Among the prosperous farmers of Sumner township is Michael Shall, who owns land on section 16. He was born in that
township on the 9th of February, 1878, and is a son of George W. and Sarah (Baughman) Shaull, natives of Seneca
county, Ohio, the former born February 1, 1835, and the latter September 28, 1838. The father operated his mother's
farm until 1856, when he came to Iowa county in company with his brother Michael and for some time they worked
at the carpenter's trade together. In the fall of 1857 he returned to Ohio and was there married in 1858. He farmed
in Seneca county, Ohio, until the fall of 1868, when he brought his family to Iowa county, Iowa, buying eighty
acres of land in Honey Creek township. In 1869 he sold his land in this county and returned to Ohio, where he followed
agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1874. He then came again to this county and bought land on section 16,
Sumner township. He subsequently purchased additional land until at the time of his death he held title to three
hundred and sixty acres. He passed away January 24, 1913, when in his seventy eighth year. His widow survives and
resides with our subject. She is a member of the Methodist Protestant church, to which her husband also belonged.
Michael Shaull was educated in the district schools and under the instruction of his father early learned the principles
of agriculture. When twenty two years of age he began farming for himself, operating a portion of the home farm
as a renter, but he now owns eighty acres of the homestead, deeded him by his father, and in addition to operating
that land cultivates forty acres as a renter. He is alert and up to date and his well directed labors are bringing
him a good financial return.
On the 8th of March, 1902, Mr. Shaul married Miss Zina Bigbee, of Pilot township, this county. In his political
views he is independent, voting for the man whom he deems best fitted for the office in question. His wife belongs
to the Congregational church and takes a praiseworthy interest in the furtherance of its work and the spread of
its influence. Mr. Shaull is a stockholder in the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company and is one of the representative
men of his township. A native of Iowa county, he has passed his entire life here and the fact that those who have
known him from childhood hold him in high esteem indicates the sterling worth of his character.
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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