JOEL F. OSSMAN.
A good farm of one hundred acres on sections 10 and 11, Homer township, pays tribute to the care and labor bestowed
upon it by Joel F. Ossman, its present owner. He was but a little lad of three years when brought to Buchanan county
in 1858, his birth having occurred in Pennsylvania, July 7, 1855. He is a son of Israel and Catherine (Oharus)
Ossman, who were natives of the Keystone state. The father followed agricultural pursuits and for some years operated
a farm in Pennsylvania. He also worked in coal mines there for three or four years and in 1858 came to Buchanan
county, Iowa, where he rented land for sixteen years. He was ambitious, however, to own a farm and carefully saved
his earnings until he was able to purchase eighty acres in Fayette county, Iowa. His time and attention were then
given to the task of tilling the fields upon that place, and subsequently he retired, taking up his abode in Rowley,
where his remaining days were passed. He died in August, 1897, and it was ten years later that his wife passed
away, on the 27th of August, 1907.
Joel F. Ossman, coming to Buchanan county at the early age of three years, was here reared and educated and to
his father gave the benefit of his service in the work of the fields until twenty seven years of age, when he rented
land and began farming on his own account. For seven years he cultivated that place and then purchased one hundred
acres on sections 10 and 11, Homer township, the buildings being upon the former section. He has since carried
on general farming and substantial results have accrued, for he is now one of the well to do agriculturists of
On the 7th of December, 1882, Mr. Osman was united in marriage to Miss Anna Ginther, a daughter of John T. and
Betsy (Wheeler) Ginther, natives of Ohio. The father was a farmer and at an early period in the development of
Buchanan county settled within its borders. He engaged in farming from the early '50s until his death in 1884,
his home place being situated in Sumner township. His wife had passed away in 1870. To Mr. and Mrs. Ossman have
been born four children, as follows: Jessie, who is the wife of Raymond Hand, an agriculturist of Cono township;
and Roy, Guy and Alva, all at home.
Mr. Ossman votes with the republican party and has served as trustee of his township for three years, but prefers
to give his attention to his farm work rather than to office holding. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp and
his religious faith is that of the Church of God, his membership being in Bethel church near Independence. For
more than a half century he has been an interested witness of the county's development. At the time of his arrival
there were large tracts of land upon which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made, and as the years
have gone on the events which have figured largely in the history of the county have left their impress upon his
mind and he can relate many interesting incidents of the early days and the manner of living at that period. He
has never been content to stand still, but has always furthered that progress which is perhaps most manifest in
the methods of farming at the present time.
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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