BENJAMIN F. SHUMAN is a farmer and stock-raiser, residing on section 29, Dutch Creek Township. He was born Oct. 8, 1834, in Lancaster County, Pa., and is the son of Jacob and Margaret (Whisler) Shuman, who were also natives of Pennsylvania. They were the parents of six children: Christian, a shoemaker by trade, who resides in Pennsylvania; Andrew, now editor of the Chicago Evening Journal, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1876, on the ticket with Shelby M. Cullom, the present United States Senator from that State, and is now residing in Chicago; Abraham W. resides in South Evanston, Cook Co., Ill; Will F. is Principal of the Kinzie Street school, Chicago. The subject of this sketch, the fourth in order of birth, was seven years old when his father died, and he went to live with an uncle, Andrew Shuman, remaining with him until the death of the latter, and then served an apprenticeship at the miller's trade, serving two years. In 1855 he came to Washington County, Iowa, and worked by the month on a farm for one year, near Ainsworth, and then worked in a stone-quarry two years.
On the 11th of November, 1858, Mr. Shuman was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Hayden, a daughter of Lot and Margaret (Simpson) Hayden. She was born March 9, 1837, in Hamilton County, Ohio. They have now five children: William H., born Sept. 18, 1859; Levi N., Nov. 25, 1865; Ida M. Feb. 18, 1870; Annie A., May 16, 1873; and Rosella A., July 3, 1879. In about 1861 Mr.
Shuman purchased eight acres of land, to which he has since added, making his present homestead consist of seventy acres of tillable land, all of which is highly improved. Politically, he is a Greenbacker. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which body his wife is also a member. Mr. Shuman is one who stands well in the estimation of his fellow-citizens; although a plain man, he yet is well posted on all matters of current interest.
W. W. COOK resides on section 25, Cedar Township, and has been a resident of Washington County since October, 1859. He is a native of Knox County, Ohio, born Jan. 28, 1828, and is the son of Thomas and Jane (White) Cook, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ireland. When our subject was but five years of age the family moved to Logan County, Ohio, where a farm was made out of the heavy timber, and where the father died in 1838, at the age of thirty-seven years. The mother survived him for many years, dying in 1882, aged eighty-two. They were members of the Presbyterian Church.
The subject of this sketch was reared upon a farm in Logan County, Ohio, and educated in the schools such as were common in that early day. His father dying when he was but ten years of age, made it necessary for him in his youth to learn what it was to do hard work. He helped to clear the farm out of heavy timber, and at all times did his share of farm labor. He was married, Jan. 2, 1851, to Jane G. Reed, a native of Pennsylvania, and daughter of Thomas Reed. By that union there were eleven children, five of whom are living: Thomas L. died at the age of two years; Robert W. is engaged in the mercantile business at West Chester, Iowa; John R. died at the age of two years; Ella P. resides at home; Clara Jane and Bessie Agnes died at the age of two years; William Howard, James Elmer and Frank Knox are at home. Two died in infancy. Mrs. Cook died Jan. 3, 1875, at the age of forty-five. Mr. Cook's second wife was Mary Ann Fulton, a daughter of James Fulton, and a native of Butler County, Pa. They were wedded in 1879.
In the fall of 1862 Mr. Cook enlisted in Co. A, 215th Iowa Vol. Inf., as a private, and served until the close of the war. He was in nearly all the battles and campaigns of his regiment including the siege and capture of Vicksburg, the Atlanta campaign, and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. After participating in the grand review at Washington, he was mustered out in that city on the 6th of June, 1865. Mr. Cook has been a resident of Washington County, Iowa, a little more than a quarter of a century. Like hundreds of others, he came to this county comparatively poor, but by strict attention to his business, coupled with never-failing honesty, he has acquired a fine property, his farm now consisting of 160 acres, all of which is under a high state of cultivation, the improvements on the place being of the better class. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church, and politically, he is a stanch Republican.
REV. JAMES ROBERT LOGUE, pastor of the Second United Presbyterian Church, Washington, Iowa, is a native of Northfield, Summit Co., Ohio, born april 7, 1856, and is the son of Rev. James W. and Mary J. (Cooper) Logue. James W. Logue was born July 17, 1812, in York County, Pa., and was the son of James and Jeannette (Gibson) Logue. His grandfather, James Logue, was a native of Ireland, who emigrated to America prior to the war of the Revolution, in which he was a participant, serving through the entire struggle. He married Ann Zabby, and by her had two children, James and Ann. Jeannette Gibson was a daughter of James Gibson, a native of Scotland, but who married after his arrival in this country, and had twelve children. To James and Jeannette Logue were born quite a numerous family, but four of the number, however, growing to maturityAnn, John, Elizabeth J. and James W.
James W. Logue remained under the guardianship of his parents until twenty years of age, when he entered Jefferson College, thence went to Union College, New York, where he was graduated with honor. He then entered the Theological Seminary at Cannonsburg, Pa., where he remained four years, and began his ministerial labors in 1841. On the 6th of June, 1843, he formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Mary J. Cooper, who was born in the city of Baltimore, Md., Dec. 3, 1820, and daughter of Samuel and Jane (Campbell) Cooper. Her father was born in County Derry, Ireland, and Jane, his wife, was a native of Carlisle, Pa. To them were born twelve children, Mrs. Logue being the eleventh.
Immediately after the marriage of Rev. and Mrs. Logue, they moved West, locating in Northfield, Ohio, where he was installed as pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, and administered to the spiritual interests of his charge until October, 1883. Through his instumentality many have been called from darkness to the marvelous light. To Mr. and Mrs. Logue have been born five children, of whom three are living: Jennie C. Logue, a graduate of Oxford Female Seminary, is now Lady Principle of Monmouth College, where she has been since 1875. She commenced teaching in the public schools at the age of fourteen, since which time she has been actively engaged, and ranks among the best teachers in the West. Joseph T. is an attorney-at-law at Cleveland, Ohio; James R. is the subject of this sketch; Nettie G. was the wife of J. C. Alexander, and died Feb. 15, 1874, aged twenty-two; J. Gibson died Jan. 17, 1849, aged two years.
The subject of this sketch was reared in Northfield, Ohio, and attended the public schools of that place until sixteen years of age, when he entered Oberlin College, at Oberlin, Ohio, where he remained until in his senior year, and then attended Monmouth College, from which he was graduated in 1877. After graduating he spent three years in teaching at Biggsville and Oquawka, Ill. He then entered the Allegheny Thological Seminary, where he pursued a three years' course, graduating in April, 1883. In July, 1883, he came to Washington, Iowa, to labor for the Second United Presbyterian Church of that city. In September, 1883, he was installed as pastor of the church, which position he has since continued to fill. Mr. Logue is a young man of fine abilities, of pleasing address, a fluent speaker, and one having the cause of his Master at heart. Under his charge the church has greatly prospered.
DR. J. C. BOICE, physician and surgeon, at Ainsworth, is a native of Carroll County, Ohio, born Sept. 12, 1846, and is the son of William and Martha (McAllister) Boice, both of whom are natives of Pennsylvania and of Scotch-Irish descent. The former is still living in Columbiana County, Ohio, while the latter is deceased. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in his native county, and when but fifteen years of age, in 1863, enlisted in Co. I, 98th Ohio Vol. Inf., and served six months. He was discharged on account of disability caused by being overheated. In the fall of 1863 he again enlisted, in Co. M, 6th Ohio Vet. Cav., and served till the close of the war. He was in many of the battles from 1863 till the war was closed, including Teavillian Station, St. Mry's Church, Gravels' Run, Hatches' Run, Petersburg, and many other engagements of less note. He was discharged at Columbus, Ohio, July 10, 1865.
The educational advantages of our subject were those of the common school. In 1867, he commenced reading medicine with Dr. Nelson, of Mechanicstown, and then attended medical lectures at Keokuk Medical College, in 1872 and 1873. In the following winter he commenced practicing medicine in Boone County, Iowa, in connection with Dr. Lewis, and remained there one year, then came to Ainsworth, where he has since continued to reside, engaged in the practice of his profession. He was married in Boone County, Iowa, in 1870, to Mary E. Crawford, born in Crawfordsville, Iowa, in October, 1848, and daughter of W. P. and Martha Crawford, who were pioneers of this county. They have had five children, three of whom are now livingClyde A., Harry J. and M. Myrtle. The deceased were Willie and B. Floyd.
Dr. and Mrs. Boice are members of the United Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican. In educational matters he has always taken a decided interest, and has served as a member of the School Board. He is at present Coroner of Washington County. Mrs. Boice is a faithful worker in the W.C.T.U., an organization which is doing more for temperance than any other that has ever existed.
JOHN STONE is a retired farmer, now residing in Muscatine, who was for many years one of the large farmers, stock-raisers and dealers in Oregon Township, Washington Co., Iowa. He is a native of Dearborn County, Ind., born in 1822, and is the son of Solomon and Eleanor (Geanse) Stone, both of whom were of German descent, and who settled in Dearborn County, Ind., in 1818, and were among the pioneers of that county; hence they endured many of the hardships and privations of life, such as were common to the settlers of a new country. The former died in 1850, at the age of fifty-two and the latter in 1853, at the age of fifty-four. They were the parents of eight children, five of whom are living.
The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in Dearborn County, Ind., in 1845, to Miss Sarah Stewart, a daughter of Archibald and Sarah (Robinson) Stewart, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1822. They are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living; Ethan A., a conductor on the Rock Island Railroad, married Miss Anna McVicker; A. K. is a conductor on he C., B. & Q.R.R.; S. W. is head clerk for the United States Mail train on the Fast Line from Chicago to Burlington; W. S. is an engineer on the Rock Island Railroad, and Samuel is at home.
In 1858 Mr. Stone came with his family to Washington County, Iowa, and settled on section 18, Oregon Township, where he purchased 210 acres of wild land, to which he added by subsequent purchase, until at one time he was the owner of 400 acres of fine farm land, all of which he brought under a high state of cultivation. On this farm he continued to reside until March, 1885, when he rented the same and moved to the city of Muscatine, where he is now living a retired life. Mr. Stone is a man of excellent business habits, and the fine property which he enjoys is the result of his own labors, assisted by his good wife. Starting in life poor, that which he now possesses is proof of what good habits and industry can bring forth.
While economical in matters pertaining to self, Mr. Stone has ever been a friend to the poor, contributing liberally of his means in aid of every worth person and charitable enterprise. In every benevolent, moral and religious enterprise he has been in the front. The esteem in which he has been held by his friends and neighbors is shown by his frequently being called upon to adjust differences that may have arisen. He has often been called upon to act as administrator of the estates of deceased friends; in fact, he has been a common counselor among the neighbors. He is a man of great enterprise and energy, and it is the common saying that his word is as good as his bond. Although a man of large means, he does not use it for self alone, but for the good of others. The world is always the better that such men as John Stone may have lived. He and his wife are respected members of the United Brethren Church, and in all Church work they are ever ready to assist. In their lives they exemplify the teachings of the Savior of men.