William Jarvis was a soldier in the Union army. He enlisted August 15, 1862, in company B, Twenty-third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, went south and participated in the battle with Kirby Smith, also with Morgan's forces in Kentucky, and was in thickest of the fight in many other engagements. He was discharged in the spring of 1863 on account of disability, the result of a wound received at Arkansas Post. In August, 1864, he re- enlisted in company E, of the Forty-third Wisconsin and served until July, 1865. After his discharge from the service, he returned to his home in Lafayette county, Wisconsin. He is a native of Pennsylvania, born April 25, 1830, where he grew to manhood, and received his education in the public schools. At the age of eighteen he engaged with a carpenter and joiner to learn the trade and served two years, then went to Fairmount, Pennsylvania, and worked under instructions one year, then went to work in a cotton factory for an uncle and remained in his employ until 1856. He then moved to Lafayette county, Wisconsin and farmed rented land for a time, then purchased a farm in company with H. B. Commings, in Kendalltown, Lafayette county, where he remained until 1875, when he came to Cass county, Iowa and bought farm in sections 31 and 32 of Noble township where he now lives. He was married in 1851 to Mary Jones. They have seven children - Elizabeth, Mary J., William H., Viola, John R., Clara and Frank G.
Story from History of Cass county, Iowa.