Biography of Albert W. Norman
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





ALBERT WILLIAM NORMAN.
Although Albert William Norman has retired from his labors as an agriculturist, he is actively interested in public affairs in Winthrop and is connected with a number of business enterprises there. He was born on the 31st of August, 1854, in Ohio, a son of Nicholas V. and Mary A. (Taylor) Norman. The former was a native of Somersetshire, England, born on the 15th of June, 1819, and remained upon a farm in that country until 1848, when he came to the United States and followed agricultural pursuits in the east until 1864. He then came to this county and purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Fremont township, situated about two miles northeast of Winthrop. The land was partly improved when it came into his possession and he did much to increase its value, making it one of the best developed properties of his locality. He followed mixed farming, raising cattle and hogs, and his enterprise and good judgment won him success, enabling him to add to his land until he became the owner of about six hundred acres. This achievement was the more creditable, as he began business with no capital. About 1889 he retired from active life and rented his land, coming to Winthrop, where he resided until his death, which occurred May 7, 1901. He was a republican in his political belief and was steadfast in his support of that party. He held various township offices and for many years was one of the leaders of his party in this county. His religious affiliation was with the Church of England. His wife was also a native of Somersetshire, England, her birth occurring on the 1st of May, 1830, and she remained in her native land until 1848, when she emigrated to the United States, locating in Ohio, where she was married to Mr. Norman in August, 1849. She survived her husband and passed away in this county, August 23, 1910, at the age of eighty years, three months and twenty two days. She was likewise a member of the Church of England and is buried beside her husband in the Winthrop cemetery. To them twelve children were born, namely: Freeman W., who died, leaving a family; one who died in infancy unnamed; Frances A., the wife of Edgar Hurmance, of this county, by whom she has several children; Albert William, of this review; Charles, of Bellingham, Washington; Ida M., who married Richard Braden and passed away leaving one son; Frederick S., the agent for the Illinois Central Railway at Independence, Iowa; Henry, who died leaving a family; Grant, who died when nine years of age; Lucy A., the wife of Wilbur Knight, of Oelwein, Iowa, by whom she has three sons: Lafayette N., of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work; and Homer E., a farmer of Fremont township, this county.

Albert William Norman was brought to this county by his parents in 1865 when a lad of eleven years and was reared at home, attending the public schools in the acquirement of Dan education. Upon reaching his majority he rented land in this county, which he farmed until 1879, when he removed to Fayette county, this state, and operated a rented farm for three years. He then returned to Buchanan county and rented land for a year, after which he purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 28, Fremont township. He carried on agricultural pursuits there with gratifying success until 1913, when he sold the farm. However, he still owns considerable land, including one hundred and fifty six acres, fifteen of which are within the limits of Winthrop and eighty acres in Fremont township. He rents his land and derives therefrom a good income. Although he did not sell his home place until 1913, he retired from active farm work in 1911 and came to Winthrop, where he has since resided.

Mr. Norman was married on the 2d of February, 1882, to Miss Martha J. Braden, who was born in this county on the 8th of June, 1859, and died in 1889, leaving three children as follows: Maude, the wife of Martin Bucher, of Winthrop; Samuel Venn, cashier in the Waverly Savings Bank of Waverly, Iowa; and Albert W., a resident of Dubuque, Iowa. On the 11th of September, 1906, Mr. Norman was again married, Mrs. Jennie M. Overbaugh becoming his wife. She was born in Griggsville, Pike county, Illinois, on the 28th of September, 1874, and when a girl of eight years accompanied her parents to this place. She is a daughter of T. R. and Susan (Lightle) Marshall, natives of Ohio and Illinois respectively, a record of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Norman have a son, Kenneth William, born June 3, 1909. Mr. Norman is a republican in his political views and is quite prominent in local affairs. He is now serving his second term as mayor of Winthrop and is giving the municipality an efficient administration. He has been a member of the school board for six years and for the last two terms has been president thereof. He has been constable for a great many years and is fearless in the discharge of his duties in that connection. He is president of the Winthrop Telephone Company, of which he was one of the founders, and is a stockholder in the Peoples State Bank of Winthrop, which is one of the flourishing and reliable financial institutions of the county. His wife is a member of the Methodist church and takes a lively interest in the furtherance of the work of that organization. Fraternally he belongs to Winthrop Lodge, No. 550, I. O. O. F. He is a representative of that fine type of man who, upon retiring from the cares of business, devotes his time, energies and his wide experience to the public welfare, and the town of Winthrop has gained much from his residence within its bounds.

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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