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and Mrs. Case were born six children :
S. S., of this review; Lemuel G., who
married Louisa Mohler and resides in
Belle Plain, Iowa; E. P., deceased; C. C,
who married Miss Bert Nicholson and is
living in Mount Pleasant; Cora, the de-
ceased wife of Frank Davis, of Blairs-
town, Iowa ; and Nora, the wife of Frank
Erhard, also of Blairstown.

S. S. Case is indebted to the public-
school system of Blairstown for the edu-
cational privileges he enjoyed. He
worked upon his father's farm until twen-
ty years of age, after which he learned the
blacksmith's trade in Mount Pleasant, fol-
lowing that pursuit for four years as jour-
neyman. He afterward established a shop
of his own, on East Monroe street, which
he conducted successfully for twelve years.

or until 1902, when he sold to his brother,
and purchased a fine hardware store at
No. 113 Jefferson street, and successfully
conducted this business until selling out in
December. 1905. He carried a large line
of hardware and stoves ; in fact, had the
most extensive stock of goods of this
character in the city. He received a lib-
eral patronage because of his honorable
methods and earnest desire to please his
customers, combined with his reasonable

On the 2d of May, 1888, Mr. Case was
united in marriage to Miss Leona Vor-
hies, a daughter of Levi Vorhies. She
was born May 12, 1869, in Indiana, and
was educated in Howe's academy, at
Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Her parents came
to this state, settling in Henry county
when she was about eight years of age.
Mr. Vorhies was a wagonmaker by trade,
conducting a shop in Indiana, but follow-
ing his removal to Iowa he devoted his
energies to agricultural pursuits. He ex-
ercised his right of franchise in support
of the men and measures of the republican
party, and fraternally he was an Odd
Fellow. He died December 28, 1904, in
Merrimac, Iowa, where his widow still
resides. In their family were nine chil-
dren, of whom five are living: xA.lbert, a
resident of L^rbana, Illinois : Addison, who
is living in Burlington, Iowa ; Charles, a
resident of Nebraska; Frank, who makes
his home in Merrimac, Iowa ; and Leona,
now Mrs. Case. Unto our subject and his
wife have been bom three children.
Chloe, who was born May 20. 1889, in
Burlington, has completed the course in
the common schools, and is now pursuing
a business course in Antrim's Business



College. Linn, born April 14, 1897, is
in school. Emmet, born February 18.
1900. completes the family.

Mr. Case has always been a democrat
in his political views, and upon that ticket
was chosen and served as alderman of
the city for two years. He is an Odd
Fellow, has passed all of the chairs, and is
now serving as treasurer of his lodge.
He likewise l^elongs to the Ancient Order
of United Workmen, in which he has
filled all of the offices. The family home
is at No. 311 East Monroe street, where
Mr. and ]\Irs. Case are comfortably situ-
ated in life. Without special advantages
or pecuniary assistance to aid him in the
outset of his career, Mr. Case has steadily
and gradually worked his way upward in
financial affairs, and is today a leading
resident of Mount Pleasant.


Philip Wideman, deceased, who at one
time was a prominent factor in the busi-
ness circles of Wayland and at his death
left an untarnished name and a record of
an active and honorable business career,
was born near Hamburg, Germany, on
the 1st of June, 18 17. He attended school
in his native land until about fourteen
years of age, when he started out in life
on his own account, learning the carpen-
ter's and cabinet-maker's trades. He fol-
lowed those pursuits for a few years in his
native country and then in 1834, when a
youth of seventeen years, he crossed the

Atlantic. He had heard favorable reports
concerning the advantages and privileges
of the United States and resolved to test
the truth of these reports by coming to
the new world and seeking his fortune here.
Accordingly when the voyage across the
Atlantic was ended he located in Pennsyl-
vania. He was accompanied on the trip
by his mother and sister (the father hav-
ing died in Germany), and the family
home was established near Pittsburg. Not
long afterward, however, Philip Wideman
made his way from the Keystone state to
St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked at
his trade to some extent and afterward
learned the trade of a saddle tree maker,
being thus engaged in St. Louis until he
returned to Pittsburg.

Philip Wideman was twice married, the
first wife's name being Ellen Zergeng-
heim, of St. Louis, Missouri. Benjamin
Franklin, volunteer in the Nineteenth
Regiment of the Civil war, who died at
the age of twentyfour years. Ellen C,
the wife of Frank Edworthy, of Wash-
ington county, Iowa, were the children of
this union.

In August. 1850, Mr. Wideman was
united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Barr,
who was born in Alleghany county, Penn-
sylvania, and was educated in the common
schools of that state. She is, however, of
Scotch descent, her paternal grandparents,
Robert and Mai-y (Stevenson) Barr, were
both natives of Scotland and their son,
James Barr, father of Mrs. W^ideman, was
also born in that countr\^ In his youth,
however, he was brought by his parents
to the new world and was married in
Pennsylvania to Miss Alary Smith, whose
birth occurred in Cumberland county. Her



parents were Benjamin and Mary (Wal-
lace) Smith, both natives of the Keystone
state. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Wideman
were born eight children : David C, now
living in Kansas City, Missouri ; James
M., who is engaged in the harness busi-
ness in A\^ayland, Iowa, and is represented
elsewhere in this work; Jennie, the wife of
C. C. Schantz,, also of Wayland; Mar-
garet, the wife of Frank Arthurd, a resi-
dent of Chillicothe, Missouri ; Leroy, who
died at the age of twenty-one years ; Sarah
J. and Ann, twins, who died at the age of
three years; and Elmer, who passed away
at the age of two years and nine months.
Not long after his marriage Philip
Wideman embarked in the grocery busi-
ness in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he
remained for more than two years, when
in the spring of 1853 he disposed of his
store -there and came to Iowa, settling first
in Burlington, where he conducted a gro-
cery business until 1857. He then again
sold out and removed to Talleyrand, Keo-
kuk county, where he conducted a general
store and also dealt in drugs, remaining
in that place until 1865. He then traded
his business for a farm property in Wash-
ington county, where he lived for a year
and then sold his farm and removed to
the city of \Vashington, where he re-
sumed business as a druggist, conducting
his store with fair success until the fall
of 187 1, when he came to Marshall, now
Wayland. Here he established a drug
store, which he conducted up to the time
of his death, which occurred on the 226. of
October, 1880, after which his widow and
the children carried on the business for
seven years. Mr. Wideman owned his
store property and his residence, but since

his death his widow has sold the store. She
yet owns, however, two houses on Wash-
ington street, where she now makes her
home. At the time of his demise Mr.
Wideman was acting as postmaster, w^hich
position he had filled for many years. His
daughter Margaret was afterward ap-
pointed to the position and acted in that
capacity until 1887. In his political views
Mr. Wideman was a stalwart republican,
unfaltering in his support of the party and
he belonged to the Methodist Episcopal
church. When called to his final rest
Wayland lost one of its enterprising busi-
ness men and one whose success in com-
mercial life was attributable entirely to
his own efforts. Starting out to earn his
own living at the early age of fourteen
years he worked his way upward, brook-
ing no obstacles that could be overcome
by determined and earnest purpose. He
fully realized the obligations of citizen-
ship and of business life and felt that the
business enterprise should be a source of
public service as well as of individual
profit. He maintained a high standard of
conduct in accordance with the principles
which he entertained, and at all times en-
joyed the trust and respect of his fel-
low men.


C. A. Boal has spent all his life in Henry
county and is numbered among its old set-
tlers. His birth occurred- in Trenton town-
ship. May 7, 1856, his parents being
Robert and Lvdia A. ( Foster) Boal.



They were natives of Pennsylvania, the
father horn in 1826, and the mother in
1834. Removing to Ohio with his parents
in his boyhood days, Robert Boal was
there reared, and in 1854 he removed from
Muskingum county, Ohio, to Henry
county, Iowa, settHng upon a tract of land
in Trenton township, and after a few
years moved to \\^ayne township, where
he actively carried on farm Vvork until his
sons were old enough to relieve him of
the care of the fields, after which he gave
his attention to work at his trade as a
stone mason. He long supported the Re-
publican party and for many years served
on the school board and was also township
clerk for two tenns. His interest in the
community was deep. and sincere, and he
did everything in his power to promote
the work of public progress along lines of
permanent improvement. He was a ]\Ia-
son. holding membership at ^Vayland, and
he and his estimable wife were members
of the Methodist Episcopal church, taking
an active and helpful part in its work.
He served as sui^erintendent of die Sun-
day-school and was zealous in his devo-
tion to the cause of Christian education
among the youth, realizing the truth of the
old adage, "Train a child up in the way
he should go, and when he is old he will
not depart therefrom." An honorable and
useful life was ended, when, in 188 1, Rob-
ert Boal was called to his final rest. He
was sundved for some years by his wife.
who passed away March 8, 1893, ^nd was
held in equally high regard and esteem in
the community. In their family were six-
children, of whom four are now livine:
C. A., of this review; George A., who
married Elizabeth Wertemberger and re-

sides in Wayne township ; Nevada, the
wife of \V. B. Lyons, of Wyoming; and
Clara, the wife of John Seay, of Indian-
ola, Iowa. One child died in infancy and
one at the age of nineteen years.

C. A. Boal was educated in the schools
of Wayne township, and when fourteen or
fifteen years of age started out in life on
his own account, working by the month
as a farm hand. At the age of twenty-
two years he rented a farm in Marion
township and has since devoted his atten-
tion to agricultural pursuits, with the re-
sult that his labors have gained him his
present position.

On the 8th of January, 1882, was cele-
brated the marriage of 'Sir. Boal and ]\Iiss
Dolly Anderson, who was born 3.1ay 12,
1862, in Marion township, a daughter of
John and Sarah (Sprague) Anderson.
Her father was born in Pennsylvania, was
a farmer by occupation, and in 1844 came
to Iowa, settling at Mount Pleasant u^^on
the site of the university. His home was
in the midst of a dense forest tract and
he was one of the pioneer re-idents of
the community, \\ho aided in replacing
the natural conditions of the tract by the
evidences of an advanced civilization. Mr.
Anderson was a republican in his political
\'iews and for many years followed farm-
ing in Marion township. He now makes
his home with Air. and Mrs. Boal, and is
the oldest man in the township, having
attained the age of ninety years. His wife,
who was a devoted member of the Pres-
byterian church and who was born in 1822,
died in Kansas, January 6, 1887. her re-
mains being interred in Floral cemetery in
that state. ~Sh-. and Mrs. Anderson were
parents of twelve children, eleven of whom



reached adult age, namely : Ann, now the
wife of Joel Ogg, of ]\Iount Pleasant;
David, who married Lizzie Hull, of Ma-
rion township ; Serena, the wife of James
Van Osdel, of Kansas; Joseph, who mar-
ried ]Martha Van Osdel; Emily, wife of
John Van Osdel; William, who wedded
Mattie Thompson, of this county; Cor-
nelius, who married Clara Shepherd and
is living in Dexter, Iowa ; James, who
married Ollie Carter, of Henry county;
Alfred, who wedded Effie Carter and lives
in this county; Mrs. Boal, of this review,
and Carrie, the wife of Leonard Thomp-
son. The eldest brother of the family,
David Anderson, was a soldier of the
Union army, enlisting in 1861 in the
Eourth Iowa Cavalr}-, with which he
served throughout the period of hostili-
ties and was once wounded in the neck.

Mr. Boal has always been an earnest
advocate of republican principles, sup-
porting the party since age gave to him
the right of franchise. He was also
elected justice of the peace, but would not
qualify, as he does not desire office as a
reward for party fealty. He belongs to
the Odd Fellows society, holding mem-
bership in Swedesburg Lodge, No. 347,
and tlie encampment at Mount Pleasant,
and he has passed all of the chairs in the
local lodge. Both he and his wife are
devoted members of the Methodist Epis-
copal church, in which he is serving as
steward. Having no children of their
own, they have adopted a son, Foster
Boal, who was born November 26, 1889.
Mr. Boal's success in life is attributable
to his own efforts. He is a genial and
pleasant man, and his wife possesses many
excellent qualities, so that they are highly

esteemed in the community where they
reside. He is a well read man, keeping
informed on the questions of general in-
terest of the dav, and his entire life has
been passed in Henry county, where he
is numbered among the worthy early


Peter Anderson, proprietor of the only
exclusive furniture and undertaking es-
tablishment in \Mnfield, was born in
Skone, Sweden, on the 9th of November.
1859, his parents being Andrus Hokan-
son and Helen Larson, who were also na-
tives of Sweden. In the common schools
of his native land l\Ir. Anderson acquired
his education and remained a resident of
Sweden until 1880, when at the age of
twenty-one years he came to the new
world. He had heard favorable reports
concerning business opportunities in this
country and believing that he might more
rapidly secure advancement in business
life across the water, he sailed for New
York, taking up his abode in the city of
Westchester, in the Empire state. He
learned the stove molder's trade, which
he followed for two years and then turned
his attention to bridge building on the
Chicago, Burlington & Ouincy Railroad.
He has also had charge of the bridges and
buildings for twenty years for the Bur-
lington & Northwestern, and the Burling-
ton & Western Railroad, now a part of the
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
system. In these connections much re-



sponsibility was attached to his work and
he proved ever capable and rehable. On
the 1st of October, 1904, he became iden-
tified with commercial pursuits in Win-
field as the successor of D. E. Eicher, be-
coming proprietor of a furniture and un-
dertaking establishment at Winfield,
which is the only exclusive store of this
kind in the city. He carries a carefully
selected line of furniture such as is in
demand by a general patronage, and his
trade is constantly growing. He also
handles the New Home sewing machine
and a general line of house furnishings.
He is a graduate of the Western School
of Embalming at Chicago, also a regis-
tered embalmer b}' the Iowa State Board
of Health, and is therefore well equipped
to carry on the undertaking department
of his business.

On the 23d of May. 1893, Mr. Ander-
son was united in marriage to Miss Selma
S. Johnson, wdio was born in Kalmar
Lan, Sweden, on the 19th of June, 1867,
and is a daughter of O. F. Johnson. This
marriage has been blessed with four chil-
dren, but Ruth died in infancy. The
others are: Ivar F., Ellen L., and

Mr. Anderson is a valued representa-
tive of the Knights of Pythias and Ma-
sonic fraternities, and the Modern Wood-
men of America. His study of the po-
litical issues, questions and situations of
the country has led him to give his support
to the Republican party since becoming
a naturalized American citizen and al-
though he has never sought office he is as
loyal to the interests of America as any
native born son. He has never had oc-
casion to regret his determination to come

to the new world, for here he has found
the business opportunities he sought,
which, by the way, are always open to
ambitious young men, and by reason of
his resolute purpose, close application,
and indefatigable energy he has made
steady advancement and is today recog-
nized as one of the substantial and thor-
oughly reliable citizens of Winfield.


Watson Brazelton Porter, the eldest
son of Col. A. B. Porter, and grandson
of Gen. Samuel Brazelton, two of the
pioneers of Iowa, was born in Vermilion
county, Illinois, in 1836, and was brought
when six months old by his parents and
grandparents to Henry county.

He has spent his life here and was edu-
cated at Howe's Academy and Knox Col-
lege, of Galesburg, Illinois. He was ap-
pointed a cadet to the Military Academy
at Annapolis, Maryland, and took the
examination, but on account of a defect
in the sight of one eye could not finish the
course to fit him for naval service. He
was afterward employed in his father's
dry goods store. When the Civil War
broke out he was one of the first to enlist
as a private in Company F, First Regiment
of Iowa Infantry, and was elected color
bearer; was in the memorable battle of
Wilson's Creek, where General Nathaniel
Lyon fell, and said to be one of the most
hard-fought battles of the Civil war. In
this engagement "Wat," as he was called



by his comrades, showed undaunted brav-
ery and won the praise of the regiment by
his fearlessness and courage, inspiring
others to deeds as loyal in support of the
Stars and Stripes that he held aloft
through the thickest of that hard-fought
battle, and glorying in their well won vic-
tory. The old flag he carried is now
among the trophies at Des Moines. On
the return home the Fourth Regiment of
Iowa Cavalry was formed and he was
elected first lieutenant of Company C, of
that regiment, and afterward was made
captain. He was with the regiment until
1863, when his health failed and he re-
signed. In 1880 he married Harriet Mc-
Donald, who died in 1897. Two daugh-
ters are living, — Longenia, who is a teach-
er in the public schools of Mt. Pleasant ;
and Julia, a journalist, employed in the
office of the Republican.


John D. Moore, who is engaged in
general farming and stock-raising, with a
well improved property in Marion town-
ship, was bom at French Grove, near
Brimfield, Peoria county, Illinois, Sep-
tember 5, 1868, his parents being Jacob
H. and Martha (Reed) Moore. The
father was born in Hamilton, Ohio, near
Cincinnati, in 1845, ^^'^^^ the mother's birth
occurred in Virginia in 1847. I''^ ^is
childhood Jacob H. Moore went with his
parents to Peoria county, Illinois, and
still lives upon a farm there, having for

many years devoted his attention to gen-
eral agricultural pursuits, but at the pres-
ent time he is enjoying a well earned rest,
having retired from active farm labor. He
is a member of the Odd Fellows and
Knights of Pythias fraternities, and both
he and his wife hold membership in the
Presbyterian church, while in his political
views he is a Prohibitionist. His frater-
nal, church, and political relations indicate
the character of the man, showing that he
is a stalwart advocate of righteousness,
truth and those principles which tend to
the development of high moral character.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore are well known
and greatly respected in Peoria county.
In their family were fixe children : John
D., of this review ; Mary, the wife of
George Reed, a resident of Washington,
Iowa; Angus, who is upon the home farm
with his parents ; Frank, who died in in-
fancy, and Newell, who is also upon the
home farm in Illinois.

John D. Moore was educated in the
district schools of his native county and
in Sterling (Ihinois) Business College,
where he was well equipped for life's prac-
tical and responsible duties. On putting
aside his text-books he rented a farm in
Peoria county and there devoted his at-
tention to general agricultural pursuits for
two years. On the 17th of December,
1890, he was married to Miss Nettie
Brown, whose birth occurred in Brimfield,
Peoria county, Illinois, November 6, 1876,
her parents being John V. and Ella ( Moss)
Brown. The father was born in Ohio and
died September 26, 1882, at the age of
forty years, while the mother's birth oc-
curred in Derbyshire, England, Deceml)er
15. 1850, and she passed away April 17.



1894. She had l)een brought to America
by her parents when thirteen years of age.
At the time of the Civil war Mr. Brown
responded to the country's call for aid, en-
listing on the 25th of May, 1861, in the
Seventeenth Illinois Volunteer Infantrv%
from which he was honorably discharged
June 4, 1864, after the expiration of his
three years' terms. On the nth of Octo-
ber following, however, he. re-enlisted as
a private of Company D, Eighth Regiment
of Illinois Volunteers, and was discharged
October 10, 1865. The last time he went
to the war as a substitute for Mrs. J. H*
Moore's uncle, who gave him five hundred
dollars. Mr. Brown was a strong repub-
lican, unfaltering in his advocacy of the
principles of the party, and he and his
wife held membership in the Methodist
church, and he also affiliated with the
Grand Army of the Republic. In his
family were seven children, all of whom
are living: Xettie. now the wife of John
D. Moore; Frapces, the wife of E. 'M.
Tinkham, who is living in Vinton, Iowa;
Gertrude, the wife of Irvin Bragg, of
Brimfield, Illinois; Roberta, the wife of
John Lorenz, of Vinton, Iowa : Charles,
who is living in Peoria, Illinois; Delia,
the wife of Fred Kinear, also of Peoria,
and Fred, who makes his home in Aurora,

In March. 1894, John D. Moore came
to Henr\- county and located on his pres-
ent farm of one hundred and forty-seven
acres on section 25, Marion township.
The place is known as Cedar Croft, and
is one of the well improN-ed properties of
this part of the county. He also owns
eighty acres of farm land in Canada and
he operates one hundred and thirtv-two

acres of land belonging to his father in
Marion township. He is an enterprising
farmer and stock-raiser and has produced
some of the best crops raised in this sec-
tion of the state. In 1905 he won at the
corn show at ]\It. Pleasant the first prize,
ten dollars, for the most perfect ear of
corn; the second prize, two dollars and a
half, for the ten heaviest ears of corn;
the twelfth prize of two dollars and a
half for the best ear of white corn ; the
twenty-first prize of a dollar and a half
for the ten best ears of yellow corn. The
ear of corn which won him the ten-dollar
prize was sold at the fair for five dollars.
Mr. Moore bought the ten best ears of
yellow corn that were on exhibition, for
which he paid four and one-half dollars.
In addition to the cultivation of the fields,
'Sir. Moore is also engaged in stock-rais-
ing, and has a large herd of fine cattle and
good horses. He has large and substan-
tial barns upon his place, good corn cribs,
a windmill, a deep well and other improve-
ments. His house is commodious and
attractive and the farm forms one of the
pleasing features of the landscape.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Moore have been
born two children: Howard O.. born in
Peoria county. May 8, 1893, and Angus
E., born in Henry county, Iowa, Septem-
ber 16, 1899. Mr. ]\Ioore votes with the
democracy, and is a memter of Plenry
lodge of Odd Fellows, the Knights of
Pythias fraternity and the Modern Wood-
men of America, Camp No. 625. He is
a good business man, w4io has made con-
tinuous advancement since he started out
in life on his own account. He is still a
young man, and his enterprise and ambi-
tion promise well for the future.





Dr. Frank T. Stevens was born in Wis-
consin on the 4th of March, 1867, and is
the son of H. G. and Jane (Campbell)

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