E[gbert] C. GEORGE, proprietor of the Central House, corner of Maine and Jefferson streets, Vinton, is the son of Isaac O. and Harriet (Stowars) George, and was born in Essex County, N. Y., Sept. 28, 1844. His father is a native of New York, and now lives in Benton County, six and a half miles southwest of Vinton, and is about seventy years of age; his mother is also a native of the above State, and is about sixty-eight years old. There were eighteen children in the parental farnmily, thirteen of whom are now living, the subject of our sketch being the sixth. He was reared on a farm and enlisted from Essex County, N. Y., in Co. L, 2d Vet. Cav., and served two years. He was with Gen. Banks in the Red River campaign, and was on a sixty-days' raid through Mississippi, and was in the battle of Pleasant Hill, together with about twenty-five other engagements. His brother also served during the Rebellion, and was shot several times. He is still living, and is a wealthy farmer residing near Ellsworth, Kan.
In 1865 Mr. George came to Vinton, and engaged in grading for the B. C. R. & N. R. R. He then engaged in the milk business, and was the first milkman in Vinton, keeping from fifteen to twenty cows. In this business he was engaged ten years, then opened a livery-stable, and has run it ever since, keeping from six to fifteen horses and carriages. Since 1883 he has also been engaged in the hotel business, owning the Central House, the first hotel in Vinton. It is a neat brick and stone building, and has accommodations for thirty guests. Mr. George is the owner of two fine stallions, one a Hambletonian, Rob Roy, standard breed, weighing about 1,220 lbs.; the other, a French horse, Tiger, weighing about 1,400.Mr. George was married in Vinton, Jan. 5, 1876, to Miss Florence Gale, daughter of William H. and Elizabeth (Marks) Gale. They have one child living — Jesse; two are deceased — Jay and an infant. Mr. George is a member of the G. A. R. Mrs. George's parents still reside in Vinton.
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. 352-353.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.