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A J Barkley

BARKLEY

Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 11/24/2005 at 20:20:38

A J Barkely, abstacter and dealer in real estate, Boone; was born in Lisbon, in Linn county, March 27,1842 and lived there until fourteen years of age and then came to this county and settled in Dodge township; his early life was that of a farmer boy and he followed it as an occupation until the outbreak of the rebellion when he enlisted in the Thirty-second Iowa infantry in 1862 having been deprived of school advantages in early life and having a desire for an education, he availed himself of his leisure time while in the army in the study of mathematics, and made rapid progress; after his return from the army he attended Cornell College, at Mt Vernon, Iowa and remained there until the death of his father, and other members of his family necessitated his return, in the fall of 1866 he announced himslef as a candidated for recorder and was elected two successive terms and, while holding the office, he made abstacts of land of Boone county, intending to dispose of them, but not meeting with a satisfactory sale, he made use of them, and engaged in the sale of real estate; he also, during this time, served as deputy sheriff four years; he is eminently a self-made man, and but few have a better record or have achieved more grand results from a small and discouraging beginning; reared as he was with scarcely any school facilitities he was acquired by reading, study and personal observation since he attained to manhood such knowledge as has given him a prominent place in society; he is a good illustration of what an industrious man can accomplish; being of quick perception, clear judgment and possessing a high sense of honor he has secured the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens; he was married in Nov 1866 to Miss Henrietta Trickey, a native of Canada.

Bio from the 1880 Boone County history book page 556


 

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