Elba B. Lamborn

Elba B. Lamborn

Elba B. Lamborn, a prominent and progressive farmer of Franklin township, owning and operating two hundred and forty acres of fine land, was born in Champaign county, Ohio, on the 28th of May, 1850, and is a son of Nathan and Laura (Burnham) Lamborn. The father was born in Chadd’s Ford, Chester county, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1824, and the mother in Champaign county, Ohio, March 2, 1823. The father was eleven years of age when he removed with his parents to Ohio and in that state he grew to manhood. At the age of eighteen he was apprenticed to a carpenter and worked for three years for his board and clothing, after which he followed his trade in Champaign county until 1855. In that year he came to Iowa and in the spring purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land. He returned to Champaign county and brought his family to Iowa, settling first in Hardin, where he engaged in the grocery business for two years. In 1863 he took up his residence upon his farm and continued its development and improvement until his death, which occurred May 10, 1907. He was prominent and well known in local public affairs, serving for a number of years as township trustee and as township clerk, and in his passing this section lost one of its earliest pioneers and one of its most valued and representative citizens. He and his wife became the parents of two children, the elder of whom died in Ohio at the age of three years.

Elba B. Lamborn was still a child when his parents came to Iowa and in the public schools of Hardin and Waukon he acquired his education, attending school during the winter of 1868-9 with E. M. Hancock. Later Mr. Lamborn attended a business college in Milwaukee, conducted by R. C. Spencer, and after laying aside his books he remained upon the homestead, assisting his father with its operation until 1871. In that year he removed to Luana, where for a time he clerked in a store but later engaged in various occupations until 1881, when he opened a mercantile enterprise of his own in that city, continuing active in its conduct for four years thereafter. In 1885 he sold out and after residing on the farm for a short time went to Chicago, where in 1888 and 1889 he was employed by American Express Company in their transfer department. He returned to Iowa at his father’s request, the latter’s health being in an impaired condition, and took charge of the homestead, continuing to develop and improve it along modern, practical lines until November, 1908, when he purchased the property upon which he now resides, his youngest son taking charge of the original farm. Mr. Lamborn owns two hundred and forty acres of fine land in Franklin township and he has improved this with substantial barns and outbuildings, a comfortable residence and all the equipment necessary to facilitate the work of the fields. He and his son operate the two farms together, carrying on general agricultural pursuits and giving a great deal of attention to the breeding and raising of high-grade stock.

Mr. Lamborn has been twice married. On the 17th of December, 1872, he wedded Miss Mary J. Van Kirk, who was born in Danville, Illinois, November 11, 1852, a daughter of Enos M. and Catherine (Carithers) Van Kirk, natives of Vermilion county, Illinois. They removed to Kankakee county, the same state, and there the father engaged in farming until his death. Mrs. Lamborn passed away on the 14th of July1890, leaving three children. Belle was born on the 7th of September, 1875, and married Charles H. Simonds, engaged in the ice and coal business in Momence, Illinois. Harry V., born June 7th, 1878, is now foreman in the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company’s works in Minneapolis. He married Miss Helen E. Jacobson. The youngest son, Don E., was born March 9, 1890, and is now cultivating the family homestead. He married Miss Libbie M. Clark on the 27th of January, 1913. Mr. Lamborn’s second marriage occurred on the 4th of June, 1894, when he wedded Miss Gertrude Eliza McClintock, born in Winnesheik county, near Frankville, on the 26th of April, 1869. She is a daughter of William and Ann (Cleverley) McClintock, the former born in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, and the latter in London, England, about the year 1840. Her father has passed away, his death having occurred in 1871, when he was seventy-one years of age. By his second marriage Mr. Lamborn has one daughter, Imo A., who was born on the 27th of July, 1902. She is attending district school No. 4 at North Grove, two miles distant from her father’s farm, and has not missed a day or been tardy once in nineteen weeks.

Mr. Lamborn is a member of the Modern Brotherhood of America and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party. For eight years he did excellent work as township clerk but has never aspired to public office, although he is progressive and loyal in matters of citizenship. In this section where a great deal of his life has been passed he is well known and highly respected, his genuine personal worth and sterling qualities of character having gained for him the esteem and regard of all who are associated with him.

-transcribed by Linda Earnheart

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