HIRAM T. STAPP.
The year 1866 witnessed the arrival of Hiram T. Stapp in Marion county and he remained a continuous resident of
the county until he was called to the home beyond. He was well known in Columbia and Washington township and in
other sections of the county, and wherever he went he made friends by reason of his sterling worth and many excellent
traits of character. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 1840, a son of Joseph Stapp, who lived and died
in the south. The son acquired his education in southern schools and at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted
in the Confederate army. Later he came to the north, and because his opinions had changed regarding the condition
of affairs, he enlisted at Crawfordsville, Indiana, for service in the Union army, with which he continued until
honorably discharged at the close of hostilities.
In the following year, or in 1866, Mr. Stapp made his way westward to Iowa, reaching Knoxville, Marion county,
on the 2d day of March. He worked for others for a time and then purchased property in the village of Columbia.
At length he acquired farm land and from that time forward followed agricultural pursuits and stock raising until
his death. He always held to high ideals in relation to his work and he added to his farm many valuable improvements.
The place was divided into fields of convenient size by well kept fences and in the pastures could be found good
grades of stock. Barns and other outbuildings afforded ample shelter for grain and for his cattle and horses, and
when invention brought out new machinery he secured it to promote the work of the fields. He was a breeder of fine
Jersey cows and high grade horses. He loved all kinds of animals and became very indignant upon seeing them abused.
It is needless to state, therefore, that the stock upon his place was well treated and he did not a little to improve
the grade of farm animals raised in this section of the state.
On the 8th of March, 1868, Mr. Stapp was united in marriage to Miss Juliett Kiger, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth
(Huffman) Kiger, who had five children, two of whom are deceased. Mrs. Kiger died in 1847 and subsequently the
father was again married. About 185o he came to Marion county, Iowa, in search of. a home, locating in Washington
township, where he devoted his attention to the pursuits of farming and stock raising. He gave his political allegiance
to the democracy but never sought nor desired office as a reward for his party fealty. He passed away on the 17th
of April, 1892, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, and his remains were interred at Columbia.
The death of Mr. Stapp occurred on the 4th of August, 1902, and he was laid to rest in the Columbia cemetery. Two
years after his demise his widow took up her abode in Columbia, where she now resides. She is widely and favorably
known and has many friends in the village and throughout the surrounding country. Mr. Stapp voted with the democratic
party and always kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day, so that he was able to support his
position by intelligent argument. He belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church and his Christian faith guided
him in all the relations of life, making him a man whom to know was to esteem and honor.
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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