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J. H. Larkin


J. H. Larkin, the efficient cashier of the Dorchester Savings Bank, is numbered among the promising young business men of this town. He is a native son of Allamakee county, his birth having occurred in Taylor township in 1885, his parents being Michael and Mary A. Larkin. The father came to Allamakee county in 1860, locating on a farm in Taylor township, which he operated for a number of years and which he still owns. During his active life he was most successful and accumulated a fine property of four hundred and forty acres, all improved, and one hundred and twenty-five acres of which is under cultivation. He is now living retired at the age of seventy-five years, enjoying in well earned rest the fruits of his former toil. His wife passed away March 4, 1913. They became the parents of eight children, all of whom are yet living, namely: J. H., of this review; and Michael, John C., Joseph, Mary C., Anna T., Roger W. and Aloysius T., all yet at home.

In the common schools of Allamakee county J. H. Larkin received his preliminary education, and at the Valder Business and Normal School of Decorah acquired thorough training for the responsible duties of business life. After his graduation there from he worked at farming for five years, and then, on the 2d of September, 1912, accepted the position of cashier of the Dorchester Saving Bank, which office he still occupies. This bank was organized in 1912 with a capital of ten thousand dollars and the following officials at its hear: William Kumpf, president; William Schwarthoff, vice president; and Matt Flynn, cashier. Mr. Larkin is capable and efficient, promptly and faithfully performing his duties, and is popular with the patrons of the bank. He owns an interest in the old homestead, but his attention is given fully to his work at the bank.

Although liberal in his political views, Mr. Larkin usually supports the republican party, but has never been an office seeker. He is a communicant of the Catholic church and fraternally is connected with the Knights of Columbus and the Modern Woodmen of America.

A young man, prompted by laudable ambition and possessing the spirit of progress, he has already attained a position in the business world which augurs well for a successful future.

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

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