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Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Oliver Trueblood, deceased, was for many years prominently identified with the agricultural interests of Belmont township and was numbered among its leading citizens. He was born in Washington county, Indiana, on the 4th of December, 1831, and was a son of Caleb and Mary (Pyle) Trueblood, natives of North Carolina and Ohio respectively. In early life they removed to Indiana, where they continued to make their home until called to the world beyond. In their family were the following children: John, Samuel, Mrs. Esther Pritchard, Cyrus, Harry, Abraham, Oliver, Abigail, Linley and Mary Ann. Of this number only Esther, Mary Ann and Abraham are now living.
In the state of his nativity Oliver Trueblood was reared and educated, and there he was married on the 9th of November, 1854, to Miss Mary Harned. Her parents were John S. and Ruth (Green) Harned, the former a native of Loudoun county, Virginia, and the latter of North Carolina. They were pioneers of Washington county, Indiana, where they were still living at the time of their deaths, the father dying at the age of eighty-four years, and the mother at the age of seventy-two. Bu occupation Mr. Harned was a merchant, but was also interested in farming to some extent. There were nine children in his family, namely: William, Robert, Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, Charles, Rebecca, Mary and John. Mrs. Trueblood has two brothers still living: Joseph, who resides near Flora, Illinois, and Benjamin, whose home is near Salem, Indiana. The parents were members of the Society of Friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Trueblood became the parents of eight children: Ellen, born May 26, 1856, is the wife of Louis Turner of Marshall county, Iowa; Cydia Ann, born July 24, 1858, is the wife of Arthur Bailey, of Milo; Charles Elmer, born January 6, 1864, married Lillie Randolph, of Salem, Iowa, and is a Methodist minister of Winterset; Samuel J., born March 3, 1865, married Effie Crew, and resides in Warren county; John Allen, born October 4, 1868, died in infancy; Curtis H., born January 13, 1873, married Isora Smith, and lives in this county; Clara Belle, born April 24, 1874, is the wife of Charles Lener, of Warren county; and Ernest, born February 10, 1881, married Ada McClelland and is engaged in the hardware business in Milo.
After his marriage Mr. Trueblood continued to follow farming in Indiana until the spring of 1868, when he came to Warren county, Iowa, and settled on a farm in Belmont township, making his home there until called from this life on the 24th of November, 1894. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Society of Friends and his well spent life gained for him the confidence and respect of all with whom he was brought in contact either in business or social life. He was widely known throughout this county and the community mourned the death of a useful and valued citizen. Politically he was an ardent republican. In 1897 Mrs. Trueblood removed to Milo, where he built a comfortable residence, and has since sold the farm in Belmont township. She is a most estimable lady and like her husband has made many friends in Warren county.
Samuel J. Trueblood, who is living on section 12, Belmont township, is the owner of a valuable farm which gives to him a gratifying income. He was born March 23, 1860, in Washington county, Indiana, his parents being Oliver and Mary (Harned) Trueblood, both of whom were natives of Indiana. Coming to Iowa, they settled in Belmont township, Warren county, in the spring of 1868. Further mention of them is made in connection with the sketch of Mrs. Oliver Trueblood on another page of this work. Mr. Trueblood is one of eight children: Ella, now the wife of Louis Turner; Sibbie, the wife of Arthur Bailey, a resident of Milo; Charles E., who married Lillie Randolph and after her death wedded Della Graham, while he now makes his home in Winterset, Iowa, there he is engaged in preaching as a Methodist minister; Samuel J.; Allen, deceased; Curtis H., who married Izora Smith, and resides in Belmont; Clara B., the wife of Charles Tener, a resident of Kansas; and Ernest A., who married Addie McClelland and resides in Milo, being associated with the firm of McClelland & Company, dealers in general merchandise.
Samuel J. Trueblood was reared upon the home farm and early became acquainted with all of the tasks incident to the development of the fields. He started out for himself when about twenty years of age, having in the meantime acquired a fair English education in the public schools, while on the home farm he had gained intimate knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil. His first business enterprise was the renting of a farm, which he conducted successfully for about two years, and with the capital he had acquired through his industry and careful expenditure he was able to purchase a place for himself and became owner of a tract of land in Belmont township which he brought under a high state of cultivation. Here he has resided continuously since and is known as one of the successful farmers of Warren county. He carries on general agricultural pursuits, raising the crops best adapted to soil and climate, and is also engaged in raising stock. The farm contains one hundred and sixty acres, situated about six and a half miles from Milo, and is splendidly improved, giving evidence in its well kept appearance of the careful supervision of the owner.
Mr. Trueblood was married November 20, 1890, to Miss Effie Crew, a daughter of David and Lydia (Smith) Crew, who were natives of Ohio, the latter of German descent. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Trueblood have been born five children, but Blanche died in childhood. The others, Oscar C., Ethel, David Elton and Clarence A. are all at home. The parents are members of the Society of Friends, who own a nice church building in the neighborhood. Mr. Trueblood has always voted with the republican party until within the last few years, when he has given his support to the prohibition party, because it embodies his ideas on the temperance question. He has been a school director for a number of terms and is one of the progressive young men of his township, highly esteemed for his personal traits of character as well as his business enterprise, integrity and ability.