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J. A. McWaid

Job Arthur McWaid, president of the Atlantic National Bank, was born in Ohio March 7, 1836, and remained there until he was twenty years of age, when he came to Cedar county, Iowa. He resided in Cedar and Linn counties until 1869, when he came to Atlantic, arriving here on the 16th of January. He at once engaged with J. H. Needles in the blacksmithing and implement business, the partnership continuing for eight years. He then went into the implement business himself, where the Mickel elevator now stands, and bought grain and sold coal. In 1882 he built the Atlantic Canning factory, personally supehintending [sic superintending] the erection of it, and afterwards operated it and continued in the business until 1901, when he sold out to J. W. Cuykendall and W. A. McWaid. Interested in the Atlantic National Bank as a stockholder, he became its president in 1895, and has held that office and presided over its affairs ever since. He was elected mayor of Atlantic in 1901 and re-elected in 1903. He is public-spirited at all times and a liberal giver to every worthy project for the advancement of the city. He belongs to the Masons and Elks and practices the charity they teach. Mr. McWaid is President of the Atlantic Commercial Club.

From: Industrial Edition, published by Atlantic News Telegraph, Atlantic, Iowa, 1913, pg.75. Transcribed by Cheryl Siebrass March, 2018.

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