Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/10/2011 at 07:56:00
ALBERT BISBEE, the pioneer banker of Beaman, is numbered among the representative citizens of Grundy County who from a humble position in youth have worked their way, slowly but surely, to affluence and prominence. Commencing with a cash capital of $40 and a limited supply of household furniture, he has risen to a recognized position among the wealthy men of the place where he resides.
A native of Vermont, Albert Bisbee was born in Windsor County, October 26, 1829, and is a son of David and Sally Bisbee. His father, who was also born in Windsor County, was reared on a farm, and for many years followed the trade of a millwright. In 1837 he removed to Orleans County, Vt. and there died, at the age of fifty-six. His wife, who was born in Windsor County, died at the home of a son, Daniel F., in Independence, Iowa. Albert was one of eight children, of whom four sons and three daughters are now living. One of the sons is a minister, another a lawyer. Two sons served in the late war, and one was badly wounded and remained in the hospital for a year. In whatever locality they have resided, the members of the Bisbee family have been influential and well known.
Upon a farm in the Green Mountain State, Albert Bisbee was reared to manhood, and received the advantages of a common-school and academical education. March 11, 1852, he married Miss Harriet L. Goodwin, who was born in Caledonia County, Vt. Her father, Ferber Goodwin, was a mason by trade and helped to lay the foundation for Bunker Hill monument. He died in Boston, Mass.; his wife, who was born in New Hampshire, died in Caledonia County, Vt. Mrs. Bisbee was one of six children, of whom three sons survive. She was born March 1, 1834, and died August 11, 1892, after becoming the mother of five children. The eldest, Willis A., who was killed in a well at the age of twenty-eight years, was married and left three children; Arthur A., who is a successful business man, is married and has three children; Homer R., who studied law in Chicago, is a prominent attorney of Moberly, Mo.; he is married and has one son. King L., a farmer residing in Nebraska, is married and has three children; Kate G., who is an accomplished young lady, resided at home.
After his marriage, Mr. Bisbee engaged in farming in Vermont until the spring of 1862, when he disposed of his property in that state, and coming to Iowa, sojourned for one year at Green Mountain, Marshall County. Having purchased an eighty-acre tract in Vienna Township, that county, in 1863 he located upon that farm, and with his family lived in a one-story structure 16x16 feet. In the fall of 1880 he rented his farm and removed to Beaman, where in 1886 he established the first and only bank ever opened at this place. He also transacts a large insurance and real-estate business. In politics a Republican, he cast his first vote for J. C. Fremont in 1856, and has held a number of local offices. Socially he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Beaman. He and his wife attended religious services at the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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