GEORGE A. HOLMES is one of the enterprising and successful citizens of Vinton and was born in Warren County, Ohio, May 1, 1863. He is the only son of George and Hannah (Hill) Holmes. His parents died when he was two years old, and he was reared by relatives. He attended the common school and supplemented his education received therein by a course of study at the Southwestern Normal School of Lebanon, and Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. At the age of eighteen years Mr. Holmes came West, having heard such glowing accounts of the country and hoping to better his financial condition in life, and stopped for a short time at Independence, Buchanan Co., Iowa. In 1873 he came to Vinton, and on the resignation of James Woods he was appointed Justice of the Peace to fill that vacancy. In connection with this business our subject has added that of insurance and real estate, and is meeting with more than ordinary success in his vocation. In company with B. F. Locke, in July, 1886, he purchased the news stand in the post-office building.
He was married to Miss Margaret Tuttle, in Vinton, April 26, 1877. By their union there is one child — Arthur D. The loving wife, kind mother and generous neighbor joined the silent majority on the other shore Oct. 24, 1885. Mr. Holmes is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a gentleman respected for his sterling worth and integrity.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 210.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.