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Peter ZOLK -
Among the many residents of this section of Iowa who are of German birth or who have had German forbears, there are few who are better known or more justly popular than the gentleman whose name forms the caption of this interesting biographical narrative. In making up a history of Harrison county, the chronicler cannot but be impressed with the many evidences of the great debt which this section owes to that considerable element of the population which has its root springs in the German fatherland. Coming here with an earnest and laudable purpose to make new and better homes in the country of limitless opportunities than seemed possible for them ever to make amid the more restricted conditions of their native land, they brought to this labor of love all the inherent thrift and industry of the Fatherland to which they added the firm determination to make the very best of every wind that blew the way of fortune, with the result that we have in this section of the state some of the best and most skillfully-tilled farms in the United States being the impress of Teutonic thrift and thoroughness upon every acre. Among these there are few bearing more distinctively this mark of the German fatherland than that of Peter Zolk, a native of Germany, retired farmer and present capitalist of Persia, Harrison county, without a history of whose interesting career this volume would be far from complete.
Peter Zolk was born in Germany November 5, 1869, the son of Peter and Anna (CHRISTIAN) ZOLK, to whom but two children were born, Peter, the subject of this narrative, and a daughter, now Mrs. Anna FAHRENKROG, a resident of Logan, Iowa. Peter Zolk Sr., was a native of Germany born in 1839. He grew up there, following the usual course of the German youth, being thoroughly schooled and doing the customary three years army service. He learned the trade of mason and married Anna Christian, who was born in Germany in 1841, and in the Fatherland their two children were born. When he had reached the age of seventeen, the determination came to Peter Zolk, the son, to seek his fortune in the country across the sea. In 1886 he came to this country and located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. The glowing word sent back by him of the possibilities that awaited persons of industrious habits in this section stimulated the zeal of the elder Zolk to follow his son, and in 1889, accompanied by his wife and daughter, he came to America, joining his son in Pottawattamie County. Upon arriving there, he worked for a time as a carpenter and later turned to farming. He found this latter form of occupation so much to his liking that he later moved to Harrison County and bought a farm in Washington township. He made extensive improvements upon this farm and resided there the remainder of his life, his death occurring in 1903, his wife surviving him several years; her death not occurring until 1908. This excellent couple made and retained many friends in the home of their adoption and at their passing there was sincere mourning.
Peter Zolk, the son of Peter and Anna, was 17 years old when he was seized with the desire to try his fortunes in the great land of opportunity across the broad Atlantic. He had grown up sturdily, acquiring readily the instruction imparted by the schools of his native land, and felt the need of a larger freedom of endeavor than seemed to offer there. He made the trip across the water in 1886 and was 20 days in making the passage, the vessel on which he had embarked having been delayed five days waiting for the tide to come in so it could proceed. Upon arriving in New York, Peter Zolk went to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where for a time he "worked out" as a farm hand, later renting a tract of land which he occupied for four years, tilling the same so profitably that in 1893 he was able to come to Harrison County and buy 200 acres of choice land in Washington township. The first year of his occupancy of this farm, he put it into habitable condition and then year by year added to the improvements thereon until he had spent more than $5,000 bringing home conditions up to his liking.
Upon finding himself comfortably established on this farm, Peter Zolk's thoughts naturally turned toward a helpmate and homemaker, and on January 15, 1897, he was united in marriage with Clara FAHRENKROG, who was born in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in 1877, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (BURNMEISTER) FAHRENKROG, natives of Germany, who are now living in Minden, Iowa. To this union of Peter and Clara (Fahrenkrog) Zolk, three children have been born, Lillie, Monroe, and Elmer, all of whom are living at home with their parents, their home in Persia being one of the pleasantest and most hospitable in this section of the state.
Peter Zolk landed in America with no more than five dollars in his pocket, his passage money and expenses on the way having absorbed all of his small savings but this trifling sum. Practically unaided by outside influences, but continually spurred on by indomitable energy and perseverance, fittingly supplemented by his inherent thrift and habits of industry, he has prospered until today he owns in Harrison and Shelby counties 360 acres of as fine land as lies in this part of Iowa, besides much valuable property in Persia. He has the largest store building in Persia, the Zolk Block, which is seventy-five by eighty feet in extent, three stories high, in addition to which he owns five residence lots besides his own fine home. He also is a shareholder in the Persia Savings Bank and is manager of his own opera house, besides working in the garage, the latter occupation being, as he says, merely a diversion "to keep him out of mischief."
Mr. Zolk always has taken an active interest in the welfare of the county and the land of his adoption and has been liberal of his time and his means in the advancement of all movements having to do with the betterment of conditions in a civic, moral, or social way of the community in which he chose to make his home. He takes his proper part in the political life of the county and in the local councils of the Republican party, to which party he has given his allegiance ever since landing in America, his voice is not without influence. He has been called to do service in behalf of the public as a member of the city council of Persia and during his incumbency was able to do much for the material welfare of the thriving little city. In a fraternal way, he is a member of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in the affairs of which he takes an active interest. He and Mrs. Zolk are earnest members of the German Lutheran Church and are among the most active communicants of that denomination, ever being ready to give of their time and substance to the furtherance of its interests in their home community.
The chronicler is impressed with the importance to the community, whose history these chronicles seek to set out, of the decision taken back in 1886 by that German youth of 17, whose aspirations led him to this land of freedom. The town of Persia and Harrison county would have been less well off today had Peter Zolk remained in the Fatherland. This brief review of his career but emphasizes the statement made at the beginning of this biographical sketch regarding the debt which this section owes to those settlers of foreign birth who have done so much for the upbuilding of this section, and the future historian surely will be able to give full credit to their works and to the influence for good which they have exerted upon those with whom they have become associated in the land of their adoption.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 674-676 Family Researcher: NA
Emmett BEAMAN -
The proprietor of the Glendale Stock and Fruit Farm in Raglan
Township, Harrison County, Iowa, is Emmett Beaman, who has spent his entire
life, thus far, in this county. He has a well-improved farm of one hundred
and sixty acres and has met with unusual success along every phase of farming
which he has attempted. In this day and age, it is necessary that the farmer
have diversified interests, so that if one thing fails he will have something
else to fall back upon. Mr. Beaman has divided his interests in such a way
as to get the maximum results from his farm and is now on the high road to
Emmett Beaman, son of Bryant and Dicy Ann (LUCAS) BEAMAN, was born on March
14, 1878, in Harrison County, Iowa. His parents were natives of North
Carolina and came to Harrison County about 1864, and located in Morgan
Township. They moved to Raglan Township in 1893, where they lived the
remainder of their lives.
Emmett Beaman is one of six children born to his parents, and next to the
youngest. He received a good, common school education in the schools of
Morgan and Raglan townships and during his boyhood days assisted his father
with the work on the farm. When he was married, he bought forty acres of
land and also rented land from his father. To his original forty, he later
added more land until he now has one hundred sixty acres. His farm is well
situated in the hills of Raglan township, which are particularly adapted to
the growing of all kinds of fruits. He has a large assortment of fruit and
berries and derives no small part of his annual income from the sale of
fruit. He feeds about 60 head of hogs for the market each year and milks an
average of 20 cows all the time. He has found, by experience, that it pays
to sell the cream rather than the milk, and the profits from his cows yield a
very handsome sum annually.
Emmett Beaman was married on March 14, 1894, to Marguerite HAYNIE, a daughter
of William and Ellen (RICHEBAUGH) HAYNIE, who came from Mills County, Iowa,
to Harrison County. Mr. Beaman and his wife are the parents of five
dhildren, Orval, Everett, Rufus, Blanche and Howard, all of whom are still
living at home.
Emmett Beaman and his family are loyal members of the Baptist Church and
interested in its welfare. Mr. Beaman is a stanch member of the Democratic
party and has always been very active in its success. For several years, he
has been a member of the school board of his township and is now president of
the board. In all things, which go to make the good American citizen, Mr.
Beaman is found lacking in no one particular, consequently is held in high
esteem by those who know him.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 975-976 Family Researcher: NA
William BEATTY, M.D. -
The physician who would succeed in his profession must
possess many qualities of head and heart not included in the curriculum of
the schools and colleges he may have attended. In analyzing the career of
the successful practitioner of the healing art, it will invariably be found
to be true that a broad-minded sympathy with the sick and suffering and an
honest, earnest desire to aid his afflected fellowmen have gone hand in hand
with skill and able judgment. The gentleman to whom this brief tribute is
given fortunately embodies these necessary qualifications in a marked degree
and by energy and application to his professional duties built up an enviable
reputation and drew to himself a large and remunerative practice. It is to
be regretted that Doctor Beatty has retired from the active practice of his
profession, as there is always a need of men of his marked ability.
William Beatty is a native of Canada, born in Ontario province on january 15,
1855, son of Alexander BEATTY, who was of Irish birth. Doctor Beatty's
father was a successful farmer and stock man, following that vocation all his
life, and both he and the mother died and are buried in the spot they chose
as their home when settling down in life. They were the parents of six
Doctor Beatty has had the advantages of an excellent education. When a
youth, his elementary instruction was received in the common schools of his
home vicinity in Ontario, and after completing his studies in that locality,
he entered college preparatory to taking special training in the profession
which he had chosen for his life work. His studies at college completed, he
matriculated in a medical college at Toronto, later taking a university
course. In both institutions of learning, he attained the bachelor's degree
in medicine. He completed his studies in 1880, in which year he came to this
state, locating at Dow City. There he remained for ten years, coming to
Dunlap in 1890, where, for many years, he was actively engaged in the
practice of his profession, winning his way to the hearts of a great number
of patrons as much by his skill as by his kindly and sympathetic nature.
Doctor Beatty has also succeeded in a material way and owns 500 acres of
excellent land in Crawford County, this state. Some time since he became
identified with the interests of the Citizens' State Bank of Dunlap, and is
at present filling the office of first Vice President of that institution.
On June 18, 1889, Doctor Beatty was united in marriage with Mary BARRETT,
daughter of Michael and Rose (CAULFIELD) BARRETT, and to their union have
been born two daughters, Helen and Ruth Catherine, both of whom remain at
home. The family is regarded as one of the representative families of the
community and all are interested in promoting the welfare of their home
community in every possible way. Doctor Beatty has served the town of Dunlap
as school treasurer, and has discharged the duties of that office most
efficiently and in a manner satisfactory to all. He is a member of the
Democratic party and takes a keen interest in the outcome of his party's
intersts, while religiously he is a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church.
Because of his sterling worth, uncompromising integrity, courteous manners
and pleasant disposition, Doctor Beatty has won and retains the warm regard
of an ever-widening circle of friends and acquaintances.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 877-888 Family Researcher: NA
Thomas J. FEWINS -
For more than twenty years, Thomas Fewins has been a resident of Harrison County, Iowa. He rented land for the first few years, after locating in the county, but since 1901 has been living on a farm of his own. He has shown himself to be progressive, along all lines, and not only has those qualities which assure material success, but also takes an active part in the life of the community about him. In all respects, he measures up to a high standard of good citizenship and fully merits the approbation of his neighbors and friends.
Thomas J. Fewins, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hunt) Fewins, was born in Burlington, Iowa, October 23, 1856. His parents were both born in England, the father being a native of Lincolnshire. They came to the United States in 1854, after their marriage, the father following his occupation of blacksmithing in Burlington, Iowa, until his death ten years later.
Thomas J. Fewins was adopted by William Lindsay, a personal friend of his father. Mr. Lindsay was a farmer living about fifteen miles north of Burlington, where Mr. Fewins made his home with him until he was 20 years old. Mr. Lindsay was a blacksmith by trade and had worked in the Burlington & Missouri Railroad shops at Burlington with the father of Mr. Fewins. Mr. Lindsay was the man who installed the first steam hammer in the Burlington shops, and after moving to his farm north of Burlington he operated a blacksmith shop and kept his forge flaming until shortly before his death. Mr. Fewins is glad to acknowledge the indebtedness he owes to Mr. Lindsay for the admirable training he received in his home during his boyhood and early manhood.
When Thomas J. Fewins was 22 years of age, he went to York County, Nebraska, and rented land there for six years. Owing to a crop failure in 1894, he left the county and state and located in Harrison County, Iowa, where he has since resided. Upon coming to this county, Mr. Fewins rented land in Douglas and Cass townships for four years and then moved to Lincoln Township, where he rented for about five years longer. He bought 80 acres of land in section 20 of Douglas Township in 1901, where he now lives. Five years later, he doubled his acreage by buying another 80 acres in section 29 of the same township. He is a progressive farmer and has had the satisfaction of seeing his own farm return a handsome income year after year. He has one of the few silos in Douglas Township and was one of the first farmers in the township to plant an orchard. Since purchasing his farm he has built a large ten-room house, with acetylene gas plant, a commodious barn, corn cribs and various other outbuildings in order to care for his grain and stock. There were no improvements upon the farm when he purchased it, but owing to his aggressive management, he has made it one of the best and most attractive in the township.
Mr. Fewins ws married on October 11, 1887 to Ila Vannice, who was born on January 22, 1862, in Des Moines County, Iowa, and is a daughter of James and Polly Ann (Howe) Vannice, natives of Indiana. Mr. And Mrs. Fewins are the parents of six children: Melvin, born October 6, 1888; Elsie, born March 1, 1890; Chester, born August 25, 1892, married Oma Robinson and is farming with his father; Emerson born May 8, 1894; Nellie, born October 5, 1898; Floyd born July 26, 1901. Melvin married Florence Alice of Gresham, Nebraska, while all the other five children are under the parental roof.
Mr. Fewins gives his hearty support to the Republican party and has served as school director and road supervisor in his township. The family are all loyal members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and give that denomination their hearty support.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 920-21 Family Researcher: NA
John J. FORD -
Not the least of Harrison County's prominent citizens is John J. Ford, in whom flows the blood of sturdy, strong-minded English ancestors and who displays those eminent traits of character which have made the Anglo-Saxon race dominant on the earth. Mr. Ford has gained prominence as a breeder of full-blooded Duroc-Jersey hogs and Shorthorn cattle, of the former feeding annually 100 head and of the latter feeding about 20 head.
John Ford was born on March 10, 1866, in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, son of Fred and Rebecca (Horn) Ford, who were natives of England, who came to America about the year 1856. They were the parents of seven children, of whom John was the third in order of birth. When John was 14 years of age, his mother was killed in a runaway, after which the family was kept intact by the father, who later remarried.
As a youth, John Ford lived with his father until the father was married the second time, after which Mr. Ford rented land of his father and three years later bought a farm in Pottawattamie County, on which he lived for eight years, at the end of which time he sold the farm and moved to Missouri Valley, where he lived for one year. He then purchased 177 acres in section 16 of Cincinnati Township, this county, where he now lives. This land, bought in 1903, is well-improved and bears a comfortable house, commodious barn, and other substantial outbuildings. One hundred forty acres have since been bought in section 17, and fifty-one acres have been sold, leaving Mr. Ford in possession of 266 acres of land.
Although general farming is Mr. Ford's main business, he raises full-blooded Duroc-Jersey hogs and Shorthorn cattle. He feeds and sells 100 head of hogs each year, as well as 20 head of high grade cattle.
On February 21, 1894, Mr. Ford married Nellie Alexander, who was born on March 7, 1873, daughter of Charles and Catharine (Scott) Alexander, who were natives, respectively, of Philadelphia and New York, and who came to Pottawattamie County in the early sixties, moving to Harrison County in 1893.
Mr. Ford is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He votes the Republican ticket but has never sought office. Mr. Ford is deserving of great credit as one of the leaders in the ranks of Harrison County's farmers, and has done his full share in elevating the standards of the community in which he resides.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 799-800 Family Researcher: NA
Daniel C. FORDE -
One of the most extensive farmers of Harrison County, Iowa, is Daniel C. Forde, who came to this country from Ireland in 1886, and located in Harrison County. His career is a striking example of what can be accomplished by a man who directs his energies in well defined channels. When he arrived in this county, he was glad to find work at twenty dollars a month on a farm, and today he is one of the wealthiest farmers of the county and has attained his prosperity solely through his own unaided efforts.
Daniel C. Forde, the son of Cornelius and Mary (Vaughn) Forde, was born April 4, 1852, in Cork, Ireland. Twelve children were born to his parents, eight of whom are living. Six of the children still live in Ireland and Daniel and one sister, Mrs. Mary Klaub, are the only members of the family in the United States. His sister, who is a widow, lives in Missouri Valley. Cornelius Forde was born in Ireland in 1824 and farmed until his death, in 1904. His wife was also born in Ireland and died in her native land in 1909.
Daniel C. Forde was reared on his father's farm in Ireland and lived there until he was 24 years of age. He felt that there were much better opportunities for young men in America and decided to come to this country. It took him 15 days to make the trip across the Atlantic, and as soon as he arrived in New York City, he started at once for the West. He located in Harrison County, Iowa, and first started out working by the month on the same farm, which he now owns. For 15 years he worked and saved his money before he started farming for himself. He first bought four hundred sixty acres of land in Magnolia Township, for which he paid thirty dollars an acre. He farmed until 1898 and then rented his farm and moved to Missouri Valley, where he engaged in the buying and shipping of stock for the next ten years. In 1908 he moved back to his farm, where he has since resided.
Mr. Forde has one of the best improved farms in the county. He has one barn which holds 100 tons of hay, and will accommodate 150 head of cattle at one time. He keeps high grade Hereford cattle, Duroc-Jersey hogs, and a good grade of horses. He has a handsome country home and five acres of trees surrounding his residence. Two driveways lead from the road to the house, and everything about his farm indicates that he is a man of taste as well as of thrift. Mr. Forde now has 976 acres of land in this county, as well as stock in the Missouri Valley Savings Bank, and other interests.
Mr. Forde was married in 1903 to Margaret Cooper, who was born in Canada in 1872. Her father died when she was young, and her mother married a second time, David Gee, and is now living in Mondamin, Iowa. Mr. Force and his wife are the parents of five children: Mary, Eileen, Phillip, Kathrine and Francis.
Mr. Forde is not a partisan in politics and casts his ballot for the man whom he believes will best serve the interests of the public at large. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church, and he holds his membership in the Knights of Columbus at Missouri Valley. He is interested in the educational life of his community and is now serving as a director of the school board of his township.
Such, in brief, is the history of a man who came to this country with no resources except his indomitable energy and determination to succeed in spits of all obstacles. It also shows what may be accomplished in a county like this and should be an incentive to the young men of the coming generation to exert themselves to a greater effort. Mr. Forde has not only been unusually successful as a farmer and businessman, but what is still more, he has won and retains the high esteem of everyone with whom he has been associated. It seems eminently fitting that the career of such a man be recorded in the annals of his county.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 850-52 Family Researcher: NA
William L. YEAMAN -
There can be no more comprehensive history written of a city or county or even of a state and its people than that which deals with the life work of those, who by their own endeavor and indomitable energy, have placed themselves where they deserve the title of progressive men. In this sketch will be found the record of one who has outstripped the plodders on the highway of life and has not been subdued by obstacles and failures, making them instead stepping stones to higher things. William L. Yeaman is one of the progressive citizens of Persia, Harrison County, Iowa, and one of its successful merchants, dealing in hardware and furniture.
William L. Yeaman was born August 8, 1883, in Gallens Grove, Shelby County, Iowa, the son of Richard and Mary (McCord) Yeaman, the former born in 1856 in Lucas County, Iowa, and the latter in Shelby County, Iowa, in 1862. Richard Yeaman was a farmer in Shelby County until 1902, in which year he came to Harrison County and located at Persia. During the last two years, he has been engaged in real estate business, in both Shelby and Harrison Counties. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and is an ardent Republican. To Richard and Mary (McCord) Yeaman were born three children: Mrs. Myrtle Crabb of Shelby County, Iowa; William L., the subject of this sketch; and Mrs. Belle Miller of Persia, Iowa.
William L. Yeaman attended different scholls, starting at Defiance, Iowa, and after completing his education, began renting his father's farm, being then 20 years of age. He rented this farm for a few years and then went into the barber business at Defiance, Iowa. He remained in this business four years and then went to South Dakota and homesteaded a claim, which he now owns. He came to this county in 1911, and went into the hardware and furniture business with his brother-in-law at Persia. They carry a full and complete line of both hardware and furniture and handle up-to-date goods only. Mr. Yeaman is an embalmer and took a course in this profession lasting four months.
William L. Yeaman was married in 1902 to Florence Smith, who was born at Defiance, Iowa, in 1885, the daughter of George and Caroline (Starks) Smith, natives of Iowa, the former of whom is deceased. He was a farmer of Shelby County and his widow now lives at Defiance. To this union of William L. and Florence (Smith) Yeaman one child has been born, Thelma, who is at home.
Mr. Yeaman is an ardent Republican and a man of large political influence in the township where he lives. He is a member of the city council, chief of the fire department and a health officer. He and his family are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Fraternally, he is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and is well known in Persia for his upright character and genial temperament, a man interested in all good works and devoted as well to the interest of his family.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 683-84 Family Researcher: NA
James A. YOST -
One of the veterans of the Civil War now residing in Harrison County, Iowa, is James A. Yost, who has been identified with the histo5ry of this county since 1872. He served for more than three years in the Civil War and fought in many of the hardest and bloodiest battles of that struggle. Since locating in Harrison County, he has engaged in general farming and stock raising and at the same time engaged in the practice of veterinary science. He has built up a large practice throughout his section of the county, although he devotes the greater portion of his time to his other interests.
James A. Yost, son of John and Charlotte (Wright) Yost, was born March 21, 1844, in Perry County, Ohio. His parents were both born and reared in Ohio and lived there all of their days. They reared a family of four children, James A., being the youngest of the family.
James A. Yost was educated in his home county and remained with his parents until he was 17 years old. In September 1861, he enlisted in Company D, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until September 18, 1864, at which time he was honorably discharged at the expiration of his enlistment at Atlanta, Georgia. He was with Sherman on his memorable campaign through Georgia, and among other battles, fought at Chickamauga, Resaca, Altoona, Kenesaw Mountain, Stone River, Mills Springs, Corinth and in many minor skirmishes. He was wounded at Chickamauga, September 8, 1863, being shot through the hip. He was in the hospital for about a month before he was discharged and able to rejoin his regiment. He was offered the Lieutenancy of a colored company but refused to accept that honor.
After the close of the War, Mr. Yost returned to his home in Ohio and lived there until 1867. In that year he went to California, where he worked until April 1872. He then came to Iowa and first located at Little Sioux township in Harrison County, where he bought land and settled down to the life of a farmer. He later sold his farm in Little Sioux township and in 1907 bought 287 acres of land in Raglan Township, where he has since made his home. Several years ago, he made a specialty of raising of Poland-China hogs, but has now practically retired from farm work and turned the management of the place over to his son. For many years, he has practiced as a veterinary surgeon, having obtained a state certificate to engage in this profession.
Mr. Yost was married January 25, 1874, to Josephine Coffman, who was born January 12, 1853, in Appanoose County, Iowa, and is a daughter of John T. and Melinda (Croft) Coffman, natives of Tennessee and Virginia, respectively. Her father was born in Green County, Tennessee, and both of her parents came to Iowa as children, locating in the state about 1840.
Mr. And Mrs. Yost are the parents of five children, four of whom are living: Mattie, Albert, John P. and Roy. Mattie is the wife of Augustus G. Watts of Raglan Township and has two children, James H. and Lowell. Albert W., a farmer of Raglan Township, married Fern Ashley, and has two children, Helen and Norma. John P., who is living on his father's farm, married Anna Haller and has two daughters, Josephine and Ruth. Roy is unmarried and still living with his parents.
Mr. Yost is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he and his wife both belong to the Daughters of Rebekah. He is a Republican but has never held office other than that of justice of the peace. Mr. Yost is a man of genial disposition and those who know him speak in high praise of his many good qualities of head and heart.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 868-69 Family Researcher: NA
George N. YOUNG. -
George N. Young, the subject of this present sketch, is one of those businessmen gifted with more than ordinary insight, who has not only reaped the benefits of his good judgment, but added to the prosperity of the town of Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa. The garage owned by himself and partner is thoroughly up to date in every respect and would do credit to a city of much larger proportions than that in which it is located.
George N. Young is a native of the State of New York, born in Saratoga County, March 27, 1860, son of Jude M. and Elvira C. (Frost) Young. Both father and mother were born in the same state, and remained there until 1880 when they emigrated westward, locating at Logan, in this county. The father was a life-long farmer, and after spending some years near Loan, they took up their residence in Woodbine, where they passed the remainder of their lives. The father's death occurred in February 1896, and the mother passed from this life on June 27, 1914. They were the parents of two children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the younger. The elder is his sister, Helen M., who is the widow of John Hopkins who died at their home in Canada. Mrs. Hopkins now makes her home in Woodbine.
Mr. Young was about 20 years old when he came to this state and had, therefore, received his elementary schooling in the schools of his home district in New York. For a time, he farmed with his father, and when the family moved to Woodbine, he gave his attention to mastering the carpenter trade, being employed in that capacity for six years. He then purchased a half interest in the hardware business of T.L. Canfield, this partnership continuing for three years, when Mr. Canfield disposed of his interest to W. H. Sweete. Mr. Young and that gentleman were associated for about four years, at the end of which time Mr. Sweet disposed of his holdings to L. W. Kibler, and the firm was then known as Young & Kibler. Seeing greater opportunities in the handling of the automobile, both partners were unanimous in adopting this line, and they hold the agency of the Ford, Buick and Cadillac cars in addition to the general business of their garage and repair department.
On August 25, 1885, Mr. Young was united in marriage with Mary Hunter, daughter of Peter and Isabella (Balmain) Hunter. Mrs. Young is a native of Scotland, who came to this country at the age of 20 years, after both parents had died in her native land. To this union has been born one child, a son, Frederick C., who is now engaged in the general contracting business. Frederick C. received an excellent education and for four years filled the chair of civil engineering at the Iowa State University, resigning therefrom to enter the field in which he is now engaged.
Mr. Young is active in the various enterprises of the town designed to promote the general welfare of the community. He is a member of the city council, secretary of the library board and treasurer of the school board and is unsparing of himself in his efforts to bring about better conditions along moral, educational, and material lines.
Mr. Young is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a member of the Republican party and while not aspiring to public office, is a man who takes an interest in town and county affairs.
Source: 1915 Harrison County Iowa History, pp. 620-21 Family Researcher: NA