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Benton County, Iowa ~ Biography and Family Information


Source:  A Biographical History of Nodaway & Atchison Counties, Missouri
  Published by Lewis Pub. Co., 1901. Pages 385-386.
A prominent citizen and veteran of the Civil war, who makes his home in Dotham, Atchison county, Missouri, is W. H. LaRue, the subject of this sketch. He was born in Morrow county, Ohio, December 27, 1837, and was a son of Aaron and Asenath (Harris) La Rue, the former of whom was a son of Isaac La Rue, who came of Revolutionary ancestors residing in Virginia, one of whom, John La Rue, had the honor of having La Rue county, Kentucky, named for him. Aaron La Rue grew up in Virginia on a farm and there married the daughter of Jesse and Sarah (Davis) Harris, and there became the father of ten children, the survivors being Mrs. Sarag Beatty, of Blairstown, Iowa; Mrs. Harriet McCluer. of Morrison, Illinois; Rev. C. C, of the Christian church, of Benton county, Iowa; William H., our subject; Isaac, a well-known blind teacher, of Blairstown. Iowa; Thomas P., the president of the Cherokee County Bank, at Columbus, Kansas; Dr. L. B., of Arkansas; Lewis, an extensive stock owner of Iowa, and mayor of his town; and Edward, who lives in Benton county, Iowa.

Mr. La Rue located in Morrow county, Ohio, and later went to Benton, Iowa, being one of the first settlers in Vinton. This was before any railroads were built in this locality, where he improved land, and died at the age of eighty-six. He had been a stanch Republican and both he and wife had been members of the Presbyterian church, this belief being inherited from the old church in Scotland. The mother died at the age of eighty-four and she was honored and respected by all who knew her.

Our subject was reared on a farm in Ohio, where he lived until he was sixteen, when he accompanied the family to Iowa. He received his education in the common schools and for several succeeding years was engaged in driving stock, going from Benton, Iowa, to Bureau county, Illinois. In 1861 he enlisted in the Twelfth Illinois Infantry, for three months, later re-enlisting in Company G, in the Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, and took part in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and other engagements, being discharged at Chattanooga, Tennessee, when he returned home to Iowa and for three succeeding years was employed in the railroad shops.

Our subject was married to Miss Lovenia Hollander, a native of Lynn county, Iowa, and a daughter of John and Priscilla (Cox) Hollander, formerly of Tennessee. Of the children of this union, Willie J. Sunnery, born in Gentry county, married Jessie Friend, and they live in Perry, Oklahoma; C. C. lives in Stuart, California; Bert lives in British Columbia, where he is employed on a large ranch; and several children have died, two boys in childhood, Gertrude at the age of seven years, and an infant who was a twin sister of Bert. The devoted mother of these children died in 1887, having been a good and worthy woman. Our subject was again married, his present wife having been Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, the widow of Andrew Davis, a daughter of John and Melissa (Overton) Myers. By her first husband Mrs. LaRue was the mother of several children. By his second marriage our subject has two children, —William H. and Paul Aaron,— both bright, intelligent children.

In politics Mr. La Rue is a Populist and one of the best informed men of his party in the county, and has been called upon to do much political work, his judgment being highly esteemed. He has long been connected with the Masonic order and is a firm believer in religious teaching. He is also a geologist, owning one of the finest private collections in the state. He understands the subject and is an interesting entertainer upon scientific subjects. For many years he has been an advocate of everything looking to the development of his section, and is considered a representative citizen of Dale township.

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