Page County, Iowa
Biographies


Albert R. Anderson

Albert R. Anderson was born in Adams County, Ohio, November 8, 1837. He attained prominence in his native State before removing to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1857. There he studied law and was admitted to the bar, soon after removing to Clarinda where he enlisted at the beginning of the Civil War in the Fourth Iowa Infantry. He won rapid promotion, being commissioned first lieutenant for gallant service at the Battle of Pea Ridge, became captain during the siege of Vicksburg and assistant Adjutant-General during the Atlanta campaign. Mr. Anderson reached the rank of major before the close of the war. Upon returning to Iowa after peace was established, he became a resident of Fremont County and was soon appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Fifth Congressional District. In 1881 he was appointed Railroad Commissioner, serving until 1884. In 1886 he was elected Representative in Congress as an independent Republican. He died at Hot Springs, South Dakota, November 17, 1898.

[Iowa Biography By Benjamin F. Gue, 1903 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


James B. Carter


Miss Lottie E. Granger

Miss Lottie E. Granger, teacher, school officer and literary contributor, was born near Granville, Ohio. Her father, Sylvester Spellman Granger, was of English-Connecticut descent, dating back to Battle Abbey, 1087. Her mother, Elizabeth Walruth's ancestors, were German, and settled in the middle of the 18th century in northwestern New York. Sylvester Granger inherited great riches, and a large estate, but was unfortunate in losing it. Miss Granger was educated in the public schools of Ohio and at Shepardson, the Woman's College of Denison University of Granville, A. B., 1880; A. M., 1895. She studied two years at the Des Moines College, then affiliated with Chicago University. She took a two years course at the Bible Teachers' Training School, New York. In 1886 she was elected superintendent of the schools of Page county, which position she held for three terms, refusing to be a candidate for a fourth term. In 1888 she was unanimously elected president of the Iowa State Teachers' Association, the second woman in Iowa to be given that honor. She served on the board of managers of the Iowa State Teachers' Reading Circle from the date of its organization. For six years she edited a magazine, "The Page County Teacher." She was president of the W. C. T. U. of the eighth congressional district, and was offered the presidency of the State W. C. T. U. upon the resignation of J. Ellen Foster, but because of other duties, could not accept it. For eleven years she was a teacher of English in the high schools of Des Moines. For several years she was Associate Principal and Dean of Stanley Hall, Minneapolis, in connection with which duties she also taught English and English Literature. Of far reaching importance has been Miss Granger's work as a volunteer teacher of the English Bible. She has had large classes in the First Baptist church of Des Moines, of which she is a member, and in the Y, W. C. A. She is chairman of the library committee of the Y. W. C. A., and editor of "Inklings," the local association paper. She is the author of short stories, poems, and has written editorials for various publications. In collaboration with Mrs. Edwin Henshaw, she prepared for the publishers, the manuscript of "The Passing of the Word," left in the first draft at the death of its author, Helen Henshaw. During her work as County Superintendent she formed a rarely beautiful friendship with Mrs. Henshaw, then of Clarinda, now of Des Moines. "A Woman of the Century," says: "The name of Miss Granger and Mrs. Henshaw are almost synonomous in Page county," For twenty-seven years this bond of friendship has held true, earnest of continuing true to the end. Miss Granger's permanent home has been with Mrs. Henshaw all these years. Miss Granger is a member of the Woman's Club, the Robert Browning Club, Votes for Women League, Political Equality Club, all of Des Moines, and is active in every cause of welfare for which she can find time. She is a good club member, leader of program and committee member, and when she takes the floor is an impressive, forceful speaker. She has traveled much in this country, but has reserved the pleasure of foreign travel for days yet to come. She has given the fruitage of active years to the uplifting of many young people in Iowa, and still has so much reserve force that it is easy to believe that her best has not yet been given.

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


Helen Manville Henshaw

Helen Manville Henshaw, author and secretary of the Young Women's Christian Association, the only child of Edwin and Helen Hinman Henshaw, was born April 5, 1876, at Clarinda, Iowa, died at Des Moines, July 11, 1908. Her father and mother are descendants of early New England patriots of English origin dating back in clear line on her father's side, to the family of Henry VII, and on her mother's side, to Sir Edward Hinman, an officer in the body guard of Charles I.

After preparation at Miss Clarke's School, Des Moines, and at Stanley Hall, Minneapolis, Miss Henshaw spent four years at Vassar College, receiving her A. B. degree in 1900. The next five years she was at home, dividing her time among social interests, study, and volunteer service in the local Y. W. C. A., and the State Committee of Iowa. So splendidly did she perform these volunteer duties that she was called the most efficient worker of this kind in the United States. In 1905, she became Student Secretary of the Y. W. C. A. for Iowa, and continued so to serve until her death.

As secretary she revealed marked adaptability. Her academic training, social charm, beautiful home life, and depth of religious life, combined to make her an unusual secretary. Her executive services and her effectiveness as a public speaker ranked her among leading Y. W. C. A. secretaries.

These things, however, were not the measure of her greatness. It was in dealing with the personal problems in religious matters, that the student women of Iowa found Helen Henshaw an evangel. Wholesome, well poised, experienced, she won instinctive trust; sympathy and spontaneous love for young women made her a dear personal friend, a wise counselor.

From the thick of the struggle for advancement comes the book with a message. There were in Miss Henshaw's life and work numbers of vital incidents, striking examples of character development, evidences of the joy and power of applied Christianity. Little wonder that conclusions from such combinations were expressed in book form. From snatches of time she wrote, completing but a few weeks before her last illness her only draft of "The Passing of the Word," a novel that has done splendid part in meeting some of the questions of modern doubt and in bringing scores to a Christian life.

In the summer of 1905, Miss Henshaw, in company with Miss Ruth Paxson, now National Student Secretary of the Y. W. C. A. for China, attended the World's Student Christian Federation in Zeist, Holland, and afterwards visited extensively in Europe. A rare Christian friendship united these two girls. Upon Helen's death, Ruth gave sincere expression of a devoted heart in a matchless memorial booklet.

Near the close of her work she was tendered the secretaryship of the Vassar College Christian Association in Tokio, Japan, but refused to accept the honor on account of the declining years of her parents. To be from home and her mother, as duty demanded, was grievous hardship, but to return after even the briefest absence was gladness unalloyed. Her generous fund of quaint humor was a well spring of joy in the home. One who never saw Miss Henshaw with her family failed in estimating her character, for here her being yielded its most natural fruitage.

The Proteus Club, Des Moines, of which Miss Henshaw was a constituent member, memorialized her by hanging four choice copies of the old masters, on the walls of the Y. W. C. A. building. Her sympathies were with all activities advancing the cause of women. For equal suffrage she always stood firm. Hers was a rare soul, capable, unassuming, cheerful, heroic, adherent to every standard of truth and nobleness. In her passing, thousands of the young women of our land had common grief, but they have also abiding forever the uplifting power of her gracious Christian life.

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


Isaac S. Miller

This capable and enterprising agriculturist lives eight miles east from Garfield and has a quarter section of fertile land well improved, and producing, under his skillful husbandry, abundant crops of the cereals and hay and fruits, while also Mr. Miller handles considerable stock. He is the son of Hamilton and Sarah A. (Hunt) Miller, and was born in Jay county, Indiana, on November 16, 1845. The father, a Mexican war veteran, was a farmer and born in Fayette county, Ohio, in 1818, being the son of Hugh Miller, who served under Jackson in the war of 1812 and whose father was a native of Ireland and a soldier in the Revolution, being wounded at Bunker Hill. The wife of this veteran of colonial days was a native of Scotland. The mother of our subject was born in Green county, Kentucky, in 1818, and her father, Isaac C. Hunt, was a Methodist preacher, born in Vermont, being the son of G. M. and Polly (Squire) Hunt, natives of New Jersey.

Our subject was taken with his parents to Mercer county, Ohio, when four years of age and five years later went thence to Page county, Iowa. That was the home for ten years, or until 1864, he being a member of the Home Guards, and would have gone to the front, but was too young. At the date last mentioned the family came to the Willamette valley and took land and erected a saw-mill. The father continued there until the day of his death, March 27, 1872.

Isaac S. had done for himself from his majority, and in 1878 he came to Latah county, and on October 5th of that year he took his present farm and this has been the family home since that time. On April 19, 1866, he was married to Miss Hannah N., daughter of Benjamin and Ellen (Armstrong) Kinyon, the nuptials occurring in Polk county, Oregon, one child, Hattie Benson, was born to that marriage. Mrs. Miller was born in 1853 and died in 1872.

Mr. Miller contracted a second marriage, the date being February 5, 1874, at which time Eliza H, daughter of Levi and Sarah (Edes) Burden, became his wife. This wedding occurred in Yam Hill county, Oregon. Mr. Burden was born in Illinois in 1826 and his wife was born in Missouri in 1830. Mrs. Miller was born in Polk county, Oregon, on February 21, 1856. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Miller are Henry, deceased: James R., in Wardner, Idaho; George L., in Latah county; Isabelle, deceased; Abraham L., in Latah county; Minnie, wife of George Davis, in Latah county; Thomas, William, Jasper, John, in Latah county; Effie and Edward, twins, the latter deceased and the former the wife of Jefferson Poe, in Latah county: Lulu, wife of James Davis, in Latah county; Ennis, deceased. Mr. .Miller has brothers and sisters as follows: Lewis H., in Yam Hill county, Oregon ; Mary, wife of James Berry, in Oregon; Hugh T., a member of Company F, Twenty-ninth Iowa Volunteers, and was killed in the battle of Lincoln Ferry, Texas, in May, 1864; Robert L., in Oregon; Margaret, wife of W. Smith, in Latah county; Hamiton, in Latah county; John C. and Isabelle, twins, the latter deceased and the former in Oregon; Rhoda A., wife of W. Downing, at Weston, Oregon; Ella, deceased; Lulu, deceased. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Miller are Elmer, in Latah county: Estella, wife of Frank Adair, in Latah county; Lottie, at home; Esther E., wife of H. Gilmore, of Nez Perces county. Mr. Miller and wife are members of the United Brethren church and he has been a member of the school board, and was president of the Alliance Industrial Union.

It is of note that the ancestors of Mr. Miller's mother came over in the Mayflower.

[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.]


James W. Ross

Ten miles east from the town of Palouse lies the estate of the gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, the family home having been here since 1883. James W. was born in Page county, Iowa, on October 9, 1847, the son of James and Rachel (Jones) Ross. The father was born in Jackson county, Missouri, and his father was a native of Kentucky. The mother died in Wilson county, Kansas, in 1858. In 1857 the parents removed to Missouri, and thence to Wilson county the following year, taking up land where Coyville is now located. Our subject was reared on a farm, attended school and when the terrible strife that rent our land in twain was precipitated he joined the forces of the Union and fought for the country that he helped to save from destruction. 1863 was the year, and James was but sixteen years of age. He enlisted in Company M, Ninth Kansas Cavalry. He was ordered to Kansas City, where he was stationed a few months, and then went to Lawrence, and he was there taken with the smallpox, and this prevented him from going south, but was out and able to chase Price the last time he ventured into Missouri, and at the end of the war was honorably discharged at Leavenworth, Kansas. He then went to Allen county and shortly afterward to Wilson county, and took up farming, continuing the same there until 1883, at which time he sold out and started overland to Latah county, landing here on September 23, having been four months on the road. He purchased the farm above mentioned and has constantly remained here since.

On December 20, 1865, occurred the marriage of Mr. Ross and Miss Rosanna, daughter of Abijah and Nancy (Oaster) Hampton, in Allen county, Kansas, and the following children have been born to them: Nancy E., deceased; Mary L., wife of James Lynd, of Palouse; Anna N., wife of Joe Davis, in Missouri; Albert F., on the Nez Perces reservation; Jordan J., at Wardner, Idaho; Charles E., at Chattaroy, Washington; Lottie V., at Milan, Washington; Minnie, deceased; Daniel E., at home; Gertie M. and Bertie J., twins, also at home. Mrs. Ross was born in Nodaway county, Missouri, on November 13, 1847, and has the following brothers and sisters: Leonard, deceased; Luanda, wife of E. E. Howard, in Iowa; William, deceased: Joseph, in Iowa. Mr. Ross has the following brothers and sisters: Nancy J., deceased: Elizabeth, deceased; John A., deceased; Benjamin F., in Idaho; Louisa, deceased; George W., in Latah county.

Fraternally Mr. Ross is affiliated with the I. O. O. F., while he and his wife are members of the Christian church. He served on the school board for a term and has always manifested a great interest in the advancement of educational facilities, as well as the general welfare of the county.

[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.]


W. J. Sly

W. J. Sly was born in Page county, Iowa, in September, 1862, where he resided till sixteen years old. He got his education solely in the rural schools and was from boyhood inclined toward the farm.

After spending three years in Ida county, Iowa, he set out for Nebraska and reached Willow Springs in 1881.

His wife was formerly Miss Ida Beckwith. Mr. Sly is the proud father of eleven children who are growing up to become useful members of their home community. The Slys moved in time to the Calamus and for years farmed there. When the county seat difficulties harrowed the county Mr. Sly voted consistently with Burwell. He was elected sheriff as a democrat with populistic tendencies in 1887 and held the office for two terms. He has also been extensively engaged in cattle raising and the purchase and sale of all kinds of stock. He has lately moved to town to give his children better school advantages than could be gotten on the farm. Mr. Sly is at present city marshal.

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


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