Location: Dubuque County IA

Biography of David Warnock

In the spring of 1869, two families, David Warnock and Joseph Ferguson, were crossing Iowa to settle in Ida County. The Warnock family had originated in Ireland and had been at Dubuque Co., Farley, Iowa. They traveled the distance to Ida County from Dubuque Co. in a covered wagon, and arrived on June 10, 1869. Only 7 families resided in Ida County at that time. Soon after they arrived, they broke the sod on their land. Richard Warnock was Dave Warnock’s father, and Dave’s mother was Frances. The parents were Irish. They waited a year or two before they left Farley, Iowa, for Ida County near where Battle Creek is today, to join their sons’ families. Their children were David, James, Margaret, Samuel, George, Frank, William, and Lowry. David had married Mary Ferguson on his covered wagon travels to Ida County, and then established a blacksmith shop in the winter of 1870 on the east side of the hill directly south of where the Maple River bridge was later built. He had the shop for 6 or 7 years. If he needed to collect a bill, he’d “go after it.” Dave was born at Allegheny City, Pa. on Sept. 5, 1846. At the age of 8 he was living with his family at Dubuque, Iowa, and helped his father on the farm. He did hold a position of fireman...

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Biographical Sketch of J. O. Crawford

James O. Crawford, a farmer of Garfield Township, Ida County, was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, February 17, 1828, a son of Alexander and Mary (Floyd) Crawford, natives also of Scotland. The father was a farmer and weaver by trade. The parents reared a family of four children: William, James O., Alexander, and John. James O. was reared and educated in his native land. He was there engaged for many years in a cotton factory, then in boiler making, and ship building. He then became a member of the police force in Glasgow. In 1879 he came to America, locating near Cascade, Dubuque County, Iowa, and resided there and in other sections of Iowa until 1882. In 1882, he purchased wild land in Garfield Township, Ida County, to which he has since added until he now owns 620 acres of Ida County’s finest soil. Mr. Crawford residence was 16 x 24 feet, with an “L” 16 x 16 feet, a barn 32 X 34 feet, a modern windmill with 700 feet of pipes sending water through all his buildings, stock scales, and many other conveniences. Five acres of his place was devoted to a beautiful grove and orchard. James O. was married at the age of 28 years old to Miss Janet Scott, a native of Douglas Castle, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and a daughter of James and Lilly (Muir) Scott. To...

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Biographical Sketch of Mathias Clouse

Mathias Clouse was a pioneer of Silver Creek Township, Ida County, Ia. He was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, in 1843. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Fisher) Clouse, natives of same country. The Clouse family had once lived in Amsterdam, and were a trading family. When the sons became of age they were sent up the Rhine River to establish trading posts. They emigrated to America and settled in Erie County, New York. Mathias received his early training and education principally in New York state. The grandfather Clouse also emigrated to the country, dying in Ohio at the age of 95 years. Charles, with his parents, made a temporary residence in Erie County, then emigrated to Dubuque County, Iowa. They returned to Webster County, Iowa, opening a farm there. Charles’ parents moved on to Fort Dodge where the father died in 1880. The mother went to Wheeler County, Nebraska. Mathias married Miss Isabella Cunningham (a native of Galena, Illinois) in 1869 in Dubuque County, Iowa. Isabella was the daughter of James and Isabella (Rogers) Cunningham, natives of Ireland, who came to America at an early day. They had settled in Illinois where her father died in 1865. Her mother moved to Plymouth County, Iowa. Mathias settled in Ida County in 1874 on Section 35 of Silver Creek Township.. The farm had springs and creeks, with ample water...

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Biographical Sketch of Enoch Jones

Enoch Jones, a well-known citizen of Battle Creek, Iowa, was a resident of Ida County since 1883, and of Iowa, since 1852. He was born in Bourbon County, Ky., March 6, 1825. He was reared and educated in Kentucky, and learned the trade of blacksmith. John Jones, his grandfather, married a native of Wales. He was a prominent hotel man of Culpeper, Va. Moving to Bourbon County, Ky., he settled on Boone Creek, and was a participant in many of the Indian wars. His son, James Jones, father of Enoch, was born in Va., and married Dicie Gregory, a native of that state. After their marriage, they went to Kentucky, and there spent the rest of their lives. They lived on a plantation, and reared a family of eight children. In 1852 he made the journey to Dubuque, Iowa, via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and settled at Scott’s Grove, in Jones County, Ia., where he was engaged in farming and operating a thresher. He opened up and improved a farm of 320 acres there. In 1874, he first bought land in Ida County. He came to Battle Creek in 1883 to look after his real-estate interests, was pleased with the situation, and located at Battle Creek. He was also for eleven years engaged in the general merchandise business at Monticello, Iowa. This was between 1863 and 1873. Mr....

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