Isaiah Oldfield is numbered among the native sons of Washington county and his record is one which reflects
credit upon the community in which he has long lived. He has never sought to figure prominently in public life,
but in business affairs has been reliable and has manifested the spirit of advancement in all things. He was born
on the 22d of November, 1858, and is a son of Paul and Rebecca Oidfield. His youthful days were spent in his parents
home, his time being divided between the work of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the duties
of the fields. He acquired a common school education and after he had attained his majority started out in life
on his own account by renting land. He thus carried on farming for himself for five years, on the expiration of
which period he purchased his present farm of one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land on section
5, Cedar township. This he has greatly improved, equipping it with all the accessories and conveniences of a model
farm. He makes a specialty of raising stock and has good grades of horses, cattle and hogs upon his place.
Pleasantly situated in his home life, Mr. Oldfield was married in 1887 to Miss Irena Rickey, a daughter of Reuben
and Ruth (Ayers) Rickey. This union has been blessed with two children: L. E., who is a graduate of the Wellman
high school and is now at home; and C. R., who is a pupil in the Wellman high school. The parents, are faithful
members of the Methodist Episcopal church and cooperate actively in its work and contribute generously to its support.
Mr. Oldfield votes with the republican party, thus manifesting his interest in the political questions and issues
of the day. He has served as township trustee and as school director for seven or eight years and is interested
in all that pertains to public progress. Socially he is connected with the Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 92, at Wellman,
and his support is given to the various movements that contribute to the material, intellectual; social and moral
welfare of the community. He is now one of the substantial farmers of Cedar township and the salient features in
his life are such as commend him to the confidence, trust and good will of his fellowmen.
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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