ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
G. M. CRESSEY
George M. Cressey, a member of one of the honored pioneer families of Iowa,
has contributed his share toward the agricultural progress of the state and
after many years of strenuous labor is spending the evening of life in ease
and comfort, making his home in Authur. He was born February 28, 1854, in
Illinois, and his parents, John and Hannah (Mason) Cressey, were both British
subjects. They sailed from an English port with America as their destination
and early in the '50s located in Illinois, where the father followed the trade
of a brick maker. In 1854 he brought his family to Iowa and preempted a farm
in Clinton county. He was one of the earliest settlers in that locality and
his first home was a log cabin with a clapboard roof and puncheon floor.
The building was fourteen by sixteen feet in dimensions, and the latch string
always hung on the outside, for the home, through small, was a hospitable one.
The district was sparsely settled and travelers who passed that way were
always assured of a hearty welcome. By arduous labor the father cleared his
land, preparing the soil for the sowing of seed and the growing of crops. His
labors were productive of excellent results, and in 1884 he was able to
retire. After selling the farm he moved to Lost Nation and there passed away in
1896. His wife's demise had occurred in 1890, and both reached an advanced
age. To their union were born eleven children, and four sons are now living.
George M. Cressey received a common school education and remained with his
parents until he attained his majority, aiding his father in the operation of
the homestead. He worked as a common laborer for two years and after he
gained a start in life acquired land in Sac county, Iowa, in which he still owns
a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres, supplied with all modern
improvements. He kept in close touch with the latest developments in agricultural
science and demonstrated the effectiveness of system in promoting
productiveness. He resides in an attractive home in Arthur and is a stockholder in the Farmers Elevator Company.
In 1875 Mr. Cassey married Miss M. Dewitt, who was born in Jones county,
Iowa. Their union was severed by her death June 20, 1924, and she was laid to
rest in the cemetery at Odebolt, Iowa. Her parents were natives of Ohio and
were among the pioneer settlers of Jones county, Iowa, in which both passed
away. To Mr. and Mrs. Cressey were born seven children: Hannah M., the wife of
Robert Stewardson, a well known grain dealer of Arthur; Lillian G., who
married F. A. Kindwall and is living in Wynot, Nebraska; Maud J., the wife of H.
P. Benedict, of Spokane, Washington; Frank M., who responded to the final
summons June 13, 1924, leaving a widow and three children to mourn his death;
John F., of Arthur; Robert E., also a resident of Spokane; and Vernon, who died
Mr. Cressey is a strong republican in his political views and during the
Roosevelt administration was appointed postmaster of Arthur. His work was
highly satisfactory and for thirteen years he faithfully discharged the duties of
the office. Along fraternal lines he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of
America and is also a Mason, belonging to Arthur Lodge, No. 611, F. & A. M.,
of which he has been worshipful master, and to the chapter at Ida Grove.
Early in his career he realized that one must be willing to pay the price of
success, which is gained only through earnest, untiring application, and his
present prosperity is the merited reward of a life of industry, thrift and
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