Hobart Publishing Company (Chicago).

Biographical review of Henry County, Iowa, containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past .. online

. (page 29 of 85)
Online LibraryHobart Publishing Company (Chicago)Biographical review of Henry County, Iowa, containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past .. → online text (page 29 of 85)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

dren, of whom six are yet living : Sarah
Jane, living in Mount Pleasant. Iowa, is
the widow of Thompson Chambers, who
died three years ago ; Mary is the wife of
James Patton. a resident of Heniy county,
Iowa; William resides in Mount Pleas-
ant; Milton N. is living in Denver, Colo-
rado; Daniel resides in New London,

The second member of the family is J.
S. Campbell, whose name introduces this
review. In the country schools of his na-
tive state he received his education. His
privileges in that direction, however, were
very limited but by experience, reading
and observation he has greatly broadened
his knowledge and has learned many valu-
able lessons that have been of practical
use to him in his later business life. After
putting aside his text-books he remained
with his parents on the home farm not
only until he had attained his majority but
for some fifteen years after his marriage



and practically had the management of his
home place. He was married on the 27th
of December, 1849, in Polk. Ashland
county, Ohio, to Miss Ruth Cole, a daugh-
ter of Thomas and Etheliah (Cole) Cole,
and a native of the Buckeye state, born
August 21, 1 83 1. Her father was born
in the early years of the nineteenth cen-
tury, followed the occupation of farming
and was also a local minister of the Meth-
odist church in Ashland county, Ohio.
Both he and his wife died during the
early part of the '70s, and were buried in
Ashland county. In their family were
ten children but only two are living : Eliz-
abeth, now the widow of Chester Mat-
thews, and a resident of Ohio ; and Rachel
who is the widow of Isaac Gordon and
also lives in Ashland county, Ohio. Mr.
Cole was a republican in his political

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell began their do-
mestic life in the Buckeye state and re-
mained residents of Ashland county until
1865. Several years before he had pur-
chased a farm in Ohio which he cultivated
and improved until his removal to Iowa
and here he purchased a farm of one hun-
dred and five acres om improved land in
Henry county. He began farm work and
continued to cultivate that place until
1880, when he sold out and bought a
farm of eighty acres near Mount Pleas-
ant. He was a general agriculturist and
stock-raiser, continuing in the business
until 1896, when he retired and purchased
his beautiful home at No. 501 South Wal-
nut street.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were born
ten children : W. E., bom in Ohio, No-
vember 24, 1850, resides in Woodson

county, Kansas. He wedded Miss Mary
Chandler who has had six children, of
whom five are living: Clark. Herman,
Ethel, Ruth and Lee. Irene, the second
member of the father's family, was born
in Ohio November 7, 1852, and is the
wife of E. McPeek, of Burlington, by
whom she has three children, Mamie, Roy
and Dallas. Of this family Mamie is
the wife of Robert Willis, who is a con-
ductor on the railroad and resides in Bur-
lington, and they have one child, Wanda.
Roy McPeek married Miss Ida Feasman
and is living in Arizona. Dallas is in the
depot at Burlington. Margaret J. Camp-
bell, the third member of the family, was
born in Ohio, August 24, 1855, and died
when eight years of age. Anna D., born
in Ohio, February 25, 1857, died in early
girlhood. Mary L., born in Ohio May i,
at home. Milton E., born in Ohio June
30, 1862, married Miss Jessie Courtney,
by whom he has three daughters, Marie,
Clela May and Roma. He is now serv-
ing as sheriff of Henry county. Lydia,
b(M-n June 27. 1863, died in childhood.
Lillian A., born in Henry county, Iowa,
November 15. 1867, is the wife of John
Deal, residing in St. Francis. Kansas,
and they have six children, Blanche, Earl,
Marie (deceased), Floyd, Mina, Pearl
and Merle. Thomas C, born in Henry
county. February 8. 1871, is deceased.
Robert Clyde, born in this county Sep-
tember 6. 1873. is now deputy sheriff
under his brother. He was only six weeks
old at the time of his mother's death,
for she passed a.way (^n the 27th of Oc-
tober, 1873, her remains l^eing interred
in Pleasant Hill cemetery. She was a
devoted and loving wife and mother and



an earnest Christian woman, and her
many excellent traits of character en-
deared her to those with whom she was
associated. She held membership in the
Methodist chnrch, of which Mr. Camp-
bell is also a member and in the work of
the church he has taken a \-ery active and
helpful part, serving as steward, class
leader and also as Sunday-school su-

In his political affiliation Mr. Campbell
is a stalwart democrat who has served
as supervisor and school director and he
was also constable of Hendry county in
1876. He became agent of the Campbell
cheese, manufactured by his brothers,
and for twenty-eight years sold that prod-
uct in eastern and northwestern Iowa,
conducting the business in connection
with his farming interests but now he has
put aside business cares to spend his re-
maining days in the enjoyment of a well
earned rest and is now in the seventy-
eighth year of his age. His has been a
useful, active and honorable life and he
can look back over the past without


John Haywood Randolph, whose life
exemplified all the traits of the good and
therefore truly great citizen and whose
activity in business and public affairs made
him one of the representative and honored
men of his day in Mount Pleasant, was a
native of Richmond, Virginia, and be-
longed to one of the oldest and most dis-

tinguished families of the Old Dominion,
being a descendant of Peyton Randolph.
His natal day was November 13, 1804.
His parents were also natives of Rich-
mond, Virginia, but in boyhood he was left
an orphan. He attended school to some
extent in the state of his nativity and after-
ward greatly broadened his knowledge
through travel and experience in business
life. The opportunities and possibilities
of the great and growing west seemed to
invite him and in 1836 he became one of.
the firm of Chase Kimball & Company,
which continued in the dry goods trade in
Burlington for a number of years. Later
Mr. Randolph came to Mount Pleasant,
Iowa, and established tlie second store in
Henry county, his predecessor in the field
of commercial pursuits here being a Mr.
Presley Saunders. For some time Mr.
Randolph carried on his store, meeting
with merited success in his undertakings
and after disposing of his mercantile en-
terprise he turned his face toward the set-
ting sun. At the time of the discovery of
gold in California he was attracted to the
west by the hope of rapidly realizing a
fortune on the Pacific coast, and in 1849
made his way to the golden state, where
he remained for a year, interested in min-
ing. He took with him seven men, pay-
ing their transportation, that he might
have the benefit of their assistance, and
while in the mines he was in charge of
twenty men.

Following his return from California,
Mr. Randolph became an active factor in
the upbuilding and improvement of Mount
Pleasant and Henry county. He hauled
the lumber from Burlington with which
to build his residence on East Washing-



ton street. It required almost a year to
complete his home, for he gave to it his
personal supervision in his leisure hours.
When the task was accomplished he em-
barked in the hardware business, which
he conducted successfully for a number of
3'ears, or until selling out to ]\Ir. Hawley.
He then retired permanently from business
life, thus crowning years of intense and
well directed activity by a period of ease.
He was known evervwhere as the soul of
honor whether in business relations, in
in public life or in sucial girles. He
was called by the complimentary title of
Colonel Randolph and he enjoyed to
the full extent the good will and
respect of all with whom he was as-
sociated, while those who came witliin the
closer circle of his friends entertained for
him a deep affection. In the midst of an
active business career he found hunting a
great source of pleasure and recreation, be-
ing a lover of the chase from his boyhood
days and always keeping a pack of hunt-
ing, and bird dogs.

On the 1st of December, 1837, was cele-
brated the marriage of John Heywood
Randolph and Miss Lucinda Caulk, a
daughter of Robert and Jane (Hemphill)
Caulk and a native of Guilford county.
North Carolina, born on the loth of Alay,
18 18. Her maternal grandparents were
of Scotch-Irish lineage. In 1833 her fa-
ther, who was a farmer of North Carolina,
removed westward to Georgetown, Illi-
nois, where he remained two and one-half
years, when in 1836 he came to Henry
county, Iowa. He bought a large tract of
land adjoining Mount Pleasant, which he
improved by both bringing the land under
cultivation, and with a good residence and

other farm buildings. This place also had
one of the best springs hereabouts, and on
account of the abundant supply of fine
water one or two troops of cavalry were en-
camped there during organization prepara-
tory to going to the front during the Civil
war. The farm is now owned in part by
G. B. Seeley and he uses it for fine stock.
He remained one of the worthy and re-
spected residents of this part of the state
until his death, which occurred about
1855. His wife also passed away in
Henry county. They were the parents of
seven children, but onlytwoare now living,
the sister of Airs. Randolph being Mrs.
Evelyn Allen, the widow of Reuben Allen,
who died recently in Des Moines, where
]\Irs. Allen still makes her home. Mr.
and Mrs. Randolph became the parents of
five children : Amanda ]\Ielvina and Wil-
liam Henry, both of whom died in infancy;
Emily; John Milton; and Charles, who
died when about twentv-one vears of age.
Emily Randolph, born in Mount Pleasant,
Henry county, Iowa, in 1844, is the wife
of Joshua W. Satterthwait, a native of
Ohio, and they have become the parents of
four children: Mira, born Januai"y 21,
1865, who married ^^"illiam Benedict, of
I'asadena, California, and died in 1890;
Lulu, born April 23, 1867, the wife of
Hiram Sherman Nettleton, of Seattle,
W^ashington, who is engaged in the furni-
ture business and by whom she has two
children, Emily and Alice; Stella, born
October 10, 1869, was educated in the high
school and is also a graduate of the Colum-
bia School of Oratory, of Chicago, and
was a teacher of the State Normal School
nearly six years, is the wife of Harry
Smith, of Chicago; and Gladys, born July


- ^/

lo, 1885. a graduate of the Mount Pleas-
ant high school and also a graduate of the
State NoiTnal School, of Cedar Falls,
Iowa. ]\[rs. Satterthwait is a xtry intelli-
gent lady of natural culture and refine-
ment and is a devoted member of the Pres-
byterian church. She is now living in
Mount Pleasant in order to care for her
widowed mother, Mr. Randolph having
died June 11, 1873. They still live on
the old homestead on East Washington
street. John Milton Randolph, the only
son, was born in Mount Pleasant in 1845,
and has always been emplo.yed as a lum-
ber salesman. He passed his boyhood
youth and early manhood until twenty-
five years of age in Mount Pleasant and
he has lived at different times in Nebraska,
Texas, and Dakota, where he has been
nected with the lumber trade and at the
present writing he is a resident of Des
Moines. He married Miss Emma Cady,
of Dakota, and they have three sons and
one daughter : Paul, Charles. Peyton and

At the time of the Civil war John M.
Randolph served as a soldier of the Union
army for three months.

Mrs. Randolph's people have long been
connected with the Episcopalian church
and Mr. Randolph's preference was for
that denomination. He gave the lot upon
which the Episcopal church is built in
Mount Pleasant and he was a generous
contributor to church and charitable enter-
prises and to movements for the public
good. He was a most honorable and up-
right man, and his word was as good as
any bond ever solemnized by signature or
seal. For five or six years prior to his de-
mise he was in poor health but he main-

tained his interest in public affairs to the
last. He had prospered in his former
years of activity and had learned that suc-
cess is ambition's answer. He was thus
enabled to leave his family in comfort-
able financial circumstances but more than
that he was able to leave to them an untar-
nished name. He is now numbered among
the honored dead of Henry county ; but
he left behind a memory which will be
cherished as long as any who knew him
are still upon this earth, for he endeared
himself closely to those with whom he was
associated and won their warmest regard
and friendship by reason of a kindly spirit,
genial disposition, unfailing courtesy and
deference for the opinions of others.


Otis Sherman Osgood, now deceased,
was widely and favorably known in Henry
county, so that his life record cannot fail
to prove of interest to many who were his
friends during the years of his active con-
nection with this part of the state. He
was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, Sep-
tember 30, 1837, ^ son of Orin and Sarah
(Flint) Osgood. The father was a mer-
chant and died when a comparatively
young man, but the mother lived to an ad-
vanced age. They were the parents of
eight children, four sons and four daugh-
ters, but (inly two are now living: Charles,
a resident of Bethel, Vermont; and Jean-
nette, who is the widow of George Poor
and resides in Haverhill. Massachusetts.



The parents were members of the Metho-
dist church and were people of genuine
personal worth.

Otis Sherman Osgood pursued his edu-
cation in the schools of Royalton, Vermont,
and entered upon his business career as an
engineer in a factory in Clinton, Massa-
chusetts. After the outbreak of the Civil
war he enlisted in May, 186 1, in the Fif-
teenth Massachusetts Infantry. He had
noted the progress of events in the south,
the dissatisfaction of the people there and
their threatening attitude toward the Un-
ion and resolved that if a blow was struck
he would stand in defense of the Federal
government. Therefore during the earliest
days of the strife between the two sections
of die country he joined the army. He
was wounded in the battle of Antietam on
the 17th of October, 1862, and was in the
hospital in Mar}dand until January, 1863,
when he ^^■as honorably discharged and a
comrade was sent home with him to South
Royalton, Vermont. \Mien he had suffi-
ciently recovered his health to resume busi-
ness he engaged in the manufacture of
hoop skirts, in which he continued for
many years. In 1867 he removed to Bur-
lington, Iowa, where he conducted a simi-
lar business until hoop skirts went out of
style and there was no longer a market for
the article. In the fall of 1873 he re-
moved to Mount Pleasant, where he en-
gaged in the life insurance business, so
continuing until his life's labors were
ended in death.

On the nth of June, 1867, Mr. Os-
good was united in marriage in Burling-
ton, Iowa, to Miss Seraphine Hastings,
who was born in Bath, New Hampshire,
May 30, 1842, a daughter of Larkin and

Hulda (Moulton) Hastings. Her great-
grandfather on the paternal side was killed
in the war of the Revolution, and her
grandfather was a soldier of that struggle,
as was her maternal grandfather, who like-
wise served in the war of 18 12. In the
maternal line she traces her ancestry back
to one of the passengers who came to the
new world on the Mayflower. Her par-
ents remained residents of New Hamp-
shire throughout their entire lives. Her
father was born in Hardwick, Vermont,
and her mother's birth occurred in Lyman,
New Hampshire. ]\Ir. Hastings was su-
perintendent of schools in his early man-
hood, afterward devoted his attention to
farming and later engaged in merchandis-
ing. A short time prior to die Civil war
he was elected a member of the state sen-
ate of New Hampshire and served for sev-
eral terms, being a leading member of the
upper house. He voted with the Repub-
lican party, being the only one of his fam-
ily to espouse this cause. He was a man
of strong personality and individuality,
who kept thoroughly infomied concern-
ing all the important questions and issues
of the day and he left his impress for good
upon the public life of his state. He died
in April, 1900, in his ninetieth year, while
his wife passed away in July, 1887, at the
age of seventy-eight years. They were
the parents of eight children, of whom
four daughters are yet living, the youngest
being Mrs. Osgood. The others are as
follows : Jeannette is the wife of Robert
Frazier, a resident of Reno, Nebraska ;
Luella is the w^ife of Lorain Turner liv-
ing in Lisbon. New Hampshire ; Lurance
F. became the wife of Henry Thompson,
who was killed in the Civil war and later



she married a Mr. Rice, but is again a
widow and now resides at the old home of
her father in Monroe. New Hampshire,

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Osgood were bom
two children : Bert Larkin, the elder, born
in Burlington, Iowa, on Christmas day, of
1869, is a graduate of the Iowa Wesleyan
University, of Mount Pleasant, and resides
in Alvin, Texas. He was nominated for
congress as representative from the ninth
district of Texas in 1904. He is engaged
in the oil and lumber business and at one
time was postmaster at Alvin. At length
he resigned that position and recommended
his deputy as his successor, so they ex-
changed places, and Mr. Osgood is now
serving as deputy postmaster there. He
married Miss Mary O. Abraham, of Em-
poria, Kansas, and they have three chil-
dren : Helen May, Otis Ernest and Irene
Ramona, aged, respectively, eleven, eight
and five years. Irene Ramona. daughter
of Mrs. Osgood, was educated in the Wes-
leyan University, of Mount Pleasant, and
in the Conservator}^ of Music of this city,
and is now the wife of Charles E. Blod-
gett, of Harrison county, Iowa, who is
superintendent of schools in the city of
Logan. They have one child, Charles Os-
good Blodgett.

Mr. Osgood, the husband and father,
died March 6, 1890, and his remains were
interred in Forest Home cemeter}\ He
was a stanch republican in politics and
for many years served as assessor in
Mount Pleasant. His fraternal affiliation
was with the Masons and he attained the
Knights Templar degree. The family
home was on Webster street. Mr. Os-
good was ill for some time prior to his
death and as the expenses were necessarily

great, he left his family with little means.
The care of the children devolved upon
Mrs. Osgood, who has done a mother's
full part by her son and daughter, giving
them excellent educational privileges, thus
well equipping them for life's practical and
responsible duties. Through her careful
management, good judgment, economical
spirit and great industry she was enabled
to pay off all the indebtedness left by her
husband and is now in possession of a
comfortable competence. She possesses
rare business qualifications and has dis-
played a most commendable spirit in car-
ing for her children and in managing her
property interests. She is a lady of nat-
urally strong intellectual force, acquired
a good education in the schools of Xew
Hampshire and is possessed of a most re-
tentive memory. She belongs to the Chris-
tian Science church, was one of its first
readers, was chairman of the building
committee and one of the first trustees of
the church. After the organization of the
society Mrs. Xorthrup acted as its first
reader and Mrs. Smith as its second
reader. The church was organized in
1898 and l)uilt a little chapel on North
Jefferson street, having about twenty-two
members. Mrs. Osgood no\v resides at
the corner of East Washington and Adams
streets, and she has many warm friends in
the communit)-. In June, 1890. she was
elected department president of the Wom-
en's Relief Corps in Des Moines for a year
and in the fall of 1900 she was chosen
county recorder of Henry county, which
position she filled for two terms, after
which she was strongh- urged to run upon
an independent ticket but declined to do
so. She was. however, at once appointed



deputy in the office by her successor. She
has also conducted a real-estate and insur-
ance business and has been quite success-
ful. She certainly deserves great credit
for what she has accomplished, displaying
the strong business cjualities usually at-
tributed only to the other sex and at the
same time manifesting those commend-
able v.'omanly traits ^^•hich e^•er awaken
regard and respect.


Cyrus Harlan, deceased, was a man
whom to know was to respect and honor
and his life history should find a place
upon the pages of the county's annals. He
was born in Indiana in 1833 and died
February 3, 1899, at the age of sixty-six
years. His parents were Valentine and
Elizabeth (Pauley) Harlan. The father
died many years ago in Indiana, where
he had devoted much of his life to the
work of the ministry of the Christian
church. His widow afterward came to
Iowa and lived with her son Cyrus, her
death occurring in Hillsboro, while her
remains were interred in Bayles ceme-
tery. Valentine Harlan was married
three times and had fifteen or sixteen
children, but only two are now living,
Alexander and Nathan, both of whom are
residents of Nebraska.

Cyrus Harlan acquired his education
in the public schools of Indiana and came
to Iowa in 1853, '^vhen a young man of
twenty years, settling on a farm which

was situated partly in Van Buren and
partly in Lee county. There he resided
continuously until his death and his time
and energies were devoted to the cultiva-
tion and improvement of his place. He
built a nice home, a good barn and other
outbuildings necessarv for the shelter of
grain and stock.

In 1852 Mr. Harlan was united in
marriage to Miss Martha Anderson, the
wedding being celebrated in Indiana.
Unto them were born four children, but
all are now deceased with the exception
of Mathew Harlan, who is living in Hills-
boro. On the 7th of February, 1882, Mr.
Harlan was again married, his second un-
ion being with ]\Irs. Mary E. Hastings,
who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, Sep-
tember 25, 1841. and was a daughter of
Valentine C. and Mary E. (Walton)
Purdom, the former a native of Ken-
tucky and the latter of St. Louis, Mis-
souri. The name of Purdom has been
long associated with material, intellectual
and moral progress in Iowa. Elijah
Purdom, widely known as Uncle Elijah,
was a very prominent and zealous Metho-
dist. He was among the first to cross
the river at Keosauqua, and was the first
white man to own the large tract of land
at that place, part of which is now used
and known as the Purdom cemetery. His
life was the exemplification of goodness
and manly virtues. Valentine C. Pur-
dom, father of Mrs. Harlan, came to
Iowa when his daughter was only four
years of age, settling at Keosauqua. He
was a Methodist minister who rode the
circuit, doing much good for his fellow
men and leading many to a knowledge
of the truth as taught in the gospel. He



served his country as captain in the war
of 1 81 2 and was a prominent Mason, at-
taining the highest degrees conferred in
Iowa. He joined the fraternity in early
hfe in Kentucky and was ever loyal to
its teachings and purposes. His political
allegiance was given to the Democracy.
Unto him and his wife were born six
children, but with the exception of Mrs.
Harlan all are now deceased. Mr. Pur-
dom died in California in 1854, having
gone there on a trip and his widow passed
away the following year in St. Louis,
jMissouri. The members of their house-
hold were as follows : AA'illiam Purdom.
the eldest of the family, was drowned in
the Mississippi river between Keokuk and
St. Louis while on his way home from
California. He was looking over the
boat rail and the gold which he had
around him in a belt caused him to lose
his balance and his life was thus termi-
nated. Mary E., now ]\Irs. Harlan, is
the next of the family. Lucinda married
Edward Day, and both are deceased.
Amelia married Lewis Bowers and both
have passed away, leaving a son, John
^^ . Bowers, who is now living in Seattle,
Washington. James enlisted in an Illi-
nois regiment in the early part of the
Civil war and was killed in battle. One
child died at birth.

Mrs. Harlan spent her girlhood days

Online LibraryHobart Publishing Company (Chicago)Biographical review of Henry County, Iowa, containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past .. → online text (page 29 of 85)