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


HENRY A. QUINN. The important lumber industry of the great Hawkeye State has a worthy and prominent representative in the person of Henry A. Quinn, one of the old and honored residents of Council Bluffs, and president of the H. A. Quinn Lumber Company, Inc. Mr. Quinn has been identified with the lumber business since 1882 and has been connected as employee or owner with large yards in the State of Iowa, but since January 1, 1898, has made his home at Council Bluffs, of which city he is now a prominent citizen.

Mr. Quinn was born at Rockville, Maryland, July 1, 1859, and is a son of Bernard F. and Rebecca (Dielman) Quinn. Bernard F. Quinn was born in New Jersey, but as a youth went to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was educated at Mount St. Mary's College, and subsequently became a professor of Latin and Greek, following the profession of an educator for many years. He was a Democrat in politics and he and his wife, a native of Emmitsburg, Maryland, belonged to the Catholic Church. They had a family of six children, Henry A. being the eldest, and one is deceased.

Henry A. Quinn attended the public schools of Baltimore, Maryland, and began his independent career when still a lad, by delivering bundles for a store during vacation periods. Subsequently he served an apprenticeship to the trade of printer at Littlestown, Pennsylvania, and worked at this occupation from 1879 until 1882 at Emmitsburg, his status being that of manager of a newspaper, which meant that he had charge of the details, of very department of the business. In 1882 Mr. Quinn gave up the printing business and came to Odebolt, Sac County, Iowa, where he secured employment doing general work in a lumber yard, but later went to Schaller, Iowa, in the same county, where from September, 1882, he was in charge of a lumber company until 1885. In that year, after a vacation, he returned to Odebolt, continuing there until 1888, but in the meantime spent much time traveling around the country looking for a suitable place to go into business with the president of the company for which he was working. In 1888 he bought the yards at Manilla, Iowa, and Buck Grove, Iowa, in the name of H. A. Quinn & Company, with S. H. Bowman, of Minneapolis, as partner. He remained at Manilla until 1890, in the meantime purchasing another yard at Logan, this state, where he remained one year, and then for the next seven years was located in business at Woodbine, Iowa. Later he bought yards at Little Sioux, Malvern and Weston, Iowa, this putting him in control of six yards, and January 1, 1898, settled permanently at Council Bluffs, where he bought the yard of L. Hammer Lumber Company, doing a general lumber business. Mr. Quinn is president of this concern: E. A. Moore is vice president; H. A. Quinn, Jr., treasurer; and B. M. Pemple, secretary. Mr. Quinn devotes his entire time to the lumber business. However, he is more than a mere business grind and enjoys the companionship of his fellows, being a member of Council Bluffs Lodge No. 531, B. P. O. Elks; and the Knights of Pythias, of which he is a past chancellor commander and formerly a member of the Grand Lodge. Politically he is a Republican, but does not take an active part in politics, although he is a good citizen of public spirit.

In the summer of 1889 Mr. Quinn was united in marriage with Miss Jennie M. Arnold, of Jones County, Iowa, a daughter of William F. Arnold, who early came to Iowa in a covered wagon and spent the remainder of his life in carpentry and cabinet-making. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Quinn: Orpha A., the wife of Wallace B. Graham, of Ottumwa, Iowa, who is identified with a general chain store business; Elizabeth M., who is unmarried and lives with her parents; and Henry A., Jr., treasurer of the H. A. Quinn Lumber Company, who married Miss Adele Plumer.


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