|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1877|
FOUNDED THE VILLAGE OF ALDEN. MARRIED HANNAH RICHMOND. UNKNOWN IF SHE IS BURIED HERE.
From the 1911 book Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, pp. 277-278:
Henry Alden, the founder of the town of Alden, for whom it was named, was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1801. While there he was engaged in farming pursuits, and in 1841 he came to DuPage county, Illinois, remained a short time, then returned to Massachusetts. In 1854 he came West as far as Naperville, Illinois, and in June, 1854, in company with Sumner Kemp, came to Iowa, locating at Alden. He entered the land where now stands the town of Alden, and began the erection of a mail and laid out a town. From the time of his arrival he entered into the building up of a town with much zeal, sparing neither time nor money to make it an ideal place in which to live. He did all in his power to induce settlement. He was very public spirited and gave much of his means that others might be benefited thereby. His favorite quotation was: "An honst man is the noblest work of God." His chief aim in life seemed to be to prove his own nobility. He was gathered to the reward of the truly just and upright, in 1877, passing from the scenes of this life in the month of September, when the leaves were turning to amber and gold. His family consisted of wife and seven children. Mrs. Alden died in February of the same year in which he died.
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Jackson R Alden (1837 - 1855)*
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Record added: Jun 10, 2007
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