Note: Biography reproduced from page 442 of the History of Kossuth and HumboldtCounties, Iowa published in 1884: About the same time Joseph D. McDonald opened a lumber yard in Burt,which he yet is running. He handles, also, hardware, lime, salt, coal,and buys grain and stock. He is the owner of a hay press which he isoperating, which has a capacity of eight tons per day. Joseph D. McDonald, son of William and Mary (Shanor) McDonald, was bornin Butler Co., Penn. When ten years of age he went with his parents toGrundy Co., Ill., where his father was engaged in farming. In 1862 heenlisted in company B, 129th Illinois Infantry, being mustered in atPontiac. He participated in the battles of Pensacola, Lookout Mountain,Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, July 20, 21 and 22, with Sherman on his marchto the sea and back to Washington, where he was mustered out in June,1865. He then went to Dwight, Livingston Co., Ill., where he engaged infarming. In the spring of 1866 he came to Kossuth Co., Iowa, settling ona homestead of eighty acres in Portland township. In 1881 he moved toBurt and engaged in the lumber business. He owns one acre of land and agood house. Mr. McDonald was married March 9, 1871, to Nancy I. Young, ofDwight, Ill. They have five children�William E., Eugene M., Everett E.,Lulu O. and Henry J., all living at home. Mr. McDonald has been trusteeof Portland township for ten years, and is now one of the supervisors ofKossuth county. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Inpolitics he is a democrat. (Transcriptionist�s note: The above biography begins �About the sametime. . � which refers to the year 1881).
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