In 1875 he purchased eighty acres of land from his father and, as a reward for his filial devotion, was given the forty- acre tract on which stood the old homestead.At the present time he owns one hundred and sixty acres of as fine land as can be found in Jefl Ferson county. Wright passed away in the faith of the Freewill Baptist church, having been a member of a church of that denomination near Birmingham, Iowa. Wright and his son give their political allegiance to the democracy, believing firmly in its principles. Here he remained till death claimed him in May, 191 1. died in 1900; Ruth M., aged eight; and William Henry, aged five. Achen- bach is a republican, and was elected by the members of his party to serve three terms as trustee and as secretary of his township. Wright, one of the prominent and substantial residents of Cedar township, owns an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 14 but has lived practically retired during the past four years, leaving the active work of the fields to his son, Henry Clay. When her father was old enough, he began to farm, buying for this purpose a farm in Lockridge township. Their names are : Clara E., aged eighteen ; Herman H., aged fifteen ; Bertha A.In 1907 he put aside the active work of the fields and turned over the management of the farm to his son, Henry Clay, who himself owns a twenty-acre tract which he bought from his uncle Alfred in 1906. Wright was united in marriage to Miss Laura Jane Rodabaugh, a daughter of Joseph and Catharine (Eichelbarger) Rodabaugh, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Maryland respectively. Wright, participated in the Civil war and had a brother, Wesley, who died while at the front. Among the most valued objects in possession of our subject is a singing book which was used by his mother when a girl.The father's birth occurred March 16, 1818, while the mother was born on the 6th of November, 1822. He also has a spinning wheel made in Illinois by his father, who was a fine workman. Wright has now passed the seventy-first milestone on his earthly pilgrimage and is spending the evening of life in well earned ease, happy in the friendship and esteem of all who know him. Henry Clay Raney, whose demise occurred on the 19th of August, 1903, was for twenty years one of the prominent members of the Jefferson county bar.His wife, surviving him for ten years, was called to her final rest on the 14th of November, 1902.
Having de- termined upon the legal profession as a life work, he read law for one year with the firm of Leggett & Mc Kemey, and, on the 24th of August, 1882, was admitted to the bar.In 1 85 1, William Raney married Miss Hannah Loomis, and, the following 42 HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY year, took up his abode on a farm in Cedar township, Jefferson county.Hannah Loomis, a native of Ohio, came to this county with her parents in 1839.There being no daughters in the family, he assisted his mother in many of the duties which usually fall to the other sex.In 1865 he spent a brief period in Illinois as a farm hand.Unto this honored pioneer couple were born ten sons, as follows: William, who is a resident of Fairfield, Iowa; Noah, who is deceased; Elijah, living in Wichita, Kansas; Peter, who has also passed away ; Isaac, of Audubon county, Iowa ; Thomas, who resides in Barton county, Missouri; John L., of this review; Alfred, living in Fair- field, Iowa; Isom, who is deceased; and Josiah, who died as a child. Wright remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority.His mother taught him how to spin and in this art he became as proficient as any girl in the section where they resided.In 1877, he entered Parsons' College, from which he was graduated in June, 1880.being a member of the first class of graduates the institution sent out. a i\ \ HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY 39 too, were natives of Germany, having came to this country with the in- coming tide of foreign population, during the middle of the nineteenth century.In early manhood Jacob Wright removed to Cumberland county, Kentucky, where he was married.The body of his son, Josiah Wright, who died in 1852, was the first one to be interred Vol. On the homestead on section 14, Cedar township, the parents of John L.Wright spent the remainder of their lives, the father passing away on the 2ist of June, 1894, and the mother on the 30th of April, 1876. Their remains were interred in the Wright cemetery.In 1829 he removed to Scott county, Illinois, where he worked at the wheelwright's trade and also followed farming.