One of the successful native sons of the county is Samuel Teter, who owns and operates two hundred and forty four
acres of fine land on section 12, Union township. He does mixed farming, raising both grain and stock, and is one
of the representative and progressive agriculturists of the county. He was born upon the farm where he still lives
on the i5th of October, 1855, a son of Samuel E. and Eliza Jane (Leuty) Teter. The father was born in Ross county,
Ohio, in 1817 and the mother in the same county five years later. They were married in Ohio and there the father
farmed until 1844, when he came with his family to this state and in March, 1845, settled upon the farm which is
now in the possession of his son Samuel. Mr. Teter, Sr., entered the land from the government and also other tracts,
becoming the owner in all of about five hundred acres. The family made the trip from Ohio to Iowa with a horse
team and shipped their household goods by a boat which was sunk in the Mississippi river, occasioning the total
loss of their furniture. Mrs. Teter's brother George and his wife were on the boat and barely escaped with their
lives. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Teter were the parents of eight children, four boys and four girls, two of whom died
in infancy. The subject of this review is the next to the youngest. The father died in 1906, having survived his
wife since 1899.
Samuel Teter of this review was educated in the Blaine school near his home and remained upon the homestead until
his marriage. After that event he began farming on his own account in this county but after three years, or in
1876, went to Kansas, where he remained for twenty three years. He owned about six hundred and forty acres of land
there, which he sold at the end of that time and removed to Oklahoma, where he lived for about seven years. He
homesteaded a quarter section in that state which he still owns. Upon leaving Oklahoma he returned to this county
and has since engaged in farming the homestead. He raises stock extensively, breeding Poland China hogs and Polled
Angus cattle. He sells about three carloads of stock a year and this branch of his activities is proving an especially
profitable one. He also cultivates the fields and in all that he does is energetic and capable.
Mr. Teter was married in 1874 to Miss Mary Harriett, a daughter of John and Rebecca Harriett. She was born in Ohio
in 1855 and when a child accompanied her parents to Iowa, receiving the greater part of her education in Mahaska
and Marion counties. To Mr. and Mrs. Teter were born eight children, two of whom died in infancy. Those living
are: Nellie May, who married H. H. Elwood, of Colorado; Wanda, the wife of J. W. Norris, a sketch of whom appears
elsewhere in this work; Azel E., who married Robert Mitchell and resides in Nebraska; Tressie, the wife of J. B.
Wilbur, of Polk township; William, who is married and resides in Nebraska; and Cora M., who married Burt Carr and
resides in this county.
Mr. Teter is a republican in politics and fraternally is identified with Oriental Lodge, No. 6r, A. F. & A.
M., at Knoxville. His life has been well spent and has gained him not only a competence but also the regard of
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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