Business & Industry

Moses McCoid, Fairfield Iowa lawyer, district attorney, senator, author

November 2, 2010 Lawyers & Land Officers

Born in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1840, Moses Ayers McCoid came with his family in 1851 to Fairfield, Iowa, where his father Robert kept first a stove and tinware store at 59 W. Broadway and later a hotel at 122 N. Court. After attending college in Washington, Pa., “Mose” studied law in Fairfield with James F. […]

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C. W. Slagle: Fairfield Iowa lawyer

November 1, 2010 Lawyers & Land Officers

Why does this man’s portrait greet us as we enter the Fairfield Public Library, and what does he have to do with Chautauqua Park? Christian Wolff Slagle, one of Iowa’s pioneer lawyers, was born November 20, 1820 in Washington, Pennsylvania, the eldest son and second of nine children of harness-maker and saddler Jacob Slagle and […]

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Caleb Baldwin: Fairfield IA, lawyer for Abraham Lincoln

November 1, 2010 Lawyers & Land Officers

In the early 1850s Fairfield lawyer Caleb Baldwin occupied the “office in the Brick Building over Sargent & Gibson’s Store,” now 57 E. Broadway, with his law-partner Samuel Clinton. Caleb must have negotiated the stairs to his office with some difficulty; at 340 pounds he was one of the largest men in Iowa. Though his […]

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Charles Negus: Fairfield Iowa lawyer, historian

November 1, 2010 Lawyers & Land Officers

“Yours &c., Charles Negus” Hon. Charles Negus Tall, dignified and majestically imposing, equally well-versed in legal principles and human frailty, Charles Negus was a notable pioneer lawyer in Fairfield as well as a diligent and entertaining historian of Iowa. One of our greatest delights while researching Fairfield’s pioneer days was the discovery of Charles Negus’s […]

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D. P. Stubbs: Fairfield IA lawyer, mayor, Iowa state senator

October 25, 2010 Lawyers & Land Officers

Daniel Parham Stubbs (1829-1905) was born in Preble Co., Ohio to abolitionist Quakers William and Delilah (Parham) Stubbs. He obtained his law degree in 1856 and the next year after touring Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, he settled in Fairfield, Iowa where he practiced law, partnering for his first five years here with James F. […]

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Pizza Joints in Fairfield IA

October 23, 2010 Restaurants

Q: How many pizza joints have there been in Fairfield, IA? A: The earliest restaurant in Fairfield with Pizza in its name was Mostly Pizza. The Fairfield pizza joints in chronological order: ● Mostly Pizza, operated by George Ferguson at 505 N. 2nd,, Fairfield, IA opened probably in 1959: certainly between March 1959 and February […]

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Ash Mullenix, Fairfield Iowa barber

October 19, 2010 Barbers

Who is A. B. Mullenix, the man driving the two-horse carriage? Asher (“Ash”) B. Mullenix was born in Illinois in 1863 to Margaret (Long) and John P. Mullenix, who was a veteran of the Civil War and a “lightning rodder.” In 1881 John moved his family from Oswego, Illinois to Fairfield, where he sold insurance […]

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