Among the farmers of Iowa county who have year after year aided in the agricultural development of this section
of the state is Joseph Haughenbury, who for twenty five years has resided upon the same farm in Washington township.
He was born in Iowa county on the 8th of September, 1862, of the marriage of John and Minerva (Merrifield) Haughenbury,
natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Indiana. To that union were born three children, one of whom died in infancy.
The sister of our subject, Ellen, is residing in Blairstown, Iowa. The father died when Joseph Haughenbury was
but an infant and the mother subsequently became the wife of James Athey, by whom she had six children. She passed
away in 1914 when seventy six years of age.
Joseph Haughenbury received a common school education and during his youth also learned much regarding farming.
He has made the cultivation of the soil his life work and for the last twenty five years has resided upon the same
farm on section 2, Washington township. He carries on general farming, and his industry and practical methods are
rewarded by good crops.
On the 26th of April, 1887, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Haughenbury and Miss Hannah Hixson, a daughter of
Isaiah M. Hixson, of Knox county, Ohio. He was a farmer by occupation and to him and his wife were born two sons
and three daughters, who grew to maturity: George R.; Mary L.; Alice E., who has passed away; Timothy D., deceased;
and Hannah. The parents have both passed away, the father dying in 1878 and the mother in 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Haughenbury
have a daughter, Alice, whose birth occurred on the r9th of December, 1887, and who married W. L. Dye, of Iowa
county, by whom she has two children: Lula M., born September 10, 1908; and Lloyd W., born on the 13th of July,
In his political belief Mr. Haughenbury is a republican, but he has never desired to take a prominent part in political
affairs. He and his family belong to the Evangelical church, whose work they further in every way possible. He
has performed well the duties that lay before him and in so doing has not only gained a competence but also the
esteem of his fellow citizens.
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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