COLUMBUS C. FURNAS, Cashier of the bank of Belle Plaine, was born in Miami County, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1835, and is a son of William and Beulah (Macy) Furnas. His parents were also natives of Ohio, and of English descent. Our subject was brought up in his native State until about eighteen years of age. He then removed to Iowa County, Iowa, about 1853, and settled near Belle Plaine, where he was engaged in farming.
His marriage was celebrated in that county, Jan. 2, 1859, with Miss Mary Greenlee, daughter of William Greenlee. Mrs. Furnas is a native of Miami County, Ohio. Three children have blest their union, two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter, Sarah D., is the wife of R. H. Guinn, of Iowa Township, Benton County; Beulah F. and Milo C. W. reside at home. Mr. Furnas was engaged in farming until 1876, when he removed to Luzerne, where he was engaged as broker and loan agent till 1882, when he moved to Belle Plaine, and participated in the organization of the Bank of Belle Plaine, of which he has since been cashier. Mr. Furnas has never been an aspirant for the honors of public office, but has preferred to devote his undivided attention to business. He has always cast his vote with the Republican party.
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. 241.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.