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George H. Darrow

Darrow, George H., telegrapher and station agent of Farmersburg, Iowa, was born in Joplin, Missouri, January 29, 1870, and is the son of Allison C. and Elvira (Woodin) Darrow, the former a native of New York, and the latter of Pennsylvania. Mr. Darrow, senior, lives in Kansas, where he is engaged in farming, but his wife died November 15, 1896. They had two children; a son George, a sketch of whose life will follow; and a daughter Lucinda V., who is the wife of Clarence L. Adams of Cherrydale, Kansas.

George Darrow left home at the age of twenty years, going to a school of telegraphy in Janesville, Wisconsin, for seven months, then to Campbell, Minnesota, for another period of study for about the same length of time. After completing his work as a student, he took up the profession of telegraphy, filling positions as operator in Green Valley and Kerkhoven, Minnesota, for about one year, when he was made station agent at Kandiyohi, in the same State.

After five years he went to the Pacific Coast, remaining one year, then returned east, locating successfully in Chicago, Ruthven, Iowa, and various other towns, as telegraph operator. After spending about six months each in these places, he went to Whittemore, Iowa, for three years, and to Emmettsburg in the same State for two years, but on November 15, 1904, he accepted the position of station agent and telegraph operator in Farmersburg, Iowa, and is still conducting the business of that thriving station, in a highly satisfactory manner.

Mr. Darrow is a man of varied interests. Beside his station work he is also interested in a coal business, and is a director of a grain company of Farmersburg. He was united in marriage to Mary E. Gappa, April 10, 1907, and they are the proud and happy parents of two sons, Clarence A., and Lawrence M. Mr. Darrow belongs to the Democratic party, though not particularly active in political work, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 79-80
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