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Horace A. Love (1849-1934)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 8/16/2022 at 18:23:33

Horace Alfonzo Love
(November 10, 1849 January 23, 1934)

H. A. Love is now living a retired life in Manson. He was formerly connected with agricultural interests in Calhoun County, and the years brought to him success as the reward of his earnest labor and indefatigable effort. He claims Wisconsin as the state of his nativity, his birth having there occurred on the l0th of November, 1849. His parents, Horace and Gracia (Ashton) Love, were natives of New York, but were married in Wisconsin and there the father engaged in conducting a hotel. In the year 1866 he brought his family to Iowa, locating in Marshall County, where he purchased land on what is called Green Mountain. In 1872, however, he sold that property and removed to Center township, Calhoun County, where he purchased a quarter section of raw prairie on which not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made. He built upon his farm good fences and with oxen and horse teams broke his land, preparing it for cultivation. From that time onward until his death, his attention and energies were given to agricultural pursuits.
He passed away in October, 1880, but his widow is still living, making her home with Mrs. Churchill in Mills County, Iowa. In
1875 the father served as supervisor for his township and held other local offices, discharging his duties with promptness and
fidelity. In his political views he was a Republican, and for many years he was a worthy and exemplary member of the Odd Fellows society. In the family were six children, namely : Adelaide, the wife of James Churchill, of Malvern, Mills County, Iowa ; H. A., of this review ; James, who married Emma Strobby and resides in
Woodbine, Iowa; Charles, who married Carrie Hamblin, and is engaged in the practice of medicine in Beatrice, Nebraska; Jennie, the wife of Robert Fowler, of Sioux City, Iowa: and Donald J., who married Julia Larrabee, a daughter of ex-Governor Larrabee, who now resides in Lincoln and is one of the most prominent jurists of that locality, serving at the present time as judge of his district. In the public schools of Janesville, Wisconsin, H. A. Love pursued his education, but at the age of fourteen he put aside his text books in order to give his entire attention to the work of the home farm, with which he was actively connected until twenty years of age, having in the meantime accompanied his parents to Iowa. He then returned to Wisconsin, working with his uncle in the manufacture of corn planters, but in 1872 he once more returned to this state, taking up his abode in Calhoun county, where he purchased a quarter-section of wild land, for it was in its primitive condition. This he fenced and cultivated and in the course of time his determined efforts had transformed the place into a valuable property.
On the 16th of August, 1876, in Fort Dodge. Iowa, Mr. Love was united in marriage to Miss Anna Sullivan, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1854. her parents being Eugene and Marie (Alworth) Sullivan, both of whom were natives of county Kerry. Ireland. Their marriage was celebrated on the Emerald Isle, and there the father engaged in farming until about 1850, when with his family, he crossed the broad Atlantic to the new world. He died and was buried in Philadelphia in 1859. In 1861 his widow became the wife of Daniel McCarthy, who was a native of the Green Isle of Erin and died in 1895. Mrs. McCarthy is now living in Washington, D. C. By her first marriage she had three children: Anna, the wife of our subject; Timothy, who died at the age of forty-three years : and Eugene, who died in infancy. By the second marriage the mother of Airs. Love had one child. Jerald, who died in infancy. Six children have been born unto our subject and his wife: Charles was born May 27. 1877 and died on the 26th of January, 1879. Francis L., who was born January 1, 1879. is a graduate of Chicago University. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted on the 3d of July, 1898, becoming a member of Company C, Fifty-second Iowa Infantry, and later he was transferred to the Fifty-second Iowa Band. With his command he went to Chickamauga. where, after serving for about two months, he was taken ill with typhoid fever, and then sent
to his home. For some time he suffered from the fever, but ultimately recovered his health. Prior to his enlistment he engaged in teaching school, and now he is studying medicine, expecting to make its practice his life work. Dorance T., the third member of the family, was born April 21, 1882, and is now a student of the dental department of the State University in Iowa City. Evangeline, born June 27, 1884. is a graduate of the class of 1902 in the Manson high school. The next member of the family died in infancy. Horace, who is the youngest, was born October 18. 1889, and is now a student in the Manson schools.
After his marriage Mr. Love became a resident of Mills County, Iowa, where he remained until November following, when he returned to Calhoun county. Here he purchased eighty acres of land in Center Township and afterward added to it until he now owns a quarter section. In 1887, however, he retired from active farming life and removed to Manson, where he purchased good city property and built a modern residence. There he engaged in general merchandising as a member of the firm of Sullivan & Love, but in 1897 he sold his interest in the business and is now living retired. His political support is given the Republican party, and socially he is connected with Morning Light Lodge, F. & A. M. Drawing the lessons which we do from the life of Mr. Love, we learn that the qualifications necessary for success are a high ambition and a resolute, honorable purpose to reach the exalted standard which has been set up. From an early date he has been dependent upon his own resources and has won the proud American title of a self-made man. [Source Biographical Record of Calhoun County, Iowa, by S. J. Clarke, 1902, p.325]


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