. O. GAULT was born in Wooster (now Wicomico) County, Maryland, November 7, 1849. His father, Archibald Gault, and his grandfather, Obed Gault, were both natives of Maryland, the latter was a soldier in the war of 1812. The wife of Archibald and the mother of T. O. was nee Eliza Littleton. She was a native of Maryland, as also was her father, Thomas Littleton. The subject of this sketch was seven years old when his mother died. Three years later his father moved to Ripley County, Indiana where he lived until 1862. In that year he moved back to Maryland, but returned to Ripley County in 1865. He is now a resident of Maryland.
T. O. Gault was reared on a farm and educated in the public schools of Maryland and Indiana. At the age of twenty-one he came to Iowa and located in Marshall County, where he was engaged in farm work the most of the time until i878. In that year he came to Pottawattamie County and bought 160 acres of wild prairie land in Center Township. This is now well improved, is fenced into two fields, and 150 acres are under cultivation. Mr. Gault devotes his attention to general farming and to stock-raising. His residence was built in 1888, at a cost of $65O, and is well furnished. It is located on a natural building site and commands an extended view of the surrounding country. He has about three acres in shade trees, orchard and small fruits.
Mr. Gault was married March 4, 1888, in Drury, Rock Island County, Illinois, to Miss Melissa Drury, a lady of education and culture and a native of that place. She is a daughter of Eli Drury, an old setter and a prominent citizen of Rock Island County. He has been Postmaster for over thirty-five years at Drury, in the above county. Her mother was Margaret Hubbert before her marriage, native of Bedford County, Pennsylvania; and her father, Eli Drury, was a native of Wayne County, Indiana. Both parents are now residents of Drury, Rock Island County, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Gault have one daughter, Essie Alice.
Politically Mr. Gault is a Republican. He is a member of the I. 0. O. F., having been made such in Marshall County, Iowa, at Eden Lodge, No. 316, Gillman. He is a man well informed on all current topics, and is regarded as a representative citizen of his township.
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