biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JEREMIAH F. EVERETT, ex-Superintendent of Public Schools of Mahaska County, now resides upon section 24, Madison Township, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He is a native of Ohio, and was born in Licking County, Oct. 15, 1831. His father, Harlow Everett, was a native of Hartford, Conn., but moved to Ohio in 1802. His mother, Dency (Werner) Everett, was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved to Ohio in 1805. Both were quite young when they moved to that State; they were reared in what was but little better than a wilderness, enduring the toils and privations of pioneer life, subsequently uniting in marriage, rearing a family of children, and finally "passed over the river," the father dying in 1846, and the mother in 1852. J. F. Everett, the subject of this sketch, was reared upon a farm, and educated in Dennison University, Granville, Ohio, from which institution he graduated in July, 1855, in the classical course, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. After his graduation, he taught in the Highland Academy, Licking County, Ohio, until March, 1857, when he removed to Mahaska County, Iowa, and taught in the public schools until April, 1859, at which time he established an academy at Oskaloosa, which he conducted with good success until September, 1861. The war for the Union was now in progress, and duty required that he enter the service of his country and help maintain its existence undivided. Accordingly he enlisted in the 4th Iowa Cavalry, and for three years was actively engaged with his regiment in the various marches, raids and battles in which it participated. In October, 1865, Mr. Everett was elected County Superintendent of Public Schools, and was re-elected in 1867, serving four years. In 1868 he was elected Superintendent of the City Schools of Oskaloosa, and for two years filled both positions, but continuing as City Superintendent until July, 1872, when he was called to the superintendency of the city schools of Rock Island, Ill., where he remained until July, 1881, when he resigned, returned to Mahaska County, and moved to his present farm in Madison Township. As an educator. Prof. Everett ranks high, as evidenced from his retention as head of the schools in Rock Island, which are among the best in the State of Illinois. For over a quarter of a century, with the exception of the time spent in the army, he gave his time to the cause of education, studying its principles and carrying into active practice such theories as he felt would best promote its interests. On the 29th day of December, 1868, Mr. Everett was united in marriage with Charlotte E. Faxon, a native of Vermont, and daughter of, John and Eliza (Kellogg) Faxon. They have at the present writing (February, 1887,) four living children: Francis F., twelve years old; Edith M., aged nine years; Frederick W., aged seven years, and Anna Jennette, who is three years old. The home farm of Mr. Everett is one of the best in Madison Township, and lies about six miles north of Oskaloosa. It comprises 160 acres, all of which is under a high state of cultivation, with a neat two-story frame dwelling, good barns and other appurtenances thereon. He also owns 232 acres in Adams Township. In addition to general farming. Mr. Everett makes a specialty of Jersey cattle, in the raising of which he has been quite successful. In the conduct of his farm, he brings the same executive ability to bear that characterized him as an educator, and therefore has been as successful as a farmer as in his other employment. Mr. Everett is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the principles of the order being dear to his heart. His wife is a member of the Congregational Church. As a citizen, friend and neighbor. Mr. Everett enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy