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which have constantly grown in extent
and importance until his landed posses-
sions are now valuable and he is a lead-



HENRY COUNTY, IOWA. 655

ing representative of agricultural inter- Here he has since remained and his pro-

ests in his native county. In the commu- fessional career has been characterized by

nity in which he resides he is held in high consecutive progress until he stands today

esteem by those who know him. as one of the most prominent and suc-
cessful members of the medical fraternity
in this part of the state. He has a splen-

didly equipped suite of rooms constituting

model offices in his own block on North

Main street. The reception room is

GEORGE E. SMITH, M. D. eighteen by ninety feet. There is also a

private office, an X-ray room, a micro-
Dr. George E. Smith, practicing along scropic room and all of the latest improve-
modern, scientific lines in Mount Pleasant, ments, and facilities and equipments
was born in Elmwood, Peoria county, II- known to medical and surgical science,
linois. October 14, 1853, ^""is parents be- Dr. Smith belongs to the State Homeo-
ing William A. and Mary R. (Bevans) pathic Medical Society and through con-
Smith. The father was a farmer there tinned reading keeps in touch with the ad-
and at an early day removed from Ohio vanced thought of the profession. \\'hile
to Elmwood, where he remained until he never entirely discarding the old and time-
came with his family to Mount Pleasant, tried practices, the value of which has
Here he lived retired until his death, been proven, he nevertheless readily takes
which occurred in 1877. His political up new ideas that promise to be of prac-
allegiance was given to the Republican tical use in his professional service. No
party, and he and his wife were members other line of life displays such marked
of the Baptist church. The latter passed progress as does the profession of medi-
away in 1883. cine, owing to the continued research, ex-
Supplementing his common school edu- periment and inventions that have been
cation by study in Howe's Academy, Dr. made, and Dr. Smith in his practice em-
Smith was thus prepared for a collegiate ploys all the latest devices which prove
course which he pursued in the Iowa an effective force in the alleviation of suf-
Wesleyan University. His more specific- fering and the restoration of health. He
ally literary education being completed, has built in Mount Pleasant a fine, double
he began preparation for a practice of business block on North Main street,
medicine and surgery as a student in the which is used for store and office
office of Dr. Marsh, a prominent physi- purposes.

cian, who directed his reading until he In 1893 Dr. Smith was married to Miss

entered Hahneman Medical College, at Theresa Jones, of this city, and they have

Chicago. Completing the full course in two children, Georgia, and Marcus. Fra-

that institution he was graduated in the ternally the Doctor is connected with

class of 1880 and returning to Mount Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 8, Ancient

Pleasant opened an office for practice. Free and Accepted Masons, and chapter



656 BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW

No. 8, Royal Arch Masons, Jerusalem with the Canadian prisoners. He was a
Commander}^ No. 7. Knights Templar, farmer by occupation and his political
and El Kahir Temple of the ]\Iystic support was given to the Democracy. In
Shrine, at Cedar Rapids. He is also a the family w^ere four children, of whom
member of the Independent Order of Odd two are yet living. Jane, the eldest of
Fellows, and he votes with the Repub- the family, became the wife of Julius
lican party, but has never been an aspirant Beech and both are now deceased. They
for office. For many years a resident of had five children : Thomas ; Augustus,
Mount Pleasant, he is respected for his who married Leah Isamon ; George; Eu-
high standard of professional ethics and gene, who wedded Lillian Piper; and
of citizenship, as well as for a genial Lucy, who became the wife of Colby
courteous manner that makes him popu- Smutz and is living in Nebraska. Alfred
lar with a large circle of friends. Augustus Allen, the second member of

the father's family, married Sarah Heel
and after her death wedded Nancy Ma-
loy, who is also now deceased. Thomas
Green, the third member of the family,
has passed away.

Dr. Allen, the youngest member of
JOSEPH BOYD ALLEN. M. D. the household, was educated in Cumber-

land. Ohio, and afterward read medicine
Dr. Joseph Boyd Allen, who for many in that state until twenty-four years of
years was actively engaged in the practice age, when he began practicing in Indiana,
of medicine and surgery and still at the In 1845 he removed to Monmouth, War-
age of eighty years writes prescriptions ren county, Illinois, where he practiced
and does some office work in the line of for ten years and in 1854 came to Hills-
his profession, w^as born in Muskingum boro. where he has since remained, prac-
county, Ohio, a son of Thomas and Ra- ticing as a physician of the regular or
chael (Green) Allen. His paternal grand- allopathic school. He has also displayed
father was a soldier of the Revolutionary splendid ability as a surgeon and has oc-
war and his wife lived to be one hundred cupied a position of prominence in the
and two years of age. There is no very ranks of the medical fraternity in this
extended history, however, of the ances- county because of his superior ability,
try of Dr. Allen, for both of his par- Dr. Allen gave his early political

ents died when he was less than ten years support to the Whig party and has been
of age, so he learned little concerning the a stanch republican since the organization
stock from which he sprang. His father of that party. He has served as a mem-
was a major in the war of 18 12 and was ber of the school board both in Illinois
with Hull at the time of the surrender of and Iowa, but otherwise had held no of-
Detroit. after which he was exchanged, fice, preferring to concentrate his energies
together with other American soldiers, upon his professional duties. He is a



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Mason of Belmont Lodge, No. 451, An-
cient Free and Accepted ^^lasons, and for
many years was an Odd Fellow. He and
his wife are members of the Congrega-
tional church, and at one time he served
as secretary and treasurer of the church,
to which he belonged, but there is no
organization of that denomination in
Hillsboro.

Dr. Allen has been married twice.
He first wedded Miss Dorothy Ham-
mond, a native of Alabama, whose father
was a lawyer. She was born December
27, 1827, was married May 27, 1845. ^'^'^^
died in 1854, the interment being made
at Little York, Illinois. By this mar-
riage there were three children. Rich-
ard Eugene, born March 12. 1846, in
Little York, Illinois, is now living with
his sister in Hillsboro. ]\Iary A., born
January 12, 1848, is the wife of Cyrus
Newbold, of Hillsboro, and has had five
children, all of whom are living. Edwin
Allen, the younger son of the first mar-
riage, died when only two years of age.
soon after the arrival of Dr. Allen and
his family in Hillsboro. The daughter,
Mrs. Xewbold. has five children : ^^'illis
B., who married Emily Whitaker, by
whom he has two sons. Joseph and Cy-
rus, their home being in Farmington ;
Otis C, who married Mrs. Jessie Newbold
and lives in Hlilsboro ; Ellis B., who mar-
ried Jessie Cleve and resides in Milan,
Kansas; Belle, the wife of Professor
Wright, of Howe's Academy, in Mount
Pleasant; and George E. Newbold, who
married Miss Mae Groves and lives in
Hillsboro. They have one daughter,
Mina A.

On the 1 8th of October, 1855, Dr.



Allen married Sarah J. Kimes, of Van
Buren county, Iowa. She .was born in
Cuba, Illinois, ]\Iarch 7, 1838, a daugh-
ter of Dr. R. P. and Priscilla (Hull)
Kimes. Her father was born in Ohio and
her mother in New Jersey. He was a
practicing physician and died at the com-
paratively early age of thirty-six years,
his remains being interred in St. Louis.
He was a republican and served as post-
master and justice of the peace in Illinois.
He was making his home in Hillsboro at
the time of his death, but had gone to St.
Louis on business and there passed away.
His widow still survives at the advanced
age of eighty-seven years and is one of
the oldest residents of Hillsboro and still
quite active for one of her age. She
makes her home with her daughter, ]\Irs.
Allen. In the family of Dr. and Mrs.
Kimes were three children, of whom two
are living. After the death of the Doctor
his widow marriec^ John Billingsly, a
farmer. Royal P. Kimes, a younger
brother of Mrs. Allen, is living in Moul-
ton, Iowa. Joseph S. Kimes was a sol-
dier of the Civil war and served for three
years as a member' of Company K, Sixth
Iowa Infantr3\ but is now deceased. By
her second marriage Mrs. Billingsly had
two children : Mary, the wife of J. \\'.
Runyan. of Hillsboro; and Samuel Bil-
lingslv, of Hillsboro, who married Kate
Woods, and has three sons, Vernon,
Ralph, and Roy, all in Hillsboro.

L'nto Dr. and Mrs. Allen have been
born five children. W. S. Allen, born
August 26, 1856, in Hillsboro, was mar-
ried November 13, 1878, to Aliss Ella
D. McCormick. He is a lawyer of Birm-
ingham. Iowa, and was educated at Den-



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mark and Iowa Colleges, graduating in
the university of the later place before he
was twenty-one years of age. Unto him
and his wife have been born two children :
Roy D. and Grace Helene, both of whom
are students in the public school. Louis
Allen, born May 22, 1858, in Hillsboro,
was educated in Keokuk Medical College,
from which he was graduated and is now
practicing in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He
married Miss Queen V. Goler and they
have a daughter, Florence, who is teach-
ing music in Howe's Academy. Emma,
born March 11, 1861, in Hillsboro, is the
wife of Elmer Alton, of Birmingham,
Iowa, and they have one child, Craig, a
furniture dealer and undertaker. Anna
Belle Allen, born May 22, 1863, is the
wife of J. M. Harper, a fur dealer of
Fairfield, Iowa, and they have three chil-
dren : Leslie D., Zola, and Myrtle, who
are attending either the high school or
Parson's College, in Fairfield, Iowa.
Flora Allen, born June 26, 1868, died Au-
gust 8, 1869.

There is now no citizen living in Hills-
boro that was here when Dr. Allen
came to the village. He has done an ex-
cellent work for his fellow men, not only
in the line of his profession but also in his
efforts to improve the village and pro-
mote its substantial development. The
country all around was unbroken and the
work of progress had scarcely been begun
at the time of his arrival. He is a self-
made man in the truest and best sense of
the term. His energy and ambition
coupled with strong mentality and force
of character have enabled him to work his
way steadily upward and he has pros-



pered in business, and at the same time
has done much charity work. Mrs. Allen
came to Hillsboro when a little girl, there
being only one frame building in the town
— the Pope Hotel. The family lived in a
log house until the father could build a
fram dwelling in the lot where the Metho-
odist parsonage now stands. He had to
carry pistols in those early days to pro-
tect himself from the attacks of the
wolves while on his round of visits. Dr.
and Mrs. Allen are very widely and
favorably known in this part of the county
and his life history indeed forms an in-
tegral chapter in the annals of Hillsboro.



WILLIAM JASPER ALLEN.

William Jasper Allen, who is serving
as postmaster at Wayland is a representa-
tive of one of the honored pioneer families
of Henry county. The student of history
cannot carry his investigation far into the
records of this portion of the state with-
out learning of the close and honorable
connection of the Aliens with the agricul-
tural development of this locality. Jack-
son Allen, grandfather of our subject, was
a native of Ohio, and was married there
to Miss Mary Ann Wade, who was also
born in that state. In the early '40s he
made arrangements to establish his home
west of the Mississippi river and came to
Henry county, settling in Jefferson town-
ship, where he purchased a tract of land
which he converted into a good farm. Pio-



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neer conditions existed at that early day
and the task of developing new land was
an arduous one. but Mr. Allen persistently
carried on his work and was long classed
widi the enterprising agriculturists of his
community. He resided for many years
upon his farm and then removed to Way-
land, where he continued to make his home
up to the time of his death, which occurred
in 1887.

Rease Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack-
son Allen, and father of our subject, was
born in Ohio and was a young lad when
his parents came to Iowa. No event of
special importance occurred to \ary the
routine of farm life for him in his boy-
hoods days. After arriving at years of
maturity he sought a companion and help-
mate for life's journey and was married
to Miss Melissa Warren, also a native of
Ohio and a daughter of William O. and
Eliza ( Edwards) Warren, who first
opened their eyes to the light of day in the
Buckeye state. They, too, became early
and prominent settlers of Henry county,
and Mr. Warren w^as one of the organ-
izers of the Methodist Episcopal church in
Wayland, and took an active and helpful
part in promoting the early moral develop-
ment of the communitv . At the time of
their marriage Mr. and Airs. Rease Allen
began housekeeping on a farm s.outhw'est
of Wayland, which he rented and which
he continued to cultivate for some time.
In 1885. with the capital saved from his
earnings, he purchased sixty acres of land
south of Wayland and there he li^•ed for
seven years, when, in 1892, he disposed of
the property and took up his abode in the
city of Wayland, where he and his wife
now^ make their home. Thev are re-



spected and worthy pioneer residents of
this part of the state, and are widely and
favorably known in their part of the coun-
ty, having a large circle of warm friends.
He enlisted in Company H, Twenty-fifth
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, served three
years, being with the Army of the Tennes-
see, and was twice wounded in a slight
manner. He served in all of the important
engagements in which his regiment partic-
ipated, being in the noted march to the
sea, and also in the grand review, at
Washington, D. C, where he was dis-
charged in 1865, and was mustered out
at Davenport, Iowa, after which he re-
turned to his home and soon after married.

William Jasper Allen was born on the
old home farm near Wayland, January 8,
1867, and at the usual age entered the pub-
lic schools, therein acquiring a fair Eng-
lish education. He made his home with
his parents until his marriage, which oc-
curred when he was twenty-two years of
age. It was on the 28th of Xovember,
1889, that he wedded Miss Nellie Mc-
Cuen. \vho was born in Henry county and
was educated in the public schools of
Wayland. She is a daughter of Harlan
and Sarah (Lute) McCuen and her mater-
nal grandparents were among the early
settlers of this part of the state. The
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Allen has been
iDlessed with two sons and two daughters :
Inez, born August 9. 1891 ; Warren R.,
December 24, 1899; Wayne, March 22,
1902; and Mildred, on the ist of Alarch,
1904.

Following his marriage Mr. Allen en-
gaged in farming for several years, but in
1895 turned his attention to the livery
business in Wavland, which he continued



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until July i, 1897. He then took charge
of the postoffice and is still acting in that
capacity. In his political views he is an
earnest republican, thoroughly in sym-
pathy Avith the principles of the party as
embodied in its platform. He was ap-
pointed during President ]\IcKinley's ad-
ministration on the 1st of June, 1897, ^^
the office of postmaster, and has since
served in that capacity, faithfully dis-
charging the duties which devolve upon
him in this connection. Socially he is
affiliated with the JNIodern Woodmen of
America and religiously is connected with
the Methodist Episcopal church. He has
always lived in this county, and the fact
that many of his stanchest friends are
those who have kno\An him from his boy-
hood days down to the present is an indica-
tion that his life has been in harmony with
honorable, manly principles.



FRED OSTERMEIER.

Fr^d Ostermeier is an enterprising
agriculturist whose recently erected resi-
dence is one of the fine homes of Scott
township and through the valued im-
provements which he has placed upon
the farm, makes his property one of the
fine farms of this section of the county.
His birth occurred on Christmas day,
i860, in Prussia, Germany, his parents
being William and Rhenie (\\''illiams-
meier) Ostermeier, who were likewise
natives of the fatherland. He spent the
days of his boyhood and youth in Ger-



many, pursued his education there and
when a young man of twenty years
resolved to try his fortune in America and
to test the truth of the reports which he
had heard concerning the better business
opportunities of this country. He landed
at New York in 1880 and then made his
way to Burlington, Iowa. Soon after-
ward he secured employment on a farm in
Des ]\Ioines county, where he remained
for about five years and then went to
Nebraska, working on a cattle ranch for
one year. On the expiration of that
period he returned to Burlington and was
employed by the month as a farm hand in
Des ]\Ioines county through the succeed-
ing year, after which he operated a rented
farm for five years. Coming to Henry
county he bought one hundred and fifty-
seven acres of land on section 24, Scott
township, upon which was a barn and
small house and some fences but the pres-
ent splendidly improved condition of the
place is due to his efforts. He has built a
large cattle barn and sheds, a double corn
crib and a large supply tank and has
recently erected the commodious and
attractive residence of modern style of
architecture, containing eleven rooms and
supplied with all modern conveniences.
He carries on general farming and raises
cattle. He also has about one hundred
head of hogs upon his place and eleven
head of horses and he makes a specialty
of raising fine poultry. His business inter-
ests are carefully and practically managed
and have resulted in bringing him a grati-
fying measure of prosperity.

In March, 1888, Mr. Ostermeier was
married to Miss Mary Einke, who was
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1869. They have four children: Bertha,
born October 15, 1889; WilHam, August
6, 1893: Alvina, July 15, 1896: and
Henry. ]\Iarch 13, 1900. The parents
hold membership in the German Lutheran
church. In politics Mr. Ostermeier is
independent, voting for man and meas-
ures rather than party. He has concen-
trated his energies upon his business
affairs and his fine home and well im-
proved farm are the visible evidence of
his life of enterprise, thrift and successful
accomplishment.



\MLLL\M H. DEAL.

A\^illiam H. Deal is the owner of a
good farm of one hundred and sixty
acres in Scott township and its present
condition of advanced improvement is due
entirely to his efforts, for all of the build-
ings save the house have been placed here
by Mr. Deal, who is progressive in his
farm methods and successful in his
results.

He was born March 24, 1859, in Des
school education in Henry county, having
removed thereto with his parents, Aries
Brotherton and Mary Elizabeth (Hester)
Deal, the former a native of Lafayette
county. Lidiana. and the latter of Dublin,
Indiana. His paternal grandparents were
^^^ H. and Margaret (Brotherton) Deal,
both natives of Pennsylvania. The par-
ents of our subject were married in Dub-
lin. Indiana, on the 5th of November,
1852. and there resided until 1858, when



they came to Iowa, settling in Des Moines
county, where the father purchased a
farm in Franklin township, comprising
eighty acres of land. He lived there for
about three years and then sold out, after
which he w^ent to Louisa county, where he
purchased a farm, residing thereon for
two years. On selling that property he
bought eighty acres of land in Scott
township, Henry county, and that he
prospered in his undertakings is shown by
the fact that at the time of his death he
was the owner of seven hundred and
twenty acres of valuable land, all lying
in this county. He was a man of good
business ability, executive force and keen
discernment and he realized that earnest
labor is the real basis of all prosperity.
On the /th of October, 1892. he was
called to his final rest and he is still sur-
vived by Mrs. Deal, who resides upon
the old homestead with her daughter, Mrs.
A.nnie E. Spray.

^^'illiam H. Deal is indebted to the pub-
lic school system of Henry county for
the educational privileges he ejijoyed and
he remained with his parents until the
27th of November. 1883, when he was
married to Miss Virginia Alice Snyder,
whose birth occurred in Pleasant Grove
township. Des Moines county, while in
the common schools of Henry county she
acquired her early education, which was
supplemented by several terms' attend-
ance at Howe's Academy in Mount Pleas-
ant. She afterward engaged in teaching
school in Des Moines and Henry counties
until her marriage and she is a lady of
intellectual and native culture and refine-
ment. Her parents were James and
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born near Wheeling. West Virginia, and
the mother's birth occurred in Ohio. In
1845, after being left a widow, she emi-
grated to Linn county, Iowa, where she
lived until her death, which occurred in
1880.

Following his marriage \\\ H. Deal
took up his abode upon one of his father's
farms comprising one hundred and sixty
acres of land, constituting the northeast
quarter of section 34, on which he still
resides and owns. He has laid about
seven hundred rods of tiling upon this
place and has built all of the fences,
nearly all of which are of woven wire.
He bought eighty acres of land from A.
V. Riggs in 1895, for which he paid sixty
dollars per acre, and in the spring of 1902
he added eighty acres adjoining on the
east, for which he paid seventy-five dol-
lars per acre. This property today, how-
ever, could not be purchased for one hun-
dred dollars per acre. His second tract
of one hundred and sixty acres constitutes
the southwest quarter of section 26, Scott
township. He has put in eleven hundred
and thirty rods of tile and the productive-
ness of his land is shown by his splendid
crop which he raised in the year 1905.
He carries on general agricultural pur-
suits, cultivating the various crops
adapted to soil and climate and he also
has good stock upon his place, including
twenty head of horses, twenty-four head
of Durham cattle, forty-five hogs, twenty-
one head of thoroughbred Shropshire
sheep.

Unto Air. and Airs. Deal have been
born four children : Leslie Snyder, born
August 19, 1884, has been a student in
the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mount



Pleasant since the 13th of September,
1904, preparing himself for the ministry.
Amy Clara, born March 10, 1886, was
married February 25, 1904, to Arthur A.
Aronhault, a farmer of Louisa county, in
which locality he was born. Carl Arius,
bom May 31, 1889, and Guy James, born
March 11, 1891, are at home. The family
is prominent socially and the members of
the household occupy an enviable posi-
tion in social circles. Mr. and Mrs. Deal
hold membership in the Methodist Epis-
copal church, in which he has served as
steward since 1903. He also belongs to
Winfield Lodge, No. 4, Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and gives his political
support to the Republican party. Start-
ing out in life on his own account he has
made steady advancement through his
persistency of purpose and untiring labor
and now has valuable farming interests,
being recognized as one of the leading
and substantial agriculturists of his com-
munity.



WILLIAM JOHN FRANCY.

\A"illiam John Francy, whose extensive
land holdings embrace one of the finest
farms in Henry county, pleasantly situated
in Baltimore township, which is equipped
with all modern accessories and com'e-
niences and the latest improved machinery,
as well as large and substantial buildings,
has spent much of his life in Heniy county
and during the greater part of the period
has been closely and successfully dentified



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