Samuel H. Bear, who carries on farming and stock raising on his place of one hundred and sixty six acres on
section it, Cedar township, was born in Washington county, Iowa, on the 10th of August, 1848, his parents being
Gideon and Mary (Guinn) Bear. The father, who was a native of Pennsylvania, came to Iowa in 1837, being the third
white man in Washington county. He entered the farm on which his son, Samuel H., now resides and remained one of
the substantial and respected citizens of this county until called to his final rest in 1884. The demise of his
wife occurred in 1893. Unto this worthy couple were born thirteen children, eight of whom still survive.
Samuel H. Bear remained under the parental roof until he had attained the age of twenty one years, when he started
out in life on his own account as an agriculturist, which line of activity has since claimed his time and energies.
For the past twenty four years he has owned his present farm of one hundred and sixty six acres on section 11,
Cedar township, and in addition to tilling the soil he has made a specialty of raising and feeding stock to some
extent. In all of his undertakings he displays good management. and practical methods and has long been numbered
among the prosperous, progressive and representative agriculturists of his native county.
In December, 1868, Mr. Bear was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Bowersox, who was born in Union county, Pennsylvania,
and accompanied her parents on their removal to Stephenson county, Illinois, where the family remained for ten
years. In 1865 they went to Keokuk county, Iowa, where Mr. and Mrs. Bowersox continued to reside until called to
their final rest, the former passing away May 18, 1896, while the latter died March 14, 1899. Their family numbered
twelve children, six sons and six daughters, seven of whom are yet living. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Bear have been born
eight children, namely: Bertha D., whose birth occurred December 12, 1869, and who passed away May 3, 1881; Charles
H., born December to, 1871, who follows farming in Cedar township; Mary P., who was born April 9, 1874, and died
March 1, 1889; Clara A., born March 17, 1876, who passed away October 3, 1878; Anna E., who was born June 8, 1878,
and is now the wife of T. C. Reeves, of Cedar township; Myrtle E., whose birth occurred April 4, 1880, and who
is now the wife of M. E. Booth, of Washington county; one who died in infancy; and Tessie L., born January 31,
1891, who is at home.
In his political views Mr. Bear is a republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the
Baptist church, to which the different members of his family also belong. A resident of the county throughout his
entire life, he has seen the raw prairie converted into rich farms, in the midst of which towns and cities have
sprung up, bringing industrial and commercial development. All through the years he has been an exemplary citizen
and wherever known he is honored and esteemed.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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