The full manuscript contains a condensed history of the state of Iowa, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the state of Iowa, a descriptive history of Story county and numerous selected biographical sketches of the citizens of Story County, Iowa.

In 1846 the boundaries of Story County were created. The county comprised 576 miles of mostly prairie land. Story County is named after Joseph Story, a United States Supreme Court justice, in 1853. The first settlers in Story County came mainly from Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania. Later, many Norwegians, Germans, and Danes came directly from overseas and inhabited the area. The first large population influx occurred during the 1850s.

The manuscript contains 229 biographies of prominent men and leading citizens of Story County, Iowa.

Biographical Sketches of Story County, Iowa

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SurnameGivenExtraRead
AddisonEdwin H276
AldermanTheodore Elihu458
AllenCharles WDr.276
AplandOley278
AplinArthur DMD279
ArrasmithWesley280
ArrasmithWilliam281
AshfordOliver G282
BaldwinFrank M285
BallardRussell W285
BanksAmbrose K286
BarnesGeorge M287
BarnesIra287
BatesElnathan288
BatesWilliam O289
BeckleyLemuel Holmes289
BigelowD A290
BoardmanHomer C291
BoardmanWilliam K292
BowenJesse292
BoydGeorge W293
BoydKnud P293
BrileyElisha294
BuckA H295
BuddJ LProf.294
BumpMartin V296
BunceDensmore JDr.296
BurkhartJohn C297
CampbellCharles E297
ChamberlainW IDr.299
ChamberlinH DeweyMD300
ChamberlinOliver298
ChandlerAlphonso301
ChristianCharles302
ChristianJohn302
CliftNathaniel R303
CoggshallEugene303
ConfareFalcon M305
ConfareNorman H304
CookCharles307
CookCharles W308
CookJames W306
CookJohn306
CoyleCampbellRev.309
CramerFrank Bertis309
DakinsS W310
DanskinGeorge311
DavisJohn E312
DickeyCharles H313
DoddsRobert313
DueaJonas314
DunahooAndrew315
DunahooJohn314
DunkelbargerNathan316
DunkelbargerOrra L317
DyerGeorge W317
EagleburgerJacob318
EarlJames318
EricksonMichael319
ErslandAnfen319
ErslandKnute A320
FatlandBrit. O.321
FernerJames D322
FetterhoffJacob R322
FinchFrancis M323
FitchpatrickJoseph A323
FittonJonathan H327
FrenchJohn O327
FryEdward R328
FunsonHugh M328
FurnasElwood329
GatesWilliam329
GiffordE W330
GollyJohn M331
GollyWilliam H330
GossardM W331
GossardSarah JMrs332
GossardThomas M332
GraftonWilliam HillMD333
GravesA J335
GrimmA H337
GrosecloseJohn337
GroveJoshua B335
GroveMons C336
HainlineAndrew J338
HallThomas340
HandsakerWilliam340
HanksDeWitt Clinton342
HanksGeorge R341
HaverlyCharles E343
HawthornJamesHon.344
HemstockGeorge W345
HessonJohn P346
HolmesHenry D347
HopkinsPeter W347
HostetterJohn IDr.348
HoymanGeorge W348
HuntLeigh S J349
HunterAndrew J350
HutchisonJames350
HydenG351
IllingworthM D351
JarvillThomas353
JohnJohn W354
JohnsonEdwin355
JohnsonElias355
JonesAlbert356
JoryJohn357
KelloggGeorge AlbertHon.359
KimbleRichard363
KingJay A363
KnappSeaman AsahelLLD364
KyleWilliam Vance365
LambDaniel366
LandeAmos A367
LangDavid L367
LanglandOle C368
LashGeorge368
LeeJacob C369
LivingstonMichael D370
LockridgeWilliam371
LovellJ C372
MackeyD H380
MartinJ Francis381
MartinWilliam D380
MauserMartin L382
MaxwellAngelineMrs384
MaxwellGeorge MHon.383
MaxwellJ W385
MayRichard385
McCallThomas CliftonHon.375
McCarthyC GHon.376
McKeeThomas James376
McLainFrank A377
McLainHoward P378
McNicholsMichael379
McWherterAaron379
MichaelsonSamuel J386
MillerJefferson386
MillerWilliam A387
MillsJ A388
MitchellRotheus Hayward388
MorseC M390
NeashamJohn William390
NelsonOleyHon.390
NernesOle392
NetterfieldMiami (Hanks)Mrs393
NortonIsaac B395
O'NeilJohn397
OlingerJames M396
OlsonAbel397
OlsonOle J396
PageC P398
PatridgeLyman398
PayneWilliam PProf.399
PeckJohn400
PettengerJoseph401
PorchThomas402
RayJudiah402
ReedJ FredProf.403
ReidIsaiahRev.403
ReidSamuel405
RichJohn405
RichSamuel406
RichardsonEdward G407
RichardsonRobert406
RingheimI A408
RobinsonHenry Harrison409
RobisonRobert Alexander408
RoeOle O410
RossT J410
RyghJohn C411
SawtellJoseph C412
ScottJohnCol.412
ShearerElias W419
SheldahlErik420
SheldonDwight D423
SheldonParley421
SillimanRothmer J423
SmayWilliam424
SmeltzerThomas B425
SmithI LCapt.426
SmithJames S428
SmithLee H427
SmithLevi426
SmithRobert D427
SowersGeorge W429
SpringWilliam Waitt429
StantonE WProf.430
StarkJacob M431
StatlerSam S431
StevensJ LHon.432
StevensWilliam H432
StewartJohn R433
StitzellGeorgeMD434
StoleOsmond O435
TempletonGeorge435
TempletonH MDr.437
TendelandM A437
ThatcherThomas438
ThompsonFrank D439
ThompsonJames439
ThompsonJohn440
ThompsonLorenzo D440
ThurstonJames441
TichenorMarthaMrs441
TorryJohn W442
TwedtJohn443
UnderwoodGeorge A443
UtterbackWilliam W444
VanscoyJesse E444
VenemanWilliam J445
VinjeDavid J446
WalkerIsaac446
WardOrris (Morgan)Mrs447
WarrenJohn448
WebbMilton P449
WelchA SDr.450
WellsJohn M451
WherryAndrew D452
WhitakerThomas452
WillJohn W453
WilsonHenryJr.453
WilsonOrpheus W454
WoodCurtis A457
WoodJesse R457
WoodWilliam KHon.456
WortmanA449
YoungSolomon458
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Source:Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa: A Condensed History of the State, a number of biographies of Distinguished Citizens of the same, a Descriptive History of the County names herein and numerous selected Biographical Sketches of the Citizens of such County. Illustrated. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Company. 1890.