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Biographies of Ames Cherry and Captain Alfred B. Cree

History of Johnson County, Iowa

Ames Cherry, farmer, Lincoln township, post-office, Iowa City; was born August 24, 1840; came to Iowa City with his father, Thomas W. Cherry in 1856. He was married January 10, 1867, to Miss Minnie McClellan. This union is blessed with two children: Louis, born July 4, 1868, and Eugene, born May 27, 1870. Mr. Cherry went into the Union army in 1861, in Company B, Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, served one and a half years, and was transferred to the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, company L. He is a republican in politics; voted against the prohibitory constitutional amendment. Held the office of township clerk five years in Pleasant Valley Township before the township was divided, and appointed in 1867 to fill the vacancy of township clerk caused by the resignation of David Higby.

Captain Alfred B. Cree, a resident of Iowa City, was born February 22, 1831, in Perry county, Pennsylvania. He is a cabinet-maker by trade. He came to Iowa in 1855, and settled in Iowa City in 1856.  He enlisted August 7, 1862, and was commissioned captain of Company F, Twenty-second Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, August 10, 1862.  He was wounded in the right shoulder September 19, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia, and wounded in the right leg severely, October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek, Virginia. He was mustered out of the service July 25,
1865, at Savannah, Georgia, and returned to Iowa City, and entered the store of Mr. Nixon, and remained there until 1881, when he became a member of the firm of Hohenschub, Cree & Lee, furniture dealers and undertakers. He was elected trustee of first ward March, 1869; again, in March, 1875, and again in March, 1877, and was chief of the fire department four years. He was elected vice-president of the State Firemen’s Association in 1880, and re-elected in 1881. He was married September 5, 1860, to Miss Hattie Smith of Iowa City. He is a democrat in politics, and takes a lively interest in the interests of his party.

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