Biography of Hon. B. F. Tipton
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HON. B. F. TIPTON.
No history of Washington county would be complete without extended reference to Hon. B. F. Tipton, one of the venerable citizens of Cedar township who has now passed the eighty first milestone on life's journey. He has lived in this county for almost six decades, during which period he has not only been a witness to the changes which have ocurred and events which have shaped its history, but has borne his full share in the work of general improvement and upbuilding. Loyalty to duty has ever been one of his marked characteristics and as the years have gone by he has left the impress of his individuality for good upon the material, intellectual and political progress of this part of the state. He was born in Franklin county, Ohio, June 27, 1828, a son of Jonathan and Malinda (Denison) Tipton, natives of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. In the year 1838 Jonathan Tipton removed to Fulton county, Illinois, where he resided until 1851, and then came to Washington county, Iowa. He entered land from the government in Cedar township and for seven years made his home thereon, giving his time and energies to its cultivation and improvement. In 1858 he bought another farm and made it his place of residence up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1883 when he was seventy nine years of age. His wife long survived him, passing away in 1901 at the very venerable age of ninety five years. They were worthy and respected pioneer residents of the county and the efforts of Mr. Tipton constituted a valuable force in promoting the agricultural progress of the community. Unto him and his wife five children were born: Jane, who is now the wife of C. A. Timmons and is living in Cedar township; B. F.; John, now residing in Oklahoma; Mary, the wife of R. C. R. Young, a resident of Idaho; and Martha, the wife of William Mason, of Ottumwa, Iowa.

B. F. Tipton accompanied his parents on their removal to Illinois when a lad of ten years and there continued with his parents until after he attained his majority, and the public schools of Illinois afforded him his educational privileges. He was twenty one years of age when he was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Jackson, who was born in Ohio in 1827, a daughter of John and Asenath Jackson. Both of her parents died in Illinois and were laid to rest at Knoxville.

Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tipton began their domestic life in Illinois where they lived for a year and then came to this county where Mr. Tipton has since made his home. At one time he owned four hundred and fifty seven and a half acres of land and was extensively engaged in fanning, placing his fields under a high state of cultivation and carrying on agricultural pursuits in a most progressive, systematic and prosperous manner. However he has since sold some of his property and has given some of it to his children, so that his holdings now comprise one hundred and thirty acres on section 17, Cedar township. He also made a specialty of raising and feeding stock and found this a profitable source of income, for he handled good breeds of horses, cattle and hogs, and therefore found a ready market when he desired to make a sale. The rich soil of Iowa responded readily to the care and labor which he bestowed upon it as he tilled his fields in the cultivation of his crops. Year by year he gathered abundant harvests and his labor eventually brought to him substantial financial returns. His present condition of prosperity is in marked contrast to his condition at the time of his arrival here. When he entered his land from the government his financial resources were very limited and his first home in the county was a log cabin, covered with a clapboard roof. Years passed and his success enabled him to provide an attractive home for his family supplied with all the comforts that go to make life worth living.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Tipton were born seven children: Israel, now living in Oklahoma; John and Alfonso, who are likewise residents of that state; Florence, the wife of C. C. Gardner, of Wellman; David, living in Wapello, Iowa; Myrtle, the wife of Joseph A. Simerman, a resident farmer of Cedar township; and Hazard, deceased. The wife and mother departed this life March 21, 1900, and was laid to rest in the Lexington cemetery, leaving her husband and six children to mourn her loss. She was a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church and her earnest, Christian life gained for her the love and admiration of all who knew her.

Mr. Tipton is also a member of the same church to which he has long been most faithful. He was one of the trustees and at all times he has contributed generously to its support and done all in his power to promote its growth and extend its influence. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic Post at Wellman, Iowa, being entitled to membership through his three years service as a soldier in the Civil war. In the early days of the long conflict between the north and the south in the attempt on the one hand to overthrow the Union and on the other to preserve it intact, he joined the boys in blue of Company A, Twenty fifth Iowa Infantry. He participated in several hard fought battles, was with Sherman on the celebrated march from Atlanta to the sea and yet was never wounded. He delights in meeting with his old army comrades and thus maintains his membership in Wellman Post. In politics he has ever been a stalwart republican from the organization of the party which was formed to prevent the further extension of slavery and which has ever been recognized as the party of progress. He has taken an active interest in its work as a local leader and was honored with election to the state legislature, in which he served during the twenty first and twenty second assemblies, being the first man in Washington county that was elected for a second term up to that time. He took an active interest in promoting legislation for the benefit of the general public, supporting various measures which are now found on the statute books of the state. He also served, on the school board for several years and the cause of education found in him a stalwart champion. He has made a splendid record in his military and political service and in his business career. In fact, in every relation of life he has displayed the traits of honorable and upright manhood and now, when he has passed the eighty first milestone on life's journey, he receives the veneration and respect which are ever accorded those who have lived worthily and well.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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