F. W. Nichols has resided in Fairbank for almost fifty years and in that time has seen Fairbank grow from a
tiny settlement to the present thriving town. He has contributed to its development and his long and useful life
here entitles him to the regard of his fellow citizens. He has also another claim upon the respect and honor of
this generation, as he is a veteran of the Civil war, having served in that memorable conflict for almost three
years. He was born in Lower Canada, June 16, 1833, a son of Truman and Abigail (Winkler) Nichols, natives of Canada
and New York, respectively. The father died in Iowa and the mother in Sycamore, Illinois. To their union were born
four sons: Henry, deceased; Elum, who resides in Sandwich, Illinois; F. W., of this review; and John, deceased.
In 1838 F. W. Nichols was taken by his parents to Illinois, the family locating in St. Charles, where they remained
the first winter. The following spring, however, they settled upon a farm in Du Page county, and there Mr. Nichols
of this review grew to manhood and became a farmer. On the 2d of September, 1862, he enlisted in the Union army,
being enrolled in Company F, One Hundred and Fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was with his command for nearly
three years and participated in many hotly contested engagements, but on the 7th of June, 1865, was honorably discharged
His regiment was at different times attached to the command of General O. O. Howard and to that of General Williams.
At the close of the war Mr. Nichols returned to Illinois, but in the fall of 1866 came to Fairbank. He engaged
in the mercantile business in partnership with Jacob I. Minkler, the association being maintained for a number
of years. After the partnership was dissolved he became a stock buyer, and has since been identified with a number
of business interests of the town. He has excellent judgment and his wisely directed activities have brought him
a competence which enables him to live retired. He owns his success solely to his own industry, good management
and thrift and these qualities have also won him the respect of those who know him
Mr. Nichols was married in Illinois on the 1st of September, 1865, to Ellen M. Green, who was born in Hardwick,
New York, on the 10th of August, 1841, a daughter of George A. and Hannah Moore (Hughes) Stittman. Her father was
born in Connecticut on the 15th of June, 1812, and died in Battle Creek, Michigan. Her mother was a native of Pennsylvania,
born August 21, 1818, and also passed away in Battle Creek. There were seven children born to their union: George
A., deceased; Mrs. Maria White, of Muskegon, Michigan; Mrs. Nichols; Phoebe, Richard and William, all deceased;
and Mary A. George and Richard were both in the Seventh Michigan Battery during the Civil war and are buried at
New Orleans, Louisiana. The former died in July, 1866, and the latter July 5, 1865. All of the children were born
in the state of New York, except the youngest, whose birth occurred at Coldwater, Michigan.
To Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were born the following children: Laura A., whose birth occurred August 7, 1866, and who
died August 31, 1868; Mrs. Abigail Dewey, whose birth occurred August 3, 1868, and who is now residing in Moville,
Iowa; Mrs. Hattie Poison, born July 11, 1870, who died September 13, 1900; Mrs. Kate Knight, born April 30, 1872,
now residing in Salem, Missouri; William A., born on the 7th of April, 1875, who is living near Middle River, Minnesota;
and Mrs. Ellen S. Corrigeux, born September 25, 1880, now a resident of Spokane, Washington. All of the children
were born and raised in Fairbank.
Mr. Nichols has been superintendent of the Sunday school of the Methodist Episcopal church at Fairbank for twenty
five years and since 1868 has been a trustee of the church. In the many years that he has gladly given his time
and service to the church his influence has affected many lives and he has been a potent force in the maintaining
of a high moral standard in the community. His wife is also an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Politically Mr. Nichols is a republican and fraternally belongs to the Knights of Pythias of Fairbank and also
to the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. Nichols holds membership in the Pythian Sisters and in the Woman's Relief
Corps. For forty years Mr. Nichols has been identified with the Cemetery Association of Fairbank, which has the
task of keeping the local City of the Dead in good condition. Mr. Nichols owns his residence in Fairbank and has
accumulated sufficient property to enable him to live in leisure. He and his wife are held in warm regard by their
fellow citizens and there is no couple in the county more highly respected than they.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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