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Maj. S. S. Farwell
Born April 7, 1842
MAJ. S. S. FARWELL, Collector of Internal Revenue, for the 2d District of Iowa, Monticello; is a native of Coshocton Co., Ohio, and was born April 26, 1834; he grew up to manhood in that State; he came West to Iowa, and located in Jones Co. in May, 1852, and engaged in farming, opening a farm about three miles north of Monticello; in 1855, he went to Marion Co., Iowa, and engaged in milling and mercantile business; in 1857, he went to Missouri and remained two years, then returned to Iowa, and, on the 28th of December, 1858, he was united in marriage to Miss Melinda Z. Nesbitt, from Wooster, Ohio, and again engaged in farming. After the breaking-out of the rebellion, in the summer of 1862, he recruited Co. H, 31st I.V.I., and upon its organization he was elected Captain; he participated in the battles of his regiment, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, and others; May 31, 1865, he was promoted and commissioned Major; he was slightly wounded by a shell during the siege of Vicksburg; he remained in the service three years-until the close of the war, and after his return he was elected to the State Senate and served during the sessions of 1866 and 1868; in May, 1869, he received the appointment of Assessor of Internal Revenue for the 2d District of Iowa, and held that position until the office was abolished in 1873; in February, 1875, he was appointed to his present position as Collector of Internal Revenue for the 2d District of Iowa. Maj. Farmell has been actively identified with the interests of Jones Co. and the growth of Monticello; he was active in securing the Davenport & St. Paul R.R., now the Milwaukee & St. Paul R.R., through Monticello; in 1874, he was elected President of the Jones Co. Agricultural and Mechanical Association, and advanced the money individually to erect the large commodious hall and buildings; he is one of the Directors of the Monticello banks; owns a good farm near town. Maj. and Mrs. Farwell have five children—Mary E., Luna, Marcus, Zelma and Sewell S.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 667.


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