Edward W. Siverly, one of the prosperous agriculturists of Marshall township, is busily engaged in the pursuits
of farming and stock raising and owns a valuable tract of land of one hundred and sixty six acres on section 11.
His birth occurred in Oakland township, Louisa country, Iowa, on the 12th of June, 1876, his parents being George
and Mary (Furies) Siverly, the former also a native of this county. The mother of our subject was born near Troy,
Ohio, and was a daughter of Wilk and Maria Furnas, who came to Louisa county about 185o, locating on a farm and
here spending the remainder of their lives. The marriage of George and Mary (Furnas) Siverly was celebrated in
Louisa county and the latter here passed away on the 16th of September, 1891. George Siverly, who is still numbered
among the respected and worthy residents of this county, was married again, his second union being with Miss Isabelle
Trine. Edward W. Siverly was the third in order of birth in a family of five children, the others being as follows:
Della M, the wife of Fred Morrison, of Johnson county, Iowa; Olive E., who is the wife of Clark Faires, and also
resides in Johnson county, this state; Maud M., who gave her hand in marriage to Frank Loehr, of Albert Lea, Minnesota;
and S. Isabelle, the wife of Less Hill, of Louisa county.
After completing his more specifically literary education Edward W. Siverly took up the study of dentistry at Iowa
City, winning the degree of D. D. S. in 1897. The following year he located for practice in North Dakota, there
remaining for twelve months. On the expiration of that period he returned to Louisa county, locating at Oakville,
where he likewise practiced dentistry for another year, abandoning the profession, however, at the time of his
marriage. Following that important event in his life he turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits,
locating on the farm of one hundred and sixty six acres which he still owns and operates on section 11, Marshall
township. Among the many substantial improvements which he has placed on the property is a commodious and attractive
residence. In connection with the tilling of the soil he makes a specialty of raising hogs and horses and has met
with success in both branches of his business.
On the 20th of September, 1899, Mr. Siverly was united in marriage to Miss Minnie P. Holland, who was born in Wapello
township, Louisa county, on the 29th of September, 1877, her parents being Samuel and Catherine (Myers) Holland,
both of whom were natives of Ohio. They came to this county in 1849, located on a farm and here spent the remainder
of their lives. Samuel Holland passed away on the nth of May, 1888, while his wife was called to her final rest
on the 20th of November, 1908. They were the parents of two daughters, as follows: Nellie D., who is the wife of
Thomas Delzell, of Morning Sun, Iowa; and Mrs. Siverly.
Mr. Siverly is a stanch republican in politics but has never sought office as a reward for his party fealty. His
religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs.
Almost his entire life has been spent in Louisa county, where he has a wide acquaintance and is favorably known.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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