Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa.
Unless otherwise noted, the following biographies were submitted by Dick Barton.
W. Iden, a farmer of Prescott, Iowa, was born July 20, 1846, in Owen county,
Indiana, the son of Samuel and Tabitha Iden, both natives of Ohio. They were the
parents of six children, five of whom survive. George received his early
education in the common schools of Indiana, and also in the academy at Bourbon,
Marshall county. At the age of twenty one years he began teaching, his first
school being in Tippecanoe township, that county, and since then he has been
engaged in the some vocation in Indiana and Iowa. He arrived in this State March
13, 1875, locating first in Prescott township, Adams county, where he bought a
tract of eighty acres of land on section 9, threefourths of a mile north of
Prescott, which he subsequently sold. He now owns an eightyacre farm in Prescott
township, but lives in the village.
Mr. Iden affiliates with the Republican party.
was married August 20, 1874, to Miss Eva Burch, who was born in Whitley county,
Indiana, November 7, 1853, the daughter of Henry and Susan Burch, natives of
Ohio. They have one child.
ancestors of Mr. Iden were English, who emigrated to America in 1682, coming to
this country in the same vessel that brought William Penn. The Idens and the
Browns being related by marriage, the Browns remained in Penn colony, while the
Idens removed to Loudoun county, Virginia, where many of the family still
remain. The great-grandfather of George Iden served as an officer in the
American Revolution, losing his life in the service of his country. He also saw
service with Daniel Boone. His grandparents were married in 1812, and moved to
Ohio in February, 1814, crossing the Ohio river on the ice, on the same day that
the battle of New Orleans was being fought. They settled where Hanover now
stands, by building a log cabin in the then wilderness. Ten years afterward they
removed a few miles from their first location, where they continued to reside
until their death, at a rather advanced age: the wife outliving her husband,
dying at the age of ninety-three years.
F. Ivey, proprietor of the Ivey store at Iveyville, is a dealer in general
[merchandise], and is recognized as one of the leading merchants of the county.
Buying his goods in large amounts, he is able to sell at very low prices. He
started in business here in 1882, in a small way, and by strict economy and
faithfulness to his customers his trade has gradually grown to large
proportions, amounting now to about $12,000 annually. The building is a good
two-story structure, 20 x 48 feet, with eighteen-foot posts. The wareroom is 20
x 40 feet, also with eighteen-foot posts, and two stories high. The upper story
is a public hall. His dwelling is a fine two-story building in modern style and
adjoining his store. Mr. Ivey is a thorough business man, deserving all he has
made, both in money and in reputation.
was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, April 15, 1856, the son of James Ivey, a
native of Cornwall, England, who was one of the earliest pioneers of that part
of Wisconsin, when lead-mining was in its infancy. Mr. Ivey's mother, whose
maiden name was Mary Eudy, was also born in Cornwall. Mr. Ivey was reared to
farm life, and completed his school days at the Normal at Plattville, Wisconsin.
He resided in Grant county, that State, until July, 1881, when he came to Adams
county. Here at Iveyville he has served as postmaster since 1884. Mail is
received here daily from the stage between Corning and Clarinda. Mr. Ivey is a
Republican, and a member of Instruction Lodge, No. 275, F. & A. M., at
was married in December, 1882, to Miss Anna M. Chappell, a native of Grant
county, Wisconsin, and a daughter of Ed. Chappell, deceased, an early settler of
that county and an honorable citizen of Jasper township, this county, where he
died, in November, 1887. His widow still resides at Iveyville. Mr. Ivey and wife
have four children - Jessie Julia, Glenn, Gertie and Dale.