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with nine children : Lulu, a resident of
Nebraska ; Glenn, also of Nebraska ;
Clara and Nellie, who are teaching
school ; Myrtle, Gladys, Harry, Gilbert
and George, all of whom are at home.

Following his marriage Mr. Irwin pur-
chased forty acres of land in Scott town-
ship, whereon he lived for six years. He
then went to Nebraska, where he engaged
in farming for five years and upon his
return to Iowa he sold his first place and
bought eighty acres on section 28. Here
he has built a house of seven rooms and
.also a barn for the shelter of hay and
stock, forty by fifty feet. He has replaced
the hedge fences by wire fencing and has
added many modern equipments, so that
he now has a splendidly improved prop-
erty from which he annually harvests
good crops. He also raises and feeds
cattle and has about thirty-five head of
Poland China hogs. He also has four
horses used in working the farm.

Mr. Irwin has devoted his entire life
to agricultural pursuits save for the pe-
riod spent in the Civil war. In March,
1862, he enlisted for service in the Sev-
enteenth Iowa Infantry, but was rejected
on account of his youth, being then but
seventeen years of age. He afterward
went to Missouri, however, and succeeded
in joining Company D, Second Missouri
Cavalry, which was assigned to service in
the western division and with which he



continued until Alarch, 1865. He proved
a valuable and loyal soldier, never falter-
ing in the performance of any duty, and
in March, 1865, was mustered out at St.
Louis, after which he returned to Mount
Pleasant and soon resumed his farming
operations. He belongs to the Methodist
Episcopal church and gives his political
allegiance to the Republican party. His
labors have been guided by practical judg-
ment and supplemented by keen business
discernment and as the years have gone
by he has won a fair measure of


Arthur Endersby, who, through his ca-
pable control of extensive and important
business interests has become one of the
wealthy citizens of Henry county, so that
he is now enabled to live a retired life,
was born in Crampton, England, March
II, 1835. His parents, Benjamin and
Eliza (Buck) Endersby, were also na-
tives of that country, the former born in
1796 and the latter in 181 1. The father
was a farmer by occupation and in 1841
he crossed the Atlantic to America in an
old-time sailing vessel, taking up his
abode in Hillsboro, Iowa, where he con-
ducted a store in connection with his
brother. His brother, William Endersby,
was in the Indian war of England. After
living in Hillsboro for a time Benjamin
Endersby removed to Van Buren county,
where he spent his last days upon a farm.
His wife, who was a member of the Chris-

tian church, died in Hillsboro, and both
were laid to rest in Bayles cemetery. In
their family were the following named :
Arthur; Elizabeth, who married George
Sturdivant but both are now deceased ;
William, who was for three months a
soldier in the Civil war, and now re-
sides in Hillsboro; Sarah Ann, who died
of diptheria at the age of fourteen years;
Edmond, who became a member of Com-
pany D, Fourteenth Iowa Volunteer In-
fantry, when eighteen years of age, and
died May 18, 1862, after participating in
the battle of Fort Donelson, his death oc-
curring at Bonaparte, Iowa, from the ef-
fect of measles and the later exposure
during the battle of Fort Donelson ; Mrs.
Isabelle Chandler, who died and is buried
in Leonard, Kansas ; Mary, who died at
the home of her brother Arthur when six-
teen years of age; John, who died in in-
fancy ; Oben, who died at the age of seven
years; Sarah Ann, who is living in Okla-
homa; and Lucretia, of Linn county,
Kansas, who married William Crawshaw,
Avho died in the fall of 1905.

Arthur Endersby was a public school
student in England and also continued
his studies in the schools of Hillsboro,
Iowa, subsequent to the removal of the
family to America. He afterward re-
mained with his father upon the home
farm until he had attained his majority
and in 1857 he w^ent to California in
search of gold. Just prior to his sojourn
in the west he was married on the 15th
of November, 1856, to Anna Mary
Smith, who was born in Zanesville, Ohio,
April 15, 1841, and was a daughter of
David Smith. Her parents were of Eng-
lish descent but were born in Ohio and in



185 1 Mr. Smith brought his family to
Iowa, settling in Van Buren county. He
was a carpenter by trade but after com-
ing to this state turned his attention to
agricultural pursuits. At a later date he
removed to Rice county, Kansas, where
he died at the age of seventy-two years,
having long survived his wife, who passed
away in Lee county, Iowa. In their fam-
ily were se\'en children, of whom four
are living : Pamelia, the wife of Fred
Endersby, a half-brother of Arthur En-
dersby, and a resident of Oklahoma ; Eliz-
abeth, the wife of Joseph Weeks, living
at Salem with her father-in-law ; Lide.
who married Emory Criswell. of Mis-
souri : and David, who married Mary
Beason and lives in Kirksville. Missouri.
Eollowing the death of his first wife Mr.
Smith wedded a Miss Buckles and had
three children : \\"illiam and his sister,
who are residents of Kansas ; and Emma,
deceased. Mrs. Endersby died May 18,
1905, and was laid to rest in Bayles, now
known as Pleasant Grove cemetery, her
death being deeply regretted by many
friends whom she had won through her
many excellent traits of heart and mind.
She had become the mother of twelve
children : Susan Elizabeth, born in Lee
county, Iowa, November 11, 1858. is the
wife of George Hixson, of Colorado, and
has four children, Loren, Rex. Ryan and
Verna. Alvadus Oben, born in Van Bu-
ren county, April 21, 1861, wedded Mary
Cook, by whom he has two children, Vic-
tor and Darrell, their home being in Al-
berta. Canada. Arthur E., born in Van
Buren county, December 21, 1863. i^iar-
ried May Shannon, resides in Canada and
has two children. Ulvsses Smith, born in

Van Buren county, November 2, 1865,
and now living in eastern Oregon, mar-
ried Ella Harlan, and has five children,
Claude, Sadie, V^alentine, Edmond and
an infant daughter. Vincent C, born in
Van Buren county, May 5, 1868, died
September 19, 1887, and was buried in
Bayles cemetery. William E., born in
Van Buren county, August 10. 1870,
lives in eastern Montana. Robert L., born
January 25, 1873, died on the 20th of
February following. Alonzo D., born
January 31, 1874, is residing in Montana.
Leonidas, born in Van Buren county; on
June 18, 1876, attended the Bloomfield
(Iowa) College, was there taken ill and
died March 17, 1895, his remains being
interred at Bayles. Lorenzo N.. born in
Van Buren county. January 24, 1878,
married Goldie Horn and lives in Van
Buren county. Octavia N., born in Van
Buren county, September 10, 1880. is act-
ing as her father's housekeeper. David
Benjamin, born September 18, 1883, was
a graduate of the Bonaparte College and
died April i, 1903.

Mr. Endersby is a democrat and has
served as road supervisor and was elected
as justice of the peace but would not qual-
ify for that office. His wife was a mem-
ber of the Christian church, and was a
most estimable lady. Mr. Endersby has
resided in Hillsboro since March, 1905,
owning a beautiful home in the northern
part of that village. He also has four
hundred and forty-five acres of valuable
land in Van Buren county, and placed all
of the improvements upon that property
except the house. He was quite an ex-
tensive cattle and hog feeder, and raised
manv fine Clvdesdale horses. He sold



sixty-five at his sale in 1897. He was one
of the organizers and is a director of the
Farmers' and Traders' Bank of Hillsboro.
He and his 3-oungest son have an interest
in two hundred and forty acres of good
laid in Winnipeg, Canada. Mr. En-
dersby is now living retired, enjoying a
well earned rest. He was for many years
actively connected with agricultural in-
terests and by his close application, ca-
pable management and earnest purpose
he won a gratifying measure of pros-
perity and now in possession of a
comfortable competence, is enjoying a
well earned rest in Hillsboro. while a
large circle of warm friends in this part
of Iowa esteem him for his genuine
worth and admire him for what he has
accomplished. After leaving the farm he
with his wife made a trip through Colo-
rado, spending one summer there and the
following winter in Des Moines, and then
lived in Bonaparte for three years and af-
ter a time on a farm again came to Hills-
boro, where he bought a home.


The name of Endersby has been closely
and honorably associated with the history
of Henry county through many years. Ed-
mund Endersby of this review was born
in Crampton. Bedfordshire. England, on
February 26, 1827, a son of Frederick
and Sarah (Ibbs) Endersby, who were
also natives of England. In the year
1832 his parents came to America, taking
passage on a sailing vessel which weighed

anchor at Liverpool and reached the har-
bor of Xew York after a voyage of nine
weeks. The father had conducted a tavern
in England and on coming to the new
world, he settled in Jacksonville. Illinois,
upon a farm, where he lived for nine
years. In 1841 he came to Iowa and pur-
chased a farm near Hillsboro, upon a
part of which Edmund Endersby is now
living. The father lived in Hillsboni for
three years, keeping a general store in
partnership with his brother. Benjamin.
He then sold out and went on a farm west
of Hillsboro. where he lived for several
years, then sold it and went to Texas, liv-
ing there for some time. He then came
to the "half-breed tract." in Lee county,
where he farmed for a number of years,
after which he removed to Sioux City,
where his death occurred three or four
years later. He was eighty-four years
of age at the time of his demise. His wife
passed away in Hillsboro in August.
1841, and was laid to rest in the Hillsboro
cemetery, while Mr. Endersby's remains
were interred near Sioux City. In his po-
litical views he was first a whig and af-
terward a .democrat, and both he and his
wafe were members of the church of Eng-
land. In their family were seven chil-
dren : William, who married Elizabeth
Fligg — both are deceased ; Frederick, first
married Ellen Holiday and later Margaret
Alontgomery. of Hillsboro. and all have
passed away: Sarah, who died in Eng-
land in infancy; Sarah, the second of the
name, who died in England : Edmund, of
this review; Susanna, the widow of
George Chapman and a resident of Jef-
ferson, Iowa; and Elizabeth E.. who mar-
ried Dr. Cottle and resides in Fairfield.

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Edmund Endersb}' was educated in
Morgan county, Illinois, near Jackson-
ville, and remained upon his father's farm
in Illinois and at home in Hillsboro until
he started out in life on his own account
as a farmer on the farm west of Hills-
boro. He was married November 2^,
1847, to Miss Charity E. Graham, who
was born in Indiana, December 4, 1826,
and w^as a daughter of John W. and
Maria E. (Long) Graham, the former a
native of Kentucky and the latter of
Ohio. Her paternal grandfather. Joseph
Graham, was a soldier in the war of 1812,
as was her brother Jonathan. It was
Jonathan Graham who poured the water
on the powder house in Kentucky w'hen
the Indians were trying to fire it, so as to
burn the city and the port of Harrisburg.
Joseph Graham, the grandfather, was a
pioneer minister in Kentucky and Indi-
ana, and he afterward preached in Coles
county, Illinois, during its early settle-
ment, his death there occurring. His
wife bore the maiden name of Rhoda
Canut. John W. Graham, father of Mrs.
Endersby, was a farmer by occupation
and removed to Coles county, Illinois,
during the early girlhood of his daugh-
ter Charity. There his death occurred in
1839, when he was forty years of age.
In the following year his widow came to
Iowa and afterw^ard married Andrew F.
Simons, who followed farming in Henry
county. There were two children of this
marriage : Sarah, the wife of Alfred
Giauque, of Nebraska; and William, de-
ceased. There were also tw^o children by
the mother's first marriage: Charity E.,
now Mrs. Endersby ; and Benjamin K.
Graham, who died at the age of ten years.

The half-brother, ^^'illiam Simons, died
at St. Louis, Missouri, from the eflrect of
disease contracted in the Civil war. In
politics Mr. Graham was a democrat and
both parents were members of the Metho-
dist church. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Endersby
have been born six children, all born in
Van Buren county : Emily, born August
31. 1848, became the wife of Charles
Hutchison, but died later; Sarah Maria,
born July 29, 1850, is the wife of David
Perry, of Belleville, Kansas, and had four
children : Edmund, now deceased ;
Charles, of Kansas, who is married and
has one child ; Carleton, also of Kansas ;
and Mary, who is living w^ith her mother ;
George Albert Endersby, born July 3.
1856, and Ii\-ing in Van Buren county,
married Josie Starky, and after her death
wedded Dell Frazier. By his first wife he
had two children : Mary Lucile, the wife of
Joseph Robbins, by whom she has a son,
Harold ; and George A. Endersby, Jr. ;
Alary Ellis Endersby, born October 27,
4858, died May 2, 1862; John F. En-
dersby, born July 19, 1861, died Sep-
tember 23, 1868; Albert E., born No-
vember 5, 1869, married Aliss Sophia
Bennett and has one child, Melvin E.
Endersby, their home being in Van Bu-
ren county.

In his political views Edmund Enders-
by has always been a stalwart republican
and has been called to various township
offices. His wife is a sincere and de-
voted member of the Christian church. In
1900 he removed to Hillsboro, where they,
now occupy a nice cottage and Mr. En-
dersby is living retired from active farm
labor. He owns two hundred and sev-
entv acres of land in Van Buren countv,



whereon his youngest son now resides.
He has Hved continuously in Iowa since
coming to this state in 1841, with the ex-
ception of three years spent in Cahfornia,
beginning in 1852, making his home in
Henry and Van Buren counties. He has
always carried on general agricultural
pursuits, leading an active, useful life so
that he is enjoying the respect and esteem
of his fellow men.

He and his wife have traveled life's
journey happily together for over fiftv-
eight years and they are yet enjoying
good health and good spirits, belonging
to that class of citizens who shed around
them much of life's sunshine. In all busi-
ness relations Mr. Endersby has been
honorable and straightforward.


Mathias Anderson, who is living on
section 34, A\'ayne township, where for
many years he has devoted his energies
to general agricultural pursuits, has now
passed the seventy-seventh milestone on
life's journey and is a respected and ven-
erable gentleman, who is entitled to the
esteem of his fellow men by reason of
what he has accomplished, for he started
out in life empty-handed and without any
advantages to aid him. He was born in
Sweden on the 23d of November, 1828,
his parents being Andrew and Mary C.
Anderson. He never had any school
privileges, but in the hard school of ex-
perience, where all sooner or later become

students, he learned many valuable les-
sons. He was only ten years of age when
he started out to make his own wav in
the world by working at farm labor and
he was thus employed as the years went
l)y, so that his youth was a period of
earnest and unremitting toil. He contin-
ued his service as a farm hand until Feb-
ruary, 1857, when he was united in mar-
riage to Miss Hilda C. Tunquist. He had
come to America in 1855 and following
his marriage he took up his abode in Jef-
ferson county, Iowa, where he worked at
farm labor for three years. He then re-
moved to Henderson county, Illinois, and
four years later, in 1864, arrived in
\\^a}'ne township, Henry county. In the
meantime he had carefully hoarded his
earnings with the desire to accumulate
enough to purchase a farm and here he
invested his savings in forty acres of land
on section 34. It was then a tract of wild
prairie, but soon his labors transformed it
into a richly cultivated farm. He built
a house and barns and otherwise im-
proved the jDlace and he now carries on
general farming, raising the cereals best
adapted to the soil and climate.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have two chil-
dren : Olive, who is the wife of Franc
Olson, now engaged in farming in Scott
township; and Phenie, the wife of Ed-
ward Lauger, a resident farmer of Wayne
township. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson now
live together at their pleasant home and
have traveled life's journey as man and
wife for almost a half century. He votes
with the Republican party and belongs
to the Lutheran church. Starting in life
as he did without any advantages to aid
him he has made a splendid record in the



business world through honesty and in-
dustry and is now in possession of a com-
fortable competence.


'J'he broad prairies of Iowa have fur-
nished splendid opportunities to the agri-
culturist, and taking advantage of the nat-
ural resources of the state in this regard
ha\'e been many men of excellent business
capacity, keen discernment and untiring
industrv, who, through the utilization of
the opportunities here afforded, have ad-
vanced to a position of affluence, if not of
wealth. To this class belongs Captain
Abraham, now recognized as one of the
prominent farmers of Center township,
Henry county. Moreover, he is an hon-
ored veteran of the Civil war and is a
Ifecognized leader in republican circles. He
stands as a high type of our American
manhood, manifesting business integrity,
public-spirited citizenship, and due regard
for man's obligations to his fellow man.

Captain Abraham was born in Butler
county, Ohio, on the i8th of April, 1838,
a son of John and Sarah (McCue) Abra-
ham. When three years of age he was
brought b)' his parents to Center town-
ship, Henry county, his father purchasing
land on section 35, where the son still re-
sides. John Abraham, however, was not
long permitted to enjoy his new home,
being called to his final rest. He left a
widow with seven small children, one of
whom was born subsecjuent to the father's

demise. With most commendable courage
and resolution, Mrs. Abraham kept her lit-
tle flock together until her sons and daugh-
ters had attained adult age and were able
to care for themselves. The educational
advantages of the locality were poor and
the "temple of learning" was but a log
building. Through broad reading, general
observation and experience, however,
Captain Abraham has obtained a good
education. Being the eldest son, he took
charge of the home farm, and was yet a
young lad when brought before the busi-
ness world. After he had attained his
majority he and his brother began -pur-
chasing the interest of the other heirs in
the home property, and to the further im-
provement and cultivation of the land
Captain Abraham devoted his time and
attention, until after the outbreak of the
Civil war in 1861.

He then enlisted for three years' serv-
ice as a private of Company D. F(iurth
Iowa Cavalry. Within six months, how-
e^'er, he had lieen promoted to the rank
of first lieutenant, having passed through
the intermediate grade of orderly sergeant.
At the end of the year he had become cap-
tain. The regiment first went with Curtis
through Missouri and Arkansas, and later
participated in the siege of Vicksburg and
was with Sherman on the Meridian expe-
dition in February, 1864. In 1864 Captain
Abraham Avas on acti\-e duty under Gen-
erals Sturgis and Smith, and in the fall
of that year made a trip after Price
through Missouri. He then re-enlisted
with his company for three years more
and from there received his veteran fur-
lough, and in 1865 returned to Nashville,
but was too late for the battle there. His



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command was then attached to Wilson's
cavaliy coirps, and from that point started
on the Georgia campaign. Captain Abra-
ham was prominent in his command, and
General Upton in his report says of him :
"The Fourth Iowa Cavalry, dismounted,
under Captain Lot Abraham, passed
through the breach, turned to the right,
charged the redoubt, capturing ten guns,
and then sweeping across the bridge w^ith
the flying rebels, captured two howitzers
loaded ^vith cannister. ■ Mounted com-
panies from the same regiment followed
in the rear of Captain Abraham, and after
crossing the bridge turned to the right
and charged in flank the works at the
lower Ijridge. * * * Captain Lot
Abraham, Company D, Fourth Iowa, for
his gallantry at Columbus, Georgia. April
15, 1865, and at Selma, Alabama, April 2,
1865, is recommended for brevet major."
These extracts are from pages four se\'-
enty-one, four se^•enty-five and four sev-
enty-seven of volume forty-nine of the
oflicial reports of the war of the rebellion.
On page four eighty-two of the same vol-
ume General Winslow says : "I respect-
fully recommend that the rank of major
by brevet be conferred on Captain Lot
Abraham, Company D, Fourth Iowa Cav-
alry. This officer has frec|uently displayed
great courage, handled his command in a
xQvy gallant manner at Columbus and
Selma, captured a four-gun battery at
Selma repulsing the enemy in his attempt
to recover it." Also complimentary men-
tion is found in other places of the' war
reports concerning Captain Abraham's
service. Following the close of hostili-
ties he was sent to Washington, Georgia,
where he paroled Wheeler's ca\alry. spend-

ing two months there in charge of the gov-
ernment property. He also had charge
of the archives of the Confederacy and
sent car loads of such material to W^ash-
ington, D. C. He was discharged at At-
lanta, August 8, 1865.

Returning to his home, Captain Abra -
ham soon began independent farming, pur-
chasing one-half of the old homestead, to
which he added from time to time until
he owned six hundred and forty acres, but
he has since sold one-half of this to his
son. He has been a prominent stock-raiser
and feeder and his live stock has found
ready sale on the market. At the present
time he is making a specialty of breeding
registered Hereford cattle, he having pur-
chased eighteen of Captain Beckwith's reg-
istered white-faced females, and has prob-
ablv the l)est anirfial in the countv to head
his herd, and pure bred Duroc Jersey

Captain Abraham is recognized as a
distinguished republican leader in his dis-
trict, active in support of the party, while
his labors are most effective in advancing
i^-s interests. He has served for a num-
ber of times as chaimian of the Central
County Committee and has put forth ef-
fective effort in securing the nominations
of good candidates. He was nominated
and elected in 1881 to the senate, serving
from 1882 until 1884. being a member
of that body during the last session held
in the old capitol and the first in the new
capitol. He was a member of the commit-
tee on agriculture and four other com-
mittees, including that on prohibition. He
was elected on the republican ticket, but
was known as an ardent advocate of pro-
hibition principles. He took a most ac-



tive and helpful part in passing the pro-
hibitoty law in 1884 and was also active in
his work for the benefit of the ag-ricultural
interests of the state. He also became
widely known through his efforts to pre-
vent the acceptance of passes by the mem-
bers of the legislature, thereby placing
themselves under obligations to further
legislative movements for the benefit of
the railroad companies, often to Uie detri-
ment of the public at large. \Vhile not
holding office since his retirement from
the senate. Captain Abraham has never
faltered in his efforts to benefit his state
and country' by his active political work
and he is now one of the leading members
of the republican party in Henry county.
He has, moreover, wide and favorable ac-
quaintance in Grand Army circles, his
membership being in McFarland Post, No.
20, Grand Army of the Republic, of which
he has served as commander. For many
years he has attended the state encamp-
ments and is an active worker in behalf

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