John F. Dawson, who has had charge of the creamery at
Delaware for the past three years, also holds the office of postmaster and ably
discharges the duties devolving upon him in that connection. His birth occurred
in Evansville, Wisconsin, on the 14th of January, 1860, his parents being David
P. and Lydia A. (Spencer) Dawson, the former a native of New York and the latter
of Vermont. They removed to Wisconsin in the '40s and subsequently came to Iowa.
The father passed away on the 6th of November, 1905, but the mother is still
living and is now in the seventy-ninth year of her age. To them were born five
children, four of whom survive.
John F. Dawson enjoyed the advantages of a college education in his youth and
remained under the parental roof until he had attained .his majority.
Subsequently he followed farming for a number of years and in 1891 embarked in
the creamery business at Maynard, Fayette county, Iowa, where he remained for
four years. In 1911 he came to Delaware and took charge of the creamery here,
having conducted the same continuously and successfully since. He makes about
eighteen hundred pounds of butter per week and in the management of his business
interests displays excellent executive ability and good judgment.
On the 29th of November, 1883, Mr. Dawson was
united in marriage to Miss Martha E. Bagger, a native of DeKalb county,
Illinois, and a daughter of Richard and Alsetta (Gray) Bagger, who were born in
Canada and New York respectively. Both are deceased, and two of their ten
children have also passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Dawson have been born six
children, as follows: Ina, who is deceased; Edna, who was educated at
Chillicothe, Missouri, and is now employed as a bookkeeper in Waterloo, Iowa;
and Bessie, Eugene, Robert and Inez, all at home.
Mr. Dawson gives his political allegiance to the republican party and for the
past year has served as postmaster of Delaware, making a creditable record in
that connection. His fraternal relations are with the Knights of Pythias, and
with his wife he attends the services of the Methodist Episcopal church. At all
times he has been true to the obligations and responsibilities that have
devolved upon him in every relation of life, and he well merits the esteem and
good-will which are uniformly accorded him.