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J. O. LeBarron

J. O. LEBARRON, the genial host of the Central House, Washta, Cherokee County, Iowa, was born in Cattaraugus County, New York, January 10, 1840, and is a son of Joseph and Charlotte (Dunn) LeBarron, natives of the States of New York and Vermont respectively.  He lived in his native State until thirteen years of age, when his mother took her family and removed to Illinois, the father having died when J. O. was five  years of age.  In 1866 they removed from Illinois to Iowa, and settled in Page County, where they made their home for sixteen years.  In 1882 Mr. LeBarron came to Ida County, and in 1889 he came to Washta, and built the Central House, which he has since conducted.  He also owns a dray line which he runs in connection with the hotel business.  In the beginning of the Civil War he offered his services to the nation, enlisting August 13, 1861, in Company G, One Hundredth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and serving until the declaration of peace.  He participated in many battles, among the most noted being Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Stone River, Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Pigeon Roost, Rocky Knob, Walnut Grove and Peach Tree Creek; he was also in a number of skirmishes.  In political thought and action he is Republican.  Mr. Le Barron was u nited in marriage October 20, 1866, to Hulda R. Davis, who was born in Massachusetts, August 27, 1835.  They are the parents of two children, both of whom are deceased.  Mrs. Le Barron had one child by a former marriage; his name is Benjamin F. Davis, and he resides in Ida County, Iowa.  Mr. Le Barron is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is one of the worthy residents of the county.

Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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