Biography of Clarence B. Everett
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Clarence B. Everett, president of the Fairbank State Bank, is a native of Fairbank township, this county, born September 5, 1855. His parents were poineers of this county and he was the first white child born in Fairbank township. His father, F. J. Everett, was born in New York, on the 28th of March, 1829, and began providing for his own support when quite young. When twelve years of age he entered the employ of a. bank in New York city and continued in that line of work until he was twenty five, when his health failed and he came west, being at the time a bookkeeper in the Chemical Bank in New York city. When he decided to emigrate he went to Dubuque, Iowa, on the advice of friends, but did not remain there, however, and, keeping his course due westward, he arrived at what is now Fairbank, walking the entire distance from Peoria, Illinois, to Fairbank. He arrived here in 1853 and at that time very little land had been taken up. He secured about twelve hundred acres and, having faith in its value, he held it until he was able to sell at a great advance over the price paid. Some of the land entered then is still in possession of the family. He thoroughly identified himself with the county and took an active part in the upbuilding of the town of Fairbank, operating the first sawmill in the locality and was proprietor of a general store in Fairbank for many years. He continued to make this community his home until his death, with the exception of a short time when he returned to the east. His wife was born in New York state, May 28, 1829, and came to this county in 1853. Their marriage, which occurred in 1854, was one of the first events of the kind to be celebrated in Buchanan county. After the birth of the eldest children she returned to the east and resided there for a time but came again to this county and continued to live here until her death, which occurred December 11, 1899. F. J. Everett died in Fairbank on the 25th of October, 1898. To their union were born ten children, of whom four are still living The record is as follows: Clarence B., of this sketch; F. G., who was born on the 1st of May, 1857, and died in Fairbank, Iowan, on the 12th of November, 1907; Newton B., a resident of Los Angeles, California; Hattie, deceased; John, also deceased; Mrs. Mary Davis, living in Fayette, Iowa; C. L., who died May 20, 1903; Eva and Emma, twins, who died in childhood; and Mrs. Sarah Ross, a resident of Waterloo, Iowa. All of the children were reared in this county.

Clarence B. Everett grew to manhood in Fairbank township and after attending the common schools of that locality was for a time a student at Lenox College in Hopkinton, Iowa. He was for a time associated with his father in the conduct of the latter's general store, but in 1900 he entered the banking business. His first position was that of bookkeeper of the Fairbank State Bank and he later served as cashier. Since 1910 he has been president of the institution.

Mr. Everett was married on the 8th of April, 1880, to Miss Achsah French, who was born in Black Hawk county, Iowa, a daughter of Ezra and Melissa (Siple) French, natives of England and Canada respectively. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Everett; Mrs. Rebecca Gates, of Oelwein; Mrs. Mary Noss, who died in Waterloo, Iowa; and Charles, a resident of Wisconsin All were born in Black Hawk county and were there reared, the parents being among the early settlers of that section of the state. To Mr. and Mrs. Everett have been born five children: Ed E., who attended the Iowa Teachers' College at Cedar Falls and Drake University at Des Moines, Iowa, and who is now the auditor of Buchanan county and a resident of Independence; Mrs. Bessie Kautz, living in Oren township, Fayette county, this state; C. Herbert, who is telegraph operator for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad at Thistle, Utah; Harry, in the employ of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the northwestern territory; and Mrs. Mildred Gorman, a resident of Independence. All of the children were born and reared in Fairbank. Mr. Everett is a democrat in his political belief.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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