Biography of Asbury S. Overton
Marion County, IA Biographies





Asbury Sheridan Overton is a well known farmer and stockman of Knoxville township who owns and cultivates two hundred acres of land on section 34., about seven miles southeast of the city of Knoxville. The farm presents a neat and attractive appearance and indicates the careful supervision and practical, progressive methods of Mr. Overton, who is one of the native sons of the county. He was born on the 24th of April, 1865, his father being Tyler Overton, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume.

The youthful days of Asbury S. Overton were spent on the old homestead where he was born, and between the ages of six and fifteen years he was a pupil in the district school not far from his home. He then started out to earn his living and since that time has depended entirely upon his own efforts. He has always followed the occupation to which he was reared, nor has he had any desire to make a change in his life work. More than a century ago George Washington said: "Farming is the most useful as well as the most honorable occupation of man;" and it is to this line of labor that Mr. Overton has directed his efforts. In the spring of 1902 he took up his abode upon his present farm, comprising two hundred acres of rich and productive land on section 34, Knoxville township, pleasantly and conveniently located about seven miles southeast of Knoxville. Upon it are found fine modern improvements: He carries on general agricultural pursuits and for about ten years was engaged largely in the raising of thoroughbred shorthorn cattle but sold his herd in 1897. For a long period he has bred Shropshire sheep and is still a member of the Shropshire Breeders' Association. Sound judgment has characterized all of his business undertakings and energy and enterprise have led him constantly forward toward the goal of success.

In 1902 Mr. Overton was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Bender, who was born in Knoxville in 1879 and was here reared. She is a daughter of Charles and Mary (Welsh) Bender. Her father came to Marion county in the fall of 1872 and for forty two years was a resident of this part of the state, his death occurring September 28, 1914, when he was sixty eight years of age. His widow, who was born in Marion county, still resides here at the age of sixty four years, her home being in Knoxville. In the Bender family were four children, three of whom reached adult age: Mrs. Jessie. Miller, living in Knoxville township; James Calvin, a farmer who is married and resides in Oklahoma; and Mrs. Overton. To Mr. and Mrs. Overton have been born seven children, as follows: Lois, who is eleven years of age; Maria, ten years old; Marion, Karl, Wayne and Merle, who are nine, seven, five and four years of age respectively; and Charles, whose natal day was November 1, 1913.

Politically Mr. Overton is a republican and broad reading and deep thought keep him in touch with the significant political problems of the day, so that he is able to support his position by intelligent argument. He does not seek nor desire office, however. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian church and both are highly esteemed, having many warm friends in the community where they have always lived. Those who know them speak of them in terms of high regard and they are representative residents of Knoxville township.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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