"Q" Biographies

Austin J. Quinn, whose home is in Sioux Township, Lyon County, was born in Clinton County, Iowa July 22, 1865. His father also bore the name of Austin, and was a son of the Emerald Island. In an early day he came to Iowa, and located in Clinton County back in the '40s. The father had a family of nine children, and is remembered as a man of kind character, neighborly spirit, and industrious habits.

In his native community Austin J. Quinn attained his majority, after having received such education as the schools of his neighborhood afforded. In 1884 he started farming in Sioux County, Iowa, where he remained until 1900. That year he sold out and removed to Lyon County, where he bought a farm in Sioux Township, on which he is found at the present time.

Mr. Quinn was married in the month of November 1887 to Miss Margaret A. Slavin, a native of Wisconsin, where she was born March 10, 1868. To this union have come eight children, as follows: Ida, Alvin, Everett, Tressie, Vivian, a baby, who died unnamed, Mary and Evangeline. Tressie has also died. Of these children all were born in Sioux County, with the exception of the youngest.

Mr. Quinn is a Democrat and has taken an active part in the political work of that party. He has served on the school board and is regarded as one of the sound and substantial citizens of the county. He owns a quarter section of highly improved land, on which he has good farm buildings, and a very attractive and profitable grove. His farm is devoted to general purposes, and he is regarded as both thrifty and prosperous.


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