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Fayette County, Iowa  

 Biography Directory


Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa

Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of

Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County

Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago

March 1891


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Fred Glime

Fred Glime, one of the old settlers of Brush Creek, was born in Cumberland County, Pa., August 27, 1834, and is a son of Charles and Margaret (Gantz) Glime. His grandfather, Frederick Gleim, as the name was then spelled, was a Pennsylvania farmer, and in his family of ten children, numbering six sons and four daughters, was Charles Glime, who was born in Cumberland County, March 30, 1809. Having arrived at years of maturity he married Miss Gantz, who was born in Dauphin County, Pa., on the 30th of July, 1813, and was of German descent. In 1847 they removed to Frederick County, Va., where Mr. Glime carried on agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1856, when they became residents of Fayette County, Iowa. They now lie buried in the Taylorville Cemetery. The father died April 4, 1888, and the mother, who was a Dunkard in religious faith, died in 1880. Politically he was a Whig until the dissolution of that party, when he became a Democrat. In their family were three children: Fred of this sketch; Mrs. Elizabeth Wescott of Brush Creek; and George W., a resident farmer of Fairfield Township.


In his boyhood days our subject received good educational advantages, but after the removal of the family to Virginia he devoted his time to farming upon the old homestead. He first came West in the autumn of 1855, when he drove a team for C. D. and T. E. Shambaugh from Winchester, Va. to Dubuque, Iowa, arriving November 7, after seven weeks of travel. Previous to this time he had taught a term of school in Virginia and here in the Brush Creek district was employed in the same capacity. With his earnings he paid his tuition in the Upper Iowa University and then taught another term after which he clerked for some time in the mercantile establishment of Shambaugh Bros. As soon as he had acquired sufficient capital he purchased a third interest in that store and later he and William Allen bought the entire stock but our subject soon sold to W. H. Hoover. He then spent one summer upon the farm, after which he built a store, provided a stock of goods and continued operations in that line until 1888. His life has been characterized by trading and his efforts have been generally successful owing to his enterprise, sagacity, far-sightedness and good business ability.


On the 30th of October, 1863, Mr. Glime and Miss Melissa Keith were united in marriage. The lady was born in Warren County, Va., March 28, 1836, and they are now the parents of two children, a son and daughter - Jo. H., who is engaged in the breeding of standard bred horses; and Maggie C., wife of Dr. A. L. Martin. Both Mr. Glime and his wife are consistent members of the Christian Church and he was ordained as a preacher of the Gospel February 20, 1862, and engaged at once to preach for four churches in Fayette County, Brush Creek, Dunham's Grove, Patch Prairie and West Union, but afterwards engaged in the mercantile trade, only preaching as circumstances required at funerals, and as a supply. His researches have been made by personal study of the Bible, concerning which he is well informed. He was a Democrat in politics until the rise of the Greenback party when he aided in its organization in this community. He was a candidate of that party for the Legislature in 1877, and again in 1879. In 1880 he was a delegate to the National Convention in Chicago.


At this time he is in the horse business, and is a member of the Farmers' Alliance, the principles of which he fully endorses and believes. For ten years he has served as Justice of the Peace and was also Township Clerk. Mr. Glime has also been a student of law, has done much in the way of legal business and is the owner of three hundred and thirty-five acres of land. He is accounted one of the shrewdest business men of the community. By sagacious deals and good investments he has accumulated a fair amount of this world's goods and that by fair means. For thirty-five years he has lived in this county and is highly esteemed by all who know him, both in business and social circles.




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