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W.L. DARROW, who was President of Darrow Trust and Savings Bank, New Hampton, Chickasaw County Iowa passed away March 31, 1919.  He made his entrance into Chickasaw County behind a flock of sheep, which for ten weeks he had been driving across the country from New York to Iowa.  With ambition and determination, he won the honor and respect of all that knew him in northern Iowa.

W.L. DARROW was born in Genesse County New York on September 18, 1835, a son of Luther DARROW and Hannah KINNEY, both natives of Vermont.  Luther DARROW was a son of Zachariah DARROW, a Revolutionary war hero, who died in Pembroke, New York at age ninety.  W.L. DARROW's mother died when he was five years of age and when he became eighteen years old, he decided to go west to Minnesota and then Iowa, where he taught school in the winter and worked farms in the summer months, until 1856 when he returned to New York.

In 1864, he married Miss Maria DOUGLAS and that year he again made the entire journey to Iowa on foot, driving sheep with the assistance of a dog.  His wife journeyed westward by train the following year, arriving first in Waverly and then on to Deerfield Township.  He taught school in Chickasaw County for several years before engaging in banking and holding the office of town clerk.  Mr and Mrs DARROW had one child, Verna, who is the wife of A.F. MARKLE.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, Synopsis of pages 114 - 117


Timothy T. DONOVAN (Jr), banker, is vice president of First National Bank of New Hampton;  President of First National Bank of Fredericksburg, as well as, three other area banks.  He was born 8 June 1856, son of Timothy and Abbie (HARRINGTON) DONOVAN.  He is now President of New Hampton Library Board and was member of the city council for ten years.  As of this writing (1919) he had never married, although his reale estate interests include one of the finest homes in New Hampton.


Timothy DONOVAN Sr, (deceased) was born in Ross, Carberry, County Cork, Ireland, April 20, 1822 and died in Jacksonville Township, Chickasaw County, on 17 March 1890.  He came to the United States via Boston, Mass in 1837 where he worked as railroad master.

On July 1, 1854 he married Miss Abbie HARRINGTON, who was born at Castletown, Ireland, April 20, 1835 and died in Chickasaw County, June 3, 1913. After her parents died, she came to the United States, at age 14, residing with a sister in New Market, New Hampshire.   In 1858, the Donovan family arrived in Chickasaw County, first living on Crane Creek and then on to the family homestead in Jacksonville Township.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co (1919), Vol II, pages 10, 11 & 498