from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Oliver P. Hedge is numbered among the prosperous farmers of Spring Creektownship. He was born May 1, 1853, in Coshocton county, Ohio, a son of George M. and Belinda Hedge, whose parents were among the pioneers of Guernsey county, that state, having removed from Virginia in the very early settlement of Ohio. Aaron Hedge, the grandfather, was for years a school teacher in the community and a soldier in the war of 1812. Oliver P. Hedge was eight years old when the war of the Rebellion broke out and during its progress be made a daily trip to the postoffice to bring the neighborhood mail. He had three brothers in the Union army, Anderson, Aaron and Porter, all of whom have passed away, their deaths being hastened by severe army service. Eight children composed the family circle on the old Ohio farm. "They grew in beauty side by side, they filled their home with glee." Five of the number are yet living: Mrs. O. A. Mulvane, of Newman, Illinois; Manoah Hedge, of Oskaloosa; Mrs. Richard Charles, of Prairie City, Iowa; Oliver P. Hedge, our subject; and Mrs. E. H. Calkins, of St. Louis, Missouri. The first break in the home circle came when Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion. After coming to Eddyville, Iowa, with the family in 1865, Oliver P. Hedge attended the schools of that place for seven years. The home of the family since 1872 has been in Oskaloosa. Here Mr. Hedge worked on the farm, taught school and attended Oskaloosa College; later was in the grocery and implement business; and ran a flour and feed store for a numher of years. From 1891 until 1899 he was in partnership with his brother Manoah in the book and stationery business under the firm name of Hedge Brothers. In the latter year be purchased a farm two and a half miles northeast of Oskaloosa, which has since been the family home. On tbe 2d of April, 1884, Mr. Hedge was united in marriage to Miss S. Annabelle Kisor, a daughter of David and Margaret Kisor, of Union township, who were among the pioneers of Mahaska county. At the time of their marriage Mrs. Hedge was a teacher in the public schools of Oskaloosa, where she taught for four years, having received her education at Oskaloosa College. To them have been born a family of nine children, all of whom are living: Homer H.; Hassel A.; Harrison K.; Helene Belle; Horace P. and Hattie Lucile, twins; Hilda May; Russell H.; and Olivia Prudence. They are all willing workers and have some definite farm work to do. They strike the visitor as being a houseful of intelligent, good natured youngsters, the oldest being now past twenty-one. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hedge joined the Christian church when they were nineteen years of age. As would be expected from a well ordered home all of their children who are of sufficient age are members of that church, and Mr. Hedge is an elder in the Christian congregarion in Oskaloosa.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy