One Township's Yesterdays Chapter XXVII
"During the early days of Marshall county, when its forests stood uncut and its broad prairies had been unturned by the plow," says
MC DONALD, "there journeyed hither a young lad of twenty years, David GARN, to establish a home in the wilds and to cope with the
many privations and hardships incident to a life on the frontier.
He journeyed in a wagon from his native commonwealth of Ohio, and arriving in Union township, Marshall county, he purchased eighty
acres of land, to which he later added another eighty-acre tract, and he cleared and improved his land.
At the commencement of his life here he erected a little cabin home, which continued as his residence during many subsequent years,
and in the meantime he added to his land until he was the owner of nearly a section.
After a time Mr. GARN returned to his Ohio home for his bride, and the young couple took their wedding journey in a wagon to the
husband's new home in Marshall county. They passed through the many trials and hardships which were the inevitable concomitants of a
pioneer's life, and the names and deeds of these brave frontiersmen should be held in reverence by those who enjoy the fruits of
During the later years of his life Mr. GARN moved to West township and purchased a farm of 160 acres," which became the homestead of
his son Samuel, "and there he passed to his final reward at the age of sixty-six years." He was a member of the Evangelical Church,
There were five children, four sons and one daughter, all born in Union Township. The GARN settlement was in the far northwest corner
of the township.