One of the pioneers settlers of Iowa who is now living retired in Morning Sun is Anderson Orchard, who for forty
three years was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Des Moines county. His birth occurred in Kentucky on the t5th
of October, 1821, his parents being John and Anna (Park) Orchard, also natives of the Blue Grass state, who removed
to Brown county, Illinois, in 1832, and there they passed away. In their family were seven children, of whom the
son Anderson is the only one now living.
The greater portion of the education of Anderson Orchard was acquired in the little log school house in the vicinity
of the old homestead in Brown county, Illinois. He laid aside his text books in his early youth and assisted his
father in the cultivation of the farm, remaining a member of the parental household until he was twenty one. He
subsequently rented his father's farm, in the cultivation of which he engaged for eleven years. In 1853 he removed
to Des Moines county, Iowa, where he bought a homestead upon which he settled, continuing its operation for forty
three years. He engaged in general farming but always made a specialty of the raising and feeding of stock for
the market which venture proved to be very lucrative. In 1896 Mr. Orchard retired and moved to Morning Sun, where
he has ever since continuously resided. He still owns two hundred and ten acres of land in Des Moines county in
addition to his fine residence in Morning Sun.
On the 9th of February, 1843, occurred the marriage of Mr. Orchard and Miss Caroline Emrick, who was born in Mead
county, Kentucky, on the t2th of August, 1828. She is a daughter of John and Rebecca (Legg) Emrick, her father
a native of Virginia and her mother of Kentucky. They removed to Brown county, Illinois, in 1830, where they, resided
until they came to Iowa to live with Mrs. Orchard, in whose home they passed away. Of the six children born unto
them but two are now living. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Orchard were born fourteen children, the order of their birth being
as follows: Columbia Jane, who is deceased; Josephine, who married William Shewey, of Red Oak, Iowa; John E., who
is living in California; Robert R., also a resident of California; Lucinda, who married George Aldridge, of Wyoming;
Joseph, of Des Moines county; Mary, the widow of Robert Oberman, also of Des Moines county; Augusta, the wife of
Henry Elliott, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Ella, deceased; Franklin, who, is living in Trenton, Missouri; Clara Bell,
who married Charles Plunket, of California; Hugh A., who is a resident of Cedar Rapids; Eliza, who married John
Musock, of Los Angeles; and Edith Mary, the wife of Grant Shutter, of Morning Sun. Mr. and Mrs. Orchard also have
over thirty grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
His political support Mr. Orchard has given to the republican candidates ever since the organization of that party,
prior to which time he voted the whig ticket. He has never taken a prominent part in political activities but has
always been a public spirited man and while residing in Iowa was a member of the Anti Horse Thief Society, which
was a vigilance association organized for the purpose of exterminating horse stealing, which at that time was a
very common practice. Both Mr. and Mrs. Orchard are members of the Christian church, having been affiliated with
this denomination for many years. Mr. Orchard, who has long outlived the Psalmist's allotted years, has been an
interested observer of the onward march of civilization, having witnessed the stage coach give way to the express
train, the candle to the electric light and the installation of both the telephone and telegraph, which have grown
to be necessities of every day life. He and his wife. are highly regarded in the community where they have long
resided and are shown the respect and deference which should ever be youth's tribute to honorable old age.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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