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John, Mr. Cooper passing away on Jan-
uary 29, 1896, at eighty-eight years, two
months and nineteen days, while his wife
died January 18, 1898, aged eighty-one
years, seven months and two days.

Jesse Downing Cooper acquired his

education in the common schools of Wi-
nona, Iowa, and also in West Liberty,
Cedar county, this state. His boyhood and
youth were passed upon the home farm
and he early became familiar with the du-
ties and labors that fall to the lot of the
agriculturist. Eventually he came into
possession of the old homestead and in
addition to this farm he also owns twelve
acres of timber land. While at school he
acquainted himself with the methods of
veterinary practice and has since followed
that profession, his excellent service and
capability in that line securing him a lib-
eral patronage. He also carries on gen-
eral farming, and he raises stock includ-
ing shorthorn and polled Durham cattle,
Normanshire and Hambletonian horses
and Poland China hogs, and he also
raises high bred chickens.

In his work he is practical and meth-
odical and his well directed efforts are re-
sultant factors in bringing him a very
desirable competence. He is a member
of the Society of Friends, and he votes
W'ith the Republican party, to which he
has given his allegiance since age con-
ferred upon him the right of franchise.


The life of Charles A. Hulquist. a pros-
perous farmer and stock-raiser of Wayne
township, affords an excellent example
of what a young man full of energy and
ambition can accomplish in a strange
land, far from home and friends. He



has been a farmer all his life and thor-
oughly understands the business to which
he still devotes his time. Like many an-
other successful agriculturist, Mr. Hul-
quist was born in Sweden and received
his rudimentary education in the schools
of his native land. He was born in Smo-
land, Sweden, March 12, i860, and is a
son of Sven Magnus Johnson and Ida
Christina Peterson.

He came to this country in 1881, and
on April 23d, of the same year, went to
Wayne township, and secured employ-
ment as a farmer. He worked in this
capacity for three years, then rented a
farm in Jefferson township for seven
years, then purchased one hundred and
sixty acres on section 23, and began life
for himself. He devotes himself to gen-
eral' farming and stock-breeding, raising
cattle, horses and hogs.

On March 13, 1889, Mr. Hulquist was
united in marriage to Anna Sophia Fri-
dolph, a daughter of Gust Fridolph and
Charlotte Christina Erickson, both na-
tives of Sweden, and now farmers of
Wayne township. To this union have
been born five children : Florence Chris-
tina, Ester Elfrida, Hedwig Eveline, El-
sie Olive and Ernest August.

Mr. Hulqviist, though comparatively a
young man. has been very successful in
life, depending entirely upon his own ef-
forts. He has constantly kept before him
the determination to win a home and a
fortune in his adopted country and in an
incredibly short time he has developed
from a stranger, working his way up-
ward in a strange land, into a successful
and prosperous business man, in a coun-
try where all men are equal. He and his

family are faithful members of the Swed-
ish Lutheran church, in which their influ-
ence for the right increases year by year.


Levi Parkins, whose landed posses-
sions aggregate two hundred and fifty-
six acres, constituting a productive and
valuable farm in Salem township on
which he is raising stock as well as grain,
was born in Henry county, Indiana, on
the 20th of August, 1853. His paternal
grandfather, Stephen Parkins, was a na-
tive of Virginia, born near Winchester
and removed from the Old Dominion to
Ohio prior to 1800, and before the admis-
sion of the latter state into the Union. He
married Catherine Ogan, whose birth also
occurred in the vicinity of Winchester.
He was a member of the Society of
Friends, or Quakers, and like that sect
was opposed to war. He therefore did not
volunteer for service in the war of 1812
and when drafted refused to serve, but
the army drove oft' his cows, hogs and
other stock and as it was in the middle of
winter left him in a very destitute

David Parkins, father of Levi Parkins,
was born in Belmont county, Ohio, as was
his wife, who bore the maiden name of
Mary Burke. Her parents were Thomas
and Rachel Burke, also natives of Bel-
mont county, who had removed to Henry
county, Indiana, prior to the marriage
of the young people. As a young man he



went to Henry county, Indiana, where he
was engaged in farming until his removal
to Iowa in 1859. When they came to
Iowa they settled first at Salem. Soon
afterward, however, they removed to Lee
county, where David Parkins raised one
crop and then returned to Salem town-
ship, Henry county, where he purchased
one hundred acres of land, to which he
added from time to time until he owned at
his death two hundred and thirty-two acres
of rich and productive land. He remained
a resident of this county for almost a
half century, passing away August 18,
1902. His wife died in February, 1896.
In their family were three sons and a
daughter, but the latter died in infancy.
The brothers of our subject are still liv-
ing, namely : Stephen Parkins, who re-
sides in Fairfield, Iowa; and William
Parkins, who is a ranchman of Colorado.
Levi Parkins, the youngest of the fam-
ily, is indebted to the district school sys-
tem of Iowa for the educational privileges
he enjoyed in his youth. He spent his
boyhood days upon the home farm, where
he now lives and in the fall of 1868, when
a youth of fifteen years he went to Mem-
phis, Missouri, where he worked with his
brother. He was married June 17, 1877,
to Miss Hannah Tribby, who was born
in Harrisville, Harrison county, Ohio,
on the 19th of October, 1850, a daugh-
ter of John W. and Jane H. (Howard)
Tribby, who were also natives of Harri-
son county. Her parents moved to Sa-
lem township in the spring of 1865, where
they bought a farm. Miss Tribby was
educated in the public schools of Ohio
and Whittier College, at Salem, Iowa,
and later taught eleven terms in the public

schools. Her paternal grandparents were
John and Ann ( White) Tribby and her ma-
ternal grandparents were John and Han-
nah (Raley) Howard, both coming from
England. After their marriage Mr. and
Mrs. Parkins took up their abode on the
old home place, living with his parents
and eventually he purchased the property
and also an additional tract of fifty-six
acres, so that the farm now comprises two
hundred and eighty-six acres of Iowa's
rich land, also owning and operating a
good stone quarry, supplying the local de-
mand. He carries on general farming
and annually harvests good crops. He
also raises Norman horses, shorthorn
cattle and Poland China hogs, and has re-
cently added sheep, and the stock-rais-
ing department of his business is proving

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Parkins have been
born five children, but the eldest was born
and died on the same day. May 22, 1878.
Fred D., born December 2, 1880, died
January 17, 1882. Mary, born December
3, 1882, was educated at Howe's Acad-
emy, Mount Pleasant, and then taught,
married Albert C. Wolf, of Ottumwa,
Iowa. Lola, born April 28, 1888, a grad-
uate of the public school, attended Whit-
tier College, at Salem, Iowa, and is now
teaching. Earl T., born January 11,
1892, completes the family. Mr. Parkins
is a birth right Quaker, having been
reared in the faith of the Society of
Friends. His political views accord with
republican principles and he served for
two terms as township trustee, filling the
position at the time the Australian bal-
lot system was inaugurated here. Fra-
ternallv he is connected with the Odd



Fellows Lodge, Xo. 48, at Salem. He was
only about a year old when brought by
his parents to Iowa, and has since re-
sided in this part of the state, so that
more than fifty years have been added to
the cycle of the centuries while he has
been connected with farming interests


Nelse Monson, controlling and enjoy-
ing the largest patronage of any merchant
in Swedesburg, is conducting a general
store and also dealing in hardware. He
manages his business interests in keeping
with modern ideas of commercialism and
his close application, keen discrimination
and indefatigable energy have been the
salient features in a success which is as
creditable as it is gratifying. He was born
in the province of Skane, Sweden, on the
2 1 St of January, 1866, and is a son of
John and Bengta (Anderson) Monson,
who came to America when their son Nelse
was only about eight months old, cross-
ing the Atlantic in one of the old-time
sailing vessels, which was about six weeks
in completing that voyage. They did not
tarry on the eastern coast but made their
way at once into the interior of the coun-
try, locating at Knoxville. Illinois, where
the father engaged in farming. After
two years' residence there they crossed
the Mississippi into Iowa and toc^k up
their abode in Swedesburg, where the
father again engaged in farming. After
two years he bought eighty acres of land

and later he sold this property, having
in the meantime accumulated therefrom
a comfortable competence as the result of
his earnest labors, economy and diligence.
\\nien he had put aside business cares he
spent his remaining days in the enjoy-
ment of a well earned rest, passing away
on the 29th of April, 1901, when about
seventy years of age. The mother is still
surviving, having attained the ripe old
age of seventy-eight }'ears and makes her
home in Swedesburg. The father was a
member of the Swedish Lutheran church,
taking an active and helpful part in its
work and doing all in his power to
extend its influence. He served as one
of its deacons for eighteen years and he
guided his life in conformity with its
teachings. In his political views he was
an earnest republican but without aspira-
tion for office. L^nto him and his wife
were born seven children : Andrew,
deceased ; one who died in infancy ; Anna,
wiio became the wife of Anthony John-
son and died in 1886, at the age of twen-
ty-seven years; Jennie, wife of Rev. C.
G. Olson, who is living in Wausa, Ne-
braska; Nellie, the wife of Anthony John-
son, of Omaha, Nebraska; Nelse, of this
review; and Caleb, who is living at Noble,

Nelse Monson, having been brought to
America in his infancy acquired his pre-
liminary education in the district schools
of Iowa, while later he attended August-
ana College at Rock Island, spending two
years as a student in i)ursuit of a classical
course there. He then returned home and
assisted in the work of the farm, becom-
ing familiar with every department of
farm labor in cc^mnection with the tilling




of the soil and the care of the stock. He
remained upon the old homestead from
1890 until 1903 with the exception of one
year's residence in Emporia, Nebraska,
where he was engaged in merchandising
in connection with Frank Linberg. He
then sold out to his partner and returned
to Swedesburg, again locating on the
farm, where he continued until 1903 and
he once more became connected with mer-
cantile pursuits, purchasing the general
store and stock of the firm of Anderson &
Nelson. He has since conducted the busi-
ness on his own account, carrying a full
line of goods required in a general store
and also handling hardware of all de-
scriptions. He has the largest establish-
ment in Swedesburg with an extensive
and growing patronage that is very grati-
fying and indicates his modern business
methods and his thorough understanding
of the trade. He is reliable in all his
dealing's, earnestly desires to please his
patrons and by careful management has
developed a business that is bringing him
a o-ood financial return.

On the 15th of February, 1893, was
celebrated the marriage of Mr. Monson
and Miss Ida Matilda Johnson, a daugh-
ter of Louis W. and Beata Johnson. They
are well known and occupy an enviable
position in social circles. They hold mem-
bership in the Swedish Lutheran church,
taking an active part in its work and
doing all in their power to promote its
growth and extend its influences. Mr.
Monson is a deacon, having held the
office for nine years. Politically he is a
republican and for three years was asses-
sr)r of the township, having been elected
to the office in 1900. He is never remiss

in the duties of citizenship whether in
office or out of it and is an advocate of
all progressive measures which tend to
advance the welfare for the permanent
improvement of this section of the state.


Gust F. Lund, who owns and operates
a farm of one hundred and sixty acres
on section 27, Wayne township, and also
has a similar tract of one hundred and
sixty acres on section 3, was born March
24, 1853, in Smoland, Sweden, his par-
ents being Jonas M. and Martha (Pear-
son) Lund. He began his education in
the schools of his native country and con-
tinued his studies after reaching America.
He crossed the Atlantic to the United
States in 1869, making his way to Gales-
burg-, Illinois, where he followed farming
until 1870. In that year he made his way
to Swedesburg, Henry county, Iowa,
where he secured employment as a farm
hand, being thus engaged until 1875.
when he purchased eighty acres of land
on section 27, Wayne township. This
was on the southeast quarter of the sec-
tion and he afterward added eighty acres
adjoining on the west, thus extending
the boundaries of his property in 1890.
In the same year he erected a good dwell-
ing. He built a cattle, hay and horse bam
and in 1901 put up a windmill. He has
the place well improved and everything
about the farm is attractive and neat in
appearance. On the 12th of December,



1901. he purchased one hundred and sixty
acres on section 3, which was somewhat
improved, and there he built a bam and
put up a windmill in 1902. He drilled
a well one hundred and ninety-two feet
in depth, thus having an abundant supplv
of water. He has likewise tiled the land
and he rents a portion of this place. He
has remodeled his own residence until
he has a very comfortable and commodi-
ous dwelling, containing eleven rooms,
closets and a hall. The home is comforta-
bly and tastefully furnished and the
entire farm gives evidence of his careful
supervision and thrift. In connection
with the tilling of the soil he keeps Clydes-
dale horses and owns a stallion for breed-
ing purposes. He also has fifty head
of steers and makes a specialty of raising-
Poland China and Jerse)- Red hogs.

On the 4th of April, 1877, Mr. Lund
was married to Miss Hilma C. Lauger,
who was born in Jefferson county. Iowa,
and is a daughter of John and Anna Lau-
ger. Their children are: Rudolph G.,
born February 3, 1879; Walter S.,
December 23. 1881 ; Edah V., February
19, 1883; and Myrtle, August 28, 1889.
The parents hold membership in the Luth-
eran church and Mr. Lund votes with the
Republican party, keeping well informed
on the issues and questions of the day.
but is without aspiration for office, pre-
ferring to give his time and energies to
his business aft'airs. AVhatever he under-
takes he carries forward to successful
completion, having the determination and
energy that enable him to overcome diffi-
culties and obstacles and to regard hard-
ships rather as an impetus for renewed
effort. Realizing that earnest lal:)or con-

stitutes the strongest element in all suc-
cess he has so directed his efforts as to
win through diligence a creditable meas-
ure of prosperity.


The Swedish-American element in the
citizenship of Henry county has been an
important one leading to the substantial
and desired improvement of a considera-
ble portion of the county. Andrew Lin-
quist was born in Smolan in the northern
part of Sweden, a son of Colson and
Christina Marie Linquist. His child-
hood and early youth were passed in his
native country and in 1871, attracted bv
the opportunities of the new world he
came from Sweden to America and made
his way to Swedesburg, Iowa, where he
worked for his cousin, Oliver Stephenson,
spending one summer upon the farm
He was afterward employed as a fann
hand by others until 1881, when he invest-
ed the money which he had saved from
his earnings in a tract of land of forty
acres on the southeast quarter of section
23, Wayne township. L''pon this place
was a small house, fourteen by sixteen
feet. Here he carried on general farming
but since 1895 has rented the place on
account of his health. He has never mar-
ried but continues to reside upon the
farm. He built a story and a half house
with four rooms and a pantry and his
dwelling is heated by furnace. He has
planted many fruit trees and now has a



nice orchard together with a vineyard.
There is also a new corn crib upon the
place and other buildings and his farm
shows his careful supervision. In all of
his methods he is practical and energetic
and whatever he possesses is due entirely
to his own labor and careful management.
He votes with the Republican party but
is without aspiration for office and he
holds membership in the Lutheran church.


Ansalem Stanley, who was a resident
of Salem township, was born in Colum-
biana county, Ohio, July 13, 181 7, and
passed away October 30, 1905, at the
advanced age of eighty-eight years. His
father was Joseph Stanley and his grand-
father bore the same name. The former
wedded Abigail Cobb, a daughter of
Waddy Cobb, a native of Virginia, in
which state not only the grandparents
but also the parents of our subject were
born. They were farming people and
Joseph Stanley, Jr., followed agricultural
pursuits in Ohio, he and his wife making
their home in that state, where they were
married, from the time of their removal
from Virginia until they were called to
their final rest. In their family were five
daughters and three sons, of whom Ansa-
lem Stanley was the third in order of

In the common schools of Ohio Mr.
Stanley acquired his education and upon
the home farm was reared, remaining

with his parents until 1838, when at the
age of twenty-one years he started for
Iowa, accompanied by his brother Joseph
and four other young men. They pro-
ceeded down the Ohio and thence up the
Mississippi river to Fort Madison, Iowa,
and from that point drove across the
country to Salem township, Henry county,
where Mr. Stanley worked at cabinet-
making and carpentering for many years.
He followed that pursuit at intervals dur-
ing his entire life and superintended the
work of building Whittier's College at
Salem and also "White's Institute, which
has since been destroyed by fire. He
also worked on many of the best of the
older buildings in this section of the state
and through his skill and ability as a
builder contributed in substantial measure
to the improvement of his adopted
county. He purchased eighty acres of
land on section 16, Salem township, to
which he added as his financial resources
permitted until he was the owner of one
hundred and ninety acres, including thirty
acres of timber land on section 17, while
the remainder was on sections 15 and 16,
Salem township. In 1902, however, he
sold the timber tract. The remainder of
the land was all unimproved when it came
into his possession, but he cleared and
cultivated it, erected substantial buildings
and placed his farm under a high state
of cultivation. He also improved it by
the erection of substantial barns and out-
buildings for the shelter of grain and
stock and in course of time had trans-
formed one hundred and sixty acres of
land into as productive and valuable a
tract as could be found in the township.
Mr. Stanley was twice married. On



the 4th of May, 1842, he wedded Phoebe
Cook, who was born in Preble county,
Ohio, May 4, 1823, a daughter of EH and
EHzabeth (Denny) Cook. Their chil-.
dren were : EHzabeth, now the wife of
James Maxweh, of Lakeview, Oregon;
Joseph H.. a resident of Baxter Springs,
Kansas ; Daniel, of Dellvale, Kansas, and
Mary P., the wife of Henry Ross, of
Wichita, Kansas. The wife and mother
died September 17, 185 1, and was laid
to rest in the Friends' cemetery in Salem,
Iowa. On the 22d of October, 1856, Mr.
Stanley wedded Hannah B. Ellyson, who
was born in Columbiana county, Ohio,
November 6, 1835. Her paternal grand-
parents were Zachariah and Mary
(Vatau) Ellyson, natives of Virginia.
Their son Robert, born in the same state,
was married to Hannah Butler, a native
of New Jersey and a daughter of Benja-
min and Hannah (Webster) Butler,
natives of England and Ireland respect-
ively. Mr. and Mrs. Ellyson became the
parents of a daughter whom they gave
the name of Hannah B., and who was
educated in the Friends' Academy at
Mount Pleasant, Ohio, after attending the
common schools. Later she came to Iowa
to live with an aunt who had no children.
By the second marriage of Mr. Stanley
there were born nine children : Robert
L., of Bagley, Iowa; Phoebe E., a trained
nurse; Ina R., the wife of Arthur Hunni-
cutt, of Cumberland, Wisconsin; Schuy-
ler, at home; Amanda, who is living in
Los Angeles, California; Charles A., of
Salem township ; Jeanette, at home ;
Zadok, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and
Sidwell J., of Colorado Springs, Colo-

In the year 185 1, attracted by the dis-
covery of gold in California, Mr. Stanley
left home by the water route, going down
the Mississippi river, crossing the gulf of
Mexico and making his way across the
isthmus at Nicaraugua. He then took
passage on a steamer on the Pacific
ocean which landed him at San Francisco
after being three months upon the
way. He was accompanied by John H.
Pickering and wife, John Smith, wife
and child, Reuben and Henry Dorland
and James Mace. Mr. Stanley followed car-
pentering during the sojourn in California,
which covered four years and at the end
of that time he returned to Iowa, pro-
ceeding by boat to the isthmus and thence
home by the way of New York. He had
a prosperous trip and after his return
lived contentedly in Salem township, car-
rying on a good business as a carpenter
and farmer. As the years passed by his
labors were attended with success and
moreover he enjoyed the confidence and
respect of his fellow men by reason of
an active, honorable and upright life. He
with his wife held membership in the
Friends' church, in which he served as
clerk for many years. His political alle-
giance was given to the Republican party
and he served as township clerk and as
assessor of his township. Fraternally he
was connected with Salem Lodge, No. 48,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
His death was occasioned by paralysis
and he passed away October 30, 1905,
at the very venerable age of eighty-eight
vears, his remains being interred in the
Friends' cemetery at Salem, while Mrs.
Stanley is still residing at the old home-




George Lewis Kongable, deceased,
. who w^as a respected and representative
farmer of Scott tow-nship, was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November
29, 1847, his parents being George and
]\Iary Kongable, both of whom were
natives of Pennsylvania. His boyhood
was passed in the state of his nativity and
when he was a vouth of eighteen vears
he went to Butler county, Ohio, with
some companions, spending ten years in
that locality. After being employed by
others for a time he invested in land
and became the owner of a good farm,
which he brought under a high state of
cultivation. At length he sold that prop-
erty, however, and in 1877 removed to
Iowa, settling in Louisa county, w^here
he was employed at farm labor for several

On the 7th of October, 1880, ^Ir. Kon-
gable was united in marriage to Miss
Laura Belle Wynkoop, a native of Butler
county, Ohio, who spent a portion of her
girlhood in Preble county, that state,
removing to low^a after her marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Kongable began domestic
life upon a farm near Morning Sun,
Louisa county, wdiere thfey lived for two
years, when, having sold his property in
Ohio. Mr. Kongable took up his abode
upon a rented farm two and a half miles
east of Winfield, living there for about
eight years. He then purchased eighty

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