Ida County Iowa Biographies
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He located at Ida Grove, Iowa, August 20,
1877. He was born in Cedar County, Iowa, July 18, 1856, son of Samuel
and Mary (Ranck) Heilman. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania and
of German descent. He was reared in Iowa, received his literary
education at Cornell College and took his medical course at the Medical
College of Ohio at Cincinnati, graduating at the latter institution in
He was an Assessor of Hayes
Township, Ida County, Iowa, and was born in Sweden in 1858. He was the
son of Frederic and Sophia (Anderson) Eckman, natives of Sweden. Edward
was reared and educated in the schools of Sweden and De Kalb County,
Illinois, arriving there in 1875. He was engaged in farm labor and in
1878 located on his farm in Hayes Township, Ida County, which he
purchased in 1876. He served as Road Supervisor for 4 years for Hayes
Township, as Constable two years, and was Assessor beginning 1890. He
had a brother Peter, a sister Augusta (wife of Ben Larson of Hayes
Township); Christine (Mrs. Charles Gran of De Kalb County, Illinois);
and a brother Swanter.
Enoch Jones, a well-known citizen of
Battle Creek, Iowa, was a resident of Ida County since 1883, and of
Iowa, since 1852. He was born in Bourbon County, Ky., March 6, 1825. He
was reared and educated in Kentucky, and learned the trade of
He was the proprietor of the Rink Livery,
Sale & Feed Barn, Battle Creek, Iowa. The building was 30 x 80 feet,
well arranged, and equipped throughout. Mr. Miller kept a full line of
carriages and buggies, with ten to sixteen good driving horses, speedy
and gentle. His kind courtesy to patrons secured for him a good trade.
He lived in Section 21, Silver Creek Township
and was a stock raiser. He was born in the Emerald Isle, in Tyrone
County on November 12, 1838. He was the oldest of 8 children born to
Thomas and Phoebe (Cook) Anderson, natives of Ireland. He was educated
in the common schools of Ireland, coming to America in 1871. He located
first in Delaware County, Iowa, for 5 years and then came to Ida County
to live on the same farm when he located in Ida County. He kept buying
land until he owned a section, 640 acres. Silver Creek runs through the
section of land.
James H. Fair was born in County Tyrone,
Ireland, in 1853, son of Thomas and Mary Ann Fair, natives of Ireland,
and descendants of Scotch ancestry. At the age of 20, he came to
America. He settled in Delaware County, Iowa, in 1873.
Hotel Rinehart was one of the hostelries
of Battle Creek, Iowa, situated a short distance from the railroad
depot. It had 14 bright, cheery, neat and comfortable rooms and was
inviting to the dusty, fatigued traveler. There was a restaurant and
lunch counter where the best of meals and all temperance drinks were
Mr. & Mrs. R. C. Newland were married
March 20, 1856, in Bedford, Indiana, which was also their birth place.
Mrs. Newland's maiden name was Catherine J. Swan and she was born August
17, 1834. Mr. Newland was born Dec. 24, 1836.
He was a farmer residing near Holstein,
Iowa, in Battle Township in Ida County, 1883. He was a native of
Muskingum County, Ohio, born December 21, 1835. His limited education
was received in a log schoolhouse, built with puncheon floor and slab
seats. He came to Ida County in 1883. He married Agnes Miller of Pa., a
daughter of Michael and Jane (Currey) Miller of Pa. They had 5 children:
Samuel L. of Holstein, Ia.; Jacob E.; Leila; Henry C.; and Nora (a
teacher in Ida County, Ia.).
He came to Ida County in 1877 and was
identified with the contracting and building interests in Ida Grove,
Iowa. He located there when the town was just starting and put up many
of the best buildings in the city. Thomas Bassett and his son, William
H., were partners for a number of years.
He was an attorney-at-law in Ida
Grove, Iowa, and was a resident of Ida County since 1879. He was born in
Keyesville, Clinton County, New York, August 15, 1839, and reared in
Canada East until 14 years of age. In July 1861, being in the state for
a visit, he enlisted in Co. C., 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and
re-enlisted in the same company and regiment in January 1864 and served
until the close of the war. He was twice slightly wounded. He was a
member of the G.A.R., Matthew Gray Post No. 93. He was a Past Commander.
In 1883, he turned his attention to the law and was admitted to the
practice of law by the Supreme Court of Iowa. He was married at the
close of the war to Rachael Tiser, a native of Ohio. They had 5
children: James E. of Fort Omaha, Nebraska; Emma E., wife of S. W.
Kiner, editor of the Ida County Watch; William F., a blacksmith and
machinist; Agnes May; and Minnie E. He was Clerk of the District Court
of Ida County, Iowa.
Emeline J. Harris daughter of Samuel B. and
Mary (Eastman) Harris, was born in Licking Co., Ohio; married Samuel
Allison, March 2, 1852, by whom she has had eight children: Oscar H.
Allison, born January 2, 1853; Anna L. Allison, born August 8, 1854;
Mary E. Allison, born March 8,1857; Minerva Allison, born April 14,
1859; Laura E. Allison, born May 4, 1862; Frank E. Allison, born April
He was born in Onondaga County, New York,
November 6, 1837, and was raised on a farm. In 1872, he came to Iowa and
bought land in Maple Township, Ida County, Iowa. Mr. Baird was married
at age of 30 to Harriet Conover, daughter of Isaac Talmage, in Scholarie
County, New York. Their child was Edmund C. Baird.
C. C. Van Houten lived on a farm near Battle Creek, in Maple Township,
Ida County, Iowa, and was identified with the agricultural interests of
this place since 1882. Mr. Van Houten was born in Clarion County, Pa.,
April 24, 1856.
H. C. Dall lived in Maple Township, Ida
County, Iowa and was a resident since 1881. He was born in that portion
of Denmark which became a part of Germany in 1864. The date of his birth
was July 31, 1845. He was the son of C. H. and Elizabeth (Iverson) Dall.
He was raised in Denmark, attending school from the time he was seven
until he was fourteen. In 1872, at the age of 27 years, he left his
native land and came to America and settled in Lee County, Illinois. He
engaged in farming on rented land.
He was of Corwin Township, Ida County,
Ida Grove, Iowa, and settled here in 1882. He was born in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania on October 13, 1854.
He was a farmer of Battle Township, Ida
County, Iowa, Section 23, and was born in Crawford County, Ohio, on
April 19, 1846. When George was a lad of 10 years, his family came to
Iowa and located near Lowden in Cedar County, later moved to Wheatland,
Clinton County. In 1883, he came to Ida County and settled on new land.
His cottage home is 14 x 20 feet, with an L, 14 x 16 feet. Georgeís
father was John Grouell and his mother was Christena Weaber, natives of
Mr. Payne was born in Clay County,
Indiana, in 1851 and was the son of William Benjamin and Malinda (Sturdevant)
Payne. He was reared and educated in Boone County, Iowa. May 18, 1875 he
purchased prairie land in Section 20, Hayes Township, Ida County, Iowa.
Two years later he erected a small house and began farming the land. In
1890 he built a fine, frame residence. He assisted in organizing and
naming Hayes Township in 1878, which was taken from Corwin Township. He
organized the school districts and was Secretary of the Board during the
erection of six school buildings. The lumber for the first building was
hauled from Denison, Ia. He was one of the original settlers of Hayes
He came to the Battle Creek, Iowa, Ida
County, in 1872 to farm. He was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, June 27,
1857, son of John and Matilda (Hill) Preston. His parents are from
Scotland and they reared a family of eight children with John being the
7th born. He received a good education in his native land, and clerked
in a drug store for a short time at Dundee, Scotland. In 1872, when he
was 15, he came to America to Ida County where he had two brothers,
Andrew and James C. Here he went to school in the winter. He worked for
his brothers for 5 years, and afterward for E. P. Smith.
He is a citizen of Battle Creek, Ia., Ida
County, and an ex-soldier of the Civil War. He was born in Ashtabula
County, Ohio on September 22, 1837. He was raised on a farm in the
Territory of Iowa, Linn County. He had his school lessons in a primitive
log schoolhouse of Iowa. In 1862, he answered Lincolnís call for more
men for the Civil War. In 1881 he came to Ida County and bought a tract
of land in Grant Township and engaged in farming.
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