John J Temple
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:46:03
John J Temple, who is engaged in the grocery business in Boonesboro, is a native of England, his birth having occurred in County Durham, on June 24 1866, his parents being John and Mary A (Allsop) Temple, who are also natives of “Merrie Isle.” They were married in England and had the following children: Anna, the wife of Charles Hart who is still living in that country, Lizzie the wife of R I Kirkup of Crawford county, Iowa, John J and F A who is connected with the brick and tile works of Boone. In the year 1886 the father of this family crossed the Atlantic to the new world and made his way to Denison, but a short time after left that place and when three years had passed returned to England where he is yet living.
John J Temple acquired hi preliminary education in the public schools and later entered upon his business career, acting in the capacity of weigher in the coal mines of his native land. He was thus employed until he came to America. Believing that he might have better business opportunities in this country, he bade adieu to friends in his native land and sailed for the United States. After a few months spent in Denison he came to Boonesboro in August 1866, and for about four years was employed as weigh master in th mines here. Subsequently e was in a grocery store for a year as an employee and in 1892, in connection with W B Sherman, he purchased the grocery store which they conducted for seven and one-half years. In December 1899, Mr Temple joined his brother F A Temple in establishing a grocery store, and on January 1, 1892, he purchased the brother’s interest and is now sole proprietor.
On November 12, 1891, Mr Temple was united in marriage to Miss Cora E Bowman, who was born in Boonesboro, May 1, 1870 her parents being Thomas and Catherine (Lebs) Bowman, the former a naïve of Ohio and the later of Pennsylvania. They were married however in Iowa and unto them were born four children: Mary the wife of Charles Eddy of Boone, Mrs Temple, May the wife of F A Temple, of Boonesboro and Ida the wife of A D Post of Lehigh, Iowa. Mr and Mrs Temple have one child: John T who was born Dec 11, 1892, Socially he is connected with the Knights of Pythias fraternity and with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while politically he is a Republican. He has never sought or desired office, however, preferring to devote his time and attention to his business interests, in which he is meeting with creditable success. His advancement is the result of his won well directed labors, for he started out n life upon his own account without capital.
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