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Delaware County, Iowa


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Irvin A. McGee

Farmer & Land Owner

Delaware Township



Irvin A. McGee was a prominent and successful farmer and large landowner of Delaware township, and his life, with the exception of seven years passed in New Hartford, was spent in Delaware county. He was born on a farm in Coffins Grove township, January 21, 1863, a son of Isaac and Sarah (Smart) McGee. The father was a native of Canada, and the mother, who was a native of Ireland, emigrated to the Province of Ontario, Canada, with her parents when she was an infant, and it was in the latter country that she met and married Isaac McGee.

       In 1855 the family home was established upon a farm in Coffins Grove township, Delaware county, Iowa, and here the father was identified with farming throughout the remainder of his active life. Both he and his wife passed away on the farm which was so long their home, the father having reached the very advanced age of over ninety-one years. Their family numbered ten children, but only two of the number are now living.

      Irvin A. McGee was reared to manhood on the old homestead and obtained his education in the district school near his father's home. On starting out upon an independent business venture he chose the occupation to which he had been reared, and which he followed until ill health compelled his retirement from active business. He was ever interested in the progress of his locality along agricultural lines and did not a little toward the improvement of conditions in his section.
     Mr. McGee was married on the 24th of February, 1886, to Miss Clara V. Harris, who was born in

in Illinois, a daughter of Charles and Betsey (Sheldon) Harris, who were likewise natives of Illinois, but they came to Delaware county in 1866, locating in Manchester, where both passed away. In their family were seven children. To Mr. and Mrs. McGee were born three daughters and one son: Bessie M., who is the wife of Harold Dunham and has one child, Jean Elizabeth; Mildred H., Eleanor M. and Guy Harris, all three at home.
      Mr. McGee passed away February 20, 1913, at the comparatively early age of fifty years, and he was laid to rest in Oakland cemetery at Manchester. In his political views and affiliations he was a republican. He was a prominent Mason, having attained the Knight Templar degree in that order, while both he and his wife were members of the Eastern Star. No man was ever more respected and no man ever more fully enjoyed the confidence of the people or more justly deserved the esteem in which he was held. In his lifetime the people of Delaware county rejoiced in his advancement and in the honors to which he attained, and since his death they have cherished his memory.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 222-225. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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