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MAGOON, George D., contractor and builder; residence Fifth street. Mr. Magoon was born in Ware, Mass., in 1825; in 1827,  his parents removed to Ohio; thence to Warsaw, Ill., in 1837,where they remained until 1840, in which year they came to Muscatine Co. George D.'s early life was spent in receiving an education and in learning the carpenter's trade. In September, 1861, he married Miss Joanna, daughter of Col. G. W. Kincaid and Louisa Kincaid, nee Steinbergen. On the 11th of September, 1861, he enlisted in Co. H, 11th Regt. I.V.I., was commissioned First Lieutenant, served three years; was honorably discharged; his command was in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Atlanta campaign, battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. Mr. Magoon and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. They have one child---Edward. Mr. Magoon acts with the Republican party; he is a member of the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MAHAN, George Jr.
A most tangible evidence of the superior skill of George Mahan, Jr., as an architect is found in his own beautiful home, erected in the late summer of 1922 at the corner of Autumn avenue and McLean  boulevard in Memphis. For a number of years he has practiced his profession with ability and marked success in this city, as senior partner in the firm of Mahan & Broadwell, with offices in the American Savings Bank building.

Mr. Mahan is a native son of the city, born April 6, 1887, his parents being George and Jessie (Steel) Mahan. The father was born in Muscatine, Iowa, but was brought to  Memphis by his parents when a boy and for forty years has been successfully engaged in the merchandise brokerage business in this city, previous to which time he was connected with the wholesale and retail grocery trade for several years. His wife was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She  passed away in October. 1919. In their family were five children. four sons and a daughter, namely: James S., George, Jr., Frank, Angus C. and Jessie S., all in Memphis.

George Mahan, Jr., has spent his life in this city, pursuing his education in the public schools but putting aside his textbooks in the eleventh grade, when he was sixteen years of age, desirous to make  his initial step in the business world. He at once entered the office of Shaw & Pheil, architects, and  while in the employ of that firm he also pursued a correspondence course in architecture. In 1907 he  became associated with N. M. Wood, formerly a prominent architect of Memphis, and while in that  connection aided in drawing the plans for the Exchange building of the city, the largest and best office building in Memphis. J. J. Broadwell, Mr. Mahan's present partner, was also associated with Messrs. Wood and Mahan in the drawing of these plans. In 1910 the present firm was organized and since that  time has become one of the most active and strongest firms of the city. In fact, they rank with the  leading architects of the state and of the south and something of their highly developed skill is indicated in the fact that they made the designs for the American Savings Bank building, also practically all of the schools of Shelby county that have been built within the past six years–about  fifteen in number–and many other attractive modern structures. They have also erected many  prominent structures outside of Shelby county, not only in Tennessee but also in northern Mississippi and Arkansas, making a specialty of schools and churches. This firm drew the plans for the additions  to the West Tennessee Normal School and for a large number of the fine residences erected in Memphis in recent years, including the beautiful home of Mr. Mahan recently completed. Through the connection as architects for the Cotton Exchange building they have come into the contract for the New Cotton Exchange building at Union and Front streets, the finest office building in the south. In addition to his professional interests and activities Mr. Mahan is also the president of the Spencer
Company, one of the leading undertaking firms of his city.

On the 25th of November, 1909, Mr. Mahan was married to Miss Emily Smith of Jackson, Tennessee, who was born, however, in Gibson county, this state. They have become parents of two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Emily Smith, both in school. Mr. Mahan belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and to the Kiwanis Club and is interested in all forces and organized efforts that make for the progress and improvement of the city and its upbuilding along all lines of material, intellectual and  moral advancement. He belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and to the Second Presbyterian church and finds his recreation largely in fishing and hunting. His professional duties, however, claim the major part of his time and effort and step by step he has advanced from the outset of his career until he is today an outstanding figure among the architects of the state.

Source:  Tennessee the Volunteer State 1769—1923: Volume 4   page 549



MAHER, Peter,  architect and builder, corner Pine and Third streets; is a native of Queens Co., Ireland, and was born March 16, 1836; when 14 years of age, he came to this country; he lived in Trenton, N. J., where he learned the trade of carpenter and builder; in April, 1857, he came to Iowa; was in Cedar Rapids a short time; in November, 1857, he came to Muscatine, and since then has lived here. He has been engaged in contracting and building for many years, and has erected some of the best buildings in the city. He married Miss Louisa S. Heaton, a native of Indiana, May 1, 1861; they have eight  children, five sons and three daughters.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine


MAHIN, Frank W., attorney at law; is a native of the city of Muscatine, and was born Nov. 6, 1851; he was brought up here, and entered the printing office of his brother, Hon. John Mahin, and learned the printing business; then entered the Iowa  Wesleyan University, at Mt. Pleasant, and remained there two years; after being in the post office, at Muscatine, for three years, he studied law; he entered the Harvard Law School, and    remained there one year, and afterward entered the Columbia School; remained there two years, and graduated from that institution in 1878; since then, he has practiced his profession here. He is connected with the Library and other societies here.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MAHIN, Hon. John,  was born in Noblesville, Ind., on the 8th of December, 1833, and is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Mahin.  John was placed in a printing office at an early age. From his earliest childhood, he was possessed by a strong desire to learn the art of printing. Moving to Bloomington now Muscatine, Iowa, in 1847, he found an opening in the Herald office since,  changed to the Journal, where, for five years, he was a diligent and industrious journeyman, pursuing the study of books and  man as circumstances permitted. In his 19th year (July, 1852), he commenced publishing and editing the Muscatine Journal on his own account; this he continued for two years, with very  satisfactory pecuniary results, having succeeded where others  failed, when he sold his interest, intending to pursue a classical course of study, with which end in view he entered the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, in that State, but was obliged to abandon this cherished scheme after a few months, on account of a serious attack of illness, which, for a time,  threatened his life. In 1856, he re-purchased his interest in the Muscatine Journal, and resumed editorial control of the paper,  which he has since retained; in April, 1861, he was appointed Postmaster of Muscatine by President Lincoln, and retained the position for eight years; in October, 1869, he was elected to the House of Representatives of Iowa for a period of two years, and served with distinction; in June, 1873, he was re-appointed Postmaster, and held that office until 1878. During the war, he was one of the most vigorous defenders of the Administration; he threw his whole power into the Union cause, and was instrumental in raising a large number of volunteers; he was Secretary and actual manager of the Soldiers' Monument Association of Muscatine Co., which erected the beautiful shaft to the memory of the heroes who fell in the cause of Union and freedom upon Southern battle-fields, and which now ornaments the court House Square of Muscatine; he was also active and mainly instrumental in organizing the Muscatine Building and Loan Association, of which he continues to be a Director, an organization which is accomplishing untold good in providing  homes for the mechanics and laboring men of the city; he is also President of the Iowa Press Association, an organization which has existed for several years; he has also been a member and promoter of the several temperance organizations of the city and county, and is among the foremost in every good work, whether charitable, benevolent or reformatory, undertaken in his neighborhood; he has been a Methodist since his 18th year;  one of the most active and prominent members of the Church.  Politically, he was raised in the communion of the old Whig party, and since the organization of the Republican party, he has been one of its most devoted adherents. Mr. Mahin has been twice married; first, on the 17th of May, 1859, at Muscatine, to Miss Anna Herr, who died on the 12th of March, 1862, childless; second, on the 20th of September, 1864, to Miss Anna Lee, of Johnson Co., Iowa, who still lives, and is the mother of four children, the eldest of whom---Ella Cassel, died in 1870; and three survive---J. Lee, Mabel and Florence.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MANNING, John W., farmer, section 6, P. O. Red Oak; born in Indiana, 1849. His parents moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in the fall of 1855, where they remained until Febraury, 1865. when his father moved his family to Linn County; John's mother having died in 1864. He remained in Linn County until March, 1871, and returned to Muscatine County, there he remained a little over one year. In May, 1872, he came to Red Oak, broke prairie that summer, and during the winter of 1872-3 worked for Mr. Otto; and the following summer for Mr. Mason, in the same neighborhood. In July, 1873, he moved to Nebraska, remained one year and returned to Montgomery County; lived on Mr. Otto's farm about three years, then lived in Boone County, Iowa, one year. In 1878 he returned to Montgomery County, and soon settled where he now resides. He was married, July 1873, to Miss Mary F. Otto, a native of Iowa. They are members of the Baptist Church.

Source: History of Montgomery County, Iowa Des Moines: Iowa Hist. and Biographical Co., 1881.



MANSFIELD, L. S., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Durant; was born in Litchfield Co., Conn., May 8, 1810; at the age of 25, he moved to Medina Co., Ohio, where he purchased a heavily-timbered farm with a clearing of two acres, on which was a log cabin. In June, 1836, he returned to his native county and married Susan Carter, who was born in Hartford Co., Conn., in August, 1813; they continued to reside upon the farm in Medina Co. until 1865, when they came to Muscatine Co., where he now resides, and owns 160 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Mrs. Mansfield died in 1872, leaving four children, but one now living--Nancy, born June 19, 1849; became the wife of Jasper Blackston, of this county, and died Oct. 13, 1872; William C. was born June 19, 1840; enlisted in 2d Ohio V. C. in 1861, and was killed while foraging from Lamar, Mo., May 7, 1862; John R. was born Feb. 28, 1841. He, also, participated in the late war, is now at home;              Harriet, born Sept. 1, 1845, died Sept. 1, 1846. Mr. and Mrs. M. were both members of long standing in the Congregational Church, he having been Deacon in that Church for forty years; Republican.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Wilton Twp



MARKHAM, H.H., farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Atalissa; owns 153 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre; born Feb. 6, 1822; in Lewis Co., N. Y. Married Miss Susan H. Dumont, of Oneida Co., Dec. 22, 1844; she was born in same county Aug. 3, 1825; after his marriage lived in Oneida Co. six years, following lumbering, then returned to Lewis Co., and, in the spring of 1866, came to this county, and located on his present farm; have five children--Jane A., born Feb. 26, 1848; Amos E., born April 4, 1850; George H., born June 27, 1854; Hellen C., born July 4, 1858; Orin E., born July 11, 1861; and one adopted daughter, Lillie E., born in March, 1871; lost two--Charles W. and Hellen M. Republican.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MARSHALL, J. E. right-of-way commissioner for the St. L. Ft. S. & W. R. R., is a native of Virginia, and was born in Fairfield County, January 31, 1847. At an early age he removed to Muscatine, Iowa, where he was educated and reared. In 1862 he enlisted in the Thirty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving nearly three years in the capacity of First Deputy Sergeant. He was in the Department of the Tennessee on the Red River expedition, and participated in many prominent events of the war, locating in Alabama when the troubles were over, and was there identified as a cotton planter for several years. In May, 1878, he came to Kansas, and for a time was material agent for the A., T. & S. F. R. R., and later for the A. & P. For the past two years he has been connected with the St. L., Ft. S. & W. R. R., with headquarters at El Dorado.   He was married in Montgomery County, Ala., to Miss M. E. Caffey, of that city. They have four children - James E., William H., Maggie M., and Jennie P. Mr. Marshall is a K. T. Mason. He was elected Councilman in El Dorado in 1881 and 1882.

Source: William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Butler Co



MARTIN, H.F., proprietor of restaurant and confectionery, west  side of Second st., near the bridge. Mr. M. was born in Lockport, N. Y., in 1852; when 9 years of age, removed with parents to McGregor, Iowa; at the age of 15; he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and served an apprenticeship of three years in the confectionery business at the end of which time, he returned West. He married Miss Agnes Stoughten of Wapello, Louisa Co., Iowa; they have one child---Mabel C. Members of the  Episcopal Church; Mr. M. is a Democrat.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MARTIN, Henry,  cooper, East Ninth st.; was born in Hanover, Germany, May 21, 1832; he was brought up there, and learned  the cooper's trade; he emigrated to America in 1854; he came to Iowa and settled in Muscatine in September, 1855; he commenced working at his trade, and has continued every since for twenty-four years, and longer than any cooper here. He married Miss Amelia Hillis, from Hanover, Germany, Sept. 6, 1859; they have seven children--Charlotte, Fred, Henry, Caroline, John, Theodore and William.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MARTIN, James K.- was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, May 25, 1839; when 14 years of age, he went on the river and served as engineer on the Mississippi River most of the time for fifteen years; he came to Muscatine in 1856, and was engineer for Chambers Bros. for eight years; he afterward engaged in the milling business, and has continued it since then. He is connected with several different orders, and has held offices in them. He married Miss Maria Hern, of this city, in December, 1863; they have three children--Harry B. Mary P. and Lydia V.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MAXSON, Jout,  Postmaster, West Liberty; born in Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1833; came to Iowa in 1838, and located in Cedar Co. Mr. Maxson settled in West Liberty in 1864. Married Lorencie Haven in 1871; she was born in Vermont; have four children---Dora, Willie, Hal, and Barrel. Republican.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MAXWELL, T. J., farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Port Allen; owns 505 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born Jan. 5, 1828, in Morgan Co., Ind.; in the fall of 1842, emigrated to Louisa Co., Iowa, and in the spring of 1865 to his present farm, in Muscatine Co.  Married Melinda Wilson Sept. 6, 1849; she was born March 19, 1830, in Indiana, and died Feb.14, 1858.  He again married, Miss Mary Boggs, Sept 5, 1859; she was born April 15, 1838, in Coshocton Co., Ohio.  His children by his first wife are Margaret J. and Absalom H.; lost three--William M., Melinda, and an infant; by his second wife, Thomas, Robert, Harry, Cora and Willie; lost two--Ida and an infant.  Has served his township as Trustee, School Director, etc. Democrat.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 page 644, Orono Twp.



MAYLONE,  John W, far., Sec. 26 ; P. O. Muscatine; owns 176 1/2 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre; son of Abraham and Nancy Maylone; born Aug. 28, 1826, in Columbiana Co., Ohio; in the spring of 1852, went, by overland route, with ox-team, to California; followed mining and brick-making; returned in 1856; came to this county the same year and located on the farm upon which he is still living. Married Mary Frybarger Aug. 28, 1856; she was born in 1836, in Ohio, an died June 7, 1862; he again married Ruth Gifford, April 4, 1867; she was born in Ohio, May 8, 1838; has two children by first wife--- George and Edwin; by second wife, two--- Ella and Eugene; lost three--- Estella, Willard, and Wilford. Mr. M. has served as Assessor of his township five years, and Trustee two years. His father was born Sept. 12, 1797, on the north bank of the Ohio River, and is still in good health, and living with his son, one thing being remarkable,  that he has never used glasses and can read any print as well as any one. Member M. E. Church; Democrat.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879


MAYLONE, JOHN W. , a farmer residing on section 26, Moscow Township, is an early settler of Muscatine County, dating his residence back to 1856. He was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Aug. 28, 1826, and is descended from Irish and German ancestors, his grandfathers both being born of Irish parentage, while his paternal and maternal grandmothers were of German origin. His parents were Abraham and Nancy ( Workman ) Maylone. His father was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1797, and was a son of Daniel Maylone, who was born in Ireland, but who emigrated to America, locating in New York, whence he afterward removed to Ohio. Mrs. Maylone was born Nov.3, 1799, and was a daughter of John Workman, who was of Irish descent.
The father of our subject was but two years of age when he removed with his parents to Columbiana County, Ohio, where he was reared to manhood, united in marriage, and lived for more than seventy years. By his union twelve children were born, ten of whom lived to maturity: Julia Ann, who became the wife of Jonathan Hockenberry, died in Sciota County, Ohio, leaving a large family of children; Eliza J., married William Douglas, by whom she had several children, and died in Columbiana County, Ohio; William H., is a resident of Muscatine County; Louisa C., is the wife of William Hollar, a resident of Alleghany City, Pa., and to them have been born five children; John W., is the next in order of birth; Nancy R. wedded John Davidson, a resident of Columbiana County, Ohio, and has five children; George W. went to California in 1852, where he was married, but has not been heard of for many years, and is supposed to be dead; Mary K. wedded George Meetter , of Muscatine County; Phoebe H. is the wife of William Etherton, of Ft. Scott, Kan; Melvina J. married John Hale, but lived only a short time after their marriage; Marcus W. and Albert G. both died in childhood. The children of this family were all born in Columbiana County, Ohio.

Our subject was reared to manhood upon his father's farm, and received his education in the public and subscription schools of his native county. At the age of nineteen he began learning the trade of brickmaking, which he followed for several years. In the spring of 1851 he crossed the Father of Waters into Iowa and remained until the following January, when he returned to his native State, and with a party consisting of fifty-two men started overland to California to visit the gold mines that had been discovered. The company took with them five ox-teams and crossed the Missouri at St. Joseph on the 6th of May, 1852, reaching the mining town of Volcano, in Eldorado County, Cal., August 23. For four years our subject remained on the Pacific Slope, operating a brick yard in Sacramento during the summer season, while the winter months, or rather the rainy season, were spent in the mountains, engaged in mining. In his business enterprises he was quite successful and returned to his Ohio home in June, 1856, but remained there only until the 22d of July following, when he again came to Muscatine, where, without interruption, he has since continued to reside.

On the 28th of August, 1856, our subject led to the altar Miss Mary C. Fryberger, a daughter of William B. Fryberger, with whom the young couple lived for some time after their marriage. By their union two children were born: George C., who is now living in Perkins County, Neb., and Edwin C., who makes his home in Merriam, Johnson County, Kan. In 1863 the death of the mother occurred, she dying June 7. Our subject was again married, April 4, 1867. becoming the husband of Miss Ruth E. Gifford, a daughter of Burton Gifford, one of the early settlers of Cedar County, Iowa, who is still living, in the eighty-second year of his age. Her mother Rebecca ( Worrall ) Gifford, died several years ago. Five children graced the union of Mr. Maylone and Miss Gifford, but only two are now living, Ella May and Eugene, who are both at home. Stella died when four years of age, and two little sons, twins, Willard and Wilfred, died in infancy.

In 1856 our subject purchased his present farm, but did not begin its improvement and cultivation until several years later, taking up his residence thereon in 1865. The many improvements of their beautiful home are the result of their own industry and good management, for many years of patient labor have been bestowed upon it. In his political sentiments our subject has been a life-long Democrat, and since 1832, when he hurrahed for Gen. Jackson, has supported the principles of that organization. His wife is a strong advocate of the principles of the Prohibition party as taught by its eminent leaders. The parents, together with their daughter, Ellen M., are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are numbered among the highly respected citizens of Muscatine County.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album, Muscatine County, Iowa, 1889, page 516
Contributed by June Brewer Welsch



McCAMPBELL, R. H.,  County Auditor; was born in Shelby Co., Ky., March 18, 1828; he was brought up in Indiana, where he married Miss Elvina Allen, in June, 1853; she is a native of Shelby Co., Ky., but was brought up in Indiana; they came to Iowa in 1856 and settled in Muscatine Co.; he engaged in farming until the breaking-out of the rebellion, when he enlisted in the 35th Regiment Iowa Inf., Co. B; he remained in the service over two years, and was discharged, on account of physical disability. He was elected County Superintendent of Schools, and held the office for three years; was elected Auditor of Muscatine Co. in the fall of 1868, and has been re-elected every  two years since, and has held the office for ten years, and has discharged the duties of the office faithfully and well. Mr. and Mrs. McCampbell have four children----Charles, William, Ella and John.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



McCLINTOCK, David  who resides on section twenty-six, township twenty-four, range seven, in Antelope county, Nebraska, is one of the oldest settlers in the valley, and has done his full share in the betterment of conditions throughout the community in which he lives, On every hand he is named as a successful farmer and good citizen. A view of the family residence is presented on another page.

Mr. McClintock was born January 7, 1844, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. His father, Robert McClintock, was born July 8, 1809, in Pennsylvania, and died May 20, 1884. His mother was Evelyn McNair before her marriage to our subject's father, and was born in Pennsylvania; her father came from Pennsylvania, but their ancestors came from Ireland. Great Grandfather McClintock served in the revolutionary war and participated in the battle of Bunker Hill. On July 4, 1871, Mr. McClintock was united in marriage to Miss Minirva Handby, and   they are the parents of six children, whose names are as follows: John Ashley, Josia Robert, Merva, who was born 1876, died in 1877; David, married to Ida Troxell; August and Susie.

David McClintock moved from  Pennsylvania to West Liberty, Iowa, in 1864, returning a short time later to Pennsylvania: and then back to West Liberty, Iowa, where he remained one year. He then worked as a carpenter in Polk and Warren counties, Iowa, being married at Norwalk, Warren county, Iowa, in 1871. In 1872, Mr. McClintock with his family came to  Nebraska, settling in Antelope county. They drove from Somerset, Warren county, Iowa, where our subject had  lived for four years. They drove the finest team of horses that had come to Antelope county up to that time.

After arriving here, Mr. McClintock took up a homestead claim in section twenty-six, township twenty-four, range seven, where he built a dugout and lived for nine years. In 1881 he sold out and moved to California and from thence to Pennsylvania. He then bought the northwest quarter of section twenty-six, township twenty-four, range  seven, from his brother and immediately returned to Nebraska and settled where he now lives. Here the McClintock family experienced as many if not more hardships and dangers than any of the. old settlers who came  to the western frontier, on account of their early coming to this country. Their nearest market place was at Columbus, seventy miles distant, and Yankton, eighty miles away which was a river town. They suffered many losses and hardships through grasshopper raids, during the years of 1873-74 and 1875; during the blizzards of 1873 and 1888; hot winds that destroyed all their crops; and they fought prairie fires many times to save their home and possessions.

On October 15, 1878, in the effort to save his home Mr. McClintock had a narrow escape and was severely burned, losing all the hair off his head and face. The fire burned right up to the house, but he with several  neighbors put up a gallant fight and by back-firing they saved the home. Mrs. McClintock was the first white woman to settle in this section of Antelope county.

COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY, REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY of Nebraska p463



McCLOUD, D. G.; Sec. 14; P. O. Muscatine; born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Aug. 11, 1818; at the age of 18 moved, with his parents, to Warsaw, Ill.; came to Muscatine in 1839; first to Muscatine, where he engaged at his trade plastering until 1857; since that time has been engaged in farming; was elected Sheriff of the county in 1853, which office he held four years; was elected to the Legislature in 1872, and served two years. Married Miss Phoebe Chattaway July 18, 1849; born in England Dec. 16, 1822; have eight children--A. V., Cynthia M., Cara W., George D., Bion C., Anna G., Emma E., Abby P. Mr. McCloud is a member of the I. O. O. F., and a member of the M. E. Church.  Mrs. McCloud is a member of the M. E. Church. Owns 260 acres of land. Republican.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois



McCOLM, A.G.  of the firm of J. McColm & Sons, dealers in foreign and domestic dry goods and carpets, 182 and 184 Second street; is a native of Ohio, and was born in 1848; when 14 years of age, he came, with his parents, to Muscatine, and  when 16 years of age, he entered his father's store, and since then he has been connected with the business. He married Miss  Elloura Cowles, of Iowa, in 1869; they have three  children---Anna May, Elloura and Lillian.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



McCOLM, J.L. of the firm of J. McColm & Sons, dealers in foreign and domestic dry goods and carpets, 182 and 184 Second street, Tremont Hall Building; is a native of Indiana and was born in 1843; he was brought up in Ohio; when the war broke out, he enlisted in Co. A, 30th Regiment Ohio Inf., and was in a number of battles; he was in the service three years;  after his return, in 1864, he came to Iowa and located in Muscatine; since then, he has been engaged in the mercantile business, and has built up a large and extensive trade. He married Miss Sarah Pollock, a native of this county; they have two children----Charlie and Eddie.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



McCONNAHA, John,  farmer, Sec. 16; was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, May 16, 1823. In 1846, married Miss Mary R. Hagan,  a native of same county, born in 1826; they removed to Muscatine Co. in 1856 and settled in Lake Tp., where they resided until 1866, when they removed to their present farm; they have seven children living--Elizabeth A. (now Mrs. P. Esmoil), Rachel D. (now Mrs. C. Eichelberger), John S., Mary J.,  Newton, Grant, Chester. Mr. McConnaha and wife are members of the M. E. Church; he is a republican. Owns 246 acres of land.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa,  Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



McCURDY, Alexander, Conesville, proprietor of hotel; son of Daniel and Jane McCurdy; born June 21, 1823 in Coshocton Co., Ohio.  Married Sarah J. Jones May 7, 1846; she was born in the fall of 1825 in Harrison Co., Ohio; in the summer of 1866, came to Muscatine Co., Iowa, locating in Orono Tp.; his wife died the 8th of June, 1867.  Again married Miss Sarah E. Norris Aug. 24, 1872; she was born Jan. 9, 1840, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1870, moved into Conesville, and the following spring, engaged in the mercantile and grain business in company with his son, S.D.; was also appointed Postmaster, to suceed Mr. B.S.Cone, the first incumbent of the office; continued the business till 1873; was unsuccessful, and, in addition to the losses of business, his residence, which had cost him $2, ooo, was consumed.  His children by his first marriage are Seth D., Melissa, Lavina and Arizona; lost three--Winfield, Wilbert and an infant; by second marriage two--Chester W. and Scott A.  Mr. C. is at present one of the Trustees of the township.  Democrat

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 page 643, Orono Twp.



McCURDY, Daniel, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. Conesville; owns 92 acres of land valued at $35 per acre; born Feb. 19, 1845, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; came to this county in the spring of 1868; in December, 1876, he engaged in mercantile business, in Conesville, and the June following, his brother, Thomas W. came in as a partner; Nov. 17, 1878, their store was burned with contents; supposed to be the work of an incendiary; loss above insurance about $1,200; he then returned to his farm.  Married Minerva Hardman, Oct. 8, 1871; she was born April 7, 1853, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; have three children living--Albert, Eric and Lucius C; lost one, Lulu.  Member of the German Reformed Church.  Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 page 643, Orono Twp.



McCURDY, Robert, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Conesville; owns 300 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; born  March 19, 1821, in Coshocton Co, Ohio; in the fall of 1868, he emigrated to this county, locating on his present farm.  Married Elizabeth Welling Nov. 3, 1842; she was born July 11, 1819 in Harrison Co., Ohio; have six children---Daniel, Rebecca J., Lewis C., Thomas W., Minerva and Allen.  Member of the German Reformed Church.  Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 page 643, Orono Twp.



McCURDY, Seth D., dealer in grain and agricultural implements, Conesville, also Notary Public; son of Alexander and Sarah McCurdy; born September 17, in 1851, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; came with his parents to this county in 1866; educated at West Bedford, Ohio; commenced teaching school when 16 years of age; taught three terms, after which he turned his attention to other business; was a partner with his father while in business; during the summer of 1874, made a tour of California and Colorado, and returned the following winter;  was in the grain business at Nichols' Station, after which he engaged in his present business; having shipped from Conesville from fifty to one hundred thousand bushels of grain since January, 1871.  Married Miss Ella Tipton, daughter of Thomas and Margaret J. Tipton, Sept. 25, 1876; she was born Dec. 27, 1856, in this county; have one daughter, Lita.  Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 page 643-644, Orono Twp.



McDERMONT, Alexander;  farmer, Sec. 29: P. O. Muscatine; is a native of the Emerald Isle and was born in County Antrim, North of Ireland, in 1844; he emigrated to the United States with his parents, first settling in Berks Co., Penn., in 1846; remained until 1858, then moved to Indiana, where they died. Mr. McD.  enlisted in 1862 in the 82d Ind. V. I., Co. F, and served about two and a half years; was discharged after the battle of  Chickamauga to take charge of two of his brothers, who were wounded in the same battle and died a short time afterward; his brothers, who were wounded in the same battle and died a short time afterward; his father was taken sick about the same time and died a few weeks later at his home in Indiana, and he was called there to take care of him; he re-enlisted Feb. 5 and served one more year. After the war was over, he came to Iowa and located in Muscatine Co. on the fine farm he now owns and improved. Mr. McD. married Miss Alice M. Corwin, daughter of H. Corwin of Muscatine Co., in April 1872; they have four children---John H., Anna Grace, George F. and Arthur. Members  of the M. E. Church of the Island. Mr. McD. has held several offices in the county. He has a fine farm of 120 acres, where he resides. Is a stanch Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



McELRAVY, J.W.   editor of the Weekly Enterprise, West Liberty; born in Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1836; came to Iowa in 1868, and located in West Liberty.  Married Arabella Lewis; she was born in Cedar Co.; have three children--Edna, Gracie and Eleanor.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



McGREER, William A. farmer, section 13, P. O. Red Oak; was born in Wayne County, Indiana, January 15, 1827; when he was quite small his parents moved to Union County, Indiana; he remained there until the year 1860, when he removed to Muscatine County, Iowa, remaining there eleven years, engaging in the manufacture of pumps for about four years; after that time followed farming until the spring of 1872, when he removed to this county, locating near Hawthorn, and in 1873 bought his present farm. He was married October 25, 1860, to Miss Mary M. Smith, a native of Ohio; was married in Terre Haute, Indiana. They have seven children: Ella, Lizzie, Emma, Frank, Joseph, Mary and John. His farm of 160 acres of good land, is all under cultivation; is abundantly watered, has an orchard of three and one-half acres, together with a good variety of small fruits; has a good house and other buildings.

Source:  History of Montgomery County, Iowa; 1881



McGREW, John;  far., Sec. 4; P. O. Muscatine; born in Montgomery Co.,Ohio, in 1815; his parents, William and           Charlotte McGrew, were early settlers of Montgomery Co.; they removed to Wayne Co. Ind., about 1820, which continued to be their home until their death; they died of Cholera at the present  home of their son John, while on a visit to their children in Iowa, in 1851. Mr. McGrew left his father's home in Indiana in 1835, and came to Muscatine Co.; he pre-empted one fourth section  in Louisa Co., bordering on Muscatine County, where he lived ten years; he then sold and bought his present farm, whch contains 137 acres. He married, in 1836, Lydia A Willetts, a native of Mercer Co., Ill.; he had eight children, four still living---Araminta (now Mrs. S. Vanetta), Almira (now Mrs. Henry Miller), Lydia A. (now Mrs. Jesse Kerr). Mrs. McGrew died of Cholera at the same time his parents died; he married, in 1853, Louisa Adams, of Iowa City; has one child by second marriage---Ida (now Mrs. Harris Willetts).

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Pike Twp



McINTIRE, R. A., proprietor McIntire House, Railroad st., Wilton; born in Meadville, Penn., Feb. 24, 1820; remained with his father on his farm until 21 years of age; then learned the carpenter's trade. April 9, 1851, he married Josephine F.,     daughter of James Cooper; she was born in Cooperstown, Penn., May, 1831. He engaged in farming in Pennsylvania, until 1856, when they came to Muscatine and settled in Wilton, where he purchased several lots and being an expert at his trade erected thereon several house; the spring following his arrival here, Mr. McIntire was elected Justice of the Peace and there being considerable trouble in financial matters at that time his official duties occupied the greater part of his time until spring of 1860, when he was appointed Postmaster, which office he retained, notwithstanding the change in political affairs, until 1863, when he opened his hotel at his present site; they have five children--three sons and two daughters. Members of the Presbyterian Church in which he has been chosen Ruling Elder;  has been member of Town Council several times and Mayor three consecutive terms; is a member of the Wilton Lodge, No. 167,
A., F. & A. M. Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois Wilton Twp



McNALL, Webb editor and proprietor of the Gaylord Herald, was born in Randolph Cattaraugus County, N. Y., Oct. 11, 1848. He removed to Iowa in August, 1861, and from there to Gaylord, Smith County, Sept. 11, 1871. He took a homestead one mile northeast of Gaylord, and has since purchased enough land in the vicinity to give him a full section. Since his residence in Smith County he has served as Constable and Deputy Sheriff, and has not  been afraid or ashamed to work. As a consequence he is now a prosperous man.

In March, 1868, he married Miss Annie E. Humberger, of Muscatine, Iowa, by whom he has had two children, one of them now living. In 1876 he was chosen doorkeeper of the House of Representatives, and was re-elected in 1877. March 10, 1877, he was appointed on the Capitol police force at a salary of $1,100. Mr. McNall was admitted to practice in the district and inferior courts of Kansas in May, 1879. As a lawyer he has been very successful. His  friends claim that in several railroad cases he secured for his clients $4,000 more than even they hoped to secure. Whether as editor of the Herald, lawyer, insurance agent or farmer, Webb McNall always displays unbounded energy.

Source: William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Town of Gaylord, Smith Co.



McNUTT, Samuel,  Sec. 26; P. O. Muscatine; was born near Londonderry, Ireland, Nov. 21, 1825; is the son of Samuel and Hannah nee Stuart. Samuel McNutt, Sr., emigrated to Philadelphia, Penn., when Samuel Jr., was a child, and settled in New Castle, Del., where he died in 1836, leaving a widow and seven children; she died in Iowa, Dec. 24, 1874; working on the little farm in Delaware, Samuel passed his boyhood and grew to manhood; completing his college education in 1848, he engaged in teaching; was elected President of New Castle County Teachers' Association; he studied law under Hon. D. M. Bates; was admitted to the bar in 1851; came to Muscatine Co. in 1854; in 1856, was Principal of one of the public schools of Muscatine City, and at the close of the term became editor of the Muscatine Inquirer; in April, 1856, he became associateeditor of the Dubuque Herald; in 1863, was elected Representative to the Tenth General Assembly of the State; also elected to the eleventh and Twelfth Assemblies; in 1869, was elected Senator to the Sixteenth District. Senator McNutt served ten consecutive years as a member of either house. His private character is unblemished and unexceptionable. In church communion he is a Presbyterian. Married Miss Anna Lucas, of Portsmouth, Ohio, April 14, 1857; has three sons--William, Robert and Samuel. Politically, Mr. McNutt is a stanch Republican. He has ever been identified with the public interests of Muscatine County, and is a valued citizen.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879


McNUTT, Samuel, farmer, educator, lawyer, journalist, state senator, was born Nov. 21, 1825, in  Ireland, of Scotch origin. His boyhood was spent on a farm in Delaware; and he was educated at the  Delaware college. He then engaged in educational work; and was elected president of the New Castle  County Teachers' association. In 1851 he began the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1852 he was  professor of the Male seminary of Hernando, Miss., and in 1856 was principal of the public school of  Muscatine, Iowa. The same year he was editor of the Times-Inquirer; during 1856–59 was associate editor of the Dubuque Herald; and in 1861 became editor of the Dubuque Daily Union. From 1864 he served six years as a representative in the Iowa state legislature; and during 1870–74 served as a state senator. In 1884 he was a member of the Farmers' National congress, and in 1890 was appointed United States consul to Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Source:  Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century.  page 646



McNutt, Samuel, one of the pioneers of Iowa, who has had a large part in shaping its history, is a  resident of Muscatine, where he is passing his advancing years in quiet comfort, engaged in literary study and correspondence. He has contributed to the preservation of Iowa history by a number of writings.

Mr. McNutt was born November 21, 1825, in the north of Ireland, twenty miles west of Londonderry, and is the son of Samuel McNutt and Hannah Stewart McNutt. The family is of Scotch origin and descended from a somewhat noted ancestry. While he was yet a child the family came to America, and after a brief stay in Philadelphia settled in New Castle county, Del., near the village of Newark. His mother was now a widow with seven children, of whom Samuel was the oldest. For forty years she devoted her life and energies to the education and interests of her children, three boys and  four girls, and had the happiness to see them all honorably settled in life. Her second son, Robert, became an eminent physician in Louisiana, but as he was a union man, he barely escaped to the north with his life, losing all his property in Louisiana. Governor Kirkwood appointed him assistant surgeon of the Thirty-eighth Iowa infantry. The third son, James, also joined the union army, being attached to the medical department of the regular army, and for more than a year had medical charge of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip, below New Orleans. Mrs. McNutt died in Iowa, December 24, 1874, at the age of 85 years.

Samuel passed his boyhood working on the little farm in Delaware.  Books were few and his early training was largely from the Catechism, Psalms of David, Proverbs of  Solomon, Scotch Martyrs and Weems' Life of Washington. He contributed some poems to the Temperance Star, of Wilmington, Del., which attracted the attention of Dr. J. S. Bell, of Newark, one of  the professors in Delaware college, who assisted the young man to secure an education. During his college days he contributed to Peterson's Magazine, Neal's Gazette, Godey's Lady's Book, Saturday Courier and other publications, and his writings had a wide circulation.

Leaving college he engaged in teaching and at the same time studied law under the direction of Hon. Daniel M. Bates, then secretary of state of Delaware. In 1851 he went to Milwaukee, was admitted to  the bar and started to practice there, but being offered a professorship in a collegiate institute in  Hernando, Miss., he went there for two years. In 1854 he came north and located in Muscatine county,  Iowa. In 1856 he was principal of the First ward public school and in that year he and D. F. Wells, who  was principal of the Third ward school, edited the first educational magazine in Iowa, called the Voice of Iowa, published by Dr. Enos, of Cedar Rapids. At the close of the year he bought a half interest in  the Muscatine Enquirer, and became its editor. Subsequently he was associate editor of the Dubuque Herald, under the management of Joseph B. Dorr, and remained in that capacity until 1860, when the paper was sold to Mahoney & Co. Mr. McNutt had been a democrat in politics and a friend and  supporter of Stephen A. Douglas, but when the southern states began to secede and the war was threatening, he came out strongly in favor of the constitution and the administration of Abraham Lincoln, and supported it by every means. The Herald being opposed to the administration, Mr. McNutt, at the request of democratic friends, started the Daily Evening Union, to counteract the influence of the Herald Publication of this paper was discontinued in about a year with a heavy financial  loss, and Mr. McNutt became one of the editors of the Dubuque Times. In the fall of 1862, intending to go into the army, he removed his family to his farm in Muscatine county, where he has since resided.

In 1863, while recruiting for the Eighth Iowa cavalry, he was nominated and elected by the republicans of Muscatine county for representative to the Tenth General Assembly, and was afterwards twice re-elected. At the close of his third term in the house he was elected without opposition to the senate. He had a good record in the legislature, and was one of the pioneers in the introduction of bills  for the control of railroad corporations. It was he who secured passage through the house of the Gue  bill, to drive out of Iowa the “wild cat” currency then in circulation. He was the chairman of the committee which investigated the Fort Madison penitentiary in 1872, and wrote the report which  prevented the state from paying a bogus claim of prison labor contractors for $47,000, and    recommended a new penitentiary where rock could be quarried. This resulted in the location and erection of the new penitentiary at Anamosa. In 1872 he was a candidate for the republican nomination for state treasurer, and had a large following. He was prominent in the Grange movement, and is author of the monster petition signed by 70,000 Iowa farmers, asking for legislation to regulate railroad charges.

President Harrison appointed Mr. McNutt, on August 13, 1890, to be United States Consul at Maracaybo, Venezuels, but a brief residence in that climate convinced him that it was not suitable to him and he resigned and returned to Iowa. He was city judge in 1894 and 1895. For twenty years he was an officer of the Muscatine County Agricultural society, and is a member of the Scotch-Irish Society of America. He belongs to the Presbyterian church but entertains very liberal views of religion and humanity. He joined the Washingtonlans when a boy; in 1851, the Odd Fellows; in 1861, the Union League, and in 1872, the Patrons of Husbandry.

Mr. McNutt was married April 14, 1857, to Miss Anna E. Lucas, of Portsmouth, Ohio, niece of Robert Lucas, ex-governor of Ohio. In August, 1889, while his wife was on a visit to their son William, in Nebraska, she was taken sick and died there. Their living children are: William L., a farmer in Ord, Neb.; Robert S., a practicing dentist in Muscatine, and Samuel B., a practicing dentist in Des Moines.

Source:  Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa. Gue, B.F. Des Moines:
Conaway & Shaw Publishers, 1899.  page 263



MEASON,  George, Justice of the Peace; was born in Fayette Co., Penn., in 1806; he grew up to manhood there, and married Miss Mary Ewing, of Fayette Co., Penn.; in 1832, while living in that State, he was chosen by the people to offices of trust and distinction; he was elected Treasurer of Fayette Co., and was also elected Sheriff of the county; was Commissioner, and held the office of Associate judge; he came to Iowa in 1852, and located in Muscatine, and has lived here since then, except six years he spent in Kansas; he was elected County Judge in 1855, and held that office two years; he was Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue; afterward was appointed Assessor of Internal Revenue; he has held the office of Mayor of this city for eight consecutive years; he was elected Justice of the Peace in October, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Meason have six daughters and one son living.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MESSICK, G. W., farmer, Sec. 21; O. O. Muscatine; born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, Oct. 6, 1817. Married Miss Martha A. Dougherty Nov. 28, 1839; born in Ross Co., Ohio, Jan. 1, 1822; removed to Louisa Co., Iowa, in 1841; removed to Muscatine in 1846, where he engaged in the grocery business for nine years, and in 1856 returned to Louisa Co., where he engaged in farming; in 1863, removed to where he now lives, where he owns 110 acres of land. When Mr. Messick came to Louisa Co., there was only one building in his vicinity; his nearest mill was seventeen miles away, and when he took a grist to mill, he had to stand on a bench eight feet high and bolt the flour, by turning a crank on the outside of the mill; on some occasions had to go thirty-six miles to mill. Mr. Messick has seven children--Mary E. (now Mrs. Gilbert), Frank P., William, Orpha D. (now Mrs. Echelbarger), Orilla M. C. (now Mrs. Townsley), Edward L., Charley E., and eight deceased--William H., Ann C., Letitia, George W., Minerva J.--others died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Messick are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. M. has been a member since 13 years of age; Democrat.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



METZ, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Fairport; was born in Bedford Co., Penn. Feb. 18, 1822, where he received a liberal education, including surveying and circumnavigation; he became quite an adept in those branches.  In 1849, seeking new fields of enterprise, he came to Iowa, stopped at Bloomington (now Muscatine), where he clerked for J. G. Gordon for three years; in 1852, became dissatisfied, and, thinking California offered more adventure, removed there; remained five years mining and prospecting, and finding that a failure, financially, he again returned to Muscatine, Iowa; thence to Ohio, and while there married Miss Susan Rinard, in 1858; returned to Iowa and located on his present farm in Montpelier Tp., where he has improved and has a fine  farm of 240 acres.  Mrs. M. was a native of Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of John Rinard , of the same county; they have three children--Amanda (now Mrs. Joseph Shafer), Rosa and John H.  Mrs. Metz died Sept. 4, 1868; and Mr. M. again married Miss Mary E. Bohl, of this county, a native of Ohio, in April, 1869; they have two children--George and Margaret.  Mr. M. and wife are members of the M.E. Church.  Mr. M. has held several offices of trust since he has been in the county--Trustee, Assessor and Town Clerk--which offices he has held for over eighteen years.  He has also done some very important surveying in the county.  During the war, he was enrolling officer.  In politics, formerly a Whig, until the organization of the Republican party, which he helped organize in California; has ever been an uncompromising foe to human slavery in all forms.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MILLAR, John W.,  far., Sec.6; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Scioto Co., Ohio, in 1838, and came with his parents to Iowa in 1849, locating in Muscatine Co. on the farm on which he now resides and improved; married Miss Henrietta Mikesell, daughter of John Mikesell, of Muscatine Co., in 1864. They have had four children, three still living---Anna, Hallie and Henrietta.  Mr. M. has a farm of 225 acres, located about three and a half miles west of the city; has been very extensively engaged in the stock business for many years; is now engaged in the improvement of stock, hogs and cattle, in which he takes a deep interest; he is also engaged in propagating fish, and has several fine fish-ponds filled with trout and salmon. Members of the Presbyterian Church, and he is also a member of the A. O. U.  W. In politics, is a staunch Republican. He enlisted in the 1st I. V. I., Co. A, and served six months, and, in 1864, was drafted into the army again. Mr. M. was married, drafted and had an heir all inside of one year; is among the most enterprising men of the County.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MILLAR,  RAYNOLDS, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Muscatine; was born in Scioto Co., Ohio, in 1814; his parents Abraham and Rebecca Miller, were natives of Virginia; they removed to Ohio in 1804; they went to Missouri in 1844; his mother died in Mississippi Co., Mo.; his father died in Ohio, where he had returned on business, about 1854; Mr. Miller  came to Muscatine Co. in 1850, and purchased his present farm, but located thereon in 1852.  He married in 1852 Margaret Kerr, a native of Ohio, born in 1824; they have had three children, two of whom are living---Rebecca (now Mrs. Jacob Estle, resides in Louisa Co., Iowa), Elizabeth (now Mrs. John Estle, resides in Dallas Co., Iowa); their third child, Catherine, died aged about 1 1/2 years.  Mr. Miller  has 800 acres of land, engaged principally in stock-raising.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879
NOTE: correct spelling of the surname is MILLAR--it is listed as MILLER (misspelled) all the way through the biography.



MILLAR, William H., Sec. 6; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Scioto Co., Ohio, Feb., 28, 1807; in 1849, with his family, removed to Iowa, and settled in Muscatine Co., on the farm on which he still resides; married Feb. 17, 1835, Miss Rebecca S., daughter of Charles Steenberger, of Piketon, Pike Co., Ohio.   They have had six children, five still living--Charles S. John W., Abraham H., Polly H. (now the wife of Presiding Elder Miller, of  Iowa City), and Lavisa S.; members of the M. E. Church; Mr. M.  has been a member of that church for over forty years. All of Mr. M.'s sons were in the army during the late war. He improved the large farm upon which he lives, consisting of over six hundred acres; is a pioneer of Muscatine County, and has held several offices of trust and responsibility; was overseer of the work on the levee while it was being built from Muscatine to a point eight or nine miles below the city. He has raised a family of very enterprising sons to make their mark in the world; was formerly a Whig, now a stanch Republican, and ever a foe to human slavery.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MILLER, E.E.,  proprietor of restaurant; confectioner and dealer in choice candies, fruits, nuts, cigars and tobaccos. Mr. M. was born in Boston, Mass., June 9, 1855. In September, 1878, married Miss Anna B. Reece of this city. Mr. Miller has a good record as a pedestrian, and at present is the champion walkist of Iowa; he is an enterprising citizen, courteous to all, and since his coming to Muscatine has made many warm friends.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MILLER, Frederick, retired, res. Fourth st., Wilton; prominent among the early settlers and long identified with the growth, development and progress of Muscatine Co. He is a son of Michael Miller and Polly Young; born in York Co., Penn., April 13, 1808, where his ancestors had resided for several generations, having emigrated from Germany; his grandfather Miller having obtained his land in that county from the English Government; his grandfather on his mother's side was Frederick Young, a native of Scotland, who emigrated to America and settled in York Co., where she was born, being one of nineteen children. The parents of both had lived to an extreme old age; his grandmother Young was 97; his grandmother Miller, 85 years of age, at death. The father of our subject, Michael Miller, was an extensive farmer, but having met with severe losses, during the war of 1812, at his death (which occurred when Frederick was a mere boy) left the family in destitute circumstances and at the age of 13, he was obliged to go among strangers; was employed at farming until 16 years of age, at which time he learned the blacksmith trade, and for  several years worked at journey-work. At the age of 23, in Lancaster Co., he married Catharine, daughter of Robert and Polly Thompson, nee Linch, both of whom died previous to the 3d year of age; she was born in Centre Co., Penn., May 5, 18-- (sic), and was brought up by her mother's parents. Mr. Miller continued to work at his trade in Lancaster Co. until 1834, when he was ordained Pastor of the Evangelical Association, and traveled through his native State and Virginia for six years; then       again, he took up his trade in his native county; in April, 1843, they came to Iowa, making most of the journey by water, arriving at Pittsburgh during the terrible fire of that year; they were nearly six weeks making the journey to Bloomington (now Muscatine),  where Mrs. M. says they did not know when Sabbath came; he bought a lot on Mulberry st., cor. Fourth, what is now Court House square, on which was standing a double log cabin, one part of which he converted into a blacksmith-shop, the other containing the family and household goods, and in this manner they lived for three years, when he erected a brick shop, 20x40, and, in 1849, built (on the same lot) a fine brick hotel, two-story and basement, 28x50, in which he soon did a flourishing business; having to abandon his trade, he converted his shop into a barn and also built one, 24x120 ft.; both of which containing double rows of horse, were filled to the capacity each and every night, his bills amounting to $50 and $60 per day; in 1858, he exchanged his property for a farm of 240 acres, near          Sweetland Centre, where they remained until 1863, and removed to Wilton, where Mr. M. erected a warehouse where the elevator now stands, and speculated in grain for two years; after which his eldest son, D. T., and himself, erected a   store on Fourth st., in which they engaged in the dry goods trade for four years, when he retired. They have six children--D. T., born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 3, 1834, now of Chicago, on Board of Trade, a bachelor; Fred P., born Feb. 8, 1838, now of Newton, Jasper Co., grain and lumber merchant; Sarah, born June 26, 1840, the wife of Stephen Winders, of West Liberty, engaged in the boot and shoe trade; Catherine, born April 1, 1842, the wife of Tunis Burdge of Boonsboro, Iowa, tailor; Harriet A., born Jan. 10, 1846, the wife of Charles Axtell, of Newton, Jasper Co., dry goods merchant, and Marshall H., born Oct. 31, 1849, a conductor on the S. W. R. R.; his res. is Wilton.    Mr. Miller believes in the universal salvation of all mankind, while Mrs. M. is a member of long standing in the Presbyterian Church.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Wilton Twp



MILLER, H. B., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Blairstown; born in Cedar Co., Iowa, March 16, 1851.  Married Miss S. C. Herring in 1873; she was born in Ohio in 1855; they have one child -- Warren Benton. Has 200 acres of land, valued at $5,000. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Evangelical Church.

Source: The History of Benton County Iowa, 1878



MILLER, Henry, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Blairstown; was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, April, 1825. Married Miss Johnson in Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1849; she was born in Ohio; they have eight children -- H. B., William H., E. J., John W., Charles, Homer McCleanan, Edwin Lee and Carrie Asbareen. Mr. Miller was one of the earliest settlers in the State of Iowa; came to this State in 1836; located in Cedar Co.; followed milling ten years; carried on business in Muscatine two  years and moved into Benton Co. in 1863. Mr. Miller has 800 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; fine buildings, grounds, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Evangelical Church.

Source: The History of Benton County Iowa, 1878



MILLER, Louis, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Muscatine; born in Bavaria, Germany, Feb. 27, 1827; came to Muscatine Co. in the spring of 1853. Married Miss C. Smaltz, in 1861; she was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 4, 1840; they have four children--Louis, Henry, Edward and Victoria. Mr. Miller enlisted in the 35th Regt., Co. C, I. V. I., Aug. 15, 1862, and served till the close of the war; was at the siege of Vicksburg, Pleasant Hill, Jackson, Spanish Fort, Nashville, and in most of the battles of his regiment. Member of the Catholic Church; Republican.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MILLER, Robert, far., Sec. 9; P. O. West Liberty; was born in the County of Tyrone, North of Ireland, in 1832; emigrated to the United States in 1847, settling first in West Virginia; in 1854, visited California, where he successfully engaged in mining for several years; in 1857, returned to the States, locating near West Liberty; has made the principal improvements on the farm on which he resides, consisting of 240 acres. Mr. M. married Miss Maria Keith (a native of Carroll Co., Ohio ) in 1859; they have four children---Julia, Celeste, Howard and Harry. Members of the Christian Church; Mr. M. is a member of the A.F.& A. M.; also of the R.A.M.Chapter. Mr. M. is a stanch Republican in his political views. Mr. M. was one on the pioneers in the fine blooded-stock business, and six or seven years ago founded his now justly famous herd of short-horns, Plum-Grove Herd, which is one of the most extensive, and none superior, in the West; his trade extends from the Mississippi to the Pacific Coast; he has sold several large herds to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Dakota.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MILLER, William J.,  far., Sec. 7; P. O. Atalissa; son of John B. and Susan Miller; owns 223 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born March 3, 1832, in Somerset Co., Penn.; came to this county in October, 1854, in the spring of 1855, his parents came here, locating in Goshen Tp., where his father died, in 1872. Married Nancy Gatton, daughter of William and Elizabeth Gatton, Oct.23, 1856; she was born in November, 1830; her parents came from Holmes Co., Ohio, to this county in 1839, consequently being among its earliest settlers; her father died in December, 1876, have five children living--- Adessa, Allen C., Isabelle, Ulysses and Julius; lost one--- Filey; Member Presbyterian Church; Republican.

Source:  The History of Muscatine County Iowa Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, & etc.
Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MITTMAN, Frederick,  far., Sec. 9; was born in Williamsburg, Germany, 1825; came to this country in 1853; stopped first in Ohio. In 1854, removed to Iowa, and located on the farm on which he now lives, consisting of 263 acres, located in Muscatine Co. Mr. M. is engaged extensively in the dairy business, which he is making a success financially. He carried on the blacksmith business some nine years in the city of Muscatine, prior to moving on his farm. In 1853, he married Miss Catherine Haneigan, prior to leaving Germany for the United States. They have four children--John, Robert, Andrew, Pauline. He is a stanch Republican; members of the Protestant Church.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



MOLIS, William P.;  Superintendent and Engineer of the Muscatine Water-works; was born in Muscatine April 7, 1854; he was brought up here and attended school, and afterward learned the business of mechanical engineer at Clinton and in St. Louis; he assisted in building the water-works at Clinton and Davenport; he was appointed to his present position in September, 1876, and since then has filled the office with ability and satisfaction.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine


MORGRIDGE, G.O. - physician and surgeon, Muscatine; is a native of Marion Co., Ohio, and was born Jan. 26, 1840; lived there until 16 years of age, then removed to Bloomington, Ind., where he attended the University one year; then came to Iowa, settled in Cedar Co., and lived there until the war broke out. He enlisted in the fall of 1861, in the 11th Regt. I. V. I., Co. H; was in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth and the siege of Vicksburg; after the fall of Atlanta, he was commissioned Captain of Co. H, and commanded the company until the close of the war; he was wounded at the battle of Shiloh and at the fight of Nicojack Creek, and at the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864; he was with Sherman in his march to the sea, and was in the last battle of the war; marched to Washington, took part in the grand review,  and was mustered out at Davenport. After the war, he returned, entered the State University and remained two years, then studied medicine in Keokuk under Dr. J. C. Hughes, and graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1870; he afterward attended the full course of instruction at Bellevue, New York; he practiced medicine at West Liberty until July, 1878, and since then he has practiced here. He married Miss Ruth A. Casebeer, a native of Iowa, in 1867, they have two  children--Henry W. and Myrta E.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 City of Muscatine



Another biography from a different source:

MORGRIDGE, George Osborn, of Muscatine, is one of the well-known physicians of eastern Iowa.  He is of Puritan ancestry; his great-great-grandfather, John Morgridge, came from England soon after 1700 and settled at Newburyport, Mass., where he was engaged in shipbuilding. His son, Samuel, Dr. Morgridge's great-grandfather, was a man of learning, who also followed shipbuilding until injured by a  fall, after which he was a teacher. He married Ruth Siloers, a native of Ireland, and died June 26, 1772.  His son, the doctor's grandfather, was born at Amesbury, Mass., August 20, 1760, and died April 19, 1798. Dr. Morgridge's father, Isaac Morgridge, was born September 1, 1798, in Maine. At the age of 15  he came to Marion county, Ohio, where he cut wood and farmed. Two years later he joined the cavalry  to serve on the northern frontier in the war of 1812, but before reaching the front peace was declared. He afterwards moved to Iowa, where he died April 8, 1865. Dr. Morgridge's mother, whose maiden  name was Auner Thankful Ballentine, was born November 17, 1805, at Schodack on the Hudson, and was married to Isaac Morgridge at Marion, Ohio, September 30, 1828. Previous to her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools of Columbus, Ohio. She was a daughter of Dr. Ebenezer Ballentine, who was a graduate of Yale college, and was commissioned “Surgeon's Mate” in a  Massachusetts regiment during the revolution. His father, Rev. John Ballentine, of Scotch descent, was a native of Boston. He graduated from Harvard in 1735, and was called to the pastorate of the Congregational church at Westfield, Mass., in 1740, where he preached for thirty-five years. He died February 12, 1776, aged 60 years.

Returning from the war Dr. Morgridge entered the State university, where he studied nearly two years, then entered the office of Dr. J. C. Hughes, Sr., of Keokuk, and in March, 1870, graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, and from the medical department of the State university in 1874. During the year 1875-6 he completed the course at Bellevue college, New York, and soon afterwards moved to Muscatine, Iowa, where he has made his home ever since, and has enjoyed the liberal patronage which he deserves.

Politically, Dr. Morgridge is a republican. He served twelve years as a member of the Muscatine board of education. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and to the Congregational church. He was married in November, 1866, to Ruth A. Casebeer, whose father was a pioneer Methodist preacher and a pronounced abolitionist. Dr. and Mrs. Morgridge have had two children: Henry W., born in 1867, and  Myrta E., born in 1870. His son, Henry, graduated in medicine in 1890, was associated with him in business until October 25, 1897, at which date he died aged 30 years. He was a young man of ability and was greatly loved and respected by all.

Source:  Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa. Gue, B.F. Des Moines:
Conaway & Shaw Publishers, 1899. ; page 393



MOSER, PHILIP S., M. D.

Dr. Philip S. Moser, who through the period of his professional career was engaged in practice in Iowa, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and acquired his education in the common schools. He then supplemented his literary course by studying medicine with a view to engage in practice. At length he was graduated as  a physician and soon afterward came to Iowa, choosing Muscatine as his location.  He practiced there for several years and subsequently removed to Boone county, where his remaining days were devoted to ministering to the sick and suffering. He always kept in touch with the advanced thought of the profession, read widely and carried his researches far into the realms of scientific knowledge. He was interested  in everything that tended to bring to man the key to the complex mystery which we  call life, and he was conscientious as well as faithful and able in his practice.

While Dr. Moser never resided in Cedar Rapids, his family have for some years made  their home here. In 1882 he wedded Miss Louie V. Gosting, who was born in Delaware county, Iowa, a daughter of Edward and Mary Ann Gosting, both of whom were natives of England. Crossing the Atlantic, they became residents of Iowa at an  early day in the history of this state and here continued to reside until called to their final rest. Unto Dr. and Mrs. Moser were born two daughters. Lillian B., who  resides with her mother at home, is a graduate of the Cedar Rapids high school and also a graduate of music and is now successfully conducting a music store in this city. Laura L. is the wife of Loren Goumer, now of Waterloo, Iowa. Mrs. Moser and  her daughter reside in a beautiful residence which she owns at No. 632 Second  avenue and have made many friends during the period of their residence here.

History of Linn County Iowa from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time: 1911,  Volume II.



MOUNTAIN, J.P., farmer, Sec 33, P.O. West Liberty; son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Pringey) Mountain, whho were natives of Pennsylvania, but now deceased; is a native of Somerset Co., Penn., born in 1833; in 1857, he came and located to Muscatine Co., Iowa, improving the fine farm on which he now resides, consisting of 240 acres.  Mr. M. married in 1873 Miss Molly A. Cuppet, a native of West Virginia; they have two children--Earl and Lesta.  Mrs. M. is a consistent member of the M.E. Church; Mr. M. has for several years been interested in the improvement of short-horned cattle, and has some very fine registered cattle.  Is a stanch Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MOZER, August; proprietor of Railroad House, Front street; is a native of France; was born in 1837; emigrated to New York in 1866, removed thence to Ashtabula Co., Ohio, remained until 1867, when he came to Muscatine. In 1869, he married Miss Zeraphine Ferry, in this city; she was also a native of France; they have four children--August, Paul, Albert and Martha. Mr. Mozer acts with the Democratic party; members of the CatholicChurch. He has been engaged in business in Muscatine since 1876.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MUDGE, A.O.,  dentist, Fourth st.; residence, Fifth st., Wilton; born in Clarendon Co., Vt., Nov. 22, 1843; when eight years of age, his parents removed to Warren Co., N. Y., where they remained for four years; came west and settled in Jones Co., of this state. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the 12th Iowa Infantry, with which he participated at Arkansas Post and other battles; mustered out at Helena, Ark., May, 1863. Attended the Baptist Collegiate Institute at Milton, Wis., for several terms. In April, 1867, he married Miss Ellen E., daughter of N. M. Walrod, of Welton, Clinton Co., Iowa, where she was born in 1852; in the winter of 1867-68, he studied dentistry, and practiced in Welton, that county, for two years; and after farming for two years, in the summer of 1872, he removed to Wilton, of this county, where he has since continued to practice his chosen profession. They have one child--Loyal H., born in April, 1869. Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Wilton Twp



MURPHY, M.  of the firm of Byrne & Murphy, dealers in groceries, provisions, produce, flour, feed, confectionery, fruits,  etc., Muscatine, Iowa; Mr. Murphy was born in Tipperary County, Ireland, in 1830; emigrated to this country in 1847. He married Miss Elizabeth Coffey, of Muscatine; they have eleven children.  Mr. Murphy and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.  Politically, Mr. M. is a Democrat. Was elected Alderman of the Fourth Ward four years; has also filled the office of Street  Commissioner; in both offices he performed his duties in an able and efficient manner.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MUSSER, P.M., of the firm of Musser & Co., manufacturers of lumber, Musserville, Muscatine, and also of the firm of Cook, Musser & Co., bankers; is a native of Lancaster Co., Penn., and was born April 3, 1841; he was brought up and received his education in that State; after reaching manhood, he came to Iowa in 1862 and located in Muscatine and engaged in the lumber business; the following year in 1863, he removed to Iowa City and engaged in the lumber business, the firm being R. Musser & Co., which was afterward changed to P. M. Musser & Co.; he retained his interest in the business of the firm of R. Musser & Co. here while living in Iowa City; in the spring of 1873, Mr. Musser returned to Muscatine, and since then, has been actively identified with the management of the extensive milling and lumber business of Musser & Co.; in March, 1877,  he associated with S. B. Cook and H. Funck and engaged in banking, the firm being Cook, Musser & Co. In December, 1855, Mr. Musser was united in marriage to Miss Julia E.  Hutchinson, daughter of Robert Hutchinson, Esg., of Iowa City;  they have two children--one son and one daughter—Robert Clifton and Helen Jeff; they have lost one daughter--Laura.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



MUSSER, Richard;  senior partner of the firm of Musser & Co., manufacturers of lumber, Musserville, Muscatine; is a native of Lancaster Co., Penn., and was born Nov. 15, 1819, and was brought up there; after reaching manhood, he removed to Schuylkill Co. and lived there until 1854, when he came to Iowa and in Muscatine the following spring; in 1855, he engaged in the lumber business, and has been engaged in it nearly a quarter of a century, building up a large and extensive trade; their mills are among the largest and most complete on the river, having a capacity during a full season of making from eighteen to twenty million feet of lumber, employing over one hundred men and boys. Mr. Musser was twice elected Mayor of the city of Muscatine, and has also held the offices of Alderman and County Supervisor, and is actively identified with the interest of the city and county. He married Miss Sarah Berger, a native of Schuylkill Co., Penn., in 1855; they have had nine children, only  five of whom survive.



Another biography of Richard Musser from a different source:

MUSSER, Richard, of Muscatine, one of the pioneer lumbermen of Iowa, was a native of Lancaster county, Pa., and was born in Adamstown on the 15th day of November, 1819. His parents were Peter and Elizabeth (Adams) Musser, who were also natives of Pennsylvania. The father was born in Berks county and was of Swiss origin, while the mother was born in Lancaster county and was of Scotch-English descent. He received a common school education, and began his business career as a merchant's clerk, and on attaining manhood engaged in the tanning and leather business in Pine Grove, Schuylkill county, until October, 1854, when he emigrated to Iowa. The first year Mr. Musser spent at Iowa City, and in 1855 located at Muscatine, where he formed a partnership with his brother and Mr. Edward Hoch in the lumber business, the firm being known as Hoch & Musser. The partnership was for a term of three years and at the expiration of that time Mr. Hoch retired, and the business was continued under the firm name of R. Musser & Co. Various changes in the firm occurred, until the incorporation of the Musser Lumber company in 1871.

In 1849, at Pine Grove, Schuylkill county, Pa., the marriage of Mr. Richard Musser and Miss Sarah Filbert, daughter of Peter Filbert of that place, was celebrated. In less than a year after her marriage, Mrs. Musser died, and about five years later Mr. Musser, who was then in business in Muscatine,  Iowa, returned to Pine Grove, Pa., and on March 15, 1855, was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Berger. Nine children were born of this union, of whom those now living are William, residing  in Iowa City; Suzanne, Kathryn, Grace, Gertrude and Linda, living in Muscatine.

He took a warm interest in the cause of education, and served nine years as a member of the Muscatine school board. He was a member of the city council and served two terms as mayor of the city, first in 1874 and again in 1878. He has been prominently identified with the leading manufacturing  industry of Muscatine for forty years, and by his energy and enterprise has been instrumental in building up one of the most important lumber corporations on the middle Mississippi. He was also identifled with the extensive sash, door and blind factory, carried on by the Muscatine Manufacturing  company in Muscatine and Kansas City, the Muscatine waterworks and other companies. The people of Muscatine need no printed eulogy of Richard Musser and his achievements to herald his praises to the present generation; his works speak for themselves. But when this generation shall have   passed away and the history of the people, who, by their enterprise and public spirit improved and developed the natural resources of this state, is to be read by posterity, it will only be proper that the records should show that the subject of this sketch was always foremost in encouraging and sustaining all public improvements calculated to benefit the city or county at large; that he was active and influential in organizing various manufacturing companies that furnished employment to all classes of labor and which, in their operation, added wealth and importance to the city; that he was just and honorable in all his relations to society, both public and private, and that the general good and welfare  of the community were considered as well as the prospect of personal gain.

His death occurred on the 2d of October, 1896, and the little city of Muscatine has never witnessed a more genuine expression of widespread  sorrow than that which accompanied the obsequies of Richard Musser. “It would be a brighter world were there more of his type left.”

Source:  Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa. Gue, B.F. Des Moines:
Conaway & Shaw Publishers, 1899.  p.344



MYERS, J.E., Cashier Farmers' and Citizen's National Bank, Cedar st., res same, Wilton; was born in Montgomery Co., N.Y. , May 5, 1845, and when five years of age, went with his parents to Saratoga Co., N.Y., where his father (a physician) engaged in farming.  J.E. was raised a farmer; had an academical education; at the age of 20, he went to New York City, where he was employed as clerk in a wholesale hardware store for three years, after which he was engaged at jobbing in the same line until 1869, when he sold out and came to Iowa; engaged in business at Wilton, until 1873, and at the organization of the above named bank was chosen Cashier, which position he has since retained.  In Wilton, June 26, 1874, he married Jennie, daughter of Rev. Jacob Pentzer; she was born in Germantown, Ohio, April 1, 1852, and with her parents removed to this county in 1859; they have had two children--Philip Vanness was born May 13, 1875, and William P., October 30, 1878, and died March 25, 1879.  Members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he has been chosen Elder.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879


N
NEIDIG, B. , of the firm of B. Neidig & Son, proprietors of meat market and ice-dealers, Muscatine, Iowa; Mr. Neidig is a native of Pennsylvania; he came to Muscatine in 1847. Has been twice married; first wife was Miss Catharine Snavely; present wife was Miss Mary M. Smith. Mr. Neidig in early life, acted with the Whig party; on its decline, became a Republican and has remained a firm supporter of its principles. He is essentially a self-made man, and an honored member of society; he has been established in business in the city of Muscatine over thirty years, and during that time has enjoyed the confidence and respect of all.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879


NEIDIG, M.O.  of the firm of B. Neidig & Son, ice dealers, also proprietors of meat market, on Second street; Mr. Neidig was born in Frederick Co., Md., in 1833; in 1849, removed to this city with his parents. He married Miss Elizabeth H. Ryerson, of this city; she was born in New Jersey, came to this county with her parents in 1855 or 1856; they have four children---Frank A., Haddessah, Alice and Ralph. In politics, Mr. Neidig is Republican; in religion, himself and wife are Presbyterian. He is  a member of the A. O. U. W.; he was elected a member of the Muscatine Council two years; is a man of excellent character, a valuable citizen and an energetic business man.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



NELSON, Joseph, farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Conesville; owns 552 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born Dec. 9, 1823, in Harrison Co., Ohio; in 1828, his parents moved to Coshocton Co.; in the fall of 1854 he emigrated to Muscatine Co., Iowa, locating in this township, and came to his present farm in the spring of 1866.  Married Elizabeth Adams Nov. 13,1846; she was born Dec. 3, 1824, in Bedford Co., Penn.; have three children--Florence, Theodora J. and Eva; lost three--Louisa J, John B. and an infant. Mr. N. took quite an active part in procuring the B., C. R. & N. R. R. through his township, donating eleven acres of land to the company; also grading two miles of road from south line of township, north, taking the same in rail-road stock, which has been almost a total loss; he has served as member of the Board of Supervisors, also Township Trustee.  Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 page 644, Orono Twp.



NESBITT, J. B. farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Nelson, was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1840, and was brought up on a farm until fourteen year of age, then emigrated to Iowa and located in Mahaska County. In 1861, enlisted in the Twelfth Illinois Infantry, serving three years; was then commissioned as First Lieutenant in the One Hundred and First United States Colored Regiment, serving for some time on the staff of Gen. Clinton B. Fisk, remaining in the service until January, 1866; then located at Muscatine, Iowa, working at carpentering, removing to Montgomery County in the fall of 1879, following his trade and teaching until 1873, then came to Nebraska and took a homestead on Section 24, Town 4, Range 7, Nuckolls County; then commenced work at his trade in company with J. M. Cook, working at the business about three years; put up a hotel, court house, store and other buildings in Nelson, the first season out here, earning enough in this way to improve his place some and put up a house; has 120 acres of his land improved, and has planted a nice little orchard of apple and peach trees, besides cherries, plums and other small fruits. Mr. Nesbitt was the first acting Superintendent of Public Instruction, serving two terms of two years each, and did some good work in getting the schools in good working order. There were nineteen school districts when he came into office, which were increased by thirty-one when he went out.   Mr. Nesbitt really had the whole organization to do, and did it to the satisfaction of the people, and has also served as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Treasurer at different  times. Was married, in 1868, at Muscatine, Iowa, to Miss E. W. Lee, of that place.  They have five children--Ely, Paul, Rose, Maud, and Charlie. He is a member of the G. A. R., and of the Baptist Church.

Source: The History of the State of Nebraska, 1882, Western Historical Company, A. T.
Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL.; Nuckolls Co.



NESTER, John;  proprietor of blacksmith shop on Mulberry street, Muscatine; a native of Germany, born in 1828; emigrated to Indiana in 1844; remained until 1854, then came to this city. He married in Toledo, Ohio, Miss A. Banges; they have five children--John T., Andrew, Mary Theresa, Joseph and May Agnes. Mr. Nester is a Democrat; members of the Catholic Church. Mr. N. is always prepared to do first-class horse-shoeing and repairing of all kinds; in fact, anything requiring mechanical skill and practical workmanship.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



NEWTON, Thomas,  farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Nichols; owns 128 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre; born April 20, 1820, in Wayne Co., Ind.; emigrated to Iowa in the fall of 1850, stopping a short time in Seventy-six Tp., afterward to Cedar Tp. a short time, then to his present farm, part of which he entered from the Government. Married Viola Epperly March 5, 1846; she was born March 15, 1821, in Montgomery Co., Va.; have six children living--Philander, born March 15, 1847; Waldo, born Oct. 24, 1848; Webster, born Jan. 24, 1857; Iowa, born April 30, 1862; Thompson, born May 14, 1865; Jeptha, born June 18, 1867; lost two--Warner and Angeline. Philander served his country in Co. A of the 11th Iowa Inf., from Feb. 14, 1864, to July, 1865; participated in most of the battles under Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea; still makes his home with his father. Mr. N. is a Friend by birth-right; Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Pike Twp



NICHOLS, B. F., farmer and dealer in real estate, Nichols Station; son of Samuel and Mary ( nee Rodgers ) Nichols, born Sept. 5, 1826, in Highland Co., Ohio, where his mother died Jan. 5, 1839; in the fall of 1838, his father came to Muscatine Co. and purchased about one thousand acres of land in the vicinity of what is now known as Nichols Station; in the spring of 1840, brought his family and located on his land. In 1842, he was married the second time to the widow of Dr. Searles. He added to his first purchase of land till, at his death, Aug. 18, 1871, he owned about five thousand acres of land. In January, 1850, Mr. B. F. Nichols went to California via New Orleans and Panama route; engaged in mining and packing, also in mercantile business to some extent; also spent some time in Oregon, Washington Territory, British America, Idaho, Montana, etc.; in 1869, he returned to Muscatine Co.; in 1873, engaged in the mercantile business in Nichols, and sold out to Mr. Kirchner in December, 1878; he now owns about one thousand acres of land, valued at $25 per acre, besides several buildings in town; is also Postmaster, his father being the first Postmaster for this office. Married Miss Susan M. Jenks Oct. 10, 1874. Mr. N. has one brother, Townsend, living, and four sisters deceased. Has served as Treasurer of School Board several years. Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Pike Twp



NICHOLS, IRA, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. West Liberty; a native of Seneca Co., N.Y., born in 1820; removed with his parents to Morrow Co., Ohio; remained there until 1853, then removed to Muscatine Co., Iowa, where he has since resided; in the same year he located and improved the farm on which he now resides.  Mr. N. married Miss Elizabeth W. Luse, a native of Washington Co., Penn., in 1843; they have three children--Charles M., Isaac A. and J.I.; one son, Pliny C., died in the hospital from a wound received at Vicksburg.  Members of the Methodist Church; Mr. N. is a stanch Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



NICHOLS, Thornton;  farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Ross Co., Ohio in 1836; came to Iowa with his parents, settling in Des Moines Co., while he was quite young; remained there a number of years. Married, in 1859, Miss Emily A. Bier, daughter of Henry Bier, of Louisa Co.; they have four children--Henry H., Martha (now Mrs. C. Platt), Nannie and Lilly.   Mr. N. improved the farm on which he now resides, consisting of 205 acres, valued at $100 per acre; in 1877, Mr. N. engaged in the dairy business quite extensively, and still continues, in connection with farming. Members of the M. E. Church. Mr. N. is a stanch Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879



NIPPS, Freeman E,  is one of the veteran railroad men of Kansas. Like many who have found success in that army of industrial workers, he began at a country station and as a telegraph operator. For more than a quarter of a century he has been the agent of the Missouri Pacific Railway at Topeka. Unlike many railway men, he has at the same time identified himself closely with local affairs, and at the present time his name is familiarly known throughout Shawnee County as chairman of the board of commissioners.

Though most of his life has been spent within the borders of Kansas, Mr. Nipps was born at Muscatine, Iowa, July 14, 1865. A few years later his parents removed to Boone, Iowa. There he  attended the public schools until he was fourteen, and at that time he accompanied his parents to   Kansas. Mr. Nipps is a son of Jacob and Josephine (Pfeifer) Nipps. His father was a man of considerable prominence in Phillips County, Kansas. Before coming to this state he had enlisted in an  Ohio regiment during the Civil war, but continued illness prevented his taking an active part for any  length of time in the struggle to preserve the Union. By trade he was a mechanic, but the greater part of his career was devoted to agriculture. In order to better provide for his growing family of children he came to Kansas in 1879. That was a comparatively early year in the settlement of Northwestern Kansas, and unlike many who homesteaded at that time his prosperity enabled him to move his property by railroad to within some thirty or forty miles of his destination.

The rest of the way to Phillips County was covered by wagon. As was the case of many Western Kansas settlers at the time his  family at first lived in a sod house on the prairie in Phillips County. The county was very sparsely populated and it was not unprecedented for a buffalo or an Indian to be seen on the open range. Jacob Nipps acquired title to 320 acres of land, and later added to this 320 acres more, and also owned good residence property in Phillipsburg. For a man of no extensive literary training, he was well posted on current topics and possessed an unusual fund of good, practical sense. He was an eager supporter of the cause of education and made many sacrifices that his children might have proper scholastic training. The citizens of Phillips County recognized his worth by making him the recipient of various local positions, and for two terms he was treasurer of that county. In religion he was a Methodist and in politics a republican. As long as he lived he commanded the greatest of respect for his many admirable qualities of mind and heart. His widow still survives and lives with a daughter at Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Freeman E. Nipps is one of four surviving children out of the seven born to his parents. After coming to Kansas he spent two terms in a district school and one term at a small college at Harlan. When only sixteen he passed an examination and secured a teacher's license, following which a district school  had his services as a teacher for two terms.

His career as a railroad man began more than thirty years ago. At eighteen he took up the study of  telegraphy at Kirwin, Kansas, and completed this apprenticeship at Jamestown, Kansas, where he  was employed as station helper at $35 a month. His first important position in railroad work was as an  operator at Atchison, following which he was stationed at various points for a number of years, chiefly  at Bigelow and Logan. For two years he was clerk in the Kansas City office of the Missouri Pacific Railway, but since February, 1888, has been this company's agent at Topeka. This is one of the most responsible local positions along the road in Kansas.

His good citizenship has been dignified by important service rendered his home city. For two years he served as a councilman under the old form of city government. In 1912 he was elected a member of the board of commissioners for Shawnee County, and has held that office ever since. Upon the reorganization of the board in January, 1916, he was elected its chairman, a position he had declined a  year previously, as the minutes of the board disclosed. Mr. Nipps is a republican, and is one of the  most progressive of the younger generation of Topeka business men. He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, an Elk and an active member of the Topeka Commercial Club.

Mr. Nipps married Miss Mary Smith. She is a daughter of the late Hon. James Smith, a prominent  Kansan, who served three terms as secretary of state from January, 1879, to January, 1885, and who died May 28, 1914.

 Source:  Kansas and Kansans: Volume 4



NOLL, William,  farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. Muscatine; born in Germany, in 1851; came to Muscatine Co., with his parents, in 1866; A. Noll, William's father, was born in Germany, Jan. 6, 1826; married Miss Anna Kurz, Oct. 27, 1848; she was born in Germany, April 28, 1823; have four children---Germon, born Oct.  6, 1856; Theo., Nov. 17, 1857, Paul, June 29, 1864. He owns 270 acres of land, and the family are members of the Catholic  Church.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois



NORTON, Charles W.,  farmer, breeder and dealer in short-horn cattle. Berkshire hogs and Cotswold sheep, Sec. 13;   P. O. Durant; the second son of Bundsy B. Norton and Emily W. Ward, the former a native of Litchfield, Conn., where he was a schoolmate of H. W. Beecher; the latter of Canadian birth and parentage; both, when young, with their parents, became residents of Medina Co., Ohio, where his father (Charles W.'s grandfather), a Captain in the Revolutionary war, had taken up 1,000 acres of land; on this land, the parents of Charles settled; had six children, five sons and one daughter--C. W., the second, born Sept. 9, 1836; the mother died April 14, 1854. The father again married, and is now an extensive farmer of Medina Co. At the age of 16, Charles having secured a good common-school education, purchased his time from his father, entered the academy at Seville, and remained for three terms, and, after teaching several terms to obtain the means, continued his  studies; he went to Berea, Ohio, and took a scientific course; graduated at Folsom's Mercantile College, at Cleveland, in 1857; then taught for some time; and, after clerking in drugs at Phelps, N. Y., for two years, he made a journey westward on horseback, traveling 4,300 miles, entering land for Eastern parties. July 13, 1859, he married Mary, the youngest of nine children of George W. and Heppie Collin, nee Steel, natives of Hartford Co., Conn.; settled in Medina Co., Ohio, in 1819, where she was born, in October, 1838. In the fall of 1863, they came to         this county, and settled where he now resides, investing $2,500 in a home, to which has since been added until he now owns 740 acres, valued at $65 per acre, well stocked with short-horn cattle, imported Berkshire and Poland-China hogs, and blooded sheep, on which he has received many first premiums at the county fairs. They have four children--Oaky G., born Oct. 6, 1863; James C., Aug. 16, 1868; Birdie L. July 3, 1873; Florence E., May 19, 1877. Members of the Congregational Church;  Republican.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois



NYE, ALFRED, far., Sec 31; P.O. Melpine; born in Washington Co., Vt., in 1811; removed to Muscatine Co. in 1837, and settled in Fairport; remained ten years, and removed where he now lives in 1847.  Married Miss Sarah Silverthorn in 1853; born in Northampton Co., Penn. In 1822; have six sons and one daughter--Oriana A. (now Mrs. Abbot), Mahlon, Albert W., Walter H., Willie G., Reuben E., Fred A.  Mr. and Mrs. Nye are members of the Christian Church.  Mr. N. owns 500acres of fine farm land; has improved 600 acres in the county.  Democrat.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879 Fulton Twp



NYENHUIS, G.J.,  proprietor of brick yard on Lucas Grove road South Muscatine; Mr. Nyenhuis was born in Holland, in 1820; emigrated to Baltimore, Md., in 1848; came to Muscatine in 1853. He married, in Holland, Miss Anna E. H. Boyenk; they have eight children--Mary, now Mrs. A. Hine; Hattie, now the wifeof M. Bodeman; Dennie, Senni, Annie Vandal B., Hiram and James. Mr. Nyenhuis and wife are members of the Baptist Church; he is a Democrat; he has been engaged in the manufacture of brick fourteen years, and does an extensive business.

Source:  THE HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA Containing A History of the County, its Cities,
               Towns, & etc. Western Historical Company Chicago Illinois 1879


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