History of Henry County - 1879 - B

Henry County >> 1879 Index

The History of Henry County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

B - Z

Biographies submitted by Doug Johnston.

BABB, W. I. 

Mt. Pleasant. Attorney at law, firm of Woolson & Babb; born in Des Moines Co, IA, October 2, 1844. He came to Henry Co. in 1860; received his education at the Iowa Wesleyan University. During the war, he enlisted in the 8th regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served as Quartermaster's Sergeant until the close of the war. Returned here and completed his education, and graduated in 1866. He studied law with Messrs. H. & R. Ambler and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1867; has practiced his profession here; and for the past six years has been associated with the Hon. John S. Woolson. He held the office of City Attorney for eight years. Is a Democrat; in the late elections held Nov. 1878 he received the nomination from his party for the office of District Judge; he carried his own county by a large majority, receiving the support of both parties and his opponent was elected by a majority of only 116 votes.  He married Miss Alice Bird from Mt. Pleasant Oct. 9, 1873; they have two children--Max and Miles.


Mt. Pleasant. Proprietor of the Brazelton House; born in New Bedford, Mass., Nov. 3, 1844 and was raised in that state. He married Miss Mary A. Williamson from Philadelphia; they came to Iowa and located in Mt. Pleasant in 1878 and became proprietor of the Brazelton House. Have one son---Sammy Lewis.


Mt. Pleasant. First Assistant Physician and Surgeon of the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane, born in Lorain Co., OH Jan. 1, 1840. He received his education in Cleveland; he studied medicine and graduated at the Western Reserve College in 1863 and immediately entered the army as Assistant Surgeon of the 113th Regt. Ohio Infantry; very soon after was commissioned Surgeon of the 121st Regt. Ohio Voluntary Infantry and held that position until the close of the war. He came to Mt. Pleasant in 1865 and since has been connected with the Iowa Hospital of the Insane. He was physician in charge for two years from 1873 to 1875, during the absence of Dr. Ranney; has been connected officially with the institution longer than any other officer. He married Miss Eilen P. Melendy of Cedar Falls, Iowa on Oct. 31, 1873; they have two children---Elmer M. and Fred.


Mt. Pleasant City, firm of Leedham & Baugh, lumber dealers and manufacturers of sash, doors and blinds; born in Loudon Co, Va, in January, 1827; his parents removed to Ohio when he was 4 years of age; there he learned the trade of millwright and the milling business; came to Iowa in 1857 and located in Mt. Pleasant; has been associated with H.K. Leedhham for the past six years; they do an extensive business.  He married Miss Jane Darst from near Dayton, Ohio in June, 1853; she was a daughter of John Darst, the Dunkard minister and one of the earliest settlers of Miami Co, Ohio.  They have two children--Edith and Charlie; lost three children--John, Flora, was a graduate of both the high school and the university, and Julia would have graduated at the high school within a month previous to her death if she had lived; all died within one month of diphtheria in 1874.


Mt. Pleasant City, Professor of Natural Sciences in the Iowa Wesleyan University; born in Ireland January 6, 1831; he came with his parents to American when only 3 years of age; they located in Eastern Ohio, where he received his education at the Ohio Wesleyan University, of Delaware; graduated from that institution; he came to Iowa in 1855; became connected with the University and has been connected with that institution longer than any of its Professors; has also studied medicine and is a graduate of the St. Louis Medical College.  On the first day of January, 1856, upon the occasion of a leap-year party he married Miss Phebe J. Jenkins, of Hillsboro, Montgomery Co., Ill; their wedding was a complete surprise to their friends.  Prof. Hull of Agency City was married at the same time and at the same place.  Mrs. Beattie was engaged in teaching in the University when Senator Harlan was its President. Prof. and Mrs. Beattie have two children--Charles, born May 5, 1859 and Helen La Rue, born Feb. 15, 1864; lost one daughter--Jessie Irene.


Mt. Pleasant City, contractor for masonry work on the C. R.  & Q. R. R.; born in Monroe Co., NY Jan. 31, 1833 and received his education there; studied surveying civil engineering when he was 19 years of age; and in 1852-54 he was engaged on the Genesee Valley R. R. (now the Rochester Branch of the Erie R. R.). Went to Kansas in 1854 and came to Iowa in May, 1856; became connected with the B. & M. R. R. directly after the Land Grant Act was passed from 1856 to 1860, then resigned and went to Texas with stock.  When the war broke out, returned here and enlisted in the 4th Regt. Iowa Cav.; held the position of Battalion Adjutant; he was promoted to Captain Jan. 1, 1863; he was in a number of severe fights and skirmishes; in the battle of Guntown one-third of his men engaged were killed and wounded; he was in the service until August, 1865.  Upon his return was appointed Roadmaster of the B. & M. R. R. and he held that position until the consolidation of the road with the C. B. & Q. R. R.; when he was appointed Superintendent of the track and bridges over the whole line, which position he held until he was appointed chief engineer of the whole line.  On account of his health he has recently resigned.  He married Miss Louzenia Wallace Porter April 14, 1863; she is a daughter of Col. A. B. Porter, one of the earliest settlers of Henry Co.  They have five children--Everett, Orville, Emily, Florence and Warren.


Mt. Pleasant City, attorney at law; born in Hendricks Co., IN, March 4, 1833, came with his parents by wagon to Iowa, arrived in Mt. Pleasant July 31, 1845; he attended school here; then entered Knox College at Galesburg, Ill. and completed his education, commenced reading law and was admitted to the bar in 1859.  When the war broke out he was among the first to enlist; the news was received of the rebels firing on Fort Sumter in April, 1861 he enlisted in the 1st Regt. I. V. C., Co. E; was elected 2d Lieutenant; in June, 1863 he was commissioned Captain Co. E, and in January, 1865 was promoted to Major; was in the service till the close of the war then returned.  Bought out the Home Journal and conducted that for one year, then engaged in the practice of his profession.  In the fall of 1865 was elected to the State Legislature; was elected Clerk of the District Court in the fall of 1866, reelected in 1868; was elected District Attorney at the recent elections, November, 1878; was a member and Recorder of the City Council; is now Secretary of the School Board.  He married Miss Anna E. Paxson, from Columbiana Co., Ohio May 17, 1860; they have three children--Harold A., Howard T. and Mildred A.


Mt. Pleasant City, of the firm of Bowman & Kaufaman, elevator and grain business, coal and seeds; born in Lancaster Co., Penn., April 24, 1844; he came to Iowa and located in Mt. Pleasant in 1866; he engaged with J. W. Castor, afterward with Castor & Farwell in the grain business; associating with Mr. Kaufman, he engaged in the grain and coal business.  He married Miss Amanda Cleaver from Washington Co., Penn. in 1871.  They have two children--Gertie and Florence.

REED, WILLIAM A., farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Wayne; has 160 acres of land where he resides; also 320 acres in Webster Co., Neb.; he was born in Ohio in 1823; came to Henry Co. with his parents in 1842; settled on the farm he now owns in 1846.  Married in 1846 Mary E. Heston, who was born in Ohio in 1826; they have five children - Eliza Ann, born in 1849; John H., born in 1858;James H., born in 1859; Vashti M., born in 1864; Amanda E., born in 1866; Nancy J., born in 1852, died in 1856; William, born in 1856, died in 1856; William, born in 1856, died in 1862; Alice, born in 1857, died in 1862; Margerie, born in 1861, died in 1862.  Mr. Reed has been Justice of the Peace fourteen years.  Members of the M. E. Church.