A Sequential History of How Tanglewood Came To Be – Part Four
(by Rutherford J. Laughlin, a grandson of the above named David. – 24 Aug 1970.)
(The following comments are by Rutherford J. Laughlin, 3rd son of Elmer E. Laughlin, grandson of David Laughlin, great grandson of James Laughlin.)
“David’s brother, Robert, wrote an interesting story describing the cross-county trip the family made from Ohio to Iowa. The family consisted of James Laughlin, his wife, his two daughters and two youngest sons, David and Robert. James was in the War of 1812. There were quite a few rumors of invasions into Ohio by the English and the Indians. In 1814, the rumor was quite real, so the male residents of Ohio joined the local militia of Ohio and were inducted into the army. James was in the regular army for 20 days. His service record gave him the privilege of entering land whenever treaties were made with Indians. In 1849, he received the privilege to enter land from the Sac & Fox Indians in Tama County, Iowa. Previous to 1865 land was sold to veterans on the preference basis. It was either fifty cents or $1.25 per acre. James decided to look at the land, pick out a location and move his family to this new land, selling his established farm in Ohio.
[“]Robert, the author of the story, did not write of the reason for the poverty they endured. My father, Elmer, explained that George, the oldest son of James, was mechanically turned, was ambitious, etc. [.] He bought the first steam sawmill in that community in Ohio. James, the father, signed the note. George could not meet the payments. The holder of the lien sued and tied up the second payment, which he was to receive on the sale of the farm. This left James and family strapped for any cash. Communications were very limited in those days so they didn’t know why money did not arrive. So, they starved it out for a full year. When money finally came, the troubles were over. James went on to accumulate much land and property in Iowa.