Collection: History of Western Iowa

History of Western Iowa

This collection consists of 412 brief biographical sketches and 3 short sketches of companies extracted from the History of Western Iowa. It contains sketches from Harrison, Ida, Manona, and Woodbury Counties in Iowa. The sketches are sorted alphabetically by first name.

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Biographical Sketch of James E. Booge

James E. Booge, of the firm of J.E. Booge & Co., pork packers, was born in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vt.; came to Sioux City in 1858, and has been engaged in his present business since 1869. This firm sells their hams for the north and west; mess pork to the north, and the government; their sides for the local trade and the south, and their lard to Chicago. Capital required in operating the business, about $500,000. During the year, 1881, they erected extensive buildings of brick and stone, five stories high, at a cost of $100,000. The works cover an area of five acres. They have every modern appliance, fertilizing works, etc., and employ in the busiest season, about 300 men, and run both winter and summer seasons, with a capacity, respectively, of 1,500 daily in winter, and 500 in summer. J.E. Booge, Esq., who founded the establishment, is resident partner and entire manager. The works have ample sidetracks connecting with every road in the...

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Biographical Sketch of A. Akin

A. Akin, of the firm of Akin & Shulson, dealers in staple and fancy groceries, confectionery, etc., Chicago House, 4th St., Sioux City, Ia., was born in Otsego County, N.Y., March 8th, 1810. In 1827, he moved to Penn.; removed to Belvidere, Ill., in 1844; thence to Elgin, and from there to Chicago in 1852, where he served as justice of the peace and police magistrate for seven years, and also practiced law. He received a commission from President Lincoln to recruit. In 1864, he moved to Kansas, where he was for several years register in the U. S. land office in Augusta and Wichita; was postmaster for several years, and prosecuting attorney for Morris County. He then moved back to Chicago, and remained two years, after which he came to Sioux City, in 1878, and located...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. S.T. Davis

Hon. S.T. Davis, attorney at law and dealer in real estate, was born in Pennsylvania in 1828; was educated at Alleghany College, at Meadowville, Pennsylvania; came to Sioux City in 1856, and has been identified with many leading enterprises for the benefit of his adopted city. He was the founder of the Sioux City Journal, and with others organized the S.C.&P.R.R., and has taken an active interest in the construction of other roads leading into the city. He was appointed by President Lincoln register of the U.S. land office, which position he held for eighteen months. He was elected to the state senate to fill a vacancy made by the resignation of Judge Oliver. Mr. D. was mayor of the city in 1871, and was prosecuting attorney for several years. He owns large landed property and business property in the...

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Biographical Sketch of D.D. Adams,

D.D. Adams, of the firm of Devore & Adams, auctioneers and commission merchants-who established business at Sioux City in 1869-was born in 1848; served in the U.S.A. one and one-half years under Colonel LaGrange, in Co. B., 1st. W.C. He lost a brother at Helena, Ark., who was captain of the company. Previous to coming to this place, the subject of this sketch was engaged in business three years in...

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Biographical Sketch of Willis G. Clark

Willis G. Clark, attorney at law and justice of the peace, was born in Penobscot Co., Maine, in 1853. He came to Minn., with his parents in 1857, and settled in Dakota Co. He is a graduate of Browns University, of Providence, R.E. He came to Sioux City in 1878, and was elected justice of the peace in 1880. Mr. C. has been actively engaged in local politics, and is a rising young...

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Biographical Sketch of A.D., Bedford, M.D.

A.D. Bedford, M.D., was born in Pennsylvania, in 1848; graduated from Alleghany College in 1873; studied two terms at Tubingen, Germany, in 1874 and 1875. He was a teacher in the military school at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., during the year 1876; and in 1877, graduated from the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. Came to Iowa, and practiced medicine in Waterloo two years, and came to Sioux City in 1879; was married in June, 1880, to R. McNeal, of...

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Biographical Sketch of H.B. Clinton,

H.B. Clinton, of the firm of H.B. & C.E. Clignan, physicians and surgeons, was born in O., in 1822; is a graduate of the Cleveland Medical College. He practiced in O.; from 1848 to 1855; then moved to Benton Co., Iowa, and practiced there until 1877, when he came to Sioux City and opened his present office with his son C.E....

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Biographical Sketch of A. DePee

A. DePee, proprietor of the National House, corner of 3d and Nebraska streets, has lately remodeled and refurnished this hotel, and made it one of the best $1.00 per day houses in the city; has no bar connected with the house. He was born in Ind., in June 1836, and removed in 1856 to Wis.; came to Iowa in April, 1869, and settled on a homestead in Woodbury County, where he farmed six and one-half years. He served in the U.S.A. one year, in Co. H, 46th W.V.I. under Captain Hoskins and Colonel...

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Biographical Sketch of Geo. W., Beggs, M.D.

Geo. W. Beggs, M.D., is the son of the Rev. S.R. Beggs, the author of “Early Methodism in the West.” He was born in Ill., in 1837, graduated from Evanston College in the literary department, and received the degree of A.M., and from the Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1862, where he received the degree of D.D. During the late war, he was surgeon of the 105th Ill. regiment, and was with Gen. Sherman in his famous march to the sea. He came to Sioux City in 1866, and was married in 1865 to Lillian A. Sims. They have three daughters-Lizzie, Bertha and...

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Biographical Sketch of M.E. Bedford

M.E. Bedford, of the firm of Bedford Brothers, dentists, began the practice of dentistry in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1866; in 1872, located in Worthington, Minn., and engaged in the practice in Sioux City in 1876, with his brother, L.N. Bedford, who, with his assistant, R.F. Merrick, travels in Southern Minn., Northern Iowa, Southeastern Dakota and Eastern Neb., in the practice of dentistry in all its...

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Biographical Sketch of L.H. Drumm

L.H. Drumm, proprietor of the Washington meat market, which is one of the finest markets in the west, with all of the appurtenances that would do credit to an eastern city-was born in Bavaria in 1839; came to America in 1861 and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. removed to Lyons, Iowa; thence to New Frankfort, Mo., and from there came to Sioux City. He married Helena Bitteghaffer, and has two children-Nellie H. and Eddie...

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Biographical Sketch of Phil. Carlin

Phil. Carlin, County Recorder, is a native of Ill.; came to Iowa in 1860, and settled in Clinton Co.; removed to Woodbury Co., in 1871, and located in Union; was elected to his present office in 1880, and removed to Sioux City the same...

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Biographical Sketch of George Douglass, M.D.

George Douglass, M.D., was born in Canada in 1843; graduated in 1868 from the Eclectic Medical College of Ohio; came to Iowa in 1870, and settled in Iowa County. He removed to Sioux City in 1872, where he is now in the practice of his profession. He held the office of county physician for several years, and in 1871, he married Sarah Tufts, daughter of John Tufts, of Grinnell, Iowa. They have one...

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Biographical Sketch of John Beck

John Beck, proprietor of the Sioux City planing mills. This mill was established Aug. 22nd, 1871. In this year the building was enlarged, and machinery added, by Mr. B. and partner. In 1881, Mr. B. became sole proprietor. The amount of business transacted by the establishment, is about $12,000 per annum. Mr. Beck was born in Somerset County, Penn., in 1833; came west in 1857, and settled in Sioux City, and is therefore one of the oldest settlers of Sioux City. He was engaged in contracting and building for eighteen years; has served as city alderman for two years. He married Nancy Culbertson, and has four children-Irene, Maggie, Eva and William...

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