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Hiram A. Disbrow, of the law firm of Brown and Disbrow, of Atlantic, is a native of Ohio, and was born March II, 1844, his parents being Perry and Clarissa (Langdon) Disbrow, the former being Welsh and the latter French. When Hiram was thirteen years of age his parents removed to Cass county, Iowa, arriving in Lewis, May 1, 1857. At the age of sixteen years, he attended school in Grove City, but acquired the most of his education by his own exertions. July 27, 1862, he enlisted in company I, Twenty-third Iowa Infantry, and was engaged at Vicksburg, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; in Texas; Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hill, Black River Bridge, Spanish Fort, and many skirmishes. He entered the service as a private, was promoted sergeant, and was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Texas, on the 25th day of August, 1865. He then returned to his home, attended district school, and spent six months in the Tabor schools, and during the winter of 1866 taught school near Atlantic. In the spring of 1867 he entered upon the study of medicine with Dr. Findley, which he continued for four months, when he concluded to return to Tabor and enter upon a classical course, graduating in the June Class of 1873. While attending school he was called to Colorado by the sickness of his brother, and remained there some six months, during which time he was engaged in mining and teaching school. After his graduation he returned home and entered upon the study of law with Brown and Churchill, in Atlantic, and was admitted to the bar six months later. In the winter of 1874 he went to Council Bluffs and entered the office of Montgomery and Scott. A short time afterwards he returned to Atlantic and opened an office for himself, and was elected that fall as county superintendent of schools, which office he held for two terms. Mr. Disbrow was married in Sheffield, Ohio, to Miss Marietta Day, a daughter of Judge Day, formerly principal of the ladies' department at Tabor. He was appointed postmaster, and served until June, 1883.

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. 386.

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