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HOSFORD, Albert W.

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HOSFORD, Albert W. (Oberlin, Ohio, June 14, 1839--Fort Leavenworth, KS, Jan. 2, 1904). Hosford came to Dubuque County in 1855. He farmed until 1857, and then returned to Oberlin and attended college for two years. He returned to Dubuque County in 1859 and taught until the start of the CIVIL WAR.

He enlisted as a private in Co. G, 1st I.V.C. and eventually filled all the offices of his company. Hosford commanded the company during the last two years of service and was mustered out with his command March 17, 1866.

Soon after the war, he was married to Miss Sidonia Waller, of Rockdale, and for the next seven years devoted his attention to farming. He then sold his farm and took a trip to Europe with his family. They returned in 1874 and in 1875, he bought an interest in the ROCKDALE MILL. In 1880 he was still an owner.

In 1894 he was president of the EXCELSIOR BRASS WORKS, secretary and treasurer of the DUBUQUE BOOT AND SHOE MANUFACTURING COMPANY and was associated with F. B. Hoffman in HOSFORD AND HOFFMAN, a real estate and insurance business.



Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 813

Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 338