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Posted By: Nettie Mae (email)
Date: 4/19/2021 at 17:05:30


Among the prominent and successful farmers and stock-raisers of Brookfield township is numbered J. D. Leinbaugh, who is a native of Iowa, born in Maquoketa, Jackson county, September 27, 1859. His parents, Adam and Elizabeth (Fisher) Leinbaugh, were both natives of Berks county, Pennsylvania, and on coming west, in 1856, located in Maquoketa, where the father first worked at his trade of carpenter and later engaged in teaming. He subsequently engaged in agricultural pursuits upon a farm in Jackson county for three years, and then removed to another farm near Elwood, Clinton county, to the cultivation and improvement of which he devoted his energies until 1883. He has since made his home in Elwood, and is now living a retired life, enjoying a well-earned rest. His estimable wife died on the 28th of March, 1900. They were the parents of eleven children, nine sons and two daughters, most of whom are living in this county, and all were educated in its common schools.

J. D. Leinbaugh grew to manhood upon the home farm and was united in marriage with Miss Matilda Wirth. a native of Orange township, Clinton county, and a daughter of John Wirth, who is now engaged in farming in Brookfield township. By this union have been born two children: Alvin and Agnes. For one year after his marriage Mr. Leinbaugh remained on the old home farm and then removed to his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section thirty-two. Brookfield township, which was known as the Lewisfield place. In connection with general farming he is engaged in the raising and breeding of stock, and is meeting with good success in his business affairs. In early life he was a Republican in politics, but now supports the Democratic party. He has filled several local offices, including those of school director and road supervisor, and he served in the latter capacity twelve years. Socially he is a member of the Mystic Workers of the World at Lost Nation. He is one of the leading citizens of his community and is a man highly respected and esteemed by all who know him.

Source: "The 1901 Biographical Record of Clinton Co., Iowa, Illustrated" published: Chicago : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1901.


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