Isaac N. Bebout, of Knoxville, has lived here since 1855 with the exception of eight years. He is the proprietor
of the City Feed Mill and the products of his mill have the reputation of being of excellent quality. He was born
in Crittenden county, Kentucky, September 13, 1849, a son of B. F. and Mary A. (Schumaker) Bebout. The father brought
his family to Marion county in 1855 and continued to reside here until his death, which occurred in 1881, when
he was sixty two years of age. He was a farmer by occupation and well liked and respected. His wife preceded him
in death, passing away in Gosport, this county, in 1855. Mr. Bebout of this review has one brother, George, who
is farming upon a large scale near Albia, Iowa. He also has a half sister and three half brothers living, namely:
J. W., living near Gosport; Peter T., a farmer of Lucas county; Le Roy, living in Wyoming; and Mrs. Millie Anderson,
a resident of Portland, Oregon.
Isaac N. Bebout was but a child of six years when brought to this county and here grew to manhood. He received
a good common school education and also as a boy learned the principles of agriculture, thus fitting himself to
earn a livelihood. In 1882 he removed to Mills county, Iowa, and farmed for eight years, after which he returned
to this county, where he has since resided continuously. For a number of years he conducted a feed barn in Knoxville
and in January, 1914, bought the City Feed Mill, which is equipped with the most modern machinery and which is
furnished with power by an electric motor of fifteen horse power. Graham flour, corn meal and feed of all kinds
are ground and the products of the mill have not only a large local sale but are also in demand in the adjoining
counties. Mr. Bebout devotes all of his time to his business and also employs one or two assistants regularly.
In 1870 Mr. Bebout married Miss Mary Hunt, a native of Marion county, who died in 1893, leaving three children,
namely: Charles, a farmer of Knoxville township; Fred, of Washington township; and Mrs. Celeste Swenberg, who died
in the fall of 1896. In 1895 Mr. Bebout married Miss Louisa Brown, who was born in Marshall, Indiana, but was reared
in this county from the age of ten years, arriving with her parents in 1865.
She is a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Cart) Brown, both of whom are deceased, the former dying in 1909, when more
than ninety two years of age, and the latter passing away in 1873, when forty six years old. Mr. Brown was a blacksmith
by trade and the father of six children, five of whom are living: Mrs. Bebout; one in Illinois; one in Oregon;
and two in Wyoming. Mr. Bebout is a democrat and fraternally belongs to the Masonic lodge at Dallas. Both he and
his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and no good cause appeals to them in vain.
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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