Oscar C. Perrin
PERRIN, MASON, HILLMAN, DEBBAN
Posted By: Carly Josephson (email)
Date: 12/7/2008 at 16:43:42
OSCAR C. PERRIN, president of the First State Bank of Greene, has made
banking his profession since he left school. A real banker has closer contact
with the diversified business interests of a community than probably any other
business or professional man, and farmers, merchants, or professional men and
others throughout this section of Butler County have come to look upon Mr.
Perrin as their chief adviser in a financial way, and it would be difficult to
overestimate his standing and influence as a financier.
Mr. Perrin was born near Clarksville, Butler County, January 24, 1868, son
of Jeremiah and Anna (Hillman) Perrin. His father was a native of England,
first settled in Pittsburgh, and in 1851 came to Iowa as a pioneer of Butler
County, acquiring land and developing a farm. He was a man of very substantial
character and highly esteemed in his community. He died in 1905, having two
sons, Oscar C. and Mark J. Mark J. Perrin was for many years a resident of
Waterloo, but died at Clarksville.
Oscar C. Perrin grew up on an Iowa farm, had the advantages of the common
schools and finished his education in the Clarksville High School. Immediately
after leaving school he went to work in the private bank of Louis Slimmer at
Clarksville, and later he assisted in organizing the Butler County State
Bank, Clarksville, of which he is now vice president. His chief interests have
been centered at Greene since 1887, when he became assistant bookkeeper for
the First National Bank. Later this was reorganized as the First State Bank of
Greene and in 1903 he was made its cashier and subsequently became
president. From his immediate responsibilities in the bank he has extended his
interest over a wide field, being financially interested in lumber yards, implement
houses, owns a large amount of Iowa farm land and was one of the promoters
of the Green Electric Light & Power Company.
Mr. Perrin is a Republican and has served on the board of alderman and the
school board at Greene. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, and his wife belongs to the
He married in December, 1893, Miss Maude Mason, who came from Ohio. She
passed away in 1904. In 1907 Miss Mary Debban became his wife.
Transcbibed by Deb Gerischer from A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
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Curator of the
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