IOWA ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION VOLUME III 1804-1926
H. W. REDMAN
The life of Hiram W. Redman is replete with many interesting experiences and at the venerable age of seventy-eight years he is rounding out a long and honorable career at Cherokee, enjoying the peace and contentment that results from the knowledge of tasks well performed and the faithful discharge of duty. He was born August 16, 1848, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is the second of the five children in the family of Thomas and Jane (Wilson) Redman. The others are Frances, the widow of Andrew Troutneer, of Charles City, Iowa; Catherine, who married Daniel Rittsch, now deceased, and is living in Washta, Iowa; Annie, the widow of Scott Scoles, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and John W., a resident of Lawler, this state. The mother was born in London, England, and the father was a native of New York state. He was a cabinet maker and a master craftsman.
When Hiram W. Redman was a child of three his parents settled in Wisconsin and he was reared and educated in the Badger state, in which he lived until 1863. When a youth of fifteen his patriotic spirit prompted him to offer his aid to the Union, and for one and half years he was a soldier in the Thirty-eighth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was a gallant defender of the Stars and Stripes and was detailed to guard those implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln. After his discharge Mr. Redman returned to Wisconsin. His father being dead, he and his mother started for Iowa in September, 1865, in a covered wagon, and crossed the Mississippi river at McGregor. About the last of the month they reached Bradford and located near the "little brown church in the vale," where Mr. Redman lived until the fall of 1878, when he removed to O'Brien county, Iowa, and in March, 1880, located near Aurelia, Cherokee county. Since 1908 he has resided at his present home in Cherokee.
On February 9, 1873, Mr. Redman married Miss Violetta Watkin, who shared with him life's joys and sorrows for fifty years, and on July 16th, 1923, she responded to the final summons. Five children were born to them: Myrtie, the wife of Ira Fountain, of Linn Grove, Iowa; Henry Warren, who lives in Cherokee; Edith May, now Mrs. Andrew Sutton, of Cherokee; Pearl, the wife of William Mumert, of Cherokee; and Andrew Jesse, who also resides in this community.
Mr. Redman is a member of Custer Post, No. 25, of the Grand Army of the Republic, and casts his ballot for the candidates of the republican party. He is in complete sympathy with every worthy public project and has many steadfast friends in this locality.