A native of Allarnakee county, Samuel Waters was born in Ludlow township on June 27, 1873, and has devoted practically
all of his active life to agricultural pursuits, now owning a valuable farm of one hundred and twenty acres near
Postville. His parents were Samuel and Catherine (Lyons) Waters, the former a native of County Wicklow, Ireland,
where he was born on May 26, 1833, and the latter born not far from Dayton, in Montgomery county, Ohio, on August
6, 1845. When sixteen years of age the father came with his parents to the new world, the family making settlement
at Pittsburg. Samuel Waters had already worked in the lead mines of Ireland and took up similar work near Pittsburg,
continuing so until 1852, when he came west to Iowa and purchased land from the government in Ludlow township.
For thirty years he resided thereon, bringing it to a high state of cultivation, and then made removal to Clayton
county, having put his old homestead into pasture. There he operated a farm of several hundred acres until 1891,
when he returned to the homestead, where he remained for another seventeen years active in its cultivation, when
he went to Frankville, Winneshiek county, where he now lives retired. The mother passed away on February 7, 1910.
Mr. Waters, Sr., had been previously married to Miss Anna Overholt, by whom he had four children. Of the second
marriage eight children were born.
In the acquirement of his education Samuel Waters attended district school for three terms in Ludlow township and
subsequently the district schools of Clayton county. He remained at home until about twenty years of age, when
he hired out as a farm hand in Frankville, Winneshiek county, for one year. He then rented land in Ludlow township,
successfully cultivating it for two years, and then removed to Emmet county, Iowa, where for ten years he rented,
returning at the end of that time in order to assist his father for two years with his work on the old homestead.
He then bought one hundred and twenty acres of land where he now lives. The farm was but partially improved at
that time but he has since brought it to a high state of productivity, has erected a modern and comfortable residence,
a substantially built barn and other necessary buildings which greatly increase the value of the property. He engages
in general farming and in addition to his holdings rents eighty acres, which he also operates. He is a stockholder
in the Farmers Cooperative Store at Postville and also in the Cooperative Creamery.
On March 13, 1895, Mr. Waters married Miss Jennie Hughes, who was born near Red Cloud, Nebraska, on November 21,
1873, her parents being Frank and Emily (Early) Hughes. The father is a native of Indiana and the mother was born
in Post township, this county. Mr. Hughes always followed agricultural pursuits, coming from Indiana to this county
and later removing to Nebraska. About 1890 he proceeded to Oklahoma, where he took up government land, retaining
his Nebraska land, and he now lives at Hartwell, Arkansas, still active in his occupation. The mother passed away
in 1884. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Hughes were three children, of whom Mrs. Waters is the oldest. Mr. and Mrs.
Waters have one daughter, Clara Catherine, born August 6, 1902. The religious faith of Mr. Waters is that of the
United Brethren church and he is helpful in its work and expansion. Politically he is independent, giving his support
of the best men available without considering party affiliations. However he inclines toward the prohibition party,
taking a firm stand upon matters which concern the liquor question. While he has attained success, he has been
a factor for good in his community and has contributed towards the upbuilding of moral and intellectual standards
as well as to agricultural development.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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