Isaac Bricker, who for many years was prominently identified with the farming interests of Hartford township,
was born in Richland county, Ohio, on the 8th of February, 1837. When he was but five years of age his parents
removed to Stark county, Ohio, but four years later returned to Richland county. At the end of three years they
took up their residence in Mansfield, where our subject attended the public schools. About 1849 the family made
another removal, settling in Fostoria, Seneca county. Nine years afterward Mr. Bricker of this review went to West
Unity, Ohio, but a year later removed to De Kalb county, Indiana, where he resided for a time, after which he returned
to West Unity.
On the 17th of February, 1861, Mr. Bricker enlisted in Company H, Fourth Ohio Cavalry, in defense of the Union
and was mustered in at Camp Wooster, Monroeville. Ohio. The regiment first proceeded to Camp Chase at Columbus,
thence to Evansville, Indiana, and later to Nashville, Tennessee. In the latter part of March and the 1st of April,
1862, they marched across the country under the command of General Buell, to Pittsburg Landing, arriving there
at daybreak April 6, just in time to take part in the battle of Shiloh. They were also engaged in the siege of
Corinth and were later in action at Mumfordsville, Bardstown and Perryville. Subsequently they were on duty around
Lookout Mountain, where they remained until May, 1864, when they joined Sherman on his famous Georgia campaign.
They were under fire almost every day along the route from Chattanooga to Atlanta. When his term of enlistment
expired Mr. Bricker returned home and in 1864 came with his wife to Iowa county, Iowa, first settling upon a farm
belonging to his brother, Dr. Bricker. Subsequently he became a landowner himself and for many years engaged in
farming and stock raising, his labor returning to him a good annual income.
Mr. Bricker was married on the 24th of March, 1854, to Miss Mary J. White, who died in 1900. For his second wife
he chose Miss Frankie La Dow, a daughter of Alexander and Harriet (Babcock) La Dow. Her father was born in the
state of New York on the 2d of February, 1810; was reared and educated in the east and was there married. In 1831
he removed with his family to Ohio and four years later took up his residence in Michigan. Thence by ox team in
1854 he removed to Tama county, Iowa, where he lived until 1881. In that year he became a resident of Iowa county
and spent the balance of his days here, passing away in 1899, having survived his wife for a year. Both were laid
to rest in the cemetery at Marengo. They lived together as man and wife for sixty seven years and their mutual
confidence and affection increased as the years passed. They were the parents of nine children: Lucy A., the wife
of David Wilcox; Angeline, the deceased wife of William Blodgett; Benjamin B., deceased, who married Miss Helen
Spayth; Carrie, now Mrs. Thomas Moore; Emeline, who gave her hand in marriage to Andrew Blodgett; Charlotte, the
wife of C. G. Price; Mary, who became the wife of Dr. F. E. Johnson, of Chicago; Harriet Ruth, who married J. M.
Merritt; and Mrs. Bricker. Mr. La Dow was an old soldier and throughout his entire life manifested a commendable
spirit of patriotism and regard for the public welfare.
Mr. Bricker was a republican and for six years was trustee of his township. He also served as secretary and treasurer
of both his district and his township. Fraternally he was a member of the Masonic blue lodge and the high ethical
teachings of that order found expression in his daily life. He passed away on the 14th of February, 1906, and his
demise was sincerely mourned.
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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