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Lamborn, Samuel H.


Posted By: Rich Lowe (email)
Date: 10/10/2002 at 15:19:38


Samuel H. Lamborn, wealthy and retired farmer, and well known throughout Pleasant township for his efficient participation in its public affairs, is now an honored resident of Griswold. He has been a resident of Iowa for more than half a century, and of Cass county since 1880, and as his career in this State has been one of continuous rectitude and usefulness, the unqualified honor which is accorded him, and which is the highest gratification of old age, is no more than is justly due him.

Our subject was born in Venango county, Pa., on the 24th of April, 1838, his parents being Josiah and Rachel (Lavere) Lamborn, both natives of that State the father, of Chester county, and the mother of Armstrong county. Josiah Lamborn was a contractor who supplied the blast furnaces of his locality with charcoal; this occupation, with that of milling, he followed until 1854, when he migrated with his family to Jackson county, Iowa, coming via the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He there engaged in farming, and continued thus until his death in 1865; his wife died during the following year. The father served in the War of 1812 as a member of an Ohio regiment. Joseph Lamborn, the grandfather, was also a native of Pennsylvania, a blacksmith by trade and died in Columbiana county. Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Lamborn were the parents of eight children, of whom five were sons, and four of he number are still living, our subject being the only one who resides in this county.

Samuel H. Lamborn was educated in Pennsylvania and reared within its limits until he was sixteen years of age, preferring agricultural occupations to those of an industrial character. In 1854, therefore, when he accompanied the family to Iowa he was an eminently valuable member of it, although still but a youth. After residing with his parents and as a married man, a resident of Jackson county, for a period of nearly twenty-seven years, in 1880 he settled on a farm four miles south of Griswold. There he continued his career as an intelligent and successful tiller of the soil until 1897, when he fixed upon that brisk little city as the home of his retirement from active labors.

In 1860 Mr. Lamborn was married to Ellen Shaffer, a native of New Lisbon, Ohio, and the daughter of Amouvel and Sarah Shaffer, well known Iowa pioneers of 56. The seven children of their family were as follows: Sarah J., now Mrs. Hodge; Millard F., residing on the family homestead; Charles W., an attorney of Chicago; Perry E., a farmer of this county; Jessie M., now Mrs. William Bryant; Jennie, Mrs. Christian; and Walter A., a druggist of Denison.

In politics Mr. Lamborn is a Democrat and has filled nearly all the township offices with which his fellow citizens could honor him. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and the esteem accorded him is only commensurate with acquaintanceship.

Source: Compendium of History and Biography of Cass County Iowa Henry Taylor Co., Chicago, 1906.


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