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Biographical Sketch of Henry K. Ferguson

Henry and Eliza Jane (Anspach) Ferguson moved to Silver Creek Township in 1874. They purchased their land several years before the railroad was built through this area and trains went through in October 1877. They bought railroad lands for $6 per acre. There were no doctors or banks in Ida County then. Before the railroad came through Ida Grove, they did their trading at the nearest railroad points at Storm Lake or Denison, hauling the materials by team. He built his house on the Ida County prairie with lumber purchased and hauled from Storm Lake, Iowa. There were no roads then. Each man had to make his own tracks across the unfenced wild lands of Iowa. Blizzards on the prairie were very trying with the snow blowing deep due to lack of trees and fences. When their grain had to be taken to Durst’s mill down on the Maple River near the present town of Battle Creek to have the grain ground into flour, they traveled by lumber wagon. In 1876, a scourge of grasshoppers swept down the Maple River Valley in Ida County stripping the corn of leaves and silk. The corn then shriveled and dried up. Many people went back to their old homes because they feared starvation. The next spring when the grasshopper eggs hatched, they suddenly took wing and flew away. Henry and Eliza Jane had one daughter,...

Biography of Alytte R. Dunn

Alytte R. Dunn, known as Ale, a farmer and stock-raiser of section 23, Logan township, Ida County, was born in Scott County, Iowa, in 1854, a son of A.R. and Margaret (Grace) Dunn, natives of Ohio and New York, respectively. When a young man the father located in Allen’s Grove, Scott Co., IA, and at that time Davenport contained only seven log houses. He was married in that county, where he was engaged in farming until 1890, and in that year the parents went to California. They still reside in that State. The grandparents of our subject, John and Eleanor Dunn, were among the early pioneers of Scott Co., IA, where they afterward died. Grandfather Grace removed from New York to Scott County in the early settlement of that locality, where he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Dunn were the parents of five children, viz.: Amzey, married, and resides in Cherokee Co., IA; Alice, wife of Alvin Fowles of Sac County; Jerry, who resides near Trenton, Hitchcock Co., NE; A..R. our subject; and John, married and also resides in Hitchcock County. A.R. Dunn, the subject of this sketch was reared and educated in his native county, where he was early inured to farm labor. In 1877 he entered land in Silver Creek and Galva townships, Ida Co., IA, where he remained until 1881, and in that year purchased 100 acres of raw land in Logan township. His land is now well improved, and in the all of 1882 he erected a fine residence, and in 1890 a good barn, 28 x 23 feet. Mr....

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