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stock and is thus enabled to make judicious
purchases and profitable sales. He has
never married and his parents reside with
him. the farm being a well improved prop-
erty. He belongs to Henry Lodge, Tnde-
])endent Order of Odd Fellows, of Mount
Pleasant and to the Universalist church,
while his political allegiance is given to the
democracy. He was brought to this
county in his infancy and has always re-
sided here and is numbered among the pro-
gressive and successful business men,
whose activity and diligence constitute tlie
force that has brought to him his present
enviable ]iositi(^n in business- circles.




William R. Glandon has passed the
eigiity-fourth milestone on life's journey,
but is a most active man, enjoying in large
deg"ree his .physical faculties, while his
mental powers seem unimpaired. He is
recognized as one of the respected and
valued citizens of Mount Pleasant, where
he is now residing in the enjoyment of a
well earned rest. His parents were Wil-
liam jand Mary Magdalene (Peacock)
Glandon. The father was a native of
Scotland, and when young came to Amer-
ica, settling in Maryland, where he was
reared and married. He followed farm-
ing there until 1830, when he removed to
Ohio, and in Harrison county of the lat-
ter state the subject of this review was
born on the 24th of September, 1821.
The father devoted his time and energies
to agricultural pursuits in Ohio until his
death, which occurred April 2, 1848. His
widow afterward removed westward to
Illinois, and spent her last days in Ma-
comb, that state, \\'here she passed away
October 16, 1866. Mr. Glandon served in
the war of 181 2, and his wife's father was
a soldier of the Revolutionary war. In
politics he was a democrat, and held sev-
eral township offices. Mr. and Mrs. Glan-
don were the parents of eleven children,
but eight of the number are now deceased.
The father was born June 28, 1785, and
the mother on the 13th of May, 1795, and
their marriage was celebrated in May,
181 1. The following is a record of their
children : Mary Ann, born October 2,
1813, is deceased. James, born April 24,
181 5, has passed away. Elizabeth Susan,
born February 17, 1817, and Isabella

Jane, born August 7, 18 18, are also de-
ceased. W. R., of this review, is the fifth
of the family. John O., born February
5, 1824, resides in Illinois. Julia, born
September 14, 1826, is deceased. Lucre-
tia, born March 10, 1829, and Harriet J.,
born April 7, 1832, have departed this
life. Eli P., born August 6, 1834, died
and was buried September 8, 1905. Ag-
nes C., born May 7, 1839, is living in

William R. Glandon acquired his edu-
cation in the district schools of Harrison
county, Ohio, and after putting aside his
text-books remained with his father and
assisted htm in the work of the home farm
until he was more than twenty-one years
of age, when he was married and started
out in life on his own account. On the
6th of October, 1842, Mr. Glandon
wedded Miss Phoebe Romans, who was
born September 26, 1821, and died Janu-
ary 23, 1848. In their family were three
children. Mrs. H. Julia Huff is deceased.
She had thirteen children, Eva, Louisa,
William, Judd, Rhoda, Ina, Charles,
Orva. John, Emma, Edward, Ralph, and
Ola. O. D. Glandon, the second child of
the first marriage, was born in 1846, and
resides in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. His
children are Mary, Howard, Anna, Dell
and Ray, all of whom are living. J. A.
Glandon, tlie youngest child of the first
marriage, resides in Mexico, Missouri,
and has six children.

On the 5th of February, 1850, Mr.
Glandon was again married, his second
union being with Mrs. Nancy Atkinson,
who was born in Washington county,
Pennsylvania, in 1816, and bore the
maiden name (if Xancv Thomas. She



died in March, 1854. By this marriage
there were three children. Ehnira be-
came the wife of Wihiam Arnold, and is
deceased. Their children were William,
Lettie, Carrie, Gertrude, Alyra, Henry,
and Nettie. Mary Katherine Glandon,
the second child of the second marriage,
is the widow of Valentine Cupp, and re-
sides in Van Buren county, Iowa. Her
children are Lola, Burdette, George, Myr-
tis, Nettie, William, Ethel, Katie and two
who are deceased. The third child of the
second marriage died in infancy.

The third marriage of Mr. Glandon oc-
curred August 21, 1856, Miss Sarah A.
Beatty becoming his wife. Her parents
were George B. and Sarah (Urie)
Beatty, who were of Scotch-Irish parent-
age. The father was born on the Emer-
ald Isle, and was six years of age when
brought to America. He followed the
occupation of farming as a life work, and
died in 1858, his remains being interred
in Pennsylvania. His wife, who was
born about 1808. died in 1875, and was
laid to rest in Van Buren county, Iowa.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Beatty were born ten
children: Margaret. Nancy, AA'illiam.
Thomas, and Joseph, all now deceased;
Sarah, the wife of W. R. Glandon ; Emily,
the wife of William Fulton, of Washing-
ton county, Pennsylvania ; David, a rail-
road man residing in Allegheny City,
Pennsylvania; Joseph, wdno is living at
the Soldiers' home in :\Iarshalltown,
Iowa; and Adeline, deceased. The par-
ents were both members of the Presby-
terian church. There was one child born
of Mr. Glandon's third marriage, but died
at the age of three months. He had an
adopted daughter, Jennie Glandon. who

married and had eleven children. Edwin
Glandon was an adopted son, and he mar-
ried Miss Eliza Cook, and they had two
children, Laura and Howard. There are
now about fifty-five grandchildren, sixty-
five great-grandchildren in all. Louisa
Hufl^. a grandchild of Mr. Glandon. mar-
ried Ephraim Sluth, and has ten children.
William Huff has eight children. Rhoda
Huff married and has five children. Ina
Huff married and has four children. Ola
Huff married and has five children. Liz-
zie Crawford married Mr. May and has
five children. Laura Atkinson married Wil-
liam Newell and has two children. Mrs.
Mary Green, daughter of O. B. Glandon.
has one child. Annie Glandon became
the wife of Mr. Bruner and has one child.
Dell Glandon is the wife of Mr. Sage and
has one child. Elbert Glandon, son of J.
A. Glandon, has two children. Howard,
son of O. D. Glandon. is married and has
four children. Of the children of Mrs.
Cupp. Lola has three children, Burdette
two, George four and Myrtis. now Airs.
Pittman. one. Her first husband was a
Mr. Barker. Mr. and Airs. Huff, who
were the parents of thirteen children, died
within fifteen minutes of each other, in
Farmington. Van Buren county. L^wa. of
congestive chills.

From the time of his first marriage un-
til 1850. covering a period of twenty-
eight years, Mr. Glandon was engaged in
farming in Ohio. He then purchased a
farm in Pennsylvania, where he success-
fullv carried on general agricultural pur-
suits until 1865. He then came to Iowa,
settling in Winchester, Van Buren countv,
where he purchased a good tract of land,
devoting his attention to its further de-



velopment and improvement until 1876.
In that year he took up his abode in Mid-
diet on, Des Moines county, Iowa, where
he purchased a farm of one hundred and
sixty acres, which he operated until 1891,
when he sold out. and has since lived re-
tired, making his home in Mount Pleas-
ant. In his farm work he was energetic
and industrious, and his labors were
crowned with a gratifying measure of
success, bringing- him the handsome com-
petence that now enables him to rest from
further business cares and enjoy the fruits
of his former toil. In politics he has al-
ways been an earnest democrat, believing
firmly in the principles ol the party, and
while living in Middleton he served as
justice of the peace for five years. He has
also filled the ofiices of school inspector,
road supervisor and judg^e of elections.
He and his wife are devoted members of
the Presbyterian church, in which he has
served as an elder for thirty years, often
a delegate to the synod and presbytery, and
was once a delegate to the general assem-
bly. He resides near the fair grounds,
where he has one acre, having invested his
property in mortgages, and during his
residence in Mount Pleasant he has gained
many warm friends, who esteem him for
his genuine worth, and respect him for
what he has accomplished.

Mr. Glandon has in his possession an
old Bible, published in 1846, which he
prizes very highly. He purchased it for
a dollar — one day's pay for cradling. At
the death of Mrs. McDowell, grand-
mother of Mrs. Glandon, she left money
enough to buy a Bible for each of her
children, and Mrs. Glandon now has the
one which was owned bv her mother, it

being published in 18 13. These old voj-
umes of holy writ are niuch prized in the
Glandon household.


James J. O'Laughlin, the extent and
scope of whose business operations make
him one of the most prominent and en-
terprising citizens of Henry county as the
proprietor of an extensive department
store in Rome, is the owner of about five
hundred acres of land and is an extensive
feeder and general dealer in stock, mak-
ing large shipments each week to the Chi-
cago markets. He also handles the grain
from this town and is widely recognized
as one of the far-seeing, energetic and
prosperous business men of this part of
the state, his ready recognition and utili-
zation of opportunities being strong and
forceful elements in his prosperity. It
has always been cited as a matter of pride
when a man has started out empty-handed
and worked his way upward, but while
Mr. O'Laughlin received some assistance
as one of the inheritors of his father's es-
tate, he has nevertheless manifested good
business ability, sagacity, and force of
character in enlarging the scope of his
activities and developing his business
along modern lines until his commercial
interests are well developed.

Mr. O'Laughlin was born in Rome on
the 1 6th of December, 1867, and as the
name indicates, comes of Irish ancestry,
liis parents being Peter and Margaret




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(Quinn) O'Laughlin, who were natives
of County Clare, Ireland. In the year

1856 the father crossed the Atlantic to
the United States. He resided for some
time in Xew^ York, where he learned the
hatter's trade and then made his way
westward to Henry county, Iowa, taking
up his abode in Rome. He was employed
at railroad work for about a year and in

1857 he embarked in merchandising- at
Rome, Avhere he carried on business until
1865, when he returned to Ireland, where
he was married. Six months later he
aeain came to Iowa and resumed business
in Rome, Here he established a grocery
store but after two years he extended the
field of his labors by adding to his stock
a line of general merchandise. In his
business affairs he prospered and his la-
bors were atended with a gratifying
measure of success. In 1876 he built a
large brick building, forty-four by sev-
entv-four feet, and three stories in height.
It is one of the good business blocks in
the county and although it was erected
thirty years ago it has been kept in such
excellent condition and was built so sub-
stantially that it does not look to have
had more than three or four years wear.
The enterprise and business activity of
Mr. O'Laughlin enabled him to carry for-
ward to successful completion whatever
he undertook and thus his trade constant-
ly increased along the line of mercantile
venture and brought him a gratifying in-
come. He also made judicious invest-
ment in real estate and was the owner of
about five hundred acres of land, of which
three hundred and sixty acres lay in 1'ip-
pecanoe township, while the remaining
one hundred and forty acres was in 1>en-

ton township. He was a large shipper of
cattle and hogs and he also owned an ex-
tensive grain elevator which he conducted
until 1 89 1, when he discontinued business
along that line. He was widely recog-
nized for many years as a most prominent
resident of Tippecanoe township, owing
to the extent and validity of his business
interests. He based his business prin-
ciples and actions upon the rules which
govern strict and unswerving integrity
and unfaltering enterprise, was watchful
of opportunities and quick to utilize legiti-
mate business advantages which always
occur in trade circles.

In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Peter
O'Laughlin were six children : ^Michael
T., who died March 17, 1899, at the age
of thirty-three years; James J., who is
living in Rome: Peter; Patrick H., also
in Rome; Margaret, who died January
17, 1892, at the age of nineteen years;
and Mary, who became the wife of Mari-
nus Nelson and is connected with a med-
ical business in Chicago.

James J. O'Laughlin pursued his edu-
cation in the common schools of Rome
until fifteen years of age and the follow-
ing year entered upon his business career
as an employe in his father's store at
Rome. He thoroughly learned the busi-
ness, familiarizing himself with it in ev-
erv detail and remained in the store as
an active assistant of his father until the
latter's death in 1896. The estate being
settled, with his brother Patrick he pur-
chased the interests of the other heirs,
n(^t only in the mercantile business, but
also in stock-raising and farming inter-
ests left by his father. The brothers con-
tinued in business under the firm style



of J. J. & P. H. O'Laughlin until 1904,
when on account of the ih heaUli of Pat-
rick H. O'Langhhn. James J. O'Laugh-
hn purchased his interests and is now sole
proprietor of the large department store
at Rome and other interests controlled by
the firm. He is conducting a modern and
model enterprise of this character and has
one of the great mercantile establishments
of the county. He has a team in the
country carrying a stock of goods to va-
rious patrons throughout the county and
gathering produce. Mr. O'Laughlin,
however, does not confine his attention
entirely to his mercantile interests but
extends his activities to other fields of la-
bor, in which he is equally successful ow-
ing to his sound business judgment, keen
sagacity and unfaltering diligence. He
is the owner of about five hundred acres
of land and is an extensive feeder and
general dealer in stock and is on the
Chicago market almost every week with
from one to six car loads of stock. He
likewise handles the grain from this point
and his operations in this direction prove
a remunerative source of income, while
furnishing an excellent market to the pro-
ducers in this part of the county.

On the 30th of August. 1896. occurred
the marriage of Mr. O'Laughlin and Miss
Laura Bright, who was born in Win-
chester. Lidiana. and is a daughter of
Nelson Bright. Her education was ac-
quired in the common schools of her na-
tive city and in Rome. Iowa. I'his union
has been blessed with one child. James
Henry, who was born on Christmas day,
1898. Mrs. and Mrs. O'Laughlin hold
membership in the Catholic church of
Alount Pleasant and he exercises his risfht

of franchise in support of the Democracy.
He has been a factor in business life in
Tippecanoe township since the age of fif-
teen years and displays the same strong
and sterling characteristics which were
manifest in his father's active, useful and
honorable career. He is now meeting
with success in his undertakings and en-
joys an unassailable reputation for reli-
ability and enterprise.


Michael McCormick, residing in Ca-
naan township, has for long years been
closely associated with the agricultural
interests and with care and the improve-
ment of his business affairs, through fru-
gality and industry he has worked his way
upward from a humble financial position
to one of affluence. He was born in
County Roscommon. Ireland, in March,
1837. a son of Francis and Mary (Row-
ley) McCormick. He spent the days of
his boyhood and }(juth in his native coun-
try and attended the common schools of
Ireland, ^^'hen a young man he became
ambitious to see something of the world
and profit by the better business oppor-
tunities which he" heard were to be en-
joyed in the United States. He therefore
made arrangements for leaving his old
home and bidding adieu to friends and
native land he sailed for America, land-
ing at New York city on the loth of June,
1857. He then made his way to Rens-
selaer countv. New ^"ork. where he


worked as a farm hand until 1861, when, that have been wrought there are due to

becoming- convinced that he might more his labors and supervision. He has also

readily obtain a farm of his own in the invested in ninety-eight and three-quar-

new and growing west, he made his way ters acres adjoining his original farm on

to Burlington, Iowa, in April, 1861, and the south, upon which his two sons live,

thence to Mount Pleasant. In Henry their sister keeping house for them. This

county he secured farm labor after spend- was purchased in 1899. In 1904 an-

ing eight months as outside watchman at other purchase of sixty-five acres was

the Mount Pleasant insane asylum. made, and today Mr. McCormick and his

Before coming to Iowa Mr. McCor- sons own three hundred and four acres

mick Avas married on the 7th of Febru- of very valuable and productive farm land

ary, 1861, to Miss Margaret Smith, who in Canaan township.

was born in Wilmington. Delaware, on the Unto Mi", and Mrs. McCormick have

4th of March, 1837. She pursued her ed- been born four sons and four daughters:

ucation in the common schools of Schuyl- Mary, who is acting as housekeeper for

kill county, Pennsylvania. Her parents her brothers; Charles, who died at the

were Barnard and Margaret (Flynn) • age of seven years; Elizabeth, the wife

Smith, the former born in County Cavin, of Edward Fitzpatrick, a resident of New

Ireland, and the latter near Dublin, Ire- London township; John, who died at the

land. They came to the United States age of four years; Jane, the wife of Joseph

about 1832. Hurley, who is engaged in the real-estate

After working at farm labor for a time business in connection with Dennis Ma-
in Henry county, Mr. McCormick, of this rony in Mount Pleasant; Francis J., also
review, rented sixty-five acres of land, of Canaan township; Margaret, the wife
which he culti\'ated for three years, and of John Fitzpatrick, of New London town-
then purchased eighty acres on section ship, and Emmet B., likewise of Canaan
18, Canaan township, which at that time township. All of the children were bom
was a tract of raw prairie. He built all in the township where the family home is
of the fences and the buildings on his still maintained. Mr. McCormick belongs
place and otherwise improved it, and as to the Catholic church of Mount Pleasant
the years passed and the country became* and helped to build the present structure
more thickly settled his farm greatly ap- and as his means have increased he
predated in value, and the property for has been a liberal supporter and he
which he paid fifteen dollars per acre is votes with the democracy. He has
today worth one hundred and twenty- never had occasion to regret his tletermi-
five dollars per acre, owning to the care nation to seek a home in .America, for he
and labor he has bestowed upon it and the here found the opportunities he sought
excellent improvements he has made. In and by judicious use of these he has made
1895 l^e purchased sixty acres just across steady advancement in business life until
the road in Marion township. There were he is today the owner of valuable landed
no improvements upon it and the changes possessions in his adopted country.




Harry G. King, who is engaged in the
lumber business in Mount Union, is a
most enterprising merchant, his intense
and well directed activity having won for
him a foremost position in the ranks of
the business men in his part of the county.
His keen discrimination enables him t(^
readily understand business situations and
to find a solution for difficulties, while his
unfaltering energy and perseverance have
enabled him to surmount the various ob-
stacles which are ever encountered in a
business career. He is one of Henry
county's native sons, his birth having oc-
curred in Scott township on the 7th of
June, 1862. He comes of Scotch lineage.
his maternal grandfather. William Lau-
der, having been born in Scotland. His
parents were George A. and Margaret
(Lauder) King, both of whom were na-
tives of Broome county. New York. They
were reared and married in the Empire
state, and by rail journeyed westward to
Burlington, Iowa, whence they came to
Scott township. There the father devoted
his energies to agricultural pursuits for
many years, or until the death of his wife,
which occurred on the home farm in 1897.
Mr. King afterward came to Mount
Union to live with his son, Harry G., and
in 1900 he went on a visit to Oswego,
Kansas, where his death occurred on the
1 6th of November of that year. His re-
mains were brought back to Henry
county, the intennent being made in Win-
field cemetery.

Harry G. King supplemented his early
educational privileges, obtained in the dis-
trict schools, bv studv in the Normal

school at Columbus Junction, Iowa, and
also in Morning Sun. this state. He early
became familiar with the duties and la-
bors incident to the development and cul-
tivation of a farm, and continued upon
the old homestead in Scott township un-
til the spring of 1897, when he came to
Mount Union, where he purchased the
hardware business of H. R. Williams,
conducting the store until he sold out to
the firm of Hillyard & Cornic. Mr. King
then purchased the grain elevator from
J. A. Baxter, and conducted it until the
I St of October. 1904. when he withdrew
from the grain trade, a stock company of
farmers being formed to carry on the ele-
vator business. He next purchased from
AMlliam Kenyon the lumber business,
which was the first established in Mount
Union, the date of that event being 1892.
Mr. King now handles all kinds of build-
ing materials, including lumber, brick,
lime, plaster and cement, and is also a
dealer in hard and soft coal. He supplies
a large territory with these commodities,
and the extent of his business may be in-
dicated somewhat by the fact that be-
tween the ist of October, 1904, and the
I St of October, 1905. he received one hun-
dred and nineteen carloads of building
materials and coal. His trade is certainly
very gratifying, and it has been built up
along honorable lines, so that his success
is well merited.

On the 17th of August. 1898. Mr. King
was united in marriage to Mrs. Rose
Featherby, who was born in Des Moines
county, and was educated in the public
schools there. She is a daughter of Lu-
ther and Margaret (Van Demark) Tal-
bott. and was married prior to the time



she wedded Mr. King, her first husband
having been Roy Featherby, by whom
she had one son, Glenn, who was born in
September, 1891. Unto Mr. and Mrs.
King has been born a daughter, Alta,
whose birth occurred on April 27, 1899.
The parents occupy an en\iable position
in social circles, and their own home' is
noted for its generous and gracious hospi-
tality. In his political views Air. King is
an earnest and stalwart republican, hav-
ing always supported the party since at-
taining his majority. He has filled the
ofiice of township clerk since 1900. and
at all times manifests a watchful spirit in
connection with public interests that has
resulted in tangible aid to movements for
the general good. Fraternally he is con-
nected with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. He is widely known in the
county where his entire life has been
passed and where he has so directed his
labors and life as to win the confidence
and good will of his fellowmen.


Public opinion is not divided concern-
ing the business ability and personal worth
of William Thomas Morrow, one of the
representative and respected merchants of
Lowell, where he is conducting a general
store, his success being the merited reward
of his close application and honorable deal-
ing. He is a native son of Ohio, born in
Belmont county on the 26th of January,
1863, and is a son of John and Sarah

(Richie) Morrow. He was about ten

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