ILLIAM S. EDIE, section 32, Center Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, is one of the enterprising and popular citizens of his section of the country. He came here in 1873, and has since made this place his home.
Mr. Edie was born in Lewis County, New York, November 29, 1838. His father, William Edie, was born in New York State, of German extraction, and his mother was nee Onor Hinkston, also a native of New York. When William S. was a lad of eight years his parents moved to Lake County, Illinois near Waukegan. The father improved two farms in that county, and died there at the age of forty-six years. Mr. Edie's mother is now eighty years old, and is a resident of Waukegan. They reared three children, viz.: Sarah Sanders, of Friend, Nebraska; William S., the subject of this sketch, and Marcellus Brenton, who died in Ohio. The father was a cooper by trade, but a farmer the greater part of his life. He also worked some at the carpenter's trade, being a natural mechanic. Politically he was a Democratic, and religiously a Baptist.
William S. was reared on his father's farm in Lake County, and educated in the public schools. During the great Rebellion he enlisted, in 1864, in Company D, One Hundred and Forty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and served to the close of the war. When the conflict ended he returned to Lake County, and remained there until 1873. In that year he came to Iowa, and settled in Center Township, Pottawattamie County. He bought his present farm of 110 acres, which at that time was wild prairie land. It is now under a good state of cultivation, and is devoted general farming and stock-raising. Mr. Edie has a comfortable frame house, good barn, other suitable outbuildings, and a thrifty orchard. A modern windmill furnishes the power by which water is forced through pipes to the barn and feed lots, a distance of 550 feet. In fact, everything about the place indicates the prosperous and enterprising farmer.
Mr. Edie has been twice married. He first wedded Miss Lotta Synn in Lake County, Illinois, March 2, 1874. She was a daughter of Abram Synn. By her he had three children: Jay Sylvester, Morning Abram and Cora Louisa. Mrs. Edie died March 21, 1881. February 12, 1885, Mr. Edie married Miss Nannie Cahoon, an intelligent and refined lady and a native of Gallia County, Ohio. Her father, William C. Cahoon, was born in New Jersey, and her mother, Eveline Wood in Virginia.
Mr. Edie is one of the leading Republicans in the county. At present he is serving as Township Trustee of Center Township. He is a charter member of Robert Provard Post, No. 414, of Carson. He is also a member of the I. 0. 0. F. lodge, No. 444, of Carson. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Edie is a gentleman well informed on all general topics, and takes a deep interest in educational and religious matters.
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