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The gentleman to a review of whose life the reader's attention is most respectfully directed at this point, is recognized as one of the energetic, well-known business men of Audubon county, who, by his enterprise and progressive methods, has contributed in a material way to the agricultural advancement of the locality where he lives. In the course of an honorable career he has been successful in several lines to which his efforts have been directed, and he enjoys a distinct prestige among the representative men of Iowa township. It is eminently proper, therefore, that attention be called to his achievements and due credit be accorded his worth as a citizen.

W. W. Perrine was born in Sagamon [sic Sangamon] county, Illinois, on August 29, 1857, a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Carroll) Perrine, both natives of Ohio. Both moved to Illinois when young and were married in that state, becoming substantial farmers and honored and respected citizens of their community. Mrs. Perrine died in Illinois and Samuel Perrine spent his last days in this county. He and his wife were the parents of seven children, George W., Richard, W. W., Alice, Lincoln, Joseph and Grant, all of whom are living with the exception of Lincoln, Richard and Grant.

W. W. Perrine received his education in the common schools of Illinois, and after leaving school began farming in that state. He remained in Illinois until 1882, when he came to Audubon county, and in September of that year located in Lincoln township, where he purchasd [sic purchased] eighty acres of land, upon which he lived for eighteen years. In 1900 Mr. Perrine sold his farm in Lincoln township and purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Viola township, where he is now living. He is engaged in general mixed farming, and is an extensive breeder of Shorthorn cattle and Duroc-Jersey hogs, and has met with a very fair degree of success in his agricultural operations.

On March 1, 1883, W. W. Perrine was married to Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of Henry and Martha (Davis) Thomas, both of whom were natives of South Wales, where they were married. Mrs. Perrine was born in South Wales on December 4, i860. Her parents came to America in 1863 and located in Pennsylvania, where they remained for four years, after which they removed to Illinois, and lived there for six years. They next removed to Carroll county, Iowa, and engaged in farming. Henry and Martha (Davis) Thomas were the parents of five children, Elizabeth, John, Anna, Henry and David, all of whom are still living with the exception of John. The father of these children is now deceased, while the mother is still living in Carroll county, Iowa. To W. W. and Elizabeth (Thomas) Perrine have been born five children: Elsie (deceased), Lottie, Leah, Lois and Lucille. Lottie is the widow of Bert Anderson. Leah is the wife of John Durbin, a farmer of Cottonwood county, Minnesota. Lois and Lucille are living at home with their parents.

Mr. Perrine is a Republican and has always taken an active interest in the public affairs of his township. He has served as township trustee of Lincoln township, and was secretary of the school board of his township for twelve years. He also served one term as justice of the peace and was constable for a time. Mr. Perrine is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at Audubon. The Perrine family are all earnest and faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which they are regular attendants and active in the work of both the church and Sunday school. Mr. Perrine is a well-known and highly-respected citizen and deserves the confidence and esteem of his neighbors and fellow citizens.

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. 558-559.
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