HARRISON MONTGOMERY, section 10, Grove Township, is one of the well-known and much respected citizens of Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He cam to this place in 1870 and has since made it his home. Mr. Montgomery was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, September 27, 1839, the son of Moses and Elizabeth (Jones) Montgomery, the latter a native of Pennsylvania. His father was a strong and radical Whig and a great admirer of General Harrison, and when the subject of this sketch was born he was named after the hero of Tippecanoe. Mr. Montgomery was a babe when the family removed to Wells County, Indiana, and when he was seven years old his father died. His mother and her children subsequently removed to Winnebago County, Illinois. At the age of twelve years Mr. Montgomery came to Jasper County, Iowa, where he grew to manhood, and received a fair education in the public schools. Of his brothers and sisters we state that John went overland to California, and died in the land of gold; James E., who served four years during the war in Company I, Tenth Iowa Infantry, lives in Cheyenne County Kansas; Delphia Dewitte lives in Grove Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; Eliza Seek resides at Rockford, Illinois; Anna died when a child. Their mother is now ninety years of age and lives in Kansas with her son James.
The subject of this sketch was married in Jasper County in 1857, to Miss Mary Jane Mills, who was born in Indiana and reared and educated in Jasper County, Iowa. She is a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Burkhalter) Mills. Her mother died in Jasper County, and her father lives in Sherman County, Kansas. The following named children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery: Ella, wife of John Walker, of Carson Township; Emma, wife of Thomas Marshall, Lincoln, Nebraska; Hatty, wife of Charles Wood, Grove Township; Irvin, who lives in Sarpy County, Nebraska; Casin, Sadie, Tillie May, John, Pearly, Laura and Clarence L., all at home. Two of their children died in infancy.
Mr. Montgomery came to this county in 1870 and bought forty acres of land. He now has a well improved farm, a story and a half house, suitable out-buildings and good fences. His house is situated on a natural building site, and is surrounded by shade and ornamental trees. He has an orchard and grove. Mr. Montgomery is a trustee and steward of the Christian Church. His wife and two of their children are also members. Politically he is a Republican. Mr. Montgomery is a man in the prime of life, and by all who know him he is regarded as an upright and worthy citizen.
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