from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906

PastAndPresentOfMahaskaCo.,IA by Manoah Hedge(William Mickle) - WILLIAM MICKLE, 28Dec1834 William Mickle, who follows farming on section 5, Pleasant Grove township, and is numbered among the honored veterans of the Civil war, was born in Otsego county, New York, December 28, 1834. His parents, Christian and Deborah (Burnside) Mickle, were natives of the Empire state, and died upon a farm in Otsego county many years ago. In the family were nine children, but only three are now living, namely William, of this review; Ira, a resident of Harrison county, Iowa; and Mrs. Ann Eliza Finch, who is living in Boulder, Colorado. William Mickle was the youngest in the family and in his youth attended the common schools, but had no educational privileges after he was thirteen years of age. As his elder brothers had married and left home he was obliged to assist in the work of the farm and remained at home until nineteen years of age, when he began work as a farm hand by the month. He Was thus employed until after the outbreak of the Civil war, when he enlisted in response to his country's call, being enrolled at Lawrence, Otsego county, New York, on the 6th of September, 1862, as a private of Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-second New York Volunteer Infantry. The regiment went to Washington, D. C., and thence to the seat of war. While in camp at Fort Marcy on the Potomac, William Mickle was helping carry a flat rock to put under a stove when he fell and sustained a fracture in the hip socket. He was then sent to a hospital and later was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, being stationed at Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. It was while there that the general order was issued that all soldiers not able to join their regiments should be discharged and in consequence Mr. Mickle was mustered out of service and returned home. He was never in any battle but fared worse than he might have done had he taken part in the active fighting. Mr. Mickle was married on the 30th of June, 1853, in Chenango county to Miss Amanda P. Carr, who was born in that county, May 9, 1835, a daughter of Green H. and Sally (Priest) Carr, both of whom were natives of the Empire state and died there at an advanced age. In their family were eleven children and with one exception all are yet living, but Richard Carr is the only one now residing in Iowa, with the exception of Mrs. Mickle, his home being at Barnes City. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mickle have been born two daughters: Eva Marie, the wife of Andrew M. Wymore, who is living in Virginia; and Mary D., the wife of H. W. Tolles, a resident of Union township. Mr. Mickle started for Iowa in September, 1865, traveling by rail to Brookton and by hack to Montezuma, and soon afterward he purchased the forty acres of land whereon he has since resided. About five acres had been broken at that time, while a little frame house had been built. There was a fence around what had been plowed but the remainder of the land was unfenced. Mr. Mickle has since erected a comfortable frame residence and has his farm all under cultivation. He has lived here for more than forty years and has continuously carried on the work of improving his land and cultivating the fields. In his political views he has always been a democrat yet does not consider himself bound by party ties, and in fact, voted for William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, He has served as justice of the peace for two years and has been road supervisor for about twelve years. There were only two houses between his home and Montezuma when he came to his present farm and he has seen the wild prairie converted into highly cultivated tracts of land in the midst of which are beautiful country homes. Both he and his wife are well preserved for people of their age and are an interesting couple who for more than four decades have resided in this county. Mr. Mickle now receives a pension of twenty-four dollars per month from the government because of the injury he sustained while a member of the army. The same loyal spirit which promoted his enlistment has always been manifest in his citizenship and he has given his influence to the various movements for the public good which have had an effect upon the welfare and up-building of this county. He has been found reliable and trustworthy in business, and he commands the respect of all who know him.

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