Location: Jones County IA

Biography of Garrison G. Gray

To the prominent and esteemed citizen of Malheur County whose name appears above we grant a representation in the history of the County, since he is today one of the leading men domiciled here, has always labored for the up building of the County, is a man of integrity and uprightness, and receives the commendation of his fellows. Mr. Gray’s grandfather, John Gray, was said to be the last living soldier from the Revolution. He was a drummer boy at Bunker Hill and saw his father fall, then seized his sire’s musket and fought until the struggle closed. He worked for General Washington after the war. He died near Hiramsburg, Noble County, Ohio, in March, 1868, lacking only two months of being one hundred and five years of age. His stepdaughter, Mrs. Nancy Thomas, is now living at the age of ninety years on the farm adjoining that old homestead. Our subject was born, in Noble County, Ohio, February 23, 1830, being the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Gorby) Gray. When five years of age he was taken with his parents to Athens County, and the following year, 1836, his mother died. In 1839 he went with his father to Jones County, Iowa, thence to Linn County and then to Cedar County, in which last place, at the age of eleven, he attended his first term of school. The...

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Biography of Maynard L. Meek

Maynard L. Meek is the present mayor of Ellsworth, Kansas. Local citizens take a great deal of pride in referring to the efficiency and accomplishments of his administration, and express a great deal of satisfaction that Mr. Meek had consented to serve four consecutive terms. Mr. Meek is first and last a thorough business man, and that accounts for his success in public life. Mayor Meek was born in Jones County, Iowa, September 8, 1869. He comes of an old American family, pioneers in Virginia and later in Ohio. His father, Eli C. Meek, was born in Meigs County, Ohio, in 1846. He grew, up and married there, took up the vocation of farming, and in 1869 located on a farm in Jones County, Iowa, where his son was born. In 1878 he removed from Iowa to Lincoln County, Kansas, homesteading 160 acres six miles south of Sylvan Grove. He soon had 480 acres under his ownership there, but sold out and removed to Ellsworth County in 1887. For ten years he followed the business of grain buying at Wilson, and in 1897 retired and moved to Ellsworth, and since 1915 had lived at Kansas City, Missouri. He is a republican and is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Eli Meek made a ereditable record as a soldier of the Union army. He enlisted in 1861 at the...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Wellington Luce, D. D.

Luce, Frank Wellington, D. D.; minister (Methodist Episcopal); born, Iowa, March 24, 1858; son of Israel and Almira Denison Luce; educated, public schools, Anamosa, Ia., Cornell College. Mt. Vernon, Ia., D. D., degree from Upper Iowa University, at Fayette, Ia.; married, Anamosa, Ia., Aug. 11, 1878, Mary E. Snyder; two daughters, Mrs. A. C. Hartman, and Miss Lillian A. Luce; was licensed to preach when 19 years old; first pastorate at 22; began as Home Missionary on the frontier of Iowa; pastor of the following churches: Clear Lake, Hampton, Marion, Davenport and Cedar Falls, Ia.; Maple Ave. Church, St. Louis, Mo.; First Church, Akron, O., and for five years pastor of the First Methodist Church, Cleveland; lecturer and platform speaker on religious and educational subjects; member Northeastern Ohio Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church, and The American Ass’n for the Advancement of Science; member Free and Accepted Masons, and Chamber of...

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Biographical Sketch of John C. Heald

Heald, John C.; attorney-at-law; born, Anamosa, Ia., 1865; son of Eli and Lydia A. Williamson Heald; educated, Silver Ridge College, Silver Ridge, Neb.; married, Cleveland, 1902, Amanda E. Kick; one daughter; was prosecuting attorney of Wheeler county, Neb., and police judge at Greeley Center, Neb.; Republican candidate for nomination for Congress from 20th Ohio District, in 1912; member of law firm of David & Heald, doing all the court work for the firm, as well as for several other firms and attorneys; also represent some large corporations; member Loyal Order of Moose, and Modern Woodmen of America; can trace his ancestry to Robert Morris, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the first Heald, of whom he is a descendant, settled in Philadelphia with the William Penn Colony. Recreation:...

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Biography of William McConochie

A man who both as a public official and as a prominent citizen has been an important factor in moulding Rock Island’s municipal history is William McConochie. The son of John and Annie (Campbell) McConochie, he was born at Gatehouse, a little village on the southwest coast of Scotland, January 11, 1847. His father’s ancestors had lived in that part of Scotland since the days of Wallace and Bruce. His mother’s family were Highlanders, and were of the house of Argyle. The elder McConochies, with their family, emigrated to America in the spring of 1853. Coming westward they settled at Joliet, Illinois, where on August 11th, but a few brief weeks after locating in their newly adopted home, the father died from the effects of a sunstroke, leaving his wife and little ones alone among a strange people and in a strange land. On exactly the same date (August 11th) twenty years later, his wife followed him to the grave. Both are interred at Joliet. William McConochie attended the public schools of Joliet and the Scotch lad was an apt and proficient pupil. During the winter of 1861-1862, when the South had seceded from the Union, when both sides were active in their preparation for the death struggle; when the martial spirit prevailed and predominated above all else, when the sound of fife and drum were heard throughout the...

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Biography of Henry H. Northup

Henry H. Northup, of Portland, was born in Berkshire, Massachusetts, February 27, 1839. His father was a farmer as were his ancestors for several generations. He attended the public schools, and when of sufficient age, which in those days was nine or ten years, was kept at home during the summer to assist in the work upon the farm. When he had reached the age of twelve years his father died, leaving, with slender property, a widow and three children of whom the subject of this sketch was the only son. From that time commenced a struggle for existence. His mother, a courageous and capable woman, descended from the Wilmarths, wished her son to follow some other vocation than that pursued by his father, and to this end was desirous that he should attend school and be educated. In this desire the boy shared. At the age of fourteen, that being before the era of public schools, he was sent to the Academy located in the town of Lenox, Berkshire, then the shire town of the county, remaining two years. By working outside of school hours he paid for his board, while his mother, by her efforts supplied his other needs. It was while attending this school he first formed the idea of following the law for a profession, never communicating the thought, however, as it was the wish...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Crane

Thomas Crane was born on the Isle of Man, March 25, 1844. His father, William Crane, was a soldier in the British army and died of cholera while in the Indias when Thomas was 18 months old. His mother, Catherine (nee Faragher), was born on the Isle of Man. His brother was William Crane and they lived in a sod house thatched with straw and had an earth floor. At the age of eleven, Thomas came with his uncle, C. Faragher, to America, landing at New Orleans after a voyage of 6 weeks and 2 days. They then went up the river to Dubuque, Iowa, and across the country with oxen to Monticello, Jones County, Iowa. He married Miss Elizabeth Jones, a native of Kentucky, on December 25, 1864. Thomas came to Ida County in 1877 with his capital consisting of two teams and wagons, five cows and six shotes, and settled on 160 acres of land in Maple Township, Ida County, Iowa. The land cost him $17.50 per acre. He built a house and for a time used his wagons for stable and granary. He tied the cows with hay ropes and made a pen for his shotes with willow bark. For many years, he successfully practiced as a veterinary surgeon dehorning the first 6,000 cattle in Ida County. He had a farm of 320 acres in Section...

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Biographical Sketch of William Crane

William Crane was born on the Isle of Man, May 16, 1841. His father, William Crane, was a soldier in the British army for 3 to 4 years, and died of cholera while in the Indias at the age of 33. His mother, Catherine (nee Faragher), was born on the Isle of Man. His brother was Thomas Crane and they lived in a sod house thatched with straw and had an earth floor. When he was 21 years old, he married Miss Margaret Bolt, born in the Isle of Man, daughter of James and Ann (Faragher) Bolt. William came to Ida County in 1884 to Corwin Township, Ida County, Iowa. He moved from Jones County, Iowa, where he had lived 30 years, pursuing his life work of farming. In 1892, he bought a farm of 160 acres in Corwin Twp. On the farm was a cottage 14 x 30 feet. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. William Crane: Alice (married R. M. Jamison), John, Emily (married F. W. Fletcher of Garfield Twp.), Henry, Lizzie and Mary, twins of Elijah and Mate, Maggie, and Thomas. He served as a member of the School...

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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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