H. T. D. HENDERSON.
Energetic, industrious and determined, H. T. D. Henderson is classed with the representative farmers of Seventy
Six township, now cultivating two hundred and thirty acres of land. He was born in Madison county, Ohio, October
8, 1855, and is a son of William W. and Priscilla M. (Becks) Henderson, natives of Virginia and North Carolina
respectively. They were married in Ohio and began their domestic life upon a farm in Madison county, that state.
The mother died there in 187o and two years later the father came to Iowa.
Mr. Henderson of this review, however, remained in Ohio for six years after his mother's death, working there as
a farm hand. He had acquired his education in the public schools and has always lived a life of industry, his persistent
purpose and indefatigable labor winning for him steady progress along business lines. In April, 1878, he arrived
in Iowa and for four years worked by the month as a farm hand, but desiring that his labors should more directly
benefit himself, he rented land which he cultivated in 1883 and 1884. In the following year he worked on the railroad
but in 1886 again took up general agricultural pursuits and has carried on farming continuously since. For the
past seventeen years he has resided on what is known as the Lois Likens farm in Seventy Six township. This embraces
one hundred and sixty acres of land which he has carefully cultivated, deriving therefrom large crops as the reward
for the work he bestows upon the fields. He also rents and farms other land, having now two hundred and thirty
acres under cultivation, while in other years he has farmed still more. He has never, during this time, given a
note or other security for his rental, as his business integrity stands as an unquestioned fact in his career.
The owner of this property lives in Canon City, Colorado, and Mr. Henderson pays the taxes and makes the necessary
improvements. He has built a modern barn and after making these changes he sends the remainder of the rental to
the owner, who has implicit confidence in his honesty, a trust that has never been betrayed in the slightest degree.
In addition to raising the cereals best adapted to the soil and climate, he also raises some of the best shorthorn
cattle in this section and his hogs are of the Chester White breed. He is an intelligent and progressive farmer
who employs modern methods in carrying on his business affairs and is meeting with substantial success in his undertaking.
In 1882 Mr. Henderson was married to Miss Mary A. Knox, a native of this county. Their children are ten in number,
namely: Alma, the wife of Harry K Huber, of this township; Waldon, at home; Blanche, the wife of W. A. Romine,
also of Seventy Six township; Elsie, Eury, Samuel, John, Velvie, Cora and Warren, all at home. Mr. Henderson exercises
his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and for years has served as a
member of the school board but otherwise has never consented to hold office. He and his family are active and faithful
members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he is now one of its board of trustees. He is a man of sterling worth
and upright character, a representative citizen of the county, whose honesty and well directed energy have gained
for him a place among the prosperous and valued citizens of the community.
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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