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C. M. Dugan

Among the citizens of Crawford county who have been successful in agriculture and stock-raising and are now enjoying the fruits of many years of labor is C. M. Dugan, of West Side township.

He is a native of Michigan, bom April I, 1859, a son of Martin and Mary (Ryan) Dugan, both of whom were born in Ireland. They emigrated to America and lived for a number of years in Michigan. The family came to Linn county, Iowa, about 1859, and in 1871 arrived in Crawford county. The father devoted his attention to farming, in which he continued until his death, May 25, 1899. The mother passed away five years later, on March 18, 1904. There were eight children in their family, seven of whom are now living.

C. M. Dugan attended the public schools in his boyhood and remained with his parents until thirty years of age assisting in the work of the home farm. He then removed to a farm on section 7, West Side township, which he cultivated to good advantage for ten years, and at the end of that time he took up his residence in Vail, where he continued for five years. In 1906 he removed to a place of one hundred and forty-five acres on section 30, West Side township, which he now owns.

The air of neatness and order that prevails throughout his farm indicates the thoughtful attention which he bestows upon his work and is also proof of generous financial returns. In addition to his agricultural interests he is vice president of the Farmers State Bank at Vail. He is a man of marked influence in the community whose opinion commands respect wherever he is known.

In 1892 Mr. Dugan was united in marriage to Miss Anna Kelly, who was born at Peoria, Illinois, November 25, 1871, a daughter of M. and Mary (Conway) Kelly. The father was born in Ireland and the mother in Massachusetts. Mrs. Kelly died August 1, 1882, in Illinois, and subsequently Mr. Kelly came to Crawford county, Iowa, where he is now living. There were seven children in his family, five of whom survive.

Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dugan, Mabel, Martin, Nellie, Edward, Carl M. and Lucile. The three older children are in attendance at the high school at Vail.

Mr. Dugan has always been a man of sound common sense. He is honorable and upright in his dealings and generous in his estimate of others, standing among the representative and progressive citizens of the county. In the development of this section he has borne his share and it may be said to his credit that he has never sought to advance his interests to the injury of others. Politically he gives his support to the democratic party. He has served as a member of the board of county supervisors and as township trustee and school director. In religious belief he and his wife are sincere adherents of the Catholic church.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.