John Hallowell, who owns a fine farm of two hundred and twenty acres in Paradise township, was born in Elgin, Illinois, on the 2d of February, 1853, his parents being Joseph and Marcia (Adams) Hallowell.
The father was a native of Saratoga county, New York, and the mother of Ohio. Joseph Hallowell grew to manhood in his native state and then migrated to Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he met and married Miss Adams. Shortly after this event the young couple located in Elgin, Illinois, where they lived until 1853. In the latter year they again started westward, Iowa being their destination this time, and they settled on a farm in Putnam township, Fayette county, but after residing there five years they removed to Clayton county. They were residents of the latter county for nine years and at the end of that time located on the farm in Paradise township, which their son now owns. They were the parents of five children, but only three are now living, however, George and Ophelia, the two eldest, having passed away. Those surviving are: John, our subject: Peter J., who is living on a farm which adjoins his brother's on the north; and Mary, the wife of James Scott, who owns the adjoining farm on the west.
The father was a blacksmith and farmer, and being quite successful in both undertakings he had accumulated considerable property at the time of his demise in 1880. The mother passed away in 1897 and was laid to rest beside her husband in the Dow City cemetery.
John Hallowell acquired his preliminary education in the common schools of Clayton and Crawford counties, and later attended the State College at Ames for one year. He remained at home, assisting his father with the cultivation of the farm until after the latter's demise, when he took the entire responsibility, He has never married and continues to live on the home farm, which he now owns.
Mr. Hallowell was reared in the Universalist faith and was at one time a member of the Masonic fraternity but has not been affiliated with that organization of recent years. He used to give his political support to the democratic party but has transferred his allegiance to the men and measures of the republican party, considering that their policy is now better adapted to subserve the best interests of the country. He has never held office, being a quiet, unobtrusive man who has always fulfilled the requirements of good citizenship as he recognized them, and although he has devoted his time almost entirely to the advancement of his personal interests they have always been of a nature to promote those of the community at large.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.