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In the view of the nomadic spirit which is growing to animate all classes of American citizens to move restlessly about from place to place, it is most pleasing to the publishers of this work to be able to incorporate within its pages a sketch of the career of one who has passed practically his entire life in the place of his nativity and who commands the confidence and esteem of those who have been familiar with his career from the time of his birth.

Harold V. RULE was born in Mason City, Cerro Gordo county, Iowa, on the 4th of February 1879, and is a son of General James and Jennie (GALE) RULE, to the memory of the former of whom a sketch is dedicated on other pages of this work so that further reference to the family history is not deemed necessary at this point.

Harold V. RULE received his preliminary educational training in the public and high schools of his native city and this discipline was later effectively supplemented by a course of study in the Shattuck Military Academy, at Faribault, Minnesota, in which excellent institution he was captain of his company at the time of his graduation in 1898. In 1899 he was matriculated in Columbia University, in the city of New York, where he spent one year in the electrical and mining department. While home on his vacation he contracted typhoid fever and he never returned to complete his college course. Prior to his father's death he as employed in the City National Bank for a time and in 1909 he engaged in bookkeeping as expert accountant, being at the present time [1910] employed by the order of the Modern Woodmen of America, at Mason City.

In politics Mr. RULE has ever adhered to that principles and policies of the Republican party and though he has never manifested aught of desire for political honors he has done all in his power to further the civic and material profess of his home city and county. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and both he and his wife are devout members of the Episcopal church, in whose father they were reared.

In 1904 was recorded the marriage of Mr. RULE to Miss Corry BOWMAN, who was born and reared at Waverly, Iowa, where her birth occurred in 1880, and who is a daughter of W. R. and Emma Winne BOWMAN. Mr. BOWMAN is a representative citizen of Waverly, Iowa, where he is engaged in the sugar beet industry, Mrs. BOWMAN is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Rule have no children.

SOURCE: Wheeler, J. H. History of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Vol. II. Pp. 391-92 Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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