Aaron Olmstead had the year previous – 1854 – taken a farm on section 20. He is a son of Isaac L. and Elinor (Owens) Olmstead, and was born in Chemung county, town of Catherine, New York, on the 25th day of June, 1826. When Aaron was ten years of age his parents came west and located in LaSalle county, Illinois, where they remained a short time, and then settled in DeKalb county. Here the son grew to manhood on his father’s farm, and afterwards followed the occupation of farming while in that State.
In 1854 he came to Iowa and entered a farm of 160 acres on section 20, Beaver township, where he now resides. Mr. Olmstead has held the office of trustee of the township, and has always taken a great interest in school matters. He is a republican, and is a member of the United Brethren Church.
In 1850 he was united in marriage with Miss Hulda M. Bagley, who is a native of Pennsylvania. Nine children have been born to them, of whom six are living – Silas E., who lives near his father’s place; Francis L., living at home; Edna H., wife of John Quimby, of Grundy county; Eliza, wife of Lorenzo Farnsworth; Margaret M. and Hattie M.
Source: History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Union Publishing Co., Springfield, IL, 1883
Submitted by Terry Todd