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Smith and Robert Guthrie


Posted By: J. Breen (email)
Date: 2/5/2016 at 18:24:11

SMITH and ROBERT J. GUTHRIE are engaged in general farming and stock-raising on section 5, Highland Township, where they jointly own 120 acres of fine land, all under a high state of cultivation. They are the sons of Robert J. and Mary Guthrie, who emigrated to America with their parents when children, and settled in New York, and there both departed this life some years ago. The former parent was a native of Ireland and the latter of Scotland. Smith Guthrie, the elder of the two brothers, was born in Livingston County, N.Y., in 1835, while Robert J. was born in the same county May 3, 1846. Both grew to manhood on a farm in Livingston County, N.Y., and were educated in the common schools of their native county. Farming has been their life-long work.

In 1867 the brothers came to Washington County, and settled in Jackson Township, where they remained three years. They then purchased their present farm in Highland Township, which they have since improved until it is now one of the best in the township. In addition to general farming, they have been engaged some years in breeding fine stock. They have at present three fine Clydesdale horses, one bay eight years old, weigh 1,500 pounds, and sixteen hands high; one black weighing 1,600 pounds, and a black roadster, with white face. Much credit is due to these brothers for the improvement of horses in Washington County. They are classed among the best citizens of the county, and as such are well entitled to representation in this work.

Smith Guthrie is yet unmarried. Robert J. Guthrie was married in this county, in 1883, to Mildred Donaldson, a native of Washington County, born in 1857. Two children have been born to them Charlotte and David D. Politically, the brothers are Republican.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, IA, (1887)


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