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BARROW, Louis - 1912 Bio (1863-1926)


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 11/4/2002 at 03:28:19

From the History of Jefferson County - 1912, Volume II
Pages 255-256


Through the improvement of opportunities which Iowa offers in agricultural lines, Louis BARROW has made substantial progress in the business world, being the owner of a well improved farm from which he derives a good annual profit. He was born in Maidstone, Kent county, England, January 27, 1863; a son of Horace and Ellen (HOLLAND) BARROW, also natives of that country. The parents continue to make their home upon the place where the birth of their son occurred, and there the father engages in general agricultural pursuits. Of their family of nine children, three sons and four daughters are yet living, a son and daughter having passed away. A brother of our subject, Bert BARROW, is now residing in Fairfield, having come to this country about twelve years ago.

Louis BARROW, the eldest child in his father's family, spent the period of his boyhood and youth in the land of his nativity. Upon the old homestead there, he early became acquainted with the best methods of tilling the soil and carrying on the work of the fields. He remained at home until about twenty-three years of age, when, in 1885, he crossed the Atlantic in order to join his father's brother, Henry BARROW, a resident of Fairfield, Iowa. He remained with his uncle for one year, after which he began working at the county poor farm, where he was employed for five years. At the expiration of that period, he was married and began farming on his own account, renting his present place in Center township, but this did not satisfy his ambition to become independent, so he applied himself diligently and persistently to the cultivation of the place with the view of one day owning a farm. Working early and late in the fields and giving close attention to all of the tasks necessary in the development of a farm, he at length accomplished his purpose and by purchase became the owner of the tract which for nine years he had operated in the capacity of a renter. The place consists of one hundred and sixty acres, located on section 15, and has been brought under a high state of cultivation, most of the improvements found thereon having been instituted by Mr. BARROW. He carries on general agricultural pursuits, cultivating the crops best adapted to soil and climate; and each year his labors find their just reward, in gratifying results which are constantly advancing him toward the goal of prosperity.

In the year 1891, Mr. BARROW was united in marriage to Miss Laura BOOTH, who was born in Illinois in October, 1863. As a little maiden of two summers, she came to Iowa with her parents, Isaac and Susannah (BOOTH) BOOTH, who were both natives of Ohio. The father has now passed away, and the mother makes her home in Fairfield. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. BARROW there were three children, but only one, Charles H., is now living. John Henry passed away in early childhood, and a twin sister of Charles died in infancy. Mr. BARROW gives his political support to the republican party but has never been active in the public life of the community, preferring rather to concentrate his undivided attention upon his business interests. He has made good use of his opportunities, and, as the years have gone by, has prospered in his undertaking as the result of his unfaltering industry and so he has never found occasion to regret that he left his native home to seek his fortune in this country, where opportunity is always open to ambition and enterprise.

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