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H. E. Bacon was elected in the autumn of 1870, to the office of county recorder, and was re-elected in 1872, serving four years in all.

H. E. Bacon is a native of Chenango county. New York, born May 30, 1837, and is the son of Horatio Bacon, who died in Ohio, in 1800, and Rachel L. Bacon, nee Beardsley, who lives with her son in Atlantic. He spent his early life in Lorain county, Ohio, whither his parents had moved, and where he remained until 1867, when he came to Cass county, and settled on a farm west of Lewis. This was then wild land, but he went to work and broke the tough prairie sod and made a cultivated farm, and lived there until 1869, when he came to Atlantic, and entered into the employ of Joseph C. Yetzer, in the hardware business. In 1870, he was elected to the office of county recorder, and re-elected two years afterwards, serving four years in that office. On the expiration of his second term, he was chosen by the qualified electors of the county to the office of clerk of the courts, and filled that place for two years. He, on the cessation of his official duties, turned his attention to the real estate, abstract and loan business, which he carried on until 1881, when he sold out. He was the first to establish the loan business in Cass county. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and at one time succeeded himself as Noble Grand, which is not common. He was united in marriage on the 26th of October, 1859, with Miss Ordelia Armstrong, and their union has been blessed with three children--Lillian L. G., Jesse G. and Chauncey II.

Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex, from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 359.

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