William A. Sandiland, deceased, was at one time a well known resident of Marion county, where he owned and cultivated
a good tract of land. For a long period he carried on general farming, but ere his death put aside the active work
of the fields. He was born in Vermont, September 15, 1837, and was a son of Alexander and Margaret (McMillan) Sandiland,
the former a native of the Green Mountain state, while the latter was born in Scotland. It was in the early '50s
that Alexander Sandiland brought his family from New England to Marion county, Iowa, and settled upon a farm on
which he and his wife spent their remaining days, the former being closely identified with agricultural interests.
William A. Sandiland was a youth in his teens when the family removed to Iowa and he assisted in the arduous task
of developing a new farm and otherwise enhancing the value of the property which his father secured. He enlisted
for service in the Civil war in August, 1861, as a member of Company D, Thirty Third Iowa Infantry, with which
he served until the close of hostilities in 1865. He was then mustered out at Davenport and returned home with
a most creditable military record. He had participated in a number of hotly contested engagements, from which he
emerged, however, without an injury notwithstanding the fact that he was often in the thickest of the fight. When
the war was over he returned to Marion county and throughout the period of his residence here he carried on general
agricultural pursuits. He became the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land, on which he lived for thirty
years, and during that period he carefully cultivated his crops and enhanced the fertility of the soil in various
ways. He added good buildings to his farm and utilized the latest improved machinery to carry on the work of the
fields from the time of the early spring planting until the crops were harvested in the late autumn. In 1907 he
removed to Bussey and, putting aside further business cares, lived retired until his death, which occurred on the
26th of March, 1911.
It was in 1876 that Mr. Sandiland was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Adair, who was born in Mahaska county,
Iowa, in 1859, a daughter of Robert and Jane (Deboard) Adair, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Indiana.
They came to Iowa at an early period in the development of this section of the state and settled upon a farm in
Mahaska county, where their remaining days were passed. They had a family of ten children, of whom seven are yet
living. Mr. and Mrs. Sandiland became the parents of three children: James E.; Clara F., the wife of W. P. Hartner,
of Minnesota; and Nannie M., who married H. A. Hutchison, of Hamilton, Iowa. There are also five grandchildren.
Mr. Sandiland voted with the republican party and never failed to give to it his stalwart allegiance, yet he did
not seek the honors or emoluments of public office. His life was preeminently that of the business man who finds
in his chosen pursuits incentive for his best efforts. He worked on diligently as the years passed by and won not
only a comfortable competence, but also an honored name. His widow still survives and resides in Bussey, where
she owns a fine residence.
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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