U. S. Grant Singer, filling the position of township trustee of Middlefield township, where he carries on general
agricultural pursuits, has been a resident of Buchanan county since 1862, or the period of his entire life, for
that was his natal year. His father, Lewis Singer, was born in Preble county, Ohio, in 1827, and in early life
learned the wagon maker's trade, entering upon an apprenticeship thereto when but thirteen years of age. He followed
that pursuit until 1855 and then made an overland journey with an emigrant train to Iowa, settling in Liberty township,
Buchanan county, at which time the nearest railroad point was Dubuque. At that time there were only a few settlers
in this county and the town of Winthrop had not yet been laid out. He secured a tract of land which he purchased
for two dollars and a half per acre. The county was but sparsely settled and all of the conditions of pioneer life
were in evidence. As the years went on, however, improvements and conveniences took the place of the discomforts,
hardships and privations of the earlier years and Mr. Singer prospered in his undertakings, becoming the owner
of three hundred and fifty six acres of valuable farm land. He was also a stockholder in the Peoples Bank of Winthrop
to the time of his death, which occurred in 1903. In early manhood he wedded Phoebe C. Potterf, who was born in
Preble county, Ohio, in 1837, and, surviving her husband for seven years, passed away in 1910.
U. S. Grant Singer, reared upon the old home farm, attended the schools of Winthrop and during the periods of vacation
assisted his father in the work of the fields, so that he had had practical experience when he started out as a
farm hand at twenty one years of age. He was thus employed for eight years but gradually added to his savings until
the amount was sufficient to enable him to purchase land and he secured the nucleus of the farm upon which he now
makes his home on section 5, Middlefield township. He has since added to the property until his landed possessions
now aggregate two hundred and sixty three acres, all in one tract, from which he annually gathers good harvests
as a reward for the care and labor which he bestows upon the fields. The major portion of his attention is devoted
to the farm with a result that justifies the expenditure of time and money.
On the 20th of March, 1887, Mr. Singer was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Dunlap, a native of Winfield, Ohio,
and a daughter of William P. and Ellen (Grove) Dunlap, both of whom were natives of Virginia. The father came to
Iowa in 1875, settling in Fremont township, Buchanan county, where he secured one hundred and sixty acres of land
and carried on general farming and stock raising. He has departed this life but his widow survives and makes her
home near Quasqueton. Mr. and Mrs. Singer have become parents of two children: Harold G., a teacher of manual training
in the high school of Colfax, Washington; and William L., at home with his father on the farm.
Mr. Singer exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and for
four years has served as trustee of Middlefield township. He belongs to the Congregational church and its teachings
guide him in all of his life's relations. He takes an active interest in all public affairs of the community and
is a prominent and influential man of his township.
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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