James B McElroy
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:32:06
James B McElroy is engaged in the cultivation of a farm of 320 acres on sections 11 and 15, Beaver township, and the attractive appearance of the place indicates his careful supervision. His birth occurred in that township June 6 1875, his parents being John and Margaret (McCoy) McElroy, both of whom were natives of New York. The father came to Iowa in 1868 and engaged in railroading for some time. Later he purchased land in Beaver township and began the development and improvement of a farm, which he continued to operate throughout his remaining days, his death occurring in 1907. His widow survives and resides upon the old homestead.
James B McElroy was reared in Beaver township and pursued his education in the district schools and in the public schools of Ogden. He early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the corps and remained at hoe with his parents until 1911, when he rented his father in law’s place, situated on section s11 and 115, Beaver township and comprising 320 acres of land. Thereon he is now engaged in general farming and good results attend his labors, for his methods are practical and progressive. He owns an interest in the home place on section 29 and also owns land in Canada. He is meeting with prosperity in his undertakings and the analyzation of his life record shows that his progress is the result of close application, persistent energy and sound judgment.
On February 27, 1911, Mr McElroy was untied in marriage to Miss Margaret Vaughn a daughter of Dennis and Mary (Mahoney) Vaughn, who at an early period in the development of this section of the state came to Iowa. The father was a veteran of the Civil war, and following its close he engaged in farming in Beaver township throughout the remainder of his days.
The religious faith pf Mr ad Mrs McElroy is that of the Catholic church. For eight years he has served as one of the trustees in his township and is interested in all affairs of public moment. He gives his political allegiance to the Democratic party and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day. He has served as school director, but he prefers to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs. He is now a stockholder in the farmers Cooperative Company of Berkley, Iowa. In addition to developing his fields he feeds several carloads of cattle per years, and this branch of his business is proving to him a profitable source of income. He has a wide acquaintance in Boone county, where he has always made his home and where he has ever stood for all that is progressive in the agricultural life of the community.
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