Biography of Myron L. Eddy
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





Myron L. Eddy is a representative farmer of Washington township, owning three hundred and thirty acres of rich and valuable land, and in addition to the tilling of the soil he is engaged in buying and selling cattle. He was born in Byron township, Buchanan county, on the 18th of October, 1859, his parents being Levi H. and Maria (Smith) Eddy. The mother was born in 1841 and died in 1884, at the comparatively early age of forty three years. The father's birth occurred in Cherry Valley, Illinois, in 1839 and he passed away in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1902, but was buried, however, in this county. In early life he was a stage driver in Illinois and on leaving that state he made his way to Independence, Iowa, arriving here when the town contained a single log house. He purchased land for six dollars per acre and broke not only his own land but also his neighbor's farm with the use of ox teams. It was in the early '50s that he arrived in Iowa and following the outbreak of the Civil war, a decade later, he joined Company E of the Twenty seventh Iowa Infantry, with which he served for four years. He was wounded in the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, but during the greater part of the time was on active duty with his command and made a most creditable military record. When the war was over he returned to this county, where he remained until the latter part of his life, when he removed to Norfolk, Nebraska, where he conducted a hotel and was also in the land business. He owned considerable land and also bought and sold stock. At one time he was the owner of about three hundred and fifty acres in Iowa but sold nearly all of that property before his removal to Nebraska. He was an active, earnest and loyal supporter of the republican party but never sought nor desired office as a reward for party fealty His death occurred in 1902, when he was sixty three years of age. In the family were eight children, seven sons and one daughter, Myron L. being the eldest, and three of the number are now residents of Buchanan county.

During his youthful days Myron L. Eddy attended the district schools and when seventeen years of age he went to Colorado, spending two and a half years in Denver. During a part of that time he was employed as foreman of construction work on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Returning to Iowa, he was married when twenty one years of age and began farming on his own account, since which time he has devoted his time and attention to general agricultural pursuits save for two years which he spent in Waterloo, Iowa. He now owns three hundred and thirty acres of valuable land in Washington township, also buys and sells cattle and is an extensive feeder and shipper. His farm presents a most neat and thrifty appearance. He has about one hundred acres in corn, thirty acres in oats and the remainder in hay and pasture land. He gives his undivided attention to his farming and livestock interests, and his capability in business is evidenced in his growing success.

On August 28, 1881, Mr. Eddy was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Henegar, who was born near Quasqueton, a daughter of Daniel FIenegar, who was born in Canada in 1819 and when a young man came to the United States. He made his way first to Illinois and afterward to Iowa, spending some years as a farmer in Buchanan county. Later he removed to Kansas, settling near Winfield, where he followed farming for six years. He then returned to Iowa, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in 1885, when he was sixty six years of age. He married Melissa Brown, who was born in Canada in 1820 and who, surviving for many years, passed away in 1913, at the notable age of ninety three years. They were the parents of two children, of whom Mrs. Eddy is the older. To Mr. and Mrs. Eddy have been born nine children, six of whom are living, while two sons and a daughter have passed away. The family record is as follows: Arthur M., a resident of Arkansas; Nellie, the wife of Ralph Shoemaker, now upon the home farm with her father; Myrtle, the wife of Elmer Bennett, who is also assisting his father in law upon the old homestead farm and has two children, Leta and Dora Elaine; Delbert, who died in infancy; Lula, who died at the age of sixteen years; Guy M., who died at the age of seventeen years; Oscar, at home; Grace, the wife of Roy Castile, by whom she has a son, Raymond Arthur; and Helen, who completes the family and is new attending school.

Mr. Eddy holds membership with the Modern Woodmen of America and is well known throughout Buchanan county, where the greater part of his life has been passed. He is a self made man, who has been both the architect and builder of his own fortunes. As the years have gone by he has gradually worked his way upward, proving the worth of industry and determination as factors in the attainment of prosperity.

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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