Born December 12, 1817
|ELISHA DODGE, retired farmer, Monticello; is a native of New York State, and was born in Westchester, now New York City, December 12, 1817; his parents removed to Vermont when he was 3 years of age, and he grew up to manhood in Lamoille Co., Vt. While living there, on the 1st of January, 1840, he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet N. Clark, a native of Lamoille Co., Vt. In 1851, they emigrated to Iowa and located in Jones Co., in Cass Township; they had enough to discourage them in starting in their new home; Mrs. Dodge was very sick, and for fourteen days Mr. Dodge dressed her arm every fifteen minutes, both night and day; Col. W. T. Shaw boarded with them, and in him they found a generous friend who helped them in starting, and whose kindness has never been forgotten by them. Mr. Dodge engaged in farming; he has seen the time when he could not sell wheat for 25 cents a bushel for cash, and got his pay in groceries; could only get shelf goods; when they arrived here in this county, they had nothing, and was $100 in debt in getting here; but they went to work, and, by industry and good management, they have by their own efforts earned a competency. They have one daughter—Almira E., now Mrs. George D. Clouse, living on the old home farm.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 640.
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