Biography of William J. Elwood
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WILLIAM J. ELWOOD.
Of honest and resolute Irish parentage, William J. Elwood, of Sheridan township, 'was endowed at birth with those qualities of grit and perseverance which generally lead to the accomplishment of worthy objects. He is a native son of Iowa and was born in Tama county, March 27, 1873, his parents being James and Anna (Jackson) Elwood. The father was born in Ireland and came to America early in the '50s, locating in Tama county, Iowa. The mother was married to Mr. Elwood at Dunlap, Iowa.

William J. Elwood was reared in his father's home and early engaged in railroad construction in. Tama county. In' 1896 he came to Poweshiek county and engaged in farming, later renting land until the fall of 1910, when he purchased two hundred acres on section 24 of Sheridan township, where he established his home: His place is under excellent cultivation and is well watered and drained, there being no waste land on the farm. He engages in general farming and also fattens stock for the market. His wife is interested in the raising of full blooded Plymouth Rock chickens.

On the 15th of February, 1898, 'Mr: Elwood was married to Miss Kate Mulligan, 'a daughter of Michael and Anna (Martin) Mulligan, who came from County Louth, Ireland, to America after their marriage in the early part of the '50s. They located on a farm of two hundred acres in Sheridan township, Poweshiek county, and in 1895, Mr. Mulligan purchased eighty nacres additional in Chester township. In 1904 he moved to Tama, where he still lives. Mrs. Mulligan died about 1886 at the old homestead in Sheridan township. Mr. and Mrs. Elwood are the parents of one child, Anna Arlene. She was born March 31, 1902 and is now attending the Hickory Grove district school.

Mr. Elwood and his family are sincere members of the Roman Catholic church rof Tama. He gives his support politically to the democratic party and is a great:admires of William Jennings Bryan, considering him One of the brightest political leaders that America has ever known. As a good friend of education Mr. Eh wood has served very acceptably as member of the school board of District No. 8, Sheridan township. He is interested in all movements for the promotion of the permanent welfare of the county and is at the present time a member of the board of directors of the Sheridan Creamery Company. Although in actual ownership of his farm but comparatively a short time, he has demonstrated his ability as an agriculturist, and his place promises to become one of the highly productive properties of this part of the county. His success is well deserved; as it is the result of years of well directed labor.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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