History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
VAIL, D., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Waterloo; born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 810; he removed to New Jersey in Fall of 1828; returned to Ohio in 1832; to New Jersey in 1845; to Iowa, and on his present farm in 1886. Married in 835 to Miss Phebe Quimby, from New Jersey; they have had eleven children, seven living - Sarah H., Emma E., Theodore M., Isaac Q., William A., Mary I. and Louise D. H. He has 320 acres of land, valued at $10,000. His son, Theodore M., holds the position of General Superintendent of the Railway Mail Service, which position he has held for the past five years. Isaac Q., holds position of Postal Clerk from Ogden to Green River, Utah. William A., holds position of Postal Clerk from Dubuque to Chicago. Mrs. Vail's mother lives with her; she is 84 years old; she has twelve great grandchildren.
VANDER VAART, S., Dr., office in Wise & Bryant's drug store; resides corner Main and Twelfth streets; born Aug. 13, 1820, in Holland; in 861, he came to Milwaukee. In 1862, he enlisted in the 26th Wis. V. I. as First Asst. Surgeon, and in 1864 was promoted to the Surgeoncy of the same regiment; remained till the close of the war, and was honorably discharged in 1865. Returned to Europe, and came back the same year and settled in Cedar Falls. Married Catharine Van Nierop in 1849, in Holland; she was born in Sept., 1832, in Holland; they had six children, five living - Henry W., Simon, Catharine, Cornelius and Sarah. Members of the Congregational Church. Has been a member of the School Board.
VINCENT, WILLIAM, far., S. 15; P. O. Waterloo; born in England in 1830. Married Elizabeth Salway in 1853; she was born in England in 1822. Came to this country in 1855, and settled in Cook Co., Ill., where he lived until 1862, when he moved to this county and settled on his present farm of 120 acres, valued at $40 per acre. Are members of the Methodist Church. William, John and Alice are their children.
VINTON, S. B., farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Waterloo; born in Canada July 17, 1814; he emigrated to Watertown, Wis., 1837; on his route he passed through Chicago, June 6, 1837; he moved to Minnesota in 1856; to Iowa and on his present farm in the Fall of 1869; he has 100 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. He was married in November, 1843, to Miss Caroline Owen, from Addison Co., Vt.; she died in 1870; he was married in 1872 to Miss Anna Hall from Herkimer Co., N. Y.; they have two children - Elvira G., born Oct. 21, 1873; Esther G., born Aug. 5, 1875. Democrat; Mrs. Vinton is a member of the Episcopal Church. At the time when Mr. Vinton settled in Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska composed the Northwest Territory; the seat of government was at Burlington, Iowa; he assisted in building the first frame building in Watertown; Milwaukee was then the nearest market; it was then but a small village; they were obliged to cart their grain fifty miles through the woods with ox teams to mill; he was obliged to pay $5 per bushel for seed potatoes the first season; the next season they were a drug in the market; plenty of Indians all around at that time; they were obliged to make fish their principal diet for some time; when he moved to Minnesota, Minneapolis had but one small house; St. Paul was but a trading post. While in Minnesota, Mr. V. held the office of Postmaster at Staunton five years. At this time, he holds the offices of Treasurer and Director of the Black Hawk Co. Mutual Fire Insurance Association.
VIRDEN, JAMES, livery stable; was born in Monroe Co., Ky., Feb. 22, 1823; moved to Wayne Co., Ill, in 1832, and from there to this county, arriving in June 1, 1846, settling in this city, and built the first house in Waterloo Tp. Married Charlotte Pratt Feb. 27, 1851; she was born in Pennsylvania. This was the first marriage in this county.
VIRDEN, OSCAR, far., S. 32; born in Barren Co., Ky., in 1819. Married Love C. Powell in 1846; she was born in Berkshire Co., Mass., in 1822. Came to this county July 1, 1851, and settled on his present estate, which he entered and upon which he erected a rude cabin where he lived to enjoy the experience of pioneer life; this rude habitation has long since given place to a large and commodious residence, of which most of the building material was drawn by team from Dubuque. Their children are - George D., Charles, Elizabeth and Emma; lost two children - Norman and Willie.
VITTUM, ALBERT, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Reinbeck; born in New Hampshire, Sept. 23, 1831; he moved to Massachusetts; then to Iowa in March, 1856; he returned to Boston in December, 1859, remaining there four years in the employ of the Express Co., he returned to Iowa and settled on his present farm in 1863. He was married in 1864 to Miss Mary E. Sherrett, from New York; the courts granted him a divorce from her, and he married again in March, 1870, to Miss Martha A. Baker, from Canada; he had two children by his first wife - Edgar and Frank; he has four children by his present wife - Arthur, Ernest, Henrietta and Allena. He has 500 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He has held the offices of Township Supervisor four years, Township Assessor four years, Justice of the Peace past two years, School Director two years; he is now President of the School Board. Republican. Mr. Vittum has always been alive to the interests of his county and township.