James H. Beardmore


James H. Beardmore, who has for seventeen years been prominently connected with farming interests of Allamakee county and who is today considered one of the most able and progressive agriculturists of Union City township, is a native of this section of Iowa, born in 1869. His parents, William and Sarah Beardmore, were natives of England and were married in that country, where their three eldest children were born. They came to America in 1853 and after about ten years spent in the eastern states came to Iowa, settling in Union City township in 1865. Here the father operated a ferry boat across the Upper Iowa river and at the same time conducted a blacksmith shop, dividing his attention between the two occupations until he turned his attention to farming, at which time he abandoned the operation of the ferry but continued to manage his blacksmith and horseshoeing establishment. He made additional purchases of land from time to time, finally accumulating two hundred and sixty acres, which he developed and improved along modern and practical lines until his retirement in 1897. In that year helaid aside the cares of active business life and moved to New Albin, where he now resides. His wife passed away in April, 1896. They became the parents of ten children: twins, who died in infancy; and three, Ambrose, Agnes and Laura, who have also passed away. The others are: William, Alfred and Lynn T., of Union City township; John, who is a butcher in Charles City, Iowa; and James H., of this review.

After acquiring a good education in the public schools of Union City township James H. Beardmore turned his attention to farming and inn 1896 bought the family homestead of two hundred and twenty acres, upon which he has since resided, giving most of his time to its improvement and development. The farm is situated ten miles and a half above New Albin and Mr. Beardmore has one hundred and forty acres under high cultivation. Upon it he has made substantial improvements, erecting the necessary buildings and installing the needed equipment, and his farm is today one of the finest in this section of Allamakee county, reflecting in its neat and attractive appearance the careful supervision and practical methods of its owner, who is a progressive and able agriculturist. In addition to general farming he is also a stock buyer and seller on an extensive scale and is connected as a director with the Farmers Store of New Albin.

Mr. Beardmore is affiliated with the republican party but, although he served for twelve years as a member of the school board, doing able and conscientious work, he never seeks public office. In the community where he was born and where his entire life has been spent he is well and favorabley known and his industry and enterprise have not only enabled him to attain prosperity but have won him a high place in the respect and esteem of his neighbors.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

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