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George Albert McClintock


Among the residents of Post township who are numbered among the substantial farmers and representative citizens and who have achieved success and prosperity by their own exertions and persevering efforts, George Albert McClintock occupies a leading place. His industry and enterprise together with good management have enabled him to acquire one hundred and sixty-five acres of excellent land, which he has for many years past kept under cultivation and from which he has derived bountiful harvests.

Mr. McClintock is numbered among Allamakee county’s native sons, his birth having occurred in Ludlow township, February 18, 1872. He is a son of William and Ann (Cleverley) McClintock, the former a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the latter of New York state. The father, who spent his entire active life engaged in farming, came to Allamakee county at an early date and purchased land which he continued to develop and improve until he removed to Winnesheik county, where he passed away in September, 1871. His widow disposed of the farm in the following February and purchased land in Allamakee county, but this she has also sold and now makes her home with her daughter Bertha, the wife of Mortimer Deering of Post township. She is the mother of four children, of which the subject of this review is the youngest. By a former marriage William McClintock had one son, Joseph, who resides at Northwood, Worth county, Iowa.

George Albert McClintock acquired his education in White schoolhouse No. 8, Post township; and in Evergreen school, which he attended for one winter. He began his independent career at the age of fourteen, working as a farm laborer and receiving at first only seven dollars a month for his services. When he was twenty-one he turned his attention to other pursuits, driving the stage between Waukon and Postville for a period of three years and a half thereafter. At the end of that time he formed a partnership with his brother and together they rented a farm near Fort Atkinson, Winnesheik county, which developed and improved for two years. George Albert McClintock then removed into Post township and here purchased one hundred and sixty-five acres of land about a mile and a quarter beyond Postville, a property which he has since operated. He engages in general farming and gives particular attention to stock-raising, breeding high-grade shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs. His farm is capably and carefully managed for he is a practical agriculturist, following always the most modern methods and reaping his reward in the neat and attractive appearance of his place and the profitable income he derives therefrom. He is a stockholder in the Postville Canning Factory and is well known to the business men of that city.

Mr. McClintock has been twice married. On the 13th of February, 1898, he wedded Miss Mary B. Swenson, who was born in Post township, in April, 1872. She was a daughter of Jerdon and Mary (Gilbertson) Swenson, natives of Norway. The father crossed the Atlantic in early manhood and settled in Iowa, where he at first worked at farming in the employ of others, later becoming a prosperous landowner. He now resides retired at Clermont, Fayette county. Mr. McClintock’s first wife died February 18, 1910, leaving one child, Fernie, who was born in January, 1899. Mr. McClintock was married on the 28th of August, 1912, to Mrs. Effie ( Belcher) Banks, a daughter of John Belcher, who was born in Illinois and came from that state to Story county, Iowa, where he is still engaged in farming. In February, 1898, Mrs. McClintock had wedded James Banks, a native of Iowa, and by their union were born three children: Homer, Ross and Charles, who make their home with their mother and stepfather.

Mr. McClintock gives his political allegiance to the republican party and fraternally is affiliated with the Modern Brotherhood of America. He is a fine type of the self-made man and, always evidencing a willingness to work and ambition to succeed, he has, step by step, made his way upward in the world until he has risen to a position where he is numbered among Allamakee county’s substantial farmers and most highly respected citizens.

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

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