GEORGE HORRIDGE, president of the Farmers
National Bank of Vinton, is one of that prominent group of men who have
founded and promoted the commercial prosperity of Vinton. That Vinton
is a local metropolis and a community representative of the highest
standards of American life and institutions, is the result of the
enterprise and character of such active leaders as Mr. Horridge. During
the half century of his residence here he has laid the impress of his
personality on many affairs and has contributed from his means to many
movements that directly concern the welfare of the community.
With the financial institution of which he is president he has been
associated since 1878, having become president of the old Farmers Loan
& Trust Company in that year, and having continued to head the
official management when the bank assumed its present national charter
When the Carnegie Library was founded in Vinton Mr. Horridge was one of
the principal local contributors, and is still a member of the board of
trustees. He has also served in the city council and as member of the
He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1833. George
and Mary (Hamlet) Horridge, his parents, were natives of England, who
emigrated to America in 1831, and after two years' residence in New
York city settled in Washington county. In 1852 they moved west and
located near Mt. Vernon, Linn county, Iowa.
The father died at the age of eighty-two and the mother at
seventy-eight. They were members of the Methodist church. Only two of
their ten children grew to maturity.
George Horridge grew up and received his education in Washington
county. In 1851, at the age of eighteen, he came to Linn county, Iowa,
and in the following year apprenticed himself to the trade of tinsmith
with the firm of Rock & Brother. He located at Vinton in 1858, and
in 1860 commenced business here in partnership with Mrs. Elizabeth Rock
(whom he afterwards married), the name being Rock & Horridge. The
original business was augmented with a complete stock of hardware, and
this was one of Vinton's most successful hardware firms of that period.
G. T. Rock, a son of Mrs. Rock, later became a partner, and the firm
for some years continued as George Horridge & Company. In 1885 Mr.
Horridge retired from the hardware business to give his chief attention
to the bank of which he had been president since 1878. Mr. Rock then
continued the business, and for several years past has been a
successful hardware merchant at Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mr. Horridge
likewise has financial interests in Lake Charles, having formerly spent
some winters in that climate. He has been connected with the Calcasieu
National Bank there since 1892, and is its vice president.
Mr. Horridge is one of the oldest Republicans of Iowa. His first vote
was for John C. Fremont, in 1856, and he has never missed a county,
state or national election from that time.
On October 29, 1863, Mr. Horridge married Mrs. Elizabeth Kock. She was
born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and died in 1900. By her marriage with
A. H. Rock she had four children, two of them living: George T.,
previously mentioned and Mrs. N. D. Pope, wife of a wealthy lumberman
and fence manufacturer at Lake Charles. The present Mrs. Horridge was
before her marriage Miss Carrie Smythe, of Washington county, Iowa.