Biography of George F. Slemmons
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George F. Slemmons follows farming in Liberty township and was born upon the farm upon which he now resides, his natal year being 1875 His father, Jesse Slemmons, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, in 1846, and when nine years of age was brought to Iowa by his parents, the family traveling overland to Liberty township, Buchanan county, where they arrived in 1855. This section was then one of the frontier counties of the state and all the evidences of pioneer life were here to be found. It was not an unusual thing to see Indians and, in fact, the red men were almost as numerous as the white settlers. Wild game of many kinds was to be had in abundance and there were also wild animals, Mr. Slemmons being chased by a panther during his boyhood days. There were no schools or churches when the family first came and the Slemmons family bore their part in instituting the improvements which have contributed to the intellectual and moral as well as the material progress of the community. In fact, Mr. Slemmons, the grandfather, was one of the founders of the Hickory Grove Presbyterian church and his daughter taught school in a log house, which was a private home, before any public schoolhouses were built.

After Jesse Slemmons became of age he, too, was very active in all the affairs of the community, contributing largely to upbuilding and public progress along various lines. He became the second largest taxpayer in the township, owning six hundred and thirty acres of rich and valuable land. He fed and shipped much stock and the different branches of his business were a source of gratifying profit. The cause of education found in him a friend and he was an earnest Christian man, holding membership in the Presbyterian church. He also exercised considerable influence in politics and was one of the most prominent citizens of the township. He died in 1898, while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Work, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, in 1851, and is still living.

George F. Slemmons was the eldest in a family of seven children. He attended the township schools and further continued his education at Winthrop and in Lenox College at Hopkinton, Iowa. He was twenty two years of age when his father died and returned home from school to look after the family affairs. At that time he was elected a member of the school board, although so young, and has held the office for about seventeen years, it being a. well recognized fact that he is a stalwart friend of public education and believes in continuous progress in the schools and the improvement of their methods. He has also held other township offices and in many ways has given evidence of his loyalty to the best interests of the community Like his father, he stands today as one of the leading and prominent business men of his section of the county, being extensively engaged in the feeding of cattle and sheep. He is also a director and stockholder off the Winthrop State Bank and is the owner of two hundred and seventy acres of land. He devotes all of his time to his farm and his success is the merited reward of his capable management and persistent effort.

Mr. Slemmons was united in marriage to Miss Mabel L. Thompson, a daughter of Walter Thompson, and they have become parents of two children: John Walter, born May 20, 1907; and Ruth Gertrude, horn July 13, 1909. Mr. Slemmons holds membership with the Odd Fellows and has been an active worker in his lodge. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp, and he is a member of the Presbyterian church, taking deep interest in its work. He serves as one of its trustees, contributes generously to its support and does all in his power to further the work of the church. The family name has long been indelibly impressed upon the history of this county and the work instituted by the grandfather in pioneer times and continued by the father is now being carried on by the son, the name of Slemmons ever being synonymous with business enterprise, reliability and progressiveness in citizenship.

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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