S. D. Ward is one of the capable agriculturists of Poweshiek county, whose ability is most ably manifested in
the general appearance of his fine farm of one hundred acres in Chester township, where he engages in general farming
and stock raising. He was born in Rock Island county, Illinois, on the 22d of December, 1863, his parents being
Milton and Amanda (Denison) Ward, natives of Pennsylvania. The father, who was a carpenter by trade, located in
Rock Island in 1835, where he remained for three years, then removed to Hampton; Illinois. In 1884 he came to Poweshiek
county, locating in Grinnell, in which city he was living retired when his death occurred two years later.
The common schools of Hampton provided S. D. Ward with an education, which was terminated by his graduation from
the high school. He came from Hampton to Poweshiek county, locating upon the farm of one hundred acres in Chester
township in the cultivation of which, he has ever since been engaged. There is a fine orchard upon the place, in
the development of which Mr. Ward has expended much time and money, but it is repaying his efforts. He makes a
specialty of feeding stock for the market, a venture which has proven to be highly lucrative.
On the 18th of March, 1886, Mr. Ward was married to Miss Lettie Rickard, a daughter of Alvin and Jane (Nichols)
Rickard, her father being a pioneer farmer of Iowa. Four children were born of this union: Ella, who died in infancy;
Samuel Howard, who married Cora Davis, and is living in Chester township; Alvin D., a graduate of the Grinnell
high school, who is teaching in Chester township; and Margaret, who is attending the district school. The religious
views of the family coincide with the principles of the Congregational denomination, their membership being held
in the church of Chester.
The policy of the republican party has ever found in Mr, Ward a stanch supporter, as he considers it the party
best adapted to protect the rights of the majority. He always takes an active and helpful interest in local politics
and for twelve years has been assessor of his township, this long period of service eloquently attesting his capable
discharge of his responsibilities.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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