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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 314 - 315.


A. O. INGRAM, of the firm A. Ingram & Sons, merchants of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, is one of the representative young business men of the place, and stands high in the estimation of his fellow citizens and all with whom he has any deal. He is a son of Andrew and Hester (Haddix) Ingram, the former being one of the most extensive stock-dealers of Ringgold County. A. O. Ingram was born in Fulton County, Illinois, January 18, 1855, and came to Iowa with his parents in 1869.

He is well educated having been given the advantages of obtaining what would fit him for the successful pursuit of business. He began his mercantile life as a clerk in the store of J. S. Kirby, with whom he remained several months. He was then employed some time by Huggins, Perkins & Co., and in 1875 formed a partnership with Day Dunning and embarked in business for himself.

This firm continued six years, when Mr. Ingram retired, but a few months later he, with his father, bought the stock of Mr. Dunning, thus forming the present firm of A. Ingram & Sons. Theirs is now the leading dry-goods firm in the county and is well known, having a good trade from the surrounding country. They keep a full stock of everything in their line, aiming to please a large trade.

Their large, double store is well lighted and is kept in perfect order, showing the oversight of a thorough business man. Mr. Ingram, in addition to attending to his mercantile interests, is largely interested in real estate and stock-dealing, owning a good farm in Liberty Township.

He was married in 1877 to Miss Addie Kinsell, daughter of D. C. Kinsell, of Mt. Ayr. They have two children Orr K. and Vera H. Mr. and Mrs. Ingram are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and also of the Good Templars order.

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