Location: Marshall County IA

Biography of T. W. Johnson

T. W. JOHNSON. There is no country in the world in which the march of civilization is more noticeable than America, where home life is at the highest ebb of refinement and moral excellence. In every branch of life is this noticeable, the homes in particular showing the delicate touch of the housewife whose keen sense of refinement leads her to command the best and most artistic class of furniture. All classes of furniture may be found at the emporium of T. W. Johnson, who is the largest and only exclusive dealer in furniture and sash and doors in this part of the State. He has been a resident of Harrison since June, 1876, coming from Bellefonte. On first coming to the State he located at Yellville, where he followed the trade of a carpenter for two years. In 1870 he came to this country from Copenhagen, Denmark, landing at Boston; from there he removed to Marshalltown, Iowa, where he worked at his trade one year, then to Grinnel, Iowa, two years, and then came to Arkansas. After coming to Harrison he followed contracting and building for some time and erected many of the most important business buildings and private residences of the place. He is still following this occupation, is a master mechanic, a careful and painstaking workman, and that this fact is realized is shown by the...

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Biography of Horace E. Potter, M. D.

Horace E. Potter, M. D., had been located at Clifton for over thirty years, and besides his successful associations with the profession is a man of high standing and wide repute for his active relations with community affairs. Doctor Potter came to Kansas on his graduation from medical college. He was born in Henry County, Illinois, December 25, 1858. His ancestry is Scotch and his forefathers came from Scotland to Connecticut in colonial times. His father, Loren E. Potter, was also a physician. He was born at Potter’s Corners near Buffalo in Erie County, New York, in 1822. When he was twelve years of age his parents moved from Erie County to the Ohio Western Reserve and he grew up and married in Northeastern Ohio. Three of his children were born near Ashtabula. While in Ohio he studied medicine with Dr. Horace Eton, beginning practice in that state, moving from there to Henry County, Illinois, and soon after the Civil war moving to Marshall County, Iowa, where he practiced thirty years. During part of this time he had his home on a farm, but the last fifteen years of his life were spent at Algona, Iowa, where he died in December, 1897. As was true of most of the good Americans living in the Western Reserve, he was strongly identified with the abolotionist cause before the war and subsequently...

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Biography of Charles Daniel Ise

Charles Daniel Ise, a prominent lawyer and now county attorney of Montgomery County, had an individual record worthy of mention in this history of Kansas, and also represents a family which have many claims to distinction, some of them gained in this state, and others back in the Germen fatherland where the ancestors for generations were of the nobility. In Germany the name was spelled Eisenmenger. The family seat for generations had been in the Kingdom of Wnerternberg, and they had been members of the noble classes in that kingdom from the fourteenth century. One of the family was hero of the book known as “The Man of the Iron Hand.” The grandfather of the Independence attorney was Christopher Eisenmenger, who, in the decade of the ’40s, was considered the richest citizen of the Kingdom of Wuertemberg, owning controlling interests in every brick and tile manufacturing establishment in that country. He participated in all the wars of Germany in his time, and it is said that his father was slain in the battle of Waterloo. Christopher Eisenmenger was a very progressive man and advocated and to some degree brought about reform far in advance of his time. Partly for this and also for religious reasons he fell into the disfavor of the ruling house of Hohenzollern, and all his property was confiscated and he was left practically bankrupt when...

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Biography of William W. Randall

WILLIAM W. RANDALL is one of the early pioneers of the country now embraced in Union county, and he has spent much of his life here, having gained a good distinction in two different lines. He is now one of the substantial agriculturists of the county, and in earlier days he spent many years in the calling of the educator with marked success. William W. was born in Indiana, on October 28, 1852, being the son of Abraham and Lucinda (Olophant) Randall. The family removed to Iowa in 1853, settling in Marshall county, where they were called to mourn the death of the mother. The father then removed to Jasper county and later married again. In April, 1863, they went thence across the plains with teams to the Grande Ronde valley, this country then being in Baker county. They experienced no special trouble on the plains with the Indians. Our subject led the quiet life of the farmer and stockman in this frontier country from August 23, the time of their landing, until 1878, when Senator Jasper, of Union county, appointed him to a scholarship in the Agricultural College at Corvallis. After completing his time of study at the college, Mr. Randall taught for thirteen successive years, and always with marked success. Then he went at the agricultural business in Union county and there he has been engaged since,...

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Biographical Sketch of J. W. Green

J. W. Green, furniture dealer, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, November 21, 1844. Moved to Iowa in 1868; came to Jewell County, Kan., in the fall of 1873, and took a homestead five miles northwest of Burr Oak, and is now the owner of 280 acres of land. He went into the furniture business in Burr Oak in 1881, under the firm name of Green & Carpenter. He held the office of school clerk and trustee of Burr Oak Township for three years. Took United States census for the one hundred and twenty-third sub-district of third district of Kansas in 1880. He is a member of the K. of P. Was married March 25, 1869, in Marshall County, Iowa, to Miss Louisa C. Fulwider. They have four children – L. W., E. L., H. L., J. R., and Musett and Maud,...

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Biography of Perry E. Cook

Perry E. Cook has for more than twenty years been one of the principal carpenter contractors and builders of Topeka. His work and skill have been particularly exemplified in some of the finer residences of the city, and a large clientage have always felt a peculiar degree of assurance when any contract was entrusted to the firm of Cook & Son. The firm has also handled a great deal of the better class of repair and remodeling contracts. A resident of Kansas for thirty years, Perry E. Cook was born in Boone County, Indiana, December 12, 1859, a son of Oscar and Charity (Wiley) Cook. His father, who was a native of Cayuga County, New York, was a farmer. After living for many years in Boone County, Indiana, he moved to Appanoose County, Iowa, in October, 1877, but after three years returned to Indiana and established his home in Hendricks County where he lived until his death on March 1, 1912. He was a republican, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife, who was born in Russellville, Kentucky, died in Indianapolis in August, 1915. She was a member of the Christian Church. Reared on a farm, Perry E. Cook acquired his knowledge of books and literary learning through the district schools of Boone County, Indiana, and the grade schools of Royalton, Indiana. With an...

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Biography of Albert Henley

Albert Henley has been a resident of Lawrence for thirty-nine years. In all that time he had been actively and conspicuously identified with the material growth and commercial development of the state. Mr. Henley was a pioneer manufacturer of barbed wire in Kansas. Barbed wire is now accepted as a commonplace product of American industry. Only the old timers recall with what prejudice this wire was introduced into general use and also the crude forms in which it was at first manufactured. Mr. Henley’s early attempts at the manufacture were on a very small scale. He began at Lawrence under the name The Consolidated Barbed Wire Company. From a small beginning this grew to a large institution, supplying its product over practically all the prairie counties of Kansas. His first equipment consisted of four machines, which were brought to Lawrence in a small tin trunk. At first the barbs were made by hand in the old Kimball factory, and from there were carried in a tin bucket to the wire factory at the foot of Massachusetts Street. The bars were put on by hand. Gradually improvements and extensions were made and automatic machinery was introduced, most of it invented by Mr. Henley himself. In the end the factory employed between 100 and 150 hands, and the business was one of the chief industrial assets of Lawrence. There was also...

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Young, Blanche – Obituary

Arliene Lawson Young, 76, of Marshalltown, died Friday, Feb. 2, 1996, in Marshalltown. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont Funeral Chapel of Fremont, the Rev. Dean Sires officiating. Interment: Cedar Township Cemetery north of Fremont. A memorial fund has been established. Mrs. Young was born Feb. 27, 1919, in Burnsville, Minn. [Marshall Co., IA], to Chester Ray and Ella Barry Jones. She was a 1938 graduate of Marshalltown High School. In 1939, she married Warren Lee “Doc” Lawson in Marshalltown. He was part of the Big Band era and she traveled with the band and did most of their bookings. He died Dec. 28, 1954. She married Harris Young in 1958 in Marshalltown. He died in 1974. Survivors include a son” Warren Lawson of Marshalltown; three stepsons: Fred Lawson of Atlanta, Ca., Don Lawson of Bringham, Utah, and Royal Young of Albion; two stepdaughters: Louis Holberg of Boulder, Colo., and Lucina Young of Cedar Rapids; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; nine step grandchildren; a brother, Robert Jones of Elgin, Ill.; and sister, Nita Lubben of Cedar Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents and by both husbands. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Tomlinson, Thomas Harold – Obituary

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Virgil T. Golden Mortuary, Salem, for T. Harold “Tommy” Tomlinson, 79, of Salem, who died Thursday [June 25, 1987]. He was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, and had lived in Salem since 1919. He graduated from the Willamette University Law School in 1930 and was a deputy district attorney in Marion County for a short time. He was a partner with William J. Braun for 54 years in the Willamette Credit Co. and Braun Tomlinson Insurance. He was Marion County Clerk for 13 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Al Kader Shrine and the Oregon State Bar Association. Survivors include his wife, Frances S.; a daughter, Kaye E. Smith, Fairfax, Va.; and a son, R. Sande Tomlinson, Eugene. Private interment will be in Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem. Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Portland. Statesman Journal, June 27, 1987 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lawson, Warren Lee – Obituary

Warren L. Lawson, 51, of Marshalltown, better known as “Doc” a native of Hedrick and one of Iowa’s widely known musicians, collapsed at Bloomfield last Tuesday, December 28, and died before he could be taken to a hospital. “Doc”, whose electric organ recitals and accompaniment for horse shows at fairs, dances, weddings, funeral and other public gatherings had made him famous, had gone to Bloomfield to play for a ball Tuesday night sponsored by the T.T.T. chapter. He was stricken while conferring with members of the organization in the high school gymnasium. He was born at Hedrick and was a son of Dr. and Mrs. F. E. Lawson. He was a graduate of the Hedrick high school and the Ottumwa Conservatory of Music, and had his own band before and after his graduation from State University of Iowa in Iowa City. During the years following he played piano with many well known Iowa dance orchestras, with the Paramount theater stage band in Des Moines and was organist for the Paramount from 1929 until 1931. Later he reorganized his own dance orchestra and it had headquarters in Fort Dodge, Boone and Faribault, Minnesota, before he moved to Marshalltown in 1939. By 1942, “Doc” had added an electric organ to the band and it proved so successful that he started playing solo engagements. This work developed into full time operations and...

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Biography of E. T. Currens

E. T. Currens, farmer and fruit-grower; P. O. Mattoon; was born in Bracken Co., Ky., in 1816; his father was a farmer and tanner, and for fifty-five years conducted the two interests jointly, at Germantown, Ky.; E. T.’s early life was spent upon his father’s farm and in learning the tanning business; he entered Augusta College, Ky., in 1832, and graduated there from in 1836; he then engaged in mercantile life and farming till 1854, when he moved to Iowa and established the Kentucky settlement in Marshall Co.; in 1861, he returned to Maysville, Ky., and engaged in the hardware trade, in the firm of Currens & Owens; in 1864, he came to Mattoon, where he has since resided. Mr. Currens has thrice plighted himself at the nuptial altar; his first marriage occurred in 1839, his second in 1849, and his last in 1859, each time choosing for his helpmeet one of Kentucky’s fair daughters. His life has been one of marked activity; he has been an enterprising and liberal business man, and has always taken an active and leading part in introducing and rearing fine stock, in agricultural and horticultural exhibitions; he was the first merchant to build a tobacco warehouse outside of the river towns, and to buy, price and ship the farmers’ crops of Mason and Bracken Cos.; he founded the Union Agricultural Company of these...

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Biography of James H. Roe

James H. Roe, a member of the firm of Holmes, Roe & Pierson, the publishers of the Riverside Daily Press and Weekly Horticulturist, is classed among the pioneers of Riverside, and for the sixteen years preceding this writing has been prominently connected with the interests and industries of the colony. The brief facts gathered relating to his life are of interest: He was born in Birmingham, England, in 1843, his parents being the Rev. Charles Hill, a native of the north of Ireland, and Mary (Steadman) Roe, a native of England. His father emigrated with his family to the United States in 1851, and located in Boone County, Illinois, where he was engaged in his ministerial duties until the breaking out of the civil war, when he entered the United States service as a chaplain, and later was the superintendent of the Freedmen’s Aid Commission, having jurisdiction of the affairs of that association in the southwest. He was a sincere Christian, a philanthropist and able orator, and visited England delivering lectures, and obtaining aid for the suffering freedmen of the South. Mr. Roe was reared and schooled in Boone County until 1859, when he entered the University of Chicago and was diligently pursuing his course of study in that institution when the breaking out of the war induced him to abandon his college studies and tender his aid. In...

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Iowa Cemetery Records Madison to Mitchell Counties

Iowa Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Iowa county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Iowa Cemetery Records Adair to Allamakee CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Appanoose to Cass CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Cedar to Clinton CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Crawford to Dickinson CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Dubuque to Hancock CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Hardin to Johnson CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Jones to Lyon CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Madison to Mitchell CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Monona to Muscatine CountiesIowa Cemetery Records O’Brien to Pottawattamie CountyIowa Cemetery Records Powesheik to Sioux CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Story to Union CountiesIowa Cemetery Records Van Buren CountyIowa Cemetery Records Wapello to Wright Counties Madison County Following Cemeteries Sayre Cemetery (hosted at Madison County, Iowa Tombstone Transcription Project) Following Cemeteries (hosted At Interment) Barney Cemetery Beardsley-Beem Cemetery Bennett Cemetery Blair Chapel Cemetery Brush Ridge Cemetery Bullock Cemetery Clark Cemetery Close Cemetery Earlham Cemetery Ebenezer Cemetery Fairview Cemetery Farris Cemetery Farson Cemetery German Lutheran Cemetery Gordon Cemetery Hamblin Cemetery Hartman Cemetery Hickman Cemetery Hooten Cemetery Jefferson-Goar Cemetery King Cemetery Kivett Cemetery Lotz – Wintermantle Cemetery McDonald – Chase Cemetery McGinnis Cemetery Montpelier Cemetery Moon Cemetery Neal Cemetery North Branch Cemetery North McDonald Cemetery Old Penn Cemetery Payton Cemetery Penn Center Cemetery Peru Cemetery Pitzer Eppard Cemetery Pleasant View (Walker)...

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Biographical Sketch of Jonas Collin

Jonas Collin, a farmer and stockraiser of Section 23, Silver Creek Township, Ida Co., Iowa, was born in Sweden on April 12, 1830. As he advanced toward manhood, he conceived the idea of obtaining a fortune in a foreign land. In 1869, he and his family embarked for America. They landed in New York, made their way to Iowa, settled in Benton County, and remained there 18 months. They moved to Marshall County, Iowa, and remained there until the spring of 1880. Mr. Collin purchased a farm of 80 acres in Ida County, Silver Creek Township, Iowa. He broke the sod and improved the land. He added land until he owned 440 acres. Fruit trees of different varieties were planted. Jonas married in Sweden, to Johanna Segolson, who was born September 24, 1836. Nine children were born to them, two of which died in youth: Safrien, born October 14, 1860; Anastena, born October 1, 1862 and died May 5, 1866; Gabriel, born March 24, 1865; Joel born October 28, 1867; John Alfred born April 23, 1870; Albertena born February 1, 1873; Samuel born February 14, 1875; Josephine born February 4, 1877 and died July 23, 1882; Albin born April 8,...

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