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vation bestowed upon it and he therefore
raises good crops. He has it all improved
with the exception of fifteen acres of tim-
ber, and he successfully carries on general
agricultural pursuits, in addition to which
he raises road horses, cattle and Poland
China hogs.

On the 22d of April. 1877, was cele-
brated the marriage of Mr. Danielson and
Miss Ellen Roudebush, who was born in
Ohio, a daughter of Jacob and Saloma
( Kuhn) Roudebush ( natives of Pennsyl-
vania. ]\Tr. and Airs. Danielson now have
a son and daughter : Charles H. L., born
February 10, 1878; and Margaret E. J.,
torn September 16, 1879, the wife of
T. P. Box, a farmer near Ottumwa. The
father was reared in the faith of the Luth-
eran church, but is now. with Mrs. Daniel-
son. a member of the Methodist Episco-
pal church, and his political views are in
accord with the principles of the Repub-
lican party. He has never had occasion
to regret his determin-ilion to come to
America, for he has found and improved
good business opportunities in this coun-

try and his labors, unhampered by caste
or class, have brought him to a position of
local prominence and of affluence in agri-
cultural circles.


Christian C. Schlatter, the subject of
this biography is a well known and compe-
tent machinist of Henry county. xAs a boy
and youth he evinced a great fondness for
mechanics and preferred to choose his own
calling rather than to accept the gift of a
srood farm, which he had no taste for cul-
tivating and to lead the life of a farmer.
He is a pioneer in the business of run-
ning a threshing machine, having operated
the first steam thresher used in southeast-
ern Iowa.

Christian C. Schlatter was born in On-
tario. Canada, March 2, 1842. and lived
there and attended the German schools un-
til he was twelve years of age. at which
time his parents moved to Iowa, and he
entered the public schools. His father,
Joseph R. Schlatter, was bom in Alsace,
France, and his mother, whose maiden
name was Magdalena Christner. was born
in Prussia.

In 1838 Joseph Schlatter left his na-
tive country, and, coming to America,
settled near Ontario, Canada, upon a farm.
It was there that he met and married Mag-
dalena Christner, who had come to this
countiy with her parents in 1828. In
1854 they went to Washington county,
Iowa, and purchased a farm of five hun-



dred acres. They lived for the remainder
of their Hves upon this farm; the father
died in 1881, and the mother in 1889.

After the death of both of the parents,
all of the old homestead was sold. One
hundred and forty-five acres of it were
bought by one of the daughters, Mrs.
Roth, which she still owns.

The son, Christian, lived upon the home
farm with his parents until he reached
the age of twenty-two years, when he was
married and made a new home upon a
small farm near Noble, Iowa. He did
some farming, but devoted the most of his
time to other pursuits. It was at this
time that he operated the first steam-
thresher, as before mentioned, while dur-
ing the months after the grain was
threshed, he ran a sawmill and clover hul-
ler. In 1877 he transferred his interests
to A'Vayland, where he bought property.
The next year he erected a chop and feed
mill and conducted the enterprise as a
custom business. He also had a steam
thresher and clover huller and in 1880 put
in another steam thresher and has been
operating the two ever since. He repairs
engines, boilers and all kinds of ma-

Mr. Schlatter has always been inter-
ested in mechanics and is a clecided suc-
cess in his trade. His mill was at first
run by a sixteen-horse power engine. His
new feed and chop mill is twenty-eight by
forty feet, two stories high, with a base-
ment under the whole building. The en-
gine room is sixteen by twenty-eight feet,
with a twenty-five horse power portable
skid engine. Every Saturday in the year
he runs a burr mill.

On November 22, 1866, Mr. Schlatter

married Barbara Wenger, whose birth
was like his own, in Ontario, Canada. Her
parents. Christian Wenger and Mary
(Roth) Wenger, were both natives of
Switzerland and came to this country in
1848. Mr. and Mrs. Schlatter are the
parents of four living children, the eldest,
Mary, is now Mrs. Peter Graber; Lena
is at home with her parents; Christian is
in business with his father, and was mar-
ried March 22, 1905, to Vaughn Davis,
who was bom in Richland, Iowa, a daugh-
ter of Harry and Cora (Campbell) Davis;
and Edward is at home. Joseph, who,
like his father, was a machinist, was taken
away by death when he was but twenty-
eight years of age. John died at the age
of two and one-half years.

Mr. Schlatter owns a nice piece of prop-
erty in Wayland, containing four village
lots and upon one he built, in 1887, a fine
new eight-room house, containing closets,
halls and modern conveniences in every

Christian Schlatter is a man of clearly
defined religious views, being a member
of the Mennonite church, and a worker
in its cause. In political views he has al-
lied himself with the Democratic party and
votes for its candidates in both municipal
and national questions.

Mr. Christian C. Schlatter has proved
that every man has a calling for which he
is adapted by nature, and he knew his
tastes and early applied himself with en-
ergy to the business he had chosen. He
has made for himself a name in the com-
munity, and has built up a comfortable and
happy home, where he is surrounded by
many luxuries, the fruits of his years of




Mrs. Alice Fairchild, Avho is engag-ed
in the millinery business in Mount Pleas-
ant, was born on a farm near Trenton,
in Henry county, Iowa, October 22, 1858,
a daughter of A. R. and Anna (Rhykert)
Halliwill. Her father was born in Starke
county. Ohio. April i. 1823, and there re-
sided upon a farm until he had attained
adult age. In early manhood he learned
the carpenter's trade, and in the latter part
of the '40s he removed from Ohio to Illi-
nois. Subsequently he came to Iowa, set-
tling on a farm in Henry county, and for
the three years prior to 1906 he lived re-
tired in Mount Pleasant. In 1906 he re-
moved to Alma. ]\Iichigan, where he in-
herited a farm. His wife, who was born
in Xew York, February 16, 1828, came to
the Mississippi valley in pioneer times
with her parents, who settled upon a large
farm near Galesburg. Illinois. There both
her father and mother died. Mrs. Halli-
will is now living upon the old homestead
farm, about nine miles from Mount Pleas-
ant, and one of her grandchildren is al-
ways with her. In the Halliwill family
were seven children. Eliza is the wife of
John Ackles, a farmer of Trenton, Iowa ;
James died when about three years old ;
A. O., of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, married
Miss Lola Chambers, and has seven chil-
dren. Cornelia is the wife of John Mes-
ser. a farmer living about three miles from
Mount Pleasant, and they have five chil-
dren. Mrs. Fairchild is the fifth of the
family. Alonzo, living in Des Moines.
Iowa, married Miss Sibbie Chambers, and
tliey have six children ; Myron married
Miss Lizzie Scott, and thev reside in Des

Moines. Both parents are members of
the Methodist church.

Mrs. Fairchild acquired her early edu-
cation in the public schools of Mount
Pleasant, and afterward attended Howe's
academy of this city. Subsequently, she
engaged in teaching for four years, spend-
ing that entire time in two country schools
in Henry county. On the 22d of No-
vember. 1879, she gave her hand in mar-
riage to Samuel G. Scarff, a son of John
and Laura (Guiten) Scarff. He was born
in Ohio in 1842, and when six years of
age was brought by his parents to Iowa.
He was one of a family of nine children,
but only two are now living. \\. O.
Scarff is a farmer, owning and operating
land near Mount Pleasant, but makes his
home in the city. He married Miss Eliza
Manning-, and has five children. James
Scarff". who resides near the old home
farm, married Miss Mary Messer. and
they had eleven children, of whom eight
are living.

Samuel G. Scarff was reared in Iowa,
acquired his education in the public
schools, and early became familiar with
the duties and labors that fall to the lot
of the agriculturist. He made farming
his life work and died in Henry county in
1 89 1. His political allegiance was given
to the democracy, and he was a member
of the ]\Iethodist church, his remains be-
ing interred in the church cemetery,
known as White Oak, he and his brother
having given the ground for this purpose.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Scarff were born five
children. Ralph C, born March 11, 1881,
died in 190T, at the age of twenty years.
Howard G., born February 10, 1883. died
at the age of three years. Cora G., born



June 14, 1885, is living with her mother.
Nina G., bom Augst 21, 1887, is a stu-
dent in Howe's academy, in Mount Pleas-
ant. Reuben Gerald, bom April 29, 1889,
died in 1892, when two and a half years
old. All the children were born upon the
farm in Henry county.

On the 27th of June, 1895. ^Irs. Scarff
was married to Linus Fairchild. a son of
Linus Fairchild, of Rome, Iowa. The
parents both died on a farm near Rome.
Li their family were six children. Mrs.
Harriet Ainsworth, who has two children,
spends the summer months in Grand Rap-
ids, ^Michigan, and the winter seasons in
Florida. Alfred, a merchant of Stock-
port, Iowa, has three children. Perry is
living in the west. Mrs. Elizabeth Graff
is a resident of Lockridge, Iowa : Amos is
also living in the west. Linus Fairchild,
the other son of the family, was a farmer
b)' occupation, devoting his life to agri-
cultural pursuits near Mount Pleasant.
He was a democrat in his political views,
but never sought office as a reward for
party fealty. In matters of citizenship,
however, he was always progressive and
public spirited, and rejoiced in what was
accomplished in the county for public
progress and improvement. For one year
he was ill, and then passed away on the
22d of December, 1901, his remains be-
ing interred in Forest cemetery at Rome.
Iowa. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild were
bom two children : Ora Harriet, born
March 29. 1896, and Elizabeth, born May
I, 1897.

In November. 1904, ^Irs. Fairchild
opened a millinery store on the corner of
Jefferson and Washington streets, in
Mount Pleasant. Here she had one of the

largest millinery establishments in the
country, carrying a carefully selected line
of goods, and was regarded as a most en-
terprising and intelligent business woman,
displaying keen discrimination in the con-
duct of her commercial interests. She
sold her business in December, 1905, and
is not now in business. She owns a resi-
dence property north of the railroad, and
also a residence and vacant lots at Marsh,
Iowa. She is a member of the Congrega-
tional church, and is a lady of excellent
traits of character and pleasing social


Elisha M. Payne owns and operates a
a farm of one hundred and thirty-four and
a half acres in Marion township and is one
of the native sons of the county, who in
the enjoyment of the privileges here af-
forded and in the utilization of opportu-
nities has led a life crowned with credit-
able success and the esteem of his fellow
citizens. He was born December 31,
1845, and his parents, Henr}^ and Mar-
garet J. (Boak) Payne, were natives of
Virginia, the former born in 1785 and the
latter in 1806. ]Mr. Payne devoted his
attention to farming and on removing to
the ^^-est settled in Henr}' county, Iowa,
about nine miles northwest of Blount
Pleasant. This was in 1837, when the
state was still under territorial government
and the greater part of the land was still
in its primitive condition. The wigwams
of the Indians were seen in the forest,



wolves were frequently heard howling
at nights and the deer roamed over the
prairie. All of the houses were built of
logs anil die families lived in true pioneer
style, raising nearly all that they ate, spin-
ning and weaving their own clothing and
in fact providing every comfort which they
enjoyed. Hard labor was the part of the
settlers who reclaimed the wild land for
the purposes of civilization, but when once
the land was broken and the fields tilled
rich harvests were gathered. Mr. Payne
continued actively in farming until 1863,
when he was called to his final rest, his
wife surxiving until 1875. In politics he
was a democrat up to the time of the
Civil war when he became a stanch repub-
lican. Both he and his wife held member-
ship in the Methodist Episcopal church.
were strong in their faitli, earnest in their
devotion and attended all of the church
services, Mr. Payne acting as trustee of
the church for a number of years. Both
he and his w'ife were laid to rest in Findley
Chapel cemetery. In the family of this
worthy couple were eight children, of
whom E. M. Payne of this review is the
youngest. The others are as follows : Re-
becca married Joshua Gardner, who was a
lieutenant in the Civil war and was killed
on Black river, east of Vicksburg, after
which his widow became the wife of John
Randolph, but both are now deceased.
Martha is the wife of Lindley Rhodes, of
Colorado; Isabelle is the wife of John
Smith, of Mount Pleasant. Rachel is the
wife of Alerritt Culver, of Carroll, Tow^a.
PTenry married Miss Emma Campbell, of
Way land, Iowa. C. W., who was a sol-
dier of the Twenty-fifth Iowa Infantry,
sen-ing for three years and three months

and was in the siege of Vicksburg and
with Sherman on the celebrated march to
the sea, married Miss Margaret Patton
and is now living in Jefferson township.
Kayden married Miss Sarah McPheren.
Ke was a soldier of the Fourth Iowa Cav-
aliy, participated in the battles of Gun-
town, Macon and other engagements and
died about five years after the war. His
w^idow subsequently married William
Williams and is now living in Washing-
ton, Iowa.

E. M. Payne was educated in the dis-
trict schools near his father's home and
also in Iowa Wesleyan University. He
was a young man of only seventeen years
when, in April, 1863, he responded to the
country's call for aid and enlisted in Com-
pany K, Fourth Iowa Cavalry. At the
battle of Guntown, Mississippi, he sus-
tained a gun shot wound in the leg, from
which he has never fully recovered, and he
was mustered out at Macon, Georgia, and
honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa,
but was at Jefferson Barracks. Missouri,
and at the hospital at Keokuk for a time
on account of his injury. Following his
return from the war he entered business
life, purchasing a farm in Lucas county,
Iowa, where he remained for five years.
He then returned to Henry county and
bought a tract of land in Trenton town-
ship, where he remained for seven years,
when he again disposed of his property and
invested in a farm in Marion township
upon which he lived for ten years, when he
once more sold out and then bought a
farni west of Mount Pleasant comprising
two hundred and twenty acres of land.
He afterward lived rather a retired life
in the city until 1899, when he purchased



his present farm of one hundred and thir-
ty-four and a half acres in Marion town-
ship. Here he built a beautiful home and
has since built a substantial barn and made
other necessary improvements. He uses
good machinery in the work of the fields
and has all modern equipments and acces-
sories upon his place, which in its neat and
thrifty appearance indicates his careful
supervision and practical progressive meth-
ods. The fields are well tilled, and he also
raises, buys, and sells cattle and hogs and
keeps from six to eight horses to perform
the work of the farm. His labors have
been so practical that they have proved re-
sultant factors in winning creditable suc-
cess and he is now one of the well-to-do
agriculturists of the county.

]Mr. Payne has been married twice.
In September, 1869, he wedded Miss
Amanda Leach, a daughter of James M.
and Maria Leach, both of whom were na-
tives of Indiana. The father followed
farming up to the time of his death and
the mother is now li^â– ing in Mount Pleas-
ant, Iowa. Mrs. Payne died October 27,
1 88 1, and her remains were interred in
Oak Grove cemetery. By this marriage
there were four children, of w^hom three are
now living: Jennie was married to Ed-
ward Kitch, of Page Center, Iowa, and
they have seven children: Walter, Carl,
Herbert, Clarence, Meriam, Grace, and
Dorothy. Grace Payne is the wife of Ed-
ward Button, of IMarion township, and has
one daughter, Mabel. James Payne, who
married Bertha Sargent, is now living in
Chicago. In 1886 Mr. Payne was again
married, his second union being with Miss
Sophia ^^^ick, who was born May 8, i860,
in Marion township on a farm adjoining

her present home, her parents being Au-
gust and Elizabeth Wick, who are men-
tioned on another page of this work. By
this marriage there are five children :
Frederick W., who was born July 19,
1887, and is attending Howe's Academy;
Jesse, who was born March 20, 1889, and
is a student in the same school ; Mata A.,
who was born June 24, 1892, and is at-
tending the district schools; Arthur W.,
born May 24, 1895, and also pursuing his
education in the home school ; and Mftrna
E., born June 22, 1903.

In his political views Mr. Payne is an
earnest republican. His advancement in
life is attributable entirely to his own ef-
forts and he is a self-made man in the full-
est and best sense of that term. In young
manhood he defended his country in the
darkest hour in her history, and then re-
turned home to take up the burdens and
responsibilities of a business life. By fru-
gal living, good habits and unfaltering
industry he was enabled to make a start
and is today in comfortable circumstances.
A genial, pleasant gentleman, he is highly
respected throughout the entire community
and as a citizen manifests the same loyalty
to his country that he displayed when he
followed the stars and stripes upon south-
ern battle fields.


In a land so liberally endowed by Na-
ture, where the rich harvest await but
man's bidding to come into being, in the



countiy of beautiful and ])rocluctive farms,,
the well tilled fields and bn^ad acres of
Albert De Lashmutt stand out as a strik-
ing example of the results of labor and
pluck. Brought forth from what was once
wild prairie, the cultivated fields, ample
granaries, commodious l)arns and build-
ings for the accommodation of stock, all
attest the prosperity of the owner, Mr.
Albert De Lashmutt. When he was but
twenty years of age he came into posses-
sicxi of one hundred and sixty acres of land
in section 35, Qanaan township, Henry
county, Iowa. This land was only
partially impro\ed and \\'as bought by Mr.
De Lashmutt's father for eight dollars an
acre, in 1868. The land, through culti-
vation, has increased rapidly in value, until
now it is worth from one hundred and
twenty-five to one hundred and fifty dol-
lars an acre. There was much work to
l3e done and many obstacles to be sur-
mounted to bring the land up from its
wild condition, to develop its latent wealth
and bring it into its present state of per-
fection. The owner believes in scientific
farming. He has a large barn forty-two
by sixty-four feet for hay and horses,
built in 1 88 1, also double corn cribs and
all necessary outbuildings. The place is
well tiled, with the exception of tw^enty-
seven acres. He is a practical farmer and
adds to his general farming some stock
raising, feeding many Poland China hogs
and shorthorn cattle every year. The
dwelling has been converted from the small,
primitive house to a large and modern
nine-room structure, which has just re-
cently been equipped for lighting by acety-
lene, mnking a ])1easant and comfortable

Albert De Lashmutt, the subject of this
biography, w^as born March 16, 1858, in
Des Moines county, Iowa. He received an
education greater than that of the aver-
age boy of the time, attending the district
schools and the Salem (Iowa) College.
His father, Thornton L. De Lashmutt, w-as
born in West Virginia, and his mother,
Isabella (De Lapp) De Lashmutt, was a
native of Illinois. The father when a lad
of ten years went with his parents to Bur-
lington. They began their trip in 1834
and waited in Illinois from December,
1834, until the ice upon the river was thick
enough to allow them to cross into Iowa,
arriving in Burlington in the early winter
of 1835. They leased a farm three and
one-half miles west of Burlington and T.
L. De Lashmutt lived there wdth his par-
ents until he was thirty-five years of age,
when he resolved to seek his fortune in
the far west, accordingly took passage
upon a boat down the Mississippi, crossed
the Isthmus of Panama, thence made his
way to California. He located in Sacra-
mento, where he remained for two years,
then longing to see his old home again he
returned by the way of New York city.
Having arrived once more in Burlington,
he began farming anew, near that place.
In 1854 he married and went to live upon
a farm which he had purchased in Union
township. It was partially covered with
brush, while the remaining part was prai-
rie. There was a farm house in process
of erection at the time. He finished this
by the aid of his brother-in-law. He still
owns that place and the old house still
stands. He now owns in addition two
hundred and seventy-three acres adjoining
the original tract. At the age of eighty-



one years, he is still living in Burlington,
at 1009 North Seventh street.

Albert De Lashmutt lost his mother
when he was but three weeks old, and he
was given into the care of his paternal
grandmother. When he was six years of
age his father married again and he went
home to live, where he remained until
twenty years of age.

On October 22, 1880, he was united in
marriage to Maggie Layman. She was
born in Illinois, a daug'hter of John Lay-
man and Nancy (Woods) Layman. Two
children were born of this union : Cora,
now the wife of William Dohrman, of
Canaan township, and Rivlo Milo, at
home. The mother died June 20, 1890.
On December 28, 1893, Mr. De Lashmutt
again married, the lady of his choice being
Miss x\lma Johnson, of Des Moines
county. She had been a teacher in Des
Moines and Henry counties for eig'hteen
years and is a woman of excellent educa-
tional attainments. She acquired her gen-
eral education in the county of her birth
in the common schools and continued her
studies still further in the normal school
at Dixon, Illinois.

Mr. De Lashmutt is an educated and
progressive man and values all that tends
to promote education and general culture.
He has always been interested in schools
and the means of education and has ser\-ed
with credit as school director in his district.
He is in his political views a republican,
has been constable for two years and has
always been faithful and earnest in the
discharge of his public duties and has been
an active and tireless worker in his pri-
vate life. An excellent education, com-
bined with untiring energy and activit}^

has led him to success. After over a quar-
ter of a century of working upward, he
has reached the goal of prosperity and


John R. Young owns and opera]t,es a
^vell improved farm of one hundred and
eighty acres on sections 16 and 17, Canaan
township, and is a thrifty and enterprising
agriculturist. He was Ijorn in Somerset,
Ohio, July 14, 1862. He dates his resi-
dence in Iowa from 1880 and in Henry
county from 1881. His parents were
John A. and Lucy (Dispennett) Young,
the former a native of Somerset, Ohio,
and the latter in Licking county, Ohio.
He is of German descent, for his grand-
parents were George W. and Margaret
(Ingmeier) Young, the latter also a native
of the fatherland.

John R. Young began his education in
the schools of Ohio and afterward con-
tinued his studies in Iowa. At the age
of nineteen years he became a resident of
Johnson county, Iowa, and began work
on a farm, being employed in that man-
ner for two years. He then removed to
Henry county, where he worked by the
month as a farm hand for four years,
when, wishing that his labors might more
directly benefit himself, he rented land and
conducted "bachelor's hall" for two years.
He then secured a companion and help-

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