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Posted By: Jean Kramer (email)
Date: 1/22/2004 at 13:57:13

Biography reproduced from page 429 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

Thomas H. Lantry, agent for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad at Algona, is a native of St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., born July 24, 1838. When thirteen years of age, he accompanied his parents to Canada West, where he remained three years. He then removed to Madison, Wis., where he remained seven years, during which time he served an apprenticeship of three years to the carpenter’s trade, and made a visit to Pike’s Peak in 1857. In 1861 he went to Prairie du Chien, Wis., and entered the service of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company, in the mechanical department, and there remained until January, 1864, when he was sworn into the Government service, and went with Sherman’s army as far as Atlanta, where he was honorably discharged, and returned home to Prairie du Chien. He again entered the service of the railroad company, and where he has stayed ever since, coming to Algona on the first train that was run to that village. He has had charge of the company’s repair shops at Algona and discharged the duties faithfully until June, 1883, when he was appointed agent for the company at Algona. Mr. Lantry was married Dec. 20, 1861, to Kate McGlynn. They have six children—Hannah, Mary, Harry, Eva, Katie and Marie. Mr. and Mrs. Lantry are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Lantry has been a member of the city council for five years; he is also a member of the village school board.

Biography reproduced from page 730 of Volume II of the History of Kossuth County written by Benjamin F. Reed and published in 1913:

Thomas Henry Lantry, well known for many years in the banking circles of Kossuth county, acting as cashier of the Algona State Bank from 1895 to 1908, left behind him on his removal from this county a large circle of warm friends to whom the news of his death carried a feeling of deep regret. He was born in Brazier Falls, St. Lawrence county, New York, July 24, 1837. His father Henry Lantry, was one of six brothers who emigrated to America from Ireland. They became fathers of large families and carried on the customs of their native country. Henry Lantry wedded Johanna Lyons, also a native of Ireland. Their son, Thomas H., became a pupil in the public schools of New York and afterward learned the carpenter trade. Becoming a resident of the middle west, he secured a position in the car shops of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in 1861. The year 1874 witnessed his arrival in Algona, where he was appointed to the position of station agent on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul. He continued in that position until 1886 and was afterward connected in other ways with the business interests of the city until 1895, when he was made cashier of the Algona State Bank. For thirteen years he filled that position in a most creditable and satisfactory manner, contributing much to the success of the institution and proving himself a popular as well as capable official. In the latter year he removed to Spokane, Washington, where on the 23d of July, of the same year, he passed away. He had not only been cashier of the Algona State Bank but was also one of its directors and figured prominently in business circles. He was enterprising and progressive and carried forward to successful competition whatever he undertook, brooking no obstacles that could be overcome by persistent, earnest effort.

On the 28th of December, 1862, in Madison, Wisconsin, Mr. Lantry was united in marriage to Miss Kate McGlynn, a daughter of Thomas and Bridget (Langon) McGlynn. Mrs. Lantry was born in Ireland but in early girlhood accompanied her parents to Wisconsin. She is prominent in church and benevolent work in Algona and any good deed done in the name of charity or religion may be sure of her cooperation and support. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Lantry were born six children: Hannah, the wife of W. R. Hutchinson of Sioux City, Iowa; Mary E., the wife of B. W. Haggard, of Washington, D. C.; T. H., who is superintendent for the Northern Pacific Railway Company at Glendive, Montana; Eva, the wife of T. C. Sherman, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Katherine, the wife of C. D. Smith, of Lemmon, South Dakota; and C. C., a resident of Spokane, Washington.

Mr. Lantry voted with the democratic party and filled a number of offices, the duties of which he discharged with promptness, fidelity and ability. He was postmaster of Algona from 1886 until 1890 and was county treasurer of Kossuth county from 1890 until 1894. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted in 1863 in defense of the Union cause and served until the close of the conflict. Throughout his remaining days he was as loyal in citizenship as when he followed the old flag on the battle fields of the south. His life was upright and honorable in all its relations, and his enterprise and ability brought him prominently before the public in Kossuth county, where his services were recognized as of sterling worth to the community.


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