biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
W. H. PRINE was born in Indiana in 1839, and is a son of Daniel S. and Nancy (Thrasher) Prine. He came to this county with his parents in September, 1846, and, located in Garfield Township, where his father still lives. (See sketch of Daniel S. Prine). William was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools of his native State. In 1861 he enlisted in the 8th Iowa Infantry and served one year, being discharged for disability caused by a gunshot wound in the left hand. Upon returning home he resumed the occupation of a farmer, which he still follows. In 1862 Mr. Prine was united in marriage with Priscilla Coffin, a native of Indiana, and of this union two children were born: Lillie J., wife of J. M. Jackson, now living at Summit Park, Col., where Mr. Jackson is engaged in the stock business and in teaching school; Eva, the second child, is at home. Mr. Prine is the owner of 200 acres of land and devotes his attention to general farming. For some years he has made stock-raising a specialty, breeding Poland-China hogs, on which he has taken the first premium at numerous county fairs. He sells and ships a large number of Poland-China hogs each year, receiving orders both in and out of the State. Mr. Prine, sometime after his return from the army, made a trip to Idaho with a team, being on the road three months while going and two months while returning, in 1864. He still owns one of the horses that he drove across the plains at that time, and it is yet doing full work on the farm. Mr. Prine began life a poor boy, but has been very fortunate in all his business relations, especially in that of stock-raising.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy