JOHN E. MASON was born April 21st, 1831 in the state of Connecticut. He accompanied his parents to Ohio in childhood and there he grew to man's estate. Later he removed to Jackson county, Iowa, where he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy A. Fowler, July 16th, 1856, at Maquoketa, Iowa.
July 6th, 1867, Mr. Mason and his family removed to this state settling in Arizona township, this county where they lived until 1887 when the family removed to a farm in Summit township west of this city where Mr. Mason passed from this life.
Mr. Mason enlisted in Company I, 24th Regiment Iowa Volunteers at the breaking out of the Civil war and served nearly two years, until wounded in the left ankle.
NORTON W. BARDWELL was born June 1st, 1853, in Alabama, New York. He accompanied his parents in their changes of residence from that place to Shelby Center, Colesville and Attica, New York and to Tekamah in November, 1866, reaching this town the first day of that month. Since reaching man's estate Mr. Bardwell has followed farming and now possesses a fine farm home near this city.
Mr. Bardwell was united in marriage December 27th, 1880 to Miss Kate Hill, of this city.
ROYAL J. BARDWELL was born April 22nd, 1814, in Smithfield. Sullivan county, New York. After several changes of residence in that state he removed to Tekamah, Nebraska, reaching here November 1st, 1866. He was one of the prominent citizens of this place until his death which occurred January 6th, 1889.
Mr. Bardwell was united in marriage to Mrs. Eliza Hunt in 1846. She passing from this life in 1857 he was married in 1859 to Mrs. Susan Hunt.
SAMUEL McMULLIN was born in Ohio, October 12th, 1841. At the age of twelve years he accompanied his parents to Wisconsin. In 1865 he left the latter