Walter S. Pound
In the family of this worthy couple were ten children, seven of whom are yet living: Mrs. Addie E. Fisher, living in Washburn, North Dakota; L. W., who is located in Council Bluffs, this state, where he is foreman of the boot and shoe department of the Deaf and Dumb In stitute; Walter S., whose name introduces this review; A. H., a manufacturer of tubular wells at Ralston, Iowa; Mrs. J. H. Hurley, whose home is in Greene county, Iowa; S. S., living in Des Moines; and Howard M., who is fore man of a lumber company in the capital city.
Walter S. Pound spent the first nine years of his life in the county of his nativity and in the public schools there began his education, which was continued in the district schools of Greene county, after he accompanied his parents on their removal to this state, in 1866. Here he was reared to farm life and when not busy with the work of the schoolroom his attention was largely given to the work of the fields as he assisted his father in planting the seed and harvesting the crops. His training was of a very practical nature and he chose as a life work the occupation to which he was reared, beginning farming on his own account when twenty years of age. In 1881 he purchased forty acres of land in Bristol township, living on this place for six months or until the spring of 1882, when he removed to Calhoun county, Iowa. There he purchased two hundred acres of land, which he tilled for about two decades. In 1902 he sold that property and for two years cultivated rented land, after which he purchased his present place, comprising one hundred and forty acres on section 4, Kendrick township. He has grubbed out seventy-one acres of this himself and brought the farm under a high state of cultivation, transforming the uncultivated land into a tract of rich fertility. He has made all the improvements upon the farm, which is lacking in none of the accessories of the model farm property of the twentieth century. The fields bring forth good crops and he also raises stock extensively, his annual sales thereof bringing to him a gratifying profit.
On the centennial anniversary of national independence, Mr. Pound was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Nancy E. Linn, who was born in Kankakee county, Illinois, February 24, 1854, and was therefore twenty-two years of age at the time of her marriage, July 4, 1876. Her father, Mason Linn, was born in Union county, Ohio, November 26, 1826, while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Rebecca Kyle was born in Knox county, Ohio. Her death occurred May 7, 1886. There were three children in their family, of whom two are now living: Mansfield, a resident of Glidden, Iowa; and Mrs. Pound, who by her marriage also became the mother of three children, but lost one in infancy. The others are Mrs. Robert Squibbs, living in this county; and L. E., an accountant for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company, at Sioux City, Iowa. He was-graduated from the Capital City Commercial College when sixteen years of age.
Since 1883 Mr. Pound has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has filled all the offices, being now a past grand of the lodge. He likewise belongs to the Masonic and the Knights of Pythias fraternities, while his political support is unswervingly given to the republican party. He has been president of the schoolboard for five years, was road supervisor, and fifteen years ago was elected township trustee, which position he has since filled, discharging all the duties of the oflice in prompt and able manner. He is loyal and progressive in citizenship and his labors have greatly benefited the community in many ways.
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