from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
PastAndPresentOfMahaskaCo.,IA by Manoah Hedge(Carry A. Eastburn) - CARRY A. EASTBURN, b. 6feb1856, d. 20Jun1931 Carry A. Eastburn, living on section 11, Cedar township, who follows the occupation of farming, owns a valuable property of two hundred and fifteen acres. He is one of the native sons of the county, having been born February 6, 1856, upon the farm where he yet makes his home. He is a son of Captain Sanford Eastburn, a native of Indiana and a grandson of Benjamin Easthurn, a native of Ohio. Sanford Eastburn was reared in the state of his nativity and in 1851 came west to Iowa. He was married here to Nancy Ferguson, a native of Indiana and a daughter of John Ferguson, who was also born in that state and became one of the early settlers of Mahaska county. After his marriage Mr. Eastburn began farming on his own account and improved and fenced a place, built a good house and carried on the work of cultivating his land for some time. It was subsequent to his marriage that he enlisted for service in the Civil war, becoming a member of Company K, Thirty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three years. At the end of that time he was promoted to the captaincy of another company, with which he continued throughout the remainder of the war and was then honorably discharged. He was a true and loyal soldier and made a creditable military record, winning promotion in recognition of gallant and meritorious service. He died in 1891, at the age of fifty-eight years, while his wife passed away in October, 1903, at the age of sixty-six years. They were the parents of six childten, of whom five are now living. Carry A. Eastburn, the eldest, was reared upon the home farm and assisted in carrying on the work of the fields. His educational privileges were those afforded by the common schools, wherein he pursued his studies during the fall and winter months while with the coming spring he took his place in the fields to aid in the work of plowing, planting and harvesting. He also spent two years in the Baptist College at Pella, Iowa. At the age of twenty- one he took up his abode upon a farm in Mahaska county and aided in its development and improvement for some time but eventually sold that property. He afterward purchased one hundred and thirty-two acres of the old homestead farm, which had been entered by his grandfather and upon this place has lived continuously since 1891. He afterward added to it a tract of thirty-five acres and subsequently made an additional purchase of seventy acres, so that the farm now comprises altogether two hundred and fifteen acres of land, which is rich and productive. He has built a good barn and other outbuildings and has a well kept and valuable property, which is conveniently and pleasantly tocated about a mile from Fremont so that the advantages of town life are easily accessible. Mr. Easthurn was married November 13, 1882, to Miss Florence White, a native of this county and a daughter of John Q. White, a native of Indiana, who came to Iowa in 1848 and settled upon a farm near the Sanford Eastburn property. Mr. and Mrs. White are still living and now reside in Fremont. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Easthurn were born five children, one of whom died in infancy. The eldest living is Nancy Opal, the wife of Roy Garrett of Cedar township, by whom she has one child; Fred Raymond, who attends school and assists in carrying on the home farm; Belle Marie and Mary Manilla, both of whom are in school. The parents attend the Christian church, of which Mrs. Eastburn is a member. Mr. Eastburn belongs to the Masonic fraternity, has held various offices in the lodge, his membership being now with the lodge at Fremont, of which he is worthy exemplar, being in hearty sympathy with the teachings and tenets of the craft. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has served through its chairs and is past grand. He likewise belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity of Fremont and he and his wife are connected with the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs. Politically Mr. Easthurn is a stalwart republican, unfaltering in his advocacy of the principles of the party, for he believes that it embodies the best ideas of good government. He has never sought or desired office, however, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs and both as a farmer and stock- raiser is meeting with a creditable and desirable measure of success. The fact that many of his stanchest friends are numbered among those who have known him from his boyhood days to the present is an indication that his life has been an honorable and straightforward one.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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