The county was organized by authority of an act of the legislature passed at the session of 1850-51. The first election was held in August, 1851, at the home of Wm. Vest, some three miles southeast of Osceola. Thirty-five votes were cast, and officers elected as follows : John A. Lindsley, county judge; A. R. Williams, clerk; G. W. Glenn, treasurer and recorder; J. E. Ellis, sheriff; R. Jamison, school fund commissioner; Jerry Jenks, surveyor, and D. Webster, Sr., John Shearer and Bernard Arnold, county commissioners. The county seat was located by a commission consisting of Beverly Searcy, James Graham and Samuel D. Bishop. They fixed on the present site of Osceola, and made their report August 16, 1851. The first courthouse was erected in 1854 at a cost of $900.


The attorneys of the Clarke county bar are as follows: J. V. Banta, J. S. Banker, L. E. Crist, Carl Dare, C. T. Hardinger, W. S. Hedrick, Jas. H. Jamison, H. L. Karr, A. B. Miller, J. J. McIntire, James Rice, E. E. Rarick, O. M. Slaymaker, Henry Stivers, W. B. Tallman, M. L. Temple, Will N. Temple, Lloyd Thurston, I. A. Touet.


Hamilton L. Karr was born August 13, 1839, in Salis­bury township, Ohio. He passed his boyhood in Meigs county in his native state, and in the common schools of that county he received his early education. Later in life he attended the Pomeroy, Ohio, academy and graduated from Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois. He read law at Michigan University, and was admitted at Pomeroy, Ohio, April 17, 1866. He was three years in the Union Army, from 1862 to 1865, as private, first lieutenant, captain and major of the One Hundred Sixteenth Ohio Infantry, and saw the last infernal traitor lay down his arms. He was at Appomattox and saw Robert E. Lee, the old arch traitor in less than five minutes after he surrendered his sword to the immortal Grant. He is a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Grand Army. He began the practice of his profession at Osceola, Iowa, forty-one years ago, and has always resided there. He has his share of the law business and has been courteously treated by the county, state and federal courts, in all of which he has had more or less practice. He has been associated in quite a number of important cases, but not sufficiently so to demand particular mention here. Mr. Karr was a republican until Harrison's administration. Since then he has been a democrat. He has never held any political position.

James J. McIntire was born in Indiana, September 14, 1844. He attended the public schools and Asbury University, Greencastle, Indiana. He read law in the office of his brother, C C. McIntire, at Osceola, Iowa. In 1879 he was admitted to practice and formed a partnership with his brother under the firm name of C. C. & J. J. McIntire. In 1890 the firm became McIntire Bros. & Jamison, composed of C. C. and J. J. McIntire and James H. Jamison. In 1897 it became McIntire Bros., and was dissolved by the death of C. C. McIntire in 1902. From that time Mr. McIntire has been alone in practice in Osceola. He was attorney for the D. M. O. & S. R. R. from 1882 to 1886, and for the C. B. & Q. R. R. from 1881 to December 31, 1905. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was Grand Master of Iowa 1889 and 1900, and Grand Representative to the Sovereign Lodge in 1903-1904. He has been a republican ever since he was old enough to vote.

Marcella L. Temple is a native of West Virginia, where he was born September 16, 1848. He was reared on his father's farm in Morgantown county, West Virginia. He attended the district school, and was graduated from the University of West Virginia, at Morgantown, in 1873. He studied law under the direction of Hon. John A. Dille at Morgantown, and was admitted at Osceola, Iowa, May 22, 1874. On his admission he began to practice law at Osceola, and is still active in his profession as a member of the firm of Temple & Temple. Mr. Temple was a democrat until 1882, since which time he has been a republican. He served as presidential elector in 1892. In the house of the twenty-sixth general assembly he was chairman of the committee having charge of the revision of the Iowa Code, and as a member of the twenty-eighth general assembly he served as chairman of the judiciary committee. He also served in the twenty-ninth, thirtieth and thirty-first general assemblies. Mr. Temple stands high as a lawyer, and in Masonic circles, having passed through all of the chairs of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery, and also having been junior and senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge. He is also a Knight of Pythias.




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