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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 391.

JOHN C. McCLURG

"John C. McCLURG, recorder of Ringgold County, Iowa, is a native of Carroll County, Indiana, born November 22, 1840, a son of A. J. and Isabel (Chambers) McClurg, his father a native of Cumberland County, Tennessee, and his mother of Ohio, a daughter of John Chambers. His father was one of the first grand-jurors of Ringgold County, Iowa. The parents moved to Monroe County, Iowa, where the mother died, in the spring of 1855, and the father subsequently moved to Ringgold County and located on a farm in Washington Township, where he died in 1879.

The family consisted of four children, John C. being the eldest son. When thirteen years old he was afflicted with bone erysipelas, which destroyed the bone in the upper part of his right arm, leaving about four inches entirely boneless.

When seventeen years old he began working on a farm, and followed that vocation until 1882, when he was elected to his present office and moved to Mt. Ayr, assuming the duties of his office January 1, 1883. He was re-elected to the same office in 1884, having proved himself a reliable and efficient public servant. He has served seven years as justice of the peace of Riley Township.

October 22, 1864, Mr. McClurg was married to Mary J., eldest daughter of Abraham and Lucinda Johnson. They have a family of seven children - one son and six daughters.

Mr. McClurg is a member of Mt. Ayr Lodge, No. 169, I. O. O. F. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church."

Submitted to the Ringgold County IAGenWeb Project by Christy Jay, email: Jaygenie@aol.com

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