Biography of Jacob G. Stilwell
Marion County, IA Biographies





JACOB G. STILWELL.
An excellent farm of about two hundred acres situated in Liberty township, not far from Hamilton, is the property of Jacob G. Stilwell and pays tribute to the care and labor which he bestows upon it. He carries on general farming and stock raising. He was born in Indiana on the 26th of February, 1836, a son of John and Delila (Campbell) Stilwell. The parents were married in Indiana and had a family of twelve children, of whom three are yet living. For some time they resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, and thence came to Iowa in 1848, settling in the spring of that year at Fort Madison. At a later period they came to Marion county and took up their abode upon the farm where their son Jacob now resides. Their remaining days were spent upon that place and when death called them they were laid to rest in the cemetery at Hamilton. The father always carried on farming and stock raising and was the owner of one hundred and forty acres of land which he brought to a high state of cultivation. His methods were practical and his labors resulted in making the farm one of the valuable properties of the district. He raised the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and was also successfully engaged in raising graded stock. He died in the year 1864 and his wife, who long survived, passed away in 1900. In politics Mr. Stilwell was a democrat but never sought nor desired public office.

Jacob G. Stilwell attended one of the old time schools, the little "temple of learning" being a log building, and the methods of instruction were almost as primitive as was the schoolhouse. However, in the school of experience he has learned many valuable lessons and by reading and observation has constantly broadened his knowledge. His training at farm labor was not meager and when twenty one years of age he began farming on his own account. He has always carried on general agricultural pursuits and has led a very busy life. He has never been afraid of hard work and, saving his money, he purchased land, adding to his original holdings until he now has about two hundred acres. The soil is rich and arable and the fields respond readily to the care and labor which he bestows upon them. He also engages in stock raising and his business is bringing to him well merited prosperity.

On the 26th of February, 1859, Mr. Stilwell was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Jane Conklin, her parents being Samuel and Lorinda (Grantier) Conklin, pioneer settlers of Monroe county. Our subject and his wife became the parents of sixteen children, as follows: Delia Ann, who is deceased; John; Orinda, who has also passed away; Benjamin; Mary; Joseph; Calvina; George; Delila; Rosie; Pruda and Peter, both of whom are deceased; Arthur; Charley, who has passed away; Cora; and one who died unnamed.

Mr. Stilwell gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and has been called to a number of township offices, including that of trustee. He has likewise served as a member of the school board and believes in providing good educational opportunities for the young. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he attends church in Hamilton but is not a member. His success has been builded upon the sure foundation of diligence and determination and he is still active in the management of his farm, although he has now passed the seventy eighth milestone on life's journey.

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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