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Harlan, Edgar Rubey.
A Narrative History of the People of Iowa.
 Vol IV. Chicago: American Historical Society,  1931

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FLOYD E. PAGE has won his mark as an Iowa lawyer and is the junior associate of one of the oldest and best known attorneys of Crawford County, being a member of the law firm of Sims & Page at Denison.

Mr. Page was born at Arthur in Ida County, Iowa, November 5, 1896, son of E. B. and Emma (Shoop) Page.   His parents live on a farm near Ida Grove, and his father has been identified with agricultural pursuits all his active career.

Floyd E. Page was one of a family of six children, five of whom are living.  In 1914 he was graduated from the Ida Grove High School, and soon afterward entered the University of Iowa, graduating from teh College of Liberal Arts in 1919 and from the College of Law in 1921.  He was admitted to the bar in June, 1921, and at once came to Denison and entered the office of Mr. Jacob Sims, who subsequently took him into the partnership of Sims  & Page.  Mr. Page is a member of the Iowa State and American Bar Associations and has taken a considerable interest in local politics.  Since 1924 he has served as chairman of the Crawford County central committee of the Republican party.  He is a Mason and a member of the Acacia fraternity.  He is also a Phi Delta Phi and a member of the Improved Order of Red Men.

Mr. Page on June 29, 1921, married Miss Deborah Sykes, a native of Iowa, daughter of A. and Alice (Denny) Sykes, of Ida Grove.  They have one daughter, Deborah Ann, born November 20, 1925.


EBER LENON PALMER is superintendent of city schools at Vinton, and his first teaching experience was in that community.  It is a rather unusual circumstance that a father and son occupy prominent educational positions in one town, his father Francis Eber Palmer, being superintendent of the State School for the Blind at Vinton.

Eber Lenon Palmer was born at Greenfield, Iowa, September 16, 1897, son of Francis E. and Cora May (Lenon) Palmer.  Appropriate mention of his father's notable career as an educator is made on following pages of this publication.

Eber Lenon Palmer received his early school advantages in the several localities where his father was superintendent of schools, including Villisca, Greenfield and LeMars.  He is a graduate of the LeMars High School.  In high school he showed special proficiency in dramatic and debating work.  In 1914 he entered Grinnell College, from which he received his A. B. degree in 1918.

In May, 1917, he and seven other Grinnell students volunteered for service in the World war, and singularly all of them were assigned duties that kept them together.  They were connected with the Twenty-sixth Base Hospital, received training at Fort McPherson, Georgia, and on June, 1918, went overseas, being stationed at Allerey, near Dijon, France.  Mr. Palmer returned to the United States in February, 1919.  Since the war he has been a member of the American Legion.

After his release from military duty he resumed work in Grinnell College for ten weeks.  At Vinton he taught mathematics in the high school for two years, and for two years was principal of the high school there.  Then came an interruption  to his work as an educator when he spent a year of residence at the University of Iowa.  After taking his Master of Arts degree he was for two years superintendent of schools at Radcliffe, Iowa, and then returned to Vinton as superintendent of the public schools.

He is a member of the Iowa Teachers Association, National Education Association, is a Republican, a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Phi Delta Kappa, and is a Methodist.  He married Miss Eunice Olsen, daughter of L. H. Olsen, of Minneapolis.  Mrs. Palmer was educated at the University of Minnesota, and taught the craft arts, including basket weaving, at the School for the Blind at Vinton.


FRANCIS E. PALMER, veteran Iowa educator, has since 1918 been superintendent of the Iowa State School for the Blind at Vinton.  He comes of a family of educators, both his parents having been school teachers.  His son, Eber L. Palmer, by an interesting coincidence, is superintendent of the public schools at Vinton.

Francis E. Palmer has devoted forty-two years of his life to school work.  For two years he conducted a small private school near Grinnell.  This was a school attended by pupils from the rural neighborhoods and his salary was twenty-six dollars a month.  Mr. Palmer was superintendent of schools at Spirit Lake, Guthrie Center, Greenfield, Villisca, Jefferson, LeMars and Mason City, and then was called by the state board of education to the duties and responsibilities of the Iowa State School for the blind.

He is a native of Iowa, born September 24, 1863, on a farm located half way between Cascade and Monticello, in Jones County.  His parents, Stephen A. and Angeline (BEnnett) Palmer, were Iowa pioneers.  Stephen A. Palmer was born in New York State, thirty miles from Rochester, and his wife, Angeline Bennett, was a native of Ohio.  They first met while both were students in Oberlin College of Ohio.  Angeline Bennett taught school near Wadsworth in her native state.  Before his marriage Mr. Palmer's father moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, and a year later, in 1853, came to Iowa, with his bride, locating in Jones County.  At that time there were no railroads west of the Mississippi, and for his first home in Jones County Stephen Palmer hauled lumber thirty miles from Dubuque.  That was a tremendous undertaking when the condition of the roads and highways are considered.  At the present time over the modern Iowa highway system a truckload of lumber could be run out from Dubuque, thirty miles, in an hour's time, whereas seventy-five years ago a team of horses or oxen in the most favorable season of the year could accomplish such a trip in not less than ten hours.  Stephen A. Palmer after coming to Iowa volunteered his service in the Union army, but was rejected, though he satisfied his patriotism by serving as jamor in a regiment of Home Guards.  From Jones County the family subsequently moved to a farm two and a half miles east of Grinnell, this move being made to give the children better school advantages.  There were eleven children in the family.  Stephen Palmer was an Iowa farmer when corn sold for from fifteen to twenty cents a bushel and hogs were taken to the market and brought only two dollars a hundred.  He lived to be eighty years of age, passing away in 1917, and his wife died in 1894.  The family were Methodists.

Francis E. Palmer while a boy came under the influence of a noted Iowa pioneer educator, Barrett Whittemore.  He attended school in Grinnell and after graduating from Grinnell College received some special training in the Soper School in Chicago.  As a young man he majored in the classical languages.  Along with his practical work as an educator he has filled various offices in educational organizations, having been president of both the Southwest and the Northwest Iowa Teachers Association, is a former vice president of the Iowa State Teachers Association and for three years was on its executive committee.  Mr. Palmer during the World war was a member of the Speakers Bureau, active in the Y. M. C. A., and Red Cross drives.  He is a Republican and for many years has been active in the Methodist Church, serving on the board of stewards and as a leader in Sunday School.

Mr. Palmer married, in 1893, Miss May Lenon, daughter of Capt. P. H. and Emma (Baxley) Lenon.  She was born at Panora, Guthrie County, was educated at Guthrie Center and taught school there.  Her father came from Indiana and her mother from Illinois.  Mr. and Mrs. Palmer have had two children, Lorna and Eber L.  Both graduated from Grinnell College, and at the time of her death, in October, 1918, Lorna was instructor of piano at the School for the Blind.


CHRIS A. PANKOW.  A banker whose name stands for solidity and repute, and a veteran of the World war, Chris A. Pankow, cashier of the Farmers SAvings Bank of Spragueville, Iowa, is one of the outstanding figures of Jackson County.  He was born at Spragueville, July 20, 1900, a son of Ernest C. and Anna L. (Kunze) Pankow, both natives of Iowa, and for many years residents of Spragueville, where the father has owned and operated a general store, and is now serving as postmaster.  He and his wife have two sons and three daughters:  Clive, who is a banker at Spencer, Iowa; Leona, who is the wife of Louis Pauli, of Clinton, Iowa Laura, who is the wife of Rev. A. C. Holf, of Millard, Nebraska; Le Anna, who is living at home; and Chris A.

Following his graduation from the Preston High School in 1917, Chris A. Pankow attended the Clinton, Iowa, Business College, and October 1, 1917, was made assistant cashier of his present bank, in spite of his youth, and held that position until July, 1918, when he enlisted for the World war at Dubuque, Iowa.  He was assigned to the Three Hundred and Fifty-fifth Regiment, and sent to Camp Mills, New York, where he was in training until the armistice was declared.  After his honorable discharge from the service Mr. Pankow returned to Iowa, and was employed in the Farmers National Bank of Aurelia from 1919 to 1921, when he returned to Spragueville to become cashier of the Farmers Savings Bank, which position he still holds, with characteristic efficiency.

On May 28, 1921, Mr. Pankow was married to Miss Gladys Shank, a daughter of J. T. and Minnie (Mummert) Shank, both natives of Iowa and now living in Cherokee County, Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Pankow have no children.  He is a member of the Clinton Lodge, B. P. O. E.; and Spragueville Camp, M. W. of A.  One of the leading Republicans, he is now serving as town clerk.  Since its organization he has been an active member of the American Legion, and in August, 1929, was honored by being elected state finance officer of Iowa at the annual convention of the state which met at Marshalltown; and for the past eight years he has been adjutant of the Jackson County Association of Legion Posts.


GEORGE PARKER, A.C. A., C.P.A.,  Southern Surety Building, Des Moines, has been in practice in Iowa since 1912, when he was the first certified public accountant to open an office in the state.

Mr. Parker was born in England, November 13, 1876.  His father, John Parker, F. C. A., was a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and was an outstanding member of his profession in that country, where he lived all his life, passing away in 1905.  Accountancy has always been a favorite occupation of members of the Parker family, and it may be interesting to state that, except for one break, Mr. Parker's ancestors have been accountants for five generations.

George Parker, the subject of this memoir, was educated in private schools, his principal instructor being James Hanna, M. A., of Trinity College, Dublin.  While in school he participated in the characteristic English sports of rugby and association football and cricket.  He served for five years under articles to his father, passing the preliminary, intermediate and final examination, and was admitted an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1899.

After practicing in England for ten years he came to the United States in 1909, and was engaged on the staff of Marwick Mitchell & Company in their Minneapolis and Saint Paul office.  He was admitted a certified public accountant of the State of Minnesota in 1911, an din the same year commenced practice on his own account.  He opened a branch office in Des Moines in 1912, and in 1913 was retained by the committee on retrenchment and reform of the Thirty-fifth General Assembly to make a special investigation of the existing procedure incident to the business of the state.  His findings were made the basis of the committee's report to the Thirty-sixth General Assembly, and many of his recommendations - for example, the budget system - have since been incorporated in the laws of our state.

Mr. Parker moved to Des Moines permanently in 1920.  He has built up an organization which has a wide range of service, including audits and investigations, tax counsel, industrial surveys and constructive accounting, the latter two comprising the review of existing accounting and statistical methods, and the installation of improved procedure, particularly in reference to cost accounting, budget systems, and the forecasting of the results of contemplated future operations.  He was admitted a certified public accountant of the State of Iowa in 1923, and became a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1925.  He has also enjoyed high honors in the Iowa Society for several years, president in 1927-1928 and is now treasurer.


JOHN L. PARSONS.  The professional life of John L. Parsons, of Fort Dodge, was passed upon the highest plane of a lawyer's work, but recently he gave up the practice of law and became manager of the Builders Supply Company of Fort Doge, with which concern he has been connected since March, 1930.  John L. Parsons was born on a farm in Calhoun County, Iowa, May 4, 1883, and is a son of Thomas and Mary H. (Clutter) Parsons.  His father, who was born in England, came to the United States about 1879 or 1880 and settled on a farm in Calhoun County, Iowa, where from small beginnings he rose to be one of the substantial men of his community.  He won the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens, took an active part in public life, and after serving for some time as a member of the board of county supervisors was sent to the State Legislature, in which body he served with signal ability for three terms.  His death occurred in 1928.  Mr. Parsons was a stanch Republican in political matters, belonged to the Knights of Pythias, and during his entire life was a devout member of the Congregational Church and took an active part in its movements.  In Iowa he was united in marriage with Miss Mary h. Clutter, who was born in Ohio, and died about 1899, and they became the parents of three children:  Alfred H., who is engaged in agricultural operations in Calhoun County; John L., of this review; and Flora E., the wife of Charles H. Beck, of Fort Dodge.

John L. Parsons attended the public schools and Cornell College, at Mount Vernon, Iowa, and in 1907 embarked in civil engineering, a vocation to which he gave the greater part of his attention until 1928, being principally engaged in drainage projects.  In the meanwhile he studied law under the preceptorship of D. M. Kelleher, and in 1926 was admitted to the bar, although he did not start active practice until 1928, after which time he built up a large and representative clientage.  He has large land holdings which require his attention.  Mr. Parsons belongs to the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Fort Dodge and is a member of the board of stewards.  Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masons and has served as secretary of his lodge.  In September, 1918, he entered the Officers Training Camp at Camp Humphreys, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant, but was not called upon for overseas service, receiving his honorable discharge in December, 1918.  A Republican in his political affiliation, he has served as president of the local school board since 1927, and was formerly county engineer of both Humboldt and Webster counties.

In 1907 Mr. Parsons was united in marriage with Miss Laura Cheney, who was born in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, and graduated from Cornell College as a member of the class of 1906.  They are parents of three children:  Elsie L., who married Harold J. Foreman, who is connected with the Register and Leader, Cedar Rapids;  Lawrence C., who is attending the junior college at Fort Dodge; and Carol, attending the junior high school.


AYLETT L. PASCAL, has lived all his life in Clinton County, and has to his credit an active membership at the Iowa bar covering more than half a century.  His father was a lawyer by training, although he never practiced, and Mr. Pascal's two sons have followed him in the same profession.

Mr. Pascal's father was George W. Pascal, an Iowa pioneer, and a man of notable attainments, possessing a rich and varied scholarship as well as a faculty for practical business.  He was born at Longeville, Saint Avold, Lorraine, France, and came with his parents to America in 1841.  The family settled at Canal Dover, Ohio.  During 1846-47 he learned to make and paint chairs at Zanesville, Ohio.  From 1848 to 1850 he pursued his studies in Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania, then and since one of the best small colleges in the United States.  George W. Pascal settled at Dewitt in Clinton County, Iowa, in 1852.  He taught school for a time.  He possessed the knowledge and training of a surveyor and was employed in running many of the old land boundary lands over the county.  Later he established a home on eighty acres situated a mile and a half north of Dewitt, and in subsequent years became one of the largest land owners in the county, at one time having 1,000 acres on farm land in addition to considerable property in the town of Dewitt.  His landed interests gave him his chief business occupation.  He also found time to cultivate many unusual fields of knowledge.  During 1859-60 he was a student of astronomy and higher mathematics in the University of Michigan and worked directly under James Watson in the Detroit Observatory.  George W. Pascal in March, 1861, was admitted to the bar by Judge John F. Dillon.

He married, March 11, 1851, Talitha Cumi Cotton, a descendant of the famous New England Colonial family of Cottons.  She was born at Austintown in Trumbull County, Ohio, in the Western Reserve, February 13, 1829.

Aylett L. Pascal was one of the eight children of these parents and was born at Lyons, Clinton County, October 25, 1854.  He attended school at Dewitt, then entered the University of Iowa and was graduated from the law school June 21, 1878.  In December of the same year he began his career as a practicing attorney at Dewitt, and has had his law offices there steadily except for the period from 1891 to 1900 when he practiced at Clinton.  The general practice of the law had afforded him satisfaction for his chief ambition, without resort to politics or public life.  He is a member of the Clinton County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations, is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a Republican in politics.

He married, August 21, 1878, Miss Sarah C. Purcell, of Iowa City, daughter of Isaiah and Rachel (McDaniel) Purcell.  Her parents were among the pioneers of Johnson County, Iowa.  Mrs. Pacal died in 1924, after forty-six years of married companionship.  The two sons are Aylett L., Jr., and Percival P.  Both are graduates of the law school of Drake University at Des Moines, Aylett L., Jr., graduating June 14, 1906, and his brother in 1907.  Aylett, Jr., is now attorney for the Iowa Mutual Insurance Company.  Percival is associated with his father, in the law firm of Pascal & Pascal, at Dewitt.


EBERT G. PAUL.  Since the fall of the year 1854 the family name of Paul has been closely identified with the progress and development of Clarke County, where, without exception, those hearing the name have been men of substance, industry, high character and public spirit.  Engaged in a variety of interests, they have contributed materially to the growth and prosperity of this section, at the same time advancing their own personalities along legitimate channels of industry.  A worthy representative of this old and honored Clarke County family is found in Ebert G. Paul, who during his active years was successively farmer, grocer and hardware merchant, in addition to being a public official, but who is now living in retirement at his home at Osceola.

Mr. Paul was born on a farm in Ward Township, Clarke County, Iowa, October 21, 1856, and is a son of George and Mahetable (Sutton) Paul.  His paternal grandfather, Rev. William Paul, came from Indiana to Iowa in 1854, and became one of the early pioneer circuit riders of the Protestant Methodist faith, serving his cause over a wide territory, where he was greatly beloved and accomplished much for the spiritual welfare of the community.  He reared a family of eleven children, all of whom lived long and useful lives.  Although Grandfather Paul was of the Methodist faith, during the past half a century the members of the family have been Spiritualists.

George Paul, father of Ebert G. Paul, was born in 1830, in Marion County, Indiana, where he received a country school education and was reared to the pursuits of agriculture.  He was twenty-four years of age when he accompanied the family to Iowa, entering land in Clarke County, where he set about developing a farm.  Seven years later came the war between the states and he enlisted in Company D. Thirty-ninth, Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the war, principally as a nurse.  With an excellent record for fidelity, courage and great human sympathy, after his honorable discharge he returned to Clarke County and resumed farming and stock raising, in which he became successful through his industry and natural ability.  He was not a politician or office seeker, but was always ready to contribute of his time and ability to the furtherance of those projects which were inaugurated for the benefit of his community.

Ebert G. Paul passed his boyhood and youth on his father's farm, where he was reared to habits of industry and integrity and acquired his educational training in the local schools.  In 1887 he took up land in Kansas, where he was engaged in farming for three years, at the end of which time he returned to Clarke County and for a number of years was successful both as a farmer and an extensive feeder of live stock.  Although he still retained his farming interests, in 1910 Mr. Paul moved to Osceola, where for a short time he was engaged in the grocery business, but disposed of this to devote his energies to the hardware trade.  In this venture he was highly successful, continuing therein for about two decades.  Mr. Paul is now independent as to his financial affairs and owns large and valuable properties in the Dakotas and Iowa.  He also has a home in California, where he and Mrs. Paul spend the winter months, but he has always regarded Osceola as his real place of residence.  Mr. Paul is a natural mechanic and for many years operated a threshing machine outfit throughout Clarke and the adjoining counties, and was, in fact, the first owner of a steam thresher in Clarke County.  A public-spirited citizen and a Republican in politics, he has served his community capably as mayor, member of the city council and president of the district school board.

In 1888, in Clarke County, Mr. Paul was united in marriage with Miss Maggie Williams, who was born in Iowa, and to this union there were born the following children:  Frank, a hardware merchant of Osceola, who has two sons, Lloyd and John; Earl, a farmer of Clarke County, who is the father of two children, Maxine and Marvin; Dr. Everett, a dental practitioner of Osceola, who has one son, Townsend; Mabel, the wife of William Edwards, of Spokane, Washington, who has tow sons, Alvin and Everett; George, who is deceased; and Aletha, who married Wayne McIntyre and resides at Osceola.  In 1918 Ebert G. Paul married Mrs. Minnie Erts, who was born in Keokuk County, Iowa, of South English ancestry, daughter of Richard L. and Margaret Lakin, and who prior to her marriage to Mr. Paul had been a professional nurse.  Mr. and Mrs. Paul have one daughter; Mary Jeanette, a student of the public schools.  The present modern home of the Paul family, located on Main Street, was erected in 1918.


HARRY C. PAYNE, physician and surgeon at Pella, has lived practically all his life in Iowa, the only extended period of residence outside of the state having been three years in Canada.

He was born at Beacon in Mahaska County, September 7, 1871, son of Robert C. and Mary Ann (Evans) Payne.  Robert C. Payne was born in Pennsylvania, and came to Iowa soon after the close of the Civil war, settling later in Monroe County.  He was a Pennsylvania soldier in the Union army, serving four years and three months.  He had four brothers in the Civil war:  John J. and Salathiel, both deceased; George, who died on the field of battle; and Edward, who is still living at Pella.  David Payne, a brother of Dr. Harry C. Payne, was a soldier in the Spanish-American war and for three years was in the regular army service in the Philippines, and during the World war period enlisted for service with the Canadian stoops.

Dr. Harry C. Payne graduated from the Albia High School in 1890, continued his education in the University of Iowa, and in 1897 was graduated from the Keokuk Medical College.  He has spent more than thirty years in active practice, and is regarded as one of the men of highest attainments in his profession.  He is a member of the Marion County, Des Moines Valley, Iowa State and American Medical Associations, the Des Moines Academy of Medicine and the American College of Physical Therapy.

Doctor Payne married at Keokuk in December, 1898, Miss Lillian C. French, daughter of Frank A. and Eunice E. (Gray) French.  She is of English, Scotch-Irish and French ancestry, and of Revolutionary stock.  her family has many interesting connections with American history and with  Iowa.  Her grandfather, John B. Gray, came from Burlington, Vermont, to the Middle West in 1834 and located on the west side of the Mississippi River, later, in Eddyville, on land that was not yet opened for settlement, still being occupied by Indians who acknowledged allegiance to the great Sax chieftain.  Black Hawk.  It was in honor of his home town in Vermont that he named his first place of settlement Burlington, now one of Iowa's most prominent cities.  Mrs. Payne's great-great-grandfather Gray lost his life while a soldier in the War of the Revolution.  Her father enlisted at Eddyville, Iowa, and was in the hospital service of the Union army for over three years in the Civil war.  Mrs. Payne is a member of the Pella Woman's Club, the P. E. O. and Eastern Star.

Dr. and Mrs. Payne had three children:  Leah Ruth, who died in January, 1915; Lillian Mary, a teacher in the schools of Fredericksburg, Iowa; and Dorothy Eunice, a junior in the Pella High School.  Doctor Payne has been a loyal and public spirited citizen as well as a capable doctor.  He served on the first elected Board of Trustees for the public library.  He is a Scottish Rite Mason, member of the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Chamber of Commerce.


LEE O. PEACOCK has been a printer since early manhood, and in that work has been connected with printing houses and newspaper establishments in many localities in Iowa and other states.  Another important chapter of his experience was his service during the World war.  Since 1923 he has been the publisher of the Tripoli Leader in Breamer County, Iowa.  Mr. Peacock and the Leader were born in the same year, 1894.

His birth occurred at Bloomington, Wisconsin, July 5 of that year.  His parents, James and Lottie (Trollope) Peacock, were also born at Bloomington, and his father is now seventy-one and his mother seventy-two.  James Peacock has for many years been owner of a barber shop and has been active in local affairs, serving as a member of the city council and for twenty-four years has been city treasurer.  He is a Republican, is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and he and his wife are Methodists.  There were five children in the family:  Maude, wife of J. E. Kavanaugh, foreman of a printing shop in Chicago; Lee O.; Bernice and Bernard, twins, the former the wife of L. G. Millin, an accountant at Racine, Wisconsin, while Bernard, a Chicago salesman, served with the artillery brigade in the Forty-second of Rainbow Division overseas; and Blanche, wife of Calvert Liggitt, in the wholesale paint and varnish business at Madison, Wisconsin.

Lee O. Peacock graduated from the Bloomington High School in 1912 and in the same year began his apprenticeship as a printer in the office of the Bloomington Record.  On leaving there he took up his experience as a journeyman, which brought him relationships with various papers and publications in the Middle West.  For a time he was linotype operator on the Prairie du Chien Courier.

In July, 1917, he volunteered and enlisted in the regular army.  He joined at Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, and was with the colors two years, being transferred from camp to camp as a drill sergeant and instructor in machine gun and small arm and bayonet practice.  He was probably stationed at a dozen cantonments, including Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, Camp Taylor, Kentucky, Camp Gordon, Georgia, Camp Sheridan, Alabama, and others, and received his honorable discharge at Camp Dodge, Iowa.  His regular assignment was with Company F of the Forty-sixth Infantry.

When the country no longer needed his service he resumed his place with the Prairie du Chien Courier.  He was next with the Oelwein Iowan until it was merged with the Register.  For a time he was on the Dairy Farmer at Waterloo, then with the Cedar Falls Record, and left there to take charge of the Tripoli Leader, which has enjoyed a period of exceptional prosperity under his management since 1923.

Mr. Peacock is a past adjutant of the Tripoli Post of the American Legion, is a member of the Iowa State Press Association and National Editorial Association.  He is a Republican, is a Knights Templar Commandery Mason at Waverly, and he and his wife are Methodists, but attend the Congregational Church, as the Methodist Church was consolidated with that denomination.  He is also a member of the Commercial Club.  He married Nora M. Schultz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Schultz, of Waterloo.  Mr. Schultz was in the furniture, jewelry and undertaking business in Stacyville, Iowa, for about twenty-two years.  Mrs. Peacock is active in various local organizations, notably Congregational Church activities, Ladies Improvement Club, and the Legion Auxiliary, of which she is a member of the executive committee.  She is also a member of the Eastern Star.  They have three children, Eunice Jean, born March 17, 1924, Donna, born July 24, 1928, and Dorris Mac, born November 4, 1929, all born at Tripoli.


AMOS C. PEARSALL, general manager of the Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel Company's branch in the city of Des Moines, is also vice president of this important industrial corporation, with which he has been associated during virtually his entire active  business career.  He is one of the vital and progressive business man of the younger generation in the capital city of his native state.

Mr. Pearsall was born at Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa, January 12, 1889, and is a son of George E. and Mary A. (Cleveland) Pearsall, the former of whom was born in Ohio and the latter in the State of New York, where their marriage was solemnized at Franklin, Delaware County, though both had previously become residents of Iowa.  George E. Pearsall is a son of the late Amos Pearsall, who was born in the State of New York, whence he removed to Ohio, and from the latter state he came with his family to Iowa in the year 1855, so that he gained distinct pioneer precedence in the Hawkeye State, he having been a carriage builder by vocation during much of his active life.  George E. Pearsall was young at the time of his family removal to Iowa, and here  he was reared and educated under the conditions that marked the pioneer days.  He has long been one of the representative business men of Des Moines, where he is now vice president of the Iowa National Bank.  He is a Republican in politics, he attends and supports the Congregational Church, of which his wife was a devoted member, he is affiliated with both York and Scottish Rite bodies of the Masonic fraternity, and is an active member of the Des Moines Club.  Mrs. Mary A. (Cleveland) Pearsall, whose death occurred in 1923, came to Iowa about the year 1879, and prior to her marriage, which occurred in the year 1882, she had here been a popular teacher in the public schools of McGregor, Clayton County.  She was a daughter of George Cleveland, who was born in New York State and who thence removed to Ohio, from which latter state he went forth as a gallant soldier of the Union in the Civil war, he died while held as a prisoner of war in historic Andersonville Prison of the Confederacy.  Of the two children of George E. and Mary A. (Cleveland) Pearsall the elder is Amos C., of this review, and the younger is Georgene, who is the wife of F. F. Wheeler, a leading lawyer in the City of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Amos C. Pearsall supplemented the discipline of the Des Moines public schools by attending Iowa College at Grinnell, this state, and in 1910 he was graduated from the University of Wisconsin, from which he received the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Mechanical Engineer.  Almost immediately after his graduation he became associated with the Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel Company, with which he has continued his alliance during the intervening years.  He was made vice president of the company in 1921 and has since been general manager of the Des Moines branch of this important industrial corporation, the western business of which has been greatly expanded under his progressive administration.

Mr. Pearsall is a Republican in politics, he and his wife are members of the Congregational Church, he has affiliation with the Masonic fraternity in both its York and Scottish Rites, as well as its Mystic Shrine, and he has membership in the Des Moines Club, the Wakonda Club, the Grant Club and the Rotary Club, all representative organizations in his home city.  While at the University of Wisconsin he became affiliated with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In the year 1913 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Pearsall and Miss Mary L. Perine, daughter of Albert C. Perine, long and prominent exponent of the lumber business at Spencer, Iowa.  Mrs. Pearsall received teh advantages of the public schools of Spencer and also those of Iowa College at Grinnell, and she is a popular figure in social and cultural circles of Des Moines.  Mr. and Mrs. Pearsall have one son, Amos C., Jr., who was born in June, 1917, and who is at the time of this writing a student in the public schools of his native city.


OSCAR C. PERRIN, president of the First State Bank of Greene, has made banking his profession since he left school.  A real banker has closer contact with the diversified business interests of a community than probably any other business or professional man, and farmers, merchants, or professional men and others throughout this section of Butler County have come to look upon Mr. Perrin as their chief adviser in a financial way, and it would be difficult to overestimate his standing and influence as a financier.

Mr. Perrin was born near Clarksville, Butler County, January 24, 1868, son of Jeremiah and Anna (Hillman) Perrin.  His father was a native of England, first settled in Pittsburgh, and in 1851 came to Iowa as a pioneer of Butler County, acquiring land and developing a farm.  He was a man of very substantial character and highly esteemed in his community.  He died in 1905, having two sons, Oscar C. and Mark J.  Mark J. Perrin was for many years a resident of Waterloo, but died at Clarksville.

Oscar C. Perrin grew up on an Iowa farm, had the advantages of the common schools and finished his education in the Clarksville High School.  Immediately after leaving school he went to work in the private bank of Louis Slimmer at Clarksville, and later he assisted in organizing the Butler County State Bank, Clarksville, of which he is now vice president.  His chief interests have been centered at Greene since 1887, when he became assistant bookkeeper for the First National Bank.  Later this was reorganized as the First State Bank of Greene and in 1903 he was made its cashier and subsequently became president.  From his immediate responsibilities in the bank he has extended his interest over a wide field, being financially interested in lumber yards, implement houses, owns a large amount of Iowa farm land and was one of the promoters of the Green Electric Light & Power Company.

Mr. Perrin is a Republican and has served on the board of alderman and the school board at Greene.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, and his wife belongs to the Eastern Star.

He married in December, 1893, Miss Maude Mason, who came from Ohio.  She passed away in 1904.  In 1907 Miss Mary Debban became his wife.


PETER H. PETERSEN, who has lived all his life in Clinton County, has gained an enviable place at the Clinton bar and in the business affairs of that city.

He was born on a farm in Clinton County, January 9, 1898, and his parents, Herman H. and Ida (Swendsen) Petersen, now respected retired residents of Clinton, were also native of Iowa.  Peter H. Petersen grew up on a farm, had his early advantages in rural schools and after 1908 attended the grade schools of Whiting for three years.  He was graduated from the Lyons High School in 1915 and then entered the University of Iowa, where he took his A. B. degree in 1919 and his degree in law in 1921.  During the World war he was a member of the Students Army Training Corps at Iowa City, and military training took precedence over his routine studies.

After qualifying as a lawyer Mr. Petersen engaged in practice at Clinton and is a member of the law firm of Petersen & Petersen, being in partnership with Alfred E. Petersen.  In addition to his general law practice Mr. Petersen is owner and manager of the Abstract & Title Guarantee Company.

He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, being a member of DeMolay Consistory No. 1 of the Scottish Rite.  He is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Sigma Pi fraternity, the Clinton County and Iowa State Bar Associations, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

He married, October 24, 1923, Miss Irene M. Tosh, daughter of John and Elizabeth Tosh, of Clinton.  Her father, now retired, was for many years a foreman in the service of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.


HENRY K. PETERSON is representative of one of the substantial families of Council Bluffs, and by his own earnest ambition and hard work has created for himself a large niche in the bar of that city.  He is now head of one of the large law firms, with offices in the Park Building.

Mr. Peterson was born at Council Bluffs, March 16, 1884, son of Mads and Christina (Kaar) Peterson.  His parents were born in Denmark, and were young people when they came to the United States, his father in 1881 and his mother in 1883.  They were married in the latter year, and are old and honored residents of Council Bluffs, where they are now retired.  His father began his career as an American citizen without capital, and made his way to prosperity by industry.  For many years he was foreman for the lumber company in Council Bluffs.  Both are members of the Brethren Church and he is a Republican in politics.  Of their seven children three are now living:  Henry K.; William W., who worked his way through Harvard University, and is assistant state manager for the Southern Surety Company at Indianapolis, Indiana; and Raymond G., deputy county auditor of Pottawattamie County.

Henry K. Peterson grew up at Council Bluffs, attended school there, and after graduating from high school, though without capital, he entered Drake University at Des Moines and worked and earned his living while attending school.  He graduated from the law department in 1908 and then returned to Council Bluffs to engage in private practice.  He was associated as a partner with Clem Kimball until Mr. Kimball's death on September 10, 1928.  The law firm still retains Mr. Kimball's name.  The firm is Kimball, Peterson, Smith & Peterson, and for years has enjoyed an extensive general practice.

 Mr. Peterson married in 1911 Laura May Robinson, who was born at Council Bluffs, daughter of Joseph Robinson, for a number of years in the hardware business there.  They have three children, Josephine, born in 1915; Robert, born in 1917k, and Richard, born in 1925.  The family are members of the Baptist Church and Mr. Peterson is chairman of the board of trustees and has been president of the Iowa Baptist Convention.

He has also interested himself in fraternal organizations, being affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter and Council, the Woodmen of the World, Modern Woodmen of America, MacCabees, Yoemen, Tribe of Ben Hur and Loyal Order of Moose.  In politics he is a Republican and for four years was city attorney of Council Bluffs, and six years a member of the school board.  His work in behalf of schools has given him perhaps his greatest satisfaction in a public way.  He has been president of the Council Bluffs Kiwanis Club and during 1925 was governor of the Iowa-Nebraska Kiwanis District.  He has many times been a delegate to state Republican conventions, and was chairman and keynote speaker of the 1930 Republican state convention.  He is a member of the Pottawattamie County Bar Association, being president in 1930, and a member of the Iowa State and American Bar Associations, and it is to the law that he has devoted the best years of his life.


JULLIAN A. PEVERILL.  One of the veteran automobile men of the State of Iowa, Julian A. Peverill, head of the Hudson Jones Automobile Company of Des Moines, is the directing head of the largest organization of its kind in the state.  Mr. Peverill's career is a remarkable example of the value of the simple traits of industry, perseverance and honesty in the building up of a large fortune and the attainment of leadership in a given line of business activity, for when he first became identified with the motor car business, twenty-six years ago, his capital consisted of approximately $500.  He has been a resident of Des Moines since December, 1918, and is now recognized not only as a business leader, but one who takes a prominent part in civic affairs.

Mr. Peverill was born at Worthington, Minnesota, October 3, 1889, and is a son of William J. and Julia (Kistner) Peverill.  His grandfather, William Peverill, was born in England, but in young manhood immigrated to the United States and settled in Ohio.  Later he moved to Missouri and finally to Iowa, where he resided until his death.  During the war between the states he enlisted in the Union army and fought until near its close, when he received a severe wound, which brought on paralysis, incapacitated him from further active service, and eventually caused his death some years later.  He was a man of high character, spirit and courage and was greatly respected in the various communities in which he made his home.

William J. Peverill, father of Julian A. Peverill, was born in Ohio, and as a young man followed farming, but later became a grain dealer and broker.  During the '90s he came to Iowa and settled at Waterloo, where he continued in the same line of business, as he had also for a time at Worthington, Minnesota, and being a man of great industry and good judgment, was successful in his affairs.  He is now retired from business and he and Mrs. Peverill are residents of Los Angeles, California.  They are members of the United Brethern Church, in the work of which both are active.  Politically Mr. Peverill is a Republican, and while residing at Waterloo was a member of the City Council.  He and his wife have seven children, all surviving, Julian A. being the eldest.  George Kistner, the maternal grandfather of Julian A. Peverill, was born in Pennsylvania, whence he moved in young manhood to Iowa, where he passed the remainder of his life in agricultural operations.

Julian A. Peverill attended the public schools of Waterloo, and for a time was his father's assistant in the grain brokerage business.  As early as 1906 he embarked in the automobile business, selling Regal cars, but subsequently switched to Dodge cars and then also took over the Hudson agency, selling both makes.  In December, 1918, he came to Des Moines and became a minor stockholder in the Hudson Jones Automobile Company, but after four years bought out the interest of Mr. Jones and became the controlling owner of the business, as he is today.  This company, the offices of which are situated at 1420 Grand Street, has been developed into the largest automobile dealers in Iowa, operating in eighty counties.  Incorporated for $100,000, it now has annual sales approximating $3,700,000, which forms an interesting comparison with the business that was founded with a capital of $500 not so many years ago.  In business circles Mr. Peverill is known as being shrewd, capable and energetic, and thoroughly informed as to every angle of the business, to which he devotes practically all of his attention, although not to the exclusion of his duties as a good and public-spirited citizen.  He belongs to the various automobile dealers' bodies, the Wakonda Club and the Des Moines Club, and is a Scottish Rite Mason and member of the Mystic Shrine.  Politically a Republican, he has had little time for liking for politics, except in exercising his franchise as a voter for the candidates whom he deems best fitted for the office at stake.  He was reared in the faith of the United Brethren Church and is a contributor to worthy religious and educational movements.

In 1906 Mr. Peverill was united in marriage with Miss Lennis Miller, who was born in Iowa, and received her education at Oelwein, this state, where she was graduated from the high school, later supplementing her education by self teaching and reading.  She is active in all good works and has numerous friends in social circles.  She is a daughter of William Miller, who for many years was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Fayette County, this state, but is now living in retirement.  Mr. and Mrs. Peverill are the parents of two children:  Juliet, who was born in June, 1910; and Jean, who was born in August, 1919.


REV. ROWLAND FREDERICK PHILBROOK is a native of Iowa, a cultured and highly educated clergyman of the Episcopal Church, and is now rector of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at Davenport.

Dean Philbrook was born at Dunlap, Harrison County, Iowa, November 6, 1891, son of Barnabas Frederick and Ida Mary (McAlister) Pholbrook.  His mother was born in Chicago.  His father is active of the State of Maine and is now living at Sioux City, Iowa, being a dentist by profession.

Rowland Frederick Philbrook was a small child when the family moved to Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, where he grew up, graduating from the Denison High School.  After that he attended the University of Iowa and took his degree Bachelor of Scared Theology from the Divinity School at Philadelphia in 1917.

He was ordained in Wyoming, in 1917, and had five years of interesting experience in missionary work in the far western state.  While there he was rector of St. Thomas' Church at Rawlins, and was chaplain of the State Penitentiary.  Returning east, he was rector of St. Mark's Church in Chicago from 1922 to 1924, and from 1924 to 1928 served as rector of St. Luke's Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Dean Philbrook came to the Trinity Cathedral at Davenport March 1, 1928, being installed as rector on the Fourth of March, at which time the honorary title of dean was conferred upon him.  The impressive service was performed by the Rt. Rev. Theodore Morrison, Episcopal Bishop of Iowa.

Rev. Mr. Philbrook married, in 1920, Miss Gwendolyn Taylor, a native of Sioux City, Iowa.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois.  They have two sons, James Frederick, born in 1924, and Robert Rowland, born on Christmas Day, 1927.


BLAIR ALLEN PHILLIPS is president of the White-Phillips Company, investment bankers, with offices in the First National Bank Building at Davenport and 39 South La Salle Street, Chicago, with connections in the financial world throughout the Middle West.

He was born n a farm near by Albany, Illinois, May 22, 1888.  His parents, Benjamin Franklin and Mary (Rosenkrans) Phillips, are still living on the old farm at Albany.  Mr. Phillips is of Welsh ancestry in the paternal line, while his mother's people were originally German and Dutch.  One branch of the family produced Gen William S. Rosecrans, one of the great Union leaders in the Civil war, who spelled his name slightly differently.  The Phillips family has been in America for nine generations.

Blair Allen Phillips was educated in the common schools of an Illinois agricultural district.  His home was on a farm until he was eighteen, at which time he became a student in Brown's Business College at Davenport.  After leaving college he became associated with George M. Bechtel & Company i the bond business, later became vice president of the company, and had the reputation of being one of the largest single producers in the bond and investment field in the State of Iowa.  In 1919 he and George White founded the White-Phillips Company, each of the partners having had a wide experience in the purchase and sale of municipal bonds.  From the beginning the White-Phillips Company has specialized in safe and secure investment securities, and it has become a buying and selling organization of nation wide scope.  The company has handled more than $100,000,000 worth of bonds since it was founded.

Mr. Phillips has been an active member of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the Rotary Club, is affiliated with Albany Lodge No. 566, A. F. and A. M., is a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory and Mystic Shrine, member of the Davenport Country Club, Hamilton Club, Chicago, and Saint John's Methodist Episcopal Church.

He married, in 1912, Clara M. Fort, a native of Davenport.  They have three children, Jeanne Marie, Blair Allen, Jr., and Richard Elsworth.


CHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS, dean of the College of Commerce of the University of Iowa, has won many honors in the educational field, as an authority on finance and particularly in his administrative and teaching work at Iowa City, where he has had his home since 1913.

Doctor Phillips was born at Scipio, Indiana, July 17, 1882, son of Jacob and Celia (Celestia) Phillips.  He was educated in public schools in Indiana, and graduated with the A. B. degree from Central College of that state in 1904.  He was principal of the high school at Weston, Ohio, in 1904-05, and held the chair of English and history in Central College in 1905-07.  He then entered Yale University, where he took his A. B. degree in 1908, the Master of Arts degree in 1909, and in 1919 Yale conferred upon him the Doctor of Philosophy degree.  He was instructor in economics at Yale in 1909-10, and from 1911 to 1913 was instructor in economics and finance at Dartmouth College.

On coming to Iowa City in 1913 Doctor Phillips served as assistant professor of economics and finance at the State University until 1918, was professor of economics and finance form 1918 to 1920, and since 1921 has been dean of the College of Commerce.  He was special teacher and lecturer on economics at Columbia University in the summer sessions of 1919, 1920 and 1922, and at the University of California in the summers of 1923 and 1928.

Doctor Phillips is author of Readings in Money and Banking, published in 1916, and Bank Credit, published in 1920.  He has been a member of the advisory council of the Stabel Money League, is a member of the International High Commission of the Pan American States, and is a member of the American Economics Association.  Academy of Political Science, American Academy of Political and Social Science, is a national councillor of the United States Chamber of Commerce and president of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce.  Doctor Phillips is a director of the First National Bank of Iowa City and a member of the United Brethren Church.  His college and honorary fraternities are Phi Sigma Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma.

He married Mary Gordon McMurray, of Huntington, Indiana, and they have three children, Jessie Dorthy, Gordon and Van Lehn.


   ADAM PICKETT, who is serving as county attorney of Union County, with executive offices in the courthouse at Creston, has been a resident of Iowa for more than forty years, has the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and was long and prominently identified with educational work in the state, and finally, in 1919, he initiated the practice of law at Creston, where he continued to give his attention to his private law business until he was elected county attorney, in which office he is now serving his second term.
    Mr. Pickett was born on a farm twenty miles distant from the City of Belfast, Ireland, March 13, 1862, and is a son of Robert and Ellen (Fraser) Pickett, who likewise were born in Ireland but both of whom were of Scotch lineage, on which score they were zealous members of the United Presbyterian Church, in the faith in which they were reared. Robert Pickett continued his activities as a farmer in Ireland until his death, in 1870, and in 1884 his widow and children came to the United States, where Mrs. Pickett soon made settlement in Greene County, Iowa. She was venerable in years at the time of her death, in July, 1908, in Missouri. Mrs. Mary Ann Gray, eldest of the children, is a widow and now resides in New York City, she having come with other members of the family to the United States and she and her husband  having resided many years on their farm in Missouri. Her daughter, Miss Irene Gray, was actively identified with Government war services in the World war period, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and later at Columbia University, New York City, where she and her widowed mother now maintain their home. Robert, Jr., eldest of the sons, resides at Sullivan, Indiana, and is a foreman in coal mines near that place. Adam, of this review, was next in order of birth, and Joseph, youngest of the children, resides in Detroit, Michigan.
    Adam Pickett was a lad of eight years at the time of his father's death, and his early education was obtained in the schools of his native land. He preceded his widowed mother and the other children to the United States, in 1882, and in coming to Iowa he advanced his education by attending the Normal School at Dexter; Highland Park College, at Des Moines, this state; and the Illinois Wesleyan University, at Bloomfield, Illinois, from which last named institution he received his degree of of Bachelor of Philosophy, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy having later been conferred upon him by the same university. His law studies were prosecuted in the University of Chicago and in the law department of the University of Drake University, Des Moines.
    During the long period of thirty years Mr. Pickett was a successful, influential and popular teacher in the Iowa public schools, and during the final twelve years of this period he was superintendent of the public schools of his present home city of Creston. After his retirement from the pedagogic profession, in which he had made a splendid record, he here engaged in the practice of law, in 1919, and his ability and popularity soon brought to him a substantial and representative law business that engrossed the major part of his time and attention until he was elected county attorney, in November, 1926, the election of November, 1928, having marked his reelection to the office, in which he continued to give a characteristically loyal, vigorous and acceptable administration. It is to be noted that he gave seven years of service as justice of the peace at Creston, a position to which he had engaged in the practice of law in this city. Mr. Pickett is a stalwart advocate and supporter of the cause of the Republican party.
    In August, 1893, Mr. Pickett was united in marriage to Dora L. Nichols, nee Clayton, who was born in Jones County, this state, and who received the advantages of the Iowa public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Pickett have no children. They are zealous and loved members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in their home city, of which he is a trustee, and it is to be recorded also that he gave thirty-four years of faithful service as a teacher in the Sunday School. In the state in which they have lived and wrought to goodly ends Mr. and Mrs. Pickett may truthfully be said to have a circle of friends that is limited only by that of their acquaintances.


ERNEST ALFORD PICKWORTH.  In the busy marts of the enterprising and growing City of Waterloo the name of Pickworth, during recent years, has come to be synonymous with business solidity and integrity.  This stabel and solid old family has as one of  its present day representatives Ernest Alfred Pickworth, a dealer in building materials, who not only has built up a large and prosperous commercial enterprise, but has borne his full share of the responsibilities of citizenship both in private and public life.

Mr. Pickworth was born July 28, 1887, in the City of London, England, and his father, Rev. Felix H. Pickworth, also a native of that city, came of pure British ancestry.  He acquired a good education, served an apprenticeship to the printer's trade, and finally was converted and became a preacher of the Wesleyan Methodist faith.  In 1888 he came to the United States, where he was joined by his family, and his first pastorate was near Beason in Mahaska County, Iowa.  Later he joined the Episcopal Church and was ordained an Episcopal minister by Bishop Perry, being first stationed at Durant, Iowa, later at Farley and then at Anamosa, where he served as chaplain at the State Prison for fourteen years, during which time he inaugurated the printing room at that institution, giving his time to teaching those of the prisoners who wished to learn the printer's trade.  From Anamosa he was called to Mount Pleasant, where he continued as priest in charge of the Episcopal Church until his death in December, 1925, at the age of seventy-two years.  He had been for many years a member of the Masonic fraternity.  Reverend Pickworth married Emma J. Dudding, who was born in Kent County England, and died in November, 1924, at the age of seventy-nine years, having been the mother of two sons:  Felix and Ernest A.

Ernest A. Pickworth was but one year old when brought to the United States, and he attended the public schools of the various communities in which his father had pastorates.  Subsequently he pursued a course at the Shattuck Military Academy, at Faribault, Minnesota, and later graduated from the Iowa State College at Ames.  Upon the completion of his education he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he was employed as a draughtsman in an architect's office, and was thus occupied until 1917, in which year he took up his residence at Waterloo and continued to be engaged in a similar capacity.  This employment brought him into touch with men engaged in the building material business, and eventually he engaged in that line of business on his own account.  He has built up a technical building specialty business, with offices in the Pioneer Building.

On January 1, 1915, Mr. Pickworth was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Patterson Baird, who was born at Dundee, Scotland, a daughter of Alexander P. Baird, and a granddaughter of Fleming Baird, also a native of Dundee, where he grew to manhood and served an apprenticeship to the blacksmith trade.  He came to the United States in 1906 and settled at Chicago, where he conducted a blacksmith business until his death in 1916.  He married Jessie Patterson, who was born in Fyfeshire, Scotland, where she spent her entire life.  Alexander P. Baird took too a seafaring life in his youth and followed the sea for some years, but in 1916 settled at Chicago, where he was still living in 1929.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Episcopal Church.  He married Elizabeth McCauley, who was born in Dundee, Scotland, and died in 1921.  She and her husband were the parents of six children:  Agnes, Margaret, Jessie P., Elizabeth, Fleming and William.  Mr. and Mrs. Pickworth are the parents of two children:  Alfred Baird, born April 17, 1918; and Douglas Dudding, born August 12, 1920.  The family are members of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Mrs. Pickworth is a women of numerous accomplishments and graces.


WILLIAM J. PILKINGTON, secretary, treasurer and general manager of the United Business Builders, Incorporated, with offices in the Insurance Exchange Building, Des Moines, an organization which functions through putting on campaigns for better buildings for retail merchants throughout the United States, is a substantial and honored citizen who is a native son of the Hawkeye State and who has achieved independence and worthy prosperity entirely through his own ability and efforts.

Mr. Pilkington was born in Clayton County, Iowa, August 4, 1868, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Stewart) Pilkington, the former of whom was born in England and the latter in Pennsylvania, they having come to Iowa about 1860, and Mr. Pilkington having represented this state as a loyal soldier of the Union during the final year of the Civil war.  John Pilkington devoted his entire active career to productive farm enterprise, and in this connection gained pioneer honors in Iowa, where both he and his wife remained until their death, secure in the high regard of all who knew them.  Of the four children three are living; Mrs. C. E. Lovett resides at Volga City, Clayton County, where her husband is engaged in the poultry business:  William J., of this review, is next younger; and Charles S., a commercial traveler, resides at Westerville, Ohio.  The late John Pilkington was reared in the faith of the Church of England, and in the United States he retained that faith as a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal Church, the while his wife had membership in the Presbyterian Church.

William J. Pilkington passed the period of his childhood and early youth on the old home farm in Clayton County, and that he profited by the advantages of the public schools needs no further evidence than the statement that at the age of seventeen years he initiated his successful service as a teacher in the district schools of his native county.  He thus continued a representative of the pedagogic profession two years, and thereafter he was employed two years as clerk in a retail mercantile establishment.  He next had several years of experience as a commercial traveling salesman, and he then became editor and publisher of a weekly newspaper at Webster City, the judicial center of Hamilton County.  After being thus engaged about three years he became the owner of the Merchants Trade Journal at Des Moines, and he continued to publish this periodical nineteen years, at the expiration of which he made an advantageous sale of the plant and business.  Thereafter he was retired from active business for a time, and finally he organized the American Homes Company, of which he was the president, the major functions assigned to this corporation being to assist citizens in the adjusting and handling of their taxes, the service being one that has met with marked popular appreciation.

In politics Mr. Pilkington maintains an independent attitude and gives his support to men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment, regardless of strict partisan lines.  He and his wife are zealous members of the University Christian Church and he has given many years of service as a member of its Official Board.

In 1893 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Pilkington and Miss Susan M. Grayson, who likewise was born and reared in this state, where her father, Emmanuel Grayson, gained rank as a successful exponent of farm enterprise.  Mr. and Mrs. Pilkington have no children.


WILLIAM M. PLIMPTON, physician and surgeon, has been a valuable representative of his profession at Glenwood for over thirty years.  Doctor Plimpton has been a very busy doctor, but has also manifested a keen interest in the affairs of his community and has filled several positions requiring his time and involving responsibilities outside of his routine professional duties.

Doctor Plimpton was born at Brooklyn, New York, September 20, 1869, a son of Edward S. and Selina J. (Bind) Plimpton.  His parents were natives of Massachusetts.  His father came west and settled in Iowa in 1854, and for a number of years was a merchant at Denison.  Later he and his wife moved to Salida, Colorado, and spent their last years in the home of their daughter at Des Moines.  They were Baptists, and were prominent workers in their church at Denison.  Edward S. Plimpton was a Republican, served as city treasurer at Dension and was president of the school board for a number of years.  There were seven children in the family:  Carrie M., the oldest, is the wife of E. T. Fegtly, a retired Methodist minister at Des Moines; Edward S., Jr., died at Salida, Colorado, at the age of fifty-four; Lillian M. married H. S. Black, a Baptist minister, who died at Tacoma, Washington, where she continues to make her home;   Dr. William M., is the fourth in age; Robert P. is also a physician, located at Denison; George B. died at Denison when a child; and Elifleda M. is the wife of Albert H. Fisher, head of the Fisher Planning Mills at Stockton, California.

Dr. William M. Plimpton completed his high school education at Denison and completed his literary training in Des Moines University, from which he holds two degrees, A. B. and A. M.  In 1896 he was graduated M. D. from the Chicago Medical College, and in the spring of the same year located at Glenwood and has been away from his work and the duties of his home community only for short periods of time, including visits to schools and hospitals for post-graduate study and observation.  He has one diploma for eye, ear, nose and throat work at Chicago.  Doctor Plimpton has been a prominent specialist in obstetrics.

He married, October 1, 1896, Miss Laura Bartlett, of Wayne, Nebraska, where she finished her high school course and later attended Des Moines University.  Doctor and Mrs. Plimpton have five children:  Ruth J., the wife of Capt. E. L. Homdahl, and teaching at Fullerton, California, where she has charge of the commercial department; Edwin B., a practicing orthopedic surgeon at Los Angeles; Lorna M., wife of John M. Dodds, who is associated with the Pure Oil Company at Cincinnati, Ohio; Helen F., a teacher of commercial and junior business at the schools in Beaumont, California; and Leslie Merrill, a senior student in the University of Nebraska.

Doctor Plimpton is a Baptist, is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter, the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a Republican.

For four years he served as mayor of Glenwood and for twelve years was on the school board, being president of the board the last year.  He was one of the organizers and is a director of the Glenwood State Bank, and is a charter member of the board of directors and vice president of the Glenwood Building & Loan Association.  He is a charter member of the Glenwood Rotary Club and served one year as it's president.


HAROLD B. PLUMB.  A leading business man and influential member of the Republican party in Blackhawk County, Harold B. Plumb has been a resident of Waterloo for thirty years, during all of which period he has discharged the duties  and responsibilities of public and private life in a manner that has established him favorably in the confidence and esteem of the people of his community.  As president of the Associated Manufacturers Corporation he has displayed business and executive ability, and as postmaster of Waterloo rendered splendid service to the people during his appointment in 1929.

Mr. Plumb was born at Utica, New York, a son of Henry A. Plumb.  His father was born at Washington Mills, New York, a son of Horace Plumb, who, fro the best information attainable, was descended from an English family which settled in York State.  His own life was passed at Washington Mills.  At the age of seventeen years Henry A. Plumb, having completed a public school education, commenced his career as clerk in a drug store, and by hard work and close saving managed to embark in the same line of business.  He continued therein for a period of forty years, winning prosperity and the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens, and retiring only because of ill health.  In 1910 he took up his residence at Waterloo, where he was sixty-two years of age.  he was a man of fine character and absolute integrity, and shows his public spirit in many ways.  Mr. Plumb married Miss Sarah Marsh, a sister of W. W. Marsh, a sketch of whose career appears elsewhere in this work.  Her death occurred May 26, 1906

The only child of his parents, Harold B. Plumb completed his course in the public schools of Utica, New York, including the high school, and then enrolled as a student at Cornell University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1901, receiving the degree of Mechanical Engineer.  At that time he came to Waterloo to become associated with his uncle, W. W. Marsh,  then president of the Iowa Dairy Separator Company, which later became the Associated Manufacturers Company, one of the leading concerns of the city.  He has continued to be identified with this enterprise to the present, and is now president, with offices and plant on Mullan Avenue.  The Associated Manufacturers Corporation was founded in 1909, although the present corporation was effected in 1929.  Besides the well known Iowa Cream Separators they also manufacture the Chore Boy line of gasoline engines, designed for farm use.

Mr. Plumb is numbered among the energetic and public-spirited business men of the city and in an enthusiastic member of the Rotary Club.  Politically a Republican, he is one of the influential members of his party and has served as a delegate to numerous state conventions.  He was appointed postmaster in 1929 by President Hoover.  His service in this office was energetic and constructive, much to the satisfaction of the people of his adopted community.  As a churchman Mr. Plumb was reared in the Episcopal faith, and fraternally he belongs to the Delta Tau Delta college fraternity and to Waterloo Lodge No. 290, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in which he has numerous friend.  Mr. Plumb's career has been one in which the homely virtues of industry and perseverance have played their part, and in which civic pride and public spirit have been fully represented.

On October 17, 1906, Mr. Plumb was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Manson Balliett, who was born at Waterloo, and is a daughter of Charles O. and Margaret (Manson) Balliett.  She is a member of the Presbyterian Church and takes an active part in its work.  She is also active in Woman's Club work, P. E. O. and other local activities.  She graduated in 1902 from the Lake Forest Seminary at Lake Forest, Illinois.


ROY JOHN POOLEY is president and general manager of the Pooley Lumber Company of Greene.  This is a business that has been giving service to that section of Butler County for a great many years.  Under the present management the service has been greatly expanded beyond the scope indicated by its title.  The company not only handles lumber and building material, but also coal, carries a line of farm equipment, and also has a department for handling live stock.

The president of the company is a graduate civil engineer and practiced his profession for several years, until getting into his present business.  He was born on a farm in Floyd County, Iowa, three miles north of Greene, on December 12, 1886, son of John B. and Priscilla (Fiddick) Pooley.  John B. Pooley was a native of Cornwall, England, but when  a young man came to America and first located at Rockford, Illinois.  He was a hard working farmer, acquired 160 acres of good Iowa soil, and had gone a long way toward making ample provision for his  family when an early death took him away on October 12, 1890, at the age of thirty-six.  He married at Clarksville, Iowa, Miss Priscilla Fiddick.  She was born in Capetown, South Africa.  Her father, James Fiddick, was an Englishman, a shipyard mechanic in the Queen's navy and was sent to the shipyards at Capetown, where he died while still in the service.  After his death the widowed mother and her nine children came to America, the daughter of Priscilla being then twenty years of age.  Roy John Pooley was just a child when his father died.  There were two other sons, Charles G., secretary and treasurer of the Pooley Lumber Company, and James Wilfred, a farmer at Saint James, Minnesota.

Roy John Pooley during his boyhood had many working contracts with the farm, but was given a liberal education.  After graduating from the Greene High School he attended the Iowa State College at Ames from 1906 to 1910, graduating with the Civil Engineering degree.  While at Ames he paid part of his expenses working on the campus, assisting farmers in selling silos and taking other jobs.  He made a good student record and was a member of the baseball and football teams.  After graduating at Ames he was city engineer at Charles City from 1910 to 1912.  In that capacity he had charge of the preliminary paving project at Charles City.

Mr. Pooley in 1912 came to Greene to join the Gates Lumber Company.  The owner of that business died during a session of the State Legislature while serving as a senator.  After his death Mr. Pooley took active charge and conducted the business under his management from January, 1913, until 1919.  The business was continued as the Pooley-Clark Lumber Company, and since 1928 has been the Pooley Lumber Company, with Mr. Pooley as president.

Along with his business responsibilities he has kept in touch with public affairs at Greene, has served on the city council and school board, is a member of the Lions Club, an elder in the Presbyterian Church and for eighteen years has taught one class in the Sunday School.  His favorite subjects of reading and studying are science and history, and he takes his recreation at golf and other outdoor sports.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Pooley married, on September 6, 1911, Nellie M. Stickney, daughter of Will and Mary Stickney, of Greene.  She attended high school there and afterwards took a business course at Waterloo.  They have four children:  S, Dwight, born May 8, 1913, and Eleanor Louise, born July 5, 1915, both in high school; Mary Virginia, born June 12, 1918, and Paul Eugene, born February 9, 1922.


WILLIAM F. POORMAN is one of the well known insurance actuaries in the Middle West, and his abilities have attracted him to the capital of the Iowa insurance world at Des Moines, where he is actuary for the Central Life Assurance Society.

Mr. Poorman was born near Livingston, Montana, January 17, 1897, son of Jacob L. and Nona (Cole) Poorman.  His father was born in Wisconsin and his mother in Missouri, and his father want out to Montana in the early days and became a rancher and cattle man.  He died in 1902 and his wife in 1908.  He was a Republican in politics, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and his wife was a Methodist, while he belonged to the Christian denomination.  Of their three children two are living, William F. and Mildred, the latter the wife of Walter A. Fouts, a Montana cattle man.

William F. Poorman graduated from the Park County, Montana, High School.  In the spring of 1918, when he was twenty-one years of age, he was called to the colors and was in training with the Coast Artillery Corps at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, until after the armistice.  He now has rank as second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps.  After leaving the army he returned to the University of Michigan, and was graduated with the A. B. degree in 1921 and with the Master of Arts degree in 1922.  His first experience in the insurance business was with the Lincoln National Life Company of Fort Wayne, Indiana, with which he was employed for six months before graduating from the University of Michigan.  For three years he was actuary for the Farmers National Life Insurance Company of Chicago, and in December, 1925, removed to Des Moines as actuary of the Central Life Assurance Society.

Mr. Poorman is a member of the Actuary Society of America, the American Institute of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuary Society.  he is a Knight Templar Mason, member of the Wakonda Club and the Episcopal Church, while his wife is a Presbyterian.

He married, December 22, 1923, Miss Zella Carr, daughter of J. H. Carr, of Peru, Indiana.  Her father is an accountant with the Wabash Railway Company.


CHARLES F. PORT, D.D.S.  Established professionally at Clinton, Iowa, for more than a quarter of a century, Dr. Charles F. Port, dental surgeon, is one of the leading practitioners of Clinton County, and is a past president of the Clinton County Dental Society.  Liberally educated, and thereby well qualified for other vocations, he was yet in early manhood when he completed his university course in dental surgery, and in 1903 entered into practice at Clinton, in which beautiful city he has ever since maintained his home.  That he is still here, busy professionally, contented, universally respected and standing high in his profession, may be due, perhaps, in part, to his finding at Clinton a ready recognition of his skill that made it a remunerative professional field and a pleasant material and social environment, and became, ere long, a center where were formed the mutual ties of personal esteem that have been lasting.

Dr. Charles F. Port is a native of Iowa, and was born in Cedar County, March 25, 1880, a son of Theodore and Susanna (Doehr) Port.  Theodore Port was born in Orange County, Ohio, whence he came to Iowa in 1856 and took up his residence in Cedar County, where he was engaged in agricultural operations during the remainder of his active and useful career, becoming through industry one of the substantial men of his community.  He is still the owner of 160 acres of highly valuable and productive land, but is now living in retirement at Wilton junction, Iowa, hale and hearty at the age of eighty-seven years.  Mr. Port married Miss Susanna Doehr, who in 1858 came to Iowa with her parents, her father being a shoemaker who spent the rest of his life at his trade at Wilton Junction.  Like her husband, Mrs. Port is in excellent health, although she has reached the age of eighty-five years.  They were the parents of four children:  William, a retired farmer, also living at Wilton Junction; Katherine, who is now deceased; Clara, the wife of Park Walton, a prosperous farmer of Cedar County, died in December, 1930; and Charles F. of this review.

Charles F. Port attended the White Pigeon country school and the Wilton German English College, following which he pursued a course at Professor Harris' School of Commercial Law.  He next entered the University of Iowa, where he spent one year, and next enrolled as a student at the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, from which he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in the spring of 1903.  In July of the same year he established his home and office at Clinton, where he has since been in the enjoyment of a constantly-increasing practice.  As noted, he is recognized as one of the most skilled diagnosticians, practitioners and operators in this part of the state, and stands exceptionally high in his calling, being a member of the District Dental Society and the Iowa State Dental Society, and in 1929 was elected president of the Clinton County Dental Society.  Doctor Port is widely known in fraternal circles, being a York Mason, a Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Knights Templar Commandery at Clinton and the Mystic Shrine at Davenport; and a past exalted ruler of Clinton Lodge No. 199, B. P. O. Elks.  He takes an active part in civic affairs, being a past president of the Rotary Club, and also belongs to the Turner Society.  He holds membership in the Clinton Boat Club and his principal recreations are fishing and hunting, the family spending the summer months at their cottage on the lake in Northern Wisconsin.  Doctor Port is a Republican, but has not been an office-seeker or active in politics.  With his family he belongs to the First Presbyterian Church.

On October 4, 1905, Doctor Port was united in marriage with Miss Bessie M. Reppy, of Clinton, daughter of James F. and Mildred D. (Parker) Reppy, lumber people of Clinton, both of whom are now deceased.  One daughter has been born to Doctor and Mrs. Port:  Marian Louise, twelve years of age, a junior in the Clinton High School.


JOHN F. PORTERFIELD.  However prodigal in her gifts, nature seldom confers upon a single individual superior talents in more than one line of endeavor.  However there are exceptions to this rule and a notable one is found in the case of Hon. John F. Porterfield, mayor of Hamburg, a leading member of the Fremont County bar, and a talented and eloquent minister of the Baptist faith.  For many years he has been before the public as a preacher and an attorney, and the people have learned to place implicit faith and confidence in him.  In the meanwhile he has contributed in no small degree to the betterment and development of the communities in which he has lived and labored.

Mr. Porterfield was born at Sharon, Pennsylvania, May 15, 1871, and is a son of Rev. Samuel B. and Anges (Percy) Porterfield.  His father, a native of Ohio, was given excellent educational advantages in his youth, including a course in a college of the United Brethren Church, and was still a young man at the outbreak of the war between the states, in which he served three years as a private in Company A, Twenty-Fifth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  At the close of the war he returned to Ohio and preached for many years, but after the death of his wife there he went to Michigan, where he spent the remainder of his life.  They were the parents of four children, of whom three are living:  Rev. David, a Baptist preacher of Jefferson, Ohio; Agnes, the wife of John Reid, a master mechanic in the truck works at Alma, Michigan; and John F., of this review.  Samuel B. Porterfield was a Republican in politics and active in his party but not as an office seeker.  He belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The public schools of St. Louis, Michigan, furnished John F. Porterfield with his early education training, following which he took a correspondence course of four years in theology and law and was ordained minister of the Congregational Church at Mattison, Michigan, in 1896.  He had commenced preaching at the age of nineteen years, at Mattison, Michigan, where he remained one year.  Later he changed to the Methodist Protestant faith and continued as a preacher thereof for four years, but eventually became a Baptist preacher at Flint, Michigan, and has continued with that denomination to the present.  From Flint he went to Pennsylvania, where he held several charges, and while there commenced to read law in a law office at Linesville.  Subsequently he removed to Columbia City, Indiana, where he read law under J. Blooms, and after an examination in open court in Indiana was admitted to practice December 11, 1910.  He was immediately appointed county attorney of Whitley County, Indiana, but after about a year came to Page County, Iowa, to supply a church at Essex, and was admitted to practice in Iowa in September, 1912, and to practice before the Federal courts in December, 1920.  In 1913 Mr. Porterfield was appointed deputy revenue collector and held office at Council Bluffs and Des Moines.  He was next transferred to the department of justice and held office at Des Moines and Chicago.  Mr. Porterfield has been a resident of Fremont County since 1920, and during all these years has divided his time between preaching and practicing his profession.  He has a large and prominent clientele as a lawyer and is a member of the Fremont County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  A Democrat in politics, he has always been a leader in his party and has been chairman of the Page and Fremont Democratic county committees and chairman of the Eighth District committee for seven years, being at present chairman of the Fremont County committee.  On a number of occasions he has been his party's candidate for high offices, being defeated only because of the preponderance of Republican voters in this locality.  In March, 1929, he was elected mayor of Hamburg, and is giving his fellow-citizens a splendid administration.  During the Spanish-American war Mr. Porterfield enlisted in the army, but was not called upon for active service.  He served for a number of years as vice commander of the Sons of Veterans.  Fraternally he is a Scottish Rite Mason.

On May 27, 1891, Mr. Porterfield was united in marriage with Miss Hattie M. Hill, who was born at Missouri Valley, Iowa, and is a graduate of the high school of Coldwater, Michigan, and to this union there have been born the following children:  Harold B., a graduate in liberal arts and law of the University of Nebraska, who spent six months at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, received a diploma, and was an ensign in the United States navy for fifteen months during the World war, engaged in convoy service, has been admitted to practice law in Iowa, but is employed as district manager for the Aetna Life Insurance Company, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Zada, the wife of R. G. Richner, connected with the Goodrich Tire Company at Rockford, Illinois; Jean, a graduate of Des Moines University and the University of Nebraska, who resides at home; Ruth, a graduate of the University of Nebraska, who is employed in the office of the county engineer at Sidney, Iowa; John, a graduate of Hamburg High School, who entered the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1929; and Russell, a graduate of the local high school.


HON. RALPH POWERS, judge of the Municipal Court of Des Moines, has the distinction of being the youngest man to sit in this court, and as its judge he is proving his ability and his knowledge of the law, and at the same time administrating justice impartially to all classes.  He was born at Chariton, Iowa, March 20, 1894, a son of Fred and Zora (Holmes) Powers, both of whom were born at Chariton.  They are now residents of Des Moines, and highly regarded by their fellow citizens.

For many years the father worked as an iron smelter.  He and his wife had eight children born to them, of whom Judge Powers is the eldest.  The parents are active members of the Church of Christ, and he is an honored brother in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  As a Republican he is a well known figure in politics.  The Powers family is a pioneer one in Iowa, in which state the grandparents, W. C. and Emily (Blair) Powers, came before it was admitted to the Union, from Ohio where both had been born.  They had a strange experience on their trip to their new home.  While crossing the Mississippi River on a ferry boat the wagon fell off the ferry, but the horses swam to shore, dragging the wagon behind them, so that the loss was small one.

It is a difficult matter for the present generation to understand the dangers and hardships of the pioneer period, because all of those conditions have passed with the progress along all lines and the settlement of the country.  Where once there were but a few huts, today are either large commercial communities or well cultivated farms, and in view of this extraordinary progress one cannot but admire the intelligence, zeal and perseverance of the ones who blazed the way for succeeding generations.  Existence on what was the frontier when the grandparents of Judge Powers came to Iowa was full of the tragedy of Indian warfare, but this has been softened by peace and religion.  In that struggle of the pioneers, when man pitted himself against primeval forest and aboriginal inhabitant, the strongest types of manhood and womanhood were evolved.  W. C. Powers and his wife settled at Eddyville, Iowa, and there for a number of years he managed a lumber company, and in spite of his hard work and tireless energy, lived to be eighty-four years of age, and the grandmother lived to reach the same venerable age.  The maternal grandparents of Judge Powers, W. S. and Eliza (Shutt) Holmes, natives of Southern Ohio, moved to Iowa at a very early day and settled at Chariton, where he engaged in farming.  His death occurred from cancer when he was seventy-seven years old.  Of the twelve children born to him and his wife eleven are living.

Judge Powers attended the public schools of Ottumwa, Iowa, and was graduated from Drake University in 1917, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and immediately thereafter entered upon the practice of his profession at Des Moines, and his success is all the more remarkable from the fact that he has made his own way in life, having worked his way through both high school and the university.

On August 27, 1917, Judge Powers enlisted for service in the World war, and went to the Officers Training Camp at Fort Snelling, where he remained for ninety days, after which he was assigned to the Fortieth Infantry at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, where he continued until in February, 1918, at which time he was transferred to the Camp Stanley, Texas.  In August of that same year he was sent to Camp Perry, Ohio, where he remained for thirty days, after which he was transferred to Camp Travis, Texas, and placed in the Fifty-third Field Artillery and kept at that point until early in November, when he entered the School of Fire, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he remained for ninety days, after which he was sent back to Camp Travis.  Through all of these changes he held the rank of a second lieutenant.  In February, 1919, he was honorably discharged, and returned to his law practice at Des Moines in April, 1920.  From 1923 to 1925 he was captain of the local company of the Iowa National Guard, and he has taken an active part in the American Legion.  Under Vernon R. Seeberger he served as assistant state's attorney for four years, and then, March 26, 1928, he was elected judge of the Municipal Court of Des Moines, which office he is still holding.

On January 18, 1924, Judge Powers married Miss Helen Sheely, who was born at Des Moines and educated in its high school.  She is a daughter of Jesse and Josephine E. (Wheeler) Sheely, members of pioneer families of Iowa.  Mr. Sheely served as a soldier in the Civil war, and by occupation was a bridge builder, having constructed some of the first bridges in Iowa and Nebraska.  Judge and Mrs. Powers are both active members of the Christian Church.  He is a Scottish-Rite Mason in fraternal connections, and a Republican politically.  His associates recognize the fact that Judge Powers possesses a brilliant intellectuality, is clear and cool in judgment, and has a fine discriminating ability, which admirable qualities result in giving to his official life a direction that is wise and beneficial along many lines of usefulness.


AARON V. PROUDFOOT has been for thirty years established in teh practice of law at Indianola, judicial center of Warren County, and in addition of being one of the representative members of the bar of this city and county he is also president of Worth Savings Bank and is valued as a loyal and public spirited citizen.

Mr. Proudfoot, a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of Iowa, was born at Liberty, Clarke County, this state, June 13, 1862, and is a son of Jacob and Cyrena (VanScoy) Proudfoot, of whose family of five sons and two daughters only three are now living:  W. T., a resident of Yakima, Washington;  C. F., of Osceola, Iowa; and Aaron V., of this review.

After profiting by the advantages of the public schools of his native county Aaron V. Proudfoot entered Simpson College at Indianola, and in this institution he was a member of the class of 1884.  In this city he then studied law in the office of Creighton & Hays and later in that of the law firm of Hall & Hartman.  He thus thoroughly grounded himself in the science of jurisprudence, and his technical reinforcement was augmented by his six years of service as clerk of the District Court.  He was admitted to the bar in 1899, has since continued in the practice of his profession at Indianola, and his personality and his achievement mark him as one of the leading members of the bar of Warren County.

Mr. Proudfoot is a stalwart in the ranks of the Republican party, and he represented his district in the State Senate during the general legislative assemblies designated as the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth, besides having been influential also in the work of special sessions held within this period.  He was a member of the Iowa Senate at the time of the election of Hon. A. B. Cummins to the United States Senate, and he once served as presidential elector from Iowa on the ticket of his party.  As president of the Board of Trustees he is giving loyal service to his alma mater, Simpson College, which is maintained under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he and his wife are zealous members, he having been a delegate to four of the general conferences of the church, in which connection he was made a member of the Episcopal committee.  He is a lay member of the World Service Commission from the Omaha area of the Methodist Episcopal Church, including the states of Iowa and Nebraska.  Mr. Proudfoot is one of the veteran and honored members of the Warren County Bar Association and has membership also in the Iowa State Bar Association.  He is a past grand master of the Iowa Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has membership in the Monday Club, the first literary club to be organized in Indianola.

Reverting to Jacob Proudfoot, father of the subject of this sketch, it is to be noted that he was born and reared in West Virginia and that he thence came to Iowa in the year 1855.  He gained pioneer honors in Clarke County, having served in the State Legislature.  He reclaimed and developed a farm and also followed his trade, that of blacksmith, his service in the work of this ancient craft having covered a period of fully sixty years.  He was one of the revered pioneer citizens of Liberty, Clarke County, at the time of his death in 1899, and his widow passed to life eternal in 1919, both having been devout members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

In conclusion is given brief record concerning the domestic chapter in the career of Aaron V. Proudfoot.  On the 10th of May, 1885, was solemnized his marriage with Miss Louie L. Posegate, who likewise was  born and reared in Iowa and who is a daughter of the late Eli and Rebecca V. (Haworth) Posegate.  Mrs. Proudfoot was graduated from the Indianola High School and was also a student in Simpson College, and she has long been a gracious figure in the social cultural and church life of her home city.  Charity M., elder of the two children of Mr. and Mrs. Proudfoot, is the widow of John M. Hillis, of Hillsburg, Indiana, and now maintains her home in Indianola, her children being Ruth, Mary L., Richard A. and John E.  Edwin V., younger of the two children of Mr. and Mrs. Proudfoot, was graduated from the University of Chicago, and is now engaged in the fidelity bond business in the City of Davenport, Iowa, the maiden name of his wife having been Mary Louise Peasley.


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