History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
FALK, PHELIX, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Gilbertville; born in Baden, Germany, in 1827. Married Maggie Zundler in 1858; she was born in the same place in 1836; have six children - Minnie, Rosie, Phoena, Fred, John and Barbara. Came to this country in 1866, and settled on his present farm of ninety acres, valued at $25 per acre.
FANCHER, NELSON, grain dealer, warehouse at Burlington Depot; was born in Delaware Co., Ohio, June 28, 1826; in the Fall of 1841, he came to Dubuque, and went to California in 1850, but returned to this State, and settled in this city in 1853, and in the same year commenced keeping a general store in this city; afterward, he was engaged in farming in Poyner Township, but in 1868 returned to this city and commenced his present business. Married Elizabeth Virden May 25, 1854; she was born in Edwards Co., Ill., June, 1834.
FARNSWORTH, L., farmer, Sec. 4; born in Bradford Co., Penn., April 9, 1821. Married Mary J. Rice June 8, 1851; she was born in Bradford Co., Penn., in 1833. Came to this county in 1855, purchasing his present farm from the government, and returned to the East; in 1863, moved with his family and settled in Waterloo, where he resided until 1866, when he settled on his present farm, consisting of 120 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. Is one of the early settlers on this county.
FARWELL, C. A., insurance and real estate agent; born in Bennington Co., Vt., Sept. 7, 1832; moved to Genesee Co., N. Y., with his parents in 1837, and to Chautauqua Co., N. Y., in 1850; after going to California, he came to this city in March, 1856, where he married Mary P. Evans Oct. 20, 1860; she was born in New Orleans May 22, 1841.
FAULKNER, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Hudson; born in York Co., Penn., Jan. 4, 1839; he emigrated to New York in 1862; to Iowa and to Black Hawk Township in 1867; he settled on his present farm in 1869. He was married Oct. 4, 1870, to Miss Marion Halley, from Illinois; she was born Aug. 11, 1844; they have five children - Charles E., born April 15, 1872; David H., born Jan. 24, 1874; John H., born Feb. 18, 1876; Walter S. and William w. are twins, born March 2, 1878. He has 280 acres of land, valued at $7,000. He has held the office of Road Supervisor one year. In politics, he is a Republican. Mr. Faulkner has a very fine farm, and is making some very fine improvements.
FEGLES, GEORGE W., farmer, Sec. 22; born in Lycoming Co., Penn., in 1820. Married Hannah Edwards in 1851; she was born in the same county in 1831; have four children - Caroline, William, Sylvester and Phoebe; lost one child, which died in infancy; came to this county in September, 1867, and settled on his present farm of 175 acres, valued at $40 per acre. Are members of the Evangelical Church.
FEHL, JACOB, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Jesup, Buchanan Co.; born in Germany in 1837; came to America in 1846, and settled in Washington Co., Wis. Married Margaret Lape in 1861; she was born in Germany in 1844. Katie, Jacob, Eliza, Margaret, Mary and George are their living children; have lost two children. Came to this county in 1875, and settled on his present farm in May, 1878, consisting of 200 acres, valued at $4,000. Members of the Lutheran Church.
FENTON, ALVIN W., farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Raymond; owns 248 acres of land, probable value $6,200; born April 15, 1836, in Allegany Co., N. Y., and went from there with his parents (Franklin and Levina Fenton), to Chautauqua Co., N. Y., where he lived until he was 13 years old, and he then moved to Erie Co., and engaged in the business of carpenter, in which he assisted his father until he was 18 years old, and then moved West to Ogle Co., Ill., where he engaged in farming, and has followed that business ever since, excepting some short intermissions that occurred through temporary absence from his home. In 1864, he enlisted in the 142d Iowa V. I., and at the expiration of his term of service, was honorably discharged. Was married Jan. 19, 1866, to Lottie, daughter of Anson and Sarah Ingham, formerly of Franklin Co., Ohio, and at present of this county; she was born July 3, 1847; they have three children - Edwin, born April 21, 1867; Horace, Sept. 24, 1869, and Mary L., Oct. 29, 1871. Mr. Fenton made two trips to Colorado; the first trip was spent in prospecting, and the second time he went there, he spent all his time in Denver City; he also visited the "Gregory Diggings," on Clear Creek, in the mountains, about thirty miles distant from Denver. In June, 1855, he came to Black Hawk Co., and settled in Barclay Tp., where he now resides; he says that Barclay Tp. has about doubled its population since he came here. In politics, he is a Republican, and is a member of the Church of Christadelphians.
FERRIS, JOHN D., farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Waterloo; born in Saratoga Co., N. Y., Dec. 2, 1826; moved with his parents to Orleans Co., in 1837, to Indiana in 1842, to Knox Co., Ill., in 1847, to Iowa and his present farm in 1852. He was married in 1851 to Miss Louisa Jackson, from Illinois; she was born March 6, 1834; they have had eight children - Syntha L., Algenon N., Forest C., John H., Frank E., Mary P., Hattie L. and Rosie V. Syntha L. is dead. He has 192 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. He has held the offices of Township Trustee four years, Road Supervisor two years, and School Director two years, and School Director two years. In politics, Mr. Ferris is a Republican. They are members of the United Brethren Church, located Sec. 24; Mr. Ferris and family were among the pioneers of Black Hawk Tp.; there was no house west of his and only two between his and Waterloo; there was no Waterloo, only a small cabin, and no family lived in that for some time; there were plenty of deer and elk, and a few buffaloes were killed near him; he built a log cabin 14 x 14 and lived the first Winter without a floor. Algenon was the second while child born in the township; they were obliged to endure many privations; they have a fine farm now, with many substantial improvements.
FIELDS, C. J., Cashier First National Bank, and firm of W. M. Fields & Bro., proprietors of the Cedar Falls Stock Farm; born Nov. 9, 1844, in England; in 1847, came to Pennsylvania, and in 1873, came to Cedar Falls. Married Miss Isabella Cass in 1866; she was born in England; have three children - Albert M., Isabella F. and Violetta M. Are members of the M. E. Church.
FIELDS, W. M., President First National Bank, also firm of W. M. Fields & Bro., proprietors of Cedar Falls Stock Farm, Sec. 22; they own 960 acres, and are extensively engaged in fine stock raising, consisting of short-horns, Berkshire, Poland-China swine and Cotswold sheep; this is the largest and one of the best improved farms in the county; he was born Feb. 22, 1841, in England; in 1847, came to Pennsylvania; in 1873, came to Cedar Falls. Married Miss Violetta Cass in 1866; she was born in England; have three children - J. Cass, W. M., and Charles A. Are members of the M. E. Church.
FIKE, JACOB C., far., S. 23; P. O. Waterloo; born in Somerset Co., Penn., Feb. 13, 1831, where he married Elizabeth Blough May 8, 1842; she was born in the same county April 6, 1820; they came to this county and settled on their present estate, consisting of 280 acres, valued at $40 per acre, in March, 1869. They are members of the German Baptist Church. Their children are Christian, born June 28, 1843; Sarah, Oct. 13, 1845; John, Oct. 1, 1847; Susannah, June 26, 1850; Samuel, June 9, 1859; Mary Ann, Oct. 10, 1862.
FIKE, JACOB M., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Miller's Creek; born in Somerset Co., Penn, in 1843, where he married Catharine Muller, Dec. 24, 1863; she was born in same county in 1841; they have seven children - Emanuel, Mary, Orphy, Eliza, Edwin, Sadie and Arthur. They came to this county in March, 1865, and settled on his present farm, consisting of 160 acres, valued at $4,000. They are members of the German Baptist Church.
FILKINS, THEODORE, farmer, Sec. 1; born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., Oct. 18, 1840; he emigrated with his parents to Iowa and Black Hawk Co. in the Fall of 1858; he settled on his present farm in 1869. He was married in 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Trobridge, from New York; they have seven children - John C., William, Cornelius, Charles, Addie, Emily and Ida. He has 163 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. He has held the office of School Director one year. In politics he is Republican. They are members of the M. E. Church. His parents were among the oldest settlers of Waterloo Township. His house is just across the road in Waterloo Township.
FISH, E. W., farmer, blacksmith and wagon maker, S. 2; P. O. Janesville; born May 31, 1825, in Otsego Co., N. Y.; in 1853, came to Bremer County, Penn.; in 1867, removed to Black Hawk Co.; owns sixty-five acres of land, valued at $30 per acres. Married Lorilla Tabor in 1852; she was born May 19, 1827, in Erie Co., Penn.; have five children - Harvey E., Horace G., Alice C., Annette L. and Bertha A.; have one child by a former marriage - Elizabeth M. Has been Township Clerk of Bremer Co., Treasurer of the School Board, Township Trustee and School Director.
FISHER, W. W., farmer, Sec. 34; born in Lake Co., Ohio, in 1840. Married Sarah A. Peck in 1861; she was born in the same county in 1843; have five children - Jennie T., Alice, Eva E., Gracie and Nellie. Came to this county in 1871. and settled near his present place, where he lived until 1875, when he moved to Waterloo and engaged in commission business until the Spring of 1878, when he moved on his present estate, consisting of eighty acres, valued at $3,000. Member of Masonic fraternity.
FISHER, WILLIAM, Jr., farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Cedar Falls; born in Pendleton Co., Va., in March, 1848, and came to this county with parents in Oct., 1853, and resides on a portion of the old homestead. Married Mary E. Parker in 1869; she was born in Clinton Co., N. Y., in 1852; they have one child - George B., born Oct. 4, 1870. She is a member of the First Baptist Church.
FITCH, THOMAS H., farmer, S. 3; P. O. Nautrill; born in Salisbury, Conn., in 1804. Married Amelia Harwood in 1836; she was born in Bennington Co., Vt., in 1818. Came to this conty in June, 1855, and settled on his present farm of 280 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Has been Postmaster at Nautrill for seventeen years, and Justice of the Peace for six years. Mary C., Cornelia L., John E., Catherine A., Isabell J., Harriet N., Annie E. and Jessie E. are their living children; lost three children - Henry A., enlisted in the 1st Iowa State Cav., and was killed at the battle of Corinth; Susan L. and Frank A.
FITZSIMMONS, NANCY, farming, Sec. 29; P. O. Waterloo; widow of Benard Fitzsimmons, who was born in Ireland in 1803, and came to America in 1840, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he married Nancy McCoy; she was born in Ireland in 1825; she has six children - Edward, Mary, Thomas, Bernard, John, Ellen. Mr. F. dropped dead on the streets of Cincinnati, from heart disease, Feb. 1, 1870; she with her family came to this county the same year, where they have since made it their home.
FLICKINGER, JONAS, far., S. 26; P. O. Waterloo; born in Somerset Co., Penn. Married Cornelia Barkey in 1857; she was born in same county in 1836; came to this county in March, 1860, and settled on his present estate, consisting of 414 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Members of the German Baptist Church. David C., Marietta E., Lydia I., John H. are their children; lost two - Abraham H. and Maggie.
FOALE, ROBERT S., farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Waterloo; born in Indiana Sept. 20, 1833; emigrated to this State in 1856; settled on his present farm in 1874. He was married in 1861, to Miss Martha Siple, from Canada; she was born Sept. 4, 1843; they have four children - Mary a., born July 14, 1863; Joseph L., born March 21, 1865; Eliza J., born June 18, 1869; Elias E., born Aug. 24, 1876; Eliza died March 18, 1870. He has eighty acres of land, valued at $18 per acre. In politics, Democrat. His parents were among the early settlers in Lester Township.
FOULK, PETER, farmer, S. 31; P. O. Cedar Valley; born in Perry Co., Penn., Jan. 25, 1803; moved to Freeport, Ill., in 1852; to De Kalb Co., Ill., in 1855; to Iowa and his present farm in 1865. He was married to Miss Susan Showalter from Pennsylvania; born Dec. 9, 1805; they have had eleven children, seven of whom are living - Mrs. Matilda Mythaler, Mrs. Mary M. Gordon, Mrs. Lyle B. Brown, Mrs. Sarah J. Hess, Mrs. Susan C. Dener, William H. and Levi F. Fr. F. owns 120 acres of land, valued at $3,000. Politics, Republican; religion, Disciples.
FOX, WILLIAM L., retired landlord; was born in Columbia Co., Penn., Feb. 15, 1827. Married Sarah Watts Feb. 1, 1845, who was born in the same county Nov. 30, 1825, and died Nov. 7, 1873; have six children living - Cathran, Syros, Christiana, Mary, John and Jessie. Emigrated and settled where this city now stands June 18, 1855, and is one of the pioneers of the township. Has held the office of Postmaster four years, and has been prominently identified in the county since he settled here.
FRANK, M., proprietor of the old reliable clothing house of Waterloo, Iowa; he is the fashionable merchant tailor and clothier, and dealer in furnishing goods, hats and caps, trunks and valises, Commercial st.; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1848, and came to this county in 1865. Married Anna Beck in December, 1876; she was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1855; they have one child - Jessie. Mr. Frank has gained an enviable reputation on account of having good goods for "one price." This was the first clothing house in this city for some years after their opening in 1865.
FRENCH, EDMUND, farmer, S. 27; P. O. Lester; owns 160 acres of land, probable value $4,000; was born March 1, 1803, in Hellidon, Northamptonshire, England, but from infancy lived in Banbury, Oxfordshire, until 1845; he is a shoemaker by trade, having been bound as an apprentice, when 15 years old, to serve seven years. He was married July 17, 1824, to Ann Humphries, of Kingsutton, Northamptonshire; she was born May 7, 1804; they have six children - George born Feb. 25, 1827; Esther, Dec. 31, 1828; Caleb, April 26, 1831; Ephraim, March 14, 1834; Lucy V. C., Jan. 20, 1842, and Emily S., Dec. 8, 1844; they lost two children - Ezra J., born May 7, 1836, and died July 29, 1872, and Leah H., born Jan. 24, 1839, died in Feb., 1866. In April, 1845, Mr. F. came to the United States, and arrived in New York City, where he worked at his trade, and in Feb., 1846, his family joined him; in the Fall of 1846, he went to Trumbull Co., Ohio, and in 1854, came to this county, settled land, and returned to Trumbull Co., Ohio; in the Fall of 1855, came back here and settled in Lester Tp. He is a Republican, and was Township Trustee three or four years; County Supervisor one year, Road Supervisor two or three terms, and School director about three years. He is one of the very few now remaining of the first settlers of Lester, and he and his wife are now fifty four years married, both are very happy, and in the comparative enjoyment of good health.
FRENCH, THEODORE L., agricultural implements; also one of the proprietors of the Adams & French Harvester; residence Cedar Falls; born July 6, 1836, in Chittenden Co., Vt.; the same year, he came with his parents to De Kalb Co., Ill.; in 1863, removed to Cedar Falls. Married Miss Mary E. Barnes Sept. 11, 1862; she was born Sept. 11, 1842, in Chemung Co., N. Y.; have one child - Jesse R., born July 1, 1863, in De Kalb Co., Ill.
FULLER, BENJ., farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Raymond; born in Caledonia Co., Vt., Sept. 18, 1813; he moved to Dodge Co., Wis., in 1843; to Iowa and on his present farm in the Fall of 1867. He was married in 1836 to Miss Betsy Cole, from Vermont; they had one child - Ebenezer; his wife died in May, 1844. He was married again in 1847, to Miss Maria Griffin, from Wisconsin; she died Jan. 31, 1869. He was married again in September, 1869, to Miss Sarah E. Bunbury, from Waterloo; she was born May 23, 1845; they had two children - Florence, born July 4, 1871; baby, born Feb. 2, 1878. He has 100 acres of land, valued at $5,000. He has held the office of School Director two years. Politics, Republican.
FULLER, D. D., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Waterloo; born in Vermont Jan. 18, 1828; moved with his parents to New York in 1834; he came to De Kalb Co., Ill., in 1855; to Iowa in 1863; on his present farm in 1865. He was married in 1852, to Miss Abigail J. Wordward, from New York; she was born in Chautauqua Co., N. Y., Dec. 11, 1828. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $4,000. He has made some fine improvements on his farm, among which, is a fine barn, 36x40, built in 1875. He has held the office of Township Assessor three years, Township Treasurer six years, Township Clerk two years, Justice of the Peace two years. They have five children - Katie M., Mary C., Ida E. and Fred. A.; Charles and Katie are dead. Fr. F. is a Republican in politics. They are members of the Free-Will Baptist Church. He has always taken a lively interest in the affairs of the county and township.