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Posted By: Debbie Clough Gerischer (email)
Date: 7/2/2005 at 18:52:16


Guy Pangborn led an active and busy life and has attained a position of distinction in the community with which his interests are allied. He has fully merited the confidence which his fellow citizens have shown in him and is entitled to a place among the representative men of his county. Born in Greene county, Iowa, on the 10th of February, 1875, he is a son of James A. and Lydia (Adamson) Pangborn, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of Stark county, Ohio. They were both brought to Benton county, Iowa, in childhood, their respective families being numbered among the pioneer settlers of that section of the state, and here the young couple were reared to maturity and were married. On reaching manhood James A. Pangborn bought a quarter section of land in Greene county, for which he paid five dollars an acre, and in later years bought an adjoining quarter section, thus giving him three hundred and twenty acres. He still owns this land, though he retired from active business about ten years ago and is now living in Bayard, Iowa.

Guy Pangborn was reared on his father's farm and attended the district schools, graduating from the Guthrie high school, after which he took a course in the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines. He then bought eighty acres of land near the home farm and operated that place successfully for fourteen years, when he sold and bought his present farm of one hundred and eleven acres on Spirit Lake. Here he has made many splendid improvements and developed it into one of the best dairy farm in this section of the state . Mr. Pangborn lived on his land until his election to his present office, when he rented the farm and moved to Spirit Lake. In November, 1920, Mr. Pangborn was elected auditor of Dickinson county, taking the office on January 1st following, and was re-elected in 1922 and again in 1924, his retention to this important office being a marked testimonial to his efficiency and ability and to his devotion to the public interests, as well as to his personal popularity.

On June 28 1899, Mr. Pangborn was married to Miss Edna McCartney, of Guthrie county, Iowa, a daughter of Francis and Sarah McCartney, who were among the early settlers of that county, coming to this state from Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Pangborn have six children: Helen, a graduate of Coe College, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the wife of R. M. Peterson, who is an actuary for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York city; Claire L., a graduate of the Spirit Lake high school, is a traveling auditor for the Standard Oil Company, with headquarters at Ford Dodge, Iowa; Vern A. is a junior at Coe College; Edith and Esther, twins, are in the high school at Spirit Lake; and Vivian is in the grade school. Mr. Pangborn is a member of Twilight Lodge, No, 329, A. F. & A. M.; Sioux City Consistory, No. 5, A. A. S. R.; and Minnewaukon Lodge, No. 274, I. O. O. F. He has taken a deep interest in local public affairs, especially in educational matters, and has served for the past eight years as a member of the school board. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been loyal and true in every relation of life, is genial and companionable, and, though unassuming in manner, possesses a force of character that has gained for him the respect and confidence of his fellowmen to a marked degree.

-transcribed by Debbie Gerischer

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