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George E. Medberry

George E. Medberry.—In Section 6, Highland township, is situated the well improved farm of the sterling citizen to whom this review is dedicated, and he is known and honored as one of the substantial and influential citizens of the township in which he has maintained his home for the past twenty years and in which he has held the office of township clerk continuously since 1903. He served six years as constable and has been a valued member of the school board of his district, of which he served as president. All of these preferments indicate alike his ability and the high estimate placed upon him in his home community.

Mr. Medberry was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, on the 30th of October, 1862, and is a son of Marion and Sarah (Kilgore) Medberry, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Pennsylvania, both having been of staunch Scottish ancestry and both having been residents of Fayette county, Iowa, at the time of their death. The father was a carpenter by trade and vocation and was for many years a successful contractor and builder. Of the four children, the eldest is John K., who resides at Rock Rapids, Iowa; Frank L. is a resident of Fayette, this state; the subject of this sketch was the next in order of birth; and Charles H. resides in Fayette county.

George E. Medberry acquired his youthful education in the public schools of Fayette county, and as a lad of fourteen years he found employment at farm work, his compensation being ten dollars a month. As a youth he passed two years in the state of California, and thereafter he was a resident of Fayette county and engaged principally in farming until 1896, when he came to Clayton county and rented the old Quigley farm, which comprised one hundred and fifty-six acres and which is an integral part of his present fine farm property of two hundred and sixty acres. His success is indicated in the excellent returns which he has received from his well ordered operations as an agriculturist and stock-grower and by his having accumulated one of the valuable farm properties of Clayton county.

His political allegiance is given to the Republican party and mention has already been made of the various public offices in which he has been called upon to serve in Highland township. His attractive home receives service on rural mail route No. 2 from the village of Elgin. On the 27th of December, 1895, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Medberry to Miss Rosetta Rothuisberger, who was born in Switzerland, and who was summoned to the life eternal on the 16th of April, 1914. She is survived by four children, all of whom remain with their father on the old home farm, namely: Aden J., Rex R., Lena E. and Walter K.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 268-269
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