Biography of Phillip J. Henderson
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





Phillip J. Henderson is the owner of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres on sections 11 and 15, Homer township, and that he thoroughly understands modern methods of farming is indicated in the excellent and well kept appearance of his place. He was born in Brandon, Buchanan county, April 25, 1865, a son of Phillip and Olive (Howe) Henderson, the former a native of Missouri and the latter of Canada. Phillip Henderson, Sr., arrived in this county in 1856 and was drafted for service as a soldier in the Civil war, becoming a member of the Fourth Iowa Infantry, with which he went to the front, being on active duty until the close of hostilities. He then returned to Buchanan county, where lie engaged in farming for some time. Eventually, however, he removed to the southwestern part of the state, where he purchased land and carried on general farming for several years. Finally he returned to Buchanan county and bought land in Jefferson township, bending his energies to the further development and improvement of that place, upon which he lived for an extended period. His life's labors were ended in death on the 11th of February, 1897. His widow survives and is now a resident of Cono township.

Philip J. Henderson, whose name introduces this review, at an early age started to earn his own living by work as a farm hand. His leisure hours were few and indolence and idleness have been utterly foreign to his nature throughout his entire career. He continued in the service of others until he reached the age of twenty five years and then began farming on his own account, cultivating rented land for a long time. However, he carefully saved his earnings until his labors had brought him sufficient capital to enable him to purchase a farm in 1899. He afterward sold that property and invested in one hundred and twenty acres on sections 11 and 15, Homer township, whereon he has since resided. He at once began to develop and improve the property according to modern ideas of farming and has since successfully managed the place, save for two years, which he spent in the northwestern part of the state. The farm presents a well kept appearance, there are good buildings upon the place and these in turn are surrounded by well tilled fields, which give every evidence of the careful supervision of the owner.

On the 10th of April, 1888, Mr. Henderson was united in marriage to Miss Minnie E. Patterson, a daughter of Nelson H. and Margaret (Gates) Patterson, natives of New York and Pennsylvania respectively. The father was an engineer and worked in the oil fields of Pennsylvania through the greater part of his life. He lived for one year, however, in Buchanan county, Iowa, and then went to the Wisconsin pineries to work and was never heard from again His wife passed away January 6, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson have become the parents of one son, George I., who was born December 24, 1892, and is now engaged in farming in Sumner township.

The religious faith of the parents is that of the Methodist church, and the political allegiance of Mr. Henderson is given to the republican party, which he has supported since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. The greater part of his life has been spent in Buchanan county and, while there has been nothing spectacular in his entire career, it is that of an enterprising agriculturist and reliable business man and a citizen whose interest in the public welfare has been manifested in many tangible ways.

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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