James Gregg

James Gregg

Since 1893 James Gregg has conducted a profitable business in building material in Postville and by his energy, close application and unremitting industry has gained for himself a high place in business circles of the city. He was born at Monona, Clayton county, Iowa, August 23, 1859, and is a son of John and Janet (Ferguson) Greg both of whom were born near Strathroy, Canada, the father’s birth occurring December 28, 1817. The parents were married in Canada and in 1846 came to Iowa, locating on a farm at Monona, among the very earliest settlers in that section. The father continued to improve and develop his homestead until his death, which occurred in 1882, he having survived his wife since 1864. They were parents of six children, of whom the subject of this review is the youngest.

In the acquirement of an education James Gregg attended public school at Walnut Grove and at Monona and after laying aside his books remained upon the farm until he was twenty years of age. At that time he went to work on a railroad but after a few months hired out as a farm laborer, working on neighboring properties for about eight years. When he was twenty-eight he formed a partnership with his brother and for four years thereafter engaged in the lumber business at Monona, at the end of that time selling out his interests to his brother. He continued, however, to reside in the city until 1893, when he came to Postville, buying out the business belonging to J. H. Sanders, which he has since continued to conduct. He deals in all kinds of building material, cement, plaster and lime, and as a result of twenty years of honorable business dealing and unquestioned integrity now controls and important and profitable trade. He is a stockholder in the Citizens State Bank and in the Postville brick yard and his business interests, always carefully and capably managed, have brought him a gratifying measure of success.

On October 3, 1883, Mr. Gregg married Miss Lydia Siglin, who was born near Scraton, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1862, a daughter of Daniel and Elmira (Englert) Siglin, both natives of the Keystone state. They came to Monona in 1867 and there the father engaged in farming, continuing to reside upon his property until his death, which occurred August 21, 1902. He was survived by his wife until March, 1904. In their family were six children: Frederick, deceased; John, who is a farmer near Alta, Iowa; Nelson, a mechanic and contractor at Aurelia; Lydia, wife of the subject of this review; Phineas Page, a druggist in Rexburg, Idaho; and Allan, a farmer near that city. Mr. and Mrs. Gregg are the parents of two children. John Loren, who was born August 17, 1884, is now in the dray and transfer business in Postville. He married Miss Bertha Miller, a native of Post township, and they have one son, Keith Miller, born October 18, 1912. Guy Page, who was born January 13, 1888, is pitcher in the Three I Baseball League and when not thus engaged assists his father.

Mr. Gregg gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has been a member of the school board and is now serving ably and conscientiously on the city council. He is connected with the Masonic lodge in Postville and has taken the thirty-second degree in Masonry at Cedar Rapids. He is connected also with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He takes a great interest in the welfare and growth of the community and is recognized as a loyal, public spirited and progressive citizen. In business life he is well known for his alert and enterprising spirit, and his salient characteristics are such as always in a gratifying success.

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

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