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Delaware County, Iowa


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McGlade Family


South Fork Twp.



     The McGlade family are of Scotch-Irish descent and manifest the splendid qualities of character usually associated with that race. They are widely and favorably known in South Fork township, where the grandfather, William McGlade, settled in 1857 upon removing to this state from Ohio. He was accompanied by his wife and his eight children: Anna; Sarah, the wife of Robert Dunlap; Jane, the wife of Alexander Anderson; Maxwell; Martha, now Mrs. Robert Stevenson; Mary, at home; Ellen, the wife of Gibson Reed; and John.
     Maxwell McGlade was born in Ohio, January 1, 1838, and came with the family to Hopkinton in 1857. He supplemented his public-school education by attendance at Lenox College and then taught district school until 1867, when his marriage occurred. After that event he removed to a farm adjoining his father's place, which he had purchased some time previously, and he continued to operate his land until his death, which occurred August 14, 1906. He was very successful as an agriculturist and won more than a competence. He was a deacon and later an elder in the Reformed Presbyterian church and always took an active interest in all phases of church work. For a number of years he was secretary of the Hopkinton Creamery and was methodical and systematic in the discharge of the duties of that office.
    On the 12th of November, 1867, Mr. McGlade married Miss Elizabeth Stevenson, who was born in Ohio on the 15th of January, 1842, a daughter of Archibald and Isabelle Stevenson. Her father was a school teacher in his young manhood but later became a farmer. Since the demise of her husband she is making her home with two of her sons. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. McGlade were as follows: William was born September 18, 1871. Stephen was born February 3, 1873. Mary, whose natal day was the 14th of February, 1875, is keeping house for her mother and two unmarried brothers. Hugh, born May 21, 1877, is a college bred man, being graduated from Lenox College in 1898 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. For a year he taught school, but has since devoted his time and energies to farming. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of fine land and specializes in the raising of stock, selling annually large numbers of hogs, cattle and horses. He is a deacon in the Reformed Presbyterian church and is active in the support of all movements which lead to the betterment of the community.
    He is a director in the Hopkinton Creamery, which is one of the most thriving of the local business enterprises. On the 21st of November, 1906, he was married to Miss Mary Hale, a native of Ireland, and to them have been born two daughters: Elizabeth, whose birth occurred May 13, 1908; and Ruth, born July 11, 1910. Anna completes the family of Maxwell McGlade. She was born January 20, 1879, and is the wife of John McNeill, a farmer.
     The family are members of the Reformed Presbyterian church and are highly esteemed wherever known. William and Stephen own in partnership two hundred and eighty acres of land and the mother and daughters hold title to one hundred and twenty acres. The farms are kept in a fine condition and a great deal of high grade stock is raised, which brings a good price upon the market. The brothers have always voted the republican ticket and they believe that its policies are best adapted to securing the permanent prosperity of the country



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 509-510.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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