Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/4/2010 at 10:08:54
Alex Fyfe, known to his many friends as “Sandy” is a prosperous merchant of Ogden, where he has conducted a flour and feed store for the past ten years. His birth occurred in Scotland on January 30, 1848, his parents being William and Jane ( Henderson) Fyfe, likewise natives of that country. The father a coal miner in Scotland, emigrated to the United States in the fall of 1865 and took up his abode in Pennsylvania, where he continued as a coal miner for two years. In 1868 he came to Boone county, Iowa and here purchased and improved a farm near Moingona, being actively engaged in its operation and also continuing work as a coal miner throughout the remainder of his life. He passed away in January 14, 1889, when seventy-seven years of age, the community thus losing one of its substantial and respected citizens. His wife was called to her final rest on August 23, 1897.
Alex Fyfe acquired his education in the schools of his native land and as a youth of seventeen when he accompanied his parents on their emigration to the new world. For a period of twenty years he worked as a coal miner at Moingona in the winter seasons while during he summer months he farmed the home place. In November 1904, he took up his abode in Ogden and embarked in the flour and feed business, having conducted an establishment of that character throughout the intervening decade. An extensive patronage is accorded him, and he enjoys and enviable reputation as an enterprising and reliable merchant. He owns his own place of business and also six lots in the main business section of Ogden.
In 1881 Mn Fyfe was united in marriage to Miss Anna Hightshoe, by whom he has four children as follows: Samuel a brakeman in the service of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul Railway, who resides at Perry, Iowa, Alex who is engaged in busies as a butcher of Perry, Ernest of Perry, who is an engineer in the employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul Railway, and William who is a butcher in Perry.
Mr Fyfe gives his political allegiance to the republican party and was reared in the faith of the United Presbyterian church. He is a worthy exemplar of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the blue lodge, the chapter , the commandery, the Mystic Shrine and the Easter Start. HE is likewise identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs. The period of his residence in Boone county covers about a half century, and he is widely and favorably known with in its borders, having won many friends who esteem him for his good qualities and upright, honorable life.
1914 Boone County History Book
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