Biography of Edward Agnew
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Edward Agnew, who carries on general farming in section 22, Dayton township, has lived upon his present place for forty three years fully occupied with the cultivation and further improvement of a tract of two hundred and eighty acres of Iowa county's rich land. He was born in Attica, Indiana, February 25, 1857, and is a son of John E. and Ann (Lundy) Agnew, whose family numbered two sons and two daughters, but Edward is now the only survivor. The parents were both natives of Ireland and in childhood came with their respective parents to the United States. They met in Pennsylvania, where they reached adult age, and were there married. Soon afterward they removed westward to Indiana, where they spent their remaining days, and the father there engaged in business 'as a carpenter and builder.

Edward Agnew came to Iowa in 1867. That he has devoted the greater part of his life to fanning is indicated in the fact that he has lived at his present place of residence for forty three years, owning now two hundred and eighty acres of excellent land on section 22, Dayton township. He has worked diligently to enhance the productiveness of his farm, keeping abreast of the times in the utilization of modern farm methods and of the latest improved machinery. His place is now divided into fields of convenient size, from which he annually gathers good crops, and the success which has come to him is the merited reward of his persistent, earnest labor.

On the 22d of November, 1905, Mr. Agnew was married to Miss Mary Healy, of this county, who is one of a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters, who were reared to farm life in Iowa county. By her marriage she has become the mother of six children Anna Mary, born July 9, 1906; Mary Ellen, born October 4, 1907; John Edward, February 8, 1909; Margaret Josephine, March 5, 1911; Joseph Emmet, September 20, 1912; and Ethel Lucille, born August 24, 1914.

The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic church, of which Mr. Agnew is a loyal communicant. His has been a well spent life in which diligence has enabled him to overcome difficulties and obstacles, while energy and perseverance have brought to him a substantial measure of success.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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