Location: Louisa County IA

Biography of Dr. Hiempsal S. Dodd

DR. HIEMPSAL S. DODD. Totheperson who closely applies himself to any occupation which he has chosen as his calling in life, there can only come one result, that of success and a high place in the esteem of those among whom his lot has been cast. Dr. Dodd is no exception to this rule, and he has also at all times manifested much interest in the building up of the sections in which he has made his home, and has given liberally of his means to this end. He is a native of Wooster, Ohio, born in 1828, a son of David and Mary A. (Pile) Dodd, natives of Pennsylvania, who were taken by their parents to Ohio and were liberally educated in Wayne County. The father and mother died in 1874 and 1883 respectively, having long been members of the New Jerusalem Church. The father was a farmer, and although he, himself, never participated in any war, he was descended from a Revolutionary soldier, and his brother Moses was in the War of 1812 and was a participant in the battle of Lundy’s Lane, where he was killed. Samuel Dodd, the paternal grand-father of the subject of this sketch, was born in England, but at an early day came with his parents to this country and here he eventually took part in the war for independence. He was...

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Biography of Eldred Lloyd Eaton

Eldred Lloyd Eaton has been engaged in practice as a lawyer for the past six years, and in many ways had justified his choice of a profession and calling. In attainments and ability he now ranks as the leading lawyer of Chase County, his home and offices being. in Cottonwood Falls. Mr. Eaton had had a very active career, and he entered the legal profession after considerable experience as a teacher and business man. He was born at Hillsboro, Iowa, November 23, 1876, a son of Eugene E. and Etta Charity (Fligg) Eaton. His grandfather, Ebenezer Ancel Eaton, was a native of Needham, Massachusetts. Eugene E. Eaton was born in Lee County, Iowa, January 3, 1851, and spent the greater part of his life as a farmer and stock grower. He died April 6, 1906, at Stratton, Nebraska. Mr. Eaton’s parents were married in Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1874. The mother was born in that county September 14, 1854, and she is now living at Whittier, California. There were six children in the family, four sons and two daughters: Edith, born in 1875, died in 1876; Eldred L.; Gussie E., born August 20, 1879, unmarried and living with her mother; Glenn F., born October 7, 1882, a contractor and builder at Sioux City, Iowa; William D., born September 20, 1885, a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Paul H.,...

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Biography of Tolbert T. Glenn

TOLBERT T. GLENN. – An amiable and intelligent gentleman who has wrought faithfully for the progress and development of Union county since the time that there has been a Union county, the subject of this sketch is by right entitled to representation in this history of his section, and we are pleased to accord to him space for an epitome of an interesting career that has done much for the country, both by actual endeavor and bright example, while his unqualified success demonstrates the ability with which he has wrought, being today one of the largest farmers in the valley. In Wapello, Iowa, on June 22, 1844, there was born to William S. and Maria (Yates) Glenn the subject of this sketch. The father was a merchant for a time in Pleasantville, Iowa, but in 1862 brought his family across the plains to the Grande Ronde valley. He took up land from the government near Summerville and devoted his attention to freighting and also to farming his land. He handled goods from Portland and Umatilla to the mines of Idaho. In 1871 he removed to Malheur City and engaged in the mercantile business, starting later the town of Plannville, Oregon. On May 9, 1900, in Vale, Oregon, the father died, and the mother had died previously in the east, the date being 1849. Our subject attended school in Iowa...

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Biography of Edward P. Ashby

EDWARD P. ASHBY. – Among those who came to Union county with limited capital and have been enabled to work out here a competence for themselves, becoming prosperons and well-to-do in the goods of this world, may be mentioned the successful agriculturist and stockman whose name is at the head of this brief article and who stands to day as one of the substantial and worthy citizens of this progressive and wealthy county. At the present time Mr. Ashby owns a good farm about seven miles north of North Powder, and also a comfortable residence in the town of North Powder, where he is dwelling now for the purpose of having better school facilities for his children. His estate is well improved and he is handling considerable stock. When he landed in this county in 1871, with his parents, he was not possessed of much of this world’s goods, and thinking that there were better opportunities farther ahead they went on to the Willamette valley, and for six years wrought in that region and then returned in 1877 to Union county. The father homesteaded a place in Pyle’s canyon, and there he and the subject of this sketch went into partnership in raising stock, this arrangement continuing until 1893, when the son took the homestead, which is now his farm. On February 13, 1879, Mr. Ashby and Miss Francelia,...

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Biography of George W. Ruckman

GEORGE W. RUCKMAN. – One of the men who have been in the front rank of progress and aiding the advancement of the interests of the county of Union, is mentined above, and it is right to remark that Mr. Ruckman has been a leader in several distinct ines of industry in the county, having made a record of success in each one that s enviable and gratifying, and it is a matter of compliment to the county that she is the possessor of one who has ability to manipulate in such worthy manner various industries, each one of which is sufficient achievement for a single individual to gain in order to receive the commendations of his fellows. George W. was born on April 2, 1848, in Wapello, Iowa, being the son of William and Mary (Miller) Ruckman, natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and his father wrought at the blacksmith forge together with farming. Our subject was educated in the district schools of Iowa and devoted himself to assisting his father on the farm until he was twenty three years of age. In 1871 he crossed the plains to Oregon, using teams for the journey from Ogden, Utah, west, and landing in Walla Walla, Washington, on June 18, 1871, and worked for two and one-half months on a farm there, then came to the Grande Ronde valley, arriving...

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Biographical Sketch of J. T. Hollenbeck

J. T. Hollenbeck, merchant, was born in Indiana October 14, 1835; removed to Louisa County, Iowa, thence to Johnson County, thence to Grundy County, came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1871, and took a homestead, moved to Burr Oak, and engaged in general merchandising and is also extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising, making fine stock a specialty. Is now doing business under the firm name of Faidley, Hollenbeck & Smith. He held the office of Justice of the Peace in Walnut Township, in Jewell Co., Kan. Was a soldier in the United States Army, in Company D, Sixteenth Iowa Infantry. Mr. Hollenbeck is now the owner of 16 acres of land in addition to town property. He was married in Linn County, Iowa, June 29, 1855, to Miss Mary Hepker, and they have five children – Alla, S. L., Libbie, Estella and J....

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Biography of W. C. Buttman

Agricultural development in Washington county receives impetus from the intelligently directed labors of W. C. Buttman, who resides on a highly productive and well improved farm near Ochelata, which he cultivates according to the most modern and progressive methods. He was born in Louisa county, Iowa, March 10, 1874, his parents being A. C. and Jane (Easton) Buttman, the former also a native of that county, while the latter was born in the state of New York. Both are deceased. The family is an old and well known one in Iowa, W. C. Buttman’s grandparents being pioneers of that state, in which three of his sisters are now residing. In the acquirement of an education W. C. Buttman attended the grammar schools of Louisa county, Iowa, from which he was graduated when sixteen years of age, and throughout his life he has remained a student, becoming a well informed and broadminded man. After leaving school he learned the trade of harness making, which his father had followed, completing his apprenticeship at Nichols, Iowa, and continuing active along that line until he reached the age of twenty-two years. In 1903 he came to Oklahoma, locating at Enid and afterward removing to Guthrie, which was at that time the capital of the state, and was instrumental in removing the Negroes from office there. He next secured employment on a tank farm...

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Biography of Rev. O. I. Bennett

Rev. O. I. Bennett, pastor of the Christian Church at Boynton and for many years an earnest worker in a vocation which is recognized as the noblest occupation of man, is also ministering to the physical needs of the body as a chiropractor, and along both spiritual and material lines his efforts have been productive of much good. He was born in Cone, Louisa County, Iowa, September 13, 1867, a son of J. W. and Mary Arm (Manley) Bennett, natives of Indiana and of Irish descent. In 1849, when six years of age, the father was taken by his parents to Iowa, the family home being established in Louisa County. The grandfather of O. I. Bennett became well known in educational circles of the state, following the profession of teaching at Mount Pleasant until his death. His son, J. W. Bennett, acquired his education in the schools of Louisa County, Iowa, and on reaching mature years took up the occupation of farming, which he followed for many years in that locality, but is now living retired at Leavenworth, Kansas. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, in which he served for three years as a member of Company D, Ninth Iowa Cavalry. The mother passed away on the 13th of September 1903. O. I. Bennett was reared in his native County and there pursued his education, subsequently...

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Glenn, Tolbert Thomas – Obituary

Summerville, Ore., Jan. 11, 1912 – Tolbert Thomas Glenn was born in Wapello, Iowa on June 22nd, 1844, and died at his home near Summerville, Oregon, on January the 6th instant. In 1862 he crossed the plains with his father and mother who settled in the Grande Ronde valley, where he has resided continuously since that time. On Sept. 20th, 1868 he was married to Miss Sarah Myers who survives him. The family of Mr. Glenn is now represented by Chas. A. Glenn of Lostine; William T., Arthur C. and Guy J. Glenn of Summerville; Mrs. Hattie McWilliams of Newcastle, California; Mrs. Daisy Settlemeir or Portland, Mrs. Mina Standley of Island City, and Miss Myra who resides in her parent’s home at Summerville. Of the family to which Mr. Glenn belonged there are now living four sisters: Mrs. M. A. Woodward of Milton; Mrs. A. M. Rinehart of San Diego, Cal.; Mrs. C. C. Wells of Vale, Ore.; Mrs. I. Holland of Burns; and three brothers; Arthur, Frank and Walter of Malheur county, Oregon. On Aug. 19th, 1895, at La Grande, the deceased with his wife, on confession of faith, united with the Presbyterian church, through the kind and helpful office of the Rev. G. H. Worthen, evangelist. The internment took place at the Summerville cemetery at noon today. Yours Sincerely, Clinton H. Day La Grande Evening Observer Tuesday,...

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Ball, Dwight LeRoy – Obituary

Dwight L. Ball, 76, of New London died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant. Born July 25, 1929, in Marsh, he was the son of John F. and Gladys Rebecca Morrow Ball. On June 26, 1955, he married Roberta Hillard in New London. Mr. Ball was a dairy farmer and worked for J. I. Case for 34 1/2 years. He was a 1947 graduate of New London High School and a member of the New London United Methodist Church. He also was a member of Deerwood Golf Club and the Burge Cemetery board. He enjoyed watching the Hawkeyes, working in the yard, and training and breaking horses. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Deb Shull and Sherri Mears, both of New London, and Cindy Culbertson of Fort Madison; one son, Ron Ball of Bethalo, Ill.; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Chapel in New London, where the family will meet with friends from 3 to 5 p.m. The funeral for Mr. Ball will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Elliott Chapel, with Pastor Matt Miller officiating. Burial will be in Burge Cemetery in New London. A memorial has been established for the New London Rescue Unit. The Hawk Eye, December...

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Ormsby, Margaret Vesey – Obituary

Mrs. Margaret Ann Ormsby, 72, of 607 Sixteenth Avenue South, a resident of Nampa since 1928, died yesterday in her home [July 27, 1953]. Mrs. Ormsby was born Feb. 18, 1880, in Hopkinton, Iowa. She was married in Hopkinton in November, 1897, to William Ormsby. The couple moved to Iowa, and in 1913, to Grandview. They lived there until coming to Nampa. Mr. Ormsby died in Nampa in December, 1939. Mrs. Ormsby was a member of the Methodist Church, Colfax Rebekah Lodge and the Women’s Relief Corps. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Irene Scribner, Burns, Ore. and Mrs. Helen Stanford, Nampa; two sons, George Ormsby, Vale, Ore., and Sam Ormsby, Boise; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Evans, Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Clara Bartell, Monticello, Iowa; three brothers, George Vesey, Renton, Wash.; Henry Vesey, Delhi, Iowa, and John Vesey, Boone, Iowa, and 22 grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Edmunds Chapel. Rev. Robert Crenshaw of South Side Boulevard Methodist Church will officiate, and burial will be in Kohlerlawn Cemetery. Colfax Rebekah Lodge will take part in the graveside service. Idaho Free Press, July 28, 1953 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of H. W. Magee

H. W. Magee, attorney at law, Mattoon; was born in Coles Co., Ill., in October, 1847; his father came from Cynthiana, Ky., and settled in Coles Co., Ill., in 1832; here he engaged in farming; he relates that his father labored a whole year for Joseph VanDeren for $96; when H. W., was 2 years of age, his father moved to the western portion of Missouri, and was there during the border troubles; in the fall of 1857, he returned with his family to Coles Co., and settled in what is known as ” Dead Man’s Grove ;” in 1872, he moved to Louisa Co., Iowa, where he at present resides; having obtained a good common-school education, at the age of 20 years, H. W. entered the office of the Circuit Clerk, at Charleston, as Deputy; here he remained about two and a half years; in the winter of 1869, he entered the law department of Michigan University, from which he graduated in the spring of 1872; at that date, he was admitted to practice in the courts of Michigan, and, the summer of 1872, was admitted to the courts of Illinois; he began the practice of his profession in Mattoon, his present residence. He was married in the spring of 1873 to Ellen J. Barnes, a native of Indianapolis; has one...

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Biography of S. R. Geddis

S.R. GEDDIS. – Mr. Geddis, a portrait of whom, together with a view of his beautiful home farm, appears in this history, is a leading and wealthy citizen of Kittitass county. He is one of the men whose success in life has been mainly achieved in the county in which he now lives by the exercise of economy, industry and business integrity, guided by intelligent financial ability. He is now a rich man, while but a few years ago he came to the Kittitass valley with nothing but an unblemished reputation as his entire capital. Mr. Geddis was born in Warren county, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1838, and was the eldest son of Robert and Margaret Nash Geddis. Six years later, he with his parents moved west to Louisa county, Iowa, where in 1845 our subject suffered the irreparable loss of his father by death. In 1846 his mother married William Clum, and in the spring of that year started across the plains to Oregon, arriving in the following September. They first located on a farm in Linn county, where Mr. Geddis remained until 1865. During the Rogue river war in 1855, Mr. Geddis joined Captain, afterwards General Williams’ company, with whom he served for a time, and then joined Captain Hugh O’Neil’s company, with whom he remained until the close of hostilities in 1865. He moved to Umatilla, Umatilla...

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Biography of John Marshall McCall

JOHN MARSHALL McCALL. – Among the substantial and favorably known residents of Southern Oregon, none have occupied a more useful place in the upbuilding of the state since the days of its infancy than the gentleman whose name is the heading of this brief memoir. His is one of those aggressive, go ahead dispositions that is an example of that time-honored adage, that “God helps those who help themselves;” and his whole life has bristled with instances of this belief. A man of strong convictions and honest prejudices, scorning hypocrisy in all things and in his dealings with friend, foe or the world at large, all his actions are guided by fairness, honesty and affability. Being of such a nature, success has come to him, and also a popularity among those who have had the good fortune to become acquainted with him. By birth he is a Pennsylvanian, having been born in Washington county in that state on January 15, 1825. In 1840 he became with his parents a pioneer to the then territory of Iowa, settling in Louisa county. From thence he emigrated “the plains across,” via the ox-team route to Oregon. His headquarters during the first winter after his arrival was at the old capital, Oregon City. From there he made excursions to different parts of the valley, and made inquiries relative to locations not visited. The...

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