Location: Buchanan County IA

Biography of Joseph Anson

JOSEPH ANSON. – Across the waters of the Atlantic came the subject of this sketch to make for himself a home and a name in the foster land of his choice. Here he has done nobly in the endeavors of his life, and while he has demonstrated an ability that is commendable in the affairs of business, and uprightness and integrity in all of his ways, he has also shown in an emphatic manner his love for his country, by taking up the weapons of warfare to defend the flag and preserve intact the Union, when the dark days of fratricidal strife seemed to be portending the destruction of Freedom’s institutions. At such a crisis our subject came to the front and joined his hand to the many who stood faithfully through the long struggle for principles of government and stability. Joseph Anson was born in Staffordshire, England, on August 15, 1837, and ten years later, in company with his parents, he crossed the deep and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. From there the family went to Newark, New Jersey, whence six months later they went to Medina, Ohio. In these various places our subject attended the schools and gained a good education. In 1856 they went to Quasqueton, Iowa, and there he continued the educational discipline for some years longer, working during the summers. At the beginning of the...

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Biography of Peter Heil

Peter Heil, now living retired at Topeka, was born in Jefferson County, New York, December 9, 1840. When sixteen years of age he moved with his father, John Peter Heil, to Buchanan County, Iowa. His mother’s maiden name was Louisa Bueling, and she died when her son Peter was six years old. His parents were natives of Germany, and came to the United States separately as young people, being married in New York State. When in his native state, Peter Heil attended district school for a few months, but after the removal of his people to the West his help was required to operate the home place and he had little chance for schooling thereafter. In 1859 Mr. Heil accompanied the family in a covered wagon across Iowa and Missouri into the State of Kansas, the team driven by him consisting of six cows. On the way the little party met many of the disgusted returning argonauts from “Pike’s Peak,” who had flocked to Colorado at the report of the discovery of gold. The Heil family located on the prairie of Tecumseh Township, Shawnee County, where they bought out a claim consisting of some 172 acres, of which twelve were timberland on East Deer Creek. With the exception of a log cabin, about 16×20 feet, with a “shake roof,” and some three or four acres of land broken, all...

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Biography of Tillman E. Dale

Tillman E. Dale. Distinguished as the oldest oil contractor and driller in the mid-continent fields, Tillman E. Dale, one of the substantial men of Chanute, Kansas, is one of the best known oil men in Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming, having operated in every field in earlier days in the business and is the pioneer in Neosho County. Mr. Dale was born March 1, 1862, in Buchanan County, Iowa. His parents were George and Mary Robinson (Davey) Dale, both natives of England. George Dale, the paternal grandfather, was born in England in 1807 and remained in his own country until he found a young family growing up about him for whose welfare he was concerned and it was to the great land across the Atlantic Ocean that he looked to provide comfortable conditions for his children. Possibly about 1835 he brought his family to the United States and settled among the pioneers in Wisconsin, not far from Monroe. In 1856 he came to Allen County, Kansas, and worked on what is now known as the old Doctor Wakefield farm, near Humboldt. He died in Wisconsin in 1864. George Dale, second, father of Tillman E. Dale, was born in England’ in 1828 and was only a boy when his parents came to America and settled in Wisconsin. He became a carpenter and builder and owned a sawmill in Wisconsin. In 1856,...

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Biography of Edwin J. Moffitt, M. D.

Edwin J. Moffitt, M. D. A physician and surgeon of Manhattan for the past fifteen years, Doctor Moffitt is highly esteemed professionally and also as a citizen. He is a man of wide experience and thorough professional qualifications, yet is unostentatious and allows his merits and abilities to speak for themselves. He was born at Jesup, Iowa, May 23, 1872, a son of William and Alice (Muncey) Moffitt. William Moffitt, who was born at Cadiz, Ohio, of Scotch parents, was a Union soldier in the Civil war, as was also his father. Grandfather Moffitt attained the post of provost marshal, and died from wounds received while in the discharge of duty. A shoemaker by trade, William Moffitt soon after the close of the Civil war moved to Jesup, Iowa, where for many years he conducted the only exclusive boot and shoe house of that town. His death occurred in 1895 at the age of forty-eight. Doctor Moffitt’s mother was of English parentage. Her father, Doctor Muncey, was a graduate of Rush Medical College of Chicago and practiced with splendid success and eminent service in Jesup, Iowa, from pioneer days until his death in 1913 at the advanced age of eighty-two. Reared at Jesup, Iowa, to the age of sixteen, and spending the next five years at Waterloo, Iowa, Doctor Moffitt received a sound educational foundation for his professional career....

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Skillings, Ransom Jacob – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Ransom Jacob Skillings was born in Fairbank, Iowa, on November 8, 1881, and died at his home in Wallowa on December 7, 1936, after a long and lingering illness. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Skillings. With his parents he came to Oregon in 1894 settling in Union where they spent one winter and the next.. Rest of article missing Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 17, 1936 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Edward Payson Todd of Independence KS

Edward Payson Todd8, (Silas7, Elam6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 24, 1834, in Mina, Chautauqua County, N. Y., married Feb. 2, 1858, Jane M. Lemon, who was born Oct. 7, 1838, in Canada, near Niagara Falls, died July 19, 1912, in Independence, Iowa, where he now (1914) lives. He was reared on a farm and had very little opportunity to obtain an education. In Aug., 1862, he enlisted in the 96th Illinois Infantry, in which he served his time of enlistment and returned home to family and friends without being wounded; he was in fourteen heavy battles and many skirmishes. On his return home, he began farming again. In the spring of 1874, he sold his farm in Illinois, and went to Kansas where he bought another near the town of Independence. In 1896, he retired from active business life on the farm, and since then has lived quietly in Independence, Kan. Children: *2085. Frank Elmer, b. Dec. 12, 1858. 2086. Jennie M., b. Dec. 16, 1862, d. Oct. 19, 1871. 2087. Howard E., b. June 11, 1866, d. Feb. 3, 1890. *2088. Herbert Walter, b. June 19, 1869. 2089. Wilbur B., b. July 29, 1873, d. Oct. 19, 1874. 2090. Elsie A., b. Sept. 12, 1878, m. Nov. 25, 1902, Frank E. Stoops; they live in Independence, Kan. No...

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Emma Viola Todd Shillinglaw of Independence IA

SHILLINGLAW, Emma Viola Todd9, (Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in 1859, in Quasqueton, Iowa, married in 1882, C. M. Shillinglaw, who at that time was a merchant in Rockley, Iowa. Afterwards they moved to Independence, Iowa, where he became cashier of the Commercial State Bank. His health failing, he purchased a farm about twelve miles from Independence, Iowa, and one mile from Rowley, where he lived until his death in 1901. She also was a teacher before her marriage. After her husbands death she remained on the farm for four or five years and then she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the purpose of educating her children in the State Teachers College located there. Children: I. William M., b. in 1884, in Rowley, Ia., m. in 1908, Gertrude Nemo. He resided with his parents until the death of his father in 1901, when he took charge of the interest of his father in a stock of merchandise in Brandon, Ia. After his marriage he moved to Las Vegas, San Miguel County, N. M., and engaged in the real-estate business and there he was living in 1917. They had issue; (1) William M.; (2) Owen H.; (3) Dorothy E. II. Robert A., b. in 1885, in Rowley, Ia., d. in 1912, m. in 1907, Myrtle Page. He, too, resided with his parents until the death...

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Pearl E. Todd Slater of Quasqueton IA

SLATER, Pearl E. Todd10, (Howard M.9, Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in Quasqueton, Iowa, married Edson Slater, who is a carpenter and they live in Quasqueton, Iowa. Child: I. Gevena...

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Harold L. Todd of Linn County IA

Harold L. Todd10, (Howard M.9, Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in or near Quasqueton, Iowa, married Alena McCaulley. He is a farmer residing about four miles from Walker, Linn county, Iowa, which is his post office address. Child: 2818. Paulina...

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Carrie A. Todd Cunningham of Portland OR

CUNNINGHAM, Carrie A. Todd9, (Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in 1857, in Quasqueton, Buchanan County, Iowa, married in 1883, A. H. Cunningham, who was at that time in the office of the Oregon Short Line R. R. and moved to Portland, Oregon, where they were living in 1917. For some time before her marriage she taught school. Children: I. Belle. II. Todd. III....

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Mary I. Todd Hopkins of Oregon

HOPKINS, Mary I. Todd9, (Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) was born in Quasqueton, Buchanan County, Iowa, in 1856, married about 1877, M. M. Hopkins, who was a physician. Before her marriage she taught school for a few years. After their marriage they moved to the state of Washington and afterwards to Alaska. She died in Oregon in 1905. Children: I. Zilpah, m. Elbert Blackmar and they reside in Cal. II. Jessie, m.(???)Hunt, and they reside in...

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Howard M. Todd of Quasqueton IA

Howard M. Todd9, (Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in 1865, in Quasqueton, Ia., married in 1888, Jessie D. Norton. He has always been a farmer and in 1917 was living on his farm located about one mile from Quasqueton, Ia. Children: *2728. Harold L. 2729. Earl H. *2730. Pearl E. 2731. John A. 2732. Arthur M. 2733. Paul D. 2734. Theodore H. 2735. Forest N. 2736. Ruth E. 2737. Maurice...

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Jessie V. Todd Lynch of Independence IA

LYNCH, Jessie V. Todd9, (Morris8, Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in 1862, in Quasqueton, Ia., married in 1888, H. T. Lynch. They reside in Independence, Ia., where he is largely interested in real-estate and also in the oil fields of Kansas and Oklahoma. Mrs. Lynch taught school for some years before her marriage. Children: I. Harry C., is a civil engineer and lived in Independence, Ia., he graduated from Wis. State College. II. Percy L., in 1917 he was attending the State Teachers College in Greeley, Col. III. Frank T., resides in Dennison, Ia., where he is one of the instructors in the High School, he graduated from the college at Grinnell, Ia. IV. Claire R., graduated from the State University of Ia., at Iowa City, in...

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Morris Todd of Quasqueton IA

Morris Todd8, (Allen7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born in 1830, in Herkimer County, N. Y., died in 1902, in Quasqueton, Iowa, married about 1853, Clara F. Finlayson, who was born in 1836, in Onondaga County, N. Y. In his early life, Mr. Todd learned and worked at the shipwright trade. Removing to Michigan, he settled in Port Sanlac, St. Clair County, and engaged in the general merchandise business. It was while he was living here that he married Miss Finlayson. In 1854, he moved again, going to Iowa, and making the journey in a onehorse spring wagon and arrived at Quasqueton, June 2, 1854. Having purchased some land he began farming, engaging in general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising for many years. In fact, he was a prominent representative of that line of activity in Buchanan County, till the time of his death. He held the office of county supervisor for one term, having been elected on the Republican ticket, and was the first assessor of Liberty Township. Children: *2204. Albert Nelson, b. April 19, 1854. *2205. Mary I. *2206. Carrie A. *2207. Emma Viola. *2208. Jessie V. *2209. Howard M. 2210. Allen L.,...

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