D. B. ELLIOTT.
The retired farmers living in Knoxville form one of the most valued elements in the population of the city and
one of the best known of them is D. B. Elliott, who is leasing his two farms to his sons. One tract of land is
situated in Knoxville township and the other just over the line in Polk township. Altogether he owns five hundred
and seventy five acres of well improved and fertile land. He has resided in Knoxville and its vicinity since 1854.
and his interests are thoroughly identified with those of the city and the surrounding country.
Mr. Elliott was born near Glasgow, in Barren county, Kentucky. on the 13th of September, 1850, a son of William
and Mary A. (Underwood) Elliott, both likewise natives of the Blue Grass state. Their families were early established
in Kentucky and were highly esteemed. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott came to Marion county, Iowa, and purchased government
land four miles north of Knoxville, in Polk township, paying one dollar and a quarter per acre, but the same land
is now easily worth one hundred and fifty dollars per acre. About 1867 Mr. Elliott sold out but afterward bought
another farm in Polk township situated near the land which he formerly owned. For the second tract he paid twenty
five dollars per acre. A number of years later he sold that farm also and bought six acres and a residence in Knoxville.
He subsequently purchased a farm in Cass county, Iowa, which he continued to own until his death. He made another
trip to Kentucky and bought a farm there which he later sold. He was very successful in buying, trading and dealing
in farms and became quite well to do. His political adherence was given to the democratic party. He died on the
19th of April, 1900, when eighty four years of age. He came of a family noted for longevity, his father reaching
the age of ninety six years. His wife died in 1907, when seventy eight years of age. She was a Baptist in religious
faith. To their union were born eight children, of whom one daughter has passed away. Three daughters and two sons
live in Cass county, Iowa, one daughter resides in South Dakota and the subject of this review is a resident of
D. B. Elliott completed the course in the country schools and subsequently attended the Central University at Pella
for some time. He taught school for several years in early manhood but the greater part of his active life was
devoted to farming. He was very successful and harvested annually large crops, which brought good returns upon
the market. For four years he was engaged in the real estate business in Knoxville. He still owns two fine farms
which are operated by his sons.
On the 31st of December, 1871, Mr. Elliott was married in this county to Miss Margaret West, who was born in 1852
in Pike county, Ohio, and came to this county in 1856 with her parents, Jacob and Margaret (Johnson) West, the
family locating in Polk township. Her father, who lives in Knoxville at the advanced age of eighty six years, has
always been a stanch democrat in politics. Mrs. Elliott was reared in this county and here educated. The children
born to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are six in number. Edna married George McClain, of Knoxville township, and they have
a daughter, Fern. Byrd is the wife of Carl Gamble, a merchant of Knoxville, and they are the parents of two daughters,
Loraine and Virginia. Myrtle married Fred Woodruff, who is engaged in the boot, shoe and clothing business in Knoxville
and to their union a son, Elliott Parker, has been born. Jacob, who is operating one of his father's farms, married
Miss Lena Johnson and has a son, Vance. Margaret is the wife of Ray E. Savage, who is engaged in the laundry business
in Knoxville. Walter, the youngest of the family, is operating land belonging to his father. He married Miss Lulu
Mr. Elliott has always voted the democratic ticket and believes firmly in the wisdom of the policies of that party.
He is a member of the Congregational church and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. His fraternal
associations are with the Masonic order, belonging to the blue lodge and chapter. He has built a comfortable home
at No. 803 Douglas street and there he and his f amily reside. They are secure in the respect and esteem of those
who know them, for their lives are characterized by integrity and honorable dealing.
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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