Notable Stories


William and Lucy Slack

William and Lucy Slack homesteaded in the mile north of the Covey Church.  William was an ardent supporter of the church and was most likely the first burial in the cemetery.
    The couple first came to the county in 1869 and lived in a log shanty.  This home was replaced with a frame house in 1871.  
    After William’s death in 1874, Lucy continued to live on the claim with son, Charles, until her death.  Lucy was an ardent supporter of the church and served as Sunday School superintendent for many years.  During the grasshopper years, all but one family left the church, but slowly they returned.
    Lucy fashioned the first flag (4.5’x 7’) in the county with fabric purchased at W.C. Green’s store in O’Brien Village. It is currently displayed in the courthouse.

Lewis Clark
October 16, 1820 - October 27, 1915
    Lewis was born in Maryland and moved to Indiana in 1822.  They started the journey in a cart but this gave out and they were obliged to make the remainder of the distance on horseback and foot.    Lewis married Malinda Shaffer in 1840.  The couple had ten     children.
    Two of the Clark daughters married and moved to O’Brien County.  Malinda passed away in 1897, after which Lewis married her sister Sarah Shaffer Pitsenburger.  Sarah died in 1911 and is buried in this cemetery.
    Lewis was a farmer and made a good living for himself and his family.  He held several local offices.  He was President of the Old Settlers Association  He was also a noted abolitionist and was a station agent on the underground railway.  Many a poor negro found him a true friend.



Jacob H. Wolf – Jacob Wolf was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1841. He grew up on a farm and eventually contracted to work at the Washington Examiner four years, in exchange for room, board and clothing. He enlisted in the Union Army and served 1863-1865, part of the time under Sherman.
On September 4, 1865 he married Sarah Jane Mickey, daughter of a wealthy Pennsylvania congressman. They had five children. In 1873, the Wolf family moved to what would become Franklin Township and located on Sec. 14 – S ½ of the SW ¼. He wrote a column for the Sheldon Mail titled “Notes from 97-41”, and was one of the first to criticize conditions in county government. He was elected clerk of Franklin Township at the time it was organized and served in that capacity until 1900. He also served as a county supervisor from 1879-1881, and was active in placing the county on a stable financial basis.
In 1883, he purchased the Sanborn Pioneer, and with his sons, published it for 15 years. In 1894, he bought the O’Brien County Bell with Thomas Gravenor. They erected the brick building in Primghar, on the northeast corner of the square which later served as Hubert Schultz’s office building. Wolf moved to Primghar in 1900 and continued publishing the Bell until 1925, then sold it to his son, Fred. At the age of 84, he was the oldest active newspaperman in Iowa. He also served as a scout master, was an active member of the Methodist church, the Onyx Lodge at Sanborn, the CAR at Primghar and other organizations. He was a keen hunter and a lover of nature. He died in December of 1928 and was buried at Primghar.




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