and returned to his family in McHenry county, I11. In the spring of 1866 he bought a farm in Marshall county, Iowa,
but on account of his wife's illness they did not move to their new home, and remained in McHenry county. He bought
fifty acres of land there first and gradually added to it as he prospered until when he sold out in 1881 he
disposed of 200 acres of well improved property. In 1882 he came to Dakota territory and purchased the farm where
he now lives. His present holdings comprise 800 acres, all in a body and all located in Parker township, under
fence and in a high state of cultivation. All of this land has been accumulated by his own thrift and industry and
the exercise of sound and mature judgment in conducting his affairs. He is a Republican politically "from the
feet up," and always has been. He held the position of justice of the peace while a resident of Illinois and
also various other public offices, deputy sheriff, constable, etc.
Mr. and Mrs. Rector are the parents of five children, one of whom died the day Mr. Rector was discharged from the
army, and another in December of the same year. Three sons are yet living, viz.: John, Clarence R. and Julius B.
ESSE B. DAILY, an intelligent citizen and one
of the leading farmers and stock dealers of Clay county, has his headquarters in Vermillion. He was born in Jackson
county, Ind., February 24, 1840, and in
1851 accompanied his parents to Tama county, Iowa, they being among the very earliest settlers in that section of
the Hawkeye state. There he was reared and educated, and, though opportunities for acquiring book learning during
those days were decidedly limited, he was a close observer of everything going on about him, and the knowledge thus
gained has been of great importance to him in his battle in life.
Mr. Daily continued to live in Tama county, assisting his father on the farm, for eighteen years, and then settled
in Monona county, of the same state, where he purchased a farm. In the fall of 1872, five years later, he came to
Vermillion, Dak. Ter., secured a position as clerk in a store, which he held for about twelve months, and then
established himself in the mercantile business on his own account. At the end of a year he sold out in order to
engage in grain and stock dealing, he being the consignor of the first carload of live stock ever shipped from
Vermillion, and this business he continued in exclusively for several years. He now operates a farm of 117 acres a
short distance from the city, which he settled on in the spring of 1893. He has been closely identified with the
development and growth of the community, and for two years served as an alderman in the council.
Mr. Daily was united in marriage to Miss Agnes McLaury, a native of New York state, the ceremony being performed in
Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa, and to this union has been born three children, viz.: Gertie L., Carrie B., and
Last, but not least, in this brief life history is our subject's record as a soldier in the late war. He enlisted
in the service of the government in May, 1862, when he was enrolled as a private in company F, Twenty-eighth Iowa
regiment, infantry, and for two years he served his country faithfully and well. He participated in the siege of