D. M. Inman, one of Wright County's leading and well-known citizens, came to the county in the fall of 1866. He was born in Medina County, Ohio, December 25, 1833, a son of Stephen and Sophronia (Robbins) Inman, who were natives of (New?) York State. They had six children that grew to man and womanhood, D. M. being the oldest son and second child. The father lived until his death in 1884 in Medina County, Ohio; the mother still lives in Spencer Township, Medina County, Ohio. D. M. grew to manhood in Medina County, where he received his education. At the age of twenty-one he went to Jefferson County, Wisconsin, where he improved a farm in Bark River Timbers. He was married at Farmington, Wisconsin, to Miss Sarah E. Green, who was born in Yates County, New York,
|December 23, 1835, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Mann) Green, who had two daughters and one son grow to manhood. The father of Mrs. Inman still lives in Lincoln Township. In 1802 our subject enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry, Company F, leaving a wife and four children to go in the defense of the old flag. He participated in the battles of Magnolia Church, Champion Hill, Vicksburg, Jackson, Mississippi; Spanish Fort and Ft. Blakely, and was with General Banks up the Red River. The regiment was for a time stationed at New Orleans and along the gulf coast at Shreveport, Louisiana and Ft. Gibson. He was in twenty-two engagements altogether. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, June 22, 1865. He was appointed by Wyman Spooner, acting Governor, as a First Lieutenant. Our subject lived in Wisconsin until 1866, when he came to Vernon Township; he coming by team and his family by rail, as far as Iowa Falls. The first year he lived on section 12, and in 1867 he moved on to his present farm of 160 acres in section 16. He now has 340 acres of as fine land as there is in the country. Improved by a good house and barn and other good farm buildings, all surrounded by a fine grove; also a fine wind-mill. Everything shows the thrift of the owner. Mr. and Mrs. Inman have eleven children, viz.: William H., Mary E. Richards, Stephen B., D. Lewis, Eva Valinda King and Elma Levina Simpson (twins), Hyman S., Warren C., Vernon Clare, Cyrus Romaine and Rosetta Violet. Mr. Inman is a Republican and one the wheel houses of his party in the township. He has served eight years as county supervisor in a very credible manner. He is a member of the Methodist church of Williams and Vernon class. He has ever taken an active interest in educational and religious matters and has been a liberal sponsor of the same. He is one of Vernon Township's best citizens.|
From Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Wright County, Iowa, p. 537.
Submitted by Kathy Jerrow.