Dennis R. Slauter, whose residence in Decatur county covers six decades, has been actively and successfully
identified with agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career and now owns three hundred and fifty
four acres of valuable land in Burrell township, making his home on section 36. His birth occurred in Indiana on
the 6th of June, 1841, his parents being William and Eleanor (Musgrove) Slauter, both of whom were natives of Ohio.
The father removed to Indiana in a very early day and followed farming in that state until 1835, when he drove
across the country to Decatur county, Iowa, here entering and improving a tract of land. The operation of that
property claimed his attention until the time of his demise, which occurred in 1862. His wife, who survived him
for about a third of a century, was called to her final rest in 1895.
Dennis R. Slauter was reared and educated in his native state and in Decatur county, being a youth of fourteen
when the family home was established here. He remained with his parents until he had attained his majority and
then started out as an agriculturist on his own account, cultivating rented land for ten years. On the expiration
of that period he bought a tract of twenty one acres in Burrell township and as time passed and his financial resources
increased, owing to his well directed industry and capable management, he augmented his holdings by additional
purchase until they now embrace three hundred and fifty four acres of rich and productive land. He now resides
on a tract of seventy acres on section 36 and leases the remainder of his property, owning two excellent farms
which are splendidly improved in every particular. He has always been practical and progressive and the prosperity
which has crowned his efforts is well merited.
Mr. Slauter has been married twice. In February, 1866, he wedded Miss Martha Schaffner, a daughter of Mathias and
Harriet Schaffner, who were natives of Ohio and pioneer settlers of Decatur county, Iowa, coining here in 1855.
In this county the father carried on farming throughout the remainder of his life. To Mr. and Mrs. Slauter were
born thirteen children, namely: John, deceased; Dora; Larkin; Mary; Clara; Frank; Ida; Edward; Fred; Lloyd; Samuel;
Gertrude, who has passed away and Birdie, also deceased. The wife and mother was called to her final rest in November,
1898, and on the 3d of September, 1903, Mr. Slauter was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Amanda
J. (Cornell) Wykoff, the widow of Frank Wykoff and daughter of William and Mary (Neely) Cornell, who were natives
of Pennsylvania and Indiana respectively. Mr. Cornell, an agriculturist by occupation, was successfully engaged
in farming in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania throughout practically his entire business career. His demise
occurred in 1879, while his wife passed away in 1910. To Dennis R. and Amanda J. Slauter have been born three children,
Forrest, Evangeline and Violet, who are attending school at Davis City. By her former marriage Mrs. Slauter had
five children, as follows: Madge; Fred; Don; Bertie, who died in infancy; and Laurence, who passed away October
14, 1910, when seven years of age.
In his political views Mr. Slauter is a democrat, loyally supporting the men and measures of that party at the
polls. He has now passed the seventy fourth milestone on life's journey and enjoys the respect and veneration which
should ever be accorded one who has traveled thus far on this earthly pilgrimage and whose career has been at all
times upright and honorable.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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