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James H. Stanford

James H. Stanford, a resident of Spring Township, represents a business still in its infancy in this section of country and capable of great developments.  He has the most extensive apiary within the limits of Cherokee County, and his success in this line proves future possibilities and paves the way for much wider work in the same direction.  His apiary consists at present of about fifty stands of bees; three years ago he began with two stands.  His bee product for the year 1889 exceeds 3,000 pounds of excellent honey, which finds a ready market at good prices.  His success has been of such magnitude that he expects to engage much more extensively in the same line.  He will start two other apiaries at other points in the county, considering that plan better than to keep too many colonies in the same community.  Mr. Stanford was born in Franklin County, Massachusetts, April 15, 1851.  A sketch of his father will be found elsewhere in this work.  He remained with his father until his twenty-fifth year, when he entered a homestead in Osceola County, Iowa, which he sold in 1879 and removed to Cherokee County.  His present farm lies mainly in the fertile bottom of the Little Sioux and he has control of about 700 acres of pasture land which is well fenced.  Mr. Stanford has not seen fit to take unto himself a life companion and consequently seeks enjoyment in travel.  In order to escape the rigorous climate of this latitude he goes South during the winter, and remains there until the appearance of spring.  Politically he is a Green backer, and is proud of the title.  He is a man well read on topics of general interest and such subjects as relate to his business.

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

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