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Col. David Carskaddon

CARSKADDON, DAVID, COL., Sheriff of Linn Co., Marion; born in Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio, July 8, 1825; when he was a small boy he went with his parents to Covington, Fountain Co., Ind.; lived there, until he was 10 years of age; then they moved to St. Joseph Co., Ind., near South Bend; lived there until the Fall of 1854, when he came to Marion, Iowa; engaged for several years in the livery business, dealing in stock, etc..

September, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Co. K, 9th I. V. I.; September, 1861, he was elected Captain of the Company, and Dec. 3, 1862, he was elected Colonel of the 9th Regiment; although he was the Junior Captain of the regiment, he was so popular among the men that he was chosen by them as Colonel in preference to those higher in rank; he was in all the engagements (twenty-seven or twenty-eight) which the regiment participated in; July 28, 1864 he was wounded at Atlanta; his regiment lost during the term of service thirty-seven officers, which was the largest number killed in any Iowa regiment; there was but one other regiment from this State that lost more men; the Colonel was mustered out Jan. 14, 1865. Since his return to Marion he has been engaged in the furniture business and dealing in stock until he was elected Sheriff in 1877; he has held various minor offices in this town.

Married Sarah Bates, May 16, 1852; she was born in Clark Co., Ohio, Dec. 23,1830; they have now two children - Alva, born in La Porte Co., Ind., April 11, 1853, and Harmony, (now Mrs. W. S. Twogood), born in Cedar Co., Iowa. Jan. 11, 1855.

[Source: The history of Linn County Iowa; Western Historical Company; 1878; transcribed by Andaleen Whitney]


George C. Chambers

CHAMBERS, George C, railway official; born, Tipton, Ia., Apr. 29, 1865; son of Dr. Charles L. and Anne Elizabeth (Hudson) Chambers; educated in public schools of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; widower. For past twenty-five years has represented the passenger department of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co., successively at Cedar Rapids, Ia., Des Moines, Peoria, ILL., and St. Louis, in capacity of clerk, traveling passenger agent, and, since July, 1900, as general agent, passenger department. Clubs: Missouri Athletic, Elks, St. Louis Railway, The Traffic. Office: 209 N. 7tb St. Residence: 4399 W. Pino Boul.

[The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater]


John Parsons Cook

Cook, John Parsons, a Representative from Iowa; born in Whitestown, Oneida County, N.Y., August 31, 1817; moved with his father to Davenport, Iowa, in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa; member of the Iowa Territorial council 1842-1845; served in the State senate 1848-1851; returned to Davenport, Iowa, in 1851 and continued the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate in 1850 for election to the Thirty-second Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; continued the practice of law and also engaged in banking in Davenport until his death there April 17, 1872; interment in Oakdale Cemetery.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


John Ferguson

John Ferguson, farmer and stock raiser, section 28, was born on the 13th of December, 1853, in Cedar County, Iowa. His parents, Thomas C. and Nancy (Young) Ferguson, were natives of Pennsylvania. John was the third in a family of four children. He grew to manhood on a farm at his birthplace, receiving the benefits of a common school education, and during life he has followed agricultural pursuits. In the fall of 1875, he came to Atchison County and purchased his present farm, settling upon it in the spring of 1876. He lived single for four years, and broke prairie. He now owns a farm of 120 acres, said to be one of the finest pieces of land in the county, and Mr. F. devotes much time to its improvement. He is a member of Atchison Lodge No. 220, A.O.U.W., of Tarkio, and was formerly a member of the Grange. Mr. Ferguson was married the 27th of June, 1880, to Miss Sarah U. Noble, daughter of J.D. and Rebecca Noble. She was born December 20, 1862, in Nodaway County, Missouri. They have one child, Frank Crittenden, born June 7, 1881. They are members of the Disciple's Christian Church of Tarkio, in which Mr. F. holds the position of elder.

[St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882; Transcribed by Kim Mohler, fwd. by BZ]


Mrs. George H. Johnson

One of the prominent pioneer families of Cedar county, is the Wilkinson family. Philip Wilkinson came to Iowa from Indiana in 1837 and entered land located near the present town of Tipton. Here he built a cabin in which he lived alone for nine years, cutting the forest and tilling the prairie ground. In 1845 he was married to Elizabeth Anderson. The original farm has remained continuously in the family, being now in the possession of Philip Wilkinson's daughter, Mrs. Drusy Moffett and her son. Perry Moffett.

The subject of this sketch, Ella Wilkinson Johnson, of Iowa City, was born April 6, 1857, the daughter of these Iowa pioneers. She was educated in the public schools of Tipton and the Iowa State University. In January, 1882, she was married at Anamosa, Iowa, to George Henry Johnson. They have one son, Ralph Wilkinson Johnson.

She is a prominent church woman in the United Brethren denomination. She is president of the Iowa state branch of the Woman's Missionary Association. She is a member of the Iowa Woman's Club of Iowa City and has served as its president. She has also served the Toledo Woman's Club as its president. Mrs. Johnson is a widely read woman, one who studies and keeps abreast with the times, although she is inclined to be conservative in her views.

[The Blue book of Iowa Women, by Winona Evans Reeves, Publ. 1914, Transcribed by Dana Kraft]


Rees Pickering

This well known and representative citizen and enterprising business man of Latah county, conducts a real estate office in Genesee, handling also insurance and doing a general loaning business, in all of which capacities he is faithful, upright, and manifests commendable zeal and ability.

Mr. Pickering was born in Belmont county, Ohio, on May 3. 1842, being the son of Elisha and Mary (Berry) Pickering, and in his native place he was educated, but at the age of eighteen he was summoned by the call of patriotism to the stern duties of military life, enlisting in the Fifteenth Volunteer Infantry under Captain Halloway in the Army of the Cumberland, the date of this act being September, 1861, and the time of his discharge December, 1865, making a service of four years and three months. In the battle of Stone River he was taken prisoner and suffered the horrors of Libby for two months, then was exchanged and soon was in the Chickamauga conflict. He fought at Missionary Ridge and at Franklin and Nashville, and participated in the major portion of the Atlanta campaign. Then he was sent to Texas and there at the date named was mustered out in San Antonio with the rank of captain, having entered as private. Thus was fulfilled one of the excellent military careers that demonstrates the sound patriotism which stirred our subject in his noble undertakings Following this he returned to Ohio and embarked as a merchant, whence two years later he went to Iowa and farmed for ten years, removing then to Nebraska where he soon was installed as clerk in the Indian department of the Otoe reservation. Later he went to Indian Territory, having charge of the Pawnees for three years, then returned to Nebraska, the year being 1885, and there he remained until 1889 when he migrated to the Grande Ronde valley in Oregon. He remained there with a brother-in-law for tour months then came on to Genesee, where he has wrought in the business world since, having also held many responsible public offices and is at the present time doing the duties of the city clerk.

Mr. Pickering was married in 1867 to Miss Sarah I. daughter of Filo and Maria Mead and seven children have been born to them, six of whom are living, as follows: Fred S., married: Marie, married to G. I. Ingraham and living in Spokane, Washington; Anna, wife of Charles Power, living in Genesee: Edna, with parents: I. L., living in Genesee; A. F., going to school.

Mr. Pickering is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he is a man of great faithfulness and manifests integrity and becoming ability in all his walks in life, and is secure in the esteem and confidence of his fellows.

[An Illustrated History Of North Idaho Embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai, Shoshone Counties, State Of Idaho, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903, submitted by Barb Z.]


William Z. Todd

William Z. Todd editor of the Burwell Tribune, was born in Jones county, Iowa, September 28, 1866. When he was but four years old the Todd family moved to Cedar county where William remained till he was twenty years old, attending school and working in his father's law office.

Mr. Todd came to Neligh, Nebraska, in 1883, and took a homestead in Wheeler county the next year.

In 1888 he was induced by business men of Willow Springs to start the Willow Springs Enterprise in that town, to counteract the influence of growing Burwell. But when two years later the exodus to the latter town began Mr. Todd moved his printing establishment thither and founded the Garfield Enterprise. His public activity is from this time on chronicled in the chapter on "the Newspaper in the Valley."

In August, 1892, he married Mollie McKenzie. They have two children, a boy and a girl.

[The Trail of the Loup, 1906, submitted by CD=FOFG]



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