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W. D. Ralston
Born 1835
W. D. RALSTON, clergyman; P.O. Scotch Grove; born in Armstrong Co., Penn., in 1835; came to Jones Co. and to his present work in 1864; the society is called the Congregation of Scotch Grove, of the United Presbyterian Church; the Church of which he is Pastor was organized in 1856; the first Pastor was Rev. A. J. Allen. Mr. Ralston succeeded him, and has been Pastor fifteen years; the work of building the church edifice was commenced in 1864 and completed in 1866, and dedicated and first used for worship Jan. 21, 1866; the present membership is about eighty, and a Sabbath school is in connection with the society; the society is in good condition; the parsonage belonging to the Church was built in 1867. Mrs. Ralston's maiden name was Carrie M. Eaton, a native of Massachusetts; they were married in 1865; have two children—Mary F. and Carrie L. The children are members of the United Presbyterian Church also. Mr. Ralston is a Republican.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 632.


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