Collection: History of Western Iowa

Biographical Sketch of John Anderson

John Anderson, of the firm of Anderson & Olson, dealers in boots, shoes, rubbers, etc., opposite High School building, was born in Sweden in 1843; came to America in 1869, and settled in Sioux City; married Anna Anderson. They have four children-Mary, Albert, Carrie and Oscar. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start...

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Biographical Sketch of George Devore

George Devore, auctioneer, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1834; came to Sioux City in 1869, prior to which he was in business in Ill., He was justice of the peace twelve years, and has held other town offices; he has followed his present business since...

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Biographical Sketch of A.H. Crowell

A.H. Crowell, of the firm of Crowell & Martin, commission merchants and wholesale dealers in foreign and domestic goods, green and dried fruits, confectionery, etc., corner of 3rd and Pearl streets, was born in Mass. in 1838; followed sailing eleven years; has visited almost every foreign clime, and is a man of wide experience. During the late war he was on a government transport. He located in Benton Harbor, Mich., where he engaged in the dry goods business. In April 1860, he came to this place, where he embarked in his present business, under the firm name of Crowell & Co.; afterwards, Geo. N. Martin became a partner. This is the only exclusive commission house in the...

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Biographical Sketch of C. Borman

C. Borman, proprietor of Columbia House, on the corner of Fourth and Water streets, established business in 1870. He has good stabling accommodations connected with the premises. Mr. B. was born in Germany in 1826. He was in the German military service six years; came to America in 1854, and settled in Alleghany City, Pennsylvania He removed to Johnston, Pennsylvania; thence to Omaha; thence to Sioux City, in 1868. In 1879, he was township trustee for this town. He married Federika Keller. They have five children-Lena, Mina, Elizabeth, Charles and...

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Biographical Sketch of C.M. Anderson

C.M. Anderson, photographer, was born in Sweden in 1849, came to America n 1852, and located in Chicago. In 1871, he moved to Rock Island, Ill. While there he took charge of a gallery, and learned the art of photography. He came to Sioux City in 1878; married Bertha Jorgenson, of Manitowoc, Wis. They have two children-Emineretta and John...

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Biographical Sketch of M.C. Davis

M.C. Davis, one of the proprietors of city mill and elevator, was born in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vt., in 1835. He has been engaged in the milling business since 1855; came to Sioux City in 1869 and erected the elevator in 1870. The elevator has a capacity of 70,000 bushels; the mill was built in 1871, has a capacity of 125 barrels of flour per day, and employs 15...

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Biographical Sketch of W.H. Corrigan

W.H. Corrigan, proprietor of sample room, No. 26 Pearl St., was born in Ozaukee Co., Wis., in 1850; came to this place in 1874, and entered the employ of the proprietor of the Washington House. He married Emma Shiable, of Sioux City. They have one...

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Biographical Sketch of Abel Anderson

Abel Anderson, dealer in groceries and provisions, corner of 4th and Jackson Sts., was born in Sweden in 1856; came to America in 1874, and settled in Sioux City. He is now one of the leading grocers of the city; his sales average $25,000 per...

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Biographical Sketch of M.B. Davis

M.B. Davis, attorney at law, was born in Grafton County, N.H., in 1837; enlisted in the late war in 1861 in Co. I, 1st R.I.C.; served in that regiment two years, and then enlisted in Co. I, 1st N.H.C., and served from March 1863 to August 1865; enlisted as a private, and came out a commissioned officer. He was taken prisoner at Paris, Va., and exchanged at the end of four weeks, and again taken prisoner at Winchester, Va., and escaped reached the Union army at Harper’s Ferry. He was again taken prisoner by Wade Hampton’s troops, and taken to Richmond, and removed to Castle Thunder; thence to Salisbury, N.C., and was paroled in the spring of 1865 at Wilmington, N.C. He was engaged as a cavalry scout most of the time during his service. He came to Fort Madison, Iowa, in 1866, where he practiced law until 1875, when he came to this city and opened an...

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Biographical Sketch of T.H., Conniff, Jr.

T.H. Conniff, Jr., attorney at law and justice of the peace, is a son of T.H. Conniff, of Houston, Minn., who has represented that state in the legislature, and was district attorney for several years. The subject of this sketch settled in Sioux City in 1869, is a graduate of the State University, and was admitted to the bar at Des...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. J. H. Bolton

Hon. J.H. Bolton, clerk of the circuit and district courts of Woodbury County, was born in Cleveland, O., in Jan., 1846; graduated at Harvard college in 1868. In 1869, he came to Sioux City, and engaged in the practice of law, which he continued until 1873, when he retired from the business. He was elected to the 17th General Assembly, and in 1879, was elected to his present office. He married Sarah Thornton now deceased-who was the daughter of James Thornton, the present consul to...

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Biographical Sketch of John Hittle

John Hittle, retail grocer-corner 4th and Douglas Sts.-established business in 1873. He was born in Ohio in 1835; moved to Ind., and in 1855 removed to Des Moines, Iowa He came to Sioux City in 1856, and in the fall of that year went to Sioux Falls, where he built a cabin for a Dubuque town company, returning to this place before winter. He was a fur trader for some years, and then entered the employ of H.D. Booge, & Co., where he remained for fifteen...

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Biographical Sketch of Geo. Maurer

Geo. Maurer, manufacturer of cigars and dealer in pipes and all smoking materials 4th Sts. was born in Austria in 1838; come to America in 1865, and settled in Cincinnati, O.; in the spring of 1869 he came to this city, where in 1873 he established the above business. While in Austria he served in the military five years and three months. He married Philomena Brunner, and has six children-Theresa, George, Anna, Flora, Minna...

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Biographical Sketch of M.A. Comeau

M.A. Comeau, carpenter and joiner, -shop opposite High School building-was born in the Province of Quebec, Canada; came to the U.S., and settled in Mass., in 1863. He removed to this place in 1879, and engaged in his present business. He married Mary Gelines, of Canada. They have four children-Malvinas, Edwin, Emma and...

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Biographical Sketch of A.L. Bennetts

A.L. Bennetts, proprietor of the New York Fruit Store-established business in 1879-was born in N.Y., in 1826; came west to Wis. in 1848, and, after traveling about, finally located at Forth Winnebago. He afterwards moved to Minnesota; from there to Saginaw, Mich.; thence to O.; then back to Mich.; from there to Chicago, and then to this city. He served in the late war two years under Gen. Burnside, in the 9th army corps. He has held various town offices. He married Grace Brigham of Wis. They have three...

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