Eardley Bell, a prominent farmer residing on section 35, Greene township, was for a number of years president
of the Security Savings Bank of Wellman but in 1915 resigned that position. His birth occurred in England on the
12th of October, 1844, and he is the third child in a family of eight children, his parents being Eardley and Martha
(Bragg) Bell, who were also natives of that country, where they continued to reside until called by death. Prior
to his marriage the father served as a soldier in the British army and later followed the occupation of gardening
throughout life. The children of the family were: Thomas and Annie M., both deceased; Eardley; Martha, Joseph and
Amy, all three of whom have passed away; Mary, who married William Wright and resides in England; and Betsey, deceased.
In 1875 Eardley Bell emigrated to America and after residing for a short time in Canada came to the United States
and settled in Millersburg, Iowa county, Iowa. arriving here in 1876. Not long after his arrival he purchased forty
acres of land near Millersburg and resided thereon for four years, after which he sold that place and purchased
eighty acres, which comprises part of his present home farm. He has added to his farm property from time to time
and now owns two hundred and twenty acres on sections 35 and 26, Greene township. His continued success has been
due to his industry and energy and also to the wise management of his affairs.
In 1868, in England, Mr. Bell was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ann Gresswell, who was born in the village
of Thorpe, that country, and was there educated. Her parents, Daniel and Sarah (Forman) Gresswell, were also natives
of England and there spent their entire lives. To their union were born the following children: Forman, deceased;
Mary Ann, now Mrs. Bell; Ellen E. and John, both residents of Kansas; Sarah J., the wife of J. Maplethorpe, who
is living in this county; Hepzibah, who married George Wilson and resides in England; and George, likewise a resident
of England. To Mr. and Mrs. Bell have been born six children: Thomas, whose birth occurred in England and who is
farming; Eardley, likewise a native of England, who is now engaged in the practice of law at Wellman; John and
George W., both of whom were born in this county and who are engaged in farming; Amy, the wife of Homer Glass,
of Odessa, Washington; and Ernest D., whose birth occurred in this county and who is following agricultural pursuits.
Mr. Bell is a republican where national issues are at stake but in local affairs casts his ballot for the man rather
than for the party. From 1896 to 1901 he served as county supervisor; from 1890 to 1897 he was justice of the peace;
and has also been a member of the school board and secretary of Greene township. Both he and his wife were communicants
of the Episcopal church while living in England but upon taking up their residence in this county joined the Methodist
Episcopal church, as there was no local congregation of their faith. Mr. Bell has been very successful as an agriculturist
and has also become well known in banking circles of Iowa and Johnson counties, as from 1908 to 1915 he held the
office of president of the Security Savings Bank of Wellman and proved a financier of ability and discretion. His
many fine Personal traits have won him warm friends who hold him in high regard.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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