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country labor finds its just reward and
that if he would work persistently and
earnestly he might hope to attain success.
With this belief he carefully directed his
labors and is today the owner of one of
the best small farms in the county.


John Peter F. Hultquist lives upon a
fine tract of one hundred and twenty
acres, section 21, Henry county, and is
one of the leading agriculturists of his
district. He does general farming and
raises cattle, horses and hogs. He has
resided in this vicinity for about twenty-
five years and is well known throughout
the community as an industrious and
prosperous citizen.

He is of foreign birth, the place of his
nativity being Smolan, Sweden, on the
3d of April, 1858. He went to school in
his native land and worked during vaca-
tions at home, until he was eighteen years
old, then became overseer of a large farm.
Li t88o. he came to America and secured
employment upon the farm of Louis Spie-
del, near Swedesburg, Iowa. He remained

in this position one year and left it to be-
come clerk in a grocery at Mount Pleas-
ant. After leaving the store he secured
a position with the Chicago, Burlington
& Quincy Railroad Company. He, how-
ever, soon left this, and went back to
farming, in which business he continued
until he accepted a position in Dallas
county with the Chicago & Northwest-
ern Railway. After five months he re-
turned to Swedesburg and succumbed to
an illness which lasted several months.
i\s soon as possible after his recovery, he
entered into the employment of Thomas
Smith, wdio owned a farm in Scott town-
ship. In the fall of 1883, he took up the
trade of tiling and continued in this work
for four seasons.

On February 24, 1887, Mr. Hultquist
was united in marriage to Emma C. John-
son, a daughter of John and Sophia John-
son, born in Monmouth, Illinois. She
spent the days of her childhood and youth
in Swedesburg, wdiere she was educated in
the common schools. Mr. and Mrs. Hult-
quist have become the parents of five chil-
dren : Fred, born October 22, 1887;
Agnes, born June 30, 1892; Florence,
born September 25, 1894 (died June 4,
1902) ; Paul, born May 6, 1896, and Les-
lie, born January 6, 1900. He lost his
wife on November 27, 1903.

After his marriage Mr. Hultquist
rented a farm of Mr. Morehouse, of
Wayne township, for three years. At the
expiration of that period, he leased one
hundred and sixty acres of Henry Nicko-
laus for five years. Then deciding" that he
would like to own a farm, he purchased
the one hundred and twenty acres where
his home has been ever since. He has



improved the land and tiled it and put the
orchard of one and one-half acres into a
fine condition, and added to his land by a
more recent purchase of eighty acres ad-
joining his farm on the north.

On May 26, 1904, Mr. Hultquist took
for his second wife. Mrs. Ida Arnell, the
widow of Andrew Arnell. who was Ijorn
in Sweden. She had six children by her
first marriage: Albert, Ivar, Frances,
Alfred, x\lice and Raymond.

In matters of religion Mr. Hultquist is
a follower of the faith of his fathers and
belongs to the Swedish Lutheran church.
Politically he believes in the principles of
the Republican party and casts his vote
for its candidates.

He is an enterprising, up-to-date farm-
er. The excellent condition of his fields
and orchard give ample proof of his effi-
ciency as an agriculturist. He has made
for himself a position to be envied, start-
ing out in life empty-handed, he has
earned a place in the world which will
secure him a comfortable and happy life
in the vears to come.


In the person of Gust Fridolph, we
have the example of a self-made man.
He started out in life without financial
aid, with no one to assist him and nothing
upon which to depend but his own efiforts.
He applied himself diligently to the task
before him and has acquired through his
close application to business, a comfort-

able, pleasant home and a bright outlook
for the future, in his declining years.

Gust Fridolph was born in Smolan.
Sweden, on the 13th day of September,
1829. He was a son of John Nelson and
Brata Stina. He had no means of acquir-
ing an education and did not attend school
in his native land. He was employed in
Sweden, upon a farm until 1857, then
came to America, going first to Hender-
son county, Illinois, where he worked
upon a farm until 1864, when he was able
to purchase a tract of land amounting to
eighty acres. This was in Wayne town-
ship, section 34. It was fenced, but
was unbroken prairie with no build-
ings upon it. He built a frame house con-
taining two rooms and occupied it until
1 87 1, when it was destroyed by fire. He
thereupon erected a seven-room dwelling
house and put up farm buildings, among
them a hay barn, a corn crib and a wagon
shed. He is an all around farmer and
raises some stock, principally for his own

In December of 1859, he was united
in marriage to Christine C. Erickson, who
was also born in Sweden and came to the
United States in 1857. She went to Bur-
lington, Iowa, where she secured employ-
ment, continuing to work for herself until
she wedded Mr. Fridolph.

Mr. and Mrs. Fridolph became the par-
ents of three children, one of whom, Gust
Alfred, passed away in infancy; Joshua is
a merchant living in Page county. Iowa.
and Anna is now Mrs. Charles Hultquist.

Mr. Fridolph is a good example of a
prosperous Swedish-American citizen, a
man who has come to this free country to
make for himself a home and a fortune in



a new land, and has been eminently suc-
cessful in both.

In religious belief he is a Lutheran and
a strict adherent to the doctrines of his
church and was for thirty-five years a
deacon. He has informed himself con-
cerning the principles of government of
his adopted country and has allied himself
with the Republican party, to which he
gives his support both in municipal and
national affairs.


Among those formerly identified with
farming and stock-raising interests in
Henry county whom death has removed
from the field of active labor here is num-
bered Nathan Cammack, who was born
in Salem township, July i, 1841. His
father, Levi Cammack, was a native of
Indiana and married Elizabeth Frazier,
who was also born in that state. In the
year 1838, they came to Henry county,
Iowa, settling in Salem township upon a
farm of one hundred and sixty acres, con-
stituting the southeast quarter of section
24, which Mr. Cammack entered from the
government. It was entirely wild and
uncultivated, but he soon found that the
raw land could be converted into a pro-
ductive tract and his labors made his place
a valuable one. In the early days the
family underwent many hardships and
trials incident to pioneer life, but he as-
sisted materially in subduing the wilder-
ness and in extending the frontier. Both

he and his wife continued to reside upon
the old family homestead until called to
their final rest.

Nathan Cammack was reared upon his
father's farm, spending his boyhood days
in Salem. The father was a leading stock-
buyer and dealer, operating quite exten-
sively in that line in northern Missouri
as well as in the state of Iowa. He
bought and drove his stock from different
places in the two states to Keokuk, Iowa,
for that was prior to the era of railroad
development here and he thus took his
cattle across the country to Keokuk for
shipment. As his years and strength
increased Nathan Cammack more and
more largely assisted his father in his
farming and stock-dealing interests. In
his youth he attended the common schools
and after putting aside his text-books his
entire attention was given to business
interests in connection with his father.
He lived with his parents until two years
after his marriage, which occurred on
the 26th of October, 1861, Miss Jane
Pigeon becoming his wife. She was born
one mile south of Salem and is a daughter
of Isaac Pigeon, who came across the
Mississippi river with Aaron Street, who
laid out the town of Salem. He became
one of the first settlers in the county, the
year of his arrival being 1835. The Red
men still hunted in this part of the state
and there were but few settlers within the
entire county and no settlers between here
and Fort Madison. It was indeed a wild
frontier district and he aided in planting
the seeds of civilization which in due time
brought forth good fruit. He married
Miss Phebe Kester, who, like her hus-
band, was born in Guilford county, North



Carolina. They were members of the
Society of Friends, or Quakers, and they
left the south on account of the institu-
tion of slavery and also on account of the
prevalence of the use of intoxicating
liquors there. x\fter coming to Iowa, Mr.
Pigeon entered many acres of land in the
vicinity of Salem, becoming one of the
extensive property holders of this locality.
He was a son of Isaac Pigeon, while his
wife was a daughter of William and
Elizabeth (Mendenhall) Kester, natives
of Scotland.

Two years after his marriage Nathan
Cammack dissolved partnership with his
father and began farming and stock-deal-
ing on his own account upon the farm
owned by his father. When the latter
suffered financial reverses in 1876, Nathan
Cammack purchased the eighty acres, of
land adjoining a tract of similar dimen-
sions which his father had given him at
the time of his marriage. He then dis-
continued the purchase and sale of stock,
dealing only in that which he himself
raised. His land was placed under a high
state of cultivation and he annually har-
vested rich crops because of the care and
labor which he bestowed upon the fields.
As time passed by he made excellent im-
provements upon his property, including
the erection of a fine frame residence of
eleven rooms which he built in 1891. This
is the most commodious dwelling of the
locality and forms a most attractive fea-
ture in the landscape. As the years went
by the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Cam-
mack was blessed with fourteen children :
Nettie, who is engaged in teaching school,
her services being in demand in this and
other counties, as well as Nebraska ;

Frank, who is engaged in the fruit
business in Washington ; Ralph, who
owns a prune farm in Salem, Oregon ;
Effie, who is a teacher in Henry and other
counties ; Ora, who follows farming near
Williamstown, Missouri; Nellie, at home;
Laura, also a school teacher of this state ;
Fred a stock-dealer of Greene county,
Iowa ; Clifford, who was a soldier in the
Philippines and is now living in Oregon ;
Albert, of Fort Collins, Colorado, where
he is assistant professor of the State
Agricultural College, being a gradu-
ate of Ames; William, who is pur-
suing a medical course in Northwest-
ern University, at Chicago; Irving,
and Earl, twins, at home; and Ray, who
is also with his mother. All the family
were given superior educational advan-
tages, all attending \Miittier College,
while Albert was a graduate of Ames,
also Frank, Ralph, Laura and Earl being
students there, while Ora and Effie were
graduates from Elliott's Business College
of Burlington. The three who are teach-
ers have first class state certificates. The
father passed away April i, 1898, his
death being occasioned by heart trouble
and his remains were interred in Salem
cemetery. Mrs. Cammack successfully
conducts the farm.

]\Ir. and Mrs. Cammack were birth-
right members of the Society of Friends
and always adhered to that faith. His
political allegiance was given to the Re-
publican party and for a number of years
he was a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. These associa-
tions indicate something of the charac-
ter of the man. for Mr. Cammack was at
all times an upright citizen and a faithful



friend, who realized his obhgations to his
fellow men and faithfully performed every
trust which was reposed in him. His best
traits of character, however, were re-
served for his family and he was a con-
siderate and devoted husband and father.


James A. Garden, a native son of Iowa,
was born in Des Moines county, on the
4th of September, 1861. His father, Wil-
liam Garden, was a native of Hamilton
county, Ohio, and after arriving at years
of maturity devoted his attention to agri-
cultural pursuits in that state. He mar-
ried Miss Isabelle Miller, also a native of
Hamilton county and in the year 1851 he
came to Iowa, settling in Danville town-
ship, Des Moines county, where he in-
vested his capital in one hundred and
seventy-five acres of prairie land and
forty acres of timber. He at once beo;an
the development of a farm and continued
to devote his time and energies to general
agricultural pursuits until his death,
which occurred on the 14th of February,
1866. His wife, long surviving him, also
passed away on the old homestead on the
25th of September, 1890. In the mean-
time, however, she purchased twenty
acres of land a half mile north of the old
home property and on this place stood a
good residence which she and her family
occupied until May 23, 1872, when the
home and all the buildings were destroyed
by the tornado which occurred on that

date. At that date they returned to the
old home place and in the fall of the same
year Mrs. Garden erected a new' residence,
w^hich remained her place of abode up to
the time of her death. In the family
were seven sons and one daughter, all of
whom are yet living wath the exception of
the eldest son and with one exception all
of the sons became school teachers, being
identified with educational work in this

James A. Garden, the sixth member of
his father's family, spent the days of his
boyhood and youth upon the old home-
stead in Des Moines county and was early
trained to the work of the farm, becom-
ing familiar with the duties of field and
meadow. After accjuiring his elementary
education in the district schools he con-
tinued his studies in Howe's Academy at
Mount Pleasant, spending two terms in
that way. Subsequently he took up the
profession of teaching, which he followed
in both Des Moines and Henry counties,
devoting seven years to that work. Later
he began farming on his own account in
in Henry county and followed the tilling
of the soil until the ist of January, 1894,
when he purchased a grain and coal busi-
ness on the Iowa Gentral Railroad at
Winfield, where he has since been located,
being actively connected with the trade.
He now has a liberal patronage that has
been secured through his straightforward
business methods, his reasonable prices
and his efforts to please his customers.

On the 3d of September, 1884, Mr.
Garden was united in marriage to Miss
Mary Boyer, a native of Henry county,
and a- daughter of Frank and Martha
(VanDyke) Boyer, both of whom were



natives of Iowa, the father having been
born in Salem and the mother in Des
Moines county. Mrs. Garden pursued her
education in the pubhc schools and re-
mained under the parental roof until her
marriage. She has become the mother of
one child, Jean Boyer, who was born
March 20, 1886, and pursued his educa-
tion in the high school at Mount Pleasant
and the Iowa Wesleyan University. He
is now successfully engaged in teaching
about four miles west of Winfield.

In his fraternal- relations Mr. Garden
is an Odd Fellow, while his religious faith
is indicated by his membership in the
Methodist Episcopal church. He takes a
very active interest in the work of the
church in its different departments and
since 1897 has served as superintendent of
the Sunday school in Winfield. He has a
wide and favorable acquaintance in this
part of the county, is respected as an
enterprising, successful and reliable busi-
ness man and is esteemed by reason of his
activit}^ along those lines which con-
tribute to the welfare and progress of the
general public.


Robert Gilbert McFarland, deceased,
became one of the pioneer residents of
Henry county, Iowa, and for many years
was associated with its industrial and
agricultural development. He was born
in Little Washington, Pennsylvania, on
the 3d of August, 1809, and when quite
young accompanied his parents on their

removal to Trumbull county, Ohio. He
was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Mc-
Farland and was reared in the Buckeye
state, where he continued to reside until
he became a resident of Illinois. From
the latter state he made his way to Henry
county, Iowa, in 1848, settling at Lowell.
Following his arrival here he purchased a
tan yard from Jacob Little and success-
full}'- operated a tannery for about twelve
years, when he retired from that field of
labor and invested in sixty acres of land
on section 27. He later added to this
property until he owned ninety acres at
the time of his death, which occurred on
the 7th of April, 1883. He was thus for
a long period actively associated with
farming interests in Baltimore township
and he placed his fields under a high state
of cultivation and followed progressive
methods in the care of his farm.

Mr. McFarland was married three
times. On the 28th of October, 1830, he
wedded Miss Lucy F. Andrews, who was
born August 24, 1812, and died May 28,
1832. By her there was one child, Julius
Drayton, who died in inlanc}'. On the
1st of January, 1834, he was joined in
w^edlock to Miss Sarah Bond. Her death
occurred in Lowell. Henry county, Iowa,
October 12, 185 1, and for his third wifg
Mr. McFarland chose Sarah Hays, a
daughter of Air. and Mrs. Joseph Hays,
and married at Denmark, Lee county.
Iowa. Flis death occurred on the 7th of
April, 1883, and his third wife survived
until July 5, 1899. She was born in L'nion
county, Kentucky, November 24, 1829.
By the first marriage there was one child
that died in infancy. The children of the
second marriage were five in number :



Lucy, the eldest, became the wife of F. M.
Smith, a miller, who was killed in the
Lowell mill November i6, 1874. She yet
lives in Lowell. Josephine is the wife of
T. J. Price, of Mount Pleasant. James is
residing in Oregon. Gilbert is living in
Washington county, Iowa. The young-
est child, Iowa, died in infancy. By the
third marriage there were nine children:
Charles Augustin, of whom further men-
tion is made ; Emily Jane, who became the
wife of John McKimmon, of Mount
Pleasant, and died September 28, 1877;
Robison Archibald, who lives upon the
old homestead; Eliza Kate, the wife of
J. L. Head, of Burlington, Iowa; Albert.
who died January 17. 1885; Jerusha, the
wife of Ed Cosgrove, a resident of Des
Moines; Lula, the wife of J. O. Laughlin,
also living in Des Aloines; Frank, who
makes his home in Lowell; and Joseph
William, who died September 20, 1864,
when six years of age.

The father of Robert Gilbert McFar-
land was prominent and influential in
community affairs and served as a mem-
ber of the county board of supervisors,
while for twenty years he filled the office
of justice of the peace, his decisions being
strictly fair and impartial. He was cer-
tainly elected on the "merit system," for
his fidelity to duty and his impartial deci-
sions were strong and salient elements in
his official service. He gave his political
allegiance to the Democracy and frater-
nally was connected with the Masons and
the Odd Fellows, having long been a
member of those orders in good standing.
He also belongerl to the Methodist Prot-
estant church. Throughout his business

career he followed farming, continuing in
that line of activity up to the time of his
death and both he and his wife now rest
side by side in Lowell cemetery. He was
a valued pioneer settler whose aid could
be counted upon to further any movement
for the general good and he took a deep
and helpful interest in the work of public
progress and rejoiced in what was accom-
plished as pioneer conditions gave way
before an advancing civilization.

Charles A. McFarland, eldest son of
Robert Gilbert and Sarah (Hays) Mc-
Farland, was born in Lowell, July 25,
1852, and pursued a district school edu-
cation. He was reared to the occupation
of farming and has always followed that
pursuit, being now the owner of the old
homestead. He also owns an additional
tract, having one hundred and seventy
acres on section 27, Baltimore township,
and eighty acres to the north of section
28 of the same township. His home is a
beautiful residence in Lowell which he
purchased from the widow of Dr. Archi-
l^ald, ^^'ho removed to Mount Pleasant.
Here Mr. and Mrs. McFarland are com-
fortably located and their home is taste-
fully furnished, while its hospitality is one
of its attractive features.

It was on the 25th of October, 1874,
that Mr. McFarland was united in mar-
riage to Miss Nancy Rainey, a daughter
of James and Margaret (Irwin) Rainey.
She was born in Jackson township, Henry
county, June 24, 1854. and obtained a
public school education, attended Howe's
Academy at Mount Pleasant and taught
school for two years. By her marriage
she has become the mother of three chil-


dren: Ethel, born December 2, 1875, is country is largely due to their efforts, for
the wife of Dr. A. M. Devilbiss, of Low- as a class they are men of enterprise, of
ell. Robert Bruce, born June 29, 1881, is diligence, of close application and relia-
a traveling salesman. Dorman, born July bility and their labors have been effective
14, 1886. is now assisting his father in in reclaiming the upper Mississippi valley-
business. Mr. McFarland has given his for the uses of the white man. transform-
children good educational privileges. Rob- ing it from a wild region mto one of rich
ert B. McFarland is a graduate of Howe's fertility and great productiveness. Mr.
Academy, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, of the Klen is a representative of this class. His
class of 1900 and also Elliott's Business birth occurred in Skone, in the southern
College of the class of 1902, while Dor- part of Sweden, October 15, 1838. and his
man was graduated from Elliott's Busi- father was Nels Rasmusson, also a native
ness College in Burlington in June, 1905. of Sweden. The latter married Panilla
Mr. McFarland belongs to the blue Benson, who was likewise born in that
lodge of Masons at New London and also country. He prospered in his business
to the chapter and commandery at Mount undertakings and in the course of time
Pleasant. He is a member of the Baptist was the owner of four hundred acres of
church and he votes with the Democratic valuable land in Sweden. He also pos-
party. For eighteen years he has been sessed considerable ability as a carpenter
justice of the peace and has filled the and did all of his own work in that line
office of trustee. Every public duty has He died in the year 1878, while his wife
been faithfully performed and over the passed away in the spring of 1905, at the
record of his official career and private very advanced age of ninety-five years ;
life there falls no shadow of wrong or sus- both died in Sweden,
picion of evil. He has always lived in Nels N. Klen was in early life employed
Lowell and the fact that many of his on his father's farm and he also worked
warmest friends are those who have on the construction of the government
knoAvn him from his boyhood days to the railroad in Sweden for three years. He
present time is an indication of an honor- afterward spent two years in the employ
able and upright business career. of his uncle and then went to Denmark,

where he worked for the government for
a year, when he returned home, re-
maining with his father from fall un-
til the succeeding spring. Thinking
that he might enjoy better business oppor-
NELS N. KLEN. tunities in x^merica he bade adieu to

friends and native country and made

In the northern part of the Mississippi arrangements to come to the United

valley are found many representatives of States. On the 5th of July, 1865, he

the land of Sweden and the rapid and sub- landed at New York and proceeded west-

stantial development of this section of the ward by railroad to Galesburg, Illinois.



reaching his destination on the 13th of
Jul}'. He and his party traveled from Xew
York to Chicago in box cars in which
were boards arranged along the side and
in the center to serve as seats or to be used
as beds as the case might be. From Chi-
cago to Galesburg they continued the

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