NATHAN B. REGESTER.
One of the finest and best improved farms in Center township pays tribute to the efforts of N. B. Regester, who,
in the prosecution of general agricultural and stock raising pursuits, is meeting with substantial success. He
was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, on the 7th of September, 1850; a son of John and Mary (Sibit) Regester,
also natives of the Keystone state, the former born on the 4th of October, 1819, and the latter in 1823. The father,
who followed the occupations of a carpenter and farmer, passed away in March, 1895, having for more than two decades
survived his wife, her death occurring in May, 1874. Their family of four children consists of the following: Rachel
Ann, who was called from this life in childhood; Sarah Jane Craig, also deceased; N. B., of this review; and Mary
Ann, who married John Murphy, of Packwood, Jefferson county.
N. B. Regester spent the first seventeen years of his life in his native state; then, in 1867, he accompanied his
parents on their removal to Iowa, the family home being established on the farm upon which he yet resides. He has
continued to make this his home since that time, with the exception of one year - 1885 - which was spent in Kansas.
He had been reared to rural life, and, amid the busy activities of the farm, he had learned many lessons concerning
the value of industry, perseverance and thrift. The experiences which he gained in the work of the home fields
under the direction of his father well prepared him for the successful conduct of an independent venture, when
he took up farming on his own account. The tract, which consisted of but eighty acres when it came into his father's
possession, now includes one hundred and sixty acres, located on section 2, Center township, and under the wise
management of our subject it has been highly developed. A beautiful maple grove, set out by his father, is one
of its attractive features, but the more up to date improvements upon the farm were instituted by N. B. Regester
himself. The place is equipped with good barns and substantial outbuildings, all built by him, and, in 1901, he
erected a ten room, modern dwelling, which is one of the finest homes in the township. No stronger evidence could
be given of the spirit of progress and energy which dominates its owner than the excellent appearance of the farm;
and, today, as the result of his well directed efforts and close application to his farming and stock raising interests,
he is meeting with highly merited success.
In March, 1875, Mr. Regester was united in marriage to Miss Susan Emma Inghram, who was born in Quincy, Illinois
October 21, 1858. Her parents, Arthur and Mary Jane (Coen) Inghram, were both natives of Pennsylvania. By them
she was brought to Iowa when but two years of age, their last clays being spent in this state. Having no children
of their own, Mr. and Mrs. Regester reared Howard Inghram, a nephew of Mrs. Regester, who is now residing in Fairfield,
and they also assisted in the rearing of two others. Mr. Regester and wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church
of Pleasant Grove, and their lives have ever been in harmony with their professions. The democratic party has found
in him a stalwart supporter since age conferred upon him the right of franchise; but the honors and emoluments
of office have never held attraction for him. Mr. Regester is one of the most enterprising farmers in this section,
and the honesty of his business transactions and the high morals governing his private life have won for him a
place among the valued citizens of Jefferson county.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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