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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


In 1873 James RULE was elected county treasurer, and being re-elected in 1875 and 1877 served six years. He is now vice-president of the Mason City Bank. He came to Cerro Gordo county in 1864, and worked on a farm summers and taught school winters.

He became a resident of Mason City in 1868, commenced mason work, and in 1870 was appointed deputy treasurer of the county. He was elected to the office of treasurer in 1873 and re-elected in 1875 and 1877. In 1880 he formed his present business relations with EMSLEY and DENISON in the City Bank.

Mr. RULE was born in Greene Lake Co., Wis., June 11, 1846. His parents, James and Mary (CAMERON) RULE, were natives of Scotland, and came to the United States in 1844, locating at Fox Lake, Wis. The father engaged in agriculture. Mr. RULE acquired his education there, and when about sixteen years of age enlisted and went to St. Louis, where he was rejected on account of his youth. Mr. RULE was determined not to return home, and the officials finally assigned him to a position in the ordnance department, second division army of the frontier, under Gen. HERRON, where he served about six months, and, on receiving his discharge, returned to Wisconsin.

In 1871 he was married to Jennie GALE. They have two sons - Arthur L. and Vernie H.

Mr. RULE belongs to the Masonic Order, Chapter and Commandery.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 722. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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