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William R. Close's Biography, as it appeared in "The History of Polk County, Iowa" published by the Union Historical Company, Birdsall, Williams & Co. 1880.

VALLEY TOWNSHIP.

CLOSE, W. R.-Farmer and brick-maker, section 28, P. O. Des Moines. Was born in Madison, Indiana, September 8, 1816, and was there raised. He learned the trade of brick-making while young, and followed it there until the spring of 1840, when he removed to Fulton county, Illinois. There followed his trade and in September, 1847, he came to Fort Des Moines, and still resides in the county. Does a large business, both in brick-making and farming, and owns a well-improved farm of 150 acres. His dwelling is a large brick structure, well located. Mr. Close has been twice, married. First, in Scott county, Indiana, August 15,1839, to Miss Belinda V. Smith. They had by this union nine children, seven of whom are now living: James N., Mary F., Benj. S., Napoleon B., Sarah P., Hettie M. and Belinda V. Two are deceased: William L. (who died in the army) and Samuel D. His second marriage was to Priscilla Long. They have four children living: Anna E., Erastus, Marinda M. and Oliver R. Lost two: Sherman and Rosaltha.