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The name of Samuel Franklin Garmire is one quickly recognized by the citizens of Lincoln township, as belonging to a man whose good management and never-failing supply of energy have been directed toward the goal of his ambition. Fate decreed that he should be a farmer, and she should be well pleased with what he has accomplished. His present splendid stockfarm is the result of the interest and good management which he has always displayed in his work. His fine stock-farm is one of the most attractive places of the kind in the county, as he has always had a strong belief in the saying that "whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well."

Samuel Franklin Garmire, general farmer and stockman, of Lincoln township. Audubon county, was born on October 20, 1850, in Holmes county, Ohio. He is a son of Daniel Garmire and Elizabeth (Dunmire) Garmire. His early education was received in the public schools of Holmes county. Leaving school at a nearly age, he went to work on his father's farm, after which he worked at the carpenter's trade at Benton for twelve years, going from there to Walnut, Iowa, and later, to Audubon county, where he bought eighty acres in Lincoln township. Mr. Garmire has spent about seven thousand dollars in improvements on his farm. All the grain raised on the place is fed to his stock, of which he sells about seventy-five head a year.

Mr. Garmire has been a member of the county board for six years, and has been trustee of the township for nine years, also acting as president of the school board. He is a member of the United Brethren church at Gray, and is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has occupied the position of chairman. In politics, Mr. Garmire is a stanch Republican.

Daniel Garmire, father of our subject, was born in Holmes county, Ohio, as was also his wife. He was a farmer, and always lived in the county in which he was born. They were the parents of eight children, one of whom died young: James, Samuel Franklin, Theodore and Theophilus, twins; Mary, Alice, William and John. S. F. is the only one in Audubon county at present.

At the age of twenty-two, Mr. Garmire was united in marriage to Mary Schreiber, daughter of John Frederick and Katherine (Resla) Schreiber, who was born in Wittenberg, Germany, by whom he has had five children, as follow: Clara B., Elizabeth A., Elsie A.. Cora R., and Charles F. Clara became the wife of S. E. Newell, and has one child, Winifred. They live in Lincoln township. Elsie is married to C. H. Newell, and lives in Lake City. They have two children, Grace and Velma. Cora became the wife of L. G. Dixon, and lives at Ames, Iowa. They have two children, Ivadell E. and Eva. Elizabeth A. married Edward H. Bunker, of Gray, Iowa. They have one child, Edith May. Charles married Grace Cameron, of Gray, Iowa. They have two children, Marjorie A. and Samuel C.

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. 517-518.
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