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Surname: REW, CORBIN, WHIPPLE
Melville W. Rew, deceased, was born in Friendship, New York, February 26,
1836, a son of Orris and Eunice (Corbin) Rew. He was reared and educated
in his native town, completing his education at the academy. In 1854 he
settled in Minnesota, where he engaged in farming, teaching and lumbering.
In 1862-63 he served in a Minnesota regiment during the Sioux war. In 1863
he moved to Macoupin County, Illinois, and thence in 1869 to Wayne County,
Iowa. He bought 320 acres of land and built a part of what is now the family
residence, which was completed in 1878. The large and convenient basement
barn was built in 1879. His farm he increased to 640 acres, but eighty
acres have been sold since his death. He was a thriving, progressive farmer
and became one of Union Township's most prosperous citizens. He died November
20, 1882, leaving a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn
with his family the loss of a public-spirited and enterprising citizen.
He was an earnest member of the Congregational church and a strong advocate
of temperance. In politics he was a Republican with Greenback tendencies.
He was married in 1867 to Clara E. Whipple, a native of Macoupin County,
Illinois, daughter of Josiah and Almira Whipple. To them were born three
children-Myra, Jennie and Albert.
Biographical and Historical Record of
Wayne and Appanoose Counties Pages 345-346
Interstate Publishing Co.