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John E. McCabe


One of the finest farms in Allamakee county is that owned by John E. McCabe. It is known by John E. McCabe. It is known as the Jefferson Park Stock Farm and comprises one hundred and sixty acres, being in many respects a model property and reflecting everywhere the careful labor and constant supervision which its owner has expended upon it. Mr. McCabe was born on this property, March 16, 1873, being the eldest son of Hugh McCabe, of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work.

In the acquirement of an education the subject of this review attended the common schools in Jefferson township, supplementing this by one season in Waukon Business College. He is, however, largely self-educated, having made up for his early limitations along this line by constant study and reading since reaching mature years. He was reared upon his father’s farm and at the age of fifteen took part charge of the property, which he purchased when he was twenty-six years of age and upon which he has since made extensive and substantial improvements, planting a beautiful grove of pine trees and cultivating a neat and level lawn which surrounds the attractive residence. The buildings are all modern and in good repair, and the fields are fenced and cross-fenced with woven wire between cedar posts-in short nothing has been neglected which will add to the attractive appearance or the value of the place. Mr. McCabe makes a specialty of raising shorthorn cattle, keeping twenty-five pure-blooded animals and some valuable high-grade stock, his entire herd comprising between one hundred and sixty and seventy head. He raises also high-grade Percheron horses and Poland China hogs. He is a large stock-feeder, and as he is a good judge of live stock and understands his business thoroughly he usually receives the best prices quoted for his grade of stock on the market. In addition to general farming and stock-raising, he also conducts a large dairy business and is a stock holder in the Waukon Cooperative Creamery, his ability being widely recognized and respected in business circles.

On the 3d of September, 1912, Mr. McCabe was united in marriage to Miss Cora Teeple, who was reared and educated in Allamakee county, a daughter of Frank E. Teeple, mentioned elsewhere in this work. Mrs. McCabe is a well educated and refined woman and before her marriage taught for several years in the public schools of her native county. Mr. and Mrs. McCabe made a wedding tour, visiting the state fair at Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then going west crossed the continent by way of the Northern Pacific Railroad to Portland and down the coast to Los Angeles. They have one child, Alice Margaret, born June 18, 1913. Mr. McCabe holds membership in the Catholic Order of Foresters and is a member of the Catholic church. He is well known as a careful, conservative and reliable business man and enjoys a high reputation throughout Allamakee county, where his sterling characteristics and his upright and honorable life have won him an extensive circle of friends.

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

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