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BURROUGHS, Nelson T. - 1914


Posted By: Volunteer
Date: 7/9/2009 at 08:57:53

Cherokee County
by Thomas McCulla


Nelson T. Burroughs, prominently connected with financial interests of Cherokee as president of the First National Bank, active in business circles of Chicago, Illinois, as a realestate dealer on an extensive scale and well known in commercial circles of Greenville, Mississippi, as president of a large grocery company, was born in Tecumseh, Lenawee county, Michigan, on the 28th of June, 1839. He is a son of N. S. and Electa (Hunter) Burroughs, natives of Seneca county, New York, where the father engaged in farming and where both passed away. To their union were born four children: Elizabeth, the widow of Fred A. Mills, of Dallas, Texas; Mahala, the deceased wife of Henry H. Packard, also deceased, formerly a resident of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Nelson T., of this review; and Ida F., the widow of Dr. A. M. Vail, of Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Nelson T. Burroughs acquired his education in the public schools of Tecumseh and during the Civil war enlisted in Company G, Michigan Volunteer Cavalry. Soon afterward he was wounded and received his honorable discharge on account of disability. He afterward returned to Michigan, where he taught for three winters and also engaged in farming for some time. In the spring of 1863 he came west, locating in Ames, Story county, Iowa. Soon afterward he returned to Michigan and from that state drove three thousand sheep through to Story county. In 1869 Mr. Burroughs came to Cherokee county and bought land on section 18, Cher- okee township, turning his attention to agricultural pursuits. From time to time he added to his holdings until they finally comprised twelve hundred acres, six hundred of which adjoin the city of Cherokee. Upon this property he engaged in stock-raising on an extensive scale, feeding the first year eleven thousand head of cattle in the interests of English capitalists and in the second year six thousand head. Mr. Burroughs afterward removed to Colorado and later spent a number of years on a ranch on the Snake river in Colorado. From that state he returned to Iowa and, settling in Cherokee, became interested in Scribner & Fultons Bank of that city. Mr. Burroughs purchased Mr. Fultons interest and the enterprise was operated under the name of Scribner & Burroughs until 1903, when it was reorganized and incorporated as the First National Bank of Cherokee. Mr. Burroughs was elected president of the company and this responsible position he still holds, adhering steadily to a conservative and solid financial policy, which has made the bank one of the leading institutions of its kind in this section of the state. Mr. Burroughs still directs the affairs of the First National Bank, although in 1903 he moved to Chicago, where he is now doing an extensive business in real estate and farm loans. In addition to this he has important business interests in Greenville, Mississippi, where in 1884 he organized the wholesale grocery house in which he is now interested with his son, Mr. Burroughs being president of the concern.

On the 22d of September, 1871, Mr. Burroughs was united in marriage to Miss Adeline Phipps, a daughter of Albert Phipps. of Cherokee. Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs became the parents of four children: Roy C., who has passed away; Jettie E., at home; Raynor C., deceased; and Mona, at home. Mr. Burroughs is a trustee in the Congregational church, and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He is well known in business circles of GTerokee. where for many years he was an active force in progress and where he is still remembered as a man of tried integrity and worth and of high and honorable standards.


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