Biography of James T. Zeller
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For forty one years James T. Zeller has occupied the farm on which he still makes his home in Iowa county not far from Marengo, and with the agricultural development of his section of the state has been closely identified. He was born in Delaware county, Indiana, April 25, 1847, and is a son of Christian and Lana (Roth) Zeller. In their family were three children, two sons and one daughter, all of whom survive. The father was born in Germany and the mother in Pennsylvania and they were married in Indiana. In 1864 they removed westward to Iowa, becoming early residents of this state.

James T. Zeller lived for three years in Illinois before he took up his abode in Iowa in 1867 and in the meantime, when a youth of seventeen years, he enlisted for service in the Civil war in February, 1865, joining Company B, One Hundred and Fifty fourth Illinois Infantry. He was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tennessee, on the 18th of September, for the war was ended and the country no longer needed his military aid.

Mr. Zeller was married in 1868 to Miss Hannah E. Hamilton, a native of Indiana and a daughter of Joseph Hamilton. After the death of her father the mother removed to Iowa but passed away in the succeeding winter. Mrs. Zeller was one of a family of five children and following the death of her parents was reared by an aunt.

As previously stated Mr. Zeller came to Iowa in 1867 and the following year began farming on his own land. Later he removed to the place upon which he now resides and on which he has lived for forty one years. He has two hundred and fourteen acres of rich and productive land in two farms and his prosperity is the visible evidence of his life of well directed energy and thrift. He has brought his fields under a high state of cultivation and in addition to tilling the crops best adapted to the soil and climate he makes a special feature of raising full blooded stock of all kinds, thus adding materially to his income. His farm presents a neat and attractive appearance and everything about the place is indicative of his careful supervision and progressive methods.

To Mr. and Mrs. Zeller have been born a son and four daughters. Charles, who was born April 29, 1870, is a farmer and operates the old home place. The daughters are: Minnie, who was born December to, 1871, and is the wife of Wells Myers, a builder of Marengo, by whom she has five children, Carl, Nellie, Clay, Marie and Edna; Anna May, born October 28, 1881, who is the wife of Mike Misel, a farmer living near Williamsburg, by whom she has two children, James and Lawrence; Nellie Rose, born August 20, i885, who is the wife of Arnold Andies, a farmer of Washington township, and is the mother of one child, Edna Irene; and Eva, born August 1, 1887, who is the wife of Jasper Misel, a farmer of Marengo township, by whom she has four children, Hannah, Emily, Ella, and a baby unnamed.

Mr. Zeller maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in the Grand Army Post, No. 233. In politics he has always been a republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and he has filled the office of road supervisor, member of the school board for six years and school treasurer for thirty years. He stands at all times for progress and improvement and has been a helpful factor in promoting various interests that have had to do with the public good. The long years of his residence in Iowa county have won him a place with its pioneer settlers. He has been a witness of the greater part of its development and progress and as the years have gone on he has borne his full share in the tasks which have raised the standards of citizenship and promoted the best interests of the county.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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