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seven years; Mrs. Maggie A. McGohan,
of Danville, Iowa ; India B:, now Mrs.
Cornick; Alma E., the wife of Emerson
Matthews, of Henry county ; Mrs. Mattie
J. Matthews, of Oklahoma City, Okla-
homa; Minnie E., the wife of David
Henry, of Desplain, Baltimore township,
Henry county; and Katherine, deceased.

At the time of his marriage Air. Cor-
nick took his bride to the home farm,
which comprises three hundred and fifty
acres of land lying on sections 12 and 13
Center tow-nship, with the exception of
about fifty acres, which is in New- Lon-
don township. He has built his barns,
remodeled the entire house and has added
many modern equipments and accessories
found upon a model farm. In addition to
the tilling of the soil and the raising of
the cereals best adapted to the climate he
has also extensively engaged in stock-
raising. In his farming operations he is
associated with his brother Jason and they
own tW'O hundred acres of land in
Canaan township and two hundred acres
on sections 17 and 18, New Lon-
don tow-nship, with one hundred and
fifty- four acres in Jackson township
and about tw^o thousand acres of g-ood



land in Cheyenne county, Kansas, much
of \Yhich has been placed under cul-
tivation. Mr. Cornick also owns a resi-
dence and business property in Omaha,
Nebraska. In all his business undertak-
ings Mr. Cornick has displayed keen dis-
cernment, excellent executive ability and
straightforward conduct and a large
measure of success has attended his

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cornick have been
born six children, five of wdiom are now
living: Clara E., born September 5,
1887, in Henry county, was graduated
from Mount Pleasant Academy in June,
1905, and is now a student of the Iowa
Wesleyan University and of the Conserva-
tory of Music; Albert R., born February
19, 1889, is a, student in the home school ;
Dora M.,. born December 5, 1891, died
May 20, 1903 ; Parke F., born on the 24th
of December, 1894 ; Ellis J., born January
27, 1897, and Grace E., born November
2, 1898, are all in school. Mrs. Cornick
is a lady of many virtues, carefully con-
trolling her household affairs and mani-
festing in her social relations warm-
hearted hospitality and unwavering
friendship. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cornick
are devoted members of the Pleasant Hill
Methodist church, in which he has held
every office save that of minister. He has
been Sunday-school superintendent and is
now class-leader. In politics he is inde-
pendent, voting for the men whom he
regards as best qualified for office. He
has acted as president of the school board
of Center township for six years, still
filling that office, there being eight schools
under his jurisdiction. In matters of gen-
eral advancement he is deeply interested

and has given his co-operation to various
movements for the -public good. His
business history like his private life and
public service will bear the closest investi-
gation and scrutiny and in the commu-
nity where he has now long resided he is
regarded as one of the prosperous, honor-
able and enterprising citizens.


There is perhaps no line of business that
demands more close and unremitting ef-
fort than does farming and yet there is
none which yields more safe or sure
returns than this same occupation if pur-
sued in a district where the land is natur-
ally rich and productive as it is in Iowa,
responding readily to the care and labor
bestowed upon it. Mr. Zickefoose has
verified the truth of this assertion in the
control and improvement of his excellent
farm, which is situated on section 11,
Wayne township. He is moreover a native
son of this township, born October 17,
i860. His father, Henry Clark Zicke-
foose, was born in Virginia and was a son
of Benjamin Zickefoose, who was like-
wise a native of that state. Having
reached adult age the grandfather married
Susan Buzzard, who was also born in the
Old Dominion. They came to Henry
county among its pioneer settlers and
their first dwelling was little more than a
rail pen which furnished them shelter for
a brief period until a log house could be
built. In that pioneer structure they lived



for many years and it was in this county
amid pioneer surroundings and environ-
ments that Henry Clark Zickefoose was
reared, sharing with the family in all the
hardships and trials incident to frontier
life. He wedded Miss Mary Ann Yan-
cey, who was born in the state of Indiana,
September 27. 1841, and was a daughter
of Ambrose and Phebe Jane ( Goff) Yan-
cev, who were also natives of that state.
The Yancey family arrived in Henry
county sometime after the arrival of the
Zickefoose family and settled in Canaan
township near Mount Pleasant, where the
daughter, Mary Ann, remained with her
parents until she gave her hand in mar-
riage to Henry C. Zickefoose on the i ith
of January, 1859. The young couple then
removed to a farm in the northern part
of Wayne township, where they lived
until 1862, when Mr. Zickefoose re-
sponded to his country's call for aid, his
sympathies being with the Union cause.
He joined Company H of the Twenty-
fifth Iowa Infantry and was ever a bra\'e
and loyal soldier. Although he entered
the army as a private he was serving as
sergeant at the time of his death. He
went to the south and laid down his life
upon the altar of his country, being killed
in the battle of Arkansas Post on the i ith
of January, 1863. His widow remained
with her son John W^esle}- upon the old
homestead property until February, 1902.
when they sold a portion of that farm and
bought one hundred and twenty-five acres
of improved land on section 1 1 , Wayne
township, known as the Squire Hammond
farm. Although that farm was in posses-
sion of different people at different times
it was owned bv I. W. Hammond for

twelve years, during which time he
erected thereon a splendid country resi-
dence containing nine rooms and heated
with furnace. It is one of the finest homes
in the township. The mother lived with
her son John up to the time of her demise,
which occurred on the 25th of April,

John Wesley Zickefoose, reared under
the parental roof, acquired his education
in the common schools and in Howe's
Academy at Mount Pleasant. He was
less than two years of age at the time of
his father's death but he remained upon
the old homestead with his mother and as
he grew in }'ears and strength relieved
her more and more of the responsibilities
and care connected with the home farm
and in her declining years provided for
her a good home. He has always fol-
lowed farming and as before stated con-
tinued upon the farm which his father had
purchased until February, 1902, when he
removed to section 11, Wayne township,
purchasing here one hundred and twentv-
five acres of land. He has a splendidly
improved property equipped with modern
buildings. He femodeled the barn which
is twenty-four by sixty feet with an L,
eighteen by sixty feet. This was unroofed
by the cyclone in 1903, but he at once re-
paired the damages. He has built a double
corn crib and a granary, also sheds for
hogs and he has a well upon the place one
hundred and eighty feet deep. There is
also a good carriage and implement house
and he likewise has the latest improved
machinery, with which he performs the
work of the fields. He still retains the
ownership of twenty-five acres of timber
land in Crawford township, Washington



county, which is vakiable oak timber.
This was a portion of the land which his
grandfather originally owned and he uses
the tract only for pasturage and also takes
fence posts from it. His labors are in the
line of general agriculture and in addition
to the tilling of the soil he raises some
stock, now having ten head of Black
Percheron and five head of Hambletonian
horses, fifteen head of Durham cattle and
one hundred and fifty-five head of Poland
China hogs. He also raises about five
hundred chickens each year and about
sixty turkeys.

On the 19th of December, 1883. Air.
Zickefoose was married to Miss Olletha
Jackson, a native of Louisa county, who
was educated in the public schools there.
Her parents were Elias Gibson and T^Iar-
garet (Beauchamp) Jackson, the former
a native of \Miite county, Indiana, and
the latter of Tippecanoe county, that state.
Her paternal grandparents were Joseph
and Phebe (Cox) Jackson and her mater-
nal grandparents were John and Nancy
(Wilson) Beauchamp. Unto Mr. and
Mrs. Zickefoose have been born eight
children : Henry Clark, born January 12,
1884; Alta May, April 13, 1888: Howard
Gibson, April 8, 1890; William Ernest,
January 18, 1893; Russell. Asbury, April
10, 1895: John W., February 2, 1900:
Mary Edna, November 10, 1902: and
Fredrick JXIerle, born in 1906. ]\Ir. Zick-
efoose has spent his entire life in Henry
county and the fact that many who have
known him from his boyhood days to the
present are numbered among his stanchest
friends is an indication that his has been
an honorable and upright career worthy
the respect which is so uniformly tendered

him. His religious faith is indicated by
his membership in the Congregational
church, while politically he is a republican
and has served as assessor since 1904.


Sylvester Smith, deceased, who carried
on general farming in W^ayne township,
was born March 7, 1831, in Lake county,
Ohio, near Cleveland. His paternal grand-
father was Edward Smith, a native of
New England. The father, Sylvester
Smith, was born in Massachusetts and
married Lucretia Woodworth, a native of
Franklin county, Massachusetts, and a
daughter of James and Lucretia Wood-
worth, who were also natives of New
England. The wedding was celebrated
in the old Bay state and subsequently Mr.
and Mrs. Smith removed to Warren
county. New York, and afterward to Lake
county, Ohio, where Mr. Smith purchased
a tract of land, all of which was covered
with timber. This he cleared away, trans-
forming the tract into a good farm. On
leaving Ohio he removed to Michigan,
where he spent eighteen months, but re-
turned to the former state. After a short
period, however, he made his way to
Monmouth, Illinois, where he engaged in
farming for three years. In 1842 he
brought his family to Iowa, having vis-
ited the state the previous year and pur-
chased land on section 3, Wayne town-
ship. This was all wild and unimpro\'ecl
and he lived upon the place until his



death, converting it into a valuable farm.
He paid for it only three dollars per acre
but at the time of his demise it was val-
ued at a high price. In addition to this
propert}- he also owned forty acres of
timber land. His birth occurred May'
25, 1787, and his death on the 21st of De-
cember, 1863, when he was seventy-seven
years of age. His wife was born March
13' 1/93' ^"d died on the 12th of Octo-
ber, 1875. They were married January
13, 181 3, and unto them were born nine
children, of whom two daughters died in
infancy. The others were: Eliza Ann,
who was born January 18, 1816, and
died July 29, 1836; Dexter Church, who
was born Alarch 16, 1818, and died Feb-
ruary 22, 1887; Edward, who was born
June 10. 1820. and died February 26,
1882; John Livingston, who was born
May 21, 1822, and died April 15, 1889;
Elijah Parsons, w^ho was born January
29, 1825, and died February 11, 1899;
and Charles Alvord, who was born Feb-
ruary 29, 1828, and died November 17,
1905. The father was instrumental in
establishing the postofhce at Wayne in
1 85 1 and received the appointment to the
position of postmaster in August, of the
same year, at which time mail service was
established between Iowa Citv and New
London. The round trip was made once
a week.

Sylvester Smith, whose name intro-
duces this review, accompanied his par-
ents on their various removals, being a
youth of about eleven years when the
family came to Iowa. He was reared to
farm life, assisting in the arduous task •
of developing and cultivating new land.
W hen his father resigned as postmaster

Mr. Smith was commissioned on the loth
of November, 1858, his papers being
signed by Aaron V. Brown, then post-
master general. He held the appoint-
ment until July, 1885, when his son, H.
K. Smith, became his successor.

On the 1 8th of February, 1857, Mr.
Smith was united in marriage to Miss
Delilah J. Coen, who was born in Wash-
ington county, Ohio, and attended the
common schools of that state. Her par-
ents were William and Rachel (Perry)
Coen, the former a native of Wheeler
county, Virginia, and the latter of Wash-
ington county, Ohio. The paternal grand
parents, Isaac and Susan Coen, were also
natives of Virginia, while the maternal
grandparents were John and Delilah
(Stephens) Perry, natives of Ohio. Mrs.
Smith came to Henry county, October
25, 1855, and they were married here.
She made the trip down the Ohio and up
the Mississippi river to Burlington, being
three weeks upon the way and throughout
all the years of her married life she has
lived upon the farm which is still her
home, and here Mr. Smith resided since
1842. They became the parents of five
children. Charles Sumner, born Febru-
ary 2, 1858, is now^ living in Mount
Pleasant. Harry Kirk, born May 27,
i860, is engaged in the implement busi-
ness at Mount Pleasant. William Edgar,
born July 5, 1862, died in 1881, at the
age of nineteen years. Francis Irving,
born September 19, 1865, "^ied in 1888,
at the age of twenty-three years. Rosa
Justina, born October 19, 1870, is the
wife of Christopher Berry and they re-
side upon the old homestead.

For almost a half century Mr. and


Mrs. Smith traveled life's journey to- Clarksville, Missouri. They spent a week
gether and their entire married hfe was at that place and then resumed their jour-
passed upon the farm which is still the ney by wagon to Burlington, where they
place of residence of his widow. He lived remained through the winter but in the
in the county for sixty-three years and spring took up their abode upon a farm
was therefore a witness of almost its en- about five miles north of the city on
tire oTOwth, while in the work of im- Tamatown Prairie. A vear later thev re-
provement and development he bore an moved to Dodgeville, Des Moines county,
active and helpful part. He was ever a where they lived for about eight years and
champion of movements for the general on the expiration of that period the father
good and stood for a high type of citizen- purchased a farm of one hundred and
ship, for honor in business life, and for sixty acres on section 13. Scott township,
integrity in all man's relations with his The mother died there in 1873, and the
fellow men. Mr. Smith died at the home father continued upon the farm for ten
place, February 8, 1904. years, when he went to make his home

with his son, with whom he continued
until his own demise in 1887. He had

sold his farm in Henry county before

leaving it but he still owned a tract of
land in Union township, which was sold

JEROME MULLEN. after his death. He was one of the dis-
tinguished pioneer residents of Iowa,

Jerome Mullen, who owns and operates bravely facing the hardships and difficul-

a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty ties incident to the settlement of the

acres in Scott township, has been a resi- frontier.

dent of Iowa from his early boyhood Jerome Mullen was the fourth in order
days, his parents having located in this of birth in a family of six sons and three
state in pioneer times. He was born in daughters and was a lad of seven years
Adams county, Ohio, November 10, 1838, when brought by his parents to the middle
and is a son of Barnard and Fannie west. He lived upon the old homestead
(Pitchenger) Mullen, both of whom were until twenty-six years of age when he be-
natives of Pennsylvania, while the latter gan life on his own account, purchasing
was a daughter of Thomas Pitchenger. ninety acres of land on section 14, Scott
The parents were married in Ohio and township. He then removed to that place,
began their domestic life upon a farm, erecting a frame house sixteen by twenty-
remaining residents of Adams county four feet and two stories in height, and
until 1846. when, believing that they as the years passed by added other im-
might have better business opportunities provements and equipments, developing a
in the new and growing west they started good farm. Seven acres of the land was
for Iowa, making the journey down the covered with timber and he placed much
Ohio river and up the Mississippi to of the remainder under cultivation, trans-



forming it into productive fields. In the
spring of 1883 he sold that property to
John Crumb and bought one hundred and
sixty acres in Adams county, removing
to that farm, upon which he lived for
eighteen months. He then again sold out
and in February, 1884. bought one hun-
dred and twenty acres adjoining his first
farm. To this he has added forty acres,
so that his home place now comprises a
quarter section. A glance at the farm
indicates the careful supervision and
painstaking efforts of the owaier, who has
made his place a well improved property,
from W'hich he annually harvests good
crops. In all of his work he is system-
atic and energetic and his labors have
been crow^ned with success.

On the 22d of February, 1865, Mr.
Mullen w^as married to Miss Leanna Mar-
shall, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of
Smith and Jane (Van Brunt) Marshall.
Airs. ]\Iullen was born in Ohio and by her
marriage has become the mother of seven
children : William, who died in infancy ;
Ada, the wife of William Chrisinger, of
Scott township; Charles F., who is living
in Scott towniship ; Leander, at home ;
Lottie J., the wife of William Hunter, of
Winfield, Iowa : Elsie, who is also under
the parental roof; and Ethel, the wife of
Miller Owens, a resident farmer of Scott

Mr. Mullen votes w'ith the democracy
but has never sought or desired office,
preferring to give his time and energies
to his business pursuits. He belongs to
the Methodist Episcopal church and is
interested in all that pertains to the mate-
rial, political, intellectual and moral prog-
ress of his community. The greater part

of his life has been passed in this county
and the fact that many of his warmest
friends are those who have known him
from his boyhood days to the present time
is an indication that his career has been
honorable and upright.


\\^illiam Carden, one of the honored
and prominent citizens of Henry county,
now serving his district in the state legis-
lature, is a native son of Des Moines
county, his birth having occurred near
Middletown on the 24th of August, 1865.
His parents were William and Isabelle
(Miller) Carden, both of whom were na-
tives of Hamilton county, Ohio, in which
state they were reared and married. The
year 1852 witnessed their arrival in Iowa
and the father purchased land near Dan-
ville, Des Moines county, where he car-
ried on farming for two years. Subse-
quently he took up his abode near Middle-
town, wdiere his remaining days were
passed, his death occurring in 1866. His
wife long survived him and passed away
in 1890.

William Carden was reared under the
parental roof until nineteen years of age
and acquired his early education in the
public schools near his home. His more
advanced education was obtained in Par-
son's College, at Fairfield, Iowa. His
collegiate course was not consecutive but
as opportunity offered he continued his
studies and was thereby w^ell equipped for



life's practical and responsible duties. He
engaged in teaching at intervals for about
three years in Des Moines and Henry
counties and then accepted a clerkship
in the Crane hardware store in Mount
Pleasant, where he remained for two
years, thus gaining a practical knowledge
of mercantile methods. Removing to
Winfield in the fall of 1890 he entered
into partnership with his brother, L. J.
Garden, in the conduct of a hardware and
implement business. They carried on the
store with constantly growing success for
fourteen years and then sold out to
George Bloomer. On the ist of Septem-
ber, 1904, Mr. Garden entered into part-
nership with Will D. Garmoe in the real-
estate and loan business and still figures
prominentl}^ in commercial interests of
Winfield. He is a man of enterprise and
determination, carrying forward to suc-
cessful completion whatever he under-
takes, and his business career has ever
been characterized by sound judgment
and unfaltering purpose, resulting in the
attainment of a creditable position among
the substantial citizens of Henry county.

On the 1 8th of November, 1901, Mr.
Garden was united in marriage to Miss
Fannie De Lashmutt, who was born in
Des Moines county, and was educated in
Burlington, completing the high school
course. She is a daughter of T. L. and
Ellen (Shaw) De Lashmutt, the former
a native of West Virginia, and the latter
of Ohio. Her parents were pioneer resi-
dents of Des Moines county, aiding in
laying broad and deep the foundation for
its present prosperity and progress.

Mr. Garden is a Presbyterian in reli-
gious faith and fraternally is connected

with the Masonic Lodge and the Inde-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows. Since
taking up his abode in Winfield he has
been actively interested in politics as a
supporter of the Republican party and his
fitness for leadership has been recognized
in his election to the office of representa-
tive. Li the fall of 1901 he was chosen
a member of the general assembly and by
re-election will continue a member of the
house until the ist of January, 1907. He
is a capable, working member of the legis-
lative, giving careful consideration to the
questions which come up for settlement
and his interest in the welfare and de-
velopment of his state is deep and sincere.
He has made a creditable record in both
commercial and political circles and is
justly accounted one of the distinguished
and leading citizens of eHnry county,


David S. Mills, who is interested in
general farming in Tippecanoe township,
was born in Montgomery count3^ Ohio,
April 13, 1835. His father, John Mills,
was a native of North Garolina and a son
of Alexander Mills. After reaching years
of maturity he wedded Annie Macy, who
was also born in North Garolina and
was a daughter of Paul and Eunice
( Macy) Macy. On coming to Iowa Mr.
and Mrs. John Mills spent the first win-
ter in Salem, after which he purchased
forty acres of land on section 2)2>y Tippe-


canoe township, for which he paid one ship, May 12, 1843, and pursued her edu-
hundred dollars. It was covered with cation in a Quaker school. Her parents
brush and timber. He built a slab house were Edward and Betsy (Harris) Hock-
and moved into it during- the third year of ett, natives of North Carolina, the for-
his residence in this state. With charac- mer a son of Stephen and Margaret
teristic energy he began clearing his land (Thornburg) Hockett, and the latter a
and improving the fields and in course of daughter of Obadiah and Mary (Mor-
time he gathered rich harvests, his at- mon) Harris. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mills
tention being given to the farm work up were born twelve children : Edward, who
to the time of his death, wdiich occurred was born October 21, i860, and died Oc-
in July, 1863. His wife had passed away tober 30, 1875 ; John, who was born De-
a few months before, her death occurring cember 26, 1862, and is a resident of
in September, 1862. The original forty Oklahoma; Samuel, who was born De-
acres owned by the father is now in pos- cember 18, 1865, and died October i,
session of David S. Mills and has all been 1865 ; Mary Irene, who was born Janu-
cleared and cultivated. ary 4, 1867, and is the wife of Henry

David S. Mills was the fourth in order Trueblood, of Tippecanoe township ; Kiah

of birth in a family of ten -children, five S.. who was born August 12, 1869, and

sons and five daughters. He was edu- is also living in Tippecanoe township;

cated in the common schools of Ohio Julia A., who was born February 11,

and Iowa, for in his youth he accompa- 1872, and is the wife of Foster Trueblood

nied his parents to the latter state. He of the same township; Jesse J., who was

remaind with them until he had attained born April 5, 1874, and is farming in

his majority, when he started out upon Tippecanoe township; Esther E., who

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