A. C. Northrup, who was a veteran of the Civil war and also a prosperous farmer and stock dealer, resided at
Garden Grove for many years and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was born in Peterboro, Madison county,
New York, and there received his education and grew to man's estate. Some time before the Civil war he located
in Decatur county, Iowa, becoming a resident of Garden Grove. At that time the county was in the frontier stage
of development, there was only one store at Garden Grove and many of the conveniences of life that are now considered
necessities were altogether unknown. Mr. Northrup devoted his energies to farming and also bought and shipped stock
extensively, being very successful in that occupation, as he was an excellent judge of stock and studied the market
carefully. He accumulated a competence and was recognized as a man of good business judgment.
Mr. Northrup was married December 20, 1865, to Miss Melissa Brown, who was born in Huron county, Ohio, a daughter
of Hugh and Harriett Brown. In 1854 she accompanied her parents to this county and has since resided here. She
is one of the most esteemed of the older residents of Garden Grove and, although she has reached the age of seventy
four years, she is still active and vigorous. She is a sister of Captain J. D. Brown, of Leon, a sketch of whom
appears elsewhere in this work. The Presbyterian church finds in her a loyal and consistent member and she has
always manifested much interest in its work. To Mr. and Mrs. Northrup were born six children: Mrs. Emma Shaw, who
resides near Denver, Colorado; Lenore, the wife of it F. Gill, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work;
Mrs. Libbie Shaw, who resides near Garden Grove; Albert E., a member of the firm of Northrup Brothers, merchants
of Garden Grove; Harvey L., also a member of the firm of Northrup Brothers, who is serving on the board of supervisors;
and Clyde, a farmer residing near Van Wert, this state.
Mr. Northrup was a republican and never faltered in his allegiance to that party. Fraternally he was identified
with the Masonic lodge and the post of the Grand Army of the Republic at Garden Grove. He enlisted from Decatur
county in Company L, Third Iowa Cavalry, and for four years fought in the Civil war in the defense of the Union.
While with Captain J. D. Brown he was captured by the rebels and during the four years that he was at the front
he experienced all of the hardships and privations of war. His demise, which occurred on the 22d of September,
1901, in Woodland township, was a loss to his many friends and to the community at large. He was eventy one years
of age but was still young in spirit and took much interest in all that happened.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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