1878 Farmington Twp., Van Buren County, IA
Biographical Directory of Citizens



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Alfrey, Jacob, farmer and coal-miner; P.O. Farmington.

Amos, Levi, Farmington

Allen, A. B., mechanic, Farmington.

Anderson, Ira, blacksmith, Farmington.

Anderson, J., far., S. 1; P.O. Farmington.

Bank, William, cooper, Farmington.

Bante, Louis, blacksmith, Farmington.

Barger, M. L., far., S. 25; P.O. Farmington.

Barton, W. H., carpenter, Farmington.

Beeson, George, grocer, Farmington.

Behm, Anton, retired, Farmington.

Benson, H., Justice of the Peace, Farmington.

Bedell, J. S., merchant, Farmington.

Beeson, Geo. Sr., grocer, Farmington.

Benson, Henry, attorney, Farmington.

Bowers, J., far., S. 36; P.O. Farmington.

Bowles, W., far., S. 7; P.O. Boyers Sta.

Bowman & Boyer, dealers in agricultural implements, Farmington.

Bowman, H. E., merchant, Farmington.

Boyer, Adam, far., Sec. 5; P.O. Boyers Station.

Boyer, Basiel, farmer, Farmington; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, June 20, 1830; at the age of 10, came to this county, and has made this his home since; was in California for three years, gold-mining; he has followed farming the rest of his life. Married Miss Margaret Overhouse; she was born in Ohio, Darke Co., May 20, 1838; has had six children, five living--Alice B., William T., Adda L., Geo. B and Glenn E., aged respectively 20, 17, 13, 10 and 3. Mr. Boyer is a Free Thinker and a Greenbacker; he owns 640 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre, and house and two lots in town, and raises considerable stock.

Boyer, John P., farmer; Boyers Station.

Bradford,Ira, farmer; P.O.Farmington

Brock, Fenton, propr. State Line House, Farmington.

Buckholz, H., blacksmith, Farmington.

Burg, Lewis, wagon and buggy manufacturer, Farmington; born Feb. 10, 1843, in Rhinephaltz, Bavaria; came to the United States in 1853; went directly to Burlington, Iowa, and remained there for twelve years; then came here and established his present business. Married, Feb. 14, 1867, to Miss Cordelia Behme; she was born in Prussia May 2, 1846; have five children, four living--Albert H., Lewis W., Carrie C. and Oscar F., aged respectively 8, 6, 4 and 2. Is a member of the German M. E. Church; politics, Independent. Mr. Burg is known as a live, energetic business man; came here with but little capital, but, by frugality and praiseworthy enterprise, has succeeded in establishing a business of which himself and the county may well be proud.

Burrier, Iowa H., far., P.O. Farmington.

Cappleman, Peter, capitalist, Farmington.

Campbell, J. A., grocer.

Carter, G. W., far., S. 4; P.O. Farmington.

Carr, James, coal dealer, Farmington.

Carr, Peter C., far., S. 11; P.O. Farmington.

Carter, Josiah.

Chick, Jas., prop. boarding-house, Farmington.

Church, A. T., depot agent, Farmington.

Clancy, Jas., far.; P.O. Boyers Station.

Cooley, L. H., dep't. P.M., Farmington.

Cooley, Moses H., Postmaster, Farmington; born March 19, 1814, at Whately, Franklin Co., Mass; lived there until he was 22; moved to Brownhelm, Lorain Co., Ohio; lived there four years; went to College at Hudson, Portage Co., Ohio; was there two years; taught school in different places, both in Ohio and Mississippi; was made an Odd Fellow in 1847; has passed the chair, was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State in 1862-63; Grand Patriarch in 1861-62; Representative to the Grand Lodge of the United States in 1864, and in 1865; came to Iowa in 1847, and to Farmington in 1848; was Town Superintendent in 1860-61; was Postmaster from 1864 to 1870, re-appointed in 1871, and been Postmaster since. Married Aug. 3, 1848, to Selene C. Hammond; she died May 10, 1859; married again, April 21, 1850, to Eliza J. Thome; she died July 28, 1851; married again, Sept. 10, 1854, to Lucy H. Ingram; she died Dec. 28, 1869; married again, May 18, 1870, to Miss Nancy S. McCrary, of Vernon; has two children by third wife--Lyndon H. and Clara Ida, aged 22 and 20, respectively. Republican. Made a Mason in 1862, and has held positions of trust in the Lodge every year but one; is also a member of Chapter. United with the Congregational Church in 1836, and is still a member.

Coleman, John S., far., Sec. 35; P.O. Farmington.

Coombs, John, bridge-builder on B. & S. W. R. R., Farmington.

Coughlin, Daniel, trackmaster B. & S. W. R. R., P.O. Farmington.

Coulter, Samuel, Postmaster and merchant, Boyers Station.

Crooks, Henry, section boss, B. & S. W. R. R., Farmington.

Cross, John F., Dr., druggist and physician, Farmington.

Cronn, John C., laborer, Farmington.

Cronn, W. S., laborer, Farmington.

Curtis, Adolpheus, far., Sec. 27; P.O. Farmington.

Davidson, John W., minister, Farmington.

Dibble, C. G., patent-right man, Farmington.

Dice, Jacob, laborer, Farmington.

Dibble, C. G., Farmington.

Deane, E. C., Gen. Agt. J. I. Case & Co., Farmington.

Doeling, Charles, cigar manufacturer, Farmington.

Dray, H., coal-miner; P.O. Farmington.

Dray, Obadiah, teamster, Farmington.

Dray, Wm., laborer, Farmington.

Duffey, James, coal-miner; P.O. Farmington.

Eaton, S. D.

Ebarling, Conrad

Ebeling, C., far., Sec. 12; P.O. Farmington.

Eddy, J. A., merchant; Farmington.

Farris, Robert, Sr., Mississippi River pilot, Farmington.

Fichtermueller, P., tinware.

Flood, George, far.; Sec. 1; P.O. Farmington.

Flood, Stephen, far.; Sec. 1; P.O. Farmington.

Folker, Cyrus, far.; P.O. Farmington.

Folker, John, far.; P.O. Acasto.

Foregraves, J., laborer, Farmington.

Freed, Henry, far., P.O. Farmington.

French, E., far., S. 6; P.O. Farmington.

Frow, B., far., S. 28; P.O. Farmington.

Gableman, F., lumber dealer, Farmington.

Gable, John, Sr., retired, Farmington.

Gafford, Saulsbury B., firm of Gafford & Co., grain and agricultural implement dealers, Farmington; born in Baltimore, Fairfield Co., Ohio, May 27, 1846; lived there until 1860; went to Keokuk; lived there five years; then came here, and, with the exception of two years in Centerville, Iowa, has lived here since. Married in January, 1867, to Miss Lucy A. Norris; she was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1845; they have four children--Jarvis J., aged 9; Abner, 7; Jessie, 5; Mammie, 2 1/2. Does not belong to any secret society of any kind. Politics, Democrat. Mr. Gafford began business here with very little capital, but, by strict and close attention and economy, combined with enterprise, has established a large and increasing business.

Giles, S., Farmington.

Gillie, John J., proprietor machine-shop.

Gleckler, Charles A., general merchandise and proprietor of Diamond Mills, Farmington; born in Wurtemberg, Germany, April 16, 1835; came to the United States in 1852; lived in Newark, Ohio, three years; moved to Keokuk, Iowa; was there one year; clerked for Ogden & Brownell, book publishers; then came here, and has been living here since; engaged in the bakery and confectionery business two years, and one year in the hardware business; then entered into the firm of Sims & Gleckler, general mercantile business, which continued two years; then followed the same line of business alone up to the present time. Married, in 1860, to Miss Cordelia L. Sims; had two children, one living--Clara, aged 17 years. In religion, Protestant. Mr. Gleckler manufactures large quantities of flour, which finds a ready market throughout the State; he was one of the principal promoters of the old State Line R. R., now B. & S. W. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Has been City and School Treasurer for twelve years. Politics, Republican.

Gleckler, J. G., one of the proprietors of grist-mill, Farmington.

Glover, J., far., S. 34; P.O. Farmington.

Good, G. W., physician, Farmington.

Goodall, George, laborer, Farmington.

Goodell, Jethro G., laborer, Farmington.

Goodenough, C. G., minister, Farmington.

Goodin, William, wholesale and retail groceries, Farmington; born in November, 1838; in Perry Co., Ohio; came to this country in 1844, and has lived here since, with the exception of three or four years' residence in Lee Co., Iowa. Married, in 1864, to Miss Matilda Rogers; she was born in Ohio; two children living--Inez, aged 10; William C., aged 3. In religion is a Baptist; politics, Democrat. Is Treasurer of the Masonic Lodge and member of the Chapter. Is also City Treasurer. Served three years in Co. A, 1st I. V. C.; participated in the battles of Prairie Grove and Little Rock, Ark., and all the engagements in the vicinity of Little Rock and others throughout the West.

Gray, R. B., far., S. 12; P.O. Farmington.

Grubb, W. F., homeopathic physician, Farmington.

Harbison, Wesley, blacksmith.

Hartrick, B., carpenter, Farmington.

Hartrick, C., wagon mfr., Farmington.

Hartrick, Henry, wagon manfr., Farmington; born in Hanover, Germany March 27, 1844; came to the United States in 1867, and came directly to Farmington, and has lived here since. Married in April, 1871, to Miss Minna Hartrick; have three children--Ida, Alma and Albert aged respectively 3, 5 and 1 years. Member of the M. E. Church; in politics, is a Republican. By frugality and economy, Mr. Hartrick has succeeded in gathering the means to establish the present increasing business.

Hartrick, Henry, carpenter, Farmington.

Hassler, J., Sr., saloon-keeper, Farmington.

Hassler, Jos., saloon-keeper, Farmington.

Hassman, George, carpenter, Farmington.

Huntzell, Christian.

Hellwig, G. V., far., S. 29; P.O. Boyers Station.

Hommelke, F., furniture dealer, Farmington.

Hosmer, Jane, S. 9; P.O. Boyers Station; born in Clark Co., Ky., in 1820; left there at the age of 14, and came to this county, and, with the exception of three years passed in Ohio, has lived here since; she has lived in this township for forty years. She married, in 1839, to George Hosmer; he was born in Massachusetts in 1807, and died in 1846; has three children living--George, Lorenz and Amanda, aged respectively 37, 35 and 31. Mrs. Hosmer owns 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre.

Hosmer, George, far., S. 9; P.O. Boyers Station; born March 4, 1841; lived in Ohio for three years. Enlisted in Co. B, 13th U. S. Inf.; participated in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou, Champion Hills, Jackson, Miss., capture of Arkansas Post and the battles and siege of Vicksburg; served three years with credit to himself and his country.

House, G. H., far., Sec. 32; P.O. Boyers Station.

House, J. W., far., S. 30; P.O. Boyers Station.

Hummelke, Frederick, hardware, stoves and tinware, Farmington; born in Hanover, Germany, in 1843; came to the United States in 1855; went to Warsaw, Ill., and remained there until 1861; then went to California and was there until 1867, engaged in gold-mining; then went to Hancock Co., Ill., and lived there until 1874, engaged in farming; then came here and established this business, and has been here since. Is a member of German M. E. Church; is Independent in politics. Married Miss Henrietta C. Thero Jan. 29, 1868; she was born in Hanover, Germany, March 13, 1848. Mr. Hummelke came here with little capital, but by strict and close attention he has succeeded in building up a large and growing business.

Johnson, Joseph A., far., S. 30; P. O. Bonaparte.

Kahoe, Patrick, far., S. 1; P.O., Farmington.

Kellogg, Chas., retired; P.O. Farmington.

Kelley, A. C., far., Sec. 35; P.O. Farmington.

Kelley, D., capitalist, Farmington.

Kelley, J. L., far., Sec. 35, P.O. Farmington.

King, A., wagon manufacturer, Farmington.

King, G., laborer at B. & S. W. shops, Farmington.

King, L., prop. hack line, Farmington.

Knouff, S. J., boot and shoe maker, Farmington.

Knott, W., far., Sec. 36; P.O. Farmington.

Lewis, R., far., P.O. Farmington.

Litzrodt, F., minister, Farmington.

Lorton, J., far., P.O. Boyers Station.

Lowery, T. J., far.; P.O. Boyers Station.

Lyman, G., barber, Farmington.

McKinzie, J., far., Sec. 27; P.O. Farmington.

Manhardt, E., far., P.O. Farmington.

Manhardt, P., far., Sec. 26, P.O. Farmington.

Mantz, J., far.; P.O. Farmington.

Martin, J. C., ferryman, Farmington.

Mathias, J. W., far,; P.O. Farmington.

Meek, S. G., retired physician, Farmington.

Michael, J. F., shoemaker, Farmington.

Miller, E., merchant, Farmington.

Miller, J., merchant, Farmington.

Moore, D. B., saloon, Farmington.

Moore, J., prop., Galt House, Farmington.

Moreland, J., plasterer, Farmington.

Moreland, E. W., carpenter, Farmington.

Moreland, R., plasterer, Farmington.

Morse, H. T., boot and shoe maker, Farmington.

Moss, G., Farmington.

Mueller, George, cabinet-maker, firm of Reckmeyer & Mueller, Farmington; born in Province Hessen-Nassau June 3, 1835; came to the United States Oct. 31, 1855; went to Lee Co., Iowa; was there a year; then came to this place, and has been her since; followed his trade for nine years; then formed the above partnership, which has continued up to the present time; Mr. Mueller has, by close application to business, secured a competency and increasing business. Married in 1863 to Miss Elizabeth Schimbeno; she was born in Lee Co., Iowa, Feb. 7, 1843. Belongs to the Lutheran Church. Has held several responsible positions in the township for several years.

Mulvihill, H., blacksmith, Farmington.

Murphy, C., far., S. 9; Boyer Station.

Myers, J. D., painter, Farmington.

Nash, T. J., retired, Farmington.

Nelson, L. D., shoemaker, Farmington.

Newman, A., far., S. 8; P.O. Farmington.

Newman, H., far., P.O. Farmington.

Newman, L., far., S. 8; P.O. Farmington.

Noske, G., harness-maker, Farmington.

O'Brien, John J., Rev., Farmington; born in Tipperary, Ireland, Aug. 14, 1846; came to the United States in July, 1865; resided in Providence, R. I., two years, then went to St. Charles College, Md.; in the fall of 1866, began his classical studies there; owing to the climate, which was unsuitable to him, in 1867, went to Canada to St. Hyacinthe College; remained there two years, then went to L'Assumption College; in 1870, graduated at this college; in 1872, was ordained at Niagra Falls at the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels; on the 23d of December, 1876, for the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa, under the Right Rev. John Hennessy, Bishop of Dubuque; entered on his first Mission on the 9th of February, 1877, at Farmington, and the Missions connected therewith.

Pendleton, William.

Perry, G., tinner, stoves and tinware, Farmington.

Perry, J., carpenter and joiner, Farmington.

Perry, John, retired, Farmington.

Peterie, A., far.; P.O. Farmington.

Poale, B., far., S. 25; P.O. Farmington.

Preen, C., far., S. 31; P.O. Willitts.

Reckmeyer, Frederick, cabinet-maker, Farmington.

Reckmeyer & Meuller, dealers in furniture, etc., Farmington.

Reese, H., far., Sec. 25; P.O. Farmington.

Reesman, J. T., limekiln, Farmington.

Reineka, C., far., S. 28; P.O. Boyers Station.

Reisner, H., employe of R. R. Co., Farmington.

Rhoades, J., far., S. 27; P.O. Boyers Station.

Rice, A. A., far., S. 36; P.O. Farmington.

Rice, J. W., undertaker and dealer in furniture, Farmington.

Rider, J., coal-miner; P.O. Farmington.

Ringer, G. W., attorney, Farmington.

Risser, A., cooper, Farmington.

Risser, Peter, cooper, Farmington.

Roberts, E. H., carpenter and joiner, Farmington.

Roberts, R. S., blacksmith, Farmington.

Robertson, J. W., grain dealer, Farmington.

Robertson, J. W., livery, Farmington.

Robinson, George, far., Sec. 5; P.O. Boyers Station.

Roush, L., machinist, Farmington.

Schaad, Christian, farmer; P.O. Boyers Station.

Schau, Michael, far., Sec. 28, P.O. Farmington.

Scott, S. F., retired grocer, Farmington.

Scott, Oliver H. P., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Farmington; born in Washington Co., Ohio, March 3, 1815; lived there eleven years; moved to Morgan Co., Ohio, and lived there thirty years; while there was contractor of public works, canal, railroad and river improvements, he then came to this county; was engaged in the improvement of the Des Moines River, at Croton, Bentonsport and at this place; owns 700 acres of land in this and Bonaparte Tp.; 400 acres of this land is underlaid with coal; raises considerable stock; owns the right to the water-power of the Des Moines River at this point. Is a member of the Legislature to the Seventeenth General Assembly. Served in the late war as Captain of Co. B, 3d I. V. C.; was soon promoted Major of the regiment, and served as such until the surrender of Vicksburg; was promoted to the colonelcy of the 48th I. V. I.; participated in thirty-one engagements, was requested to take charge of Government works at Nashville, Tenn., employing 1,500 men; was appointed Assessor of Internal Revenue of First Iowa District. Married May 16, 1843, to Miss Ellen D. Fay; she was born in Watertown, Jefferson Co., N. Y., May 16, 1822; they have three children--Straughn F., Charles H. and George D., aged respectively 34, 28 and 26. Col. Scott was one of the contractors for the foundations of the Illinois and Iowa State-houses.

Shaeffer, G., wagon-maker, Farmington.

Shaw, A. J., Mayor, Farmington.

Shockley, A. J., stone-mason, Farmington.

Shreeves, S. K., clerk, Farmington.

Smith, Russell, retired, Farmington.

Smith, Jesse, born in Smithfield, near Providence, R. I., Nov. 9, 1797; lived there until he was 25 years old, and then went to Knox Co., Ohio, and lived there for forty-three years; followed farming during that time; then went to Clarke Co., Mo., and lived there about four years, and then came here, and has lived here since. Married Feb. 17, 1820, to Miss Polly Jenks; she was born in Smithfield, R. I., in 1800; she died in Knox Co., Ohio, July 21, 1864. Married again in 1872, to Miss Elizabeth Fenstermaker; she was born in Indiana Aug. 19, 1836; has six children by first wife, all living--Harriet, Rufus, Thomas, Mary, Anna and Sarah, aged 58, 53, 49, 46, 42, 38. Two by second wife--Ellen and John, aged 20 and 18. Owns town property; does not belong to any church or society of any kind. Politics, Republican. Served in Capt. Whipple's Company of Militia at Newport, R. I., during the war of 1812. Mr. Smith was Captain of a vessel for ten years; lost two vessels by shipwreck and was shipwrecked twice.

Smith, George W., far., S. 1; P.O. Farmington.

Spurgeon, Frank, butcher, Farmington.

Spurgeon, T., carpenter, Farmington.

Stephens, H., far.; P.O. Farmington.

Stoddard, M., farmer and coal dealer, Sec. 1; P.O. Farmington.

Stoddard, R., far.; Sec. 1; P.O. Farmington.

Strau, P., far., Sec. 8; P.O. Farmington.

Texter, D., boot and shoe manufacturer, Farmington.

Thero, C., butcher and shipper of stock, Farmington.

Therme, L. L., grocer, Farmington.

Theurer, J., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Farmington.

Thomas, James; P.O. Farmington; born in Huntingdon Co., Penn., June 30, 1804; left home on the 19th of October, 1838, to attend the first land sale that took place in Iowa, which occurred in November, 1838, at this point, but Mr. Thomas did not get here until March, 1839, being detained by low water in the Ohio River, and ice in the Mississippi. Mr. Thomas has made this his home since 1839. Married in Center Co., Penn., to Miss Hannah Bateman, on the 5th of April, 1831. Mrs. Thomas was born in Center Co., Penn., on the 16th of September, 1804. Mr. Thomas is a Democrat. Has been Township Trustee, and served in other public positions; he has passed thirteen or fourteen years of his life in iron, coal and gold mining, both in Pennsylvania and California.

Therme, John L., druggist and bookseller, Farmington; born in France, Jan. 11, 1853; came to the United States in 1856; came to Keokuk, and lived there twenty years; move to this town in 1873, and has been here, engaged in business, ever since. Married here Oct. 25, 1875, to Miss Lucia Meek; she was born in this town Oct. 25, 1855; has one child--Edna M., aged 2 years. Member of Masonic fraternity; Republican.

Townsend, A. E., merchant tailor, Farmington.

Turton, W. H., Bap. minister, Farmington.

Vauseggen, Frederick, far., Sec. 33; P.O. Farmington.

Vanzant, Kincaid, carpenter, Farmington.

Wagers, Wm. M., carpenter and joiner, Farmington.

Wagner, J., far., S. 2, P.O. Farmington.

Ware, Isaac.

Warnock, W., far., P.O. Farmington.

Warren, C., far., S. 3; P.O. Farmington.

Warren, J., far., P.O. Farmington.

Weekly, S. G., far., Sec. 2; P.O. Farmington.

Weir, F., far., S. 31; P.O. Farmington.

Wells, A., far., S. 10; P.O. Farmington.

Wells, J., far., S. 10; P.O. Farmington.

White, James, far., S. 33; P.O. Boyers Station.

Whittall, Fred, millwright and carpenter, Farmington.

Whitlock, Frederick, W. Dr.; born in Pyrmont, Germany, Nov. 8, 1823; came to the United States in August, 1837; came direct to this county, and has lived here up to the present time; he graduated at the Homeopathic College of Missouri in 1868, and has practiced medicine since. Dr. Whitlock has had a very peculiar experience as a physician. Physics came natural to him, and he practiced medicine ten years before he graduated, being urgently requested by his neighbors to do so. Married Miss Catherine Reckmeyer in St. Louis in 1849; she was born in 1830, and died April 13, 1861; has had four children, three living--Edward A., Albert and Emma C., aged 24, 22 and 18. Edward and Albert are graduates of the Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and follow their profession here. Dr. Whitlock married again, Christina Behme, July 6, 1862. Is a member of the German M. E. Church; is a Republican. He is one of the first settlers of this county; owns considerable town property, and eighty-five acres adjoining the town, valued at $40 per acre.

Whitall, Geo., millwright, Farmington.

Whitten, John, express agt., Farmington.

Wilson, W., far., S. 30; P.O. Bonaparte.

Woltje, C., far., S. 28; P.O. Farmington.

Wood, Zachariah, far., P.O. Farmington.

Weekly, Steven G., Farmington; born in Shenandoah Co., Va., Dec. 2, 1804; lived there until 3 years old; moved to Muskingum Co., Ohio, and lived there for thirty-three years; then came to this county, and has lived in this and Clark Co., Mo., ever since; has followed farming all his life; lived in Clark Co., Mo., for nineteen years, and the same length of time in this county. Was married Feb. 20, 1834, to Miss Lydia Varner; she was born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, Feb. 15, 1814; has had ten children, five living--Talitha J., Emily V., James A., Orthelia A., Marietta, aged, respectively, 43, 32, 29, 27, 23. Independent in politics, and does not belong to any secret organization. Owns five acres of land in the city limits, valued at $400 per acre, and other property in this township.



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