William D. Storks, who was called to his final rest April 6, 1911, was successfully engaged in general agricultural
pursuits throughout his active business career and lived in honorable retirement at Oakville for a number of years
prior to his demise. His birth occurred in Ohio on the 30th of August, 1835, his parents being David and Eliza
(Davis) Storks, both of whom were natives of Delaware and are now deceased. Unto them were born four children,
namely: Hester. Ann, and Susan, all of whom have passed away; and William D., of this review.
The last named began earning his own livelihood when a youth of sixteen, securing employment as a farm hand. He
came to Iowa in 1856 and was employed at farm labor until he had accumulated sufficient capital to purchase some
land of his own, coming into possession of a tract of one hundred and seventy acres. The cultivation and improvement
of that farm claimed his attention from 1866 until 1883, when he put aside the active work of the fields, disposed
of the property and removed to Oakville, where he built a residence and made his home throughout the remainder
of his life. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted for service in the Union army as a member of Company K, Fourteenth
Iowa Infantry, remaining with the command for three years. He participated in the battle of Shiloh, was taken prisoner
there and remained captive for three months. In November, 1865, he was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa.
On the 18th of December, 1862, Mr. Storks was united in marriage to Miss Sarah P. Anderson, a daughter of Thomas
and Ann (Prouse) Anderson, both of whom are deceased. They were the parents of ten children, as follows: John,
who died in the Civil war; Mrs. Storks; George W., who is a resident of New Mexico; Margaret, the wife of John
Lett, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Eliza J., the deceased wife of Enoch Hayden, of Wapello; William, deceased; Martha
R., the deceased wife of Rastus Wilson, of Kingston, Iowa; Lloyd, who has also passed away; Charles A., living
in New Boston, Illinois; and one who died in infancy. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Storks were born six children: Theodore
M., who is a resident of Oakville; David W., of Wapello; one who died in infancy; Anna K, the wife of W. H. Miller,
of Quenemo, Kansas; Eliza V., who is the wife of A. J. McCannon and resides in Denver, Colorado; and Cora Lilly,
the wife of Lawrence Kurtz, of Knoxville, Iowa.
Mr: Storks gave his political allegiance to the republican party and held a number of minor township offices. In
religious belief he was a Methodist, passing away in the faith of that church on. the 6th of April, 1911, the anniversary
of the day on which he was captured at Shiloh. His death was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he
had long been a respected resident of this community and had gained an extensive circle of friends.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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