ILLIAM GARNER, one of the early pioneers of Pottawattamie County, was born in Davidson County, North Carolina, June 22, 1817, a son of David and Sarah (Stevens) Garner, also natives of North Carolina. The father lived to the age of 104 years, and the mother died at the age of ninety years. Our subject was but seventeen years of age when his parents moved to Quincy, Illinois, where he remained eleven years. He was married in 1846 to Sarah Workman, and they then joined the Mormons at Nauvoo, Illinois, and some years later came with that colony to Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Mr. Garner was one of the first settlers in this county, and Garner Township was named in his honor. He served in the Mexican war, and marched through to Mexico, thence to Lower California, after which he returned home. He now owns 350 acres of fine land in Garner Township, and has also given each, of his eleven children a good farm. He has lived to see his children grow to maturity, and is a well-to-do and honorable citizen of Pottawattamie County. He built the woolen mill on Mosquito Creek, and has been an important factor in many other improvements.
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