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George J. DUGAN - George J. DUGAN, the subject of this short biographical sketch, although he was a resident of this county for a comparatively short time only, gained a wide acquaintance during his residence and practice of law at Woodbine and during his recent race for the office of prosecuting attorney. In no profession are there greater opportunities for advancement and public service than in the law, and on the other hand no profession demands more in the way of preparation, a more unflagging application or more thorough appreciation of the absolute ethics of life or of the underlying principles which form the basis of all human rights and privileges. For the successful practice of this profession, the subject of this sketch seems to have been especially endowed, and while still a young man in years, has made excellent progress with the promise of still greater success in time to come.
George J. DUGAN was born in Dallas county, this state, on June 10, 1886, a son of James and Margaret (MARKEY) DUGAN, the father a native of County Louth, Ireland, and the mother born in the state of Wisconsin, near the town of Sullivan. The elder DUGAN was brought to this country by his parents when a child of but four or five years and the family first located in Canada. There they remained for only a short time, when they came into the states and settled in New York near the city of Buffalo. There they remained for a few years, later going into Wisconsin and settling near the town of Sullivan. It was while here James DUGAN met the young woman who later became his bride. They remained in that same neighborhood for two years after their marriage and then come to this state in 1872 and purchased a farm located near Dallas Center in Dallas county. There they remained for twenty-one years, at the end of which time they disposed of their first farm and purchased another in the same county, but located north of the town of Minburn. In that location they remained until the year 1900 when they disposed of their land and took up their residence in the town of Rippey in Greene county. They had passed many years of active life and hard labor and were ready to pass the remainder of their lives in quiet repose and the enjoyment of family ties. This they were permitted to enjoy for about fourteen years and on May 6, 1914, the father passed from this earthly existence, followed two days later by the devoted wife who had shared his life for so many years, and on the 10th of May the double funeral services were read and both were laid to rest.
James and Margaret (MARKEY) DUGAN were the parents of eleven children, Mary, their first-born, passing away at the tender age of one year. Katherine, the second child, is the wife of F. M. Moore and resides in Greene county near the town of Jefferson. Thomas E. is located in Rippey, where he deals in real estate. Anna, the fourth child, also died at the age of one year. James A., who is also a real estate dealer, is located at Grass Range, Montana, and John L. resides in Rippey, this state, as does also William F. John is a mail carrier, covering a rural district near his town. Nellie A. resides in Spokane, Washington, and is the wife of G. H. CASH, a traveling representative for the Studebaker wagon company. Harry S. is located at Perry, this state, where he is engaged in the practice of law, and C. Walter, the youngest of this interesting family, is located at Jefferson, this state, where he is engaged in delivering the government mails. George J., the immediate subject of this sketch, is the tenth child in order of birth, was until recently engaged in the practice of law at Woodbine, this county, but is now associated with his brother, H. S., in practice at Perry.
Mr. DUGAN received his elementary school training in the schools of his home district in Dallas county, later attending high school at Rippey, graduating therefrom in 1904. For two years he taught school and prepared himself to enter Drake University at Des Moines, where for one year he received instruction in liberal arts, later taking up the study of law at the same institution. He was graduated therefrom in 1910, admitted to the bar the same year and immediately took up the practice of his chosen profession, being associated with his brother, Harry S., at Perry. This association, under the firm name of DUGAN & DUGAN, continued for about one year, when George J. wished to change his location and decided upon Grand Junction, this state. There he remained for about a year, spending the summer of 1912 in Minnesota, and in the fall of that year he came to this county and opened up his offices in Woodbine, where he soon created a reputation as a wide-awake and enterprising young man and won many friends. In 1914 he was the Democratic nominee for county attorney in Harrison county, and although the county is strongly Republican, he lost by only about three hundred votes.
On September 9, 1908, Mr. DUGAN was united in marriage with Ezma HARNED, who was born in Greene county, Iowa, January 6, 1889, the daughter of Frank J. and Anna (BOWERS) HARNED, the former of whom is the present county treasurer of Greene county. To this union has been born one child, Doris, who first saw the light of day on May 10, 1914.
While at college Mr. DUGAN made something of an enviable reputation as an orator and a debater who could marshal all the facts of a certain proposition and present them with convincing force. He also was active in college athletics and was captain of the college baseball nine the year of his graduation. Both Mr. and Mrs. DUGAN are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and interested in the welfare of that society. Mr. DUGAN recently sold his law practice in Woodbine and returned to Perry, this state, to re-engage in practice in association with his brother, H. S. DUGAN, the present county attorney of Dallas county, under firm name of DUGAN & DUGAN, the younger brother to be deputy county attorney.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 502, 503, 504. Family Researcher: NA
Charles W. HUNT - Success in business or in any vocation in fact, depends upon character as well as upon knowledge. Honesty not only is right, but it is a self-evident proposition that honesty is the best policy. Business demands confidence and where that is lacking business lags. In every community some men are known for their sterling integrity, strong common sense and moral worth. Neighbors and acquaintances respect them and the younger generation heed their example. They win their way through untiring energy and right principles and hold the respect of their fellow men by their genuine worth as citizens. Among the well-known men of Harrison county, Iowa, who have won for themselves a unique success in the field of human endeavor, is Charles W. HUNT, the secretary of the Harrison County Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company, and the editor of this volume of Harrison county history.
Charles W. HUNT was born January 2, 1864, a son of the late Jason Z. and Mary M. (KING) HUNT.
Jason Z. HUNT came to Harrison county, Iowa, from Saratoga county, New York, in 1850, and located on a farm of eighty acres in Jefferson township, which he gradually enlarged until he was the owner of three hundred acres at the time of his death. He was born in Saratoga county, New York, February 20, 1822, a son of Walter and Susan (DEMING) HUNT. Walter HUNT was born in September 24, 1782, at Stephentown, New York, and married Susanna DEMING at Edinburg, New York, December 5, 1802. He died at Edinburg, New York, March 23, 1863, while his widow died at the same place in October, 1872. Jason Z. HUNT was one of ten children, the others being Amos, Johanna, Isaac, Betsy, Sallie, George Washington, William W., Amanda M. and Alonzo R.
Walter HUNT was a son of Capt. Ziba HUNT, who was born January 4, 1746, in Connecticut, and who died September 10, 1820, at Northampton, New York. His wife was Johanna BLOUNT, and to Captain HUNT and wife thirteen children were born.
Jason Z. HUNT, whose death occurred September 30, 1891, was a man of rather wide influence during his active life. He was a school teacher, an ardent Republican and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He and his wife were the parents of six children: Camilla S., born July 5, 1849; Livy M., born April 25, 1852; Hattie M., born June 12, 1855; Orville B., born September 18, 1857, and died September 16, 1862; Mary E., born February 15, 1861, and Charles W., with whom this narrative deals, the youngest child of his parents, who was born January 2, 1864.
Charles W. HUNT was fortunate in obtaining an exceptionally good education. He first attended the common schools of Harrison county, and then became a student in the Logan high school and after leaving the Logan high school, went to Ames University, and was graduated from this institution with the class of 1888. Mr. HUNT made a good record in college and is remembered at Ames University as a representative college student, and a man who was active in the various enterprises of the university.
After his graduation from Ames, Mr. HUNT took up farming in Harrison county, and was an active farmer until 1905, when he became secretary of the Harrison County Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company with offices at Logan. Mr. HUNT, however, lived upon the farm for four years and did not moved to Logan until 1910. Here he now resides in a comfortable and commodious home. He is recognized as an expert in insurance matters, a man who has thoroughly grasped the science of values and risks. As secretary of the Harrison county company Mr. HUNT has made a splendid record.
Charles W. HUNT was married March 27, 1889, to Nettie A. DAVIE, a daughter of John and Hannah DAVIE, and to this union two children were born, Donald A. and Robert L., who are directing the work on their father's farm. Mrs. HUNT died in 1897, and on October 10, 1899, Mr. HUNT married, secondly, Clara A. SERVIS, a daughter of Jacob and Elzina (ELLISON) SERVIS, and to this second marriage two children have been born, Walter J. and Harriett Camilla, both living at home with their parents.
Mr. HUNT is an ardent Republican, and has always taken an active interest in the affairs of his party. He was elected on the Republican ticket as representative to the thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth Iowa General Assembly, serving from 1911 until 1915. During his legislative career Mr. HUNT was especially interested in legislation pertaining to insurance and farm problems, and was recognized as one of the leaders of the Iowa General Assembly during both of the sessions in which he served. Mr. HUNT has always taken an active interest in education work and served one term as a member of the city council at Logan. Fraternally, he is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Although he has prospered in a material way, faithfulness to duty and a strict adherence to a fixed purpose, have been his guiding principles through life. He has been honored by the people of his county and his success has been worthily attained.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 504, 505, 506. Family Researcher: NA
Jonathan C. PRATHER - One of the leading citizens of Missouri Valley, Iowa, is Jonathan C. PRATHER, who is now serving as mayor of the city. He has spent most of his life since 1870 in Missouri Valley, and has been engaged in business there most of the time. As a young man he taught school for a few years and later engaged in the grocery business for many years. He has taken a prominent part in the civic life of his city and has held various official positions before becoming mayor.
Jonathan C. PRATHER, the son of J. C. and Elizabeth (ROLAND) PRATHER, was born March 27, 1853, on a farm in the eastern part of Lucas county, Iowa. His father died in October, 1852, before his birth in the following spring and consequently he has no knowledge of his paternal history. His mother was a native of Indiana, and after her husband's death, married a Mr. CHAMBERS. To her first marriage were born two children, Mrs. Nancy SHORE, of Lucas county, Iowa, and J. C., of Missouri Valley. To her second marriage were born five children, Frank and Albert, farmers of Harrison county; Arthur, a banker of Linwood, Iowa; Mrs. M. HAIGHT and Mrs. E. GASH, of Harrison county, Iowa.
J. C. PRATHER was educated in the common schools and had one year of training in the Missouri Valley high school. He worked on farms in the summer seasons and went to school during the winter. In 1870 he came to Missouri Valley and has spent most of the remainder of his life in this city. He started to teach school before reaching his majority, and for four years taught in Harrison and Pottawattamie counties. While still a young man he engaged in the grocery business in Missouri Valley, and for ten years conducted a successful grocery in that city. He then disposed of this business and engaged in tubular-well drilling for fifteen years.
Mr. PRATHER has always been active in local Democratic politics and was elected to the city council in 1886, serving for eight consecutive years. He was appointed mayor in the early nineties to fill out an unexpired term, and was elected mayor in 1913. He served another term on the city council, beginning in 1911. In that year he was the nominee of his party for county supervisor, and many of his friends thought he was elected. It was a close race, but he finally was declared defeated. As mayor, in co-operation with the council, he has been instrumental in having fourteen thousand dollars expended for curbing and gutters in the city and a similar amount was expended in the summer of 1914. The city is also engaged in paving operations at an expense of nearly fifty-eight thousand dollars, an improvement which will greatly enhance the beauty of the city. Mayor PRATHER also has taken an active part in behalf of the drainage system of the town, an improvement which is much needed. In fact, Mr. PRATHER is deeply interested in every movement which he feels will benefit the city of which he has the honor to be the chief executive. He is a popular man throughout the county and is well known and universally liked by everyone with whom he comes in contact.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 499, 500. Family Researcher: NA
Joseph B. SWAIN - The town of Pisgah, Harrison county, Iowa, has no more public-spirited citizen than its present mayor, Joseph B. SWAIN. He located in Pisgah in 1900, and was one of the charter members of the town and president of the first town board. He is now serving his sixth term as mayor, a fact which speaks highly of the regard in which he is held by his fellow citizens.
Joseph B. SWAIN, the son of Thomas and Catherine (BRICHON) SWAIN, was born near Jacksonville, Illinois, in Morgan county, April 5, 1854. His father was born in Worcestershire, England, in 1818, and his mother in Scarboro, England, in 1833. They came to the United States in 1826 and 1838, respectively, with their parents. His father's parents settled in Morgan county, Illinois, where they bought twelve hundred and eighty acres of land from the government at one dollar and a quarter an acre. Thomas SWAIN lived in Morgan county, Illinois, until his death, February 6, 1910, at the age of ninety-two. Thomas SWAIN was twice married. He had three children by his first union, and after his first wife's death he married Catherine BRICHON, and to this second union five children were born, Joseph B. being the eldest.
Joseph B. SWAIN lived with his parents until he was thirty-eight years of age. He then moved to Nebraska and bought a quarter of a section of land in Chase county, on which he lived until 1900. In that year he traded it for land and property in and near Pisgah, Harrison county, Iowa, where he has since lived. Pisgah had not yet been incorporated as a city when Mr. SWAIN came to this county, and he was one of the men instrumental in making it a municipality. Upon coming to Pisgah he engaged in the implement and grain business and also bought and sold hogs. He was actively engaged in business for ten years, and then retired from active work and rented his farm and other town properties.
Mr. SWAIN was married, February 7, 1878, to Hannah PARRISH, who was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, a daughter of James L. and Matilda (STOUT) PARRISH. Her father was the owner of the woolen mills in Athens, Illinois. Mr. SWAIN and his wife are the parents of seven children, six of whom are living, Edwin L., Carl S., Rilla, Lloyd B., Edith, Harry and Homer, the latter being deceased. Edwin L. married Cora TERRILL, and is a farmer now living is Pisgah. He has two daughters, Greta and Erma. Carl S., who is engaged in the garage and machine business at Pisgah, married Pearl FLORA, and has two children, Mabel and Paul. Rilla, who married Arthur TERRILL, a harness marker of Pisgah, has one son, Leo. Lloyd B. married Sadie PERRIN, and lives in Pisgah, where he is engaged in the garage business. He has one child, Byron Orville. Edith is the wife of Fay JONES, a merchant at Pisgah, and has one son, Royal. Harry, who is not married, lives with his parents in Pisgah. He is engaged in the garage with his brother, Lloyd.
Mr. SWAIN is a Republican, and while living in Illinois, served as treasurer of his township for nearly sixteen years. He has been a justice of the peace since he was twenty-one years of age and has been mayor of Pisgah five terms, and is now serving his sixth term. He has been an active factor in the life of Pisgah since the town was incorporated. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has filled all of the chairs. He formerly was a member of the encampment, but has dropped his membership since there is no lodge near his home. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and are generous contributors to its support.
The mother of Mr. SWAIN is still living and is now ninety years old. It is interesting to note that Mr. SWAIN was a schoolmate of William Jennings Bryan, and that in a class of thirty Mr. Bryan was about the tenth from the bottom in his grade. Mr. SWAIN has many interesting incidents to tell of the boyhood days of Mr. Bryan. He says the Nebraskan always was a very good-natured lad, and when he became older took a great deal of interest in unfortunate children. Upon several occasions after he was grown he brought out small parties of blind children to the home of Mr. SWAIN for an outing. He was very particular that the children were well provided for, and at the table would cut their meat for them. Mr. SWAIN is actively interested in every measure of reform, and since becoming a resident of this county has never failed to give his support to such measures as he felt would be of general benefit to the people of the county.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 497, 498, 499. Family Researcher: NA
Scott C. ESHELMAN - It is the progressive, wide-awake man of affairs that makes the real history of a community. His influence as a potential factor in the body politic is hard to estimate. The example such men furnish of patient purpose and steadfast, integrity, strongly illustrate what is within the power of such to accomplish. There is always a full measure of satisfaction in adverting, even in a casual way, to their achievements in advancing the interests of their fellow citizens and in giving strength and solidity to the institutions which make so much for the prosperity of the community. Such a man is Scott C. ESHELMAN, a banker of Persia, Harrison county, Iowa. It is eminently proper that a review of his career be given among the representative citizens of Harrison county, the county of his adoption.
Scott C. ESCHELMAN was born August 8, 1860, in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and is the son of Dr. Jeremiah S. and Mary E. (FRAZEY) ESHELMAN. The former was born in1833 in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, the son of David and Sarah (JACKSON) ESHELMAN, and was reared on a farm. When he had reached his majority he went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and began the study of medicine. He was graduated from the medical college and practiced until his death, which occurred in 1863. Dr. ESHELMAN's wife was born May 11, 1838, in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Noah and Elizabeth (MAKIEN) FRAZEY, natives of Pennsylvania and early settlers of Illinois, both now being deceased. They came to Ogle county, Illinois, where the mother taught school, having also taught in Pennsylvania. She died in Woodbine, Harrison county, Iowa, December 18, 1907. The FRAZEY family dates back for many generations and an accurate record is available since 1792.
Dr. Jeremiah ESHELMAN and wife were the parents of three children, Scott C., the subject of this sketch; Benjamin F., a dentist in Los Angeles, California, having received his dental education at Northwestern University in Chicago where he was graduated, and Lillie H. TALLMAN, deceased.
Scott C. ESHELMAN received most of his education at Lanark, Illinois, where his mother taught school for many years. He began his school days under his mother in the primary class. His father died when he was very young and he was thrown largely upon his own resources at an early age. When he was twelve years old, he began working by the month, receiving six dollars for each month's labor. Later, he came to Shelby county, Iowa, and engaged himself as clerk for Mr. Pomeroy. In 1837 [sic] he became a clerk and bookkeeper in the bank under Mr. Davis, and later, in partnership with Mr. Davis, owned a bank at Persia, Iowa, remaining with the bank at Persia for fourteen years, or until the death of Mr. Davis. Mr. ESHELMAN then moved to Woodbine, Iowa, to educate his children, but while there engaged in the real estate business until 1913, in which year he returned to take charge of the old bank at Persia. At this time the bank was reorganized and it is now known as the Persia Savings Bank. Mr. ESHELMAN is cashier, director and a stockholder in the bank. He owns one hundred and twenty acres of land in Douglas township, upon which he has made many improvements. He owns several pieces of residence property and town lots in Woodbine and in Persia and also in Shelby, Iowa.
Scott C. ESHELMAN was married in 1889 to Shelby, Iowa, to Clara I. BROWN, who was born March 27, 1868, at Orbisonia, Huntington county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Robert and Lizzie (WAIGHT) BROWN, both natives of Pennsylvania. Her father was a carpenter. Mrs. ESHELMAN came to Yorkshire, Harrison county, Iowa, when eighteen years old and lived with her grandmother BROWN. Mrs. ESHELMAN's mother is still living.
Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. ESHELMAN, Howard, a graduate of the Woodbine normal school, who is operating his father's farm in Douglas township, and Mary E., who is unmarried and at home. She also is a graduate of the Woodbine schools.
In politics, Mr. ESHELMAN is an ardent Republican. He and his family are members of the Methodist church. Mr. ESHELMAN is a member of the Masonic fraternity. The family enjoys considerable prestige in Harrison county and Mr. ESHELMAN is one of its most highly respected and valuable citizens.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 514, 515. Family Researcher: NA
Jonathan HOLETON - That life is the most useful and desirable that results in the greatest good to the greatest number and though all do not attain the goal toward which they reach, yet in some measure each can win a certain degree of success and make life a blessing to his fellow men. It is not necessary that one should occupy eminent public positions in order to do this, for in the humbler walks of life there remains much good to be accomplished and many opportunities for one to exercise talents and exert an influence which will benefit the lives with which one comes in contact. Our modern civilized life is so complex that many avenues are open for public and private service and that man who gives the best of his ability toward the betterment of community life, whether along social, moral, material or educational lines, is in his way a public benefactor. Jonathan HOLETON, to a short sketch of whose career the reader's attention is now directed, has given much of his time and ability throughout recent years to the betterment of public highway conditions and probably no man in this section of the country is better versed than he in matters of that kind.
Mr. HOLETON is a native of the state of Ohio, born in Champaign county on November 4, 1850, a son of Mahlon and Sarah (HARBER) HOLETON. Both parents were natives of the same state, where they grew to years of maturity and were married, coming to Iowa City, this state, when the immediate subject of this sketch was but a young child. That was in 1853 and in the fall of 1855 they came to Harrison county, locating in Boyer township, where they carried on farming until the close of the father's life. He died December 10, 1902, at the age of seventy-six years. Mr. HOLETON's mother still lives in Woodbine at the advanced age of eighty-nine years. He is the eldest of a family of seven children, the others being: Jesse, Frank H., Nancy, Hannah (deceased), Mary and Charles.
Jonathan HOLETON received his school training in the common schools of Boyer township and from his earliest boyhood was trained by a careful father in the secrets of successful husbandry and it was but natural that upon coming to years of manhood he should choose agriculture as his life work. He gave his attention to this work until 1910, when he came to Woodbine to make his home for the balance of his life. For the last ten years of his farm life, he devoted special attention to the raising and breeding of Red Poland cattle, meeting with enviable success in his undertaking. He still retains his ownership in two hundred and forty acres of land all located in Boyer township and which is under the actual management of a son.
Mr. HOLETON was first elected county supervisor in 1907 and served continuously up to 1915. For twenty years he was township trustee of Boyer township and was chairman of the board of county supervisors the year the new Harrison county court house was built. In the discharge of all these various duties, he has met with high approval on all sides. He is at present chairman of the joint board of drainage supervisors of Harrison and Pottawattamie counties, taking his seat on that board on January 1, 1914.
On November 24, 1870, Mr. HOLETON was united in marriage with Isabella THOMPSON, daughter of Thomas and Agnes (SHARP) THOMPSON, both of whom were natives of Scotland. They were united in marriage on the day they embarked for America and after six weeks spent in a tiresome voyage they reached their destination. They first located in Indiana, locating in Harrison county, where they passed the remainder of their lives. To Jonathan and Isabella (THOMPSON) HOLETON were born eight children, namely: Grace, who married S. S. CADWALLADER, of Cherokee, Iowa; Agnes, the wife of J. O. HUMPHRIES, of Oklahoma; Olive, who is Mrs. E. P. SHEIBE and lives in Nebraska; Charles W., who lives on the home farm in Boyer township; John R., living in the same vicinity; Hannah married Guy FURMAN and lives at Marathon, this state; Harry H. remains at home and Hazel, the youngest of the family, is the wife of W. E. BAURLEY.
Mr. HOLETON holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, being an active member of same, and his political support is given to the Republican party.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 512, 513. Family Researcher: NA
Lorenzo Kellogg MOORE - Perseverance and sterling worth are almost always sure to win conspicuous recognition in all localities. Lorenzo K. MOORE, president of the Dunlap State Bank of Dunlap, Harrison county, Iowa, while still a young man in years, has long been recognized as one of the leading citizens of this section. He affords an excellent example of a successful, self-made man who is not only eminently deserving of the confidence reposed in him by his fellow citizens, but who also possesses the necessary energy and talent which fit him to worthily discharge the duties of any responsibility with which he may be entrusted. A man of vigorous mentality and strong moral fibre he lends a wholesome influence to whatever enterprise he may be connected with.
Lorenzo K. MOORE is a native son of Dunlap, born on February 6, 1879, son of Benjamin and Nellie E. (KELLOGG) MOORE. The father is a native of Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, and the mother came from Connecticut, being brought to this section by her father in 1857, at the tender age of three years. The elder MOORE settled in Dunlap immediately upon coming to this state, where he and his wife still reside, and has for many years been known as one of the leading farmers and stock breeders of this section.
Lorenzo K. MOORE is one of a family of six children of whom three, Clara, Anna and Daisy, are deceased. Alexander P. and David are both residents of Dunlap, where David is engaged in the hardware business. Mr. MOORE received his elementary education in the common schools of Dunlap, attending the higher grades at Missouri Valley. He attended Drake University at Des Moines for special training along business lines, remaining there two terms. Upon returning to Dunlap, he entered the State Bank as a bookkeeper, serving in that capacity for six years. At the end of that time he was elected to the position of paying and receiving teller, where he remained for four years, when he was made assistant cashier. That office he retained for six years and was in 1914 elected president of the institution. His rise has been steady and gradual, due to his excellent business ability and genuine worth.
On September 7, 1904, Mr. MOORE was united in marriage with Miss Alice G. SMITH, whose parents are natives of the state of Pennsylvania and early settlers in the eastern part of this state. Mrs. MOORE was born in Mount Vernon, received her elementary school training in her native town and was in later years graduated from Cornell College and the conservatory of music at Mount Vernon. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore have been born two daughters, Rebecca J., born June 17, 1906, and Helen S., born August 19, 1907.
Mr. MOORE is actively connected with various enterprises of his native city, having served Dunlap as city treasurer for fifteen years. He also is president of the Commercial Club, a live body of men seeking in all directions the advancement of community interests. Aside from the duties devolving upon him as president of the State Bank, Mr. MOORE finds time to direct the operations of one thousand acres of land which he owns in Harrison and Crawford counties, paying attention both to regular farming and the raising of considerable live stock. He also deals in real estate, buying and selling farms in the immediate vicinity of Dunlap.
Mr. MOORE holds his religious fellowship in the Congregational church, in the work of which society he is interested. His fraternal affiliation is with the ancient order of Freemasonry, being connected with that order through the local lodge at Dunlap and also with the chapter at the same place. For the higher degrees, including the Scottish Rite, he went to Des Moines, which at Sioux City he is affiliated with the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias through the local lodge at Dunlap. Politically, Mr. MOORE is a stanch supporter of the Republican party. He is a pleasant man to meet, genial and courteous, and he holds high rank among the representative citizens of Harrison county, where his entire life has been passed.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 508, 509. Family Researcher: NA
Marcellus A. REED - In the respect that is accorded men who have gained success entirely by their own efforts we find an unconscious recognition of the intrinsic worth of a character which can not only meet and conquer great difficulties, but at the same time gain new strength through the discipline. The gentleman to whom the biographer now calls the reader's attention was not favored by inherited wealth or the assistance of influential friends, but by perseverance, industry and worthy aims he has attained a comfortable station in life and has made his influence felt for good throughout the community where for so long he has been an instructor of youth. He has been an incentive to many young men and women who have gone out into the world to lead useful lives.
Marcellus A. REED is a native of Ohio, having first seen the light of day on June 20, 1857, in Cuyahoga county, being the eldest son of Thomas and Caroline A. (PIERCE) REED. His mother is a native of the state of Vermont, while his father came from over the seas. The elder REED was born in County Donegal, Ireland, but came to America immediately after attaining his majority and first settled in the city of Philadelphia, later going to Ohio, where he met and married Caroline A. PIERCE. He located permanently in that state where he carried on agriculture and there his death occurred in 1889. He was the father of three children: Della, who is the wife of Charles C. BELDEN and resides in Omaha; Guy W. (deceased), and Marcellus A., the subject of this sketch.
Caroline (PIERCE) REED is still living at the advanced age of eighty-four years and makes her home with her daughter in Omaha. She is wonderfully preserved for her years and as sound in body and mind as can well be expected for one her age.
Marcellus A. REED received his elementary education in the common schools of Trumbull county, Ohio, later attending the Western Reserve Seminary at West Farmington, Ohio, for more advanced work. After finishing his studies at that institution of learning he began teaching school in the rural districts of his native state. He desired a still higher education and his plan was to acquire money by teaching and to pursue his studies in higher halls of learning. In furtherance of his ambition, he taught a short time in country schools in Ohio, five years in the high school at Garettsville, three years as principal of the high school at Chardon and three years at Girard, where he served in the capacity of superintendent of the schools. During these years he had but one year free from teaching, doing most of his study work during the summer vacations. In this way, he attended Scio College at Scio Ohio, later entered Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania, and finally attending Oberlin College at Oberlin, Ohio. In the year 1886 he came to Iowa, locating at Dunlap in Harrison county, where he was superintendent of schools for five years. Later he went to Woodbine where for twenty-three years he was connected with the Woodbine normal school as instructor and joint principal. He closed his career as an instructor in June, 1914, and has since filled the office of secretary with the Woodbine Telephone Company.
Mr. REED was married on November 27, 1885, to Olive HARROFF, a native of Ohio, the daughter of Andrew and Orpha (FLICK) HARROFF, the former having been born in Pennsylvania and the latter a native daughter of the Buckeye state. To Mr. and Mrs. REED have been born two children. Della, the elder, is the wife of Frank SICHA, Jr., who resides at Oberlin, Ohio, and in an instructor in the college in that place. Harold L. is located at Ithaca, New York, where he is an instructor in economics in Cornell University.
Since taking up his residence in Woodbine, Mr. REED has been active in the life of the town, naturally being a leader in educational and social circles. However, he has given due attention to the commercial life of the town and in addition to being connected with the telephone company as above stated, he also was president of the Commercial Club for two terms. His religious affiliation is with the Presbyterian church and he is one of the active members of the local congregation. Fraternally, he has attained the chapter degree in the Ancient Order of Freemasonry in the lodge at Dunlap. He also is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His political preference is for the Republican party. Stanch integrity, persistent industry and an indomitable spirit that would brook no obstacle, have been the elements which have contributed to his success and no man in his community occupies a higher standing in the esteem of his fellow citizens than he.
Source: 1915 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 515, 516, 517. Family Researcher: NA