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Ward, Herbert G. 1884 1918


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 5/13/2015 at 09:39:17


One of the most popular and able young men of Burr Oak is Herbert G. Ward, postmaster of the town and prominently connected with its business interests as a barber and a general merchant. He is also business manager of the Burr Oak Leaf, a monthly newspaper, and has other important business relations.

Herbert G. Ward is a native son of the town, born February 28, 1884, his parents being Benjamin and Lavina (Briggs) Ward, natives of Ontario, Canada, the former born June 27, 1835, and the latter July 2, 1842. The father is numbered among the pioneers in this part of Iowa, having resided here since 1854. He is a son of Charles and Cynthia (Craig) Ward both of whom were born in New York and who married in Canada. The former engaged in farming all during his active life and moved to Iowa at an early date, dying in this state. The mother passed away in Dubuque. They were the parents of nine children, of whom three are still living: Benjamin, father of the subject of this review; Charles, who is practicing medicine in Kansas; and Mrs. Rachel Sage, of South Dakota. Benjamin Ward came to Winneshiek county with his parents in 1854 and has resided in Burr Oak and its vicinity since that time. He learned the carpenter's and joiner's trades and followed these in connection with building until 1893, when he entered the general merchandise business, conducting a large and profitable enterprise of this character for ten years. After this he lived a retired life until 1910, when he was appointed assistant postmaster, serving under his son. He has at all times been interested in local politics and has voted the republican ticket since the first election of Abraham Lincoln. He served as township trustee in a capable and farsighted way and has done a great deal to promote general advancement and development in this section of the state. He is well known in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having been a member of that association for the past thirty years. He and his wife became the parents of nine children: William Henry, who died in California at the age of forty-eight, leaving a widow and two children; Mrs. Clara Graham, a widow residing in Sandpoint, Idaho; Alice, the wife of F. O. Potter, of Bairdstown, California; Charles, deceased; Nellie, who married C. V. Manning, of Burr Oak; Mrs. Edna Taylor, who passed away in California leaving three sons; Edith, the wife of E. O. Potter, of Arthur, Iowa; Ethel, who married S. E. Pierce, of Burr Oak; and Herbert G, of this review.

The last named was reared at home and acquired his education in the public schools of his locality. When he began his active career he became a clerk in a general store and after five years turned his attention to the barber business, in which he has since remained. He has a large and well appointed shop and in connection with it conducts also a general merchandise store, which under his able management has become important and profitable. In 1910 he was appointed postmaster of Burr Oak and has since discharged the duties of this important position in a capable and earnest way. In addition to these connections he is also business manager of the Burr Oak Leaf, a monthly paper, treasurer of the Burr Oak Cemetery Association and secretary of the Old Settlers Association of Burr Oak. He is a man of wide interests, all of which he has made forces in the development and growth of his native community. In politics he is a stanch republican and he is connected fraternally with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Rebekahs and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a young man of unusual ability and promise, efficient in the promotion of his individual interests and active in all work of community welfare, and his future, judged by his past, will be marked by continuous progress and successful achievement.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913

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