Biography of Richard I. Buckley
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





Richard I. Buckley is a partner in the firm of Buckley Brothers, dealers in agricultural implements at Rowley, and is classed with the enterprising and successful young business men of Buchanan county, within the borders of which he was born on the 12th of July, 1880, his birthplace being the old home farm in Homer township. His father, Benjamin F. Buckley, was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, April 30, 1838, and during his infancy his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Buckley, removed to Summer Hill, New York. William Buckley, followed the sea for twenty five years and by reason of industry and merit worked his way upward from cabin boy to master of a vessel. Many times he sailed around Cape Horn and visited various important ports. Hem was engaged in whale fishing in the northern Pacific and experienced many narrow escapes as a sailor.

Benjamin F. Buckley, father of Richard I. Buckley, remained at home with his parents in Summer Hill, New York, until eighteen years of age, after which he began earning his living, and while working out also attended school. He engaged in teaching until he was twenty three years of age, but with the outbreak of the Civil war he put aside all business and personal considerations and in August, 1861, enlisted as a private in the Forty fourth New York (Ellsworth's) Regiment. After several months spent with that command he was taken ill and was sent to a hospital at Philadelphia, where he suffered an attack of typhoid fever. Following his partial recovery he was honorably discharged, but after resting for thirty days he again enlisted, joining the One Hundred and Thirty eighth New York Infantry, which subsequently became the Ninth Heavy Artillery. He continued with that command for fifteen months and in recognition of gallant and meritorious conduct on the field of battle was commissioned a lieutenant in the Third United States Colored Regiment, and with that command assisted in the recapture of Fort Sumter. About a year later he was honorably discharged because of physical disability. Mr. Buckley then came to Iowa and settled in Homer township, Buchanan county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land. The tract was entirely destitute of improvements and he at once began to develop and cultivate it, his labors resulting in a quick and marked transformation of the place. The wild territory was converted into productive fields and year by year he carefully tended his crops until subsequent harvests were gathered. He thus operated his farm until 1901, when he retired from agricultural life and moved to Rowley. He then accepted the position of rural mail carrier and acted in that capacity for ten years. He died January 14, 1913, and in his passing Buchanan county mourned the loss of one of its honored pioneers and highly esteemed citizens. In early manhood he had wedded Miss Addie J. Fleming, who was born at Sumner Hill, New York, and who survives, residing in Rowley. They were the parents of four children: Susie E., who was born November 20, 1867; William R., June 11, 1873; Edwin P., who was born January 23, 1876, and is mentioned elsewhere in this volume; and Richard I., of this review, whose birth occurred on the 12th of July, 1880; William died in infancy. Mr. Buckley was long a valued citizen of his community and served as assessor, clerk and trustee in Homer township.

Born on the old homestead farm, Richard I. Buckley entered the district schools at the usual age and therein continued his studies to the age of seventeen years, when he entered the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, remaining as a student there for two years. He then returned home and thereafter gave his father the benefit of his services in the cultivation of the farm until 1902, when he took up his abode in Rowley and embarked in merchandising in partnership with G. J. Sherman, under the firm style of Buckley & Sherman. That relation was maintained for a year and a half, at the end of which time Mr. Buckley sold out and began work at the carpenter's trade, being thus identified with industrial activity until December, 1913, with the exception of two years which he spent in the service of "Uncle Sam" on a rural mail route. At the date mentioned he formed a partnership with his brother, E. P. Buckley, and engaged in the agricultural implement business, in which they have since continued. They handle a large assortment of the leading makes of farm machinery and their business in now extensive and profitable. In addition to their establishment at Rowley the Buckley Brothers have a branch house at Kiene, this county.

On the 18th of December, 1900, Mr. Buckley was married to Miss L. Blanche Ketterman, a daughter of James S. and Lucy (Storts) Ketterman, who were natives of Indiana and Pennsylvania, respectively. At an early period in the development of Iowa they settled in Benton county, where the father engaged in general agricultural pursuits, operating his farm for many years, or until 1909, when he retired from active life. He is now residing in Urbana. Mr. and Mrs. Buckley have became the parents of four children: Harold F., who died in 1902; Richard Lowell, born April 27, 1904; Benjamin F., September 5, 1906; and Lillian R., February 18, 1912.

Mr. Buckley is well known as a representative of Masonic interests, being a charter member of Holman Lodge No. 593, A. F. & A. M. He has held various offices in the lodge and was master for two years. He also belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star and was worthy patron for a year. In his life he exemplifies the beneficent spirit of this organization, which is based upon a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind. He also has membership with the Modern Woodmen of America. Politically he is a republican and his religious faith is evidenced in his membership in the Methodist church. There have been no unusual chapters in his life history, nothing particularly spectacular, yet there is in his record that which is worthy of commendation and of emulation, for he has displayed in business persistency of purpose coupled with integrity; in citizenship has shown fidelity to the public welfare; and in his social relations has ever been true to high standards of manhood which are manifest in consideration for others, geniality, cordiality and sincerity.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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