Portrayal by Dennis Hulshof


L.M. Black (Dennis Hulshof) was born in Henry County, Indiana in 1842. He enlisted in the 57th Indiana infantry and served honorably during the Civil War. In 1871, he and wife Sarah and sons Enoch and Harley homesteaded in Washington Township. After Sarah's death in 1873, he and second wife Arfinda had three children Fannie, Olive and L. Morris (Morey). Arfinda died in 1904 and L.M. married Josephine Paul.


L.M., the "Tall Willow from Reading Township", farmed, taught school, served as Sioux County auditor, was Ireton's first postmaster, operated a mercantile, sold real estate, was a bill clerk in the Iowa legislature, and served as a self-taught legal advisor. He was very active in the G.A.R. and served on the committee that arranged for the funding and erection of Ireton's Civil War Monument. He was also active in Republican politics and served as Ireton's mayor and on the school board.

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