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1865 in this township, to Miss Henrietta N. Eddy, and they have five children, Emma, Allyn, John, Alson and Frances. Hiram D. Daskam (brother) enlisted in April, 1861, in Co. D, 3d Io. Inf., under Capt. Willetts; was taken prisoner near Atlanta, Ga., after a three days' fight, and was imprisoned at Andersonville, and experienced all the horrors of that notorious place. He escaped with others from the train when being transferred from there to Florence, by jumping from the cars, but was captured by a picket guard they run on to in attempting to cross the North River. He was then taken to Wilmington, North Carolina, and from there was started again for Florence, and again succeeded in getting away, but was again recaptured and started for Charlotte, S. C. He again escaped, was again recaptured, and on the return to Charlotte once more escaped, this time succeeding in reaching the Union lines. He received his discharge near Washington at the close of the war. He died near Muir, Ionia County, Michigan, in the winter of 1870, from disease contracted through his privations in the army.
Erick P. Egge, farmer, owns 160 acres of tillable land in Frankville tp., and 40 acres of timber in Glenwood tp. He was born in 1826, near Christiana, Norway; was raised on a farm, and also learned the trade of carpenter; came to America in 1850, stopped one year in Wis., and then came to Frankville tp., this county, took a claim, and still resides on the same. He worked at his trade for some time to enable him to gain enough to properly commence fai ming, as he was without capital. He is now one of the wealthiest citizens, has a fine residence, and everything has the appearance of elegance and comfort. He married in 1854, in this tp., Helen P. Egge, and has eight children.
Chrystopher Anderson Estrem, postmaster, Woodside P. O., in Frankville tp., and farmer; owns 160 acres; was born in Vaug, Norway, in 1819; followed the business of tailor there until 1848, when he came to the U. S.; stopped the first winter at Chicago, working at his trade; next moved to Wis.; remained there until 1850; then came to Winneshiek Co., Io., and took up the claim he now resides on. In 1876 was appointed postmaster, which office he still retains. He has filled the office of justice of the peace and many other minor offices in the tp. He was married in Wisconsin in 1850 to Miss Caroline Everson, and they have five children, four sons and one daughter.
Christopher Evans, farmer, owns 220 acres, all tillable land except 80 of timber; was born in the District of Walders, Norway, in 1840; came to this country with his parents in 1850; lived one. year in Wis.; thence came to Io. and located where he now resides. His father, Knud Evans, bought a school land grant, which is a portion of the farm, 80 acres also bought of M. B. Burdick, in 1878. The land is fine rolling prairie and mostly improved, is
well stocked, and has a good substantial residence, barns, etc. Mr. E. has filled many offices of trust in the tp. He was married in 1864, in this tp., to Miss Anna Brown, and they have two sons.
0. W. Emery, P. 0. Decorah, farmer, Sec. 17, Canoe tp.; son of Geo. R. and Sarah Willey Emery, was born Sept. 27, 1829, in Loraine Co., O., When he was about four years old his parents moved to what is known as the Western Reserve, and in 1840 they came to Winnebago Co., Ill. In 1849 he came to this county, locating near Decorah, and in 1850 came on to his present farm, which now contains 200 acres, well improved. He married Miss Martha McIntyre, of N, Y., in July, 1853; have thirteen children: Omri L. D., Aaron W. R., John M., Ezra D., Andrew W., Adda, Ida, Lilly, Esta, Ernest, George, Frank and Martha, and have lost two by death, Mary and Josiah B.
John Elwick, Sec. 9, P. O. Decorah; gardener and fruit raiser; was born in England in 1818, learning the business of gardening there. In 1852 he emigrated to the U. S., locating at Rockford, Ill., remaining but a short time, when he went to Lawrence Co., Ohio, for a time, when he returned to Rockford, Ill., remaining till in 1865, when he came to this county, and to his present location in 1869. He makes a specialty of gardening and the raising of small fruits. He also has a fine orchard and nursery. He married Mary Johns, also a native of England; they have eight children, Isabella, Mary, Thomas, William, Ribert M., Anna M., Jane, and an infant, not named.
T. Enger, farmer, Sec. 35. P. 0. Decorah; son of A. and T. Enger; was born Nov. 30th, 1836, in Norway; emigrated to the U. S. in 1854; purchased his land the same year, after which he worked by the month upon a farm for several years, and part of the time was engaged improving his own land. He married Miss Isabel Anderson March 15, 1873, since which time he has lived on his farm, which contains 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre. He is raising two children (relatives), their names are Christian Peterson and Mene T. Gilbertson. Mr. Enger is a member of the Lutheran church.
Rev. Fr. Ehrenberger, pastor of St. Wenceslaus church, of Spillville, was born in Policka, Austria, in 1828. He received his education at the college of Litormjeil, and was prepared for the priesthood at Hradec; had charge of various churches for seventeen years, and in Nov. 1869, came to the U. S. and located at Rock Creek, Jefferson Co., Mo., where he remained until 1875; then came to Fort Atkinson, this county. He had charge of the church there for sixteen months, after which he went to Dubuque and officiated at St. Mary's church for two years; then returned to Fort Atkinson, and there remained until Aug., 1880, when he was appointed to his present pastorship.
H. Engbretson was born in Norway in 1845; learned the black smith trade, and in 1864 emigrated to the U. S. He came direct to Decorah, and in about six weeks enlisted in Co. G, 9th Io., and served until the close of the war. Mr. Engbretson then returned to Decorah and followed his trade until 1875, when he was obliged to abandon the same on account of physical disability, caused by exposure while in the U.S. service. He has since been dealing iu farm machinery. In 1866 Mr. E. returned to Norway, and was married to Miss Jorgim S. Hauser, who died in Decorah in July, 1867. In 1872 he married Margaret Evenson. Mr. Engbretson is an active worker in the ranks of the republican party, and is at present a member of the city council.
James H. Easton, president of the First National Bank of Decorah, stands conspicuous among the successful business men of the northwest. He is a son of the late William L., Easton, president of the Bank of Louville, N. Y., and therefore early in life was educated in banking and mercantile pursuits. In 1862 James H. Easton, then a young man, with a small amount of money, but a large stock of good judgment, enterprise and business activity for capital, came to Decorah and took the management of the old Decorah Bank as sole proprietor-an institution well known by all early settlers in northern Iowa, which passed successfully through all the panics of stump-tail currency and war times, always ready to meet every call and pay one hundred cents on the dollar on demand. When the National Currency Act was passed, he converted the old Decorah Bank into the First National, becoming its first and only president-an institution that has ever kept pace with the growth of the city and county, constantly increasing in capital and in the confidence of the community, under his management, until now it is everywhere regarded one of the solid financial institutions of the west.
The Savings Bank of Decorah is a natural outgrowth from the remarkable success of the First National, and to the prudence and conservative financial wisdom of its originator and president, Mr. Easton, is also due the high credit it enjoys.
In 1869, when the railroad was pushing westward from Decorah, his quick judgment saw opportunities for his successes to repeat themselves, and, in company with A. E. Bigelow, Esq., of New Hampton, he established the Chickasaw County Bank, under the firm name of Easton & Bigelow. This enterprise, from small beginnings, has proved no less a success than the First National of Decorah, now using a capital of nearly one hundred thousand dollars.
The extension of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway to Forest City furnished another opening for his enterprise at that point, and the Winnebago County Bank sprung into existence, with James H. Easton president, and J. F. Thompson, a rising young attorney, as cashier. Easton & Thompson are doing a large and prosperous business. History repeats itself.
While being so largely engaged in banking, it has not prevented his quick eye detecting the opportunities” found only in the west for fortunes in real estate. He has always coupled the two, which naturally, in a new and growing country, go hand in hand
-banking and real estate—and there is hardly a county in northern Iowa, along the railroad lines, but his name is a familiar one on the books of titles to real estate, his acreage being numbered by thousands.
Monuments of his enterprise and public spirit are seen in the First National Bank building at Decorah, the Chickasaw County Bank, and the Winnebago County Bank—all models of beauty, elegance and safety, and schools of design in architecture. Mr. Easton was married in 1861 to Miss Mary N. Loy.
T. E. Egge, county auditor, is a son of Erick G. and Berit J. Northrop Egge, both natives of Norway, who emigrated to the U. S. in 1850, and first settled in Dane Co., Wis. Here, in July, 1851, the subject of this sketch was born, and when he was but two years of age the family came to Io. and settled in Madison tp., Winneshiek Co. The son helped till the soil, and received a good common school education. Subsequently he taught until March 26, 1877, at which date he entered the county auditor's office and served as deputy until January 1, 1882, during which time, in the fall of 1881, he was elected to the office, which he now holds. At the election there were 2,497 votes cast, of which Mr. Egge received 1,699. Mr. Egge was also town clerk during 1880 and 1881. He was married May 19, 1880, to Lillie B. Limbeck.
William L. Easton, merchant tailor and dealer in ready made clothing, etc. The subject of this sketch is a son of William L. Easton, and was born at Louville, Lewis County, N. Y. He was bred to mercantile life in the store and banking house of his father. In the spring of 1865 he came to Decorah. He did not confine himself to any regular employment for a few years, but in 1868 formed a partnership with R. F. Gibson, and continued the same two years. Mr. Easton then established his present business. He was united in marriage in 1874 to Louisa Manville, of Watertown, N. Y.
A. J. Eddy, sec. 8, Orleans township; was born in Grandisle County, Vt., in 1832. In 1852 he emigrated to California, where he remained four years; after which he returned to Vermont, and in 1856 came to Fremont township, this county, and located on a farm, remaining until 1868, when he removed to his present farm of 240 acres, which is valued at about $35 per acre. Mr. E. is a son of Clement and Eliza Eddy, the former a native of Connecticut, and Mr. Eddy was married to Rebecca Youngs, who is also a native of Grandisle County. Vermont; their children are Austin, Alice, Jennie, Florence, William and Melvin. They are members of the Congregational Church.
D. B. Ellsworth, P. 0. Decorah; retired merchant; son of Benjamin and Roxana (nee Packard) Ellsworth; was born January 10, 1822, in Lewis County, N. Y. His parents moved to Cattaraugus County in 1830, which was then considered “out west," his early occupation being on the farm, where he received but a common school education. On the 29th of March, 1848, he was married to Miss Amanda Denison, and the same year started for the west. He came to Galena, Illinois, and stopped with an uncle that season, and prospected in quest of a suitable place to commence business; and in 1819 he built a store building in Argyle, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, in which he put a good stock of general merchandise, it being the first in the place. He continued business there till the spring of 1855, when he sold out and came to Decorah, Iowa, the town then being in its infancy. The same year he opened up a general store in company with Mr. A. A. Akin, and at the expiration of one year he bought out Mr. Akin, and continued the business alone until 1858. In 1859 he again engaged in general merchandise in company with Mr. Landers, this partnership continuing until 1874, when he sold out his interest for the purpose of resting from the long confinement of the store. After being out about a year he again engaged in business with C. N. Goddard, continuing until 1879, when, on account of ill-health he retired from the business. Mr. Ellsworth's wife died in 1876, and he was again married to Mrs. Harriet Bennett Norton, widow of C. L. Norton, of Chautauqua County, New York. Mrs. Ellsworth has four children by her first marriage-Lauraette, Martin, Orinda and George O. Mr. Ellsworth has one daughter by his first marriage, Florence, now the wife of Stephen A. Lothrop, of Boston, Mass. Mr. E. is at present engaged in running a stone quarry, just across the river, north of Decorah. He has some of the finest building stone in the country, which he is shipping to points on the C., M. & St. P. R. R., and some to eastern cities. Mr. Ellsworth has the honor of being an uncle of the justly famous Col. E. E. Ellsworth, whose martyrdom to the cause of his country at Arlington Heights in the early part of the rebellion, will never be forgotten by his patriotic countrymen.
W. R. Emslie, farmer, section 25, P. O. Cresco.; owns 200 acres of land valued at $30 per acre; was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1827; is the second son of Alexander and Elizabeth Emslie. At the age of 28 he left Scotland and came to Waukesha, Wis; stayed there fourteen years; then removed to Winneshiek Co. in 1865. He was married at the age of 28 to Miss Ann Walker, a native of Scotland. and has ten children, Anna, Alexander, Elizabeth, Isabel, William, Ruth, Sarah, Susan, Lillie and John.
Richard D. Evans, farmer, Washington tp.; owns 160 acres of land and resides on section 20; was born in Menonethshire, Wales, in 1834; came to America in May, 1856; lived a few years in