Early Operator of Marvin Mill
Mr. Iler's life was one common to the verly early pioneers, full of hardships, disappointments and the privations of the frountier life, and like many of the early pioneers, the fruits of his labors were reserved for the generations who followed. He was spared to the ripe old age of 83 years, a span of life that witnessed inventions and improvements little dreamed of by James Iler when he landed by Ox Team in Winterset, the outfit from which the Madisonian was printed. Of his later life we quote the following from the Nebraska State Jurnal:
"James Iler was born in Tuscrawas County, Ohio, 1 May 1822, and died 10 Dec 1906 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Kate Stahn, three miles south of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. Mrs. Kate Stahn along with her husband, William Stahn, moved to Woodurff, Kansas about 1905.
Mr. Iler was reared in Ohio and followed the trade of printer. in 1845, he was married to Sarah Foster. After remaining in Ohio a number of years they moved to Winterset, Iowa where he become the founder of the first Newspaper published in Madison County. It was called the Iowa Pilot and entered the newspaper field in the summer of 1856.
From Winterset he moved his family to Palmyra, Nebraska and took up farming. In 1860, he freighted westward to Pikes Peak, Colorado. On his way home his wagon was attacked by a band of Indians. His wife was pierced by an arrow, but lived to reach home where she died leaving her husband and four small children which three, James William Iler, resides at Tacoma, Washington, Ira at Sant Point, Idaho, and Mrs. Mary Newton at Waco, Nebraska. Five other children blessed this union, but died when they were small.
In 1861, Mr. Iler was married to Sophronia Reed. By this union came seven children: Mrs Nellie Newton, Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, Libbie Hall, Falls City, Nebraska, Lucy Pratt (deceased, Ottumwa, Iowa), Kate Stahn of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, later in Woodruff, Kansas, John and Irequest, who died when Infants.
On 3 Nov 1863 Mr. Iler showed his patriotism by joining Co. F., 2nd Regiment, Nebraska Volunteers. After serving faithfully for his country, he was honarably discharged 10 Dec 1863. After returning home he moved his Family to Pleasant Dale, Nebraska where he was appointed Postmaster, 1878. Later he moved to Crete and again took up the printers trade.
Mr. Iler was 34 years of age when he founded the Winterset Madisonian in 1856. He was 39 years old when he married Sophronia Reed, mother of Kate Stahn and 40 years old when he joined the Union Army 3 Nov 1862, Co. F. 2nd Reg. Of Neb. Vol.. He was at Marvin, Kansas in 1904 running the mill at age 82.
County records show he purchased 10 acres of ground in SW corner, SW1/4SW1/4 28-4-18, Phillips County, Kansas, same being some 3 1/2 miles southwest of Marvin, now called Glade, Kansas on the Soloman River on 18 May 1900. He was 78 years old when he started this venture. He operated this mill from 18 May 1900 to 7 Jan 1906.
William ILER (1792-1826)
Mary ILER (1810-1880)
Benjamin W. ILER (1810-?)
John Wagner ILER (1804-1888)
Salem B. ILER (1805-1872)
Hanna ILER (1820-?)
Elizabeth ILER (abt 1820-?)
William ILER (1809-1864)
Graham ILER (1806-?)
James Guthery ILER (1822-1905)
" Alvertus ILER (1845-1846)
" Reuben Alden ILER (1846-1852)
" Peree Oliver ILER (1849-1850)
" Ira ILER (1856-?)
" " Jurro ILER (abt 1896-?)
" " James ILER (1896-1932)
" " Clifford ILER (abt 1898-?)
" " Jess Tiffin ILER (1898-1962)
" " Jessie ILER (abt 1899-?)
" Mary ILER (1857-1935)
" " Walter NEWTON (1876-1938)
" " Margaret Estella NEWTON (1877-1944)
" " Sylvia NEWTON (abt 1880-?)
" " Vera NEWTON (abt 1880-?)
" James William ILER (1859-1931)
" " Eula ILER (1894-1984)