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Robert M. Finlayson


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/11/2011 at 21:09:50

ROBERT M. FINLAYSON is the popular cashier of the First National Bank of Grundy Centre and is the efficient County Auditor of Grundy County. A native of Carroll County, Ill., he was born on the 7th of October, 1844, and is a son of William Finlayson, one of the early settlers of Carroll County. The latter, a native of Scotland, on emigrating to the New World, in 1843, went to Illinois, where he located a claim, although the Government survey had not yet been made. In Nova Scotia, in 1839, he married Miss Jennie Mackay. The following year, he was conductor on the first railroad ever built in Nova Scotia, and was honored on Transportation Day (October 13, 1893) at the World’s Fair as being the oldest living conductor in the United States. He is still living, at the advanced age of eighty-three years, and his wife also survives. They made their home in Mt. Carroll, Ill. The father still owns one hundred and sixty acres of the land which he entered from the Government half a century ago.

No event of special importance occurred during the boyhood and youth of Robert M. Finlayson, who was reared in the usual manner of farmer lads. His education was acquired in the district schools near his home and in the schools of Mt. Carroll. In 1867, when a young man of twenty-three years, he left the parental roof to make his own way in the world. Going to Tama County, Iowa, he there spent about a year, after which, in 1868, he came to Grundy County. Here he purchased a farm in Beaver Township, comprising two hundred and forty acres of wild land. He has himself broken twelve hundred acres of land in this county. Indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature, and an industrious life has won him success. He now owns six hundred and eighty acres of valuable land.

December 23, 1875, Mr. Finlayson was united in marriage with Miss Nettie Dubois, daughter of Benjamin Dubois, who came to this county in 1871 from Dubuque County, Iowa, although his home was formerly in Dayton, Ohio. The young couple began their domestic life upon a farm, which continued to be their home until 1885, when they came to Grundy Centre in order that our subject might enter upon his duties as County Auditor. That position he has since filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents and is now in the tenth year of his service. In politics he has always supported the Republican party and is one of its leaders in this community. He is President of the Board of Education, and socially is a Royal Arch Mason. Formerly Mr. Finlayson was a director of the First National Bank, and in September, 1893, was elected cashier. During the twenty-five years of his residence in Grundy County, he has become well and favorably known, has won the high regard of all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact, and is well deserving of honorable mention in this volume.

Portrait and Biographical Record
of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa


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