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1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

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in various chapters in the body of this history. He figured prominently in all efforts for the best interests of the town of Nevada in its early years. He became a resident of Nevada in 1855. He had studied law in the offices of Peter Odlin and Clement L. Vallandigham, both being in Dayton, Ohio. He had also taken the full law course in the Cincinnati College, and received the degree of Bachelor of Laws March 23, 1855. He was, therefore, when he settled in Nevada, probably the only resident attorney who was entitled to write " B. L." after his name. Meantime, from his youth up, he had not wasted time by lounging on a bed of roses. In his boyhood he had the advantages offered by the common schools of Ohio, one term at a select school, and a year at the seminary at Milan, Ohio. To accomplish this he worked on the farm of his father during summers and taught in the common schools in the winters. He not only supported himself in this manner, but also assisted an elder brother to a medical education. At the age of twenty-seven he was ready to pull out for the West and take his chances in growing up with the country. For quite a number of years he practiced law in Story County, having been admitted to practice in the District Court by Judge McFarland in May, 1856. He had previously been admitted to the bar in Ohio, and subsequently has been granted the same favor in the Federal and State Courts of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Washington. In 1856 his friends complimented him with a nomination for a seat in the State Senate. The district included many counties, extending from Fayette to Greene. He received a very flattering vote, but being in the minority, he, with his ticket, was defeated. In 1857 he was elected county judge of Story County, and as such issued the bonds that had been voted to secure the location of the Agricultural College. His administration of that office was characterized by integrity and efficiency. In April, 1871, partly because of impaired health, and in search of a supposed milder climate, Judge Kellogg removed to the then Territory of Washington, and settled in Whatcom, on Puget Sound. While he remained at Whatcom he was the resident attorney of the Bellingham Bay Coal Company, a wealthy corporation of San Francisco, and doing much business in the Puget Sound country. His impaired health caused him to seek relief for several years in different localities, and interfered with his law practice to such an extent that he abandoned it. He now has a pleasant home in Fairhaven, and devotes himself to his real estate interests and to the upbuilding of the growing city where he lives. He is highly esteemed in the new State of Washington. He was strongly solicited to stand for a seat in the constitutional convention of his State, but while acknowledging that the labor would be congenial and highly honorable, he firmly declined to allow his name to go before the people, because he felt he had not strength for the work. He was born in Yates County, N. Y., November 5, 1828, came with his father to Erie County, Ohio, at the age of six years, and there grew to man's estate, attaining a height of about six feet, and a weight of 165 pounds. His complexion is quite fair, his hair quite sandy in color, and he has a dignified presence and manner that give token of a generous and kindly disposition. For many years, as above noted, he has been handicapped with a shattered constitution, and he has been physically unable to perform the labor that his ambition has prompted. He married Miss Diffenbacker, of Story County, and the surviving issue are two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter is happily married, and lives at Fairhaven ; the younger is just through college, and the son is obtaining an education in the best

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