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Biography of S. M. Elrick, Jr.

S. M. Elrick, Jr., owning and operating a valuable and productive farm of seventy-seven acres in Valley township, was born in Henry county, Illinois, on the 18th of February, 1864, his parents being S. M. and Margaret (Ferlhing) Elrick, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. The year 1868 witnessed their arrival in Page county, Iowa, and here they subsequently purchased a tract of land. Both the father and mother still survive, being now residents of Minnesota. Of their family of eleven children, the following are yet living: S. M., of this review :H. C., of New Mexico; F. P., who makes his home in Minnesota; J. C., living in Page county; and H. C., likewise a resident of Minnesota. S. M. Elrick, Jr., attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained at home until he had attained his majority. He then took up veterinary work and successfully devoted his attention to that profession for fifteen years. Subsequently He worked on the railroad for three years and in 1900 purchased his present farm of seventy -seven acres in Valley township, to the cultivation and improvement of which he has since given his time and energies. He has won a gratifying and well merited measure of prosperity in the conduct of his agricultural interests and is widely recognized as one of the successful farmers and representative citizens of the community. In 1885 Mr. Elrick was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary B. Sullivan, a native of Page county, Iowa, and a daughter of Jerry and Sarah (Orphen) Sullivan, both of whom were born in Ireland. They...

Biography of O. A. Kimball

In a history of the business development of Clarinda and Page county mention should be made of O. A. Kimball, who for some years figured prominently in connection with the lumber trade and later with the agricultural interests of the community. He was born in New Hampshire in 1835 and was a son of Edwin and Elizabeth (Prescott) Kimball, both of whom were natives of New England. The father followed the occupation of farming in New Hampshire, where both he and his wife died. The Kimball family was established on American soil in the early period in the colonization of the new world, and representatives of the name served as loyal soldiers in the Revolutionary war. O. A. Kimball was reared in his native state, remaining in New Hampshire until nineteen years of age. In the meantime he attended the Pembroke Academy, thus supplementing his early public-school education. At nineteen years of age he went to Peoria, Illinois, where he spent two years in working at the carpenter’s trade. On the expiration of that period he came to Clarinda in 1857 and here embarked in the lumber business, hauling his first load of lumber from Council Bluffs. He was in partnership with Charles P. Osgood and the enterprise which they established and for some time conducted is now carried on under the name of the Green Bay Lumber Company. In 1887 Mr. Kimball and his partner sold out to the White Pine Lumber Company, which later disposed of their yard to the Green Bay Lumber Company. On withdrawing from lumber circles Mr. Kimball retired and turned his attention to...

Biographical Sketch of C. A. Kampe

C. A. Kampe is one of Fremont township’s enterprising young farmers who is not only progressive in business but also active in community affairs, his aid and influence being always given on the side of progress and improvement. He was born June 19, 1878, in the township in which he still makes his home, his parents being Charles J. and Mathilda (Grundberg) Kampe. They came to the United States before their marriage, sailing from Sweden, their native country. After reaching the shores of the new world they proceeded to the Mississippi valley and established their home in Page county, where C. J. Kampe afterward purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land and began farming. He lived a diligent, useful life and continued to make his home upon the farm until 1904, when he removed to Red Oak, where he is now living retired, spending the evening of life in the enjoyment of well earned rest. C. A. Kampe at the usual age entered the public schools and as the years increased his added responsibilities made him familiar with the farm work. When twenty years of age lie began farming on his own account, renting the land from John Bergstrom. On this place he has lived for thirteen years, carefully cultivating the soil, and the generous crops which he garners indicate that lie is a skilled and successful agriculturist. He has thoroughly acquainted himself with the science of farming and his crops are second to none in this section. He is a man of influence, greatly esteemed as a neighbor and citizen. On the 20th of April 1898, was...

Biographical Sketch of Walter William Richardson

Among the leading enterprises which contribute to the business activity and upbuilding of Clarinda is that conducted by the Clarinda Poultry, Butter & Egg Company, of which Mr. Richardson is secretary and manager. As the result of his close application and energy intelligently applied the business has made rapid and substantial advancement and he is today numbered among the most prosperous residents of this city. He was born in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, on the 31st of May 1873, is a son of Henry and Mary Ann (Winskell) Richardson. The father was a farmer by occupation, following that pursuit in order to provide for his family. W. W. Richardson was but a young child when his parents removed from Wisconsin to Iowa and in the public schools of Kingsley in Plymouth county, he acquired his early education. Later he attended what is now the Morning Side College, being graduated therefrom with the class of 1889. He afterward studied law for a time, thinking to make that profession his life work, but later abandoned the idea and in 1892 entered the grain and implement business at Sioux City, Iowa, where he was thus employed for twelve years. During a part of that time he was credit man and traveling salesman for the house. Throughout the entire period he recognized that advancement follows earnest, intelligent effort as a logical sequence and by his persistency of purpose and unfaltering industry, he worked his way upward. On the 28th of December, 1903, he came to Clarinda and accepted a position in the Clarinda Poultry, Butter & Egg Company, being given charge of the separator...

Biography of Jacob Holland Powers

In the period which marked the pioneer development of Page county and witnessed the laying of the foundation upon which has been built its present prosperity and progress, Jacob Holland Powers was a prominent factor in the district. He came here in the early days and for many years figured prominently in connection with its agricultural interests and also as the owner of a large amount of real estate. He is well remembered, too, as a man of kindly spirit and generous civility as manifested in his liberal aid to those who needed assistance. He was born near Morgantown in what was then Virginia but is now West Virginia, September 24, 1807, and his life record covered the intervening years to the 14th of February, 1884, when he passed away. His father, Nehemiah Powers, who married Cassandra Holland, was descended from an old family represented in the American army in the war of the Revolution. He was a planter and slave owner but freed his bondsmen before his death. In 1819 he removed to Wayne county, Indiana, becoming one of the pioneer residents of that state, which only three years before had been admitted to the Union. Subsequently 11e removed to Henry county, where his death occurred. He was a member of the Baptist church and his life was an upright and honorable one, in consistent harmony with his professions. In his family were twelve children. Jacob H. Powers spent his youthful days in his parents’ home, receiving; his education in private schools. He was a lad of twelve years when his parents removed from Virginia to Indiana, arriving...

Biography of Joseph Burwell

Joseph Burwell owns and cultivates a tract of land of forty acres on section 26, Nodaway township. He has now passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life’s journey and his record is in many respects a highly creditable one worthy of emulation. He was born in Crayford county, Ohio, August 1, 1834, and his parents, William and Nancy ( Morris) Burwell, were also natives of that state. In 1865 they came to Iowa and the mother (died in Limn county during the first year of their residence in this state. The father afterward came to Page county and here spent his remaining days. He was a farmer by occupation, always following that pursuit in order to provide for his family which numbered eight children, namely Mrs. Mary Ann Brokaw, who died in 1909; Joseph, of this review; John, Morgan, Job, William and Thomas, all now deceased: an Mrs. Elizabeth Worden, living in Wisconsin. Joseph Burwell was reared in the place of his nativity, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He resided in Crawford county, Ohio, until his removal to Iowa in 1866. For a year he lived in Linn county, and then came to Page county, having made his home continuously within its borders for forty-two years. He has always engaged in the tilling of the soil and his farm is now comprised of forty acres on section 26, Nodaway township, in addition to which he has five acres in Gravity, Iowa, on which good improvements have been made. He has lived a life of well directed industry and thrift...
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