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and hogs and this branch of his business
likewise proved profitable. In 1896 he
removed to Salem township and pur-
chased a residence on Depot street, where
he is now living retired. He sold his
farm to his son Dudley after removing
to Salem and is now^ enjoying a well mer-
ited rest surrounded b}' many of the com-
forts and luxuries of life.

On the 25th of March, 1854, Mr. Scott
was married in Wisconsin to Miss Louisa
Benbow, who was born in Staffordshire,
England, November 28, 1833. She went
to Wisconsin in 1840 with her parents,
AA'illiam and Annie (Bagley) Benbow.
Her paternal grandparents were Thomas
and Sarah (Holmes) Benbow, and her
maternal grandparents were Dudley and
Mary (Hill) Bagley, natives of Eng-
land. Her father was a farmer by occu-
pation and removed to Nauvoo, Illinois,



where he Hved until 1855. The first Mor-
mon sermon was dehvered in the barn be-
longing to John Benbow, a brother of
]\Irs. Scott's father. On coming to Amer-
ica \\"illiam Benbow went to Racine,
Wisconsin, where he resided for fifteen
years, and then removed to Salt Lake
City, Utah, where he remained for two
years. He then came to Lee comity,
Iowa, and bought a farm in Pleasant
Ridge township, whereon he resided for
about seven years. He then sold this
farm and retired to Fort Madison, where
he purchased a residence, spending his
remaining days in resting from active
labor. His wife died August 8, 1880,
when seventy-eight years of age and his
death occurred in Mount Pleasant on the
1 2th of February, 1891, when he had
reached the venerable age of eighty-one
years. After the death of his wife he
lived among his children until he was
called to his final rest. Mrs. Scott was
the second in order of birth in a family
of two sons and three daughters, of
whom three are yet living.

Lnto the marriage of our subject and
his wife have been born eight children :
Warren, who was born January 28,

1855, ^i^<^^ clied September 2, 1858; Wil-
liam Adelbert, who was born April 10,

1856, and is now in the nursery business
at Fort Madison, Iowa ; Mariam Belle,
who was born May 14, i860, and is the
wife of William Parker, ticket agent of
the Chicago, Burlington & Ouincy Rail-
road, at Ottumwa, Iowa ; Edwin, who
was born August 9, 1862, and is now in
the state of ^^'ashington ; Dudley Arthur,
who was born Alay 16. 1864, and is en-
gaged in the hotel and livery business at

New London, Iowa; Owen Andrew, who
was born April 15, 1866, and died in
September, of the same year; Annie Le-
nora, who was born September 9, 1869,
and is the wife of Frank E. Becker, of
Jackson township; and Calvin H., who
was born August 15, 1874, and is a
farmer of New London township.

Air. Scott has long voted with the de-
mocracy and is unfaltering in his advo-
cacy of the principles of the party. With
few or practically no advantages in his
youth he started out to make his own way
in the world and placed his dependence
upon untiring labor and diligence. It was
a splendid foundation upon which to
build the superstructure of success and
as the years went by he became one of
the prosperous farmers of his part of the
state. He has now passed the Psalmist's
span of three score years and ten and is
today enjoying a well earned rest in a
pleasant home in Salem. He deserves and
receives the respect of those with whom
he has come in contact and is held in high
esteem by many who know him in this


On the pages of the pioneer history of
Des Moines count}' appears the name of
Thomas T. Evans, who assisted mate-
rially in the early development of this
part of the state, aiding in reclaiming the
wild land for the purposes of civilization.
A native of \\'ales, he was born about
1800 and acquired his education in the



public schools of that land. He after-
ward learned the weaver's trade, becom-
ing an expert in that department of la-
bor. He wove in all colors and designs
and because of his superior ability was
able to command good positions. He was
married in his native country to Miss
Mary Morris, who was also born in the
little rock-ribbed land of Wales, her na-
tal year being 1804. Desirous, however,
of enjoying the better business opportu-
nities of the new world and the higher
wages here paid. Thomas T. Evans
crossed the Atlantic to the United States in
1833, settling first at Ruscanee. Xew York
where with his wife and three children he
established his home. They crossed the
Atlantic on the old sailing vessel, Sidol,
which several years afterward was lost
at sea and nine weeks had been added to
the cycle of the centuries before anchor
was dropped in the harbor of New York.
About 1836 the family went from the
Empire state to Portage county, Ohio,
where the father engaged in the trans-
fer or teaming business in the employ of
a hotel proprietor, making" trips from
Portage county to Pittsburg. His resi-
dence in the Buckeye state covered about
nine years, after which he came to Des
Moines county, Iowa.

It was in May, 1845, that Mr. Evans
arrived in this state. He purchased forty
acres of land and later he entered one
hundred sixty acres from the government
through the medium of a Mexican land
warrant which had been granted to a sol-
dier of the Mexican war in recognition
of his services the soldier selling the same
to Mr. Evans. In this way the latter
became owner of a quarter section in

Washington township about a half mile
west of the boundary line of Yellow
Springs township. His son, Moses, also
bought eighty acres in the same neigh-
borhood, but in the spring of 1850 he
went to California attracted by the dis-
covery of gold on the Pacific coast. Lat-
er he returned to his farm, bringing
with him about two thousand dollars
which he had made in the mines of the
west. He died in Des Moines county in
1854, leaving his property to his father
and this was the family homestead until
the death of the parents.

Mr. Evans was an enterprising agricul-
turist, placing his land under a high state
of culti\'ation and living a busy, useful
and active life. He died in 1855 and within
a week his wife and two daughters passed
away, Catherine Sophia being then six-
teen years of age, while Mary Augusta
was fourteen years old. John Jones, an
old-time friend of Mr. Evans, who had
lost his wife in Des Moines county and
afterward resided in different places, con-
tracted the cholera and Mr. Evans, out
of the kindness of his heart, went to nurse
him during that illness. He then returned
home, bringing with him the dreaded dis-
ease and he and his wife and daughters
all succumbed to that dread illness. There
was only one other death from cholera
in the locality, a girl by the name of

Mr. and Mrs. Evans were the parents
of ten children : Elizabeth, now the wife
of William P. Jones, a resident of Port-
land, Oregon : Moses, who died when
twenty-four years of age; Henry; Ann,
who married Frederick Gowdy, of this
county, and died in 1878: James Grimes.



who died at Salenas, California, in July,
1903 ; Catherine Sophia, who died of
cholera; Mary Augusta, whose death was
occasioned by the same disease; Joseph,
who died in Des Moines county in July,
1867, at the age of twenty-two years;
Jane, who died in San Francisco, Cali-
fornia, in 1903, being survived by her
husband, Andrew Gartley, a former resi-
dent of Burlington, Iowa ; and Thomas
Charles, who is living in Winona county,

Henry Evans, to whom we are in-
debted for the history of Thomas T. Evans,
and his family, was born April 8, 1832,
in Wales, and was therefore only about
a vear old when his parents came to
America. He pursued his educaljon in
the schools of Ohio and of Des Moines
county, Iowa, and for a time was a stu-
dent in the public schools of Burlington.
In 1853 he went to California and was
engaged in mining there, when he re-
ceived the sad news of the death of his
father, mother and two sisters. It was
accompanied by an appeal for him to re-
turn home, for he was left the eldest of
the family and naturally the obligation of
caring for the younger members fell upon
him. He therefore returned to Iowa and
took charge of the old home place and
of his younger brothers and sisters. He
continued the management and opera-
tion of the home farm, there residing for
six years, when on the 12th of December,
1861, he was married to Miss Catherine
Williams, a daughter of W. \\'. and
Margaret (Owens) Williams. Mr. Ev-
ans brought his bride to the old home-
stead and finally purchased the interest
of the other heirs in the property, con-

tinuing to reside thereon until he pur -
chased an additional tract of one hun-
dred and sixt}^ acres. Upon this quarter
section he erected a new and commodious
residence in 1867 and for many years
thereafter was actively identified with ag-
ricultural interests, carrying on the farm
with success until his retirement from
business life in 1892. He then removed
to Mount Pleasant and purchased a com-
fortable home in the west part of the vil-
lage. In 1903 he traded this residence
for another farm in Henry county and
also made plans for the construction of a
new and modern residence in the town
to be built at No. 413 North Main street.
For five years thereafter the farm prop-
erty was rented, at the end of which time
his son, Merritt, took charge of his land
in Washington and Yellow Springs town-
ships, Des Moines county, and Pleasant
Grove township, Henry county. This
comprises an extensive tract of nine hun-
dred and eighty acres and is devoted
largely to the raising of stock, making
a specialty of Hereford cattle and Poland
China hogs.

Mr. and ]\trs. Evans have become the
parents of eight children : Margaret Ann,
who died in 1898, at the age of thirty-
four years; Mary Augusta, at home;
Austin Joseph, of the Security State
Bank, at Arkansas City, Kansas, who
married Mina Davis, a daughter of Nel-
son Davis, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, by
whom he has one child. Ruth ; Laura, the
wife of A. ^^'. Miller and the mother of
one son, Paul ; W"illiam Henry, who is as-
sistant cashier of the Mount Pleasant
Savings Bank: ]\Ierritt; Bertha, who
died at the age of five years; and one



that died in infancy. The sons, WilHam
and Austin, are graduates of the Wes-
leyan College at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Mr. Evans was elected township trus-
tee on three different occasions on the Re-
j)ublican ticket and he has always been a
stanch advocate of the principles of the
part}^ Almost his entire life has been
passed in this state, where he located
when a lad of twelve years and he has
therefore witnessed the many changes
that have occurred here as the locality
has put off the evidences of frontier life
and taken on all of the improvements of
a modern civilization. His business affairs
were capably managed and his close ap-
plication, frugality, strong purpose and
laudable ambition enabled him as the
years passed by to add annually to his in-
come. He is now one of the extensive
land owners of Des Aloines county and,
leaving the care of his farm to others,
he is now enjoying a well earned rest.


Paren Hillyard, whose useful and up-
right life was terminated in death in New
London, June 5, 1903, to the deep regret
of his large circle of warm friends, was
born in Monroe county, Ohio, his par-
ents being Jacob and William Hillyard.
In his early boyhood days he was
brought by his father to Des . Moines
county, Iowa, and was educated in the
public schools there. Following the out-
break of the Civil war he responded to the

countrv's call for aid, enlisting as a mem-
ber of Company E, Twenty-fifth Iowa In-
fantry, at Burlington. He served for three
years, taking part in a number of impor-
tant battles of the great Civil war, and
on the expiration of his term of enlist-
ment was honorably discharged. He then
returned to Des Moines county and fol-
lowing his father's removal to Canaan
township Paren Hillyard lived with his
sister, Mrs. William Carter, until his mar-
riage, which was celebrated on the 5th of
October, 1865, Miss Lou Pickering be-
coming his wife. She was also a native
of Guernsey county, Ohio, born Septem-
ber 30, 1 84 1, and a daughter of Green-
berry and Susan (Darr) Pickering. In
the public schools of Knox county, Ohio,
she acquired her education, her parents
having previously removed to that lo-
cality. In 1865 the family came to Iowa,
settling at Alount Pleasant, where both
her parents passed away, the father's
death occurring about a year and a half
after his removal to this state, while the
mother was called to her final rest in Sep-
tember, 1869. In their family were
twelve children : Lott, who is now living
in Knox county, Ohio : Carblee, deceased ;
Maria, the wife of William Wilson and a
resident of Iowa ; Orpha, who is the
widow of John Hosick and is living in
Cantril, Van Buren county, Iowa ; Al-
bert, a resident of Knox county, Ohio;
Hannah .who married Newland Percival,
but both are now deceased ; Elizabeth,
the wife of Alfred Boyd, who is living in
Adair county, Iowa ; Enoch, deceased ;
Philip, a resident of South Dakota ; Mrs.
Hillyard; David, who resided in Bur-
lington ; and Fannie, who died in infancy.



Following his marriage Mr. Hillyard
engaged in farming for a time, but later
turned his attention to commercial pur-
suits, purchasing a stock of goods and
opening a general store in Greenfield,
Adair county, Iowa, where he remained
for about nine years, conducting a suc-
cessful business. On the expiration of
that period he removed to Mount Union,
Henry county, where he continued in
merchandising for about ten years, after
which he located on a farm in Canaan
township, making it his home for five
years. In 1899, however, he retired from
active business life and took up his abode
in Xew London to spend his remaining
days in the enjoyment of well earned rest.
Here he lived quietly in well earned ease
until he was called to his final home on
the 5th of June. 1903.

Mr. and "Sirs. Hillyard had no chil-
dren of their own. but had reared an
adopted son. Yern, who was born July
21, 1879, and is now learning the jew-
eler's trade. In his political views Air.
Hillyard was always a stalwart repub-
lican and was twice elected to the ofiice
of county supervisor, but died prior to
the close of his second term. He held
membership in the Masonic fraternity,
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
and the Grand Army of the Republic, and
filled all of the chairs in the Odd Fellows
Lodge. He enjoyed in large measure the
friendship and regard of his brethren of
those organizations. In business he was
found reliable and trustworthy and in
citizenship he manifested the same loy-
alty in days of peace which he had shown
when he defended the Union cause upon
the battle fields of the south. All men re-

spected him and many who came in con-
tact with him gave him their warm per-
sonal regard and friendship, so that his
death was the occasion of deep and wide-
spread regret.


Hiram T. Bird, who for a quarter of a
century has been engaged in the furniture
and undertaking business in ]\Iount Pleas-
ant, where his position in commercial cir-
cles is among the foremost because of his
unremitting diligence and his employment
of methods that neither seek nor require
disguise, was born in Knox county, Ohio,
July 14, 1846. His parents were Dr.
AA^ellington and Sarah ( Thornton) Bird,
\\-ho came to this state with their son
Hiram in his early boyhood days and here
he acquired his early education, afterward
attending the Iowa W^esleyan L^niversity
until 1863. He then enlisted for service
in the medical department of the Eighth
Iowa Cavalrv^ as surgeon's steward, join-
ing his regiment at Davenport, going south
with that command, which was attached
to SheiTnan's army and went wirii him
on the celebrated march to the sea. Mr.
Bird was captured at Atlanta, on the
30th of Jul}-, 1864. and was impris-
oned at both }kIacon and Charleston,
but afterward was released with a
number . of surgeons at the latter place
and again joined his regiment, which
was stationed on the Tennessee river, just
before Hood cros.'^ed that stream on his



Avay to Nashville. Mr. Bird participated
with his regiment in the battles of Frank-
'lin and Xashville. and in the folloAving
spring took part in the Wilson Cavaliy
raid through Alabama and Georgia, being
engaged on that raid at the time of the
close of the war. He was then mustered
out at Macon, Georgia, in the fall of 1865.
Part of the cavaliy corps captured Jeffer-
son Davis.

With a creditable militaiy record Mr.
Bird returned to his home to enter busi-
ness life in ]\Iount Pleasant, where he has
since figured as a leading and trustworthy
representative of commercial interests. He
first engaged in the drug business, with
which he was connected for fourteen years,
conducting a store on the Brazelton House
corner. On selling out there he purchased
an old-established business on North Jef-
ferson street that has noA\' been conducted
as a furniture store for fifty years. Since
1879 he has been alone in his mercantile
operations there, occupying the three floors
of the store on Jefferson street opposite
the Harlem House, the store being one
hundred and fifty feet deq). The under-
taking business was also established pre-
vious to the time of his purchase, but he
has made improvements along that line
and now has a fine chapel, in which funeral
services may be held by those who are re-
siding temporarily in the cit\^ In the
face of competition and not without difii-
culties and obstacles, !Mr. Bird has suc-
ceeded in building up a business of great
volume and importance, ha\'ing a thor-
oughly equipped furniture store, in which
he carries a large line of furniture of vari-
ous grades, meeting the varied tastes of
his patrons. As the years have passed he
has added largely to his furniture stock.

keeping in touch with the modern progress
of the trade, and his annual sales are rep-
resented by a large figure. He has also
made a study of embalming, and is the
possessor of certificate No. 25. which was
accorded to the first class examined ac-
cording to state law in 1898. During the
quarter of a centur}- with which he has
been connected with the undertaking busi-
ness he has superintended nearly four thou-
sand interments, and there are now almost
as many names Vi\yo\\ his books as there
are living inhabitants in the city.

On the 1 8th of August, 1868, Mr. Bird
was united in marriage to Miss Florence
McLaran, of ]Mount Pleasant, a daughter
of James McLaran, one of the early mer-
chants of this cit}-. The}' have one daugh-
ter, Clara, now the wife of \\'. F. Kopp,
a rising young attorney and postmaster of
Alount Pleasant. The parents are devoted
members of the Methodist Episcopal
church, in which Mr. Bird has sensed as
steward and also as treasurer of the board
of trustees. Identified with various social
organizations, he now belongs to ]\Iount
Pleasant Lodge. No. 8, Ancient Free and
Acepted Masons ; Mystic Lodge, Indepen-
dent Order of Odd Fellows, and McFar-
land Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
In politics an earnest republican, he has
twice served as a member of the city coun-
cil of the second ward. His home is on
North ]\Iain street and he has li^'ed within
one block of the present site for fifty-six
years. His parents' old home site is now
occupied by the public library building.
There is perhaps no resident of ]\Iount
Pleasant who has more intimate knowledge
of the histoiy of the city, its advantages,
improvements and advancement than has
'\lr. Bird, who for more than a half cen-



tury has witnessed its growth and through
long years has taken an active part in the
progress that conserves commercial devel-
opment and the general prosperity of the
community. He has made a lousiness rec-
ord as creditable as it is honorable, and in
the healthful growth of trade has won the
success which constitutes the goal of all
business endeavor.


Andrew Jackson Sullivan, who has a
well improved farm in Baltimore town-
ship, has spent his entire life in this county,
his natal place being New London and the
date of his birth Januaiy 28. 1866. His
parents were John and Susan ( Rock) Sul-
livan, the fonner a native of Ireland and
the latter of Pennsylvania, while the fa-
ther, Alexander Rock, was also born in the
Keystone state. The parents were mar-
ried in Burlington, Iowa, where the father
was at that time working on a construction
train until June 20, 1883. when his life's
labors were ended in death. His wife
married again, her second husband being
Wililam Barnes, of Farmington. Illinois,
where she died in September, 1905.

Andrew Jackson Sullivan, the eldest son
of a family of ten children, seven sons and
three daughters and the second in order of
birth, pursued a public school education
in his native town and when sixteen years
of age started out in life on his own ac-
count, since which time he has depended
entirely upon his own resources. He was
employed as a section hand by the Chi-

cago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Company until 1889, when, on the 28th of
November, of that year, he married Miss
3klary Ellen Hennessee, who was born in
Baltimore tow^nship, September 17, 1871,
a daughter of Thomas and Frezina (Pry-
or) Hennessee. Following their mar-
riage they lived in New London for a
time, Mr. Sullivan being employed in a
sawmill between that place and West Bur-
lington. Ambitious to engage in busi-
ness on his ow^n account, three years later
he invested the capital w^hich he had saved
from his earnings in eighty-seven acres
of land on section 8, Baltimore township,
fifty acres of which were covered with
brush and timber and there were no build-
ings or fences on the tract. He erected a
frame house of five rooms and built a bam
forty by forty-eight feet, affording ample
accommodation for horses and cattle with
laree lofts above for the shelter of hav.
He has enclosed his place with wire fenc-
ing and has cleared the entire farm with
the exception of about ten acres. He has
also added to the original tract until he
now owns one hundred and five acres,
considerable of which is in pasture. He
does general farming and raises and feeds
stock, making a specialty of cattle. His
business interests are carefully conducted
and he has prospered since he began farm-
ing on his own account, being now one of
the substantial citizens of the community.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan have been
born four children : LeRoy, born June 9.
1890; Rosa Belle, born March 3, 1896;
John Thomas, bom June 7, 1898; and
Bessie Marward, born October 19. 1901.
Mr. Sullivan was reared in the Catholic
faith. His political allegiance is given to
the Democratic party, supporting its men



and measures by his ballot but he has
never sought office, his time being fully
occupied by his business cares and though
there have been no exciting cha^^ters in his
life record it has shown forth a fidelity to
duty and a courage and determination in
the face of obstacles and difficulties that
have led to most desired results and made
his record in man}- respects worthy of


Dr. Andrew W. McClure, promi-
nent in both professional and manufactur-
ing circles and known as one of the most
distinguished physicians of Iowa, was
born in Lebanon, \\'arren county, Ohio,
June 10, 1828. His parents, Andrew and
Mary (Graham) McClure, were natives
of Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, the
former born in 1795, and the latter in
1796. and they were of Scotch-Irish
ancestry. The paternal grandparents of
Dr. McClure were from Scotland and the
maternal grandparents from Ireland.
They were brought to the United States
when children and were reared in Penn-
sylvania. They came of large families on
both sides and their children were num-
bered among the prominent men and
women of the Keystone state and of Ohio.
James K. IMcClure, of the Philadelphia
Times, was one of the descendants of this
family. Dr. McClure was very much
interested in the Scotch-Irish League of
America on account of his ancestry.
Many of his ancestors, including his

grandfather and the mother were mem-
bers of the old Presbyterian Hanover

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