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Matthew A. Cox


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner (email)
Date: 11/7/2003 at 20:39:24

Matthew A. Cox, the present able and trustworthy cashier of the Lyon County National Bank, the oldest financial institution of Lyon county, and one of the soundest and most reliable banking establishments of the northwest, was born in Clayton county, Iowa, March 19, 1862. He received a common school education. His parents Charles and Elizabeth Cox, were English born and bred, and came to this country in 1855, where the husband and father followed the trade of a shoemaker. He enlisted in 1863, being a member of an Iowa regiment. He was killed at the battle of Little Rock, where both legs were shot off.

Matthew A. Cox came to Lyon county when he was about twenty years of age, and was employed in the bank until 1887, when he became cashier, and from the start he has held the entire confidence of the community as well as the bank officials.

In 1901, in company with three of his associates he made an extended visit to the old world, in the course of which he was in his father's old home. They spent some two weeks in Ireland and went from there to Scotland and thence to London, where they saw the celebrated Tower and St. Paul's Cathedral, and thence on to Paris, and other points in France, which were of historic interest.

Mr. Cox was united in marriage in 1891 to Miss Catherine, a daughter of the Rev. G.R. Manning, a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church. On account of failing health Mr. Manning is not now in the active work of the ministry, having been retired some four years. To this union have come two children, Frances and Katherine.

Mr. Cox is a Mason of high degree, and belongs to the blue lodge, the chapter, commandery and the Mystic Shrine. He is much interested in the fraternity, and is an active worker in its behalf. He is also a member of the order of the Knights of Pythias. Politically he is a Republican and has been an alderman of Rock Rapids. At one time he was run by his party for the mayor's office, but as he would not work for the position, he lost the election by eighteen votes. For eight years he has been on the board of education, and is still serving the city in that capacity.

source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

transcribed & submitted by Roseanna Zehner, Lyon co. IAGenWeb coordinator

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