JASPER J. MONNETT.
The farm work of Jasper J. Monnett is carefully directed and thus he has become the owner of a valuable property
and from it derives a gratifying annual income. He has today one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land on section
21, Troy township, and one hundred and eighty acres on section 29. He was born November 2, 1851, in Indiana, a
son of Jeremiah and Sarah Monnett In 186o he was brought to Iowa county by his niother and stepfather, who settled
on a farm in York township. The father died during the infancy of his son, Jasper J., and the mother afterward
became the wife of Fordyce Harrington, of Indiana, in August, 1859. Mr. Monnett had a sister, Mary, who was the
wife of B. Brockshus and died in Union county, Iowa, leaving four children.
Jasper J. Monnett acquired his early education in the public schools and afterward pursued a course in the Iowa
State University, so that liberal training well qualified him for life's practical and responsible duties. He has
always carried on general agricultural pursuits and is regarded as one of the representative farmers of Troy township,
where he owns three hundred and forty acres of rich and valuable land. He has brought his farm under a high state
of cultivation and to it has added many substantial improvements.
On the 27th of October, 1891, Mr. Monnett was married to Miss Mary Brown, who was born near Williamsburg, Iowa,
May 1, 1860, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Nelson) Brown, both of whom were natives of Ireland, in which country
they were reared and married. Becoming residents of Iowa county, they here spent their remaining days, the father
passing away March 12, 1887, while his wife survived him for twelve years and died on the 21st of April, 1899.
In their family were five children: Eliza, now the wife of Louis Evans, living in Iowa county; Robert C., also
of this county; Joseph, who makes his home in Williamsburg; Sarah, the wife of William Smith, of Keokuk county;
and Mary. To Mr. and Mrs. Monnett have been born five children: Ruth H., whose birth occurred in 1893; Mae E.,
born in 1895; Wilma F., in 1897; Helen J., in 1899; and Mina Z., in 1901. Mrs. Monnett was at one time a capable
school teacher of Iowa county, teaching from 1877 until 1893. Mr. Monnett also taught school, engaging in that
work from 1877 until 1883.
His political allegiance has ever been given to the republican party and he keeps well informed on the questions
and issues of the day but does not seek, nor desire office. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal
church, in the work of which he has taken an active personal part, serving for some time as superintendent of the
Sunday school. Those who know him esteem him because of his many excellent traits of character, his reliability
and enterprise in business, his progressiveness in citizenship and his devotion to the ties of home and friendship.
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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