOHN P., a member of the firm, was born in Marion county, Iowa, September 28, 1849. Has been raised and educated in his native county, and is now considered one of its prominent business meni. He was inarried to Miss Allie Rowley, December 21, 1877. She was born in Wapello county, Iowa, October 20, 1853. They have one child, Mand (born November 16, 1878).

CRUM, S. G.–Farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Otley. Was born in Morgan county, Illinois, February 14, 1854, and when about 5 years of age his mother brought him to Marion county, Iowa. She remained but a short time and then returned to Illinois, S. G. being left in care of an uncle, I. N. Crum, by whom he was raised and educated. He owns over 96 acres of land, on which is situated a good house. Ilas abont 150 bearing apple trees. Miss Phebe A. McComas, of Union county, Indiana, became his wite June 25, 1875. She was born May 26, 1853, and reinained in her native county till twelve years of age, when, with parents, she moved to Marion county, Iowa. They have two children living: Charles W. and Effa M. Lost one.

EN BESTE, C.–Of the firm of Wielenga & Den Beste, dealers in

dry goods and groceries, Otley. Is a native of the Netherlands, and was born March 1, 1853. He came to America in the spring of 1863. His occupation was farming until December 24th, 1880, when he embarked in the mercantile trade. He is a man honorable and upright in all his dea. ings. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Mack, March 1, 1978. She was born in Marion county, Iowa, in 1857. Her ancestors were natives of the Netherlands. They have one child living, Frank (born November 1, 1880). One deceased.

DONALDSON, T. M.-Railroad agent and telegraph operator, Otler The subject of this sketch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 1 1855. When about two years of age he, with parents, inoved to Ottaa, Illinois, remaining about six months, when they located on a farın in Luca county, Iowa. There he was mostly raised and educated. In March, 1865 they moved to Marion county: June 2, 1873, he began to learn the art o telegraphing at Otley, where he assisted in the office till May 1, 1875, and since that time has been in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Company and the K. & D. M. Railway. He has discharged his duties as as agent to the satisfaction of the company, and also to the people of this vicinity. TTHERINGTON, R. J.--Farmer, Sec. 32, P. O. Otley. Was born in

, . Marion county, Iowa, December 25, 1850, and is a son of Robert Etherington, who came to this county in an early day, and was here engaged in agricultural pursuits until his demise, August 8, 1875. R. J. hes been raised and educated in this county, has adhered closely to his occupa tion, and now owns 160 acres of land, most of which is improved. Vise Martha Emerson, of Georgia, became his wife November 27, 1873. She was born January 14, 1855. Have four children: William, Nora A., Joho and Julia. FIN FINLEY, Mrs. C.--Sec. 12, P. 0. Otley. Whose maiden name was Cati

. . arine Neal, was born the State of Verinont, June 7, 1824. When quite young, she moved with her parents to Pennsylvania, locating ia Philadelphia county, at which place she was deprived of the care of lie: father by death. She resided here until grown to womanhood, and on the 8th day of April, 1840, became the wife of James Finley, a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Washington county, June 10, 1806, and was there educated at the common schools. When he attained manhood he en: gaged in mercantile business, which he successfully followed until his death. which occurred on the 12th , Jay of January, 1858. In 1860 Mrs. Finler came to Marion county, settling upon her present farm, which contains $

She is a lady of culture and fine domestic habits. The family numbers seven children, five of whom are living: John R., Byron S., Rioland W., Florence E. and Robert F. One son, William P., was a sergeant in company E, First regiment, Excelsior brigade of New York, and was mortally wounded at the battle of Williamsburg, dying May 5, 1862; tras acting as captain at the time of being wounded. He was a graduate of Duff's Mercantile College of Cincinnati, and a young man of more than usual business tact. G IBBONS, LEVI M.-- Sec. 20, P. O. Otley. His paternal grand

mother was from Ireland, where she was raised and inarried to a Mr. Dobbins, who died, and she settled in Pennsylvania, where she married Joseph Gibbons, who was raised in that State, but born in Maryland. He (Joseph Gibbons) was of English-Irish extraction. Ashel was born to them in l'ennsylvania, January 10, 1799, and inarried Mary Satterfield. who was of English-Dutch descent. Her mother was from the Steidman stock known to early American history in connection with Harper's Ferry

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and Winchester. To Ashel and his wife were born five boys and three girls, one of the former being the subject of this biography, who was born May 21, 1821, in Belmont county, Ohio. He was raised in Kentucky, and attended school but nine days, having acquired what practical edncation he has without assistance. He came to this county in August, 1855, and three or four years subsequently bought forty acres of unimproved land, to which he has since added sixty-five acres more.

He married Sarah Hoops, a lady of Dutch lineage, who was born in Belmont county, Ohio. The fruits of their union have been: Mary (married to Samuel Low), Pleasant, Annie (dead), Joseph, and Nimrod (died in extreme infancy). Mrs. Gibbons died in March, 1871. Mr. Gibbons owns 105 acres of excellent farming land, in splendid condition, well stocked and entirely free from debt.

GRAY, JOHN B.-Farmer, Sec. 3, P. O. Monroe. He is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Allegheny county, January 11, 1832. He spent his boyhood days on a farm in his native county. In the

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1864 he volunteered his services in company C, of the Fifth Pennsylvania heavy artillery, and was discharged in about ten months, when he returned to his home in Pennsylvania. In 1866 be moved to Iowa and located in Marion county. He is a model farmer and owns 120 acres of well improved land; his house and surroundings are pleasant and inviting. Was inarried to Miss Minerva Howell, October 25, 1855. She was born December 9, 1835. They have seven children: Sarah L., George 0., Jane H., Catherine M., Annie L., John H., Lottie M. Mr. and Mrs. Grey are members of the United Presbyterian Church.

AMMOND, GEORGE M.-Otlev. Is a dsecendant from Thornas

Hammond, who was one of the first settlers in Hingham, Massachusetts, where land was granted him in 1636. He took the freeman's oath March 9th, 1637. His (Thomas') wife was named Elizabeth Cason, of Lavenham, England. This story is told of her: When young, she took a walk with other youths to the Bank of England to see how money was made. The master of the mint was pleased with her appearance and chat, and gave her an invitation to try her band in making money. She had made some inn. pression upon him, and he was desirious of knowing if she could make an impression on the coin. He placed a piece of silver upon the die, about the size of a half crown. She came forward and grasped the lever, and stamped a fair impression on the coin. He presented her with the piece. It is now possessed by Stephen Hammond, of Roxbury, whose son William, of the eighth generation froin her, is expected to inherit the treasure. Two of his children were baptized in Hingham. He moved to Newton after the birth and baptism of Elizabeth, in the year 1640, September 13th, and Thomas was born March 12th, 1643. In Newton two others were born, Sarah and Nathaniel. The father died September 30th, 1675. His estate was appraised at £1,139, 16s. and 2d. His wife, Elizabeth, was executrix. Four children are named in the will: Saran, who married a Steadman; Elizabeth, who married George Woodward; Thomas and Nathaniel. To Thoinas he gave the homestead and the barn. The following iteins are in the will: Nathaniel was to have one-third part of the fruit of the orchard, year by year, till he have an orchard of his own; and the use of the barn till his brother Thomas helped him build one. The subject of this sketch was born April 2, 1829, and was raised partly on a farm and educated in Summit county, Ohio. At the age of ten years he inoved with his father

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to Licking county, Ohio, where he finished his education at Granville Academy. He started for California, but stopped in Oregon, where in the fall of 1853, he engaged in Indian skiinishes, under General Jarnes Lane: and where, during the winter of 1854-55, he was engrossing and enrolling clerk in the Territorial Legislature, the preceding summer having bee occupied in surveying government lands, under Colonel Ford. During the suminer, fall and winter of 1855 he was again engaged in the Indian we In the spring of 1856 he went to California and engaged in gold mining with moderate success, until the following October, when he returned in steamer by way of the Isthmus of Nicaragua to his family, who had inored to the present site of Otley. He platted a portion of Otley, and was the means of securing its location at this point. In 1860, with others, he took a trip to Pike's Peak, and returned the following fall and engaged in teacting until the spring of 1861, when he went to farming. In June, 1861, L: enlisted in the Jasper Grays, of Jasper comty, which afterward becara company B, of the Fifth Iowa volunteer infantry. Serving two montb more than the time of his enlistment he received his honorable discharge it August, 1864. He opened one of the first coal mines of this townshis Mr. Hammond married, May 5, 1851, Annie Baldwin, who was bor November 19, 1829. His children are Llewellyn B., and John Berr (dead). Mr. Hammond was the first notary public in the township, receir. ing his appointment from Governor Stone.

HENDERSHOT, I. B.- Dealer in grain and live stock, Otley. Was bors in Greene county, Pennsylvania, March 5, 1834. His youth was spent u a farin and his education received in the common schools. In 1863 he be came a citizen of Marion county, and on arriving at his newly adopted home, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He dealt largely in young stock until 1868, when he moved to Otley, and since that tiine has beer engaged in the grain and live stock trade. His elevator has all the moder appliances to facilitate business. Mr. Hendershot was married Februar 28, 1866, to Miss M. E. Harp, a native of Marion county. By this union they have four children: Laura, E., Charles L, Clara B., and Ethel. Los one, a twin of Charles L

HONNOLD, WILLIAM S.--Farmer. Sec. 9, P. O. Otley. Is ot' GermaEnglish extraction, and was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, April 12. 1833. Was there raised and educated, and served an apprenticeship o three years in New Philadelphia, as a printer. Came to this county and entered land in December, 1855, but did not settle until the spring of 155. During the next winter, in company with S. U. Hammond, he revived the Pella Gazette, but in March, 1860, he abandoned that enterprise and moved to Knoxville, where he became associated with Win. Horner in the publication of the Knocville Journal. This was continued until the fa. of 1561, when they sold out, Mr. Horner entering the army. Mr. Honnoli worked in Cincinnati, Chicago and other places until the fall of 1864, when he entered company I, Sixty-seventh Ohio volunteers, and went in front of Richmond, where they wintered. The company participated in the capture o Petersburg, and also of Lee at Appomattox Court-house. Was honorahlı discharged at Richmond, June 24, 1865. Worked at his trade in Chicago until the fall of 1867, when he returned to this township. He owns 19 acres of land well improved. Mr. Honnold was married in Ohio, November 11, 1858, to Martha C. Timmerman, of German ancestry, born Noveinber 19, 1836, in Tuscarawas county, Ohio. She died April 30, 1878, leaving

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three children: William H. (died August 13, 1860), Claude Edgar (died September 27, 1878) and Forrest Belle. This young lady is keeping house for him, she having had the care of the household since the death of her mother.

H. . P. O. Otley. land county, Ohio, June 2, 1832, and was raised and educated in his native county, remaining there until the fall of 1855. Then moved to Warren county, Illinois, where he remained one year;

thence to Marion county, Iowa. In August, 1862, he enlisted in company H, Fortieth Iowa, for three years and was discharged in August, 1865. Was inarried to Miss Elizabeth Washburn, of Highland county, Ohio, December 30, 1852. She was born November 20, 1820. They have had nine children, seven of whom are liv. ing: John W., Mary F., Henry A., Sarah M., Nora T., Jasper S. and Oakley H. Mr. J. and family are inembers of the M. E. Church.

JOHNSTON, CAPT. G. W.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 15, P. O. Otley. Was born in Brownsville, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, September 8, 1832. He was raised and educated in his native town and was engaged in the mercantile business until he attained the age of twenty-one, when he engaged as clerk on a steamer, of which he was soon captain, holding the position until 1868. He drifted westward, locating in Marion county. He engaged in the raising of stock and tilling the soil, and is numbered with the most popular and enterprising men of the county. Miss Mary J. Ew. ing, of Columbiana county, Ohio, became his wife September 30, 1862. She was born March 19, 1837. Six children were the fruit of their union: John 0., George A., William E., Mabel B., Mary J. and Thomas C.

JOHNSON, JACOB—Farmer, Sec. 10, P. O. Otley. Was born in Ashland county, Ohio, December 29, 1827. He lived in his native county until February, 1864, when he moved to Iowa and located in Marion county, where he has been since that time, engaged in agricultural pursnits. Was married to Miss Elizabeth McClellen, of Ohio, June 1, 1862. They have five children living: David, Mary E., Ellis E., Jacob M. and Arminda M. They have lost two.

hotel in the city. His grandfather was born and raised in Ireland, and in early manhood came to America, and settled in Pennsylvania, where he married Miss Hannah' Peas, a lady of American parentage. Their son, George W., was born in Pennsylvania, in 1812. He was a farmer and married Eliza Dickey, a lady of American birth, who bore him ten children, one of whom was John, who was born September 9, 1837, in Bartholomew county, Indiana. When ten years old his father emigrated to this county, landing at Red Rock, in September, 1847. Here he was raised on a farm and educated. The father entered 180 acres of land, upon which the family settled and have lived ever since. He enlisted in company H, of the Fortieth lowa volunteers, August 16, 1862. He participated in the siege of Vicksburg and all skirmishes in the war-record of that company. He received his honorable discharge August 26, 1865, and returned home and recommenced farming. In 1871 he bought a saw-ihill and ran it successfully for nine years. He sold his mill November 1, 1880, and bought the hotel at Otley, of which he took possession the twentieth of the same month and where he is now keeping a good house. He married January 14, 1866, Emiliza Moon, who was born February 13, 1847, in Kentucky. "They have three children: William, Nellie and Minnie. Mr. Karr, an honest, frugal

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