George W. Hoover belongs to that class of men who win in life's battles by sheer force of personality and determination,
coupled with soundness of judgment and keen discrimination. In whatever Mr. Hoover has undertaken, and he has been
engaged in many lines of activity, he has shown himself to be a man of ability and honor. He is always ready to
lend his aid in defending the principles affecting the public good. He has ably and conscientiously performed all
the duties of a public and private citizen, and has conducted himself in such a manner as to win the unqualified
indorsement and support of his business associates and his fellow citizens.
George W. Hoover was born in Johnson county, Iowa, on January 14, 1856, a son of George and Catherine (Horton)
Hoover, who were both natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in the latter state and came to Iowa, shortly
after their marriage, settling in Johnson county, where they spent the rest of their lives. To George and Catherine
(Horton) Hoover were born five children, Charles, Emily, Levi, George W. and Maria, all of whom are living with
the exception of Levi.
George W. Hoover was educated in the common schools of Johnson county, Iowa, receiving a good common school education,
and after leaving school, took up farming as a vocation, which he followed for several years, being also incidentally
engaged in carpenter work and contracting for some time. Mr: Hoover was not only a successful farmer, but he made
a success of the contracting business as well. In 1888 he engaged in the hardware business in the city of Audubon
and continued in this line for twenty years, at the expiration of which time he disposed of his hardware business.
In the meantime he had built up a large and lucrative trade in the retail sale of hardware and implements under
the firm name of the Audubon Hardware Company. At the present time Mr. Hoover is engaged in the furniture and undertaking
business, and has one of the best stores in Audubon.
George W. Hoover was married in 1880 to Maggie Reynolds, the daughter of John and Lucy Reynolds, both natives of
Johnson county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Hoover are the parents of four children: May, who married W. W. Waldron, and
Karl, Jessie and Jessamine, who are at home.
Mr. Hoover is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks at Atlantic. He is a Democrat, but has never been active in political affairs, and has never held
office. He has been largely and actively interested in public affairs, however, and was president of the Audubon
County Agriculture Society for thirteen years, during which time he developed it into a strong organization. Mr.
Hoover also has had charge of Maple Grove cemetery for the past eight years and has cleaned it up and added very
much to its attractiveness.
History of Audubon County, Iowa
Its People, Industries and Instutions
H. F. Andrews, Editor
B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis - 1915
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906
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