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G H Getty


Posted By: Tina (email)
Date: 4/12/2010 at 13:25:05

In connection with public affairs of his community G H Getty has been very active and at the present time he is serving for the second term as county auditor, in which connection he has made a splendid record as a painstaking and trustworthy offical. He was born in Washington county, New York, November 25 1870, and is a son of James H and Sarah E (Williamson) Getty, both of whom were natives of New York and in 1877 came to Iowa. They settled on a farm in Beaver township, Boone county, and in connection with developing the farm fields and clutivating the corps best adapted to soil and climate Mr Getty engage in the raising of blooded Holstein cattle, winning substantial success in the conduct of his business interests. Unto him and his wife were born five children: G H of this review, Estella the wife of James Boomer, of Greene county, Iowa, James A and Nettie E both of whom are now deceased: and Guy W living in Meade county, South Dakota.
G H Getty was a lad of but six years when the family came to Iowa and upon the home farm in Beaver township he was reared, early becoming familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriuculturist. he attended the public schools and when eighteen years of age took up the profession of teachings. He was not satisfied, however, with the education that he had thus far acquired and he grasped eagerly every opportunity that would enable him to broaden his knowledge and thus prepare for the higher responsoniblities of life. He at length entered the Greene County Normal School, from which he was graduated, afterward, taking a special course in bookkeeping, commercial braches and in law. He followed the profession of teaching for twenty years and at the same time managed a farm and engaged in raising thoroughbred stock in Beaver township. It is a widely recognized fact that he is a man of undaunted energy and that diligence and determination are among his chief characteristics. Even important agricultural and professional duties did not seem to fully monoplize his time, for he was able also to faithfully perform the duties of various township offices. He served as road supervisor and township clerk and was twice a candiate for superintendent of schools in 1899 and again in 1908. Failing of the nomination at the primaries, however, he showed nothing of a disgruntled spirit, but actively went to work to elect the man who was nominated. This is certainly an indication of his broad mind and public spirit. In 1908 he was offered and accepted the position of deputy county auditor and during his two years incumbency in that postion he thoroughly acqainted himself with all of the intricate details of the work involved. He displayed thoroughness, patience and accuracy, and his ability was recognized by all who knew aught of the workings and management of the office. In 1910 his party sought him to become a canidate for the postion of county auditor and he was elected. Indorsement of his first time service came in 1912, when he was reelected by an overwhlming majority, a derserved honor conferred upon him by the citizens of Boone county, irrespective of party ties. He is now the present incumbent and his record is most satisfactory to the people of the community.
On March 15, 1893, Mr Getty was united in marriage to Miss Emma M Hayer, a native of Boone county and unto them have been born six chidren: Sarah Nettie and Lillian Elizabeth who are attending high schhool, a son who died in infancy, Donald Hiram, Mildred Frances, and Everett Benjamin.
The family attend the Baptist church, in which Mr and Mrs Getty hold membership. He is also indentified with various fraternal organizations and exeplifies in his life the beneficient spirit upon which these have been founded. In politics he is a republian, always well versed concerning the important issues and qustions of the day, and he has become a recognized leader in the party ranks in Boone county. Almost his entire life has been passed in this county and his worth abiltiy are recognized and attested by his fellow townsmen, his circle of friends being an extensive one.

1914 Boone County History Book


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