Biographies of the following pioneers who lived in Belmond and Pleasant Townships are reprinted from the 1889 “Hamilton and Wright County Biographical Record and Portrait Album” and the 1915 “History of Wright County” by Hon. B.P.Birdsall.
Joseph B. Jenison,
Pleasant Township, Section 18, is one of the well-known pioneers of the township. He came to the county in 1856, just as the buffalo and elk were leaving, and he has witnessed the wonderful growth and improvement of the county. He was born October 6,1821, a son of Elias and Sarah (Bagley) Jenison, who were natives of New York. Our subject was 11 years of age when his parents removed to Summit County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He was reared a farmer and received his education in the public schools. When he was 22 years of age he went to Lake County, Indiana, and from there to Wabash County, of the same state. Here he improved a farm. He was married in March 1850 to Miss Alvina Sprague, a native of Canada. In 1852 he returned to Lake County and remained till 1856,when he came to this county. When coming he traveled by team and wagon. He first located on Section 20, in Pleasant Township, and remained there for one season, when he moved onto the farm where he now lives.He was one of the first to settle on this wild prairie and to brave the blizzards and hardships of this county. He has a good house, barn and other farm buildings, all surrounded by a fine grove. Mr. and Mrs. Jenison are the parents of 10 children: Charles E.,Willie E.,Mary E.Meacham, Jane Nihoof, Frances Meacham, George E., Russell B., Edward D., J. Burton and Oscar. The children all live at home or near Mr. Jenison.
In politics he is a Republican.
David Luick, accompanied by his brother, came to Wright County in September 1854, locating in Franklin Grove, one and a half miles southeast of Belmond. Coming when Wright County was but in its infancy, hard, earnest labor and privations were required to make his first farm of 160 acres which he settled upon suitable for cultivation. Belmond partially occupies the site of his farm. He was born June 27, 1832, in Germany, the son of Jacob Henry and Catherine (Gustenmyers) Luick, who were the parents of six children – Henry, living in Oskaloosa, Iowa; John, who resides in Iowa County, Michigan; David; William, of Wright County, Iowa; Frederick, also of Wright County; and Catherine, wife of Adrian Elder. The family immigrated to Washtenaw County, Michigan, when David was but six months old, and here he spent his boyhood days on a farm, receiving his education in both German and English in the subscription schools.
When Mr. Luick was 11 years of age he started forth to fight the battles of daily life for himself, which his present situation shows were a success. After coming to Wright County he followed trapping and hunting for about two years, after which he applied his time strictly to farming. On the 18th day of December 1859, he was married to Miss Sarah, daughter of Simeon and Caroline Overacker, who were also early settlers, arriving in 1857 from Michigan. She was born in Ingham County, Michigan, May 30, 1843. The result of this union is five children living, two deceased – Amelia, wife of Lawrence Mallory, of Belmond; Ida, wife of Willard Morse, residing in Wright County; Emma, wife of Clarence Clark, in Austin, Minnesota; Mabel and Lee, at home. Mr. Luick is a member of King Solomon Lodge, No. 210, also United Workmen. He has been identified with most of the township offices, and in politics is an adherent of Democratic principles. Mr. Luick has seen the bright side of pioneer life as well as the dark and is now enjoying the fruits of his hard labor. Having a fine farm of 280 acres, surrounded by pleasant groves and well-cultivated lands, being instrumental in the advancement of the county, and the family in general, dealing most extensively in real estate.