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Maddy September 24, 1876. Their family consists of one child, Dennis W. (born July 25, 1879). W. F. married Miss Sarah E. Liter, in Marion county. Have one child, Carlton E. (born August 8, 1876). September 7, 1880, W. F. had his left hand taken off while oiling a threshing machine.

MOORE, AARON-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 6, P. O. Durham. Was born in Adams county, Ohio, March 28, 1818, and lived there until fourteen years of age. He then came with his parents to Iroquois county, Illinois, where he lived until 1864, when he moved to Iowa and settled on the place on which he now lives. He has from time to time added to his estate, and now owns about 400 acres of land. His wife, formerly Miss Sarah E. Kindall, was born in Indiana, March 31, 1831. They were married December 3, 1851. Their family consists of ten children: Warren F., William M., Samuel E., Mark B., Merritt E., Aaron R., Loiss C., John S. Frank A. and Oscar. Mark met with a remarkable accident on the night of the fifteenth of June, 1878. He was shot while on his way home from a temperance meeting which was held in Victory school-house. His brother, who was also with him, barely escaped, being hit with but few shot. They were horseback. The one who fired the shot was a guard, who was stationed there for the purpose of catching a horse-thief, Charles Pew, who had stolen horses several times before in this vicinity. The guards were stationed at Moore's bridge by order of the sheriff. Just as the boys crossed the bridge, which is only about 100 rods south of Mr. Moore's residence, the sentinels cried "halt" The boys consented, but before they had time to stop they were fired upon. Mark being on the left side from which the shot was fired received most of the charge. The wound was severe but not fatal. He was struck by three buck-shot; one passed through his left arm near the shoulder, another through his right side, and the other passed through his left cheek, breaking out several teeth, and the upper part of his body was struck with ninety-seven bird-shot, which were counted by Mr. Moore, who vouches for this statement. Whether the deed was owing to carelessness and ignorance of the officers in placing the sentinels, or the recklessness of the sentinel, yet remains to be told.


LNEY, WILLIAM-Carpenter and builder, P. O. Iola. Was born. March 23, 1817, in Chautauqua county, New York, where he lived until four years of age, when he moved to Warren county, Pennsylvania, where he lived until thirteen years of age. He then moved to Washington county, Ohio, and remained there until twenty-one years of age, and in the spring of 1838 he came to Van Buren county, Iowa, where he commenced business as carpenter and builder. Here he lived until the new purchase was made and then moved to Monroe county, Iowa, and took a claim of 160 acres, where he lived nine years, during which time he worked at his trade in Albia. In June, 1852, he moved to Pella, Marion county, where he continued at his business, and for about ten years his family lived on a farm, which was worked by his sons, and in 1875 he moved his family to Pella. He then went to the Pacific coast, where he remained two years, during which time he was in Oregon and Washington Territory. He then returned home and moved his family to his present place in the fall of 1878. His wife, formerly Miss Eliza A. Grum, is a native of New York; was born June 30, 1821. They were married July 18, 1839, in Van Buren county, Iowa. They have six children: Warren, Mary, Jasper, Ervin, Frank and Albert. Lost two, Albert and Cyrus. Warren and Cyrus were

in the late war. Warren enlisted in company B, Third Iowa infantry, in the spring of 1862. He was wounded slightly at the battle of Shiloh and was taken to St. Louis, where he was appointed clerk of the adjutausgeneral's office, in which he served one year. He unexpectedly received a commission from Lincoln as captain of a colored company, number 72, of the United States army, which office he held two years and resigned the buminer of 1866 and returned home to Pella, Iowa. Cyrns was mustered in company F, Eighth lowa cavalry, September 30, 1863, under General Sherman. He served until June, 1865, when he was discharged on account of poor health. He died September 20, 1867.

OLNEY, JASPER-Painter, P. O. Iola. Was born in Albia, Novem. ber 1, 1850, where he lived three years and they came with his parents to Marion county, Iowa. In 1875, while learning his trade in Chicago, be fell from a scaffolding, a distance of thirty feet, breaking two ribs and dislocating his right hip. PARS DARSONS, JAMES S.-Farmer, Sec. 16, P. O. Durham. Was born

in Worcester county, Maryland, July 7, 1828, and reinained in tha: State until he attained the age of ten years, when, with parents, he moved to Dearborn county, Indiana. There remained about three years, wher they became citizens of Van Buren county, Iowa, and there resided about three years, then came to Marion county. He now has 400 acres of good land. He was married to Miss Catharine Giesy, of Indiana, Jannary 1, 1858 She was born April 2, 1836. They have eleven children living: Jasper S Laura J., Marion S., Annie A., James A., Esther C., Albert N., Mary E. Charles T., Herman C. and Estella A. Have lost one.

, , City. Prominent among the old settlers of Marion county is the subject of this brief sketch. Was born in Dearbon county, Indiana, where he lived until seven years of age. He then moved with his parents to Decatur county, where he lived until twenty-four years of age, then moved to Shelby county where he lived until February, 1848, when he came to Marion connty, Iowa, and settled near the present site of Bethel City. There he remained until the spring of 1865, when he moved and settled on his present farm, which consists of 287 acres of land, most of which is under cultivation and is good farming land. He married Miss Malinda Devore, who was born on the 12th day of November, 1823, in Indiana. They were married June 18th, 1843. Their family consists of six children living: Matilda J., Wm. B., Eliza E., Rachel R., Sabry and Mary. They have los four: Sarah, Samnel, Ebenezer and John TRIBLING, JAMES— Farmer, Sec. 15, P. O. Tracy. Is one of the oldest

settlers of this section of the county. Was born in Clark county, Kentucky, in March, 1804. Here he lived motil about twenty-five years of age when he moved to Parke county, Indiana, lived there five years, and then moved to Fountain county, where he lived thirteen years. In the fail of 1849 Mr. Stribling came to this State and settled in Marion county on his present place, where he still lives. He now owns 105 acres of land, about 75 acres of which are well improved. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Curtis in August, 1828. Mr. and Mrs. Stribling have lived devoted

, Christian lives from their youth up. They raised a family of six children, all of whom are living except one. Their names are: Lucinda S., Mary A., Jno. C., Susan E., Wm. L. and Catherine O. Jno. C. enlisted in the late war of the Rebellion August 9th, 1862, and served his country eleven


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months. He died at Vicksburg, July 11th, 1863. Mrs. Stribling departed this life April 27th, 1879.

HISSELL, O. S.-Farmer, Sec. 32, P. O. Bethel City. Was born in De Witt county, Illinois, October 10th, 1841. When eight years of age he moved with his parents to Mahaska county, Iowa, and settled at Bellefontaine, then called Tally's Ford. While there he engaged in the mercantile business. He moved to his present location in 1872, and now owns 1834 acres of land, 160 acres of which are in cultivation. Has been twice married: first, to Miss Anna Gordon, of Pennsylvania, November 15, 1865, and had six children: William, Frank, L., Clara, Thomas and Florence. Miss S. Ruple, of Marion county, became his second wife December 25th, 1878.

VISSER, G.-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 19, P. O. Pella. Was born in July, 1816, in South Holland, and was raised there on a farm. He spent five years in the Holland army. He crossed the ocean in 1847 with the Holland colony and settled in Pella. Resided there three years working for H. P. Scholte. He then engaged in farming for himself on Skunk River, and moved from there to the farm on which he now resides in 1852. He owns 145 acres, 60 acres of which are improved, and on which he has good and comfortable buildings. He also owns a first-class ferry on the river near his farm and is always ready to accommodate the wants of the people. He married Miss J. Keeple in 1849. By this union they have six children: Martin, Jane, John, William, Dennis and Gertie.


HALEY, J.-Farmer, Sec. 4, P. O. Durham. Was born in Morgan county, Ohio, July 31, 1843. Moved from there while young with his parents to Henry county, Iowa, where they lived two years, and then came to Marion county, Iowa, in the fall of 1845, and settled in Clay township, where he was raised and still lives. He owns 191 acres of land, on which has been found one of the best stone quarries in the country, from which stone has been used for building purposes in Knoxville, Des Moines and many of our Western cities. It is widely known as a superior quality of stone for all finishing as well as building purposes. Mr. W. also finds coal, to a considerable extent, on his place. His farm is also well adapted to the raising of corn and other grain. He now holds the office of town clerk; has also served as assessor for three years. He owns one share in the co-operative store at Durham Station. He was married to Miss Ellen D. Larew, August 10, 1876, by Rev. E. H. Waring. They have one daughter, Sylvia; one, Alta, died while young.

WISE, JOHN-Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 10, P. O. Durham. The subject of this brief sketch was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1813, where he was raised and lived until about twenty-two years of age, when he came to Burlington, Iowa, where he remained two years, then moved to Van Buren county, where he lived five years, when he came to Marion county, Iowa, the spring of 1842, and settled on his present place where he has since lived. He owns 267 acres of land. His wife, formerly Miss Sarah Long, is a native of Pennsylvania, born March 5, 1818. They were united in marriage March 24, 1834. Their family consists of seven children: Titus (born March 13, 1837), Sarah J., Edward, George F., Wiliiam, Richard and Columbus. Titus enlisted in company F, Fortieth Iowa infantry, and was under Generals Steele, Grant and Asbury. He served two years and six months; was discharged February 14, 1865, on ac

count of general disability, and returned home to Iowa. He married Vis Zillma E. Morris December 10, 1861. Their family consists of five child ren living: Mary F., John E., Jessie R., Bertha L. and Allen F. Edwar W. Wise enlisted in the service of his county August 9, 1862, in company F, Fortieth Iowa infantry, and after serving his country faithfully nears two years, he died at Memphis, Tennessee, October 13, 1864.

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ing physicians and most prominent citizens of Otley, where, in addtioh to his practice, he is engaged in the drug business. His grandfathe was a soldier in the Revolution. His father, who was of Dutch-Irish de scent, was born near Wheeling, Virginia, fought in the War of 1812 and married Nancy Connel, a lady of Scotch-Irish extraction, born in Kentucky, who bore him three boys and three girls. Our subject was born April 3, 1830, in Champaign county, Ohio, where he was raised on a farm and educated. He emigrated to this county October 10, 1855, and firs settled at Pleasantville, where he entered upon the practice of his profession From the beginning his practice increased very rapidly, and soon extended into surrounding counties. In November, 1875, owing to the absence of railroad conveniences, he left Pleasantville and moved to his present place where he has a practice as large as he can find tiine and strength to attend. The Doctor married in Ohio in 1852, Louisa C. Kavanangh, borc in Champaign county, Ohio, in October, 1833. This lady bore him sir children, and died October 7, 1871. He re-married June 17, 1873, choosing for his second companion Mrs. Saloma Driskell. He owns, besides his basiness, his store and dwelling, and the lots upon which they stand. He is a man highly respected for his business integrity, and a gentleman of fine natural inedical talent, and a great influence. W

ALKER, MILTON K.--Resides in Otley, where he is successfully en

gaged in the business of druggist, his store being one of the largest in the town. His great-grandfather, Robin Walker, came from Ireland, and with his family was among the earliest settlers of Kentucky. His son, Henry, became a well-to-do farmer and slave-owner; married a lady of Irish estraction, who bore him eight children, one of whom was Ellis (the father of our subject), who was born about 1810, and married about 1831, Miss Luvisa Marks. Her father was English and her mother Scotch, and tradition in the family states that her maternal ancestors were distantly related to Mary Queen of Scots. Ellis died about 1838, and his wife died in 1878, having borne four children, two boys and two girls, one of whoin was Mil. ton, the subject of this biography. He was born April 13, 1836, in Boone county, Kentucky, and was raised on a farm and educated principally in Fleming county. In May, 1859, he came to this county and bought 100 acres of unimproved land, four miles northeast of Pleasantville, opon which he settled in the fall of 1861. He enlisted in company H, Fortieth Iowa infantry. in August, 1862; participated in the battles of Jenkin's Ferry, Prairie D'Ann, Arkansas, Siege of Vicksburg, Little Missouri River, Arkansas, and numerous skirmishes, and received his honorable discharge in August, 1865, and returned to this county. Shortly afterward removed to Taylor county, where he farmed for the next six years. At the expiration of this time he came to Otley, and, buying out Wright & Coar, he commenced his present business. Mr. Walker married in June, 1859, Melvina West, who was born in Lewis county, Kentucky. She bore him two chil. dren: Charles and Milton, both of whom are dead, and she died in May, 1863. He re-married October 5, 1865, choosing for his second wife Rebecca E. West, sister of his first wife, who enjoys the distinction of having been among the first born in this township, March 31, 1845. The fruits of this union have been: Denver S. (born July 23, 1867), Lillie E. (born July 12, 1860), Dora M. (born September 24, 1871), Maggie H. (born December 6, 1873, died October 13, 1874), Charles M. K. (born October 16, 1875) and Kittie M. (born August 4, 1878). Mr. W. owns his residence, two town lots, two business houses and a farm of forty-nine acres of choice land, besides his drug store; all of which is unembarrassed. His dwelling is one of the finest and most pleasantly situated in the town, and his home is filled with intelligent, happy children. Mr. W. and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and he is a inan of broad and solid influence in the commun. ity, in both church and business matters.


On page 545, line seven from bottom should read: In 1854 Mr. Barker was elected engrossing clerk in the State Legislature. First line on page 546 should read: He died January 17, 1871. An attempt was made to get this information in time to have it printed in its proper place, which we were unable to do. It is through the kindoess of 'Dr. W. H. Barker that we are able to fill the blanks at this late date.

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