Steven L. POMEROY, b. 8Feb1834


biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887

S. L. POMEROY lives upon a farm about four miles northwest of Oskaloosa, known as the Highland Farm. He is a native of Erie County, Pa., born Feb. 8, 1834, and is a son of James and Mary (Brown) Pomeroy, the father a native of Massachusetts and the mother of Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Medad Pomeroy, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, while his father was a soldier in the War of 1812. The family moved to Indiana in 1843, and in 1847 came to Mahaska County and settled upon section 4, Garfield Township, where the father of S. L. purchased a claim and improved the same. On this farm his father died in 1859, owning at the time of his death 160 acres of land. His father was a carpenter by trade, and built one of the first residences in Garfield Township. There were four sons and one daughter who came to this county, one son and one daughter remained in Indiana, and one son in Pennsylvania. Harry died April 30, 1885, aged sixty- seven years; Harriet is the wife of Jeremiah Patrie, of Jasper County, Iowa; George died Aug. 30, 1855; Edwin now resides in Jasper County and is engaged in stock business; Stephen L. is the subject of this sketch; W. K. resides in Jasper County; James L., Jr., died Oct. 12, 1861; Eunice, wife of C. R. Troy of this township, died Feb. 3, 1851. Mr. Pomeroy was married, Aug. 18, 1857, to Miss Eliza Coffin, a daughter of Samuel Coffin, who was a native of North Carolina. They were the parents of six children, five living: Zeilide, born Aug. 13, 1858, died April 3, 1861; Lorie, born Sept. 8,1860. married O. H. Avey, July 15, 1886, Assistant Postmaster in Oskaloosa; Elmer W., born Jan. 8, 1863; Guy Stephen, Sept. 29, 1870; Eunice, Jan. 26, 1876; William F., May 20, 1881; all at home. Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy are members of the Christian Church. In the year 1874 Mr. Pomeroy commenced the breeding of Short-horn cattle, and began his herd with a purchase of four animals, two from the herd of Milton Briggs, of Jasper County. and two from the herd of L. M. Quarton, of this county. Since 1879 he has sold $6,000 worth of cattle from Highland Farm, and has now on hand twenty-nine head of all ages, and is prepared to ship fine cattle at any time. His farm is a grandly beautiful place, and is almost surrounded by a solid wall of well-set hedge. Its pastures are covered with blue grass and clover, while here and there over the entire farm burst forth refreshing springs of pure cold water, and these combine to furnish a desirable home for improved stock of any description. Mr. Pomeroy's favorites are the deep-fleshed, broad-backed Short- horn. His motto is, "No pedigree is a good one unless the animal is individually good." Iris Favorite 23,503 and Sharon Bates 40,916 were lords of the harem at Highland Park for many years. They have been the heroes of many a well fought contest in the show-ring, and the red ribbon, the signal of victory, was almost universally awarded them. Mr. Pomeroy has aided materially in adding to the fame of this county for the quality of fine stock produced by it, and has spared neither time, pains nor expense to perfect his own herd, the reputation of which is co-extensive with the State, indeed, it could hardly be otherwise, its proprietor being of that clsss of men who know no such word as fail in their undertakings, and to bring about so desirable a result he has spared neither time, care nor expense.

Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887

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