In all probability John Sterett is the oldest inhabitant in Morning Sun when considered as a continuous resident,
as every building in the city with the exception of one was erected after he located here. He is a son of James
and Isabella (Crawford) Sterett, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Ohio. James Sterett, who
was a tanner and harness maker, as well as farmer, migrated to Louisa county in 1853, settling in Morning Sun,
where he resided continuously until his demise in 1884. His wife passed away in t866. Of the six children born
unto them but one besides our subject is living: James, who is also a resident of Morning Sun. The four who are
deceased were: William, who was the eldest; Robert, who was captured by the Confederates during the Civil war and
consigned to Libby prison, where he died: David, who was killed in battle; and Nancy E, the only daughter.
John Sterett was eighteen years of age when he removed to Iowa and located upon eighty acres of land which is now
within the corporate limits of Morning Sun. He engages in general farming but has always made a specialty of the
breeding and raising of Black Hawk Morgan horses, having sold some of his at one thousand dollars a piece.
On the tall of April, 1857, Mr. Sterett was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Brown, a daughter of Hamilton and
Sarah (Ramsey) Brown, who were the parents of ten children. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Sterett were born two sons: Edward,
who was born in 1858 and passed away in 1889; and William R., who was born in September, 1860, and is a resident
of Des Moines.
His first vote Mr. Sterett cast for John C. Fremont in Morning Sun precinct and has ever since voted there. He
assisted in arranging the first Fourth of July celebration ever held in the place and has participated in the observation
of every succeeding anniversary of the Nation's birth, having spent fifty eight Fourths in Morning Sun. Mr. Sterett
is a public spirited, as well as patriotic citizen, and has always striven to fulfill his civic duties and toward
this end has served in various township offices. He belongs to the Fremont Association, of which he was one of
the organizers and at one time vice president, and was president of the Old Settlers Association, when Mr. Springer
assumed the duties as local historian of these volumes, appointing Mr. Sterett as one of the advisory board. Religiously
he affiliates with the Presbyterian church, in which his wife also held membership. Mr. Sterett went to Des Moines
to visit his son on the 29th of November, 1910, and upon his return home the following Saturday he found Mrs. Sterett
dead. She was lying on the floor and from all indications the physicians decided that death must have occurred
on the morning Mr. Sterett left. Mr. Sterett, who has now reached the venerable age of seventy six years relates
many interesting reminiscences of the early days of his residence here when pioneer customs still prevailed.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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