History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
CAMPBELL, C. B., far. and stock raiser S. 13; P. O. Raymond; born in Columbia Co., N. Y., in 1843; moved to Waterloo, Iowa, in 1865; settled on his present farm in 1872; he has 360 acres of land valued at $9,000. He represented his county in the Legislature in 1874-5; Township Assessor one year. Mr. c. is quite extensively engaged in stock raising; he makes blooded hogs a specialty; the Poland-China is his favorite.
CARPENTER, DAVID H., farmer, S. 25; P. O. Waterloo; born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1851. Married Anna Lee in 1872; she was born in Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1849. Came to this county in 1865, settling on his present farm of 320 acres, which is owned by his father. Members of the M. E. Church. Anna S. and David M. are their children.
CARR, JAMES I., farmer, Sec. 23; born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., in 1836; came to this county in 1857, and settled in Waterloo Village, where he lived until 1860, in which year he was married to Elizabeth S. Hill; she was born in Massachusetts in 1840. In 1860, he moved to Windsor, Fayette Co., where he lived until 1865; returning, settled on his present estate, consisting of 133-1/3 acres, valued at $50 per acre. Are members of the Congregational Church. Was Assessor four years, and is Secretary of the independent school district of Pleasant Hill, and Town Trustee. Minnie and Willie are their children.
CASCADEN, THOMAS, DEALER IN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, West Side; born in Ireland June 23, 1835; moved to Canada and to this county in August, 1868, and married Amanda L. Smith in May, 1868, and again married Annie L. Mayes in April, 1874; she was born in Ohio. Mr. c. moved to Cedar Falls, and then to this city; has been engaged in foundry and agricultural implements trade since his arrival here.
CASE, FREDERICK W., farmer, Sec. 34; born in Hartford Co., Conn., in 1834. Married Emma Dewitt in 1856; she was born in Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1837; have four children living - Alta, Addie, Mary and Nettie; came to this county same year of marriage and settled on the farm adjoining his present estate where he lived until 1877, when he moved on the farm he now owns, consisting of 280 acres, valued at $50 per acre. This family are among the early settlers of this county.
CASTEEL, PERRY, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. waterloo; born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1830; he emigrated to Iowa in 1855; entered a half section of land from the Government the same year; has since sold one-half to his brother; he has 160 acres of land, valued at $4,000. He was married in 1858 to Miss Emeline Herrod, from Knox Co., Ohio; they have eight children - Frank W., Cora A., Bertie M., Minnie E., Carrie A., Thomas L., Walter P. and Dora. He has held the office of Township Assessor one year, Road Supervisor one year and School Director three years. Mr. C. was among the earliest settlers in the county; he built the second house between Waterloo and Blakeville. He built a fine barn, 40 x 48, in 1877. He deals quite extensively in cattle and hogs.
CHADWICK, DAVID, farmer, Sec. 33; born in Berkshire Co., Mass., May 28, 1815. Married Clarinda L. Judd June 18, 1843; she was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, March 14, 1824; have six children - John J., Annie J., Lola L., Gilbert L., Jason D. and Merrit M. Came to this State and settled in Bremer Co. in 1852; settled on his present farm in 1875, consisting of 110 acres; valued at $30 per acre.
CHAPIN, B. A., firm of Bangor & Chapin, dealers in boots and shoes; born in Ashtabula Co., Ohio, Nov. 25, 1852; came to this county with his parents in May, 1854. Married Fannie Simmons Jan. 4, 1877; she was born near Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1859. Entered the copartnership Feb. 6, 1876.
CHASE, W. H., farmer, Sec. 26; born Sept. 20, 1820, in Portsmouth, R. I.; in 1848, came to Connecticut; in 1863, came to Illinois; in 1866, came to Grundy Co., Iowa, and opened a farm of 960 acres; in 1869, he sold 640 acres and removed to Cedar Falls; then commenced the grocery business, and continued it about four years; then returned to Grundy Co., remained there about one year, then sold the balance of his farm (320 acres) and returned to Cedar Falls; in 1875, came to his present farm, consisting of eighty acres, valued at $30 per acre. Married, March 27, 1871, Mrs. Anna M. Barker, daughter of Luther H. and Margaret A. Barnes; she was born March 27, 1831, in Toronto, Canada; have two children - Anna B. and Margaret; she has one child by a former marriage - Fred Barker. Clark Chase was born April 3, 1794, in Portsmouth, R. I.; in 1876, came to Cedar Falls; he lives with his son. He married Eliza Woodman; she was born in 1797, and died in December, 1874, aged 76 years; had six children, four living - W. H., Alfred S., Constant W. and Elizabeth (now Mrs. Bordon).
CHATFIELD, G. W., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Waterloo; born in DuPage Co., Ill., 1837; moved to Iowa, and on his present farm in 1864. He was married in 1869 to Miss Elizabeth Wood, of Wisconsin. Mr. C. enlisted October, 1861, in the 33d I. V. I., Co. B., under Col. Hovey; mustered out in 1862, on account of sickness. Has 160 acres of land valued at $5,000. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace for the past two years. He was elected Captain of the Township Militia during the war after his return.
CHOATE, NATHAN B., farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Waterloo; born in Port Hope, Canada West, June 10, 1832; emigrated to this country and Wisconsin 1855; he came to Iowa, and entered his land from the government in 1855, and settled on it in 1856. He was married the same year to Miss E. P. Leffingwell, from Illinois; she was born in Vermont in March, 1838; her parents emigrated to Ogle Co., Ill., in 1845; they were among the pioneers of that county. He has 400 acres of land, valued at $12,000. They have two children - Charles S., born Sept. 7, 1857, and Charlotte A., born Dec. 21, 1863. Mr. C. imported to his farm from Canada, in 1872, sixteen head of Devonshire cattle; the pedigree of his herd of thorough-breds shows that they have been carefully selected; he very readily dioposes of the increase of his herd. He was among the earliest settlers in the county; he was present at the meeting for the organization of the county; presented a motion to establish the roads on the section lines, which, though opposed by many, was carried; he has rented his farm the most of the time for the past twelve years, spending his time in Waterloo and Ogle Co., Ill. He is a Republican in politics.
CHRISTIE, T., grain dealer at Illinois Central Depot; born in Scotland in 1839; came to Canada in 1853, and Traer, in Tama Co., in 1863, and to this county in 1864. Married Mary Collins in 1876, who was born in Salem, Mass. Mr. Christie commenced his present business in 1866, and bought his present elevator in 1874.
CLARK, GEORGE W., proprietor of Cedar Falls Omnibus Line, and breeder and shipper of pure-bred Poland-China swine; he was born Aug. 30, 1833, in Monroe Co., N. Y.; in 1850, came to Janesville, Wis.; in 1854, came to Cedar Falls; he owns 120 acres of land in Sec. 20, valued at $35 per acre. Married Fannie F. Streeter in January, 1855; she was born Aug. 9, 1837, in Clifton Springs, N. Y.; had eight children, four living - Clara R. (now Mrs. J. E. Bates), William K., Nettie E. and George B.
CLARK, JEREMIAH, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Enterprise; born in Bedford Co., Penn., in 1830. Married Ellen Ritz in 1850; she was born in the same county in 1831; Crammel, Sammy, Laura, Belle, Willie and Henry are their children. Came to this county in 1866, and settled on his present farm of thirty-eight acres, valued at $25 per acre.
CLARK, JOHN W., retired farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Waterloo; born in Columbia Co., Penn., May 4, 1805, where he married Margaret Derr; she was born in the same county June 12, 1806; died March 9, 1873; they came to this county and settled on their present farm, consisting of 180 acres, valued at $60 per acre, in 1856. When the rebellion broke out, Mr. C. sent five of his sons to the army, all of whom returned home. Their children are Charles, born March 25, 1832; Caroline, born June 1, 1833; Elizabeth, born Sept. 17, 1834; George, born Dec. 7, 1835; William, born Aug. 21, 1837; Robert, born May 14, 1839; John F., born Aug. 8, 1841; Lyman, born Jan. 25, 1843, and Margaret, born Aug. 25, 1848.
CLARK, WM., Clark & Susong, meat market; the senior of this firm, Wm. Clark, was born in Lower Canada, in 1845, and came to this county with his parents in 1856. The junior partner, Henry Sussong, was born in Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1842; came to Washington Co., Wis., in 1847, with his parents, and to this county April 3, 1863. Dec. 3, 1863, enlisted in Co. D, 32d I. V. I., and was honorably discharged in June, 1866. Married Mina Young Nov. 14, 1866, in Washington Co., Wis., where she was born Sept. 20, 1846; their children are Charles and Eddy. Opened their place of business in this village in March, 1875.
CLARK, WM. H., firm of Clark Bros., livery, board and sale stables, cor. First and Washington sts.; born Nov. 7, 1838, in Berkshire Co., Mass.; in 1858, came to Freeport, Ill.; in 1860, removed to Dixon, Ill.; in 1862, returned to Massachusetts, and in 1873, came to Cedar Falls, Iowa. Married Alice Conklin March 21, 1878; she was born in November, 1855, in Iowa; he owns 6-1/2 acres outside the city limits; also a house and lot in the city.
CLEMMENS, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 22; born in England in 1827. Married Mary Eason in 1852; she was born in the same place in 1829; have seven children - William, Mary a., George, Charles, John, Thomas and Frank; lost three children - Elizabeth, James and one that died in infancy. came to this country in 1850, and first settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained until 1870, when he came to the city of Waterloo, and in February, 1877, settled on his present farm, consisting of forty acres, valued at $40 per acre. Are members of the Baptist Church.
CLINGER, JAMES, dealer in coal and wood; office cor. of Fourth and Bluff sts.; was born in Mifflin Co., Penn., in 1814. Married Hannah Condo in 1840; she was born in Centre Co., Penn., in 1819; they moved to Greene Co., Wis., in 1855, and came to this county in 1865, settling in this city.
CLOSE, J. F., blacksmith, Gilbertville; born in Prussia in 1832; came to this country, and Prairie du Chien, Wis., in 1858; to Iowa and Allamakee Co., in 1859; to McGreger in 1863, and to Black Hawk Co., in 1865. He was married in 1862 to Miss Dora Shroeder, from Prussia; they have two children - Julia, born in 1873, and Anna, born in 1875. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $4,000. He was in the Government employ as blacksmith at Nashville and Chickamauga in the Winter of 1864-5. Mr. Close is an A No. 1 workman, and thereby secures a large business; he also manufactures "The Freedman Patent Drag."
COBB, DANIEL, livery stable, Fifth and Commercial sts.; was born in Windham Co., Vt., April 14, 1805. Married Julia A. Rathbone Oct. 17, 1827; she was born in Milo, Saratoga Co., N. Y., Nov. 8, 1808; when quite young, Mr. Cobb moved with his parents to Worcester Co., Mass., and after two years moved to Westmoreland, Cheshire Co., N. H., and after seven years went to Saratoga Springs, N. Y., and then to Cattaraugus Co., and Erie Co., and Yorkshire, N. Y.; after residing in Macomb Co., Mich., and Genesee Co., N. Y., Allegany, N. Y., and Ohio; he came to this county from Allegany Co., N. Y., arriving May 5, 1859.
COBB, LUCIUS A., retired lumber merchant; was born in Windham Co., N. H., Aug. 30, 1821. Married H. A. Ellsworth Nov. 3, 1860; she was born in Hardwick, Vt.; moved to Saratoga Springs, N. Y.. and to Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., emigrating to Jackson Co., Iowa in 1853, and on Nov. 5, 1855, came to this county, settling in this city.
COBB, W. S., retired farmer; was born in Westmoreland Co., N. H., on June 9, 1824. Married A. E. Lingenfelter March 5, 1847; she was born in Victory, N. Y.; moved to Saratoga Springs, and to Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., where he was married, and then came to this county in October, 1856, settling in Cedar Township on Sec. 6; came to this city in 1866. Ravilla and Edgar S. are their children.
COCHONOUR, GEORGE W., farmer, S. 26; P. O. Cedar Falls; born April 20, 1844, in Seneca Co., Ohio; in 1856, came to Black Hawk Co., Iowa; in 1872, removed to his present farm. Owns forty-five acres, valued at $60 per acre. Married Lydia Ford Feb. 7, 1867; she was born April 16, 1846, in Wyandot Co., Ohio; have one child - Nettie L., born June 11, 1868. Are members of the United Brethren Church.
COLE, JACOB, retired; residence corner of Washington and Twelfth sts.; born April 12, 1814, in Hunterdon Co., N. J.; in 1863, he removed to Morgan Co., Ill.; the same year, came to Cedar Falls; he owns 240 acres of land in Sec. 26, also property in the city. Married Catherine Swayze Sept. 5, 1838; she was born April 6, 1821, in Morris Co., N. J.; have two children - John L., born in April, 1839, and Martha M. (now Mrs. Henry), born in March, 1845.
COLE, OSCAR, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Cedar Falls; born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., in 1834. Married Lavantia J. Foote in 1858; she was born in Chenango Co., N. Y., in 1836; they have two children - Ellen and Georgia. Came to this county in 1854, and settled on his present estate of 160 acres, which was Government land, and is now valued at $40 per acre. He broke the first land in this town, and numbers among those of the earliest settlers.
CONE, W. A., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Waterloo; born in Pennsylvania in 1816; emigrated with his parents to Connecticut in 1`817, and to Wisconsin in 1843, to Iowa in 1869, and on his present farm the same year. He was married in 1841 t Miss Vincy b. Mack, from Connecticut; they have had seven children, five living - Augustus, Levi P., Amelia, George and Cynthia. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $4,600. He has held the office of School Director one year, Road Supervisor one year. Mr. C. has held the position of local preacher for the M. E. Church for the past thirty-five years; be preaches occasionally now.
COOLEY, JAMES L., real estate agent in Waterloo; was born in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 1, 1826; emigrated to Kane Co., Ill., in 1846, and in 1858, came to this county, settling in this city, where he has been engaged in the grain trade. Enlisted in the 32d I. V. I. in 1862, serving in the army of the Cumberland until discharged in 1865; in 1878, was elected Overseer of the Poor and Township Trustee. Married Sarah Lichty, who was born in Kane Co., Ill., in 1846.
COON, HARMON, farmer, Sec. 33; born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., in 1821. Married Sarah J. Knapp in 1851; she was born in same county in 1835; have three children living - Emma J., Mary F. and Dolly A.; lost one child - Charles H. Came to this county in 1869, and settled in Lincoln Tp., where he resided until 1874, when he moved to Waterloo Village, and in 1876 settled on his present estate, consisting of forty-two acres, valued at $1,200.
COONS, JACOB A., farmer on Sec. 16; P. O. Waterloo; born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., Feb. 25, 1854; he moved with his parents to Iowa and Waterloo Tp. in 1868; to their present farm in 1869; he , together with his brother, L. B. Coons, has carried on the farm for the past three years. Their parents reside in Waterloo; the brothers have lately purchased eighty acres of land in Sec. 16. Jacob A. was married in 1877 to Miss Emma M. Virden, from Waterloo Tp.; her parents came to and settled in this county in 1849 ... The brothers are Republican in politics.
COONS, L. B., ... farmer on Sec. 16; P. O. Waterloo; ... [Jacob A. Coons], together with his brother, L. B. Coons, has carried on the farm for the past three years. Their parents reside in Waterloo; the brothers have lately purchased eighty acres of land in Sec. 16. ... L. B. Coons was born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., May 11, 1852; he moved to and settled on his present location in 1869. He was married in 1875 to Miss Susie French from Oneida Co., N. Y.; they have one child - Lena A., born Nov. 3, 1876. The brothers are Republican in politics.
COOPER, S. P., farmer, Sec. 35; born in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, in 1819. Married Lucy E. Bonnelle in 1843; she was born in same county in June, 1854, and settled on his present estate consisting of 240 acres, valued at $40 per acre; was one of the earliest settlers in this town and has experienced all the hardships of pioneer life. Has two children - Ward, and Wirt, who married Effie Moon in 1875; she was born in Kane Co., Ill., in 1853, and has one child - Ray. Mr. Cooper lost one son, who enlisted in Co. D, 31st I. V. I., and died of disease contracted at Memphis, Tenn., after a service of eight months. Has been Justice of the Peace and Assessor, and is well known throughout the town and county.
CORWIN, C. W., Assistant Marshal and Notary Public; was born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., in 1834; emigrated to Lake Co., Ill., in 1847, and to this county in 1857, settling in Fox Township. Married Alice McStay in 1860, who was born in Dundee; they came to this city in 1864. Willard H. is their only child.
CORWIN, I. T., farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Gilbertville; born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., in 1827; moved with his parents to Lake Co., Ill., in 1845. He was married in 1853 to Miss Sarah Davis, from Illinois; they moved to Iowa, and located on their present farm in 1854; they have five children - Howard M., Elmer F., Ella J., Fred. W., Nettie E. They have 380 acres of land, valued at $10,000. He has held the office of County Supervisor seven years, and holds the same by appointment now; Justice of the Peace seven years, Tp. Clerk two years, tp. Assessor two years, and Road Supervisor two years. Has always taken a prominent part in the interests of the county and township. He moved to this State with an ox team; arriving at Independence, they found the roads so bad, caused by heavy rains, that they were obliged to leave their team and foot it to their present home; they endured many privations; neighbors very scarce, and Cedar Falls their nearest market, and Independence their nearest mill. He assisted in the organization of the Township, and gave to Gilbertville the name of Frenchtown, by which it is now called. Going to G. one day, he met a neighbor who asked him where he was going; he said "to Frenchtown," by which name it has since been called, except as a Post Office.
COTTRELL, AMASA, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Waterloo; born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., in 1825. Emigrated to Iowa and Black Hawk Co. in 1857; he spent three years on rented farms, then took a trip to Pike's Peak in 1860; returned to Iowa and settled on his present farm in the Spring of 1862. He was married May 15, 1847, to Miss Rebecca Deavitt, from New York; they have four children - William A., Louisa J., Warren H., Harmon S. Mr. C. owns 960 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He has held the offices of Township Trustee one year, School Director eight years, and Secretary of the School Board eight years. He held the office of President of the Black Hawk County Agricultural Society three years; also President of the Patrons' Joint Stock Co. two years; also President of the Waterloo, Belle Plaine & North Missouri Narrow-Gauge Railroad two years. Mr. C. has added many fine improvements to his farm - a large barn 60x100; he is now building a fine dwelling 48x56. He is quite extensively engaged in feeding cattle and hogs; during last year, he sold seventy-four head of fat cattle, and 260 fat hogs. The family are among the first and prominent settlers of the township. He was appointed on a committee to assist in the division of Black Hawk Tp. into Black Hawk and Lincoln, giving to each equal territory. Their son - William A. - has held the office of Deputy Auditor of Black Hawk Co., for the past five years; Louisa J. is engaged in teaching school; she has taught in her own and adjoining districts for the past seven years; Warren H. attends the Iowa State University at Iowa City; he drew the prizes of his class in 1876-7; Harmon remains at home and attends to the interests of the farm.
COUNTRYMAN, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 33, born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., in 1807, and married Ellen Christman in 1828; she was born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., in 1807; they have seven children living - Nicholas, Henry, Nancy, Isaac, Martha, Sallie and Adelia; lost seven children. Came to this county in October, 1867, and settled on his present estate of eighty acres, valued at $30 per acre. Are members of the Evangelical Church.
COVER, E. MERRICK, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. La Porte City; born in Johnstown, Penn., in 1851, and came to this county in May, 1874, and settled on his present farm of eighty acres, valued at $30 per acre. Married Martha Jewell in Jan., 1875; she was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1856. Addie B.. and infant son not yet christened are their children.
COWIN, E. F., attorney at law; was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1847; received his education in his native city, and, after attending the Law School at Ann Arbor, Mich., he was admitted to the bar in Ohio Sept. 6, 1869. Came to this county June 28, 1870.
COWLES, CHARLES C., farmer, S. 3; born in Hampshire Co., Mass., in 1836. Married Julia H. Andrews in 1862; she was born in Geauga Co., Ohio, in 1841; have two children - Lydia M. and Bertie A. Came to this county in 1867, and settled in Waterloo City, where he lived until 1875, when he settled on his present farm, where he has since made his home.
COWLISHAW, J. H., farmer S. 13; P. O. Blakeville; born in England in 1830; emigrated to this country and Pennsylvania in 1830, to Illinois in 1851, across the plains to California in 1852; returning, made a trip to England in 1855; returned and settled on his present farm in 1855. He was married in 1858 to Miss Lucy French, from England; they had five children, three living - Betsey, Yeoman N. and Gertrude. He has 475 acres of land, valued at $15,000. He has held the office of School Director six years, Road Supervisor six years, and Treasurer. Mr. S. was among the earliest settlers in the county, only two houses being be-between him and Waterloo at that time. He took another trip to England in 1866. They are members of the Free-Will Baptist Church; he is a Republican in politics.
COX & ANDREWS, dealers in groceries, crockery, boots and shoes, etc., Main st.
FRANCIS COX was born March 1, 1829, in England; in 1852, came to Fayette Co., Ohio; in 1854, came to Cedar Falls, and followed the stone cutting trade till 1876, when he commenced his present business. Married Mary Mann April 4, 1852, in London; she was born Aug. 21, 1828, in England, and died April 11, 1868; have four children - Thomas, Lizzie, Carrie and William. Was a member of the Town Council from 1874 to 1876.
COX, SYLVANUS B., farmer, Sec. 17; born in Onondaga Co., N. Y. in 1816. Married Sallie M. Bement in 1840; she was born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., in 1820; they have four children living - Grove B., Acton M., Susan S. and Josephine A.; lost two children - Acton M. (1st) and Mary. Came to this county in 1855, and entered eighty acres in this township and lived until 1865, when he moved to his present place of twenty acres, valued at $40 per acre; is one of the early settlers of this town and county.
CRAIL, A. M., farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Janesville; born May 29, 1830, in Beaver Co., Penn.; March 15, 1854, came to Janesville, Bremer Co., Iowa; in 1857, came to his present farm. Owns 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre. Married Caroline Mowry Nov. 24, 1853; she was born July 3, 1835, in Beaver Co., Penn.; had seven children, six living - Arlo, Miranda, Martha, Mary, Flora and Wesley. Enlisted Aug. 15, 1862, in Co. B, 38th I. V. I., and served to the close of the war. Is Township Assessor; has held this position the past five years. Are members of the M. E. Church.
CRIPPEN, J. H., physician and surgeon; was born in Decatur, Otsego Co., N. Y., April 9, 1850. Moved to Ithaca, Tompkins Co., N. Y.; commenced the study of medicine with E. B. Nash, M. D., of Courtland, N. Y., and graduated at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1872; commenced the practice of medicine in Ithaca, N. Y.; came to this county in Jan., 1874. Married Minnie M. Clingman April 10, 1877; she was born in Greene Co., Wis., Jan. 5, 1857.
CROSS, B. N., farmer, Sec. 3; born in Licking Co., Ohio, in 1833. Married Mary J. Baroff in 1857; she was born near Tiffin, Ohio, in 1835; they have six children - William, Ellsworth, Albert, Eliza, John and Henry; lost three children - Zoloman B., Sarah M. and Charles M. Came to this county in 1866, and settled on Mt. Vernon Tp., where they resided until 1871; settled on their present estate of 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre. Mr. C. served sixteen months in the 123d Ohio V. I., Co. A. Are members of the United Brethren Church.
CUNNINGHAM, THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Barclay; owns 440 acres, probable value $8,800; born in 1833, in County of Clare, Ireland, where he attended school and worked at farming until he emigrated with his parents (Michael and Hannah Cunningham) to Quebec, Canada, in 1851; after spending about a year in the Dominion, he came to Portage Co., Ohio, where he lived until 1854, and in August of that year, he acme to Black Hawk Co., Iowa, an settled in Barclay Tp., where he now resides. He was married in the Fall of 1856 to Margaret, daughter of Michael and Bridget Meaney, of County Clare, Ireland, where she was born in 1828; they have four children - Mary a., born July 4, 1857; Daniel, May 15, 1860; John, June 20, 1862; and Thomas, July 11, 1867. When Mr. Cunningham came to settle in this township, there were but very few settlers; the whole country was an unbroken tract of prairie; no schools, no laid-out roads, no bridges, in those days were to be seen; the land he now owns was entered in 1854, at $1.25 per acre. He is Democratic in politics, and is School Director now serving his third term; he is also Road Supervisor, and his family are members of the Catholic Church.
CURRAN, MICHAEL, farmer, Sec. 4; born in Ireland in 1824, and emigrated to this country in 1856 and settled in Stamford, Conn., and in 1858 moved to the West and settled in Winnebago Co., Ill., where he remained until 1866, when he came to this county and settled on his present farm, where he has since made his home. Are members of the Catholic Church.
CURTIS, P. B., farmer and Post master, Hudson; born in Orleans Co., N. Y., in 1831; he emigrated to Iowa, and Orange Tp. in 1857; he sold out and moved to Sioux Co., Iowa, in 1873; returned and settled in Orange Tp. the same year, and to Hudson in 1875. He was married in 1854 to Miss Mary Jane Lord, from Monroe Co., N. Y.; they have four children - Clara A., Frank W., George W. and Ray J. His wife died in Dec., 1877. He has seven acres of land in Hudson, valued at $75 per acre. He has held the office of Postmaster for three years. He was among the earliest settlers in ... brother, ... Curt ... actively engaged ... great temperance reform.
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CUTLER, F. E., hardware; born in Canada August 1, 1843. Married Hattie A. Lautenslager May 22, 1877; she was born in Niagara Co., N. Y., May 8, 1843. Emigrated to this country in 1850; settled in Niagara Co., N. Y., and, in 1866, came to this city; commenced his business in 1872.