Biography of F. W. Nichols
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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.

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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