Biography of Harry Higman
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Harry Higman has resided in Winthrop since 1877, save for five years which he spent in South Dakota. He is now engaged in the real estate and insurance business here and is meeting with well deserved success. He was born in Plymouth, England, July 1, 1854, a son of William and Harriet (Bray) Higman, also natives of that place, born in 1814. and 1821, respectively. They brought their family to America in 1858, and remained for eighteen years at Galena, Illinois, where they first located, but in 1876 removed to Manchester, Delaware county, Iowa. The following year they came to this county and located at Winthrop, where the parents resided until called to their final reward. The father was during his active life an agriculturist, but for a number of years prior to his death lived retired. He died in 1904 when about ninety years of age. He was a member of the Episcopal church. His widow survived for three years and died when eighty six years old. To them were born seven children, three of whom survive, those besides Harry being: J. B., a retired farmer of Manchester, Iowa; and Mrs. Annie Noble, of Graettinger, Iowa.

Harry Higman was but a child of four years when he accompanied his parents to this country and his education was received in Galena, Illinois. After graduating from the high school he remained upon the home farm for a time, but subsequently engaged in the manufacture of butter and cheese near Winthrop, Iowa, for four years, during which time he resided at Winthrop. His marriage then occurred and he removed to Plankington, Aurora county, South Dakota, when that state was still a territory. There he took up a homestead claim and also a tree claim, three hundred and twenty acres in all, and improved the homestead, residing there for five years. At the end of that time he returned to Winthrop and was employed at a creamery as butter maker for two years. He was subsequently in the retail harness business for seven or eight years, and in 1897 was appointed postmaster by President McKinley, serving in that capacity for sixteen and a half years. During his incumbency in that position the rural free delivery system was established throughout the country and the four routes which radiate from Winthrop were then instituted, being among the first started in this part of the state. Since retiring from the office of postmaster he has engaged in the insurance and real estate business and is also interested with L. N. Norman in a moving picture theater His long residence in this part of the county has thoroughly familiarized him with property values and this knowledge, coupled with his business experience and sound judgment, makes him unusually efficient as a. real estate agent. He represents several of the better known insurance companies and is doing considerable business in that line. He is prouder, however, of his long service as postmaster than of his success as a private business man, and his record is indeed one that reflects much credit upon him.

Mr. Higman married Miss Ida E. Griswold, a daughter of the late Harvey Griswold, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. She was reared and educated here and by her marriage has become the mother of three children, the eldest of whom was born in South Dakota, the others being natives of Winthrop. Arley B. is at home and is assistant postmaster: Gladys N. and Marian J. are also at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Higman are members of the Congregational church and assist in its work. Mr. Hangman is a republican and for many years has taken an active part in politics as county committeeman. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, No. 434, at Winthrop, of which he is clerk, and also to the local lodge of the Masons. He is one of the most widely known men in Winthrop and the number of his friends is proportionately large, as his splendid qualities of character command the respect and regard of those who are brought in contact with him

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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