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D. S. Dewey
Born August 19, 1809
D. S. DEWEY, retired, Monticello; is a native of New York State, and was born August 19, 1809. He grew up to manhood, and, when 21 years of age, was united in marriage to Miss Adeline S. Lincoln, of Utica, N.Y., October 20, 1830. In the spring of 1834, came west to Chicago, when that city was in its infancy, there being only three hundred and fifty persons there and only five stores, and all the streets were as green as the prairie; Mr. Dewey had the first turning-lathe that was brought there, and made the first chairs and bedstead that was ever made in Chicago; he saw the first vessel that entered the harbor; it was the schooner Illinois, sailed by Capt. Pickering; there are few persons now living that have so clear a recollection of Chicago in its early infancy as Mr. Dewey; at that time, there was not a house in Elgin, only two houses in Aurora and only three wigwams in Belvidere, and not a house in Rockford; in the Fall of 1840, Mr. Dewey removed up the lake shore to Waukegan, and lived there until 1853, when he came to Iowa and located in Jones Co.; he built the first saw-mill in this section of the country, and built the first dam and afterward erected flouring-mills; he was actively engaged in business here for many years, but disposed of his mills about ten years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey have five children—one son, Charles, engaged in the drug business, firm of Wright & Dewey, Monticello, and four daughters.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 640.


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