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Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 9/25/2021 at 20:15:43

DANIEL H. ANNABLE, a dealer in clothing and gents' furnishing goods at Keokuk, is one of the leading merchants in his line in the city. He came here from New Albany, Ind., in 1852, and has made this his home until the present time, meeting with signal success in his business ventures. Mr. Annable was born near Mt. Vernon, Ind. He received a good common-school education, and at the age of fifteen years began his mercantile career by entering a store as clerk for one Thomas Farsey, of Salem, Ind., and remained with that gentleman until his removal to this State.

On our subject's coming to Keokuk, he embarked in the dry-goods business for himself on the corner of Third and Main Streets, and there carried on his mercantile pursuits for a time, when he traded his stock of goods for a tract of land. The land for which he traded was a "squatter's" claim, and he finally lost it, and with it all he had. He was not to be discouraged by the loss of all his possessions, however, and again went back to clerking, this time for Mr. S. S. Billing. He remained with the latter gentleman one year, when he took charge of a clothing business for some parties living in New York, after which he clerked for other parties in Keokuk. About this time in his life's history the late Civil War broke out and our subject received a permit as a trade store-keeper. At Natchez he lost his stock of goods, and in fact his entire outfit, by fire. This was the second time that our subject had lost all his earnings, but, returning to Keokuk, he went to clerking again as an employee of Oscar Kiser, a dealer in dry-goods, remaining with this gentleman for a term of eleven years, when he purchased an interest in the stock of merchandise owned by Sam Sample, and formed a partnership with Harry Fulton. This relationship was terminated at the expiration of a few months by Mr. Annable purchasing the interest of Mr. Fulton. He has since conducted the business alone. His stock is a large and well selected one, and with many years of experience and fair and honest dealing, he has made a large circle of friends and established a good and paying trade.

Mr. Annable was married to Miss Sarah Irvin in 1873. Her father and mother died in Keokuk, and left four children besides Mrs. Annable. Mr. Annable has served two terms as Alderman of the city of Keokuk. He is a Republican in politics and has a fine residence on High street between Eighth and Ninth.

Transcription typed/proofed as article was originally published in 1887


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