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Fayette County, Iowa
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
Byron Mabon, whose name heads this sketch, is the youngest of the family of nine. The first twelve years of his life were spent in his native State and on the 9th of May, 1869, he accompanied his parents to Iowa, the family locating near Brush Creek, in this county, where they resided two years, removing at the end of that time to a farm in Center Township. Byron received liberal educational advantages. Having attained to years of maturity he was united in marriage with Miss Laura E. McFall, daughter of George and Laura E. (Barstow) McFall, both of whom were natives of Ohio, the former born February 22, 1829, and the latter December 25, 1836. They were married in October, 1858, at Lancaster, Wis., where six daughters were born unto them - Mrs. Mabon, who was born August 6, 1859, being the eldest. Jessie G., born August 31, 1861, is the wife of G. W. Mabon, previously mentioned in this sketch; Addie, born September 17, 1863, is the wife of Chester Miner, of Hawkeye, and they have one son and two daughters; Inez, wife of Charles Merry who is engaged in the creamery business at Plattsville, Wis., was born October 14, 1864, and is now the mother of two children, one living; Luna, born May 23, 1871, is at home. The mother of this family died March 23, 1873, and in March, 1880, Mr. McFall wedded Martha Bushnell, by whom he has three children - Edward, born in February, 1881; Sadie, born in 1884; and Jennie, born in 1887. Mr. McFall holds the position of Superintendent of the Insane Hospital and County Farm of Grant County, Wis. George McFall was in the employ of the Government as Surveyor of Oregon, California and Washington Territory, and was in Omaha, Neb., when there was but one house there.
Mr. and Mrs. Mabon also have an interesting family of four children - George, born March 23, 1877; Katie J., July 26, 1879; Thomas C., September 6, 1887; and Edna, January 24, 1890. The family circle yet remains unbroken and in the midst of the little group which gathers around the fireside is seen Grandpa Mabon, father of our subject, who finds there a pleasant home where he is loved and revered by children and grandchildren.
As before stated Mr. Mabon is engaged in raising speed horses and now has on hand two fine racers - "Sorrel Mack" and "Brown Moak," for which he has refused excellent prices. He employs a regular trainer and uses a private track. He has just completed a barn 30x60 feet for the accommodation of transients and for his own use. He buys and ships to market $20,000 dollars worth of stock annually, dealing largely in horses and cattle. He is known over a large radius of country contiguous to his shipping points at Hawkeye, Fayette, Randalia and West Union, and is regarded as an upright, honorable man who in his business overreaches no one but pays the highest price the market affords. In politics he is a stanch Republican
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