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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GURNEY, C. H.; was born July 17, 1847, at Stanfordville, Dutchess county, New York. At the age of ten he moved, with his parents, to Henry county, Illinois. In the winter of 1866 he first taught school, at Saxon, Illinois. In the fall of 1868 he entered Hillsdale College, Michigan, and, on June 19, 1873, finished the classical course of study. In 1876 Hillsdale College conferred the degree of A. M., on completion of past graduate course. January 3, 1874, he took charge of schools at Salem, Nebraska. In 1875 he had grasshoppers “bad,” and fled to Illinois. July 10, 1876, he was elected principal of public schools of Villisca, Iowa, and remained four years in charge of same. On September 6, 1880, he took charge of Shenandoah public schools. On April 3, 1878, he was married at Salem, Nebraska, to Miss Mary Abbey Rising. On July 7, 1879, May Belle Gurney was born at Villisca, Iowa. His religion is to do right; his politics, to cast one honest vote; his social creed, to mind his own business.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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