L. A. Vore
As a native son of Union township, Crawford county, L. A. Vore is one of the best known and highly respected agriculturists in this section of the state whose early efforts in farming operations have gained for him an adequate competence which he is now enjoying on his home place near Dow City.
He was born in Union township, May 25, 1858, a son of R. and Anna Eliza (Whaley) Vore, both of whom first saw the light of day in Ohio, the father's birth occurring in Athens county. There they were married and in 1855 came to Crawford county, Iowa, locating at North Grove, Union township. In those days methods of travel were very crude and the journey was made in wagons, forty days being consumed en route, while the hardships during the trip were many and severe. Mr. Vore remained in Crawford county until about 1900, and then removed to Dunlap, Iowa, where he still continues to reside. He has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits but of late years he has taken an active interest in politics, his support being given the republican party. Mrs. Vore was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church until her death, which. occurred January 20, 1911.
To this couple were born the following children: Ellen, who is the wife of A. P. Lyman, of Oklahoma; L. A., of this review; Charles, deceased; Pearl, who follows farming near Spring Lake, Texas; Fred, a resident of Nebraska.
L. A. Vore remained at home until twenty-six years of age, although he had worked for himself since attaining his majority, subsequently locating on the property upon which he now resides and which, under his careful and business like management, has been increased in extent until it now comprises four hundred and twenty acres of highly developed farm land, all the improvements upon it having been made by himself.
Mr. Vore was married in 1884 to Miss Lydia Buss and the following five children were born to them: Nellie, who became the wife of Isaac Gardner, traveling salesman for the Brist Manufacturing Company, of Topeka, Kansas; Susie, Pearl, Hattie and Charles, who are residing at home.
In his political views Mr. Vore is a republican but has never been an office seeker, although he keeps well informed on all the issues and questions of the day, as is the duty of every true American citizen. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and with his wife holds membership in Rebekah chapter. In religion they both give their helpful support to the Methodist Episcopal church. Advancing civilization has wrought many changes in the county since the pioneer days, changes for the better which Mr. Vore has watched with keen interest and in which he has borne his full share, both in the business development and in his individual affairs. His success is the more gratifying for the reason it is well earned, and his worth as a man is demonstrated by the high esteem which is uniformly tendered him by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.