Born in Johnson county, this state, reared as a farmer and with a sufficient experience as a farmer in Nebraska to convince him that Audubon county, this state, in which he had previously lived for a time, was the best spot on earth for the farmer, George Eagen, one of the well-known and substantial farmers of Greeley township, this county, is content to remain here the remainder of his life, enjoying the benefits and comforts of the fine home which he has created in Greeley township.|
George Eagen was born on a farm in Johnson county, Iowa, May 22, 1861, the son of Thomas and Catherine (McTyge) Eagen, both of whom were born in Ireland, the former a native of County Cork and the latter of County Mayo. Thomas Eagen came to America as a lad and for a time lived in New Jersey, where he worked on a farm. He married Catherine McTyge in that state, and in i860 came to Iowa, settling in Johnson county, where he bought land. Selling out his holdings there in 1880, he moved to Shelby county, and in 1883 to Audubon county, but only remained here a year, not buying any land, moving on to Holt county, Nebraska, where he took a homestead claim, on which he lived for six years, at the end of which time he sold the claim and, in 1889, came back to Audubon county, where he bought eighty acres in section 10, of Greeley township, where he spent the rest of his life, his death occurring on April 7, 1906. He and his wife were the parents of seven children, John, George, Mrs. Catherine Kerwin, Thomas, James F., Mrs. Mary Campbell and William. James F. and Mrs. Campbell are residents of this county.
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George Eagen lived at home until 1884, in which year he went to Holt county, Nebraska, and entered a homestead, which he sold in 1890 and returned to Audubon county, where he rented land until 1898, at which time he bought eighty acres in section 2, of Greeley township, which he improved, and where he since has made his home. In 1907 he replaced his original dwelling house with a fine eight-room house and has also built a good barn, garage and other substantial farm buildings.
On February 3, 1892, George Eagen was united in marriage to Cordelia Parrott, who was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, December 31, 1868, the daughter of Perry and Barbara A. (Duel) Parrott, natives of Licking county, Ohio, who came to Audubon county in 1871 and homesteaded the land on which the county fair ground is now located, but were deprived of ownership through legal proceedings instituted by the railroad company, whereupon they bought land in Hamlin township, where they reared a family of eleven children: Mrs. Lizzie Sales, Samuel, Thomas E., Mrs. Ella Hensley, Cordelia E., John L., Arthur L. (deceased), Mrs. Flora Frederick, Mrs. Bertha Campbell. Horace A. and Mrs. Mamie Christiansen, four of whom are living in Audubon county, the sons and Mrs. Eagen.
To George and Cordelia E. (Parrott) Eagen have been born three children: Eunice, born on November 8, 1892, died on January 10, 1893; Marguerite, March 28, 1894, who, on January 14, 1914, married August Dutler; and George, June 7, 1897. The Eagens have many friends in the community in which they reside and are held in the highest regard by all who know them.
Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 824-825.