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mate for life's journey by his marriage on
the 23d of March, 1887, to Miss Eva M.
Grain, who was born in this county and



is a daughter of W. R. Grain, whose birth
occurred in Somerset, Ohio. Her mother
bore the maiden name of Hannah Griffith,
and was also bom in Somerset. Subse-
quent to his marriage, ]\lr. Young pur-
chased one hundred and eighty acres of
land on sections i6 and 17, Ganaan town-
ship. All had been placed under the plow.
He has fenced this place and has also re-
modeled the house, which was on the
eighty-acre tract. He has added good out-
buildings for the shelter of grain and
stock, has built a barn with granary- forty
by forty-two feet. He also built a large
corn crib, and the place is well tiled, so
that there are no wet tracts of land which
prove uncultivable. He tills the soil year
after year, harvesting good crops and
also raises cattle, horses and hogs, keeping
a good grade of farm animals. In his
business affairs he is quick to recognize
an opportunity and foretell the outcome
of any movement, and his labors have been
intensely practical, proving resultant fac-
tors in the acquirement of success, which
now makes him one of the substantial citi-
zens of his community.

Mr. Young votes with the Republican
party, but is not a politician in the sense
of office-seeking, preferring to leave office-
holding to others. He belongs to the
Methodist Episcopal church, in which he
has served as trustee since 1902, and the
cause of moral development in his com-
munity is a matter of deep and sincere in-
terest to him. Matters relating to the
public welfare elicit his attention, and his
co-operation is given to evers^ movement
Avhich he believes will prove of definite
and immediate service or of permanent


Iowa is pre-eminently a stock-raising
state, its broad prairies giving ample op-
portunity for labor to him who desires
to cultivate the soil or raise stock. Along
such business lines August F. Wick has
directed his labors, w'ith the result that
he is now prospering in his undertakings.
Moreover, his life record is another indi-
cation of the desirability of Henry county
as a place of residence, for he has always
lived here, enjoying the privileges accorded
to the citizens of this section of the state.
Upon the farm w'here he yet makes his
home his birth occurred on the 22d of
July, 1872, his parents being August and
Elizabeth (Schultz) Wick, natives of Ger-
many. The father w^as born in 183 1 and
the mother in 1833. Before leaving his
native land, Mr. W^ick learned the stone-
cutter's trade and. following his arrival
in America, he worked for a time at that
occupation in Des Moines county. After
coming to Henry county he secured a
farm in Marion township, and in connec-
tion with its cultivation also carried on
business as a stonecutter for a brief period.
The greater part of his life, however, was
devoted to the tilling of the soil. He ex-
ercised his right of franchise in support
of the men and measures of the democracy,
but had no aspiration for office. His wife
\vas a member of the German Lutheran
church, and both were held in high esteem
by many friends. In the early years of
his residence here Mr. Wick cut and laid
some of the stone for the first building of
the asylum and also for the Wesleyan
chapel. He was always interested in the
progress and development of the com-



miinity which he chose as a place of resi-
dence, and he aided in the work of im-
provement to a considerable extent in
pioneer times. His death occurred in
Februaiy, 1892, while his wife passed
away on the 29th of October, 1902. In
their family were eight children : Gusta,
who died at the age of thirteen years;
Sophia, the wife of E. M. Payne, of Mar-
ion township; Mar}', the wife of Fred
Lauer, of Scott township; John, who is
living in Canaan township ; Anna, the wife
of Victor Lauer, also of Canaan township ;
William, who makes his home in the same
township; August, of this review, and

August F. ^^lck pursued his education
in what is known as the Frog Pond school
and afterward worked for his brother on
the farm. Later he returned home and
was employed at farm labor until twenty-
one years of age, and for a few years there-
after he rented his father's land, which he
operated on the shares. Following the
father's death, he purchased the interests
of his brothers and sisters in the home
property and now owns the place, which
is one of the good farms of Henr}- county,
consisting of one hundred and twenty
acres. He is largely engaged in stock
raising and but to a limited extent culti-
vates his fields. He has put up a wind-
pump and a machine shop on his place
and he owns a threshing machine and
separator, and for the past ten years has
traveled all through the agricultural dis-
tricts of the country during harvest time,
his services being in much demand in the
threshing season.

On the ist of February, 1898, Mr.
Wick was united in marriage to Miss

Lena McClure, a native of Henry county,
born January 15, 1875, and a daughter
of Aaron and Melissa (Sackett) McClure.
The father's birth occurred in Louisa
county, Iowa, in 1848, while the mother
was born in Henrv* county in 1852. He
was a farmer and for many years pros-
pered in his undertakings, spending his
last years on a good farm in Henr}^ county. .
He voted with the republican party, and
both he and his wife held membership in
the Methodist church. His death occurred
July I, 1902. He is still survived by his
wife, who is now residing in Mount Pleas-
ant. In their family were four children:
Lena, now ]\Irs. Wick; Ralph ]\IcClure,
who married Miss Ada Lane and lives in
Marion township, and John, who resides
at home, looking to the comforts of his
devoted mother.

Mr. and Mrs. AA^ick have three chil-
dren, all born in Henry county, namely :
Mildred, born November 19, 1899; Mabel,
November 10, 1901, and Exie, October 18,
1903. Mr. A\''ick is a democrat and has
filled several local offices, sennng as school
director, road supervisor and trustee of
his township. While he is never remiss
in the duties of citizenship, he prefers to
concentrate his energies upon his business
affairs, and his farm of one hundred and
twenty acres on section 28, Marion town-
ship, is the visible evidence of his life of
thrift and industry. He is pleasant and
agreeable in manner and has a wife whose
kindly spirit and generous disposition have
made her esteemed throughout the com-
munity, while Mr. Wick is held in high
respect. Mrs. Wick belongs to the Metho-
dist church and both enjoy the regard of
many friends.


NATHAN BYRON SPRAY. after a few years he again came to Henry

county, where he devoted his energies to
Nathan Byron Spray, one of the pros- fami labor until after the outbreak of the
perous and enterprising farmers of the Civil war. In hearty sympathy with the
county, living in Marion township, was Union cause, he enlisted in 1862 as a
born in Salem township on the loth of member of Company I, Fourteenth Iowa
January, 1856, his parents being William Infantry, with which he served until hon-
and Maiy H. (Jay) Spray. Mary H. orably dicharged after the close of hos-
Jay was born in Indiana, Januaiy 9, 1828, tilities in 1865. He then returned to
came to Iowa with her parents in 1839, Henry county and resumed the work of
and was married to William F. Spray in tilling the soil and raising stock. Both
1852. She was a daughter of Dempsey and he and his wife when called to their final
Clarkey (Hunt) Jay. He was born No- rest were interred in Salem township cem-
vember 2, 1802, died September 10, 1850, etery. They held membership with the
married Clarkey Hunt in Indiana. He Society of Friends and Mr. Spray voted
was a son of James Jay, born October 25, with the Republican party. In their family
1766; married Jemima Mills April 7, 1791, were ten children, all sons, of whom the
at Brush River meeting. South Carolina, following grew to maturity : James D.,
James Jay was a son of William and Eliz- who died at the age of twenty-six years ;
abeth lav. He was the son of W^illiam and Nathan B., whose name introduces this
Mary Jay, the first of family definitely record; Eli, who was born March 14, 1858,
known. They lived near ^^^inchester, and is now living in Palisade, Hitchcock
Frederick county, Virginia. It, however, county, Nebraska; Oscar, who was born
is known that Judge Jay, who signed the February 14, i860, and died in 1897;
Declaration of Independence, is closely Elmer E., who was born October 3, 1862,
connected with the family. Both the pa- and is now residing in California after
ternal and maternal grandparents were having served for two years in the war
residents of the Carolinas, whence they in the Philippines; Joel, of Salem town-
removed to Indiana at an early period in . ship, who was born March 28, 1864, '^i'^^
the development of that state, and there married Miss Julia Caviness, and Heze-
both Mr. and Mrs. William Spray were kiah S., who was born January 2, 1868,
born. The father of our subject came to and is now living in Salem township.
Henry county, Iowa, in 1839 ^^ith his Nathan B. Spray spent, the days of his
parents, who located in Salem township boyhood and youth in the usual manner
upon a tract of land which was converted of farm lads of the locality and period,
into a good farm. There William Spray His education was acquired in the district
was reared to manhood, assisting in the schools of Salem township, and after work-
arduous task of improving new and wild ing as a fami hand for one summer in
land. In 1850, when a young man, he that township he went to Utah and after-
went to California, attracted by the dis- ward still farther west, beine eno-ao-ed in
covery of gold on the Pacific slope, but mining and stock-raising for twenty-five


THE «EW •¥4lftl




years. He made his way from one place
to another and most of the time was upon
the frontier. He was a cowboy in John-
son county, Wyoming, in 1892, during the
Johnson county war between cattle own-
ers and rustlers, and he was in the Black
Hills during the Custer massacre in June,
1876. He was in the employ of the gov-
ernment w^hen Crazy Horse was killed at
Fort Robinson. In 1875 he went to the
reservation of the Black Hills and became
a pioneer of that district, and saw' Wild
Bill, a noted character, killed in 1876. He
was also at the Nez Perces reservation in
Idaho when the place was thrown open
for settlement in November, 1896, and
he was in Montana when the Northern Pa-
cific Railroad was completed in 1882. His
experiences in the west were varied and
interesting, and if written in detail would
furnish a story more marvelous than many
of the accounts of fiction.

In 1 90 1 Mr. Spray returned to Henry
county, and on the 5th of March of that
year was married to Mrs. Anna Marsh,
who was born in Des ]\Ioines county,
May 27, 1866, a daughter of A. B. and
Mary E. (Hester) Deal. Her father was
born near Lancaster, Ohio, April i, 1829,
was a farmer by occupation, and in 1857
became a resident of Des Moines county,
Iowa, settling in Pleasant township,
where he follov;ed farming for three
years. He then removed to New London
township, Plenry county, where he spent
one year and afterward spent eig'ht months
in Scott township. Later he lived in
Marion township, and for forty-eight
years altogether he made his home in Des
Moines, Henry, and Louisa counties. He
died October 7, 1901, upon the farm

where his widow and son-in-law now re-
side. In politics he was a stalwart repub-
lican and served as road supervisor. He
held membership in the Lutheran church
and at his demise his remains were in-
terred in Winfield cemetery. His widow,
Mrs. Deal, was born January 5, 1835, in
Dublin, Indiana. Her ancestors were all
Friends, or Quakers. She was a daughter
of Henry and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Hes-
ter. Her father was born near Dublin,
Indiana, Januai-y 15, 1809, and died Feb-
ruary 27, 1837. His wife was born in the
Catskill mountains of New York about
=ixty miles from New York city, March
22, 1807, and was a daughter of Benja-
min and Anna Reynolds, the latter a
daughter of Daniel and Mercy (Birdsall)
Cornell. Her father, Daniel Cornell, when
at the age of -one hundred and seven years,
walked seve?n miles to church and back.
This was about two weeks before his death.
After losing her first husband Mrs. Hester
married Absalom 'Gobdenough in 1841,
and his death occtirred in August, 1856,
while Mrs. Goodenough passed away
March 30, 1888. She was the second
of sixteen children, but only one is now
living, William, who resides at Muske-
gon, Michigan. By her first marriage
Mrs. Goodenough had four children:
Nelson, who married Freelove Clemens
for his first wife, Nancy Brown for his
second wife and Melissa Hathaway for
his third wife, is now living in Nebraska
and is again a widower. He had fifteen
children. Isaac H. Hester married Per-
melia Beulah, by whom he had four chil-
dren, and both parents are now deceased.
Benjamin R. Hester married Permelia
Cunningham, by whom he had two chil-



dren, and he is now deceased, but his
widow resides near Danville, Illinois.
Mary E. Hester is the widow of A. B.
Deal and is now living with Mrs. Spray
at the age of seventy-one years. By her
second marriage Mrs. Goodenough had
two children: Joseph A., who married
Martha Pierson, and Sarah, the wife of
Charles E. Hoffmann, a resident of St.

Mr. and Mrs. Deal, the parents of Mrs.
Spray, had a family of eight children.
Absalom G., the eldest, died in infancy.
Sarah E. married P. W. H. Mundorff
and after his death became the wife of
J. G. Glenn, who is now living in Ne-
braska, but his wife died in 190 1. Mar-
garet I. Deal became the wife of J. S.
Alexander, and after his death married
Elmer E. Umfleet, of Scott township,
Henry county. W. H. Deal married Vir-
ginia A. Snyder, of Scott township, and
they have four children: Leslie S., Amy
C, Carl A. and Guy J., of whom Amy is
now the wife of Arthur Aronhault, who
lives near Morning Sun, Iowa. Charles
R. Deal died in childhood. John I. Deal
married Lillian A. Campbell and resides
in St. Francis, Kansas. They have six
children : Anna Blanche, Milton Earl,
W'ilham Floyd, Nina May, and Pearl and
Merle, twins. Anna I. is now Mrs. Spray.
Charles G. Deal married Pearl I. Bird,
of Scott township, and has two children,
Lucile W. and Harold L.

Anna I. Deal was born in Des Moines
county, Iowa, May 27, 1866, and was
educated in Henry county. On the i6th
of June, 1897, she gave her hand in mar-
riage to Mosby Frank Marsh, who passed
away September 9, 1899.

Mr. and Mrs. Spray have one child,
Thelma Mary, who was born in Henry
county, February 15, 1902. At the time
of their marriage the parents removed to
their present farm, comprising sixty-five
acres, which belongs to Mrs. Spray and
is situated on section 25, Marion township.
Mr. Spray is a general farmer and stock-
raiser, devoting his attention largely to
Shropshire sheep. He has good horses
upon his place and good cattle and his
business interests are capably managed, so
that his labors annually return to him a
gratifying income. He belongs to Salem
Lodge, No. 48, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and exercises his right of fran-
chise in support of the men and measures
of the Republican party. He was reared
in the faith of the Society of Friends and
his wife is a member of the Methodist Epis-
copal church. They are exceedingly pop-
ular people in the community where they
reside, as was Mr. Deal, the father of
Mrs. Spray, and the personal characteris-
tics which win warm friendship and high
regard are displayed by our subject and
his wife, who well deserve representation
in this volume, having always lived in
Henry county.


Joel Campbell, who has a wide and
favorable acquaintance in Henry county,
resides at No. 503 Division street, in
Mount Pleasant, having retired from ac-
tive connection with agricultural interests,
to which he devoted his energies for many
years. He was born November 30, 1846,



and is of English lineage. His parents.
James and Nancy (Birdwell) Campbell,
were born in East Tennessee, the former
on the 1 8th of May. 1818, and the latter
March 4. 1825. The father came to Iowa
in 1848, when his son Joel was only two
years of age. Much of the journey was
made on a flatboat, for there were no
railroads at that time, and travel was
either by water or by stage, or private
conveyance. Mr. Campbell was a farmer
by occupation, and on his removal to the
Mississippi valley settled first in Sullivan
county, Missouri, where he remained for
a year, and then came to Henry county,
Iowa, establishing his home near Mary-
land. He purchased land from the state,
which he afterward sold, and then re-
moved to Jefferson township, where he
carried on general agricultural pursuits
until his death, which was occasioned by
typhoid fever, November 25, 1855. When
about eighteen years of age he had aided
in driving the Indians out of Kentucky
and Tennessee, this war against the red
men occurring about 1836. When he
came to Henry county he found that the
Indians were still numerous in this part
of the state, and that wild game of all
kinds was plentiful. He was well fitted
to cope with the difficulties of pioneer life,
possessing a genial, jovial nature that set
at naught the hardships and difficulties
and made the most of opportunities. More-
over, he was an honest, upright man and
did much to promote the good of the com-
munity. His political allegiance was
given to the Whig party, and both he and
his wife were members of the Presbyte-
rian church. Mrs. Campbell sunaved her
husband for a number of years, and died

January 3, 1866. In their family were
six children, of whom two are living : Joel
and Polly N., the latter of Harper county.
Kansas. The father was married twice,
and by his first union he had one daugh-
ter, Mary Jane, who married Abraham
Carpenter, who died in September, 1904,
his remains being interred in Forest Home
cemetery in Mount Pleasant. His widow
now resides in Harper, Kansas. The
mother of our subject was laid to rest in
Tippecanoe township, while the father's
burial occurred in Wayland. Their eld-
est son, Joshua B. Campbell, enlisted for
service in Company I, of the Fourteenth
Iowa Infantry in the Civil war, and was
taken prisoner at the battle of Shiloh,
which occurred on the 6th of April, 1862.
He was, after being in prison sixty days,
paroled and was in parole camp at St.
Louis one year and afterward on detached
duty. There were also three cousins of
Joel Campbell in the Civil war — James,
Archibald and Jasper Campbell, the last-
named being only fourteen years of age
when he was killed.

Joel Campbell pursued his education in
the district schools near his home. As he
lost his father when only eight years of
age, and was thus thrown upon his own
resources, he was compelled to work for
his board and clothing for several years.
Soon, however, he was given wages, and
his industry and close application enabled
him to secure good positions. He has
traveled to a considerable extent, crossing
the continent from ocean to ocean. He
has worked on railroad bridges and in
sawmills, and also followed the occupa-
tion of farming, and in 1889 he turned his
attention to agricultural pursuits in Jef-



ferson county, where he remained until
the 28th of January. 1897. when he sold
his property there and came to Hen.ry
county, settling in Marion township.
where he purchased a farm. He had there
a comfortable house and fifteen acres of
land on section 28 and resided continu-
ously upon the farm until February, 1905,
when he removed to his present home in
Mount Pleasant, having purchased the
property in 1902. In addition to the
dwelling, he has six acres of land within
the city limits.

Mr. Campbell also made a creditable
military record in the Civil war. In Feb-
ruary, 1864. he secured his mother's writ-
ten consent, and enlisted as a member of
Company G, Thirtieth Iowa infantry. He
was transferred in ]\Iay. 1865, to Com-
pany K. of the Sixth Iowa Veteran In-
fantry, and was honorably discharged on
the 28th of July of the same year. He
participated in the battles of Dalton, New
Hope Church, the siege of Atlanta, Sa-
vannah and Bentonville, being under the
command of Sherman. He also partici-
pated in the celebrated march to the sea,
which proved the Aveakness of the Con-
federacy : at the close of the war, he took
part in the grand review in \\'ashington,
the most celebrated military pageant ever
seen on the western hemisphere. He en-
dured the privations and hardships that
were meted out to a soldier, and his mind
is filled with interesting reminiscences of
the great conflict. He tells of being for
three days and three nights without any-
thing to eat but green chestnuts, and he
was suffering severely from rheumatism
ai tliat time and was unable to walk. It
was about the time that Hood flanked the

Union troops. He now^ has in his pos-
session a most interesting and valuable
map, showing the route of the marches of
the army of General Sherman from At-
lanta to Goldsboro, North Carolina, being
the only map of the kind in the county.

Mr. Campbell was first married July 4,
1872, to Miss Sarah Collins, who w-as
born in Salem township, and was a daugh-
ter of John and Martha Collins. She died
January 26, 1873, and was laid to rest in
Pleasant Point cemetery. On the 27th
of July, 1892, after living alone for aborit
twenty years, Mr. Campbell w-as again
married, his second union being with Miss
Leona Luzadder, who was born in High-
land county, Ohio, May 22, 1850, a
daughter of Jacob and ]\Iary Ann (Barn-
ard) Luzadder, both of whom were na-
tives of Highland county, Ohio. The ma-
ternal grandparents were born on the
island of Nantucket, and the paternal
grandparents were natives of Pennsylva-
nia. Mr. Ltizadder was a farmer, and
brought his family to Iowa from Ohio in
a wagon in 1850. His destination was
Tippecanoe township, this county, where
lie purchased an improved farm of one
hundred and sixty acres, upon which he
carried on general agricultural pursuits
for many years, there residing at the time
of his death, wdiich occurred January 26,

1892, wdien he was in his seventy-eighth
year, his birth having taken place on the
15th of June, 1814. His wife, who w^as
born March i, 1821, died January 29,

1893. Her people w^ere members of the
Society of Friends, while the ancestry of
the Campbell line w^ere represented in the
Baptist and IMethodist churches. Mr.
Luzadder, father of Mrs. Campbell, was



for several months in the state mihtia,
acting as a member of the home guards
at the time of the Civil war. In politics
he was a republican, and kept well in-
formed on the questions and issues of the
day. He served as one of the school di-
rectors and also as county commissioner,
and is said by all who knew him to have
been one of nature's noblemen. Unto Mr.
and Mrs. Luzadder were born seven chil-
dren, of whom four are now living:
Clark, a resident of Miami county, Kan-
sas; Albert, of Butler county, Kansas;
Arthur, who is living in Wapello county,
Iowa, and Mrs. Campbell. Besides rear-
ing his own family, Mr. Luzadder always
had some orphan or homeless child with
him, who was treated as a member of his
own family. His broad humanitarianism
and benevolent spirit prompted him to
many actions of kindness and deeds of
charity, and the poor and needy found in
him a warm friend. Many have lived to
bless his memory for timely assistance
which he rendered, and his influence was
ever given on the side of right, progress,
truth and justice. During his declining
years Mr. Luzadder was tenderly cared
for by his daughter, Mrs. Campbell.

Following the splendid example of her
father, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have
reared an adopted son, William Arthur
Luzadder, who was born September 15,
1878, in Henry county, whose parents
were Arthur B. and Sarah L. (Craig)
Luzadder. He lived with Mr. and Mrs.
Campbell until his marriage to Miss Les-
lie Scott and now resides in Adair coun-
ty, Missouri. By this marriage there are
three children. Vera H., Laura Ruth and

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