Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Ira D. Mosher and family settled on the site of Dowagiac in the fall of 1847, before the railroad was built.
Mr. Mosher was one of the pioneers of the county, having located in Wayne Township in 1837. He was born in Saratoga
County, N. Y., October 26, 1802. He married Fanny Johnson (who was born June 24, 1800), upon the 22d of May, 1822.
They emigrated to Michigan in 1828, and settled in Washtenaw County, where they rethained until they removed to
Cass County in 1837. They were the parents of seven children, viz., Harriet D., born July 2, 1823; Zebedee, born
July 13, 1825; Francis J., born March 22, 1828; Elizabeth S., born December 20, 1831; Marinda J., born September
18, 1833; Ethan, born November 8, 1838, and Elmer E., born June 12, 1842. Of these there now living- Zebedee, who
resides in Iowa; Ethan, a resident of the northern part of the State, and Francis J., the well-known grocer of
Dowagiac. Elmer E. Mosher died in the service of his country. He enlisted in August, 1861, in Bustead's Battery
of the Chicago Light Artillery, and was very soon afterward transferred to Battery U, of the First New York Artillery.
He died in the Mill Creek Hospital at Fortress Monroe, on the 15th of September, 1862. He possessed and deserved
the reputation of being a brave soldier. Ira D. Mosher the pioneer and father of this family, died November 27,.
1880, aged seventy-eight years. His wife, Fanny J. Mosher, died October 5. 1851.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.