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A.D. Temple, Esq.


Posted By: Sheryl McClure (email)
Date: 4/4/2023 at 22:32:23

A. D. TEMPLE, Esq., was born in the city of Burlington, Iowa, November 8, 1840, where his father resided and where the subject of this sketch acquired the rudiments of a common school education. At thirteen years of entered the Gazette printing office, where for two years he worked as a printer's apprentice. In 1855, he left home, age, he and, being ambitious to pursue some calling other than that of printer, he secured a position as clerk in the post office at Chariton, where he worked for one year. He then secured a position as clerk and book-keeper in the bank of Temple Bros., where he remained three years, and, under the excellent tutelage of his senior brother, E. A. Temple, became thoroughly conversant with banking and book-keeping in all forms. In the year 1860, being then but twenty years of he left his position in the bank and started in age, the retail clothing business, in Ottumwa, where he remained three years. At the end of this time, he sold out and entered the private banking house of W. B. Bonnifield as book-keeper. The year following, the First National of Centerville was opened, and the officers, desirous of commencing right, seeking the most competent book-keeper they could find, secured his services, where he remained one year. Closing his engagement with them in April, 1865, he returned to Ottumwa and engaged with the United States Express Company for two years, running as messenger on the stage line from Ottumwa to Leon, Decatur County, a position by no means desirable, at this time, the war spirit being rampant, and the route on the border of Missouri inviting raids by bushwhackers.

In 1867, he accepted a position with F. W. Brooks & Co., bankers, at Chariton, where he remained until 1871, when he came to the new town of Creston and opened the bank of S. H. Mallory & Co., acting as Cashier and General Manager until January last, when he became a partner in the firm. His business success in Creston has been remarkable, and his reputation is that of being one of the most active, far-seeing and energetic men in the city. In the front of every enterprise tending to promote the material interests of the community, he has, from inclination and position, done as much, perhaps more, than any other citizen in pushing forward various enterprises which now reflect credit upon the city and community,

In the year 1857, he married Miss Julia A. Swett, of Chariton.

Illustrated Centennial Sketches, Map and Directory, Union County, Iowa
Published by C. J. Colby, Creston, Iowa 1876


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