Martin S. Shaull is actively engaged in farming on section 28, Sumner township, and is meeting with gratifying
success in his chosen occupation. His birth occurred in Seneca county, Ohio, on the sth of February, 1836, but
his parents, Michael and Catherine (Houseman) Shaull, were both natives of Virginia. They removed to Seneca county,
Ohio, with their respective parents and there grew to maturity. They were married in that county and continued
to reside upon their farm there until called by death.
Martin S. Shaull was reared under the parental roof and attended the district school, which was held in a log cabin.
In 1860 he migrated westward and located in Iowa county, Iowa, where he found work as a farm hand. In August, 1861,
he enlisted in Company G, Eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, but was later rejected because two fingers were missing
from his left hand. On the 21st of August, 1862, he again enlisted, as he was very anxious to serve his country,
and this time was accepted as a drummer boy. He was with the colors until the close of the war and was enrolled
in the Drum Corps of Company E, Twenty fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered out of the service at Davenport
in August, 1865.
After his discharge from the army Mr. Shaull returned to Iowa county and for a short time was in the employ of
others, but in 1866 he purchased the farm in Sumner township where he still resides. For many years he was actively
engaged in its operation and proved industrious and efficient. He has gained a competence and is now living largely
retired, although he still takes much interest in the work of the farm.
On the 21st of October, 1866, Mr. Shaull was united in marriage with Miss Rebecca E. Rosenberger, a daughter of
Nicholas and Hannah (Keppel) Rosenberger, who became residents of Iowa county in the fall of 1851, when their daughter,
Rebecca E., was but a child of two and a half years. To Mr. and Mrs. Shall have been born eleven children, ten
of whom survive, namely: Howard; Angie F., the wife of William Scandridge, of Pilot township; Oscar T.; Ida, the
wife of Oliver E. Davis, of Sumner township; Willis R.; Arthur E.; Alva E.; Ervin A.; Raymond C.; and Carrie A.,
the wife of Cloyd L. Hillman, who is operating our subject's farm.
Mr. Shaull is a republican but has never sought to figure prominently in public affairs. Both he and his wife hold
membership in the Methodist Protestant church, as do their children, Mr. Shaull having joined the church in January,
1862. The family have done much to promote the work and extend the influence of the church and they are at all
times willing to cooperate with movements seeking the moral betterment of their community. Mr. Shaull finds much
satisfaction in his association with his comrades in arms and is an enthusiastic member of W. B. Bricker Post,
No. 145, G. A. R. He has made arrangements to have on his monument these words: "Our God and our Country,
G. A. R." He has resided in Iowa county for more than fifty years and during that time has done well the work
that was nearest at hand, thus gaining individual prosperity and also contributing to the agricultural development
of the county. His farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on sections 27 and 28, Sumner township, is
well improved and is a valuable property. While actively engaged in farming Mr. Shall was recognized as one of
the progressive agriculturists of his township.
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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