John H. Kephart, farmer and stock-raiser, section 34, Washington Township, is a native Hawkeye, born in Henry County, Iowa, on the 14th of January, 1840, and has spent his entire life in this "beautiful land." He was educated in the common schools of his native county, and in 1857 came to Washington County, where he has since continued to reside. On the 16th of march, 1861, he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Easton, a native of Washington County, N. Y., born June 24, 1837, and who came to this county with her parents in 1854. By this union there are eight children: Andrew E., of this county; Mary B., the wife of Henry Lovelit, of this county; Robert, Franklin, Charley, Flora, John and Maggie, all residing at home. Mrs. Kephart died March 22, 1875. She was a member of the Christian Church of Marion Township, one who honored her profession.
On the 31st of January, 1880, Mr. Kephart again married, choosing as a companion, Caroline Thompson, a native of Ohio. By this union there have been four children, two living -- Rosa and Willie. Mr. and Mrs. Kephart are members of the Christian Church of Marion Township, Mr. Kephart being one of the Deacons of the congregation, having filled the office for a number of years. Few men are better known in the southern part of the county than Mr. Kephart. He is the owner of 600 acres of fine land, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation, the improvements on the place being of the better order.
Like many others of the well-to-do farmers of Washington County, Mr. Kephart began life in limited financial circumstances, but by close attention to his business, by toiling early and late, has added greatly to his possessions, and is entitled to the comforts that should follow a life of toil. He is not only well known, but is universally respected by all who know him. In politics he is a stanch Republican, and has been honored by his fellow-citizens with various local offices, which he has filled satisfactorily to one and all.
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