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York state, his parents being J. H. and Molly (Smith) Bellinger. His boy-
hood and youth were passed upon the home farm in his native state and
his early education was acquired in the local schools. He began prepara-
tion for his life work as a student in the Albany (New York) Medical Col-
lege, which he attended for one term, and spent the same length of time
in a medical college at Omaha, Nebraska. He next entered the Des Moines
Medical College and was graduated from that institution in 1886 with the
degree of M. D.

Seeing a favorable opening at Council Bluffs, Dr. Bellinger and his
brother, Dr. F. P. Bellinger, came to this city soon after the former's grad-
uation and embarked in general practice. Success attended their efforts
and in the spring of 1890 they opened a hospital at the corner of Broad



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and Twenty-sixth streets, there erecting a handsome two-story frame build-
ing with accommodations for forty patients.

Our subject is a thorough student of his profession, thoroughly up-to-
date and progressive in his methods, and the success that has come to him
is well merited for he received no outside aid or assistance upon starting
out in life for himself. His practice has steadily increased from the be-
ginning and he now has a large and lucrative patronage. He is an honored
member of the Pottawattamie County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medi-
cal Society and the American Medical Association, and socially is also con :
nected -with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of
Pythias. In religious faith he is an Episcopalian and in politics is a demo-
crat.



J. P. ALLENSWORTH.

J. P. Allensworth, familiarly known as Uncle Jim, is now living re-
tired from active business cares but still resides upon his farm on section 1,
Silver Creek township, -where he owns one hundred and thirty-five acres of
land in the home place, from which he derives a good rental. He dates his
residence here from the spring of 1881. Hi< birth occurred in Jefferson
county, Ohio, November L2, L835, his parents being John and Lydia (Bar-
tholomew) Allensworth, both now deceased. The mother died during the
early boyhood of her son, J. P. Allensworth, while the father'.- death occurred
in Mills county. Iowa, in the latter '7(1-. They were the parents of eight
children, of whom three sisters became residents of Mills county: Mrs.
Susanna Ewing; -Mrs. ' Rebecca Boileau. who died at Red Oak. Iowa; and
Mrs. Catherine Sower-. After losing bis first wife John Allensworth wedded
Mary Thompson, also now deceased. They had five children: Albert, of
Nebraska; Mrs. Violet Rhodes/who has passed away; Estella, formerly of
Milwaukee; Emma, who is married and lives in Fremont county, Iowa; and
Lewis, of Mills county, this state.

J. P. Allensworth was reared in Ohio and in his youth attended the
public schools. He continued at home until twenty-one years of age and
was trained in the work of the farm. Throughout his active business life
he has followed farming and while living in Ohio he also mined coal. What-
ever success he has achieved in life is attributable entirely to his own labors
and careful management. He came to Pottawattamie county in the spring
of 1881, settling on his present farm, which he has splendidly improved.
He purchased this property of AY L. Kerney, of Council Bluffs, and upon
the place has set out a fine orchard of three acre-:. He has fed cattle and
hogs and in his live-stock interests has been very successful. At one time
he owned one hundred and <ixty acres of land on section 12, Silver Creek
township, but ha- recently sold this at a handsome profit, and he likewise
purchased a fine residence in Council PlufFs, which he has disposed of
recently to good advantage. His home place is now operated by his son,
W. A. Allensworth.



HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY 411

On the 26th of February, I860, in Ohio, Mr. Allensworth was married
to Miss Melinda Sowers, who was horn in Morgan enmity, that state, Decem-
ber 20, 1841, a daughter of William and Mary Ann (Thrush) Sowers, the
father having passed away in Ohio twenty year.- ago, while a half century
has gone by since the mother's death occurred in that state. Of their family
all are now deceased with the exception of Mrs. Allen-worth and her sister,
Mrs. Maria Fickle, of Mills county. Those who have passed away are: George,
who died while serving in the Civil war; W. B. ; Mahala; Robert, who died in
Mills county ; and Augustus.

Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Allensworth resided in Ohio
until 1871, which year witnessed their arrival in Iowa. They settled in
Mills county, where he owned three forty-acre tracts of land, which he
sold on removing to Pottawattamie county. His present farm was purchased
at twenty dollars per acre and he recently sold his other land for seventy
dollars per acre. The only interruption to his life of activity along agricul-
tural lines was when he defended the Union cause for one hundred days
as a soldier of Company K, One Hundred and Fifty-ninth Ohio Volunteer
Infantry.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Allensworth have been born four children: Aletha
is now Mrs. J. P. Boileau, a widow of Red Oak, Iowa, and she has
three children, Ethel, Ralph and Pharaby, the first named being now in
the First National Bank at Red Oak. George C. married Cora Tipton,
resides at Red Oak and has three children, Hazel, James and Edith. Wil-
liam A., who operates the home farm, wedded Lunetta Mclntyre and has
one child, Madge. Edith is the wife of John Killins, of Council Bluffs,
and their two children are Wendell and Doris.

The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Carson
and are much esteemed in that congregation and by the community at large.
He has always been independent in politics, nor has he ever sought political
honors. His life has been one of business activity crowned with success,
and he is now living retired in the enjoyment of well earned rest.



GEORGE WISE, JR.



George Wise, Jr., who is engaged in raising and feeding stock, is now
the owner of two hundred and eighty acres of rich and productive land
on section 2, Pleasant township. He is one of Iow T a's native sons, the place
of his birth being in Muscatine county and the date August, 1867. His
parents were George and Lizzie (Meltner) Wise, of whose family of eleven
children nine are yet living.

Upon the home farm the subject of this review spent the days of his
boyhood and youth, and his education was acquired in the common schools.
He early became familiar with the duties and labors of the farm and has
always given his time and energy to the further development and improve-
ment of farm land. He has made his home in this county since 1880 and



412 HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

is now proprietor of an excellent farm, conveniently situated on section 2,
Pleasant township. It is a fine tract of land of two hundred and eighty
acres and the labor which he bestows upon the fields has made it very pro-
ductive. He annually gathers good harvests and at the same time is meet-
ing with success in raising and feeding stock.

In 1904 occurred the marriage of Mr. "Wise and Miss Jessie Austin,
who was born in Missouri in 1875. Her father, Michael Austin, is a resi-
dent of Knox township, Pottawattamie county, Iowa. Mrs. Wise was one
of five children, and by her marriage has become the mother of one child,
who, however, is now deceased. Politically Mr. Wise is . a democrat and
served as school director for two terms. He has not been a politician, how-
ever, in the sense of office seeking but is interested in community affairs
to the extent of giving active and hearty co-operation to many progressive
movements for the public good. He and his wife are members of the Catho-
lic church at Avoca.



URIAH McLEAX.



Pottawattamie county finds a worthy representative of its agricultural in-
terests in Uriah McLean, who devotes his time to the tilling of the soil and to
stock-raising, the result of his labors being seen in his richly cultivated fields
and in his pastures, where are found good grades of cattle. The farm com-
prises two hundred and forty acres and is a well kept place.

Almost a half century has passed since Mr. McLean became a resident of
Iowa and has lived in this part of the state since the fall of 1877. his time be-
ing divided between Mills and Pottawattamie counties. He was born in
Muskingum county, Ohio, September 7, 1846. His father. William McLean,
was an early settler of the Bu eke ye state and was there married, while several
of his children were born in Muskingum county. In 1858 he brought his
family to Iowa, locating in Mills county, where he improved a farm, continu-
ing its cultivation for a number of years. In 1875 he took up his abode in
Pottawattamie county, securing a tract of wild land in York township, upon
which he opened up a farm, making it his home throughout his remaining
days. In his labors he was practical, securing results in the development of
his place that are today manifest in the fine appearance of the farm and its
richly cultivated fields. He died in 1901, at the very venerable age of eighty-
six years, and his wife passed away in the fall of the same year, at the age of
eighty-two.

Uriah McLean was a lad of twelve years when the family left Ohio and
came to Iowa. He assisted his father in carrying on the farm in Mills county
until he attained his majority and then went west to Denver in 1866. He was
engaged in freighting on the plains, driving a six-mule team for two yi
and meeting with all of the varied experiences incident to such a life. In the
fall of 1867 he returned to Mills county and later came to Pottawattamie county
but in 1869 again went west to Denver and followed freighting in that section



HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY 415

of the country. Once more he came to Pottawattamie county in 1870 and a
little later went to Effingham county, Illinois.

While there Mr. McLean was married on the 2d of January, 1872, to Miss
Eliza E. Fry, a native of that county, where the days of her girlhood were spent.
Following their marriage Mr. McLean resided in Effingham county until
1877, being there engaged in farming. He then returned to Iowa and made
a permanent location in Pottawattamie county, where he first rented land for
three years. In the meantime, through untiring industry and careful expen-
diture, he managed to save a sum sufficient to justify his purchase of eighty
acres of raw prairie land. Not a furrow had been turned nor an improve-
ment made upon this place but he opened up a farm and later bought two
other tracts of eighty acres each, so that he now has a valuable property of two
hundred and forty acres. Upon this farm he has erected a good two-story resi-
dence, while ample shelter is afforded to grain and stock in his commodious
barns and outbuildings. The orchard upon the place was planted by him, to-
gether with much small fruit and many shade and ornamental trees, which
make the farm a bower of beauty in the summer months when the trees are
clothed in green foliage. He has two good sets of buildings upon the farm
and altogether the place is valuable, neatness and thrift pervading every de-
partment. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and has
made a business of breeding and dealing in Aberdeen Angus cattle, now hav-
ing a herd of about seventy with a fine pure blooded registered male at the
head of the herd. He also feeds and fattens cattle and hogs for the market
and is well known as a leading dealer in live stock in York township. In addi-
tion to his home property he owns a residence and a blacksmith shop in Bent-
ley, is a stockholder and director in the Bentley Improvement Company, also
a stockholder, director and vice president of the Farmers Savings Bank of
Minden. These various connections will indicate that he is a man of resource-
ful business ability, whose labors are carefully managed, whose investments
are judiciously made and whose success is the result of his unwearied industry
and sound judgment.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. McLean has been blessed with seven children :
Ida M., the wife of Professor W. J. Thompson, a teacher of South Dakota; J.
H., who is married and resides upon the home farm ; Sadie D., the wife of Paul
Wisdom, of Omaha; Nellie S., who is employed in the telephone office in
Omaha; Madie E., the wife of Howard Rishton, a farmer of Minden township;
Kate D., the wife of Fred Howard, a farmer of Pottawattamie county; and
Floyd W., who assists his father in carrying on the home farm.

Mr: McLean is a public-spirited citizen, whose interest in the welfare of
the community has been manifest in many tangible ways, his co-operation be-
ing withheld from no movement that he deems will promote public progress.
In politics he supports the democracy where state and national questions are
involved but at local elections where no issue is involved he regards only the
capability of the candidate. He has been chosen to various positions of public
honor and trust and has been particularly helpful in promoting the interests
of the schools, serving for nineteen years as a member of the school board.
He has for ten or twelve years been township clerk and has frequently been



416 HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

chosen as a delegate to county and state conventions, being not unknown in
political circles outside of his home locality. Mr. McLean is an Odd Fellow, be-
longing to Neola lodge, in which he has filled all of the chairs and is a past
grand. He and his wife are affiliated with the Rebekah chapter and both have
served in official positions therein, Mrs. McLean being for three years depart-
ment president. Mr. McLean is one of the official members of the Grange at
Bentley and is recognized as a man of broad integrity and worth in every rela-
tion of life, being classed with the well known and prosperous farmers and
business men and with those whose many sterling characteristics have won for
him the merited confidence and esteem of their respective communities.



shepa i; i > fa r; nsworth.

lew men receive the respect which was uniformly accorded Shepard Farn.-
worth, the cashier of the First National Bank of Council Bluffs, in which
capacity lie was connected with the financial interests of the city from 1869
until his death in L902. Be was so careful and exact in all his business
transactions, so considerate of ili<' rights of others and so faithful in his
friendships thai all who knew him entertained for him the warmest regard.
One nf [owa's Dative sons, he was born in Muscatine, on the 17th of August,
1841, his parent* being Azcl and Ann (Shepard) Farnsworth, both of whom
were natives of Vermont, whence they came to tin- middle west at an early
day, settling in Muscatine, Iowa, where lor many years the father engaged
in the real-estate business Subsequently he removed westward to the Pacific
coast, taking up his abode in Los Angeles, California, where his last days
were passed, hut his wife died in Muscatine, [owa.

At the usual age Shepard Farnsworth became a pupil in the public-
schools in Muscatine, and after acquiring his preliminary education he at-
tended a college in Davenport, thus heing well equipped by liberal mental
training and discipline for the practical and responsible duties of life.
When he was still but a young lad he went to Washington, Iowa, where he
secured a po-ition as errand boy in the only bank of the town, and through-
out his entire life he was connected with banking interests in one capacity
or another. He was soon promoted to clerk in the Washington Bank and
afterward was made teller, and before he was twenty-five years of age he
had worked his wa y upward until he was made ea-hier and owned half of
the stock. There came an interruption to his business life in the military
service which lie rendered to his country at the time of the Civil war. Fol-
lowing the outbreak of hostilities lie became a sergeant in the Nineteenth
Towa Regiment under command of Colonel Crabbe, who was afterward his
father-in-law. Later he served under Colonel Stanton, who was subse-
quently paymaster of the United States. Mr. Farns-wnrth continued in the
service for several years but on account of ill health he was at length dis-
charged.



HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY 417

He then returned to his home in Washington, Iowa, where he accepted
the position of teller in the bank. After a short time he was made cashier
of the institution and occupied that position for a few years. With his
brother he then went to McGregor, Iowa, where they established a private
bank, conducting the same for six months. On the expiration of that period
Shepard Farnsworth came to Council Bluffs in May, 1869. Mr. Dem-
ing then owned and controlled the First National Bank of this city and
Mr. Farnsworth purchased a half interest in the stock and was made cashier,
while Mr. Deming acted as president. Mr. Farnsworth continued as cash-
ier of the bank until 1892, when he retired on account of ill health. The
success of the institution is largely due to his labors, his thorough under-
standing of the banking business, his courteous treatment of the patrons,
and his close application and unremitting diligence. He became recognized
as one of the strong moneyed men of the city and his name was a synonym
of honor in financial circles.

While residing in Washington, Iowa, Mr. Farnsworth was married to
Miss Emma J. Crabbe, a native of Jefferson, Madison county, Ohio, and
a daughter of Colonel Benjamin and Sarah Ann (Jones) Crabbe, both of
whom were natives of Madison county, Ohio. The father was a practicing
physician who, having graduated from the Medical College at Columbus,
Ohio, engaged in practice in Madison county for many years. He then came to
the middle west, settling in Muscatine, Iowa, where he continued in practice
for a few years and then removed to Washington, Iowa, where he was located
at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war. His patriotic spirit being
aroused, he joined the Seventh Iowa Regiment in 1861 as captain, and
participated in many important engagements. In the battle of Belmont
he was taken prisoner and incarcerated for seven months. He then returned
home and after a short time he raised a regiment of his own — the Nine-
teenth Iowa Regiment — and was made commander of the post at Spring-
field, Missouri, where he continued until he resigned, although then in a
fair way of promotion to the rank of general. Returning to Washington,
Iowa, he engaged in the hotel business for a few years, after which he re-
moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and died at McCool, that state, in September,
1906, at the age of eighty-five years. He was a prominent Mason.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth were born five children, of whom three
are now living. Jessie is the wife of J. W. Palmer, and they reside in
Portland, Oregon, where lie is engaged in the lumber business. Thomas S.,
who married Miss Cora Keller, is recognized as one of the leading business
men of Council Bluffs. He is now vice president of the Keller-Farnsworth
Furniture Company and is mentioned on another page of this work. He
joined the army during the Spanish-American war and served in the Philip-
pines. Every generation of the family has been represented in the differ-
*ent wars of the country back to revolutionary times. Sadie F. is the wife
of H. F. Gleason, of Kansas City, a member of the Kansas City Vehicle
Company. Two daughters, Cora and Nellie, are now deceased. The death
of the husband and father occurred at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on the 10th
of March, 1902. He had gone there for the benefit of his health but the



418 HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

trip proved a futile one and he passed away as before stated. His remains
were brought back to Council Bluffs for interment.

Mr. Farnsworth gave his political support to the republican party and
was in hearty sympathy with its principles and policy but was never an
office seeker. His friends urged him to become a candidate for mayor on
several different occasions but he always refused. He belonged to the Benev-
olent and Protective Order of Elks and to the Masonic fraternity, the latter
having charge of the funeral services. His wife is a member of the Presby-
terian church. Mr. Farnsworth was recognized as one of the most promi-
nent and well-to-do business men of the city. He was active and successful
in his banking business, was public-spirited and progressive in citizenship
and faithful in friendship but the best traits of his character were reserved
for his home, where he was known as a devoted husband and father, doing
all in his power to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of those
near and dear to him.

Mrs. Farnsworth still makes her home in Council Bluffs, where she
owns a commodious and beautiful residence at No. 301 South Eighth street,
which was built by her husband. She also owns other property here and
has considerable valuable property in Seattle, Washington. She always
spends the winters on the Pacific coast, thus getting away from the inclem-
ent weather experienced in the middle states during that season of the
year. Council Bluffs, however, has been her home for thirty-seven years
and she is extremely well known here, having a very extensive circle of
friends.



C. B. BARDSLEY.



C. B. Bardsley, whose time and energies are given to the cultivation of
an excellent farm of two hundred and forty acres, which he owns on section
29, Neola township, first opened his eyes to the light of day on this place,
April 14, 1856. It is the old Bardsley homestead and became the property
of his father in early pioneer times. He is a son of Joseph Bardsley, a native
of England, who was there reared. In this country he married Betty Bradley,
also of English birth. Mr. Bardsley was a shoemaker by trade and followed
that pursuit in England until about 1850, when he emigrated to the new
world. Here, as stated, he was married, but both he and the mother of our
subject had been previously married. Coming to Pottawattamie county, he
took up a homestead claim from the government and lived upon it for a few
years, making some improvements there. Later he bought the farm upon
which his son, C. B. Bardsley, now resides and broke the sod, tilling the
field.- until he had converted the farm into a very productive place. His
time and energies were given to its further development until his death, which
was occasioned by an accident in 1860. His wife survived him and reared
her family upon the old homo farm.

C. B. Bardsley spent the days of his boyhood and youth here and acquired
his early education in the common schools, while later he attended Tabor



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College. Subsequently he engaged in teaching for several years, but the
greater part of his life has been devoted to general agricultural pursuits and
as the years have passed he has won his way to a place among the prosperous
agriculturists of his community.

Mr. Bardsley was first married in Neola township, in 1880, to Miss M. J.
Spencer, a daughter of Thomas Spencer and a sister of G. W. Spencer, who
is mentioned elsewhere in this work. He located on the old home farm and
bought out the interest of the other heirs in the property. By purchase he
also extended the boundaries of the place and improved it by the erection of
a good frame dwelling, substantial barn, a granary and machine house. He
has likewise planted an orchard and the farm in its excellent appearance is
the visible evidence of his life of thrift, energy and industry.

In 1893 Mr. Bardsley was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife,
who died leaving four children : Joseph P., who is now engaged in the grain
business at Underwood, Iowa; Edward A., who is engaged in farming on his
own account; Walter L., who assists in the operation of the home farm; and
Ethel May, at home. In 1895, in Neola township, Mr. Bardsley was again
married, his second union being with Miss Dora Witz, a native of Germany,
who was brought to the new world when a maiden of twelve summers and
was here reared. There are two children by this marriage, Mabel and Frances.

Mr. Bardsley votes with the republican party and greatly desires its
success, believing its principles most conducive to good government. He
works for the interests of public education and has served on the school board
for years. He has also been township treasurer for nine years, justice of the
peace for one term and has been a delegate to various conventions of his
party. Both he and his wife are members of the Church of the Latter Day



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