Harvey L Ganoe
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:16:28
Harvey L Ganoe, The specific and distinctive office of biography is not to give voice to a manís modest estimate of himself and his accomplishments. But rather to leave a perpetual record establishing his character by the concensus of opinion on the part of his fellow men. That Mr Ganoe occupies a notable position among the able lawyers of Boone is demonstrated by the liberal clientage accorded him. He is now senior member of the firm of Ganoe & Hollingsworth.
Mr Ganoe was born in McLean county, Illinois February 1, 1861. His father, James Ganoe was also a native of Illinois, born December 6, 1834, while the grandfather Elijah Ganoe, was born in 1791 and served his country as a soldier in the war of 1812. The family name is of French origin and was originally spelled Ganeaux. About 1686 the emigrants left France, and settled in America. They were Huguenot refugees. Fearless in support of their honest convictions, however, they did not dread the dangers incident to an ocean voyage at that time, being upheld by the hope of having the right to worship God according to their own consciences in the new world. Elijah Ganoe, the great grandfather of our subject, became a member of the American army during the war of the revolution. Later his son joined the American forces in the second war with England, and when the country became involved in civil war the father of our subject joined the army and served for three years as a private. James Ganoe was united in marriage to Sarah A Taylor a native of McLean county, Illinois born May 15, 1840, a daughter of Harvey Taylor who was a soldier in the Black Hawk war. His wife bore the maiden name of Barbara Byers. Mr and Mrs James Ganoe were married on May 23, 1838, at Saybrook, Illinois, and eleven children were born of their marriage namely: Oliver P now deceased, Harvey L, Elijah and Elisha both deceased, Mary E who has also passed away, James O a physician of Pilot Mound, Iowa, Effie May the wife of E J Goodykoontz of Hancock county, Iowa Sarah J the wife of R A Bovaird, of Esterville, Iowa O E who is engaged in the practice of dentistry in Boone, F W who is engaged in the practice of law in Des Moines, and Charles V who is studying medicine in the capital city of this state. The parents resided in McLean county, Illinois until the spring of 1890, when they came to Boone county, Iowa settling in Ogden.
In the country schools of his native county Harvey L Ganoe acquired his early education which was supplemented by study in the Illinois Wesleyan college at Bloomington. He also spent three years in the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana where he engaged in teaching school for two terms. IN the fall of 1885 he removed to Scotia, Greeley county, Nebraska where for one year he was engaged in teaching school. He then engaged in newspaper work at Greeley, Nebraska, where he remained until the spring of 1888, and in the meantime he devoted all his leisure hours to the study of law. In April , 1888, he was admitted to the bar and continued a practitioner of Greeley until the fall of 1898, when he arrived in Boone, Iowa and here entered into partnership with D G Baker, a connection that was continued until July 1, 1900. On its dissolution he immediately entered into partnership with Frank Hollingsworth, and the firm of Ganoe & Hollingsworth has since enjoyed a large clientage in recognition of the skill and ability of its members. On September 19, 1886, Mr Ganoe was united in marriage to eliza E Tilson, who was born in Sangamon county, Illinois May 4, 1864, a daughter of P D Tilson, who was born in Tennessee and after arriving at years of maturity wedded Nancy Tipton, also a native of that state. In their family were eleven children of whom five are yet living as follows: James who makes his home near Springfield, Illinois, e W Tilson of Menard county, Illinois, Mary the wife of Super Bunch of Menard county, Illinois, Mrs Eliza E Ganoe and S A who makes his home in Boone county. The parents are both living, the father at the age of seventy-nine and the mother at the age of seventy-four. The home of Mr and Mrs Ganoe has been blessed with four children: James H born December 16, 1890, Ella M who was born June 16, 1895, and died February 17, 1896, Charles F born November 29, 1897, and John T born December 8, 1900. The family hold membership in e Christian church. Mr Ganoe is an earnest Republican in his political views and while residing in Greeley county, Nebraska, served as county attorney for two years. He takes a very active interest in the growth and up building of his party, and has served as a delegate to state, judicial and congressional conventions, and has been chairman of the county central committee. Socially he is identified with the Masonic lodge and wit the Sons of Veterans. Mr Ganoe may well be termed a self made man and in a profession where advancement depends entirely upon individual merit, upon close application and strong mentality, he has steadily advance until he now occupies a creditable and leading position.
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