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Vanhorn, W.B., grain buyer.

Vannice, J.N., retired farmer.

Verharen, H., harness makers.

Verharen, Frank T., of the firm of Verharen & Ray, dealers in agricultural machinery and farm implements; born in Prussia Nov. 1, 1843; came to America in 1850; lived in Illinois for some years, in Galena and in Whiteside county; lived in Dubuque three years; came to Vinton in 1870, and engaged in his present business. Married Miss Lottie B. Drake, from Massachusetts, in July, 1871; they have two daughters-Lena and Lula.

Vorhies, A.J., farmer.

Voris, Fielding R., born July 10, 1810, in Mercer Co., Ky. Inheriting an iron will and untiring perseverance, at the early age of 18, for the purpose of making a home for his parents, he plunged into the woods of Indiana, then the border of civilization, and almost within hearing of the red man's war whoop, and purchased for his father an eighty acre tract of land, and, after returning for his father's family, cleared up the land and prepared a farm by cutting out the dense and heavy forest growing thereon. Taking these things into consideration, young Voris had undertaken no small task; but with filial affection he struggled to get a home for his parents. He enlisted in the United States service, in 1832, in the Black Hawk war; a part of his army life in that year was spent on the grounds where the city of Chicago now stands, which, at the time mentioned, was but a mere trading point, with some five or six rude buildings and right here it may be added that when the guns of Fort sumter proclaimed the morn of the rebellion at hand, although surrounded by relatives and neighbors unfriendly to the Union, Mr. Voris fearlessly and manfully unfurled the flag and boldly proclaimed that, as for him and his, they were for the Union; and to show his faith by his works, notwithstanding the infirmities of age were creeping upon him, when John Morgan crossed the line into Indiana, he left family and property and rushed to the front to meet the invader, and was color-bearer under Col. Lamberson for Capt. A.C. Woods until his discharge became necessitated on account of sickness. In politics, Mr. Voris may be classed as a thorough Republican, he has affiliated with that party in its organization, and has ever since earnestly and vigorously supported its principles. He married June 22, 1835, Miss Sarah Smock, who died Jan. 9, 1844; was again married June 23, 1845, to Mrs. Ann Smock, who is still living, and the name of "Mother Voris" is a synonym of matronly goodness; his family, which consists at present of three boys and two girls, all of whom have been finely educated and teachers of the highest type; two of his sons have adopted the law, the other, mercantile pursuits; the young ladies have won a reputation second to none as pracical teachers. Mr. Voris moved from Indiana to Benton Co., Iowa in August 1864, and purchased a farm of 160 acres from A.W. Boggs, upon which himself and family resided for eight years; and in 1872, he purchased a fine home in the city of Vinton and retired from active life, and is now a member of the City Council, and brings to bear all his energies in transactiong offical business, in consequence of which has been constantly re-elected in his ward.

Voris, David E., Vinton, Iowa; although a young man, he has by industry and a careful and systematic course of legal training, developed into one of the most reliable attorneys in the State; Mr. Voris is a native of Indiana, born in Johnson Co. Sept. 17, 1850; emigrated to Benton Co., Iowa in Aug., 1864, with his father and family, and worked on the paternal acres for several years; like most men who carve out an enviable reputation for themselves, Mr. Voris, has almost, it might be said, worked his own way upward in the path of knowledge, as he had but few education advantages beyond some three months in each year at the district school, until he was 17 years old, when he attended Rev. J.S. Dunning's select school, some eighteen months, and one term at Tilford's academy, under charge of Rev. T. Tabin, in Vinton, Iowa; Mr. Voris' chosen profession was the law, upon the study of which, he commenced with Traier & Gilchrist, in Vinton, Iowa, defraying all incidental expenses by teaching school; in due time he was admitted to the bar in Vinton, March 1874, and in April of that year, commenced the practice of his profession at Sac City, Iowa; in Nov. of 1874, he decided to return to Vinton, at which place he has vigorously followed the practice of law ever since; first, in partnership with H. Jones, afterward, with Robert St. Clair; but in Jan. 29, 1877, he purchased the interests of Mr. St. Clair, and has since been running the office alone. By strict integrity and close application to the interest of his clients, aided by his private irreproachable character, Mr. Voris had admirably succeeded in building up a large and lucrative practice, which is annually increasing, and his service sought for by parties litigant throught the State, from Davenport to Council Bluffs. Mr. Voris was married Aug. 26, 1875, to Miss Mary Olivia Dukes, an estimable young lady, by Rev. Stephen Phelps; time has developed this matrimonial venture to be a wise one for both parties; there being at this time no more cozier, happier or cheerful home than that of Mr. and Mrs. David E. Voris, in the State of Iowa; and add to this, a flourishing practice, the subject of this sketch is to be envied for his deserved success in business and personal propularity as a private citizen.
Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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