Biography of Byron S. Phelps
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BYRON S. PHELPS, of the firm of Nash, Phelps & Green, attorneys at law, Audubon, Iowa, is a native of the State of
Vermont. He was born in Milton, Chittenden County, in November, 1854, and is the ninth of eleven children, eight of whom survive. William E. Phelps, the father of Byron S. Phelps, is a native of Vermont, and was a farmer by occupation; he is now retired, living in Milton, in his eighty-fourth year; the mother, Ursula Phelps, is also still living. Byron S. Phelps passed his early boyhood in Milton where he received his first lessons in the common schools; he then entered the Underhill Academy, and afterward went to Plattsburg, New York, at which place he spent one year in school. In 1873 he came to Atlantic, Iowa, and entered the law office of his brother, with whom he read law for three years. He was admitted to the bar of the circuit court, Judge Stockton presiding. in 1877 he removed to Stuart, Iowa, and started what was called the Stuart Bank in company with E. C. Chapman; he continued the banking business until the fall of 1878, when he sold his interest in the bank. In June, 1878, he went to Exira, and on the starting of the town of Audubon came to that place; having formed a partnership at Exira with John A. Nash, both gentlemen removed to Audubon, where they have done a large and prosperous business in law, real estate, loans and insurance. In 1886 Mr. Green was taken into the firm thus making up the flrm of sash, Phelps & Green. Mr. Phelps was married June 9, 1886, to Miss Sallie Forbes, a daughter of James Forbes, a promi nent merchant of Audubon. Mrs. Phelps was born in North Carolina, and was brought to her western home when a little girl. They have one child - Lucia, born February 22, 1889. Mr. Phelps owns two good farms, which he rents. He started out for himself with limited means, but by industry and hard work he has accumulated a considerable property. He owns a business house, and his residence, which stands upon a high spot commanding a fine view of the town.


FROM:
Biographical History of Shelby and Audubon Counties Iowa
W. S. Dunbar & Co., Publishers.
Chiago, 1889.