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to Kentucky, and subsequently went to In-
diana, where he located at an early period
in its de^ā€¢elopment.

Dr. Westfall accompanied his parents
to Illinois when five years of age, and was
educated in the schools of Gravville. In

early manhood he began business as a
merchant, with his brother in that town,
where they carried on active commercial
pursuits until 1896, when Dr. Westfall
sold his interest in the store and went to
Kirksville, Missouri, where he took up the
study of osteopathy, pursuing a full course
in the college there. He was graduated
in 1898 with the degree of Doctor
of Osteopathy, and immediately lo-
cated for practice in Alount Pleas-
ant, being the first osteopath in Henn^
county. He settled here at a time
when practically little was known of os-
teopathy n tliis section, and had to ovev-
come the usual prejudices and opposition,
but the scientific principles which underlie
his work and its practical results soon
demonstrated its value to the public, and
he has built up a satisfactory practice, and
has become a successful exponent of this
science, his patronage now^ rapidly increas-
ing. Osteopathy is a comparatively new
departure in the healing art, but it is based
upon a most comprehensive and accurate
knowledge of anatomy and of other scien-
tific principles, and its utility in checking
the ravages of disease and in restoring
health have been proven so strongly that
its metliods have been accepted through-
out the world and its worth universally ac-
knowledged. Dr. Westfall is a member of
the Iowa Osteopathic Association, and
has been one of its trustees for three years.
He has delivered addresses and prepared
papers for this organization, and he is
now president of the Southeastern Iowa
Osteopathic Association and also a mem-
ber of the national association. While
devoting his time to his practice, he is
financiallv interested in different enter-



prises, and he has Hkewise made invest-
ment in a fine home on East Washington
street, and is now having a splendid suite
of rooms prepared for office purposes in
the new huilding of the Young Men's
Christian Association.

Dr. Westfall was married on the 15th of
February, 1883, to Miss Ella Wilson Hen-
dricks, of Princeton. Indiana, and they
have five children: Edgar H.. who is a
graduate of the high school of Mount
Pleasant, and has been a student in the
Iowa \\^esleyan University; Ralph Porter,
Alma L., Dale M. and Vernie. all at home.
The parents are members of the Metho-
dist Episcopal church, and Dr. Westfall
belongs to Henry Lodge, No. 10, Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons. During the
seven years of his residence in Mount
Pleasant he has won success, and he en-
joys the sincere and unqualfied respect
and regard of those who differ from him
in opinions of practice, as well as those
wdio have endorsed his methods of the
healing art.


Hon. George W. Swailes is a man of
affairs, and one who has wielded a wide
influence, his opinions doing much to
mold public thought and action. In all of
his public Avork he is actuated by a spirit
of direct and immediate serviceableness
and his labors in behalf of his town and
county have been far-reaching and bene-
ficial. He was born in Crawford countv.

Pennsylvania, on the 19th of July, 1835,
a son of Robert and Catherine ( Corbett)
Swailes, both of whom were natives of
Pennsylvania, the father ha\'ing been born
in Mercer county. His death occurred
in May, 1845, and in July of the
same year Mrs. Swailes came to the
middle west with her children, set-
tling in Kane county. Illinois. She
became a resident of Burlington township,
where she married Fletcher Orvis, and
there she made her home until her death,
which occurred in 1857.

George ^^^ Swailes acquired his educa-
tion in the public schools of Kane county.
Illinois, and in 1856. when a 3'oung man
of twenty-one years, came to Hem"y
county. Iowa, where he entered the em-
ploy of the Chicago. Burlington & Quincy
Railroad Company as a builder of bridges.
Engaged in railroad w^ork he was at dif-
ferent times in Texas, Louisiana, Ken-
tucky and Tennessee, and w^hen his labors
had brought him sufficient capital to en-
able him to invest in property, in the fall
of 1868. he purchased eighty acres of
land on section 25, Trenton township,
which was unimproved. A year later he
sold that property and returned to Rome,
Iowa, where he was employed by the rail-
road in getting out ties and piles, follow-
ing the business until 1894. In the mean-
time, in 1875. he had again purchased
the farm which he originally owned. He
conducted a general store in Rome for
about seven years while he was in the rail-
road emplo}'. To his original farm prop-
erty he added from time to time until he
became the owner of about eleven hundred
acres of ver)- valuable land on sections 27,
28, 29 and 33. Trenton township, but at






different times he has sold portions of this,
retaining possession of about seven hun-
dred acres, much of which hes on section
28. He removed to his farm on the nth
of September, 1885, and continued its cul-
tivation and operation until 1902, when
he rented the place. His life has been
one of untiring activity crowned with suc-
cess. Starting out in life on his own ac-
count when a young man he has depended
entirely upon his labors and business ca-
pacity for the prosperity he has achieved.
He is quick to recognize and utilize a
favorable business situation and his perse-
verance has enabled him to surmount
many difficulties and obstacles.

On the ist of ]\Iarch, 1864, Mr. Swailes
was married to Miss Nancy Dougherty,
who was born in /\llegheny county, Penn-
sylvania, March 4, 1840. Her parents
came to Henry county in 1845 '^i^'^ ^^^^'^
she attended the common schools. She
is a daughter of William W. and Nancy
(Harrison) Dougherty, both natives of
Pennsylvania, the former ha\'ing been
born in Allegheny county. Mr. and Mrs.
Swailes have four children : Catherine,
the wife of George Basham, a resident of
Burlington, Iowa; Robert, a mailman liv-
ing in Rome; James, who makes his home
in Trenton township; and Frank, who is
engaged in the real-estate business in

Mr. Swailes is recognized as one of the
stalwart representatives of democracy in
Henry county. He is a leader in the party
and his opinions have carried weight in its
councils. He has been chosen to various
local offices, serving as township trustee
and also as mayor of Rome and in 1903 he
was called upon to serve as the standard

bearer of his party, becoming democratic
nominee for the state legislature, but being
a strong republican district, he failed of
election, although he ran ahead of his
ticket, being thirty-five ahead of his ticket
in the village of Rome, getting all but thir-
teen votes, which speaks eloquently for
his personal popularity. He has also been
nominated for the office of county super-
visor. His fellow townsmen find in him a
reliable citizen, devoted to the general
good. Fraternally he is a Mason, having
taken the degrees of the lodge and chap-
ter. A half century has passed since he
first came to Iowa, and in that period he
has contributed to the commercial, indus-
trial and agricultural development of his
part of the county. At all times he stands
for progress, reform and improvement and
even those who differ from him politically
recog'nize his genuine personal worth.


Jacob Henry Trump is the senior mem-
ber of the firm of J. H. Trump & Son,
who are conducting a general blacksmith
and wagon repair shop at Lowell. They
began business here in 1881, and are now
the oldest business men of the village.

Jacob Henry Trump is a native of Vir-
ginia, and came to Henry county in 1847.
casting in his lot with the early settlers
of Center township, where he secured a
farm, transforming it from a wild tract
of land into one of rich fertility. For
many years he was closely identified with


agricultural interests, remaining upon his for he has now a good patronage, so that

farm until 1881, when he removed to the business returns him a comfortable

Lowell. In the meantime he had also es- competence,
tablished and conducted a blacksmith shop,

which he carried on in connection with

general agricultural pursuits, but for the
past quarter of a century he has given un-
divided attention to his industrial inter- OLIVER JESSUP.
ests, and is now associated with his son

in the conduct of a general blacksmith It is difficult for the younger genera-

and wagon repair shop in Lowell. tion to appreciate with what untiring la-

The junior member of the firm, Ed- bor and perseverance, attended by mani-
ward Trump, was born on the old home- fold dangers, our pioneer ancestors pushed
stead in Center township, Henry county, civilization step by step to the west. It
on the 4th of March, 1864, and was edu- accepts the ease and comforts of life today
cated in the district schools, since which without understanding the privation en-
time he has been identified with his father dured to attain them. On the other hand,
in business. He was married on the 15th the pioneer was filled with a spirit of ad-
of January, 1888, to ]\Iiss Jennie E. venture, which helped him to endure and
Archibald, a daughter of Alva and Ro- urged him on to that country still untrod-
setta (Burk) Archibald. Six children den by the white man.
have been born of this union : Ernest Levi Jessup, father of Oliver Jessup,
Norman, who was bora in September, 1888; the subject of our sketch, was born in Sur-
Rosetta, whose birth occurred August rey county, North Carolina, in 1792, and
13, 1893, ^^*^ '^vl'io is now a student in the was married to Jemima Unthank. Levi
home schools ; Alva, who was born Octo- Jessup and his wife, who were Quakers,
ber 15, 1896, and is also in school; Al- left North Carolina for the new country,
bert, bom in 1898; and Elmer and Ells- settled in Hendricks county, Indiana, in
worth, twins, born Februarys 21, 1901. 1823. From 1824 to 1831 he was clerk

Mr. Trump became an Odd Fellow in of the county, and having changed his
New London in 1890, and has since been residence to Danville, he became state sen-
an exemplary member of that order. He ator, of Indiana, in 183 1, being elected
exercises his right of franchise in sup- for the district composed of Morgan, Hen-
port of the men and measures of the re- dricks, and Boone counties. He laid out
publican party, believing that its platform the town of Plainfield in 1832, and three
contains the best elements of good gov- years later removed to Stilesville. where
ernment. In 1901 he was chosen con- he resided for fifteen years. At the end of
stable and filled the office for two years. His that time, in 1850, he located in Henry
attention, however, is largely concentrated county, Iowa, and soon became identified
upon his business affairs, and the work with the leading citizens, representing his
of the shop leaves him little leisure time, county in the state legislature in 1852 and



1853. His death took place on March 13,
1866, at the age of seventy-four years.

OHver, the son of Levi Jessup, was born
at Stilesville, Indiana, on October 13,
1835. In the town of his birth he received
a common school education. In 1865 his
marriage to Miss Kate Adams, of Henr}'
county, took place, the young couple go-
ing to Yixe on the old Jessup homestead in
Jefferson township, Henry county, Iowa.
Miss Adams was born August 8, 1844, in
Henry county, and enjoyed the advantages
of an education in the public schools. The
Empire state was the ancestral home of
her parents and paternal grandparents.
On the 13th of September, 1772, Amasa
Adams, father of Amos, was bom and on
the 14th of January, 1779, occurred the
birth of Phoebe Wentworth. They were
married and their son, Amos Adams,
born in W'ayne county. New York, on
July I, 18 12, was the father of Miss
Kate Adams. His wife. Miss Betsey L.
Harris, the mother of ]\Iiss Adams, was
born in New York, August 10, 1822. Miss
Harris was the daughter of Martin and
Lucy Harris. It is interesting here to
note that ]\Ir. Harris was an Englishman
and one of the first believers in Mormon-
ism. He was married on July i, 1837,
near Palmyra, New York, and went to
Salt Lake City in 1843. It was a long
and tiresome trip, made by water, through
the lakes, Ohio canal, Ohio river and Mis-
sissippi river, and thence overland to their
destination. Amos Adams settled in Jef-
ferson township, Henry county, Iowa, in
1837, on land owned by Daniel Hamlin,
a settler of some years before ; though ^Ir.
Adams was soon able to buy a farm near
there. He lost his wife on December 29,

1854, and August 18, 1855, married Eliz-
abeth Martin, the daughter of Bonum
Martin, an early settler in this country.
For some years he lived there, when he
sold out and bought another farm where
he lived up to the time of his death, June

15. 1895-

Mr. Oliver Jessup and his wife lived

on the old Jessup homestead until 1891,
when they removed to Washington, Iowa,
remaining there for a year. In May, of
1893, they settled at Wayland, and bought
a home. This was a small five-room house
which they remodeled into a handsome
residence of nine rooms. At present it is
being made still more comfortable, as Mr.
Jessup is adding a furnace. "Sir. Jessup
died May 13, 1900, at his home, and his
mortal remains rest with his parents at
Wayland. To IMr. and Airs. Jessup were
born five children: Fannie, born in 1866,
and married John Nichols, and died on
April 5, 1887; Ruth, married Oscar Wil-
son, of Scott township; Allen Br, of Jef-
ferson township, who married ]Mary Ball,
of Winfield, Iowa; Louis D., born Decem-
ber I, 1872, died August 2y, 1896; Edith,
born October 15, 1877, married to Mr.
Frank Haight, a carpenter, of \\'infield,
Iowa, but having recently bought a farm
east of Winfield, will soon move there.

Mr. and Mrs. Jessup were devoted
members of the Methodist Episcopal
church, and he was also a stanch repub-
lican, offering to those who were associ-
ated with him an example of one not only
having opinions, but also the courage to
express them. Mr. Jessup was a great
reader and kept up with all topics of the
day, being a man of exceedingly bright



]\Ir. and Mrs. Jessup have been broad
minded people, and knowing that with-
out seeing httle is learned, have traveled
a great deal, attending the Philadelphia
Centennial, the World's Fair, in Chicago;
and Mrs. Jessup and her daughter, Edith,
attended the St. Louis Exposition, the
Portland Exposition, and ha\-e traveled
throueh California, Yellowstone Park and
on the Pacific ocean.


Miss Emma Lucrode, who was the first
lady graduate of the German College of
Mount Pleasant and has been actively as
sociated with the prominent library inter-
ests in this city, is a daughter of Professor
F. B. Lucrode, at one time professor of
languages and art in the Iowa Wesleyan
University. She was educated in the uni-
versity and in the German College, com-
pleting her course in the latter institution
in the class of 1878 with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts and winning the same
degree in the same year from the Iowa
Wesleyan University. She was after-
wards for six years a teacher in the high
school of this city and subsequently was
connected with college work in southwest-
ern Kansas for a number of years, but in
more recent years has not Ijeen actively
connected with the profession. She is well
known in Mount Pleasant because of her
helpful work in connection with the library
of this city, being one of the members of
the first library board. For ten years the

Ladies' Library Association found in her
a co-operant factor. This association, to
whose efforts is attributable the present
public library, had collected six thousand
volumes when the public library movement
was successfully instituted. These vol-
umes they donated to the public library
and also gave one thousand dollars toward
the purchase of the lot, on which the pres-
ent library now stands. To this associa-
tion is also practically due the credit for
securing the Carnegie donation, and as
secretaiy Miss Lucrode did much work
toward procuring the fund. In 1902 the
ladies made the donation of their books to
the free public library of Mount Pleasant,
an organization which was then founded
to accept the Carnegie donation. Miss
Lucrode was appointed a member of its
board of trustees and also its secretary,
and she was active in circulating the peti-
tition to present to the council to have
the question of a librar}^ brought before
tlie people. To her efforts largely is due
the fact that Mount Pleasant has a splen-
did library, which is a credit to the town
and justly a matter of local pride. She
has been a member of the purchasing com-
mittee of the library from 1902 until the
present time. She was also interested in
the City Improvement Association, but
lack of co-operation resulted in a failure
to accomplish the work for which this
organization was formed. She has been
a frequent contributor to the local press
and to the Hazck-Eye has prepared many
articles to be read before the various clubs
of the cit>' and is a writer of much force,
whose articles show wide reading and
thorough familiarity with the subjects




Franz Berchem Lucrode was born on
the i6th of December, 1823. and died
December 17, 1865, being but forty-two
years of age at the time oi his demise.
His parents were of French birth and went
to Germany at the time of the French Rev-
ohition, there serving as a heutenant of
the army in his countr}-. Fohowing his
removal to Gremiany, he became comptrol-
ler of a bank.

Franz B. Lucrode was born m Neuse
on the Rhine and was educated in a Fran-
ciscan monaster}' of German}-. In that
country- he wedded ]\Iiss Wilhelmine Jeri-
cho, a sister of Gustaf Jericho, whose
sketch appears on another page, and unto
them was boni a daughter, Augusta, ere
they left their native land. Their other
children were Sophia, Carrie and Emma.
Augusta is now the wife of AA'. B. Pix-
ley and resides in Scannon, Kansas. So-
phia is the wife of Charles Clawson, of
Mount Pleasant. Carrie is the wife of
Frank Tovrea, of Mount Pleasant. Airs.
Lucrode died Februar}' 15. 1906.

On coming to America, ]Mr. Lucrode
located in Burlington, Iowa, where his at-
tention was given to art. He had been
educated as a painter and had received lib-
eral instruction along other lines. Fol-
lowing his removal to Mount Pleasant, he
accepted the chair of professorship of mod-
em languages and art in the Iowa \A''es-
leyan University. His health failing him^
he sought a change of climate and went
to Jackson, ]\Iissouri, where he became
quartermaster in the Union Arm}-, being
stationed at Cape Girardeau. Following
the close of hostilities, still in search of

health, he prepared to go to Florida, but
returned to Mount Pleasant on a visit and
died here, his remains being interred in the
city cemeter}-. He was a man of superior
scholarly attainments and was offered the
presidency of the Iowa \\>sleyan L'niver-
sity. He entertained strong religious
views, although connected with no church.
He had high ideals of life and stood as a
high type of American manhood, encour-
aging all that tended to intellectual prog-
ress and moral culture. In his lifetime the
people of his communit}- recognized his
merit, rejoiced in his advancement and in
the honors to which he attained and since
his death have cherished his memory. He
was a man of channing personality, of
broad intellectual culture and these qauli-
ties combined with the purity of his public
and private life, with his quiet dignity,
made him an ideal follower of his callinsf.


Henry Jackson Huddleston, a farmer
and stock raiser of Trenton township, was
born in Hancock county, Illinois, March
16, 1856, a son of Richard and Harriet
(Cook) Huddleston and a grandson of
Anthony Huddleston, a native of Ten-
nessee. The father of our subject was
born in Hancock county, Illinois, and was
there reared. After reaching maturity he
married Miss Harriet Cook, a native of
Ohio, and the}' remained residents of Han-
cock county until 1867, when they re-
moved to McDonough county, settling in



LeMoyne township, where the father con-
tinued to make his home until his death,
which occurred in June, 1902. His widow
still survives him and is now- residing at
Tennessee, McDonough county, Illinois.

Henry Jackson Huddleston was the
third in order of birth in a family of six
sons and four daughters. He made his
home with his parents until the age of
twenty-one years, when he came to Henry
county and worked in the timber for the
lirm of Ketchum Brothers for about ten
years. He was next employed by the Chi-
cago, Burlington & Ouincy Railroad Com-
pany for fi\-e years and in the spring of
1902 he began farming on a tract of land
of three hundred and eighty-one acres on
section 29, Trenton township, owned by P.
J. Crawford. The house is situated on
section 29, wdiile the land extends to sec-
tions 30, 31 and T,^'- Here Mr. Huddles-
ton carries on general agricultural pur-
suits and also raises draft horses and cat-
tle. He raises from fifty to one hundred
head of hogs per year and is doing an ex-
cellent business as a stock dealer, w^hile
sixty acres of the land is in timber, and in
addition to good tracts of pasture land
there are well tilled fields, from which he
annually gathers good harvests.

On the 25th of December, 1881, Mr.
Huddleston was married to Miss Ollie
Churchill, who was born in Alexis, Hen-
derson county, Illinois, and attended
school in Henry county, Iowa, whither
she came when about five years of age
with her parents, Horace and Margaret
(Brown) Churchill, who were natives of
Illinois. Unto Mr.' and Mrs. Huddles-
ton have been bom three daughters and
two sons. Ora P., born September 10,

1883, is now the wife of Allen Beaber, of
Tippecanoe township. Edna May, born
September 26, 1884, is the wife of Ira
Messer, of Trenton township. Alma B.,
born June 12, 1890, is at home. William
Bryan, born November 17, 1896, and Roy
Leslie, born December 22, 1900, are also
W'ith their parents. Mr, Huddleston votes
with the democracy, and he belongs to the
Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 57, at Trenton,
Iowa. He has worked earnestly and en-
ergetically and whatever success he has
achieved is attributable entirely to his ow^n
efforts, for he has received no pecuniary
assistance during his business career, but
has w'orked his way upward through de-
termined will and force of character.


On the list of representative business
men of Mount Pleasant appears the name
of S. S. Case, who from 1902 until De-
cember, 1905, successfully conducted a
hardware store. He is one of the native
sons of Iowa and possesses the enterpris-
ing spirit wdiich has been the dominant
factor in the upbuilding of the middle
west. His birth occurred in Clinton coun-
ty, this state, January 5, 1862, his parents
being Separate and Samantha E. (Bach-
eler) Case. The father w^as born near
Lafayette, Indiana, and when eight years
of ag^e came to Iowa wnth his parents, the
family home being established in Clinton
county, where he assisted his father in the
farm work. He was educated in the dis-



trict schools and in the piibHc schools of
Charlotte, Iowa. Following his mar-
riage he removed to Benton county, this
state, where for many years he followed
farming-, but about three }'ears ago he
sold his property there and went to live
with his son at Belle Plain, Iowa, his
death there occurring in 1903. He voted
with the republican party and filled the
office of road supervisor in Benton
county. At all times he was a loyal, pub-
lic-spirited and progressive citizen and re-
liable business man. Both he and his wife
held membership in the Methodist church
and were true to its teachings. Mrs. Case
was born in Vermont, the family home be-
ing in the shadows of the Green moun-
tains, and she came to Iowa when a
maiden of eight summers. She. too,
passed away, and the husband and wife
now rest side by side in the cemetery at
Blairstown, Benton county. Unto Mr.

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