Amos Michael Beaver owns and operates a well improved farm of sixty acres on section 11, Knoxville township,
his place being pleasantly and conveniently located four and a half miles east of the city of Knoxville. He was
born near his present home, in the township in which he still resides, October to, 1873, a son of Amos and Elizabeth
(Hedrick) Beaver, who were natives of Ross county, Ohio, where they were reared and married. They removed to Michigan,
thence to Illinois, later to Nebraska and finally settled in this county in the latter part of the '60s. Amos Beaver
secured a farm of two hundred and eighteen acres and cultivated and improved his land until in the later years
of his life, when he retired and removed to Knoxville. There he died, September 26, 1906, when about seventy three
years of age. His wife had passed away on the old home farm in 1901, when about sixty seven years of age. They
were consistent and faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and Mr. Beaver gave his political support
to the republican party but did not seek the honors and emoluments of office, preferring to concentrate his energies
upon his business affairs. He was well known as a successful farmer and stockman. He and his wife reared a family
of five daughters and three sons, of whom Amos M. Beaver and four sisters are now living, namely: Mrs. Etta Taylor,
of Knoxville township, this county; Mrs. Ella Butler, who resides in Knoxville township on the old homestead; Mrs.
Maria J. Pippin, who lives on a fruit farm at The Dalles, Oregon, east of Portland; and Mrs. May Boylan, who is
a widow living in Iowa.
Amos M. Beaver has spent his entire life to the present time in Marion county and supplemented his public school
course by study in the Central University of Iowa at Pella. He was trained to farm work, which he has always followed
and upon his place, comprising sixty acres of rich and productive land on section 11, Knoxville township, he has
made fine improvements, so that he now has a valuable and attractive property. He also makes stock raising an important
feature of his business. He raises fine Shropshire sheep and others of good grade and he also raises high grade
hogs and horses.
On the 29th of June, 1904, Mr. Beaver was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Ann Wood, who was born in the county
of Durham, England, October 9, 1875, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Raines) Wood. The mother died in the fall
of 1875, leaving Mrs. Beaver the only child. The father married again in England and came to America. He established
his home in Marion county, where he lived for a time but afterward went to the far west and died on Vancouver Island
in 1889. Mrs. Beaver was reared by her grandfather, Mr. Joseph Wood, who came to Marion county in 1880, settling
in Knoxville township. The grandfather died August 5, 1903, when almost ninety two years of age. He would have
attained that age on the nth of October. In religious faith he was an Episcopalian.
Mr. Beaver gives his political allegiance to the republican party and he served as assessor of Knoxville township
in 1913. Formerly he was identified with the Red Men. He concentrates his energies, however, upon his farming interests
and his well directed activity is bringing to him a substantial and justly merited measure of success.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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