Eugene Dennis is now living retired at Pella, enjoying a leisure justly won by former years of industry and
labor, when he gave his undivided attention to the duties of cultivating the fields and caring for stock. He was
born at Peapack, New Jersey, on the 20th of May, 1846, a son of Anthony P. and Mary (Cole) Dennis.
Eugene Dennis entered the common schools of New Jersey upon arriving at school age and completed his education
in his native state. In August, 1862, at the age of sixteen he enlisted as a drummer boy in answer to the nine
months' call by President Lincoln. He was with Company A, Thirtieth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, and served until
given his honorable discharge in June, 1863. He was at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and a number of other engagements.
In March, 1867, when a young man of about twenty one years, he came to Iowa, where his brother, George J. Dennis,
had removed in 1866. Upon arriving in this state Mr. Dennis of this review began farming for himself and was so
occupied continuously for more than three decades. He followed general farming and his knowledge of practical methods
of agriculture made his efforts effective and the sale of his grain and stock brought him a gratifying return.
He gained financial independence and in 1900 retired and removed to Pella, where he has since resided.
In July, 1865, Mr. Dennis married Miss Amanda Perry and of the children born to their union six survive: Mary,
who married William Butts, of Pella; Charles, who married Mary Gruddes and is now living at Pella; Warren, who
is also married and is a carpenter at Fort Dodge; Sherman, superintendent of bridges on the Minneapolis and Portal
division of the "Soo" Line; Minnie, the wife of J. C. Largent, of Des Moines; and Bessie, the wife of
Dr. Talbot, of Pella, a practitioner of veterinary medicine. The wife and mother was called to her last rest in
February, 1900, and in 1903 Mr. Dennis married Mrs. Stomaker. He is fraternally affiliated with Albert Hobbs Post,
No. 404, G. A. R., of which he is the commander. He owns two hundred and eighty acres of land in Missouri, the
Dennis block in Pella and property in Harvey and is one of the well to do residents of the city. The number of
his friends and the sincerity of their regard for him testify to the worth of his character and the probity of
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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