James Hood, deceased, was for many years a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Buchanan county and was well
known within its limits. He was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, November 19, 1834, and was there reared and educated.
He learned the blacksmith's trade in his native country and when a young man came to the new world and settled
in Illinois, where for a few years he worked at his trade in the employ of others. When he had accumulated sufficient
capital he opened a shop of his own in Harvard, Illinois, which he conducted until 1867, when he came to this county
and bought three hundred and twenty acres of land in Byron township. It was prairie land and as yet untouched by
a plow, and the first residence thereon was but a small rude building. Mr. Hood broke his land, planted his crops
as soon as possible and continued to cultivate the place, reaping annually abundant harvests. He found Iowa land
such a profitable investment that he added to his holdings by degrees until he became the owner of over one thousand
acres. The family resided in the first dwelling house for a number of years, but Mr. Hood afterward erected a fine
residence which was one of the best in the county. He was very successful in his work as a farmer and as his sons
started out in life for themselves he gave each of them a tract of land. He retired from active labor in April,
1908, and removed to Independence, where he lived until his death, which occurred on the 24th of March, 1914.
Mr. Hood was married on the 31st of December, 1860, to Miss Jannet McClaren, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland,
May 25, 1838. She remained there until she was sixteen years of age, when she accompanied her mother and brother
and sister to the United States, the family locating upon a farm near Elgin, Illinois. The mother died a few days
later. Mrs. Hood resided in that locality until her marriage and since the removal of the family to this county
in 1867 she has lived here. She still resides in Independence and has the esteem of those who know her. To Mr.
and Mrs. Hood were born nine children: William H. and John Edward, farmers of Byron township ; Kate, the wife of
John Hamilton, and May, the wife of A. Burcher, agriculturists of Byron township; Fred D., who follows farming
in Byron township; Martha C., who died when sixteen years of age; Albert J., who resides in Byron township; George,
who passed away when a young man of twenty six years; and Florence, who married Garfield Christianson, a farmer
of Byron township.
Mrs. Hood is a member of the Presbyterian church and active in its work. Mr. Hood was a republican in his political
belief and much interested in public affairs, although he never desired office for himself. He was a man of strict
integrity and gained an honored name at the same time that he amassed a comfortable fortune.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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