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1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

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members of the Palestine Lutheran Evangelical Church, in the county. Mr. Nernes' parents were native Norwegians, and are now deceased. Their children are: Sarah (wife of Jacob Apland, a farmer of Iowa), Ole (comes next in order of birth), and Elizabeth (is the wife of T. Simmonson, a farmer of the county).

Mrs. Miami (Hanks) Netterfield is residing in Section 22, Union Township, Story County, Iowa, on an excellent farm of 200 acres, which was left her by her late lamented husband. This property is well improved, and although the residence is old-fashioned, it is pleasant, comfortable and commodious. Mrs. Netter-field was born in Winnebago County, Ill., June 10, 1844, she being the fifth of nine children—six sons and three daughters—born to Warren and Julia Hanks, the former of whom was born in Vermont in 1806, and the latter in Illinois in 1817. Both were educated in the subscription schools of early times, and their union was consummated in Roscoe, Winnebago County, Ill. Mr. Hanks ever had the interests of his country at heart, and besides participating in the Mexican War also served during the late Rebellion. He passed to his long home when eighty years of age, his wife's death occurring at the untimely age of thirty-eight years. The names of the children that in time clustered about their hearthstone, are as follows: Laura (wife of Gamaliel Netter-field, a farmer and blacksmith, of the county), Jarvis (who married Miss Frank Songer, who left him a widower at the end of two years, after which he married Miss Clementine Allen, and is now a farmer of Story County), George R. (a sketch of whom appears in this work—which see), Jarvis (was a soldier in the late war), Duane (married Miss Melissa Steel, and is a farmer of this section; he was also a soldier), Miami (the subject of this sketch), DeWitt (who married Miss C. Lemmon, is tilling the soil in this county; he was also a soldier, and was confined in Andersonville prison for eighteen months), Henry (who was a farmer and stock-raiser of this region, died at the age of thirty-eight years, a bachelor), William (who married Miss Mary E. Macone, is an agriculturist of the county), and Mary (the youngest of the family, was the wife of William Maxwell, a farmer, and died in this county at the age of thirty-one years). These nine children were born, and nearly all grown, when the father moved from Illinois to Iowa, except the youngest five, near Roscoe, Winnebago County, Ill. Mrs. Netterfield obtained her early education in the schools of Illinois, and about 1854 emigrated with her father from her native county to Delaware county, and from there to Jones County, Iowa, where she was married on September 19, 1860, to Binajah Netterfield, at Monticello. Warren Hanks was the owner of a large and well-improved farm of 300 acres in Illinois, but this he left to emigrate west. The journey to Iowa was made by ox-teams, and this, indeed, proved a most wonderful occurrence for the children. In a little more than a year Mrs. Hanks died of consumption, after years of suffering, leaving the youngest child of this large family only two years old. Mr. Hanks, however, situated on the farm of eighty acres, which he had purchased, provided well for his children, keeping them together six years, when he married Mrs. Catherine Cassidy (a widow). Some time later, at the outbreak of the war, he enlisted in the "Gray Beard Cavalry," at Denver, serving faithfully for awhile. He was wounded while on duty by his horse stumbling, was taken to the hospital, and afterward discharged. During this time his wife died. After returning home Mr. Hanks went to Kansas, and there married Mrs. Martha Carter, also a widow, who survived nine or ten

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