ORRIN H. BLAKESLEE
Orrin H. Blakeslee, the oldest child of Obed Blakeslee, was born on November 2, 1873, and was reared and educated in this county. He has farmed in this locality all his life, and has made steady progress in his business notwithstanding many unfavorable circumstances and reverses, to all of which he has presented a brave and resolute front, and by opposing, has ended them.
On April 23, 1897, Orrin H. Blakeslee was united in marriage with Isabelle M. Mitchell, who was born in Scotland and is a daughter of John and Mary (Finlay) Mitchell, who came to Cass county in 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Blakeslee have three children, Maud M., Mildred J. and Claude. The father is a Democrat in politics, a Presbyterian in religion and a Woodman of the World in fraternal life. His grandfather Blakeless was a native of Connecticut, and in early life migrated from that State to Illinois, then in 1840 came to Iowa, locating in Linn county, where he was a pioneer. Since his day the family have been domesticated in this State, and taken an important part in all its public and industrial life.
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 270-271.