Ida County Iowa Biographies
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Last Updated Wednesday, September 20, 2000 12:00:00 AM
In the spring of
1869, two families, David Warnock and Joseph Ferguson,
were crossing Iowa to settle in Ida County.
The Warnock family had originated in Ireland and had been at
Dubuque Co., Farley, Iowa. They
traveled the distance to Ida County
from Dubuque Co. in a covered wagon, and arrived on June 10,
1869. Only 7 families
resided in Ida County at that time.
Soon after they arrived, they broke the sod on their land.
Harrison Hackett - (Civil War Veteran)
Harrison Hackett, one of the early settlers of Ida County, Iowa,
was born in Orange County, Vermont, May 6, 1832.
He was the son of Emery and Amanda (Hines) Hackett, both natives
of Vermont, with the ancestors coming to this country from England
Henry Lee (Civil War Veteran)
Henry Lee, proprietor of Summit Heights stock farm, near Battle Creek,
Ida County, Iowa, was born near Carlisle, Cumberland County,
Pennsylvania, March 17, 1833. He
was married November 24, 1863 to Maria Fishburn, the daughter of John
and Catherine Fishburn. Henry
and Maria had 4 children: Harry
F., Kate M., Myra M., and Thomas H.
Andrew Preston was a proprietor
of “Bonnie Brae” stock farm and a dealer in shorthorn cattle.
He was born near Dundee in Forfarshire, Scotland, May 8, 1850.
His parents were John and Matilda Preston of Scotland.
When Andrew was nine years old, he came to America and located in
Chicago, Illinois. Then he
went to Dundee, Kane County, Illinois and attended school one winter.
Countryman was a farmer and stock raiser of Section 31, Grant Township,
Ida County, was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in 1841, a son of Peter
and Margaret (Nicholas) Countryman.
He was reared and educated in Rock County, Wisconsin.
He began farming for himself in Linn County, Iowa.
In 1875 he came to Ida County, and was the first settler in what
is now Grant Township (then Maple Township).
He bought 65 acres of raw Iowa land on the West Soldier River.
He at once began improving the land, and erected a small shanty.
After breaking 20 acres, he returned to Linn County to get his
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