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Mr. Trotter continued reside upon the farm which he entered until his death on the 8th of May, 1862. During his last years he was blind. His wife died December 21, 1876, at the age of seventy-six years. Both were reared under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church but after coming to this county became active and faithful members of the Congregational Church. The members of the family were: Isabella who died of cholera in New York; Helen, wife of John Strang whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Alex of this sketch; Joanna, who was born in New York City, became the wife of William Hughes, deceased, and now resides in Missouri; Emily M. is the wife of William Judson of Evanston, Ill.; and Elizabeth J., married William Robertson, moved to Iowa and died leaving three children, George A., Grace J. and Helen E.
Alex Trotter was but a year old when brought by his parents to America, and when a lad of seven summers came to this county. His educational advantages were limited to those afforded by the district schools of the neighborhood. When blindness came upon his father, the management and care of the farm devolved upon him, he being the only son, and with a gravity, thoughtfulness and business ability seldom seen in one so young, he looked after its interests. He has devoted himself assiduously to his business and left home on no account for a journey of as much as one hundred miles until seven years ago when he paid a visit to Iowa.
A marriage ceremony performed June 7, 1855, united the destinities of Alex Trotter and Oliveia L. Ames who is also a representative of the early families of the County. They became parents of a numerous family, including George, now deceased; William, a resident of Hamilton County, Iowa; Frank, deceased; Helen S. at home; Fred in Chicago; Albert M. of Iowa: Richard G., Mary L., John. P., and Lucy D., all of whom are still under the parental roof. Frank was drowned by attempting to cross a stream on a log and George lost his life in trying to save his brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Trotter are members of the Disciples Church and in politics he has been a Republican since the time he cast his first Presidential vote for John C. Fremont. From early life he has been a strong temperance man and does all in his power for the advancement of that cause. His business is that of general farming and dairying and he is the owner of the eighty-acre tract of land upon which his father settled more than half a century ago. We find Mr. Trotter a person who is not only self-made financially but is also self-educated. By careful and thorough reading of standard works in his leisure hours he has become well informed, and can now converse intelligently and in an interesting manner upon all subjects of general interest; notwitbstanding his training in text books was limited.
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